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By Judy Newell


México News

Six of the Best Boozy, Adults-Only, All-Inclusive Hotels in México

Excellence Playa Mujeres: The 450-room property is a luxury all-inclusive set in a private beachfront community that’s a 30-minute drive from downtown Cancún. This adults-only hotel has a stellar all-inclusive package covering top-shelf liquor at the 11 on-site bars, 10 quality restaurants, a snack bar, and 24-hour room service. Well-regarded features include a whopping seven pools, a beautiful spa with a hydrotherapy area, a huge fitness center, and a gorgeous white-sand beach. Elegant and huge guest rooms have furnished outdoor spaces and two-person rainfall showers. Special deal—from US$329 per night per room.

Hyatt Zilara Cancún: The 307-room, adults-only Hyatt is a luxury all-inclusive located in Cancún‘s Hotel Zone. It stands out among the area’s many all-inclusive resorts, with its stellar dining at six restaurants, unlimited top-shelf liquor and wine at five bars, and 24-hour room service. Lovely rooms have jetted tubs, free minibars restocked daily, and private terraces ‒ all with ocean views. Resort features include an outdoor infinity pool, white-sand beach lined with loungers, gorgeous spa with a pool, and a host of daytime and evening entertainment. Special Deal: from US$375 per night.

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancún: Set along Cancún’s famously beautiful beach in the Hotel Zone, this is arguably the area’s best luxury all-inclusive for adults only. This romantic property offers a stellar all-inclusive package, covering top-shelf liquor and a plethora of high-quality wines at its five bars, meals at the fine-dining restaurants, 24-hour room service, and lots of snacks. The 260 rooms here are elegant and have liquor cabinets and free minibars. An outstanding spa, three free-form outdoor pools, and daily activities keep the crowd of mostly couples busy. Special deal: from US$753 per night.

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort: Opened in late 2014 outside of San Jose del Cabo, this adults-only resort is a huge sprawling property with great views of the Sea of Cortéz. The resort is all-inclusive, with an unlimited luxury policy that covers dining at both buffet and à la carte eateries, international and domestic top-shelf spirits at the four bars and lounges, and daily restocked minibars, two pools, a wide stretch of beach, a spa, and a golf course. The 500 suites have whirlpools, furnished outdoor spaces, and free Wi-Fi, plus some are swim-out. Special deal: from US$280 nightly.

Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort: For a steamy vacation, this is a couples-only, clothing-optional, all-inclusive resort located on a beautiful white-sand beach right outside quiet Puerto Morelos. Young and middle-aged heterosexual couples come here for the value-packed, all-inclusive package on top of sexy features such as a rowdy nightclub with a couples-only playroom, whirlpool where public sex is allowed, and racy evening entertainment. Domestic and international alcohol is included, snacks are available throughout the day, and the minibar gets restocked daily. Special Deal: from US$713 per night.

Royal Hideaway Playacar, Playa del Carmen: Set in the resort community of Playacar, just south of Playa del Carmen, this luxury resort offers adults a stunning beachfront, a plethora of features, and a quality, all-inclusive package. All rates include meals at six specialty restaurants, premium-brand drinks, beverages at multiple bars, and access to tons of facilities such as six pools, tennis courts, and nighttime entertainment. The 200 rooms and suites here are lovely, and some have ocean views. Special deal: from US$238 per night.

Cruise News

Kentucky Derby Experience on Special American Duchess Voyage

Cincinnati to Louisville River Cruise; nine-day journey, April 26–May 4, 2020.

The first weekend of May is an exciting time to celebrate the honored tradition of the Kentucky Derby. This thoroughbred race has taken place under the iconic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs every year since 1875. Dress to the nines, sip a mint julep, and sport an extravagant hat while betting on your favorite horse or jockey.

In addition to a week filled with exciting events such as the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race, you can delight in the thrill of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs with an optional Kentucky Derby Package. This package will afford you the rare opportunity to experience the most exciting two minutes in sports and other related events leading up to the big race.


Some of the highlights of this package include:

• A ticket to the 2020 Kentucky Derby

• Undercover seats in sections

• VIP Fast Access Pass for expedited entry into Churchill Downs

• Premium in-track hospitality dining and open bar at the Affirmed Lounge

• American Queen Steamboat Company on-site representatives


All of this and more awaits you with this Kentucky Derby Experience package, priced at US$1,999 per person.

Cruise rates: Interior Stateroom from US$2,999; Verandah Suite with private balcony from US$5,599; Loft Suite and Deluxe Suite from US$7,999 per person.


Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself. —W. Somerset Maugham

Deal of the Week

Enjoy Truly All-Inclusive River Cruising

At Scenic, when they say all-inclusive, that’s what they mean—from unforgettable excursions, fine dining, and complimentary beverages throughout your cruise to the luxury extras you’d expect to pay extra for. Their innovative approach to all-inclusive travel means everything is included in the price of your river cruise.

And now with its fall offer, guests will enjoy the below savings when booking any 2020 European river cruise:

•Free Roundtrip Economy Air for all Suites

•Free Premium Economy Air & Door-to-Door Transfers on 11+ day sailings, Diamond Deck only

Also, pay in full by October 31 and save even more. Receive US$300 off per person on 8–10 day sailings and US$500 off per person on 11+ day sailings.

Traveling solo? Enjoy 50 percent off the Single Supplement on select sailings.

Scenic’s most popular 2020 itineraries:

Jewels of Europe, 15 days Amsterdam: Budapest, now from US$6,995 per person. Free roundtrip Economy Air; free Premium Air for Diamond Deck; pay in full and save an additional US$500 per person.

Beautiful Bordeaux, 11-days Bordeaux: now from US$5,995 per person. Free roundtrip economy airfare; free premium airfare for Diamond Deck; pay in full & save an additional US$500 per person.

Rhine Highlights, eight-days Amsterdam. Basel, now from US$3,795 per person. Free roundtrip economy air, plus pay in full and save an additional US$300 per person.

Gems of the Danube, eight-days Nuremberg: Budapest, now from US $3,995 per person. Free roundtrip economy air, plus pay in full and save an additional US$300 per person. Two-for-one Prague extension offer on Gems of the Danube (value of US$750 per couple).

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom-designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415-111-8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Oyster, American Queen Steamboat Company, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours


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