Message from the Past President
Paul Austin, M.D.
The AAPU 2020 annual meeting will take place January 20-24 in Mayakoba, Mexico which is located in the Eastern part of the Yucatan peninsula on the Caribbean Sea, approximately 40 miles South of Cancun. Mayakoba is a tropical destination that is rich in culture, history and geography and offers so many opportunities to explore. In close proximity one will find Mayan ruins of Tulum, Ek Balam and Chichen Itza, one of the seven new wonders as well as the 2nd largest reef off the nearby island of Cozumel, archeological eco parks Xcaret and Xel Ha, lively nightlife of Playa del Carmen and a multitude of cenotes – underground swimming holes which are indigenous to Mexico. Mayakoba is a 1600 acre gated community nestled in the Mexican Riviera Maya. The development was carefully designed to enhance the natural beauty and landscape of the area which is comprised of jungles, lagoons, mangroves, beaches and cenotes. Mayakoba was conceived as a resort development. The idea was to follow the geographic contours of the existing areas and guests can travel to every corner of this community by navigating 4 km of waterways on electric powered boats, on foot or bike via nature paths or via chauffer driven electric golf carts. Mayakoba is home to four luxury hotels – Hyatt Andaz, Banyan Tree, Rosewood and our host property, The Fairmont, as well as a traditional reproduction of a Mexican town, El Pueblito. An 18 hole, Greg Norman, PGA tour golf course laid out over three eco systems completes the development. The Fairmont Mayakoba offers 401 rooms, suites and casitas intertwined within 47 acres of lush jungle and lagoons. It is home to four restaurants and lounges, 5 pools and waterslide, a Willowstream spa, fitness center, Discovery Club and Nature Camp which is complimentary for children aged 4-12. A limited number of specially negotiated rates are being held for AAPU at the rate of $319 Fairmont room in the main building, $339 deluxe casita overlooking the grounds and $369 signature casita overlooking the lagoons as well as a signature casita suite at $509 and a Beach front casita at $689 – tax and service fees are additional. A $20 per person resort fee per night is also applied. A third adult sharing a room will be charged $40/night. Reservations can be made by calling 1 800 441 1414, 1 800 540 6088, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online via the web link--
For families booking 2 rooms to accommodate children:
the maximum room occupancy will be: 3 adults + 1 child (under 18yrs) or 2 adults + 2 children.
Please call the number above to make changes.
Please mention the AAPU room block when booking.
The resort fee covers housekeeping and bell staff gratuities, wifi, BMW bicycles, daily paper, fitness center access, use of paddleboards, kayaks, guided catamaran tours, guided bird watching tours via boat, use of paddle and tennis courts, and the kids club. Group rates will be offered 3 days pre/post based on hotel availability. The Fairmont property tends to sell out well in advance and January is high season so please plan accordingly. Airport taxis can be arranged through the Fairmont concierge – myk.concierge@Fairmont.com. Most taxis only accept cash payment. We also plan to arrange ground transfers thru a preferred Destination Management Company. Fairmont is a new member of Le Club Accor Hotels. A complimentary membership can be obtained by enrolling at www.leclubaccorhotels.com. Official currency is the Mexican peso but US dollars are widely accepted in many places. It is recommended, however, to use pesos. An ATM machine is located I the hotel lobby. Maritur Destination Management Company is also located on property and can book tours, excursions and activities. Come join us in experiencing the warm Mexican hospitality in the luxurious and culturally rich oasis of Mayakoba. For additional information, please contact Maureen McCarthy, Meeting Planner at Global Meeting Solutions, 508 836 8848.Our sister company, Travel Solutions, is available to assist with flights, rental cars, insurance. Ally@trvlsolutions.com, , 508 366 2678