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Preferred Hotels & Resorts Welcomes Its 70th Property in Mexico



WHY IT RATES: Preferred Hotels is celebrating both its 20th anniversary in Mexico and the milestone of its 70th property in the country.—Mia Taylor, TravelPulse Senior Writer.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts today achieved a major milestone in Mexico – reaching 70 member hotels in the country with Marival Distinct Luxury Residences (Preferred Residences), Marival Armony Luxury Resort & Suites (Lifestyle Collection) and Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende (Legend Collection) joining its global portfolio, solidifying the country’s position as the second-largest hotel market for the brand after the United States.

Occurring during the 20th year of the brand’s presence in Mexico, the milestone marks an important step for Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ growth strategy in Latin America.

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“Mexico is one of the most diverse and vibrant destinations within Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ global portfolio,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “Since welcoming our first Mexican hotel in 1999, we have enjoyed the consistent development of an exemplary portfolio of properties across the country, creating a brand presence in popular leisure destinations and key business cities alike. We are thrilled to celebrate both our 20th anniversary and 70th hotel milestones in Mexico this year and will continue to demonstrate our commitment to the country by partnering with its premiere independent hotels and regional groups.”

For more than 50 years, the Preferred brand has been a pioneer in independent hospitality, helping to shape and develop the space by working collaboratively with unique independent hotels, resorts and residences around the globe.

Currently, the brand’s Mexican portfolio includes world-renowned properties such as Montage Los Cabos, Hotel Xcaret, Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa, NIZUC Resort & Spa, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués, Quinta Real Monterrey, Camino Real Santa Fe, Hotel Mousai, Hacienda Jurica by Brisas, Emporio Veracruz and Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, among others.

“With the dissolution of the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico, and subsequent closure of Visit Mexico’s international tourism offices, independent hotels in the country are feeling increased pressure to compete in the global marketplace,” said Antonio Vera, regional director of Mexico for Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

“Comprising more than 35 offices worldwide, Preferred’s unique business model allows member hotels to maintain their independence while tapping into revenue-generating opportunities and turn-key support systems in the areas of sales, marketing, distribution, technology, reputation management, guest loyalty support, and quality standards. Driven by new hotel acquisition and strong global sales team efforts, the brand has successfully driven a 32 percent year-over-year increase in reservations revenue generated on behalf of our Mexican hotel members, which speaks directly to the benefits and strategic support Preferred Hotels & Resorts provides.”

All guests of Marival Distinct Luxury Residences and Marival Armony Luxury Resort & Suites are now eligible to enroll in I Prefer Hotel Rewards, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status and special benefits such as complimentary internet to members upon every stay at more than 700 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide, including 67 hotels in Mexico.

Guests of Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende are also able to redeem cash-value I Prefer Reward Certificates towards their guest folio during their stays.

All three hotels are now bookable via, and travel advisors can also find Marival Distinct Luxury Residences and Marival Armony Luxury Resort & Suites on the GDS via Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ “PH” and “PV” chain codes.

SOURCE: Preferred Hotel Group press release.

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Three Sandos Resorts Ideal for Family Vacations



While most Sandos Hotels & Resorts properties are already family-friendly, the brand is particularly proud of three of its resorts that are truly exceptional when it comes to creating incredible getaways for the entire family. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that each of its all-inclusive resorts sits upon some of the most breathtaking beaches to be found throughout Spain and Mexico.

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort

At Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, resort designers wisely asked themselves the question “Why should kids have all the fun?” when it comes to exciting, fun, refreshing water park adventures. Tucked away amid the magical Mayan jungle, a water park awaits guests of all ages, so kids and adults can enjoy the aquatic experience together!

And, of course, entry is included in your rate of stay. A total of 29 exhilarating water slides promise to get the adrenaline going as you zoom downward at full speed before splashing into the cool waters of the pool.

While popular, the water park isn’t Sandos Caracol’s only kid-friendly attraction. Amid the lush jungle, there’s also an animal farm filled with various exotic species that are native to the surrounding Riviera Maya region, where kids can learn about and interact with fascinating creatures.

The plentiful landscape also affords almost endless eco-activities just outside the resort, such as cool, crystal-clear freshwater cenotes where you can float as turtles swim beneath you and monkeys swing through the treetops overhead.

PHOTO: Biking at Sandos Caracol Eco Resort. (photo via Sandos Hotels & Resorts)

Sandos Playacar

At Sandos Playacar, also located on the stunning white sands of Mexico’s Riviera Maya region (this time in Playa del Carmen), an absolute wealth of family-focused amenities awaits guests as soon as they arrive on property.

The resort’s newly-designed family pool area, mere steps from the beach, incorporates a delightful children’s water park, infinity pool and oceanfront snack bar. The whole family can relax together thanks to different age-appropriate elements combined in one location. There’s also a full program of fun and activities designed for pool and beach play.

When the adults do want some time to themselves, the Kids Club stands ready to entertain and care for guests from four to twelve years old with a full day’s worth of supervised, fun activities. There’s even the Lite Teen Club for the older youngsters (thirteen through seventeen), offering video and arcade games, air hockey, pool tables, a dance floor, non-alcoholic bar and nightly themed parties, where guests can mingle and meet new friends their age.

Near the center of the resort, a nine-hole miniature golf course holds the potential to pit adults against kids in a friendly competition, as guests attempt to putt their way through the quirky paths and tricky inclines, declines and ball-mazes that make the game so much fun!

All the while, tropical birds, butterflies and swaying branches dance about overhead. After dinner, an evening filled with live entertainment for the whole family awaits, as the Gran Plaza outdoor stage comes alive with captivating performances.

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, Mexico
PHOTO: Family dining at Sandos Playacar Beach Resort, Mexico. (photo via Sandos Hotels & Resorts)

Sandos San Blas Eco Resort

Finally, Sandos San Blas Eco Resort offers a singular experience on breathtaking Tenerife island, one of the Spanish-owned Canary Islands off the coast of Northern Africa. The five-star resort is immediately adjacent to the San Blas Environmental Reserve and is the perfect choice for a family vacation that blends relaxation and recreation with nature. Here, families can come together while embarking on activities and adventures that can be found nowhere else.

The onsite lake is ideal for kayaking or canoeing, while the beach also offers adventurous guests kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling options, as well as scuba-diving organized through the in-house dive center.

The incredible, subtropical San Blas Environmental Reserve provides excellent mountain biking, jogging or trekking routes, opportunities for outdoor walk-and-yoga sessions or observing the landscape under star-filled skies. Or, simply set out upon an exploration as a family of the island’s untouched natural wilderness and discover its unique flora and fauna.

The resort itself boasts eight swimming pools—five freshwater and three saltwater pools, two of which are great for kids. There are also activities designed especially for kids, with daily schedules featuring treasure hunts, face painting, pool games, video games and arts and crafts, among others.

Teens, meanwhile, can take part in activities best suited to older minors, such as climbing, kayaking, football, sand-soccer, badminton, pool games and more.

For the adults, two distinct golf courses, Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur, both Atlantic Ocean-adjacent, offer challenging courses set amid spectacular scenery. Golf del Sur boasts three competition courses, featuring volcanic black-sand bunkers, massive greens and two trying water hazards. Amarilla Golf’s eighteen holes are set amid a gorgeous landscape situated beside the ocean, boasting beautiful native flora that’s being preserved thanks to its Biosphere Golf certification.

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