When you make a site inspection trip to the Acapulco Princess, leave behind the beach and sun for a little while and head underground. In the beehive of broad service corridors that wend below the five free-form pools and 1,019 guest rooms of this 480-acre resort, you get a sense that the Princess is a city unto itself. With everything from its own water purification system and English language training for employees to a butchery, pastry kitchen, and employee transportation system, it's no wonder that the resort is able to deliver the first-class service it's known for.

The latest addition to the property is the Atlantis Multimedia Center, a $3 million tiered meeting room that seats 450 persons theater-style. The Salon de Fiestas Ballroom is newly redecorated, with unusual Venetian cut-glass chandeliers and upgraded air-conditioning and lighting systems. Also new: The Princess last year redecorated its Penthouse Suites, opened two casual eateries--Cafe Atlantes (breakfast and lunch) and the Cafe Los Angeles coffee bar--and improved its shopping arcade's logo shop and drug store.

The Princess is on the Pacific Coast about 15 minutes south of downtown Acapulco, close enough to see the sights during the day, then head back in the evening for a visit to the discos.

The resort also features an 18-hole, Ted Robinson designed golf course (the neighboring, seasonal Pierre Marques sister property also has an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones course) as well as 11 tennis courts, including two indoor, air-conditioned stadium courts.