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Mar del Cabo Opens in Los Cabos, Mexico

KWE Partners ·11 December 2018
Mar del Cabo is a stylish adaptation of the classic boutique hotel, designed to captivate and comfort with its space of unassuming and pleasing minimalism. Created as a white canvas with touches of color and chic design, it is the deep blue of the Sea of Cortez and the golden beaches that add tone, depth and natural accents. Mar del Cabo invites travelers to enjoy a stylish beachy vibe while still maintaining the high-end service and features expected with a property associated with Velas Resorts.Mar del Cabo has 46 one and two bedroom suites and two penthouses. Each unit has a king or two queen size beds, kitchenette with coffee maker and microwave oven, terrace with sitting area, separate living area with sofa, bathroom width step-in rain shower, and daily turndown service.A common denominator with Velas Resorts, the culinary delights will not disappoint, as organic cuisine inspired by local Baja dishes and coastal Mediterranean favorites will be served at the Encanto Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A bar, oceanfront spa, sleek and sensual ocean-front pool, as well as outdoor spaces to hold private events complete Mar del Cabo.Room rates start at $191 USD per night. For more information and to book, call 1.844.314.2352, email reservations@mardelcabo.com or visit https://mardelcabo.com/.About Velas Resorts:Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos have earned 52 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso's "Best Spa," Forbes' "Coolest All-Inclusives," Forbes' Four Star Award, and TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame, among others. Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, properties include the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas in Los Cabos, with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort; AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, which 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; and AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering a sophisticated all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. In Puerto Vallarta, Casa Velas is a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta, a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay. Mar del Cabo, a boutique hotel on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, opens on December 5th as its only European Plan offering. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, operates Velas Resorts with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. For reservations or more information, call 1-888-407-4869, email reservations@velasresorts.com or visit https://www.velasresorts.com.
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Mexico's Velas Resorts Accepted into Membership of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

KWE Partners ·26 September 2018
Velas Resorts in Mexico announces its properties in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta have been accepted into membership of Preferred Hotels & Resorts - the world's largest independent hotel brand that represents more than 700 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. The Grand Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit are the newest experiences available within the brand's Legend Collection, the ultimate portfolio of exceptional properties in the most remarkable destinations of the world. Velas Vallarta, an oceanfront family-friendly resort in Puerto Vallarta, join's the brand's Lifestyle Collection, a diverse group of premier global properties offering engaging stays and memorable moments.Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, renowned spas, a unique culinary experience inclusive of 24-hour in suite service, fitness centers, personal concierge service, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, and more.For reservations or more information, call 1-888-407-4869, email reservations@velasresorts.com or visit https://www.velasresorts.com.About Preferred Hotels & Resorts:Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest independent hotel brand, representing more than 700 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Through its five global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high-quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The I Prefer Hotel Rewards program, Preferred Residences, Preferred Pride, and Preferred Golf offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. For more information, visit PreferredHotels.com.About Velas Resorts:Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos have earned 52 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso's "Best Spa," Forbes' "Coolest All-Inclusives," Forbes' Four Star Award, and TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame, among others. Properties include the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas in Los Cabos, with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort; AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, which 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; and AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering a sophisticated all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. In Puerto Vallarta, Casa Velas is a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta, a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour in suite service, fitness centers, personal concierge service, wedding inspections for couples, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, operates Velas Resorts with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. For reservations or more information, call 1-888-407-4869, email reservations@velasresorts.com or visit https://www.velasresorts.com.
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Velas Resorts Raises Bar on Mexican Cuisine at IMEX Frankfurt

KWE Partners ·14 June 2018
During the gastronomic week, Hotel Lindner invited various chef apprentices from 15 other Lindner properties in Germany to assist Chef Vargas in the kitchen. Chef Vargas shared new experiences and culinary inspirations to these students in their culinary training, which was received with great enthusiasm among the participants.In addition to the gastronomic week, the Meetings by Velas Resorts team conducted one-on-one appointments and an event to promote Los Cabos was organized with the support of the Tourism Trust. Consular staff, members of the business community, cultural institutions, regular clients of the resort collection and restaurant, and meetings and incentives-focused media attended. Chef Vargas offered a special tasting menu for this occasion, prepared in conjunction with Chef Johannes Hanspach of Lindner.Velas Resorts has catered to MICE Industry needs for over 25 years with resorts that feature excellence in service, world-class hospitality, beautifully appointed accommodations, signature Luxury All-Inclusive, superb facilities and expansive Convention Centers. For more information on Velas Resorts Meetings or to make a reservation, please call 1-888-505-8399 or visit http://velasmeetingsmexico.com/.

Chef Wayu "Light" Wattanakamin Named Chef of Sen Lin Asian Restaurant At Grand Velas Riviera Maya

KWE Partners ·25 May 2017
Riviera Maya, Mexico -- Wayu "Light" Wattanakamin has been named Head Restaurant Chef of Sen Lin restaurant at the "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" Grand Velas Riviera Maya. In his new role, Chef Light will develop a new menu for the Asian-inspired restaurant, balancing modern and ancient cuisine that plays on new textures and original presentations with the traditional ingredients. The appointment is effective immediately.With 14 years of culinary-industry experience and a native Thai, Wattanakamin began his career after culinary school by opening his own restaurant. He later explored international cuisine at the Sahara Resorts in Kuwait, the Millennium Plaza Hotel in Dubai, the Diplomatic Club in Doha and many more throughout Europe and Malaysia. Most recently, Wattanakamin headed up the Signature Restaurant at Banyan Tree Mayakoba. His experience and talent create a combination of inspiration that stem from recipes passed down from his mom, keeping traditional food and flavors of the Thai Kitchen in every dish.Rates start at $393 per person per night based on double occupancy and include luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. For more reservations or more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, please email reservations@velasresorts.com, call 1-888-407-4869, or visit www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com.About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:Set on 206 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 oceanfront, family-friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula's jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world-renowned celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Xavier Perez Stone, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Se Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen's Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of 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 and several other magazines and major companies worldwide, including World Luxury Spa Awards and TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, owner, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts.# # #

Grand Velas Los Cabos Accepted into the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program

KWE Partners ·19 April 2017
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico -- Grand Velas Los Cabos announces it has been accepted into the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program. The resort, the fifth property of Mexico's "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" Velas Resorts, cost $150 million to build, opening in December 2016. The beachfront property has enhanced signature facilities and services of Grand Velas resorts including duplex wellness suites with juice bars, wine-based features inspired by the proximity to the region producing Mexico's fine wines, and dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort. Grand Velas Los Cabos offers the next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities including a selection of gourmet specialty restaurants led by top chefs, including two star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte; oversize designer suites, some with plunge pools; a 35,000 sq. ft. spa with 16 treatment rooms and hydrotherapy facility; staff ratio of 3 to 1; exceptional meeting facilities, and a commitment to the environment.To qualify for the program, Grand Velas Los Cabos was reviewed by a representative committee of Virtuoso travel-agency owners whom evaluated the resort on its value, accommodations, and experiences. In its 25th year, the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts program is the industry's longest-running and most prestigious, with more five-star properties than any other organization.Rates start at $750 per person per night in double occupancy. The all-inclusive rate includes luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, nightly entertainment and more. For more information on Grand Velas Los Cabos, visit http://loscabos.grandvelas.com/.About Grand Velas Los Cabos:The new Grand Velas Los Cabos on Mexico's Baja Peninsula is the fifth property of Velas Resorts. Located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, the $150 million beachfront property offers the next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort. All 304 ocean view suites are over 1,180 sq. ft. with private terraces and some personal plunge pools while duplex wellness suites have designated wellness amenities and insuite juice bars. Grand Velas Los Cabos features five gourmet restaurants with an extensive beverage program and wine based features inspired by the proximity to the region producing Mexico's fine wines. A staff ratio of 3 to 1; 16,370 sq. ft. convention center with the capability for 20 breakout rooms; 35,000 sq. ft. spa with 16 treatment rooms and hydrotherapy facility; three pools; and pool and beach concierges are available. Rounding out the list of amenities and services are a Technogym Fitness Center with personal trainers, exercise programs, yoga, Pilates and meditation; recreational activities program; separate teens' and kids' club facilities and activities program; 24-hour personalized butler concierge service; and 24-hour in-suite service. Opening soon, a gallery of contemporary art will continue the company's commitment to bringing the art, fashion and culture of Mexico to guests. The curved, half-moon design of the hotel catches eyes along the corridor with an iconic grand entrance that's open air, three stories high and over 300 ft. above sea level. All of this beachfront, just 35 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport which directly services over 40 destinations in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts operate Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts.# # #

Juan Licerio Alcala Named Executive Chef of New Grand Velas Los Cabos, Opening Late 2016

KWE Partners ·25 August 2016
Juan Licerio Alcala has been named Executive Chef of the new Grand Velas Los Cabos, the fifth property of the family owned and operated Velas Resorts opening in late 2016. In his new position he is responsible for the "Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" resort's highly anticipated gourmet specialty restaurants with food, creativity and presentation comparable to that of top restaurants in world capitals. These include Cocina de Autor, the resort's signature restaurant; Frida, offering Mexican fine dining; Piaf, which serves gourmet French specialties; and Lucca, with a menu of traditional Italian cuisine. In all he will oversee six restaurants, multiple bars, and the catering operation of the 306 all suite, uber luxury resort. The appointment is effective immediately.With over two decades of successful experience, Licerio's culinary skills are international ranging from Mexican, Italian, American, French, and Spanish to Indian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Latin, Asian and Thai. He's also spent time honing his skills in molecular gastronomy and healthy lifestyle cuisines tailored to specific diet-dependent conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and gluten-free, as well as unique dietary preferences including macrobiotic, raw and vegan diets. Most recently he served as executive chef of the Princess Mundo Imperial in Acapulco and immediately prior the Pelican Hill in Newport Beach. Licerio has also spent time managing and working in food & beverage for Four Seasons, Fairmont, Capella and Ritz Carlton throughout the US and Mexico. He is originally from Durango, Mexico.For reservations or additional information, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit www.grandvelas.com.About Grand Velas Los Cabos:Opening in late 2016, Grand Velas Los Cabos on Mexico's Baja Peninsula is the fifth property of the family owned and operated Velas Resorts. Located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, the $150 million beachfront property will offer the next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort. All 306 ocean view suites are over 1,180 sq. ft. with private terraces and personal plunge pools while duplex wellness suites have designated wellness amenities and insuite juice bars. Grand Velas Los Cabos features five gourmet restaurants with an extensive beverage program and wine based features inspired by the proximity to the region producing Mexico's fine wines. A staff ratio of 3 to 1; 16,370 sq. ft. convention center with the capability for 20 breakout rooms; 19,375 sq. ft. Leading Spa with 20 treatment rooms and hydrotherapy facility; three pools, including one adults-only; and pool and beach concierges are available. Rounding out the list of amenities and services are a Life Fitness Center with personal trainers, exercise programs, yoga, Pilates and meditation; recreational activities program; separate teens' and kids' club facilities and activities program; 24-hour personalized butler concierge service; and 24-hour insuite service. A gallery of contemporary art will continue the company's commitment to bringing the art, fashion and culture of Mexico to guests. The curved, half-moon design of the hotel will catch eyes along the corridor with an iconic grand entrance that's open air, three stories high and over 300 ft. above sea level. All of this beachfront, just 35 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport which directly services over 40 destinations in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Velas Resorts are 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. For reservations or additional information, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit www.grandvelas.com.

Mexico's Velas Resorts Appoint New Hotel Managers at Puerto Vallarta Properties - Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta

KWE Partners ·19 October 2015
Mexico's "Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" Velas Resorts has appointed Juan Carlos Lopez Ruiz, Hotel Manager of Velas Vallarta, and Karina Zuniga, Hotel Manager of Casa Velas, effective immediately. In their new positions, Lopez and Zuniga are responsible for overseeing day-to-day resort operations at the family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay and 80 suite boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club, respectively.Lopez joins Velas Resorts with over 30 years of hotel experience throughout Mexico at such properties as Las Palomas, Plaza las Glorias, Hotel Villa Bejar & Spa Tequesquitengo, Krystal Vallarta (formerly Hotel Posada de Vallarta) and various of InterContinental Hotel Groups (Holiday Inn, InterContinental, amongst others.) Zuniga brings with her over 20 years of hotel experience in Mexico at Fiesta Americana, Las Brisas Hotel Collection, Quinta Real, and Grupo Mayan, as well as Sandals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.Lopez and Zuniga both report to Luis Angarita, Managing Director of Velas Vallarta and Casa Velas. "We are delighted to have Lopez and Zuniga join the Velas management team. With their solid hospitality experience and commitment to quality and service across the board, they're stellar additions to the Velas Resorts family," says Angarita.Lopez is a graduate of Tourism Superior Institute. Zuniga is a graduate of Cornell Hotel School. For more information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit www.velasresorts.com.About Velas Resorts:Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, the four Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned more than 43 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso's "Best Spa", Conde Nast Johansens' "Most Excellent Resort" and "Most Excellent Spa Hotel" and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' 5 Star Diamond Award. Properties include Casa Velas named the 8th Best Hotel in the World on The Expedia(r) 2013 Insiders' Select List, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay, both in Puerto Vallarta; and the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit located in Riviera Nayarit. Completing the group is Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering the most sophisticated, ultra luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour insuite service, fitness centers, Butler service, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Velas Resorts are 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. # # #

Passages of Distinction Selected as Northeast and Midwest Sales Agency at Mexico's Velas Resorts

KWE Partners · 1 October 2015
Mexico's "Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" Velas Resorts has selected Passages of Distinction as their Northeast and Midwest leisure sales representation company, effective immediately. One of the nation's leading sales and marketing representation companies, Passages of Distinction, owned by Sari Freeman and Brad Beaty, specializes in representing privately owned and managed luxury hotels and travel experiences worldwide. The company will oversee the development and implementation of leisure sales for Velas Resorts, comprised of Riviera Maya's Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit's Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta's Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta, in regions where they do not have dedicated staff - Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.All-inclusive rates at Velas Resorts include luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. For more information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit www.velasresorts.com. Passages of Distinction can be reached at 973-838-0899 or info@passagesofdistinction.com.About Velas Resorts:Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, the four Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned more than 43 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso's "Best Spa", Conde Nast Johansens' "Most Excellent Resort" and "Most Excellent Spa Hotel" and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' 5 Star Diamond Award. Properties include Casa Velas named the 8th Best Hotel in the World on The Expedia(r) 2013 Insiders' Selecttm List, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay, both in Puerto Vallarta; and the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit located in Riviera Nayarit. Completing the group is Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering the most sophisticated, ultra luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour insuite service, fitness centers, Butler service, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Velas Resorts are 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.# # #

Natalie Smith Appointed East Coast Sales Rep at Mexico's AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya

KWE Partners ·15 September 2015
The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya on Mexico's Caribbean Coast has appointed Natalie Smith as East Coast Sales Rep, effective immediately. In her new position, Smith oversees the development and implementation of sales along the East Coast of the United States for the luxury all-inclusive resort, a member of Leading Hotels of the World.Smith joins Grand Velas Riviera Maya with prior sales and marketing experience as Business Development Manager at Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resort, based in Miami, as well as Southeast Sales Manager at Big Five Tours and Expeditions, Stuart, Florida.Smith is a graduate of University of West Georgia and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Marketing. She can be reached at 404-906-5933 or nsmith@velasresorts.com. About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:Set on 206 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 oceanfront, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula's jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Xavier Perez Stone, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen's Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of 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 and several other magazines and major companies worldwide. This year, the resort entered TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years in addition to the Signature Spa being awarded "Best Luxury Resort Spa-The Americas" at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts.

Maitre Cuisinier de France Michel Mustiere Appointed Executive Chef Of AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya

KWE Partners · 9 September 2015
The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya on Mexico's Caribbean Coast has appointed Maitre Cuisinier de France Michel Mustiere as Executive Chef, effective immediately. Mustiere brings with him more than 25 years of culinary experience in various countries and different prestigious restaurants and hotels worldwide. Formerly Executive Chef of the resort's award-winning French restaurant, Mustiere is one of only seven chefs in Mexico, 300 in the world to attain the prestigious Master Chef title."Grand Velas resorts have earned a much deserved reputation for culinary excellence. I've been privileged to have studied and worked with two of the world's cuisines designated part of UNESCO's cultural heritage, French and Mexican. I look forward to applying this knowledge and my passion to bring the restaurants and bars at Grand Velas Riviera Maya to even greater heights with new food experiences and events," said Mustiere.In October, Chef Michel will be joined by three other Maitres Cuisiniers de France, Chefs Christian Tetedoie, Claude Le-Tohic and Claude Godard, to present a Best of France Riviera Maya dining experience at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Sharing a kitchen, restaurant and passion for creating an amazing culinary experience, the decorated chefs will each prepare different dishes of the 10-course dinner with wine pairing to be served October 14-18th each evening in the resort's Piaf restaurant.Chef Mustiere is an active member of Chaine des Rotisseurs and Culinaire de France Academy.For more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, please visit www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com.About the Resort's Culinary ExperienceWith 18 Diamonds by AAA, Grand Velas Riviera Maya has set new standards in the All Inclusive World. Food, creativity and presentation comparable to top restaurants in world capitals, that's what reviewers and leading media are writing about the resort. Name your favorite specialty cuisine - Mexican, French, Italian, Asian, it's exquisitely prepared by award winning chefs including disciples of Spain's star chef Arzak. Cocina de Autor is the first restaurant in the world that's part of an All-Inclusive that won the AAA 5-Diamond Award.Then there are the foodie experiences - a famed margarita trolley; wine and sake pairings; tequila, mescal, wine and even hot sauce tastings. Enjoy 24/7 elegant ensuite service, and special taste treats pool and beachside, from exotic fruit pops to mini cupcakes. Plus luxurious oversize suites with top flight amenities and service, spas, innovative kids club and family programs, and breathtaking beaches. All of this has earned the resort more awards than there is space to list including a Top 10 Coolest All Inclusive by Forbes.com and Top Searched All-Inclusive in the World by Yahoo Travel. Everything, from unlimited food and wines to premium beverages, in suite service and even service and tax are part of the all-inclusive daily rate. About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:Set on 206 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 oceanfront, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula's jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Xavier Perez Stone, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen's Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of 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 and several other magazines and major companies worldwide. This year, the resort entered TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years in addition to the Signature Spa being awarded "Best Luxury Resort Spa-The Americas" at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts.# # #

Mexico's "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" Velas Resorts Named Top Hotels in 2015 Expedia(r) Insiders' Select List

KWE Partners ·24 July 2015
Expedia(r) has named three Velas Resorts - Casa Velas, Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit - among the top 650 hotels on this year's Expedia Insiders' Selecttm list. The Insiders' Select list formally recognizes the best hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value. Casa Velas, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course in Puerto Vallarta, received the award for its third consecutive year, while the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit returned to the esteemed list for its fourth year. Additionally, their AAA Five Diamond sister property Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an ultra-luxurious, all-inclusive resort with jungle and beach settings, returned to the Insiders' Select list for its second year. The three Velas properties make up a staggering 20% of the 15 Mexico hotels on the list, each receiving an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars and 97% guest recommended. For more information on Velas Resorts or to make a reservation, please call 1-866-847-4609 or visit www.velasresorts.com.About Velas ResortsOffering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, the four Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned more than 43 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso's "Best Spa", Conde Nast Johansens' "Most Excellent Resort" and "Most Excellent Spa Hotel" and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' 5 Star Diamond Award. Properties include Casa Velas named the 8th Best Hotel in the World on The Expedia(r) 2013 Insiders' Select List, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay, both in Puerto Vallarta; and the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit located in Riviera Nayarit. Completing the group is Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering the most sophisticated, ultra luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness centers, Butler service, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Velas Resorts are 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.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Distinguished in Travel + Leisure's 2015 "World's Best" Awards

KWE Partners ·16 July 2015
Mexico's "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" Grand Velas Riviera Maya has been honored for the fourth consecutive year by Travel + Leisure readers in its 20th annual World's Best Awards Survey. The AAA Five Diamond resort was named among Best Family Travel Hotels in Mexico and Best Hotels & Resorts in Mexico. 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 high scores for its rooms, location, service, restaurants, and value."We are very proud to be included in the Travel + Leisure World's Best list for the fourth year in a row. This recognition is shared by the hundreds of staff working at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya to ensure a consistent level of high quality service and we are extremely honored to have their efforts recognized," says Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts.For reservations or more information, please contact Velas Resorts at 1-888-407-4869, email reservations@velasresorts.com or visit http://www.velasresorts.com. The results of the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2015 are available on http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best. 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 fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, wireless Internet access, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with 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, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, 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 insuite service, three swimming pools, two fitness centers, water sports, innovative kids club and teens lounge, Karaoke Bar, Koi 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, Tripadvisor's 2015 Certificate of Excellence, 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-Inclusive 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.# # #

Mexico's Grand Velas Riviera Maya Named Top Searched All-Inclusive in the World by Yahoo Travel

KWE Partners ·15 June 2015
Mexico's "Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All-Compare" Grand Velas Riviera Maya has just been announced as the No. 1 most searched all-inclusive resort on Yahoo.com. With one billion unique users worldwide each month, Yahoo named its most searched all-inclusive resorts, which cover a range of possibilities from family-focused spots to high-end adult getaways. The only all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean to receive AAA's Five-Diamond award, Grand Velas is noted to be best for families and couples. Highlights include insuite whirlpool tubs, eight onsite restaurants, 24-hour butler service, snorkeling tours, and even mixology classes. In addition, the resort boasts a world renowned Spa, named Best in the World by Virtuoso; Kids' and Teens' Clubs; oceanfront and jungle pools; and various family beachside activities. All-inclusive rates include luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. Nightly rates start at $393 per person per night based in double occupancy. For reservations or more information, please call 877-418-2963 or visit www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com.Grand Velas has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Virtuoso, U.S. News and World Report, and Forbes.com - which named it one of the Top Ten Coolest All-Inclusive in 2012. Grand Velas Riviera Maya has also recently been inducted into TripAdvisor's new Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame, an honor exclusive for properties which have received the Certificate of Excellence award for the past five consecutive years.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 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, wireless Internet access, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with 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, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, 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 insuite service, three swimming pools, two fitness centers, water sports, innovative kids club and teens lounge, Karaoke Bar, Koi 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. 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.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Hosts Prestigious World Economic Forum For Latin America May 6-8, 2015

KWE Partners ·14 May 2015
The World Economic Forum on Latin America 2015 held its 10th annual event convening leading entrepreneurs, business leaders and intellectuals of all nations of Latin America at Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Mexico May 6 to 8. Over 700 participants from over 45 countries attended more than 35 sessions that explored topics on modernizing fortomorrow, renewing the framework, and strengthening the foundations for their economies. They were welcomed by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts.Specific topics ranged from "BuildingTomorrow's Infrastructure" and "Middle Class: Drivers of Change" to "Water Security", "Gender Parity" and "Cuba's Economic and Investment Update".Co-Chairs of the Forum included: Carlos Brito, CEO, Anheuser-Busch InBev, USA; Angelica Fuentes, President, Angelica Fuentes Foundation, Mexico; Eduardo Leite, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Baker & McKenzie, USA; Ignacio Sanchez Galan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Iberdrola, Spain; Carlos Slim Domit, Chairman, America Movil, Mexico; and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Professor, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, USA."We are honored to have been chosen as the venue for this highly prestigious forum and look forward to welcoming them back in the near future," closed Vela.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 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, wireless Internet access, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with 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, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, 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 insuite service, three swimming pools, two fitness centers, water sports, innovative kids club and teens lounge, Karaoke Bar, Koi 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-Inclusive 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.# # #

Chef Kawasaki Bridges East with West as the New Chef De Cuisine at Lebua's Mezzaluna

KWE Partners · 4 March 2015
Mezzaluna, the 65th-floor fine dining restaurant set within the acclaimed The Dome, Tower Club at lebua, has announced the appointment of Ryuki Kawasaki as Chef de Cuisine. Chef Ryuki joins Mezzaluna with nearly 20 years of experience including at Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Europe, Japan and the United States. A culinary enthusiast from a young age, Ryuki was named the "Best Student Chef of the Year" at the esteemed Chateau de l'eclair in Beaujolais, France in 1997."It is an honour to be able to welcome Chef Ryuki as the new Chef de Cuisine at Mezzaluna" commented Deepak Ohri, CEO of lebua Hotels & Resorts, "his ability to marry his personal Asian style with best in class European techniques, will create an extraordinary culinary experience for our guests."Perched 65 floors above Bangkok's bustling streets, the panoramic river view is rivalled only by Ryuki's masterful culinary presentations. Guests who dine at Mezzaluna will experience some of the world's most renowned cuisine, which, teamed with world class service, creates a truly unique and exclusive dining experience.At Mezzaluna, guests will be able to experience a new and innovative menu, as Chef Ryuki brings together Asian flavours with quality ingredients from around the world. Ryuki is renowned for his use of intense flavour, bridging East with West with Japanese discipline and western style cooking, enticing guests from around the world. The culinary experience will not be limited to the unique food creations produced by Chef Ryuki, guests will also be able to enjoy exclusive drinks such as Romanee-Conti served by glass to accompany his set menu."It's a chef's dream to be part of such a prestigious restaurant" said Ryuki, adding that he's excited to be able to select the finest and most exclusive ingredients in the world, such as the best lamb from France or Nagasaki Wagyu beef from Japan, without limitations. With a passion for artistic expression, Ryuki looks forward to combining classic preparations with adventurous techniques, while engaging with guests through Mezzaluna's open kitchen.Mezzaluna serves dinner from Tuesday through Sunday from 6PM to 1AM. Find out more information about Mezzaluna, fine dining restaurant in Bangkok, here.About lebua Hotels & Resortslebua Hotels and Resorts is a growing international luxury brand that operates distinctive hotels, fine restaurants and bars. Led by visionary CEO Deepak Ohri, Bangkok-based lebua takes a unique approach to hospitality that aspires to tap into a deeper level of exchange with guests to create emotional connections. lebua's award-wining lodging collection includes Bangkok's best-performing luxury hotels (Tower Club at lebua and lebua at State Tower) and three boutique hotels in India (Devi Garh by lebua, Udaipur; lebua Resort, Jaipur; and lebua Lodge at Amer, Jaipur). The Dome at lebua, the group's collection of restaurants and bars atop its Bangkok hotels, include Sirocco, the world's highest open air restaurant, designated '2011-2013: HAPA Restaurant of the Year' by the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards; Sky Bar, named "the most stunning rooftop bar you'll ever see" by The New York Times in 2013; Breeze, highlighted by USA Today as one of the world's "10 most cutting-edge restaurants" in 2014; and Mezzaluna, honored as a 'Foodie Top 100' fine-dining mecca in 2013. lebua is expanding its dining concepts to Europe through a strategic partnership with Steigenberger Hotel Group, starting with the 2015 opening of Breeze in Frankfurt, Germany, and is exploring hotel management contracts in city and resort destinations worldwide.For more information, visit www.lebua.com or www.facebook.com/lebua, or follow @lebuahotels on Twitter or @lebuaHotelsResorts on Instagram.

lebua at State Tower Ranked No. 1 in Thailand in Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2014

KWE Partners · 4 March 2015
lebua at State Tower, Bangkok has received yet another accolade after being named the Best International Hotel for Business Travel in Thailand at the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2014.Acknowledged for its spacious suites which, as well as combining all the creature comforts and high speed wifi connectivity you would expect in a five star hotel, have stunning views over Bangkok from the balconies in every room.Beyond the luxurious suites, lebua was picked out for its Sky Bar, one of the world's most stunning rooftop bars, and Sirocco, the world's highest al fresco restaurant - both of which make lebua an ideal and incredibly good value destination for the discerning business traveller. Overall lebua was ranked No.1 internationally for offering exceptional value."We are delighted to have been ranked best in Thailand in this category" commented Deepak Ohri, CEO of lebua Hotels & Resorts. "We hugely value the feedback we have from our guests and to feature in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards is a superb accolade from those who have experienced our unique brand of luxury first hand."Business travellers have access to lebua's business centre on the 51st floor, open from 7:00 until 22:00, providing AV equipment, internet access, mail, postal and secretarial services and administrative assistance. Conference rooms for up to 12 people are also available. In addition, hotel guests can indulge in exercise and relaxation at lebua's pool, fitness centre and full-service spa where a 135 minute jet-lag recovery treatment is also available.For reservations or more information, please contactreservations@lebua.com, visit www.lebua.com , or call +66 2 624 9555.*Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2014 - http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2015-02-09/the-best-international-hotels-for-business-travel-readers-choice-awards-2014/19About lebua Hotels & Resortslebua Hotels and Resorts is a growing international luxury brand that operates distinctive hotels, fine restaurants and bars. Led by visionary CEO Deepak Ohri, Bangkok-based lebua takes a unique approach to hospitality that aspires to tap into a deeper level of exchange with guests to create emotional connections. lebua's award-wining lodging collection includes Bangkok's best-performing luxury hotels (Tower Club at lebua and lebua at State Tower) and three boutique hotels in India (Devi Garh by lebua, Udaipur; lebua Resort, Jaipur; and lebua Lodge at Amer, Jaipur). The Dome at lebua, the group's collection of restaurants and bars atop its Bangkok hotels, include Sirocco, the world's highest open air restaurant, designated '2011-2013: HAPA Restaurant of the Year' by the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards; Sky Bar, named "the most stunning rooftop bar you'll ever see" by The New York Times in 2013; Breeze, highlighted by USA Today as one of the world's "10 most cutting-edge restaurants" in 2014; and Mezzaluna, honored as a 'Foodie Top 100' fine-dining mecca in 2013. lebua is expanding its dining concepts to Europe through a strategic partnership with Steigenberger Hotel Group, starting with the 2015 opening of Breeze in Frankfurt, Germany, and is exploring hotel management contracts in city and resort destinations worldwide.For more information, visit www.lebua.com or www.facebook.com/lebua, or follow @lebuahotels on Twitter or @lebuaHotelsResorts on Instagram

Mexico's Velas Resorts Receive a Triple Crown of AAA Five Diamond Awards in 2015

KWE Partners ·19 February 2015
For the second consecutive year, Cocina de Autor at Grand Velas Riviera Maya is the only restaurant included in an all-inclusive resort to receive the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for restaurants in 100 years of AAA. Its chefs, Bruno Oteiza and Mike Alonso, are disciples of the famed Chef Arzak of Northern Spain. In addition, several other restaurants at Velas Resorts have received a AAA Four Diamond Award, including Casa Velas' Emiliano which received the distinction for the first time this year."With such high standards set by AAA, it is an honor that they have chosen our resorts and restaurants to receive these awards yet again. It is our number one priority to make sure we live up to these same standards each and every day to ensure our guests receive the highest level of service and dining options," said Eduardo Vela, founder and president of Velas Resorts.Each year AAA reviews more than 28,000 lodgings and nearly 30,000 restaurants. Less than one-half of one percent of lodgings and less than a quarter of restaurants make the AAA Five Diamond list.For more information on Velas Resorts or to make a reservation, please call 1-866-847-4609 or visit www.velasresorts.com. About Velas Resorts:Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, the four Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned more than 43 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso's "Best Spa", Conde Nast Johansens' "Most Excellent Resort" and "Most Excellent Spa Hotel" and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' 5 Star Diamond Award. Properties include Casa Velas named the 8th Best Hotel in the World on The Expedia(r) 2013 Insiders' SelectTM List, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay, both in Puerto Vallarta; and the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit located in Riviera Nayarit. Completing the group is Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering the most sophisticated, ultra luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour insuite service, fitness centers, Butler service, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Velas Resorts are 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.

Velas Resorts Snag Top Distinctions in TripAdvisor's 2015 Travelers' Choice Awards

KWE Partners · 3 February 2015
Velas Vallarta, Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit - received Mexico's best family-friendly properties award. The Grand Velas Resorts were also both highlighted among the top 25 hotels in Mexico and the best luxury hotels in Mexico. This elite honor is awarded to the top 1% of all hotels on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors, based on reviews and opinions from its users."Knowing that we have received these awards based on guests' opinions of our service, quality and value, it is a huge honor," said Eduardo Vela, founder and president of Velas Resorts. "Our guests' experience is our number one priority and our team always aims not only to meet, but to exceed their expectations."Velas Resorts' four properties in Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit, and Puerto Vallarta has earned numerous prestigious international awards for their services and facilities, among them Conde Nast's "Most Excellent Spa Hotel," 43 AAA Diamonds, the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' 5 Star Diamond Award and more.For more information on TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award, please visit http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice. For more information on Velas Resorts or to make a reservation, please call 1-866-847-4609 or visit www.velasresorts.com.About Velas Resorts:Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, the four Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned more than 43 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso's "Best Spa", Conde Nast Johansens' "Most Excellent Resort" and "Most Excellent Spa Hotel" and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' 5 Star Diamond Award. Properties include Casa Velas named the 8th Best Hotel in the World on The Expedia(r) 2013 Insiders' SelectTM List, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta a family- friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay, both in Puerto Vallarta; and the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit located in Riviera Nayarit. Completing the group is Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering the most sophisticated, ultra luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour insuite service, fitness centers, Butler service, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Velas Resorts are 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.

Georgina Godoy Named Director of Sales at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

KWE Partners ·20 November 2014
The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya on Mexico's Caribbean Coast has appointed Georgina Godoy as director of sales, effective immediately. In her new position, Godoy oversees the development and implementation of worldwide sales for the luxury all-inclusive resort, a member of Leading Hotels of the World.Bringing more than seven years of sales experience and a special expertise in international marketing, Godoy rejoins Grand Velas Riviera Maya with prior work experience at the resort as Tour & Sales Manager from 2010 to 2012. Most recently, Godoy participated in the opening of NIZUC Resort & Spa in Cancun as Sales Manager where she successfully introduced the resort into important market segments. Her experience also includes other award-winning Mexico resorts including Hyatt Regency Cancun; Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, also during the resort's opening; and JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa.Godoy is a graduate of The Anahuac University in Mexico with a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and has completed education and training programs from Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Fairmont Hotel & Resorts.Godoy can be reached at +52 (984) 877 4411 and ggodoy@grandvelas.com. About Grand Velas Riviera MayaSet 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 fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, wireless Internet access, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with 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, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, 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 insuite service, three swimming pools, two fitness centers, water sports, innovative kids club and teens lounge, Karaoke Bar, Koi 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-Inclusive 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. For more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, please visit www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com.

Velas Resorts' Interior Designer Melin Castro Ardavin Receives 2014 Merit Award from the Association of Furniture Manufacturers of Jalisco

KWE Partners ·10 September 2014
"Casa Velas, Velas Vallarta, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit andGrand Velas Riviera Maya were a milestone in my designs," said Melin Castro, owner of MC Design. "Each resort has its own unique identity however it was important with all to match the color palette, materials and textiles with the natural surroundings. The land where they built Grand Velas Riviera Maya is protected by environmental laws because 60% is jungle and 40% is intact mangroves; the decor scheme I used meshes the beauty of the two environments."One of the main characteristics of Melin Castro's work is the perfect combination of contemporary style and the integration of items and furniture that blend harmoniously with the natural environment, colors and spaces around them. She has received multiple awards for her work from international organizations, such as the International Forum of Women in Architecture, Design and Landscape and the International Biennial CIDI of Interior Design in addition to special recognitions from magazines such as Architectural Digest Mexico.About Velas Resorts:Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, the four Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned more than 43 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso's "Best Spa", Conde Nast Johansens' "Most Excellent Resort" and "Most Excellent Spa Hotel" and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' 5 Star Diamond Award. Properties include Casa Velas named the 8th Best Hotel in the World on The Expedia(r) 2013 Insiders' Selecttm List, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay, both in Puerto Vallarta; and the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit located in Riviera Nayarit. Completing the group is Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering the most sophisticated, ultra luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour insuite service, fitness centers, Butler service, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Velas Resorts are 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. www.velasresorts.com

Mexico's Grand Velas Resorts Distinguished in Travel + Leisure's 2014 "World's Best" Awards

KWE Partners ·30 July 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 visithttp://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.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.###

Eric de Maeyer de Scheemacker Named Executive Chef of AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya

KWE Partners ·18 July 2014
Eric de Maeyer de Scheemacker has been named Executive Chef of the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Mexico. In his new position he is responsible for the all-inclusive resort's highly awarded five gourmet specialty restaurants. These include the AAA Four Diamond restaurants Piaf and Frida and the AAA Five Diamond Cocina de Autor, the first restaurant of an all-inclusive resort to ever win that distinction. In all he will oversee eight restaurants, multiple b ars, and the catering operation of the 491 all suite, uber luxury resort, a member of Leading Hotels of the World.Chef Eric grew up in his birthplace Belgium, then moving on to the south of France where his passion for Mediterranean flavors flourished. France and The Netherlands were to be his home for many years, the place where he honed his culinary skills at leading hotels and restaurants in both countries.In 1992 he moved to Mexico, joining the Small Luxury Hotel Marquis Reforma in the capital. He then moved on to his own consulting practice, working with universities, companies and French and Mediterranean restaurants throughout the country. Top posts as Executive Chefs of leading hotels beckoned, and he went on to head up the kitchens at the Camino Real in Cancun and Puerto Vallarta and the Gran Melia and Hilton, both in Cancun, each with numerous food and beverage outlets. Most recently he was Executive Chef of Live Aqua in Cancun.The appointment is effective immediately.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 the 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 suittes 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, artisinal tequila and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with a walk-in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaur ants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour of MExico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of celebrity 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 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 treatment 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 Con vention 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, World Report andForbes.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. For more reservations or more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, please email reservations(at)velasresorts(dot)com, call 1-888-407-4869, or visit http://rivieramaya.grandvelas.com/.# # #

Global Luxury Travel Network Virtuoso Selects Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit for its Prestigious Group

KWE Partners · 3 June 2014
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, a Luxury All Inclusive Resort rated Five Diamonds by the AAA and member of The Leading Hotels of the World, was selected by Virtuoso, one of the most important global luxury travel networks, as a member of its prestigious Hotels & Resorts group.The selective by invitation only group includes just 989 hotels located in over 80 countries. For inclusion, hotels and resorts must be the best in facilities and service and are chosen by a committee of peers.This is the second Grand Velas resort to enjoy the Virtuoso distinction. It joins its sister resort, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, part of the Mexican owned and operated Velas Resorts which was built by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner and President of the Board of Directors and operated by his brother, Vice President Juan Vela Ruiz.For more information go to www.virtuoso.com.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, complimemtary 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.# # #

Eduardo Vela Ruiz Names Ignacio Mendoza Managing Director Of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

KWE Partners ·30 April 2014
Today, Ignacio Mendoza Valenzuela joins the management team at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit as Managing Director of the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. The position is presented by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, President of the Board of Directors of Velas Resorts and Juan Vela Ruiz, Vice President of the company.Mendoza is Chilean by birth and Mexican by naturalization. Mendoza earned a degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Universidad La Salle in Cancun and immediately began his work as a professional in Amsterdam, Holland at the Le Meridien Apollo with specialized training in food and beverage. At 38 years old, Mendoza has worked in important establishments such as Carrousel Hotel Cancun-Riviera Maya as Operations Manager, Hotel Presidente InterContinental Cancun and Guadalajara as Director of Food and Beverage, Hotel Casa de Campo La Romana in the Dominican Republic as Executive Assistant Manager/Director of Food and Beverage and Hotel Secrets Marquis in Los Cabos as Resident Manager."We at Velas Resorts are aware of the necessary quality of leadership in new entrepreneurs and we put our trust in young talent to provide our properties with great momentum in the tourism industry," said Eduardo Vela Ruiz. "Therefore, I offer the warmest welcome to Ignacio and recognize his professionalism and knowledge in order to maintain the high standards of the Grand Velas brand, which has been awarded internationally."For reservations or additional information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869, or visit http://www.grandvelas.com.About Grand Velas Riviera NayaritGrand Velas Riviera Nayarit, a Leading Hotel of the World, enjoys a privileged natural setting with flowering, landscaped gardens beside a long stretch of pristine white sand 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, high speed internet access, 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 60 spa treatments, many inspired by the native traditions of Mexico and a signature water journey. Other features include a fitness center, 24/7 ensuite service, water sports, business center, tennis, Kids Club, and teen lounge during holidays. Puerto Vallarta is just a 15 minute drive away. The resort has won numerous awards from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor, U.S. News and World Report and Forbes, which named it one of the Top Ten Coolest All-Inclusives in 2012.

Rodolfo Gonzalez Munguia Named Managing Director of Grand Velas Riviera Maya

KWE Partners ·22 April 2014
Rodolfo Gonzalez Munguia has been named Managing Director of the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The appointment is effective immediately. "We look forward to his talented leadership helping us reach even higher levels of distinction, service and excellence in our "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond all Compare" resort, " said Eduardo Vela Ruiz, President of Velas Resorts. This year marks Gonzalez' 21st year with Velas Resorts working in all departments, from front office and food and beverage to rooms division, housekeeping, sales and marketing. He began his career at Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Velas Resorts' launching pad. From there he quickly rose through the ranks, moving on to Director of Food and Beverage at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and then General Manager of Casa Velas boutique hotel.In 2007, he worked for Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort in Puerto Penasco, Sonora as Resident Manager. He returned to Velas Resorts as General Manager of the Ambassador Wing at Grand Velas Riviera Maya before taking the position of Managing Director of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in 2011. Gonzalez is a graduate in Tourism Business Administration and Marketing from the Universidad Autonoma of Guadalajara.For reservations or additional information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869, or visit http://www.grandvelas.com.About Velas Resorts: Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned more than 27 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities are Virtuoso's "Best Spa", Conde Nast Johansens' "Most Excellent Resort" and "Most Excellent Spa Hotel" and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' 5 Star Diamond Award. Casa Velas, which was named the 8th Best Hotel in the World on The Expedia(r) 2013 Insiders' Selecttm List, is a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta a family-friendly suite resort & convention center located on the Banderas Bay, as well as the family friendly all-suites and spa resort, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, are in Puerto Vallarta. Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is the newest in Velas Resorts' portfolio. The resort offers the most sophisticated, ultra luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a la carte gourmet cuisine at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour ensuite service, fitness centers, fully stocked mini bar and more.# # #

Mexican Cooking Show Offered to Guests of Velas Vallarta

KWE Partners ·25 February 2014
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (February 25, 2014) - Mexican TV personality Chef Yolanda Yanar takes center stage each week with a live cooking show of traditional Mexican dishes at Puerto Vallarta's luxury all-inclusive resort, Velas Vallarta. Hotel guests are treated to a demonstration of dishes from across all regions of the country, including appetizers, entrees and desserts. Sample plates have included chicken in varied moles made from scratch, Mexican flan, Tres Leches cake, and tortilla soup. Participants are invited to join the chef on stage preparing three separate dishes.Guests can enjoy a sampling of the plates featured in the show. And recipes are provided to recreate the delectable dishes at home. Chef Yanar has an impressive professional background, having trained at the American Culinary Institute in the Napa Valley and at Cordon Bleu. "We started this program with seven guests and within three weeks the numbers have souffled to 70 each session," said Luis Angarita, Managing Director. "We also added mixology lessons including preparation of flavored margaritas, coladas and tequila based drinks as part of the Mexican cooking show," he continued.Velas Vallarta is an all-suite resort and convention center located on 10 acres of oceanfront in Puerto Vallarta. The resort is walking distance from Marina Vallarta Golf Course and just minutes from Downtown Puerto Vallarta's captivating attractions, activities and landmarks. Situated on the emerald waters of Banderas Bay, Velas Vallarta features 345 suites, a high-tech Convention Center that can accommodate up to 700 people, three swimming pools, a rejuvenating spa, fitness center, multiple restaurants, and an inviting lounge with live music and entertainment nightly.For reservations or more information, please visit www.velasvallarta.com, or call 1-888-407-4869.# # #

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