HOT DEAL: Casa Yalmakaan – Acapulco

August 13, 2009

 

Casa Yalmakaan, Acapulco

Enjoy a special rate of  $195 USD +taxes during weekdays (Monday through Thursday). Normal rate is $270 USD. 

For weekend stays, special rate is $240 USD + taxes (normal rate $290 USD). There is a two-night minimum but stay 3 nights and you’ll enjoy the 4th night free!

Valid for stays during August, September and up to October 15, 2009.

For more information on the hotel please click HERE.

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Mexico On Sale – But At What Cost?

June 29, 2009

Mexico For Sale

Mexico seems to be having a fire sale right now. Everywhere you turn, prices are being slashed.

The NY Times’ Michelle Higgins published her list.

National Geographic Traveler posted their review of this phenomenon.

Maribeth Mellin, award-winning Mexico travel journalist, said her piece here.

Certainly, the “epidemic of fear” paraded by the media in its headlines has had a dramatic impact on Mexico’s travel and tourism industry. All related business have had to drastically reduce their rates while attempting to maintain same service levels. To say this is a challenge is a gross understatement. If you add to that the fact that the global economic situation had already forced a worldwide travel “sale epidemic” of its own, Mexico tourism—with its extra cloud of doom over its head—has been reduced to cutting rates on already substantial discounts dictated by International competition.

Initially, and superficially I think, lower rates can entice some travelers to come back, but it’s a fine line (and a dangerous one) when tourism products (hotels, restaurants, tours, etc.) are forced to operate with little or no profit margins and STILL live up to expected standards. Travelers may come, but what will their experience be like and what will the impact be when they return home?

There are great travel deals right now. Amazing really, in some cases. But the industry won’t be able to keep this up without letting something go eventually. In Mexico, as in the rest of the world, staff must be paid, training must be given, maintenance must be on-going, and a certain level of quality is to be expected. Let’s hope that those that did visit us during the last few months are able to get the word out on the real situation and we can get back to what we do best; authentic, warm, unparalleled hospitality at a fair price for both traveler and supplier.

Because we’re all in the same boat, we also have some great deals going on at some of our finest Mexico Boutique Hotel properties. And while the prices may be unexpectedly low, we can say without a doubt that these hotels continue to offer their guests everything that is to be expected from an MBH member.


MBH Welcomes World Travelers Back To Mexico

May 25, 2009

 

Select Properties Offer Premier Packages For Summer Getaways
“Mexico has had a difficult year,” says Sylvie Laitre, Director of Mexico Boutique Hotels, “but there’s no doubt in our minds the sophisticated traveler will know exactly how to separate the panic-stricken headlines from reality. The truth is–barring some troubled border cities–travel to Mexico continues to be safe, and any precautions that need to be taken are exactly the same as those you would take to any foreign country.” That includes health hazards: as of May 15, 2009, the U.S. Department of State called off its travel alert relating to the 2009-H1N1 influenza outbreak. “We should also note that, by virtue of their extraordinarily high standards in every respect, our member hotels are and always have been secure havens for their guests,” continues Laitre.
Because Mexico Boutique Hotels caters to those in the know, savvier travelers will be able to take advantage of some great package specials offered by a select group of member hotels offering everything from barefoot elegance by the beach to a marvelous glimpse of elegant colonial living. Multi-course dinners with a view, signature spa treatments and guided tours to gorgeously restored archaeological sites are just part of the many wonders awaiting guests of some of Mexico’s most unique properties.
Hacienda Sepúlveda (Lagos de Moreno – Closest gateways: Leon or Guadalajara)
 
Once one of the most prosperous haciendas in the Lagos de Moreno area, Hacienda Sepúlveda has evolved into one of the area’s finest accommodations. Experience Mexico through its traditional regional cuisine or a horseback ride around the vast property. Don’t forget to follow it up with a visit to the spa–try the temazcal, a three-hour ancient Toltec steam ritual performed by a local shaman.
 
Hacienda Life Experience
4 days | 3 nights
Package rates for two: $1,380 USD
 
Four days and three nights in a Master Suite
Breakfast served daily in varying areas throughout the propertyA carriage ride and picnic for two
Lunch with “El Patrón” at the Hacienda La Labor (arriving on horseback)
A traditional Hacienda lunch at Sepulveda
A selection of regional snacks served by a bonfire late in the evening
Dinner for two at “La Rinconada” restaurant located in Lagos de Moreno´s historic city center
One candlelit dinner for two on the Hacienda grounds
One signature Spa treatment per guest
One tour of Lagos de Moreno
Tax and services not included
Valid through July 31, 2009
Click here for more information on the hotel, rates, services and image gallery.
 
La Quinta Luna (Cholula – Closest gateways: Puebla or Mexico City)
Enjoy a stay in a beautiful 17th-century mansion that originally belonged to pre-Hispanic indigenous nobility. Today, the thick adobe walls and high-beamed ceilings serve as a backdrop for modern furnishings and colorful artwork.
Culture + Cuisine
5 days | 4 nights
Package rates for two starts at $679 USD for a Standard Room
 
4 nights’ accommodation with upgrade (subject to availability on arrival)
Daily a la carte breakfast
Welcome cocktail
Guided tour to the ethnobotanical garden of Cholula
A 3-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine
A Mexican cooking class for two
Two guided tours to choose from: Puebla, Tlaxcala or Cholula
Rates subject to changes without prior notice
17% taxes included
Valid through August 31, 2009
 
Click here for more information on the hotel, rates, services and image gallery.
 
Hotel des Artistes (Punta Mita – Closest gateway: Puerto Vallarta)
 
Less than an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, this sleek all-suite beachfront luxury apartment-hotel delivers a lavish vacation lifestyle. The restaurant offers diners the opportunity to sample the artistry of Chef Thierry Blouet, recognized for his touch of genius in the kitchen. 
 
Romance in Punta Mita
8 days | 7 nights
Package rate for two: $2,800 USD
Beach Club Suite accommodation with magnificent ocean views
Round-trip airport transfers Suite montage with rose petals upon arrival
A bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne in your Suite upon arrival
“In Lobby” continental breakfast
A romantic 3 course dinner (Bistro Menu) at the beach in the 5-star Café des Artistes del Mar restaurant including a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne (Dinner valid Tuesday to Sunday)
2:30 hrs. private boat tour to Lover’s Beach on Marietas Island (departure from hotel beach)
Three 50-minute massages per person per stay to choose from: Therapeutic, Relaxing or Deep tissue
Extra night: $295 USD
Tax and service not included
Valid through November 14, 2009  
 
Click here for more information on the hotel, rates, services and image gallery.
 
Casasandra (Isla Holbox – Closest gateway: Cancun)
Owned by Sandra Pérez, Cuban singer-songwriter and guitar player Pablo Milanes’ muse and co-author, CasaSandra is a reflection of her passion for the arts. By infusing the hotel with her unique sensibilities and an artistic touch, she has created a getaway that is both refreshing and exquisite.
Return of the Whale Shark
5 days | 4 nights
Package rate for two: $2,509 USD, includes taxes
 
Five days and four nights in deluxe ocean view accommodations
Daily continental breakfast
Roundtrip airport transfers
A bottle of wine in your room
A six-hour whale shark tour
Your choice of lunch or dinner daily at the best gourmet restaurant of the island (special menu, beverages not included)
Valid from June 1 through September 30, 2009
 
Click here for more information on the hotel, rates, services and image gallery.
 
The Tides Zihuatanejo (Zihuatanejo – Closest gateway: Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo)
 
Included on Travel + Leisure 500 List and named “Most Outstanding Hotel” by Condé Nast Johansens, The Tides Zihuatanejo hotel blends the casual romance of beachfront lifestyle with the coveted seclusion of a lush garden retreat.
 
Seaside Seclusion
5 days | 4 nights
Package rates for two begin at $2,200 USD
 
Four nights’ accommodations
Full American Breakfast for two each morning
Dinner for two each evening (Sundays include a “Sense of the Night” gourmet tasting)
One tequila tasting for two
Private margarita-making lesson with a take-home recipe and keepsake glasses
One 60-minute “Couples Massage”
Round trip airport transfers
Valid from June 1 through October 31, 2009
23% tax and service charge not included
Click here for more information on the hotel, rates, services and image gallery.  
 
To experience these or any of Mexico Boutique Hotels’ stylish properties, call 1-800-728-9098 (US and Canada) or visit http://www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com.Select Properties Offer Premier Packages For Summer Getaways
Mexico has had a difficult year, but there’s no doubt in our minds the sophisticated traveler will know exactly how to separate the panic-stricken headlines from reality. The truth is–barring some troubled border cities–travel to Mexico continues to be safe, and any precautions that need to be taken are exactly the same as those you would take to any foreign country.” That includes health hazards: as of May 15, 2009, the U.S. Department of State called off its travel alert relating to the 2009-H1N1 influenza outbreak. We should also note that, by virtue of their extraordinarily high standards in every respect, our member hotels are and always have been secure havens for their guests.
Because Mexico Boutique Hotels caters to those in the know, savvier travelers will be able to take advantage of some great package specials offered by a select group of member hotels offering everything from barefoot elegance by the beach to a marvelous glimpse of elegant colonial living. Multi-course dinners with a view, signature spa treatments and guided tours to gorgeously restored archaeological sites are just part of the many wonders awaiting guests of some of Mexico’s most unique properties.
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