QTRAVEL AGENT Q&A LAURIE MAXWELL, Owner, Laurie Maxwell Travel, Woodland Park, CO What are some of the unique attributes and selling points of Mazatlan hotels? A: For resort clients who have been to
the more popular Mexico beach destinations and now ask for something
different, Mazatlan is a great choice
for a “new” experience in a colonial
city with beautiful beaches. There are
still quaint beach-front restaurants
and it’s great to spend a leisurely day
shopping and stopping somewhere
for a really good meal and enjoying
the beach and ocean. Sometimes a
Mariachi band strolls by and will stop
to serenade you if you ask them to.
Q: How do the hotel offerings
in Mazatlan compare to other
resort areas in Mexico?
A: With Mazatlan being a major fishing and seafood capital in Mexico,
it offers more EP hotels than other
popular Mexico beach resort areas.
This creates opportunities to experience the great dining choices. Even
all-inclusive resort visitors should
take time to have some great dining at
local favorite restaurants like seafood
favorite La Costa Marinera, Pedro &
Lola, and the fun of Casa Country.
Q: What type of client is best
suited for the different hotel areas in Mazatlan?
A: I recommend the Zona Dorada for
families, beach lovers, and jewelry,
art, and shell collectors. There are
some great stores to browse through
as well as the fun of bargaining with
the vendors on the beach. The Nuevo
Mazatlan area is for golf, boating,
and fishing. The marina there offers
some great day excursions for beach-goers, and bird and wildlife watchers.
Nuevo Mazatlan is also a good choice
for convention groups and business
meetings as the area and its resorts
are well suited to handle groups.
Q: What kinds of niche travel
are a good match for Mazatlan?
A: Girlfriend groups, golfers (great
golf courses), couples and singles resort travel, families, art lovers (great
galleries in Old Mazatlan), jewelry
and craft lovers. Mazatlan can fit
Q: Any additional impressions
from your last visit that could
help agents get inspired to sell
A: The people of Mazatlan are wonderful and make you feel so welcome.
The hotels and resorts, the dining, the history, culture, and art all
make for a really rewarding vacation
El Cid Resorts u
The four El Cid Resorts in Mazatlan have enhanced their in-room Internet
access, and also introduced new facilities and upgrades. At the El Cid
Marina Beach, a new Terrace Lounge provides refreshments, snacks,
and entertainment in a marina-view setting. Guest rooms at the property
have been fully refreshed with upgrades that include LCD flat-screen TVs.
At El Cid Castilla Beach, upgrades include a pool area makeover, new
late-night snack menu, and a new musical at La Pergola Dinner Theater.
Guests of El Cid El Moro Beach can enjoy the new La Gruta Pool Bar and
renovated La Concha Terrace for outdoor oceanfront dining. New Thai
beds offer a perfect setting for a beachfront massage.
And at El Cid Granada Country Club, a new Mexican Fiesta Dinner
Show entertains guests on El Patio Terrace at each Wednesday. The
property also features new golf carts and rental clubs.
The most recent
the Pueblo Bonito
Emerald Resort and
Spa include an open-kitchen Bistro and
16,500 square foot
spa, where clients
can enjoy signature
treatments such as
chromotherapy, aro-matherapy, and water
“It was our first time to [Mazatlan]
and we learned a lot. The hotel accommodations were very nice, the
tours very informative, and the food
was fabulous. We look forward to
sending our clients to Mazatlan.”
KATHLEEN AND VITO C. SEVERINO,
Nice and Easy Travel