SOURCE: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

August 29, 2007 08:00 ET

Reef Club Cozumel Beach Becomes Island's First Wyndham Resort

COZUMEL, MEXICO--(Marketwire - August 29, 2007) - Travelers will now find the widely recognized Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand among the variety of accommodations offered on the island of Cozumel.

The 402-room Reef Club Cozumel Beach and Dive Resort recently announced that it signed an agreement with Wyndham Hotel Group to become the first Wyndham® branded property in Cozumel. The former Reef Club will be known as the Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa after it undergoes a multimillion-dollar renovation to fulfill the quality standards and excellence synonymous with the Wyndham name.

Operating under the Wyndham brand, the all-inclusive resort will continue to be managed by its current owner, Islander Properties, the newest hotel management company based in Cozumel.

"We wanted to affiliate ourselves with a prestigious global hotel brand and felt that Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, known for its superior quality and service, would be an ideal partner for us," said Carlos Del Pino, managing director of Islander Properties.

Peter Strebel, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts president, said the resort is a "perfect addition to our portfolio," adding, "We're proud to be able to offer travelers more options for stays in Mexico and the Caribbean, especially in popular resort destinations including the island of Cozumel."

Located on the southwest coast of Cozumel, the Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa is 15 minutes south of downtown San Miguel, 20 minutes from the airport and minutes away from Cozumel's major reefs. Guests may enjoy more than 2,000 feet of beach, eight swimming pools, the island's largest spa and five room categories.

An alluring tropical island, Cozumel provides the ideal vacation destination for those interested in exploration and excitement. The largest island in Mexico, Cozumel is famed for its crystal-clear aquamarine waters, brilliant coral reefs and beautiful white sand beaches. Home to the largest reef network in the Western Hemisphere, Cozumel is a mecca for divers and snorkelers. Travelers can also take a trip through the jungle on an all-terrain vehicle or horseback riding tour, hike through ancient Mayan ruins, learn new water sports including "kiteboarding," a surf board propelled by a kite, or enjoy a round of golf on Cozumel's championship 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. In addition to the array of land and sea activities, the island offers a wide range of hotel and dining options.

The island of Cozumel, named "The Land of the Swallows" by the Maya who inhabited it more than 2,000 years ago, is located in the state of Quintana Roo east of the Yucatan Peninsula along the largest reef network in the Western Hemisphere and home to the famed Palancar Reef discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1962. Visit Cozumel on the World Wide Web at www.islacozumel.com.mx.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. All hotels are either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts or an affiliate. For more information, visit www.wyndham.com.

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