CasaMagna Marriott Highlights Golfers

Puerto Vallarta resort looking to capitalize on Golf Championship excitement

By: Lisa Jennings

After the EMC World Cup Golf Championship, which was held in Puerto Vallarta in December 2002, golfers from around the world turned their attention to Mexico’s “Golf Coast.”

The following year, golf-minded travelers flooded into Puerto Vallarta, and resorts such as CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta took notice. For 2004, CasaMagna is beefing up its services for golfing guests, offering new packages that will no doubt draw on the growing golf niche.

Last year, CasaMagna added a new “golf concierge” service, for example, available between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, to assist with preferred tee times, as well as making arrangements for guests to attend a golf clinic offered twice each week at the local courses.

The 433-room resort on the Bay of Banderas is associated with three courses nearby. The Vista Vallarta Golf Club, where the World Cup was hosted in 2002, has two signature 18-hole courses, one designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the other by Tom Weiskopf. And the resort is also affiliated with the Marina Vallarta Golf Club, across the street from the resort, with features an 18-hole course designed by Joe Finger.

CasaMagna is offering a selection of golf packages this year. The One-Round Golf package includes one round of golf daily for two at any of the affiliated courses, a daily buffet breakfast, roundtrip transfers, club storage at the hotel, cart rental, maid gratuities and taxes, and advance tee time bookings.

Per night rates, based on double occupancy, range from $413 for a gardenview room to $464 for a deluxe oceanview room. All rooms have private balconies.

The packages, which are commissionable at 10 percent, are available through April 12, 2004, and guests can reserve them for one or more days, or combine them with other special rates for the rest of their stay.

Located about 10 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, the oceanfront CasaMagna also has tennis courts, swimming pools, a health club and access to plenty of water sports. It also offers a Marriott Kids program, for children 5 to 12, offering planned activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, as well as Friday and Saturday evenings.