Readers of the Prestigious Travel Magazine Recognize Resorts Among Top in Latin America for 3rd Consecutive Year

Riviera Maya, Mexico (July 29, 2014) -- Mexico's "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" Grand Velas Resorts in the Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit have been honored for the third consecutive year by Travel + Leisure readers in its 19th annual World's Best Awards Survey. Both resorts were named among the top hotels and resorts in Latin America. Judging for the prestigious survey is based on opinions of magazine's readers who are among the most discriminating travelers around the world. Grand Velas Riviera Maya received a total score of 90.97 for its rooms, location, service, restaurants, and value, while Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit received a score of 91.13.

"We're honored to be included in the Travel + Leisure World's Best list for the third year in a row. This recognition is shared by the hundreds of staff working at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit to ensure a consistent level of high quality service that our guests have come to expect," says Juan Vela, Vice President, Velas Resorts.

For more information or reservations, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit http://rivieramaya.grandvelas.com or http://vallarta.grandvelas.com/. The results of the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2014 are available on http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/2014.

About Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Set on 205 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults only ocean-front, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula's jungle. All 491 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature a Bose sound system, fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, wireless internet access, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with a walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour of Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of the disciples of world celebrity chef Arzak, won the AAA Five Diamond Award, the only all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World and recipient of the award for "Best Luxury Resort Spa in America of 2014" by World Luxury Spas, is the region's largest spa sanctuary. At more than 90,000 square feet, it is known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven step water journey. Other features include 24-hour personal butler concierge, 24/7 ensuite service, three swimming pools, two fitness centers, water sports, innovative kids club and teens lounge, Karaoke Bar, Koi Sports and DJ bar, piano bar and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting spaces and outdoor areas for events and has a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Best of the Best Spa by Virtuoso, U.S. News and World Report and Forbes.com, which named it one of the Top Ten Coolest All-Inclusives in 2012. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts.

Contact: Megan Sterritt, KWE Partners

sterritt@kwepr.com / 786-247-4812

About Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, a Leading Hotel of the World, enjoys a privileged natural setting with flowering, landscaped gardens beside a long stretch of pristine beach and a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains. The centerpiece of the gardens is a three-tiered infinity pool, a preferred spot for catching the legendary sunsets. The AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort features 267 ocean-view suites, some with private plunge pools, and all with plasma TVs, complimentary basic WiFi, fully stocked mini bar, L'Occitane amenities and Nespresso machines. Of the resort's five restaurants, three, serving French, Italian and Mexican gourmet cuisine have received AAA Four Diamond awards for distinguished cuisine and presentation. An oasis of wellbeing, the resort's Leading Spa of the World offers 20 treatment suites, more than 30 spa treatments, many inspired by the native traditions of Mexico and a signature water journey. Other features include a fitness center, 24/7 insuite service, water sports, business center, tennis, baby concierge, Kids Club, and teen lounge during holidays. Puerto Vallarta is just a 15 minute drive away. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit features more than 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting facilities, including the Grand Marissa Ballroom, which consists of more than 6,000 square feet and is easily subdivided into five separate rooms. The resort's facilities also include four other rooms ranging from 681 to more than 1,954 square feet that offer several arrangement variations to maximize meeting productivity and efficiency. The resort has won numerous awards from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor, U.S. News and World Report and Forbes.com, which named it one of the Top Ten Coolest All-Inclusives in 2012. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts.

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