Emiliano Restaurant in Casa Velas, Receives Four Diamonds From AAA

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emiliano-restaurant-atCasa Velas' signature fine-dining restaurant, Emiliano, was awarded American Automobile Association's prestigious (AAA) Four Diamond award for restaurants. Only six restaurants in the Vallarta-Nayarit area hold the Four Diamond distinction, four of them owned by Velas Resort, including Piaf, Lucca and Frida, three restaurants located in Casa Velas' sister resort, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Emiliano, serving gourmet Mexican and international cuisine by Executive Chef Juan Luis Ruelas, is known for its unique Mexican and Asian ingredients, as well as an Authentic Mexican Street Food menu from all regions of Mexico. This is the first AAA Diamond Award for Emiliano, while Casa Velas has received nine consecutive Four Diamond awards for hospitality since opening in 2006.

The casually elegant restaurant, Emiliano, features gourmet Mexican cuisine served indoor or at outdoor tables located on a romantic terrace surrounded by Koi ponds. Often using herbs from Casa Velas' on-site organic botanical garden, stand-out dishes at Emiliano include thinly sliced fresh tuna sashimi with lines of chipotle citrus, avocado aioli and wonton crisp and grilled Portobello mushroom roll with marinated shrimp and baby greens dressed in vinaigrette of avocado, tomatillo and fresh cilantro. The restaurant also offers a menu of traditional street food from each region of Mexico and fresh Herbal Cocktails such as the Cilantro Margarita, Hibiscus Martini and Lemon Refresher, all with herbs and flowers grown on the property.

"We are honored our signature restaurant, Emiliano, has received the prestigious Four Diamond award from AAA. We thank our dedicated Chefs and staff for offering guests a distinctive fine-dining experience marked by high quality ingredients, creative presentation and attentive service," said Eduardo Vela Ruiz, President of Velas Resorts Group.

At Casa Velas luxury accommodations, gourmet meals, premium liquor and wine, 24-hour suite service, use of the fitness center facilities, WIFI, and taxes and gratuities are included in a single price. As part of the all-inclusive rate, guests can also dine at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, home to three additional AAA four-diamond restaurants.

Casa Velas, owned by Eduardo Vela Ruiz and operated by Vice President Juan Vela, is located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course in Puerto Vallarta and offers guests a serene and exclusive setting, with the look and feel of a private hacienda. Its 80 suites are decorated in traditional Mexican colors and furnishings, as well as goose-down comforters and L´Occitane amenities. Each suite boasts a private terrace with plunge pool or in-suite Jacuzzi and original artwork by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante. Casa Velas Spa offers a wide array of services and treatments, including a hydrotherapy areas for men and women.

Emiliano received a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, while Casa Velas was recently named the 8th best hotel in the world on Expedia® 2013 Insiders' Select™, won a Condé Nast Traveler's 2013 Readers' Choice Award and was ranked the #1 Hotel on the Beach and #1 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Vallarta in TripAdvisor 2013.

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