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top golf resorts MEXICO Fairmont’s Mexican golf meccas break par. ed wetschler After two unrelated visits to the Fairmont Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya and, in Acapulco, The Fairmont Acapulco Princess and The Fairmont Pierre Marques, I can’t resist comparing them. They’re all high-end destinations with championship golf, gorgeous beaches, world-class cuisine, and that Fairmont mix of haute luxury with local color and sustainability that enhances both guests’ and locals’ lives. Moreover, they all honor Fairmont’s Famous Agents loyalty program (see the March issue of Recommend, page 10). Despite their similarities, though, these destinations are anything but look-alikes, so here’s a guide to who’s who. onsitereview D E C E M B E R 2 0 12 fairmont mayakoba, mayans and bogeys win a 3-night stay at the fairmont acapulco princess Make sure to read through this Fairmont Mexico onsite review for your chance to win a 3-night stay for two at the Pearl, a beach enclave at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Visit recommend. com/fairmontmexicocontest and answer all questions correctly for your chance to win. Stay includes 3-night accommodations, breakfast and two rounds of golf at Turtle Dunes Country Club. 46 may 2013 46-51 MX Golf.indd 46 El Camaleon Golf Course, the handiwork of Greg Norman, hosts the only PGA TOUR event in Mexico, the OHL Classic. As part of the AAA five-diamond Fairmont Mayakoba, El Camaleon lies north of Playa del Carmen in Mayakoba’s enclave of villas, resorts (besides the Fairmont, there’s a Rosewood and Banyan Tree), and fairways. Clients who fear a shark attack should take heart: Norman designed this 72-par PGA layout to also work for weekend duffers, thanks in part to the brilliant placement of its four sets of tees. Indeed, the entire course is brilliant. “When workers began building El Camaleon, they discovered a cenote—one of those water-filled caves typical of the Riviera Maya—along the first hole,” says Paulina Feltrin, Fairmont Mayakoba’s director of public relations. “Instead of constructing a bridge, filling in the cenote, or steering clear of it, Norman featured the cenote as a trap.” The result is authentic, green, photogenic, and pure Fairmont. Approaching the course, I encountered an immense iguana, so I asked one of the pros, “Is this why they call the course ‘El Camaleon?’” Too polite to point out that iguanas and chameleons are as different as horses and hyenas, he explained that the layout is chameleon-like because it camouflages itself to fit in with the natural mangroves, jungle, lagoon, and seashore. “It’s designed for people who appreciate nature and a championship layout, even if they use the front tees,” he said. They can get further assistance from the excellent Jim McLean Golf Academy. ➤ 4/24/13 10:56 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2013

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Tour Talk: PerryGolf
Viking Aegir
A-ROSA Cruises
New York City
United States
UK & Ireland
Fairmont Mexico
The Road to Ruins-Peru's Northern Kingdoms
Kush Kelibsiz!: Welcome to Uzbekistan
Touring Israel & Jordan

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