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Mexico’s Velas Resorts in Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta
Earn Five and Four 2010 AAA Diamond Awards

Two Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Restaurants, Lucca and Piaf, Take Home
AAA Four-Diamond Award for Fine Dining

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (December 15, 2009) – Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort in Riviera Nayarit was awarded the 2010 American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Five-Diamond Award for lodging for the fourth consecutive year.  The resort is the only all-inclusive Five Diamond Award winner in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit with two AAA Four Diamond rated gourmet restaurants, Italian-inspired Lucca and French-inspired Piaf.  It is also the only family-friendly all-inclusive in North America to receive this distinction. The sister property, Casa Velas Hotel Boutique in Puerto Vallarta, was awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award for the third consecutive year and is the only adults-only all-inclusive golf resort in Mexico to receive this award.  

Every year more than 65 AAA/CAA tourism editors visit over 70,000 lodgings, campgrounds, restaurants and attractions throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Tourism editors conduct unannounced evaluations, scrutinizing such areas as cleanliness, ambiance, amenities and service.  Only an estimated 0.25 percent of the estimated 60,000 properties will receive the Five Diamond Award and only 3.25 percent of the estimated 32,000 properties are awarded the AAA Four Diamond designation each year.  

Casa Velas Hotel Boutique

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

About Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit:
In Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Located just 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta on Banderas Bay, Grand Velas features 267 ocean-view suites, ultra spacious Spa Suites and two- and three-bedroom Imperial Suites.  Grand Velas Spa is the crown jewel of the resort and a member of Leading Spas of the World. The spa features 20 treatment rooms, over 80 spa treatments, a high-performance gym and exercise room, spa boutique and a beauty salon. Five restaurants, three of which are gourmet, feature stylish decor and a la carte choices for French, Italian or Mexican cuisine. The resort also offers tiered three-temperature infinity pools with iPod minis, tennis court, 25,321 total sq feet of meeting space, special entertainment for adults and kids and a Kids Club.  For more information please call 1-888-261-8436 or visit

About Casa Velas Hotel Boutique:
The hacienda-style Casa Velas, a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World and a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award, is located just five minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport and only 15 minutes from the popular downtown area, art galleries, and “El Malecon” (the boardwalk).  The hotel features 80 suites, some with private pools and Jacuzzis. The perfect vacation for golfers, Casa Velas is nestled on the greens of Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course and also offers golf privileges at two other top 18-hole golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf only 20 minutes away. Spa Casa Velas, a Leading Spa of the World, encompasses five treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy area, a fitness gym and a beauty salon. Emiliano a la carte fine dining restaurant is at the hands of one of the area’s leading chefs serving Mexican and international cuisine.  For reservations or more information, visit or call 1-866-529-8813 in the U.S. and Canada.


KWE Group
Aimet Arill 

Also See: 2009 Most Excellent Resort Awarded to Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Nuevo Vallarta By Condé Nast Johansens Luxury Hotel Guide / February 2009
Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Awarded AAA Five Diamond-Award for Second Year in a Row / November 2007

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