Mexico Ups Its Luxury Vibe

Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences is sporting a new look. Its pools have also been jazzed up with modern furnishings.

Looking to be truly pampered? Book a stay in one of the Spa Sanctuary Villas that just opened at Banyan Tree Resorts’ two Mexico properties, Mayakoba and Cabo Marques near Acapulco. Nice Touch: Each villa comes with a separate area for spa treatments, with two treatment beds for side-by-side massages. Every villa also has its own outdoor area and a private pool.

Banyan Tree’s Spa Pool Villa has its own outdoor area and a private pool.

Banyan Tree’s Spa Pool Villa has its own outdoor area and a private pool.

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Along with the villas comes a wellness program that provides for guests to meet with a “host” upon arrival to design a customized spa itinerary. Add-ons will complement standard offerings, which include a Neck and Shoulder Massage or a Thai Yoga Massage in the morning, followed by an in-villa “Wellness Breakfast” (that’s healthy food and beverages; think organic juices and fruit). Throughout the day, therapists are on hand to provide unlimited massages from a menu of 10 treatments — from Ayurvedic, Balinese and Lomi Lomi to targeted Sports Therapy or Thai Classic massage. Other offerings include a Personal Hydro Experience and Senses Reviver Foot Massage.

Banyan Tree’s Spa Pool Villa comes with a separate area for spa treatments, allowing guests to enjoy outdoor massages.

Banyan Tree’s Spa Pool Villa comes with a separate area for spa treatments, allowing guests to enjoy outdoor massages.

Tip: We suggest booking this experience as a couple or individual, or even as a small business retreat.

Note: The spa villa concept is expected to roll out throughout the Banyan Tree portfolio.

Luxury travel advisors sending VIPs to the resorts can contact Jesús Estrada ([email protected]) for the Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Karla Hernández ([email protected]) for the Banyan Tree Cabo Marques.

VieVage Los Cabos

Auberge Resorts Collection is moving along with its new Los Cabos resort that will fly its spanking new lifestyle VieVage flag, which is high on design and said to sport a cool relaxation vibe. The boutique luxury resort opening late this year will have just 29 hotel accommodations; it will also have 32 three- and four-bedroom beach villas for sale. Located within the 1,200-acre Chileno Bay development, the property lies nine miles from Cabo San Lucas, and is set to open this October. Once finished, it will offer a year-round stage for activities like scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming and snorkeling.

We hear VieVage’s suites and villas will have water views and indoor-outdoor living spaces, all with a cool, California style. Bespoke furnishings, like wood-slab table tops and limestone floors, will give the space an earthy aesthetic. There will also be a centerpiece swimming pool, a second pool for families, an oceanfront hot tub and fire pits. A new Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a large spa, fitness center and movement studio with a series of classes, a kid’s club, owners lounge and h2O Cave, the resort’s waterfront sports center, will round out the offerings. At the Ocean Edge Restaurant, “artisanal cuisine in a relaxed setting under the stars” is on tap.

Luxury travel advisors can contact Shirley Dunn Hanks ([email protected]; 011-214-315-4303), the newly appointed director of sales and marketing for VieVage Los Cabos, for special requests.

Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences

Grand Miramar’s La Mar Restaurant gives guests an opportunity to enjoy panoramic ocean views while feasting on modern, International cuisine.

Grand Miramar’s La Mar Restaurant gives guests an opportunity to enjoy panoramic ocean views while feasting on modern, International cuisine.

Grand Miramar All Luxury Suites & Residences in Puerto Vallarta, a AAA Four-Diamond resort, is sporting a new look, along with new services and amenities in both the suites and public spaces.

With panoramic views overlooking Banderas Bay from two high-rises, chic furnishings and artisan-crafted décor, guests will have no trouble finding peace and tranquility in the heart of the Conchas Chinas neighborhood. We suggest VIPs book the Master Suite; it has an outdoor balcony with Jacuzzis where they can enjoy a cocktail or two while watching the sunsets in style.

The hotel’s food scene also got a revamp. La Mar Restaurant serves modern, international cuisine while Cielito Lindo dishes up authentic Mexican. In the pipeline is The Gin Joint, which will serve as the hotel’s ultra-chic rooftop lounge at the highest point on Banderas Bay showing off 360-degree views and serving signature cocktails.

Grand Miramar’s pools have also been jazzed up with new modern furnishings, while Spa Miramar has Agave Spa experience treatments said to be derived from native Mexican botanicals for those who want to take the relaxing experience to the next level.

Note: Guests at Grand Miramar can also play at the nearby Vista Vallarta Golf Club or at the Marina Vallarta course at a discounted rate.

The resort is geared for couples, groups, weddings, honeymoons and special occasions, and touts itself as offering “accessible luxury for the discerning traveler.” It’s close to Puerto Vallarta’s beachside promenade, bar and restaurant scene. Luxury travel advisors can contact Aaron Coronado ([email protected]; 01 33 3333 6116), sales executive, for special arrangements.

Dining Report: Mexico City

Dedicated foodies owe it to themselves to indulge in Mexico City’s many culinary experiences. There are more than 400 city markets in this capital city and we hear Mercado de San Juan is where travelers can find local produce and fish from the coast of Mexico, and also delicacies like edible insects, crocodile and Faisan. Eat Mexico’s culinary tours offer a wide range of full-service culinary adventures, including a Mexico City Street Food Tour. On this four-hour walk, guests move from stand to stand, tasting fresh-squeezed orange juice, tacos, tamales and atole, which is a rice and masa drink. We hear that this tour is well suited for all types of foodies, including vegetarians and vegans.Agua de Alfalfa, a popular beverage in Mexico City, is made with alfalfa, pineapple and lime.

Pictured: Agua de Alfalfa, a popular beverage in Mexico City, is made with alfalfa, pineapple and lime.

For the ultimate experience, book the Late Night Tacos and Mezcal tour — an inside look at Mexico’s nightlife food scene. Guests are picked up at their hotel and ride to a Mexican microbrewery. Along the journey, travelers will try esquites, the city’s street-corn specialty, and visit three iconic taquerías. Also included is transportation in a private, chauffeured vehicle. Note: This itinerary isn’t ideal for vegetarians. All tours can be either public or private and custom itineraries can be created. Book online at www.eatmexico.com, or call 011-551-864-0976 and ask for Lydia Carey.

—Natalie Maneval

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