All-Inclusive Golf Resort Garners AAA Four Diamond Status

Casa Velas boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, has received the AAA Four Diamond rating for the second year in a row. Casa Velas has achieved unique status as the only adults' all-inclusive golf resort in Mexico to receive the AAA Four Diamond award.

"Casa Velas' markets are golf, wedding, spa and meetings," says Luis Angarita, director general of the hotel. He adds that 85 percent of the hotel's guests come from the U.S. Hacienda-style Casa Velas has 80 suites and is adjacent to the greens of Marina Vallarta's 18-hole golf course. The course features lush vegetation, natural lagoons with wildlife and views of Banderas Bay. Adding to its appeal for dedicated golfers, the hotel offers golf privileges at two other nearby 18-hole golf courses, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf.

The hotel's suites are decorated with traditional Mexican colors and furnishings, and each has a private terrace with plunge pool or in-suite Jacuzzi. All have hypo-allergenic pillows, goose down feather duvets, bathrobes and slippers and Bulgari amenities. "Eighty percent of our rooms have a view of the Marina Vallarta golf course, and 20 percent have a view of our beautiful gardens," says Angarita. For clients seeking even more privacy and space, recommend the 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom Presidential Suite, with an oversize plunge pool, private terrace, Jacuzzi and a dedicated butler and bartender. Mexico Boutique Hotel's Stay and Win Promotion

Casa Velas is currently remodeling its suites and lobby, bringing in new décor and furniture but still maintaining the hotel's contemporary rustic Mexican ambience. Look for new Jacuzzis and bathtubs in the suites. Melin Castro, a renowned Mexican interior designer, is heading up the hotel's redesign.

Hotel features include two pools, meeting facilities for 80, a business center, two bars and two restaurants, including Emiliano, an à la carte fine dining restaurant serving international cuisine.

The hotel's 6,500-square-foot Spa Casa Velas, a Leading Spa of the World, encompasses five treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy area, a gym and a salon. Book spa appointments in advance by contacting Anabel Manzo Salazar, spa manager, at [email protected] or 011-52-322-226-6688, ext. 6652. Suggest the new Wellness Spa/Medi Holiday program, an all-in-one wellness package that includes a medical check-up by a certified physician.

According to Angarita, the hotel's fam season program for agents is September and October. In high season (December 23 through April) book clients 14 to 21 days in advance, and the rest of the year from one to seven days in advance.

Casa Velas is five minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport and 15 minutes from the downtown area, art galleries and malecon (seaside boardwalk). Currently. the hotel does not have a travel agent liaison. Agents can e-mail inquiries to [email protected], 866-612-1097