Riviera Nayarit Hits the Top with AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards

2008 AAA Travel Guide Puts Mexico’s Newest Vacation Destination among the Leaders for Resorts and Dining. Two Resorts received the prestigious Five-Diamond award while three hotels were given the Four-Diamond recognition.

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, – One of Mexico’s hottest new vacation destinations is quickly establishing an outstanding reputation for excellence. The 2008 AAA Travel Guide has awarded its coveted Five-Diamond Award to two resorts in the area and the Four-Diamond Award to three other hotels. Three Nayarit restaurants also earned the Four-Diamond designation.

“AAA’s Diamond Rating System is the most respected lodging and restaurant rating system in the industry,” said Tony Perrone, Regional Manager, AAA National. “The Four & Five Diamond Awards are only given to establishments that are of superior and exceptional service and standards otherwise they would not have achieved a Four or Five Diamond rating”.

The 2008 AAA winners in the resort/hotel category in Riviera Nayarit include:
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita – Five Diamonds Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort – Five Diamonds Grand Mayan – Four Diamonds Vallarta Palace – Four Diamonds Casa Las Brisas – Four Diamonds.

In addition, three restaurants made the 2008 Four Diamond list, Luca and Piaf, in the Grand Velas Resort, and Aramara at the Four Seasons. An estimated 0.2 percent of the thousands of establishments reviewed typically receive AAA’s Five Diamond Award and only 3 percent achieve Four Diamond status. In Mexico, AAA rated 581 lodgings and 642 Restaurants.

More about the Nayarit winners:
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Bahia de Banderas)
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita offers an unparalleled luxury within the 1,500-acre master-planned Punta Mita Resort development. Opened in September 1999, the property includes 141 guest rooms and 32 suites housed in quaint Mexican-style casitas. Amenities include two exquisite pool areas, a Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course with eight ocean-side holes and the world’s only natural island green, the full-service Apuane Spa, four outstanding restaurants, tennis courts, the complimentary Kids For All Seasons program and a cultural center that celebrates Riviera Nayarit’s rich heritage and traditions. Its Aramara Restaurant was also awarded a Four Diamond.

Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort (Nuevo Vallarta)
The beachfront Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, located just 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta on Banderas Bay, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, offers travelers a deluxe all-inclusive experience with its 267 ocean-view suites, many with plasma televisions, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries and original works of art. The newest additions are six Ambassador Grand Class Spa Suites and the two-bedroom and three-bedroom Imperial Spa Suites with more than 3,285 square feet of living space including steam room, Jacuzzi and 50-minute in-suite massage per person; an oceanfront terrace with large Jacuzzi; dining and living areas; and personal butler, maid and bartender. Grand Velas is proud of its two Four Diamond restaurants, Luca and Piaf.

Grand Mayan (Nuevo Vallarta)
The Grand Mayan, a member of the Mayan Resort property, features 360 spacious rooms complete with its own private Jacuzzi, and offers suites in a variety of sizes ranging from the 438 square foot, Grand Master Room to the 1,249 square foot, Grand Master Suite. Guests enjoy the 18 hole par 71 golf course as well as water sports and the Brio Spa and Fitness Center. The hotel offers two restaurants and four bars, each distinct in design and cuisine.

Vallarta Palace (Nuevo Vallarta)
The all-inclusive 348-room Vallarta Pallace offers deluxe guest rooms most with ocean views, double Jacuzzis, turndown service and 24-hour room service. Rooms are also equipped with marble baths, separate shower and tub, Farouk® bath amenities and digital safes (laptop size). The hotel offers four restaurants including Bugambilias, specializing in Mexican cuisine, Mar Intimo offering Italian dishes, the Brazilian inspired La Fiesta and Asian dishes at elegant MoMoNoHana; and four bars. The resort also provides two large outdoor swimming pools, two outdoor Jacuzzis, a children’s pool, a dive pool for scuba diving demonstrations and lessons, beach volleyball court, tennis court, half-court basketball, seven-hole pitch and putt golf, fitness center, sauna and steam bath and beauty salon.

Casa Las Brisas (Punta Mita)
Casa Las Brisas, offering eight suites, is located on a small, lovely bay in the Punta Mita area of Riviera Nayarit. An intimate villa setting, it features a traditional ambiance of tile floors, patios and wooden balconies. The rooms are elegantly furnished, with large, bright bathrooms and private balconies with ocean views, tile floors and patios, thatch and tile roofs and guayaba wood balcony detailing. Offering a swimming pool, spa and gym services, and a common room for entertainment, including TV, DVD’s and VCR, Casa Las Brisas is particularly noted for its outstanding restaurant.