celebrate the conclusion of the event, an elab-
orate farewell dinner and after-party event
was held at Canyon San Carlos. It was full of
music, singing and dancing under the stars.”
Among the newest evening options is a
Night Sky program at the recently opened
Grand Velas, which provides guided view-
ing of the stars, planets and constellations.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, meanwhile, hosts
a four-course champagne dinner under the
stars, accompanied by an astronomer. And
active groups can head out for a night-
time zipline tour at Wild Canyon, or go
for a camel ride to a secluded beach for a
private sunset meal with Cabo Adventures,
followed by star-watching.
For sunset or nighttime views, The
Rooftop bar and lounge at The Cape, a
Thompson Hotel, welcomes groups for
handcrafted cocktails and local artisanal
beers overlooking Cabo San Lucas and the
famed El Arco rock formation.
Tequila fans will find Los Cabos’ largest
tequila selection at the Hilton Los Cabos
Beach & Golf Resort, where the bar Azul
offers a full assortment of tequila, mescal
and signature cocktails with ocean views.
The well-connected city of Cancun offers
easy access to an especially vibrant array of
“Cancun is truly a phenomenal destination for groups, due to its extensive air connectivity and great value,” said Lizzie Cole,
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Los Cabos, which reported growth in arrivals of nearly 19 percent in February 2017 compared to the previous year, is planning on adding 4,742 hotel rooms between 2017 and 2020. Among the newest properties are the 60-room
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences ( https://chilenobay.aubergeresorts.com), 206-room
Grand Velas Los Cabos ( http://loscabos.grandvelas.com), 187-room Krystal Grand
Los Cabos ( www.krystal-hotels.com) and 128-room Solaz Los Cabos ( www.solazlos
cabos.com) hotel. In November, Palace Resorts is slated to debut the 373-room Le
Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos ( www.leblancsparesort.com), which will have more than
14,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
In March, Palace Resorts unveiled The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun (www.
moonpalacecancun.com), the result of a $450 million upgrade.
New in nearby Riviera Maya is the 436-room Unico Hotel (www.unicohotelriviera
maya.com), an all-inclusive property with five restaurants, three lounge bars and indoor/outdoor meeting and event space. Also new is the 60-room Live Aqua Boutique
Resort Playa del Carmen ( www.liveaqua.com). In addition, Karisma Hotels & Resorts
( www.karismahotels.com) recently introduced 30 over-water bungalows at Dorado
Maroma, and the Thompson Playa del Carmen ( www.thompsonhotels.com) debuted
a new 27-room Beach House, two blocks from the main property.
Chef Corey Collins recently introduced a new Chef’s Table experience at the
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort ( http://playadelcarmen.grand.hyatt.com),
featuring a custom-designed menu prepared in front of the diners. The Grand Hyatt
is also launching a Gallery Dinner series that combines fine art and cuisine, with
a private space for cocktails, followed by dinner in a venue decorated with original
This year, the Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta ( www.grandfiestamericana.
com) invested more than half-million dollars to create a marine rock wall that will
allow for a larger beach by reducing sand erosion. The property is expanding its
culinary options with the addition of a traditional taco stand at casual Shore Grill.
The Riviera Nayarit is preparing to welcome a number of new hotels and resort
complexes, including the 480-room Krystal Grand ( www.krystal-hotels.com), which
is the result of an expansion of the hotel Bel Air and will feature a new convention
center when complete at the end of this year. Also on tap is the 250-room Fair-
mont Costa Canuva ( www.fairmont.com), which opens in 2018 with a golf course
designed by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa; the 130-room Rosewood Mandarina
( www.rosewoodhotels.com), which opens in 2019; and the 145-room One&Only
Mandarina ( www.oneandonlyresorts.com), which has not confirmed an opening date.
In addition, a Cirque du Soleil park will open in 2019 at
Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta.
Posadas has confirmed plans to build the Grand Fiesta
Americana Acapulco Diamante ( www.grandfiestamericana.
com), a property with about 428 rooms located next to
the upscale La Isla Acapulco Shopping Village located
between the Acapulco International Airport and the city;
an opening date has not been announced.
Groups looking for excitement in Acapulco can consider
Xtasea ( www.xtasea.mx/en), a new attraction owned by
Mundo Imperial Acapulco and billed as the world’s longest