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Mexico Luxury Resort Awards

Recognized internationally as one of the world's top luxury hotels and resort, Grand Velas Riviera Maya has received top awards and press by the most regarded names in the travel industry. AAA, Condé Nast Traveler. Take a look at the prestigious awards that make us the most spectacular resort and spa destination in Riviera Maya.

AAA Five Diamond

Grand Velas Riviera Maya has been awarded the 2011 AAA Five Diamond Award for lodging, making it and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit the only two family-friendly resorts in North America to merit the award. After careful scrutiny of all resort aspects by tourism editors during unannounced evaluations, only an estimated 0.25 percent of the estimated 60,000 AAA Diamond Rated properties receive the coveted Five Diamond Award each year.
We are honored and extremely proud that our commitment to excellence in service and providing our guests with unsurpassed luxury and world-class dining has been recognized by this prestigious organization.
Cond- Nast Johansens

Condé Nast Johansens

Named Most Excellent Spa Hotel in Mexico and Central America 2010. Condé Nast Johansens is the leading reference guide to independently owned, annually evaluated hotels, inns and resorts worldwide. Their publications are targeted towards discerning travelers who seek the highest quality, service and facilities in their travel destinations.
Our award as Most Excellent Spa Hotel comes as a result of feedback from Condé Nast inspectors, guest comments and recommendations. Criteria for this prestigious award include charm, character and superior standards offered by the resort. Grand Velas is proud to have won this designation after just one year of activity.
Leading Spa of the World

2009 - 2017 | The Leading Spas of the World

Named a Leading Spa of the World in 2009. In 2005, The Leading Hotels of the World launched the first global evaluation and certification program for the spa industry. This program allows for any Leading Hotel with a spa component to undergo an inspection in which more than 200 areas are reviewed for certification. Criteria taken into consideration ranges from the reservation process, to the spirit of welcoming and atmosphere of the treatment room, to the treatment itself and the farewell.
The Leading Hotels of The World

2008 - 2017 | The Leading Hotels of the World

Member since 2008. The Leading Hotels of The World, Ltd. is a hospitality organization representing more than 450 of the world's finest hotels, resorts and spas in over 80 countries around the world. As one of the largest international luxury hotel brands, the firm maintains sales and marketing offices in 24 markets across the globe. Since 1928, the company's reputation for excellence derives from the exacting levels of quality it demands from its members, each of which must pass a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering more than 800 criteria. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was also named the LHW 2009 Commitment Quality Award Winner of Latin America.

Food & Wine Magazine

Named one of the 100 Best New Food and Drink Experiences in 2010. Food and Wine Magazine is a leading monthly magazine, featuring recipes, restaurant reviews, cooking tips, travel information, chefs, wine pairings, and seasonal content. Its premier event is the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado.


Member and winner of the Virtuoso Best Spa in the World in 2010. Virtuoso is the industry's leading leisure travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises more than 6,000 elite travel advisors associated with over 300 agencies in 22 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,000 of the world's best travel providers and premier destinations.
Signature Travel Network


A network of over 6,000 travel professionals who share one objective: to serve the unique needs of discerning travelers. Signature Travel Network is a co-operative of the travel industry's leading retail travel agencies with more than 320 office locations who serve thousands of clients from around the world.


A United States consortium of over 180 associated travel agencies located throughout 30 states, with over 300 affiliated hotels in 60 countries.


This international recognition is delivered when consistently excellent quality in hygiene and food handling is observed. Continuous inspections and audits are carried out to evaluate, monitor and control hotel facilities to determine its efforts pertaining to the safety of guests and employees of the hotel regarding the consumption of safe food and beverages. CRISTAL is the acronym for Critical Risk Identification using Strategy, Technology, Analysis and Logistics.

2010 Playas Limpias (Clean Beaches) Certification

This title was bestowed by the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico in recognition of the pristine beach in front of the resort and Grand Velas' continued preservation efforts to preserve the natural beauty and general condition of the area.
Earth Check

Earth Check

The resort is certified by EarthCheck, the world's leading sustainable travel and tourism certification organization. Used by more travel and tourism establishments than any other program around the world, the EarthCheck Program validates the carbon claims of the largest accommodation providers on the planet and guides them in their sustainability initiatives, insuring that they adhere to the highest environmental standards.
For a full list of awards, click here: http://velasresorts.com/awards/grand-velas-riviera-maya/