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Top: The new Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta. Left: Camp Woodward debuts at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya next year. it adds new service from four U.S. cities in 2016-from RaleighDurham, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Kansas City. fun tidbits to keep an eye on surrounding a private, walled courtyard. Meanwhile, in the picturesque town of Zihuatanejo, the Viceroy property recently completed a top-to-bottom renovation of its eight Deluxe guestrooms and they now feature contemporary Mexican materials alongside modern decor, as well as rainforest showerheads in the bathroom, and decks with lounge chairs. up, up and away All those new beds equals more visitors, and with new air service those beds are going to be pretty warm. Delta Air Lines has expanded its offerings from LAX to Monterrey, Mazatlan, Zihuatanejo and Manzanillo, while Alaska Airlines began nonstop service from Orange County to Puerto Vallarta this past October, operating 35 weekly peak-season flights to the Mexican city on board a next generation Boeing 737 aircraft. Merida, the biggest city in the Yucatan peninsula, is not always on clients' radar, but with its colonial charm and broad central plazas it should be. American Airlines will be introducing nonstop service from Dallas to Merida this coming March-five weekly roundtrip flights on an Airbus A319 aircraft. Additionally, American will offer more access to Cancun when 66 december 2015 Hard Rock All Inclusive Collection will put the spotlight on kids when it opens the doors to Camp Woodward at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. It will be a dedicated area, some 20,000 sq. ft., where guests can participate in dry land snowboarding and snow skiing-yes, in Mexico-as well as skateboarding and BMX, Parkour, and cheer, hip hop, trampoline and digital media programs. The programs will be instructor based and available to hotel guests with Resort Credit. Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos is debuting its new Whale Safari Experience this coming February. Each winter the "Big Three"-gray whales, blue whales and humpback whales-migrate to Baja California Sur to convene for one month out of the entire year. Guests can spot the three whale species on a 2-day, luxury safari in the southern half of the Baja California Peninsula. Mexico is heavily promoting itself as a culinary hub-it is, in fact, one of the top gastronomy destinations in the world with accolades to prove it-so no surprise that Artisans of Leisure, offering bespoke customized tours, has launched an 11-day Culinary Tour of Mexico in which visitors learn the secrets of mole with a cooking instructor in Puebla; dine at top restaurants in Mexico City; tour a mescal distillery; and explore markets and participate in a private cooking lesson in Oaxaca. Oasis Hotels & Resorts has launched Weddings by Oasis with several ceremonty options. O Ceremony, at the lower end of the price range, accommodates up to six guests and includes lots of goodies such as private VIP check-in and a semi-private dinner, while O Eternity, for up to 50 guests, is at the top of the price range and includes a surprise gift, gourmet breakfast, private poolside/beach cocktail and a long list of additional amenities. ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend December 2015

Editor’s Notes
19th Annual Recommend Readers’ Choice Awards Winners
Cruising Into the Future
Anthem of the Seas
Norwegian Escape
Looking Ahead
Saint Lucia 36-Page Pull-Out Travel Agent Specialist Program
Trending Now in the Caribbean
Eyes on 2016
Dive Into the New Year
Wild Encounters in the Coming Year
New Year, More Choices
Latin America in 2016 & Beyond

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