New Executive Appointments at Mexico's Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Nayarit, Cabo

Andreas Schmidt Named Managing Director in Los Cabos, Pilar Perciavalle Now Helms Riviera Nayarit

PUERTO VALLARTA, MX. October 12, 2017 – Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Mexico’s “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Velas Resorts, announces Andreas Schmidt and Maria Del Pilar Perciavalle have been named Managing Director of the Grand Velas Los Cabos and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit resorts, respectively. In Mr. Schmidt’s new position, he is responsible for the new 304-suite resort’s next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities including a selection of gourmet specialty restaurants led by top chefs, including two-star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte; world-class Se Spa; staff ratio of 3 to 1; exceptional meeting facilities, and commitment to the environment. Grand Velas Los Cabos is the newest resort of Mexico’s Velas Resorts with over 25 years of tradition in hospitality. Ms. Perciavalle now helms the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit with 267 ocean-view suites; five restaurants of which three, serving French, Italian and Mexican gourmet cuisine, have received AAA Four Diamond awards for distinguished cuisine and presentation; Se Spa that offers 20 treatment suites, more than 30 spa treatments, many inspired by the native traditions of Mexico and a signature water journey; and more. The appointments are effective immediately.

Andreas Schmidt has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he acted as Brand and Quality Director at Karisma Hotels & Resorts with properties throughout Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico. Prior to, he held the management positions at the top-rated Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, Intercontinental and Hilton International. Mr. Schmidt has completed Professional Development Programs (PDP) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Of German nationality, he speaks German, English and Spanish.

Maria Del Pilar Perciavalle has spent nearly 18 years in the hospitality industry within Iberostar resorts in Cuba, Argentina, Jamaica and various destinations in Mexico. She received a degree in Hotel Management from Mar del Plata College in Argentina and speaks English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

For more information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit

About Velas Resorts:

Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos have earned more than 43 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso’s “Best Spa, ” Condé Nast Johansens’ “Most Excellent Resort” and “Most Excellent Spa Hotel” and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ 5 Star Diamond Award. Properties include Casa Velas, a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta, a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay, both in Puerto Vallarta; the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering the most sophisticated, ultra luxury all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. The new Grand Velas Los Cabos on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula offers the next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness centers, personal concierge service, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts operate Velas Resorts with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts. For more information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869, email or visit

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