New Additions to Mexico’s Powerhouse Properties

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Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort.
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort.

With major hotel brands adding new properties and undergoing renovations in Mexico, your clients can have their fill of renovated and improved places to choose from, whether they want an all-inclusive experience complete with a kids’ club or a more gourmet retreat.

In Cancun, the all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort has completed a $55 million renovation sprucing up the guestrooms and restaurants, and adding a wave simulator machine and dolphinairum, a nightlife venue, and two lounges for teens and children—the Wired Teens Lounge and Connection Zone Kids Club.

“We believe the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort renovations take the ‘awe-inclusive’ concept to new heights. The enhancements and additions coupled with updated aesthetics, help create a refreshing and stimulating experience for our valued guests,” says Gibran Chapur, executive v.p. of Palace Resorts.

Guests can now find a new sushi bar and Teppanyaki tables at Asian restaurant Momo, which has also expanded its dining space to accommodate 350 guests. Meanwhile at the new nightclub Noir, inspired by the film “Tron,” guests can sip specialty crafted cocktails and listen to live entertainment.

In addition to enhancements to the resort’s Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, Moon Palace has added a dolphinarium where guests can swim with dolphins (eight of them, to be exact) in the saltwater aquarium managed by trainers from Dolphin Discovery.

Guests who book seven nights or more for travel now through Aug. 24 will receive an air credit of up to $525 on packaged bookings and a rebate of up to $280 for land-only bookings. Rates start at $203 pp, per night dbl. For more information, call (800) 635-1836 or visit

Barcelo Maya.
Barcelo Maya.

The Barcelo Maya complex comprised of five all-inclusive resorts in the Riviera Maya will also be undergoing renovations, starting this month.

The $45 million project, which is set to be completed in 2014, will focus on the Barcelo Maya Beach and Barcelo Maya Caribe resorts. New additions include a Barcelo Maya Entertainment Center with a sports bar, bowling alley, teen disco, kids’ club, water park, paddle tennis courts and redesign of the 18-hole miniature golf course. While the project will take place in two phases, the first phase’s renovation will expand and modernize the hotels’ lobbies, add a new lobby bar and hospitality area, renovate the buffet restaurants, and add a new premium lounge club.

The complex offers 2,751 rooms in total, as well as 24 restaurants, 19 bars, five adult pools, two semi-Olympic pools, two children’s water parks, and a spa. Rates start at $125, but guests can save up to 25 percent from June 8-Oct. 31. This promotion can also be combined with up to $3,000 in resort credit, depending on the length of stay, from now through December. For more information, visit

This June, Karisma Hotels & Resorts is launching its new brand Generations Resorts by Karisma with the opening of Generations Maroma. The brand will offer a bevy of upscale amenities in the all-suite hotels, including unlimited nanny and butler service and the signature Gourmet Inclusive experience. With the Gourmet Inclusive experience, guests receive gourmet a la carte meals, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and 24-hour room service.

“We are excited to introduce this outstanding new brand of resorts, an extension of our successful Gourmet Inclusive concept, which will afford guests the ultimate level of luxury services allowing them to enjoy a completely customizable vacation experience,” says Mandy Chomat, v.p. of sales & marketing at Premier Worldwide Marketing, the representative of Karisma Hotels & Resorts.

The 30-suite beachfront Generations Maroma, which opens in June in the Riviera Maya, will offer 17 room categories with a Caribbean decor. Guests 16 and older also have access to the amenities at adults-only El Dorado Maroma next door, such as the N’aay Spa and four restaurants. In November, Generations Riviera Maya is set to open with 144 suites, four restaurants, two lounges, a pool and a swim-up bar.

Rates for Generations Maroma start at $409 pp per night dbl. Generations Riviera Maya will accept bookings beginning June 1 for stays starting Nov. 1. In addition, guests can save 30 percent off bookings made by May 30. For more information, call (866) 527-4762 or visit

The Riviera Nayarit will also receive a new addition when IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts opens its first property in the area, the IBEROSTAR Playa Mita, in December.

“The addition of our Riviera Nayarit resort will make a great inclusion to IBEROSTAR’s portfolio of hotels throughout Mexico and will mark our first on the country’s west coast,” says John Long, v.p. of sales and marketing. “It’s in an area that is an up-and-coming tourist destination and we’re excited to be breaking ground in the region.”

The all-inclusive resort, set on the beach 45 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta, will offer 452 guestrooms, with 120 of those being oceanfront jr. suites. In addition, the resort will feature a lounge by the two pools, SPA Sensations, tennis courts, a fitness center, the onsite Litibu Golf Club, four restaurants (Japanese, Mexican, fine-dining and American-style steakhouse) and a buffet. Children aren’t left out at this resort, either, with the Kids Club for children ages 4-12 and a Kids Pool and Splash Park.

The resort will start taking reservations this month. Rates start at $113 pp, per night dbl. For more information, visit