“Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All-Compare” Velas Resorts Named Top Hotels in 2011 Expedia® Insiders' Select™ List

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Expedia® has named three Velas Resorts – Casa Velas, Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit - among the top-ranked hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list.

Expedia® has named three Velas Resorts – Casa Velas, Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit - among the top-ranked hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ 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, and AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit were selected for the second year in a row. The latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience with jungle and beach settings, Grand Velas Riviera Maya received its first selection to the list. All three of the resorts received an average above 4.7 stars from travelers, with Grand Velas Riviera Maya maintaining a 5 star rating. http://www.grandvelas.com

Of the 130,000 hotels and resorts on Expedia, only 500 hotels are deemed Insiders' Select 2011. Based on travelers’ opinions, value and Expedia Hotel Expert input, Expedia® Insiders' Select™ includes just the top 1% of all Expedia® hotels and resorts.

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 recently chosen a Top 10 in three categories - Luxury, Relaxation/Spa and Hotel for Romance - by TripAdvisor® in its 2011 Travelers’ Choice® awards.

About Casa Velas:
Casa Velas is an adults-only, all-inclusive boutique hotel and ocean club nestled on the greens of Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course. Located just five minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport and only 15 minutes from the popular downtown area, art galleries and “El Malecon” (the boardwalk), the hotel features 80 suites, some with private pools and Jacuzzis. Spa Casa Velas, a Leading Spa of the World, encompasses five treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy area, a fitness gym and a beauty salon. Emiliano a la carte fine dining restaurant is at the hands of one of the area’s leading chefs serving Mexican and international cuisine.

About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all-suites and spa resort located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, is the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience. This Leading Hotels of the World designated resort is the preeminent one of its class boasting 491 suites, each more than 1,000 square-feet, in three separate ambiances-- premium ocean-front Grand Class Suites with terrace plunge pools for families with children 12 and up, family-friendly ocean-view Ambassador Suites and Master Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico; dedicated butler service for each guest, and the region’s largest spa sanctuary at over 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world.

About Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit:
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, an all-suites and spa resort located just 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta on Banderas Bay, is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a recipient of the AAA Five-Diamond Award. The resort features 267 spacious ocean-view suites. The crown jewel of the resort and a member of Leading Spas of the World, the Spa at Grand Velas features 20 treatment rooms, over 60 spa treatments, gym and exercise room, spa boutique and beauty salon. Five restaurants, three of which have been awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award, feature stylish decor and a la carte choices for French, Italian or Mexican cuisine. The family-friendly resort also offers tiered three-temperature infinity pools, tennis court, 25,321 total sq feet of meeting space and a Kids Club. Nearby are championship golf courses, numerous options for soft adventure, and the charming town of Puerto Vallarta with its many shops, art galleries and nightlife.

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