Grand Velas Riviera Maya Wins Top Awards for Interior Design by Melin Castro

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Melin Castro Ardavin wins the 2011 top Double Gold Medal Award for her work for the Grand Velas Riviera Maya in the Fourth International Forum of Women in Architecture and Interior Design of the Iberoamerican Council of Interior Designers (CIDI).

The 2011 top Double Gold Medal Award for interior design went to Melin Castro Ardavin for her work for the Grand Velas Riviera Maya in the Fourth International Forum of Women in Architecture and Interior Design of the Iberoamerican Council of Interior Designers (CIDI). The award, given for the best in Mexico, recognized her body of work for the Grand Velas Rivera Maya’s three hotels within a hotel and the spa. Castro is the Interior Designer and Creative Director for Velas Resorts’ four luxury all-inclusives in three destinations in Mexico and also President of MC Design of Guadalajara.

Castro also won two gold awards in the hospitality design category for her interiors for the Riviera Maya property for the three hotels and spa. The awards were given by the Fourth International Forum of CIDI and by the Fifth CIDI International Bienal of Interior Design.

A gold medal in the hospitality category was also given to architectural firm Elias Elias AR for their dramatic architectural design for the Grand Velas Riviera Maya.

“To design the resort with over 1600 feet of beach fronting the Caribbean and 150 acres of mangroves where we needed to create three different ambiances was a challenging and rewarding experience, “said Castro Ardavin. “Much credit for the awards also goes to my talented team, without whom I couldn’t have done this,” she continued.

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. The spa recently won Virtuoso's "Best Spa" in the world and a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award. The resort was designed by lauded Mexican architecture firm Elias and Elias and features the sleek and modish interiors that fuse the serenity of the Caribbean with the vibrancy of Yucatan cultures.

Contact: Megan Sterritt
KWE Partners
305-476-5424
sterritt(at)kwepr.com

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