El Chante is a member of Mexico Boutique Hotels, which means your clients get a close eye on quality and you get hassle-free commissions. “Our best asset is knowing what we’re talking about, watching our hotels closely—all the time—and making sure agents get paid,” says MBH director Sylvie Laitre. Rates at El Chante start at $277 for a Deluxe Room, but a Lake Suite with a nice balcony and views is just $336. Prices include daily American breakfast and morning yoga classes.
a cultured liberation Luxury tour operator Artisans of Leisure will leave thoughts of finger painting behind with its Art & Design of Mexico tour, which showcases some of Mexico’s richest cultural options: Meso-American art and architecture, colonial designs and even a bit of the country’s flavors. Clients spend four nights in Mexico City—staying at the luxurious Las Alcobas, Four Seasons or St. Regis—soaking it all in with a private tour of the neighborhoods, the markets and world-famous museums such as the Frida Kahlo Museum, Casa Luis Barragan and the Museum of Anthropology. They will also visit Teotihuacan and the floating gardens of Xochimilco (by boat, of course), plus enjoy a memorable performance of the city’s famous Ballet Folklorico before flying to Oaxaca for three nights of a luxurious stay at Camino Real Oaxaca and full cultural immersion, with visits to Zapotec and Mixtec ruins nearby, meetings with local artisans and plenty of time to lose themselves in the city’s markets and sample its famous cheese and chocolate. If they want, they can also sign up for a cooking class and learn how to make mole. The tour starts at $5,795 pp dbl.
new flights With Mexicana out of the picture for now, other airlines are picking up the slack.
Alaska Airlines has new flights from Sacramento and San Jose, California to Guadalajara, while Continental Airlines is offering daily nonstops from LAX to Leon/Guanajuato (BJX). United Airlines is adding flights from LAX, Chicago and San Francisco to Mexico City. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines just launched nonstop Saturday flights from Memphis to Mexico City.