Grand Velas Riviera Maya Earns 2011 AAA Five Diamond Award

The Latest and Most Sophisticated in an Ultra-Luxury, All-Inclusive Resort Experience
Playa del Carmen, Mexico (September 30, 2010) – Less than two years after opening, Grand Velas Riviera Maya ( has been awarded the acclaimed American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Five-Diamond Award for lodging.  Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, represents the latest and most sophisticated iteration of the ultra-luxury, all-inclusive resort experience and the only family-friendly all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s Caribbean coast to merit the award.
“Being one of the newest recipients of the AAA Five Diamond is a true testament to Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s commitment to excellence.” said Tony Perrone, Manager of AAA National. “The resort caters to all travelers at the utmost highest level of service and amenities.”
With 491 suites, Grand Velas Riviera Maya is the largest hotel in Mexico to receive the 5 Diamond Award, one of numerous accolades in its short history.
“We are especially honored and pleased to receive this prestigious award, coming on the heels of another major distinction: our spa’s being named the best in the world by Virtuoso,” said Fernando Garcia Rossette, Managing Director of Grand Velas Riviera Maya.
Every year more than 60 AAA/CAA tourism editors visit over 60,000 lodgings, campgrounds, restaurants and attractions throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Tourism editors conduct unannounced evaluations, scrutinizing such areas as cleanliness, ambiance, amenities and service.  Only an estimated 0.25 percent of the estimated 60,000 properties will receive the Five Diamond Award each year.
About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, a 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– adult-only ocean-front and ocean-view Ambassador Grand Class Suites, family-friendly 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; the region’s largest spa sanctuary at more-than 89,000 square-feet specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world; dedicated butler service for each guest and a 91,457 square-foot convention center ideal for business and social gatherings of all sizes, including weddings.  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.