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Smart Travel | November 2006

New Year’s at Pebble Beach: Here’s a fun way to ring in 2007: playing in a two-day, two-person event (best-ball low gross and low net), the first round held December 31 on the Links at Spanish Bay, the second held the next day on the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links. For entry fees starting at $1,390 per player (including golf), you receive two nights’ lodging, a complimentary practice round and a party on New Year’s Eve. Call 831-625-8575 or visit pebblebeach.com.

Bay Hill Remodels Rooms: Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida, has renovated its seventy guest rooms and ten cottages as part of a seven-million-dollar project. Arnold Palmer, who owns the resort and makes it his winter home, has appointed the rooms with pieces from a line of hardwood furniture he developed with his late wife, Winnie. Call 888-422-9445 or visit bayhill.com.

Mexico’s Fairmont Mayakoba Opens Spa: This seven-month-old resort on the Mayan Riviera has opened a 37,000-square-foot Willow Stream spa set under a canopy of mangrove trees. Guests can choose from a selection of treatments incorporating indigenous resources, such as Mayan-chocolate body wraps. The resort features a limestone-fringed golf course designed by Greg Norman. Call 800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com.

New Nonstop Flights to Maui: Hawaiian Airlines is increasing its nonstop service to Maui from several West Coast cities this fall, making it easier to travel to first-rate resorts such as Grand Wailea. The expansion includes extending daily San Diego-to-Maui flights from summer-only to year-round and introducing daily flights to Maui from Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Call 800-367-5320 or visit hawaiianair.com.

Four Seasons Las Colinas Expands: This Dallas-area resort, home of the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Classic, has completed the first phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation. Improvements include forty new villa guest rooms overlooking the eighteenth hole of the TPC course and an exhibit about the remarkable life and career of the late "Lord Byron," a native of nearby Fort Worth.

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