Velas Resorts Announces Food and Beverage Promotions for their AAA Five & Four Diamond Resorts

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Mexico’s Velas Resorts, four luxury all-inclusive resorts in three top beach destinations in Mexico, has named Patrick Louis as Corporate Food & Beverage Director of the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit and the Four Diamond Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta and Claudio Hotter as Executive Chef of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, effective immediately.

Mexico’s Velas Resorts, four luxury all-inclusive resorts in three top beach destinations in Mexico, has named Patrick Louis as Corporate Food & Beverage Director. Louis is at the helm of the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit and the Four Diamond Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta. In addition, Claudio Hotter was promoted to Executive Chef of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Positions are effective immediately.

“Patrick has done an exceptional job in his years with us at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. We’re now looking forward to his bringing his great talents of culinary excellence, innovation and creativity to our “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond all Compare” resorts,” said Juan Vela Ruiz, Vice President of Operations for Velas Resorts. “Claudio played an integral part in securing Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit being awarded three AAA Four Diamond Restaurants, and we look forward to him further raising the bar on the culinary experience for our guests.”

Grand Velas Riviera Maya presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico. The resort’s signature restaurants Frida and Cocina de Autor were named to BBVA Bancomer’s Gourmand List of the top 50 restaurants in Mexico. Cocina was also noted by Food & Wine Magazine as one of its Top 100 Best New Food & Beverage Experiences. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers five restaurants, three of which have been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for their gourmet French, Italian or Mexican cuisine, service and stylish decor. At Casa Velas, Emiliano a la carte fine dining restaurant is at the hands of one of the area’s leading chefs serving Mexican and international cuisine.

Chef Louis holds a culinary degree from Saint Anne College in St. Nazaire, France and completed business studies at the University of North London. In addition, he is a member of the Les Toques Blanches culinary association as well as the Association Culinaire Francaise.

Born in Austria where he began his career, moving on to Spain and then Mexico, Chef Hotter joined the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit as Sous Chef in 2006.

Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have earned 26 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”, Conde Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ 5 Star Diamond Award. Casa Velas was also chosen a Top 10 in three categories - Luxury, Relaxation/Spa and Hotel for Romance - by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Expedia® named Casa Velas, Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit among the top-ranked hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list which formally recognizes the best hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value. Velas Resorts offer spacious luxury accommodations, world-class spas, a la carte gourmet cuisine at a selection of specialty restaurants, and an indefinable hospitality experience. For more information, please call 1-866-847-4609 or visit http://www.velasresorts.com.

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