Grand Velas Resorts Named in Travel & Leisure List of Best Hotels in the World

Magazine’s Reader Survey Ranks Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
Amongst Mexico’s Top Resorts

Mexico’s “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit are honored as top resorts by Travel & Leisure readers in the 2013 T+L 500 List of Best Hotels in the World.  Grand Velas Riviera Maya on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit on the country’s Pacific Coast rank as two of 20 resorts named to the list in Mexico.   This is the first time being selected for both Grand Velas Resorts.  Chosen by readers, the list is a compendium of the highest-ranking hotels and resorts worldwide, based on data collected in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey.

“We are deeply honored our resorts have been recognized as two of the world’s best,” says Juan Vela, Vice President of Operations of Velas Resorts, “We are thankful to our loyal guests and committed staff who helped make this happen.”

“We are especially proud to make our debut on Travel + Leisure’s 500 List of Best Hotels in the World,” said Fernando Garcia Rossette, Managing Director for the Grand Velas Resorts.  “It will be another banner year for our resorts thanks to our staff; the award coming on the heels of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit’s 10th Anniversary, another AAA Five Diamond rating, two Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards and Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s inclusion in Forbes’ roundup of the 10 Coolest All-Inclusive Resorts.”

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 Zen Grand Suites embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle.  The resort presents a gastronomic tour of the Yucatan, Europe and Asia offering seven restaurants with world-class chefs from France, Spain and Mexico; dedicated butler service for each guest, and the region’s largest spa sanctuary at over 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world.  The spa was named “Best Spa” in the world by Virtuoso and also earned a SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award.  The resort was designed by lauded Mexican architecture firm Elias and Elias and features the sleek and modish interiors that fuse the serenity of the Caribbean with the vibrancy of Yucatan cultures.
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.  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.

Mexico Boutique Hotels Highlights Cool Contemporary and Traditional Fine Art Destinations

By: MP News Staff

Mexico is quickly being recognized as a hub for emerging contemporary art but also is noted for its rich history or traditional art. Mexico Boutique Hotels, a full service online hotel collection specializing in extraordinary boutique properties, highlights tucked away hotels that incorporate art in various ways, from art galleries exhibited within the hotel, art tour packages, recommendations for local galleries and more.

Hacienda San Ángel – Puerto Vallarta:

The 16-room Hacienda San Angel located in downtown Puerto Vallarta, is a restoration masterpiece of several classic-style houses overlooking the expansive Banderas Bay. The hotel houses a vast and prestigious collection of antiques, one-of-a-kind artifacts, and authentic artwork from large original oil paintings circa 1560 through mid 1900’s, and other exquisite rare relics. Downtown Puerto Vallarta has a number of art galleries featuring contemporary local artists. A popular Art Walk is hosted every Wednesdays from 6-10pm (October to April) highlighting two of the hotels favorite spots, including Galeria Uno a pioneer in the PA art world, and Galeria Pacifio, known for exhibiting art from Mexico City, Oaxaca and Guadalajara.

Hacienda de los Santos – Alamos:

Relax in a beautifully restored 17th century 27-room hacienda just blocks from the main plaza, mercado and cathedral in the colonial gem of Alamos. The elegant property also features three swimming pools, two putting greens, a theater, a Revolution-era cantina and a full-service spa. The Hacienda is a Mecca for art and architecture students with seminars often held by experts in various fields. Local artists frequently paint at the hotel, among them Richard Murphy, Catherine Callingham and Millard Davidson. In addition, the hacienda houses one of the finest private collections of retablos in Mexico, with prominent religious pieces from statues, to Ex-Votos and oil paintings dating back to 1500’s with a selection for sale in the Galeria. The well-known Mexican wood carver, Augustin Parra, created several carved mirrors for the suites, as well as two large gilt figures for the stage of the Teatro.

La Quinta Luna – Cholula:

La Quinta Luna is a 17th-century mansion converted into a beautifully intimate seven-room retreat located in Cholula, the American continent’s oldest city. The hotel features a gallery of over 40 original contemporary artworks by renown Mexican artists including Federico Silva, José Lazcarro, Gerardo Brito Ramos, Fernando Camino, Raymundo Sesma, José Bairo, Mario Benedetti, Germán Montalvo, and many others. The hotel can arrange the sale of work directly with the artist from oil painting, prints, lithographs, to sculptures. In addition, the hotel offers an Art Tour package starting at $395 including accommodation. The tour includes visits to talavera pottery workshops and studios of contemporary artists along with an a la carte dinner at the hotel’s acclaimed La Antigua Capilla restaurant.

Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía – Puebla:

This intimate eight-room 19th century colonial hotel is located in the heart of Puebla’s historic center. The property itself acts a gallery where all the décor and furnishings from fine antiques, reproductions, and traditional crafts can be purchased. The galleries currently shows works from the famous painter Jalicience Chucho Herrera, Jose Maria Velazco, Jesus Reyes Ferrerira and other international artists. In addition, Meson offers an “Art Experience” package that includes six nights in a Junior Suite, a 15-hour in- studio workshop in Talavera pottery making including materials, passes to two prominent museums in Puebla, a tour of the historic center, daily breakfast, ans lunch or dinner in Meson Sacristía de la Compañía Restaurant. The package starts at $1,300 per couple, tax included.

To experience these or any of Mexico Boutique Hotels’ stylish properties, call 1.855.223.6061 (US and Canada) or visit

About Mexico Boutique Hotels:

Established in 1999, MBH is a collection of upscale, independent member properties (located in 25 destinations throughout Mexico) handpicked for their intimacy, high level of service and outstanding attributes. Some are housed in exquisitely restored buildings, others are paeans to Mexican cuisine, still others showcase the sleekly modern–but they each encourage guests to savor the many fascinating traditions of this vast country, and all offer guests a unique travel experience. Typically less than 30 rooms in size, they are often destinations unto themselves. Based in Puerto Vallarta, MBH is staffed by an experienced team of multicultural—and multilingual—travel and hospitality professionals who both live and work in Mexico.


Speaking in Tongues: New VozMaya Cards Raise Funds for Modern Descendants of an Ancient Culture

Beautifully designed large-format cards combine entertainment, culture and history while supporting Mexico’s indigenous communities

Bend, OR (January 1, 2012) – Decorated with beautiful reproductions of Mayan words by renowned artist John Hillmer, the VozMaya cards combine works of art on one side with a bite-sized lesson in Maya, Spanish, and the English translation on the other. Used to play the lotería, or Mexican bingo game, they open a window into an ancient culture while becoming a colorful new addition to the usual parlor games—it’s edutainment at its best!   “The ‘Year of the Maya’ has introduced the world at large to many fascinating aspects of this ancient civilization,” says creator Jane Custer, longtime Mexicophile and current e-learning Editorial Manager for Mexico and Latin America at travAllianceMedia. “Many people might not be aware, though, that the Maya are still very much alive and very much a part of the vibrant cultural tapestry of Mexico.”

Rich in history, many of these indigenous communities are quite poor by today’s standards. Besides the wonderful entertainment aspect of VozMaya, Custer’s intent is to give these communities a voz, a voice, and assist them in supporting themselves and continuing to enrich the modern world. After covering overhead costs, 50% of the profits from VozMaya go directly to the native people of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Custer’s interest in Mexico’s Mayan culture dates back to 2006, when she was invited to join the World Heritage Alliance, a project combining the resources of the United Nations Foundation in Washington DC, and Expedia in Seattle, to promote travel to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This project had the larger goal of supporting the communities (mostly indigenous in Mexico’s case) that surround these awesome cultural and natural sites. They launched their efforts in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, home to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sadly the organization dissolved, but Custer’s desire to assist the Maya communities did not.  “There are many things that you can bring home following a trip to the Yucatan: tequila, t-shirts and Mexican handcrafts, just to name a few,” she says. “As a gift for yourself or for others, VozMaya is unique in that it offers entertainment as it educates you in the rich Mayan culture and history, hopefully sparking a curiosity to learn even more. Plus, thanks to the whimsical designs of John Hillmer, they truly are a work of art.”

The cultural value of VozMaya cards has been recognized by several prestigious museums including the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum; Mexico City’s Museo Nacional de Antropología; Long Beach, California’s Museum of Latin American Art; and the Denver Art Museum, where they are on sale in their carefully curated gift shops. You may also purchase them online at For more details and information, please contact Jane Custer at