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HACIENDA DE SAN ANTONIO- Colima, Mexico

It's one of Mexico's best kept secrets that funny enough you can't stop spreading once you've experienced it. Hop a flight to Manzanillo, slide behind the wheel of a car and head 2 hours due north (or, hire a private air charter if you're so inclined, and land at the airstrip nearby).....when you reach the volcano, you've arrived at the epitome of Mexican chic. We're talking 500 pristine manicured acres surrounded by thousands of acres of ranches, coffee plantations, and framed by a surprisingly peaceful yet active volcanic mountain. 25 luxurious spacious suites, individually y themed, with incredibly high ceilings, antique furnishings, abundant traditional Mexican craftwork, and each with its own beautiful story behind it.

It's akin to your own private hacienda, with living rooms to retire in, the freshest of organic and locally-grown foods prepared any way you prefer and served anywhere you wish, gorgeous pool, tennis, and even horseback riding nearby- though most of its visitors tend to air towards the idle side of life for a few days. Not surprising- with service, atmosphere, and a location as outstanding as this, you'll go from 100 mph to siesta 24/7 in no time. Doesn't that just sound fantastico?

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Mention The Explorateur at the time of your booking and Hacienda de San Antonio will give you an exclusive discount of 20% off regular room rates starting at $750, plus these additional amenities valid from now through July 31, 2010:
• Complimentary room upgrade (based on availability)
• Horseback riding for two
For more information and to make a reservation, visit http://www.haciendadesanantonio.com/ or call, US toll-free 1-866-516-2611; email: eventos@haciendadesanantonio.com and be sure & tell 'em THE EXPLORATEUR sent you!



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BLACK FRIDAY EXCLUSIVES!
OK, Explorateurs...here we go...our latest and greatest collection of exclusives, ONLY available to you- our loyal subscribers! Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday weekend.

AN ANTARCTIC DREAM
Literally...Antarctic Shipping, the cruise line that made these explorations famous, is offering an amazing deal for their 18 Feb 2010 departure. Explorateur readers receive 20% off their 11 day/10 night journey departing from Ushuaia and cruising through the Drake Passage, over to the Shetland Islands and through some of the world's most majestic natural scenery. The modern vessel features all the comforts you'd expect, so no need to rough it! Final payment must be made by 31 Dec 2009 to take advantage of the savings. Visit http://www.antarctic.cl/ for more details or contact rkern@antarctic.cl / Tel. +5624816929 for more details.

CULINARY WONDERS
Discover a whole new world of gastronomic delights in Morocco with an amazing experience personally led by ingenue Tehra Turnbaugh Thorp, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu who is as comfortable cooking her delights for celebrities as she is in her own kitchen, preparing dishes for her loved ones. This incredible package includes cooking classes with Tehra herself, a class cooked by traditional women of Fez, cultural & historical walks, biking & hiking excursions, 3 nights at the ultra-chic Riad El Fenn in Marrakech, 1 night at Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot, 2 nights at Heure Bleue (a Relais & Chateaux) in Essouira, and culimnates in a spectacular Moroccan farewell feast. This is a gorgeous way to see such an amazing place who, beyond its natural beauty and historical charm, is a true culinary paradise. Visit http://www.tehrathorp.com/ for more details.

SURF'S UP
That's right, a surfer's paradise where you'd least expect..Taghazout, Morocco. This hip village just a few miles from Agadir has a rhythm all its own...funky shops, cool cafes, constant sunshine, and some of the best waves around. Not to mention the VALUE, it's unrivaled and staying in an apartment or villa is the way to go here. HomeAway Holiday Rentals has an Explorateur deal for you- 10% off a great 2-bedroom holiday hideaway- Visit www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p95590 for more details

MEXICAN SPA BLISS
Take advantage of a unique, personally hosted & guided spa-infused journey in the charming historic spa town of Ixtapan de la Sal. Mexico spa & hospitality expert Phyllis Stoller has created a 7 Night group itinerary complete with an all inclusive stay at the Hotel Spa Ixtapan, 21 organic spa treatments, golf or tennis lessons, yoga, aerobics, and pilates daily. Explorateur readers will receive a special excursion into the village for unique shopping experiences and off-the-beaten-path walks. Dates are 17-24 Jan 2010, contact phyllisnycity@gmail.com for more information.

And...be sure & tell 'em, THE EXPLORATEUR sent you!
 
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LAS ALAMANDAS- Costalegre, Mexico
What would you do if you had an entire boutique hideaway at your disposal, complete with 6 villas and hundreds of acres of unspoilt paradise along the Pacific Coast of Mexico? Here's your opportunity to make this idyllic dream a reality at Las Alamandas. This elegant private estate is the essence of seclusion and luxury, and the perfect setting for your own reclusive honeymoon haven or a small group get-together as it can be completelybooked for private usage. Las Alamandas has long been a favorite celebrity retreat due to its sense of absolute privacy, incredibly personalized hospitality and world-class private fitness training opportunities. What's perhaps the most fabulous aspect of this enclave is the attention to detail, especially evident in the rooms. Each has been carefully and thoughtfully decorated with the utmost attention to detail by the owner, Isabel Goldsmith-Patino- the result? A brilliant fusion of colors, fabrics, and handicrafts that clash yet mix beautifully with one another and reflect the true soul of Mexico. A spectacular variety of yoga and spa treatments from massage to reflexology are always available on-demand here, plus a wide array of sporting activities on land and water. Considering honeymooning here? Remember to indulge in the romantic candlelight & champagne dinner served on your own private terrace, offered to couples celebrating this special time. Don't just take our word for it- Conde Nast Johansenns, AAA 4-Diamond, Virtuoso, and Andrew Harper all agree that this is an award-winning stunner and your perfect Mexican haven.


EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- 10% off rates plus one complimentary romantic dinner on the beach for 2 including a bottle of Mexican wine. Valid for travel through March 30, 2010. Visit http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=vftro6cab.0.0.joz777cab.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alamandas.com%2F&id=preview or call 888-882-9616 / email info@alamandas.com and tell 'em The Explorateur sent you!.
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EX-HACIENDA LA TRINIDAD, GUANAJUATO, MEXICO

Guana-what? you may be saying? Exactly our first thought as well, don't worry. My first experience with this intoxicating place began sort of like a blind date you're not really sure you want to go on, when I was told "surprise, we're going to a really interesting place for your birthday." Never heard of it, didn't know anything about it but like anything in an Explorateur's life, the unknown is always an adventure so bags were packed and off we went. Fast forward to subsequent total 180-degree turnaround in mindset upon arrival, the feeling of wonder upon first setting foot in the gardens awaiting behind the massive door of the Ex-Hacienda La Trinidad is like none other, set in a sleepy town known as Marfil, just minutes from the city center. This hacienda, made up of little cottages and the famous torre (where we had the pleasure of staying) is your home from the minute you arrive. You've got Luis, who is a marvellously pleasant man that takes such pride in everything he does, even going out of his way to drive us into town. You've got an incredibly warm staff who can't wait to treat you to the best homemade Mexican food you've ever had (we were served a zucchini and squash dish with cream sauce that was so delectable you would have bet money it was pasta...gracias by the way to the gracious chefs that tried to help keep us on our diets with that trick!). And then of course you have Guanajuato just minutes away, an amazingly beautiful colonial city with surprises around every corner. A blend of colors, design, markets, churches, and the most intricate underground labytinth tunnel system - no signs, barely any light, but you'll be amazed how deftly the taxi drivers navigate these streets. It's a true feast for the senses, and another side of Mexico to definitely discover.
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