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Grand Velas Riviera Maya Named #1 Best All-Inclusive by Caribbean Travel + Life

Huge Suite, Personal Hot Tub on the Balcony, Welcome Tequila, and Butler Service
Make Resort Both a Romantic Getaway for Adults and a Family Vacation for All

Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya (October 16, 2012) – The “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Riviera Maya has been named the #1 Best All-Inclusive by Caribbean Travel + Life, the leading consumer travel publication solely about the Caribbean in the US.  The luxury accommodations, unique amenities and services, serene spa, gourmet dining and personalized service were all major factors in the decision made by the editors of the publication.

“Everywhere you go, staffers somehow know your name – a level of personalized attention that makes you feel genuinely cared for.  And that, perhaps, is the greatest luxury of all,” said Caribbean Travel + Life Deputy Editor Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon.  “Few all-inclusives are able to provide both a romantic getaway for adults and a family vacation for all.”

“While our expansive suites with plunge pools on the terrace and innovative Water Journey at the Spa are standouts, we know that our true hospitality comes from the staff that goes the extra mile each and every day,” said Fernando Garcia Rossette, Managing Director of Grand Velas Resorts.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya prides itself on being the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the all-inclusive, ultra-luxury resort experience with a three to one staff to guest room ratio and extensive amenities and programs in each one of its key experiences: accommodations, food and beverage, spa, meetings and events facilities, design, and ecological and cultural enrichment programs.  Spacious suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, boast views of the azure Caribbean Sea or vibrant Yucatan jungle vegetation.  With Mexico’s “Chef of the Year” among those in the kitchen, the resort has created individualistic restaurants with the goal of each becoming the best in its respective genre, able to compete head-to-head with top luxury resorts’ and independent world-class restaurants.  And, the spa, named “Best Spa" in the world by Virtuoso, features almost 40,000-square feet given to separate men’s and women’s Water Journeys. Each encompasses custom-designed amenities including a Clay Room, a circular glass-tile-lined steam room with a fiber-optic “star light” ceiling, an Ice Room with floor-to-ceiling window, and hot-and-cold Experience Showers. A central infinity pool has powerful massaging faucets throughout and carved-stone chaises with jets set just underneath the surface of the water on which guests recline.

The article and slideshow in its entirety can be read on  Caribbean Travel + Life is the official consumer publication of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel Association.
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About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
Recently featured in Forbes’ roundup of the 10 Coolest All-Inclusive Resorts, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all-suites and spa resort located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience.  This Leading Hotels of the World designated resort is the preeminent one of its class boasting 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, in three separate ambiances-- premium ocean-front Grand Class Suites wit h terrace plunge pools for families with children 12 and up, family-friendly ocean-view Ambassador Suites and Zen Grand Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle.  The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico; dedicated butler service for each guest, and the region’s largest spa sanctuary at over 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world.  The spa was named “Best Spa" in the world by Virtuoso and also earned a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award.  The resort was designed by lauded Mexican architecture firm Elias and Elias and features the sleek and modish interiors that fuse the serenity of the Caribbean with the vibrancy of Yucatan cultures.  Making its debut on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Survey in 2012, Grand Velas Riviera Maya was ranked both 2nd amongst the Top 25 Best Hotels in Mexico and 38th amongst the Top 100 Best Hotels worldwide.

Megan Sterritt
KWE Partners


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