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KARISMA HOTELS & RESORTS WINS THREE 2014 TRAVEL WEEKLY MAGELLAN AWARDS PREMIER COLLECTION OF GOURMET INCLUSIVE RESORTS HONORED FOR BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY RESORT, BEST BEACH RESORT, AND BEST POOL DESIGN


MIAMI (September, 2014) Karisma Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning luxury hotel collection which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, is pleased to announce it is the winner of three 2014 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards.Travel Weekly named Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma a Gold Winner in the Hospitality | Pool Design category; Azul Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma a Silver Winner in the Hospitality | Beach Resort/Hotel category; and Generations Resorts by Karisma a 2014 Silver Winner in the Hospitality | Family Resort/Hotel category. With entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the coveted Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honor the best in the travel industry. “After consecutive years of recognition for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, we are especially honored to have our new properties, including Azul Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma, Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma and the Generations Resorts by Karisma collection, awarded for excellence in their debut year,” said Mandy Chomat, vice president of sales and marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts was named a winner of the following 2014 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards:

  • Best Family Hotel/Resorts - Generations Riviera Maya: Generations Resorts by Karisma, a collection of Gourmet Inclusive® resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico, elevates family-friendly to the ultimate level of personalized luxury by exclusively featuring all-suite accommodations, unlimited butler service, Eko Kids Club, as well as the signature Gourmet Inclusive® Experience. The property features the largest suites in destination at upwards of 1,200 square-feet each with plunge pools on the first through fourth floors. Affording families the utmost flexibility and privacy, Generations Resorts feature oversized suites with living areas and customizable one-, two-, and three-bedroom suite-to-condo options. For children ages 4-12, each Eko Kids Club offers supervised activities, Little Eko Chefs, a movie area, craft station, library and gaming consoles, along with Gourmet Inclusive baby amenities, including Pack & Play, freshly pureed baby food, strollers, cribs, bottle warmers, and more, all complimentary.
  • Best Beach Resort Hotel – Azul Sensatori Jamaica: Situated on Negril’s world-famous Seven Mile Beach with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, Azul Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma features 136 ocean-view rooms with chic contemporary design, six gourmet restaurants, bars, lounges, Vassa Spa, and Azulitos Play House, all of which uniquely cater to families, couples and friends spending quality time together. Coupled with the signature Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, the property’s luxuriously-appointed accommodations and exceptional service, including full service concierge and 24-hour room service, are unparalleled in Jamaica and ideally suited to exceed the expectations of today’s global travelers. Guests select from one- and two-bedroom rooms in beachfront or ocean-view categories – each of which are available as swim-up suites with outdoor beds for lounging. A multigenerational section features Family Suites with either two double beds or one king-size bed accommodating up to two adults and three children. For larger groups, two-story Family Loft Suites feature a murphy bed, sleeping an additional two children, as well as a king bed and two double beds. Couples enjoy an Adults-Only section featuring king size beds and option of romantic Honeymoon Suite. The signature plan includes a la carte gourmet meals from all six exceptional restaurants, premium alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages. Located in the adults-only section, the Nesta Rasta Lounge and Hibiscus Swim Up & Lounge Bar features a wide selection of Caribbean rums and premium cocktails. For little ones, the Fisher-Price Azulitos Play House features a Fisher-Price Toy Lending Library menu and interactive play sessions. Kids ages 4-13 stay active at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center®, while kids ages 12-17 enjoy a teen-exclusive 1,500 square-foot Breeze Club.
  • Best Pool Design - Generations Riviera Maya: Set against the backdrop of the azure Mexican Caribbean are Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma’s uniquely designed and luxuriously appointed aquatic amenities. The hotel exclusively features the leading all-suite oceanfront accommodations with swim up infinity pools on floors one through four. As an added luxury, many swim up suites feature a water-mirror balcony allowing guests to step directly into a lazy river connecting to adjoining suites, or to the main pool and Swell swim up bar, which serves a wide array of refreshing virgin cocktails, fresh fruit-infused waters, ice-cold beers and premium alcoholic beverages. As part of a Gourmet Inclusive® getaway, pool butlers attend to guests’ every need, from providing sunscreen, kids’ toys, and reading materials to arranging a poolside picnic lunch for families. Designed with its littlest VIPs in mind, the Baby Beach Lounge provides kids and parents with a shady respite from the sun complete with a mushroom fountain and pint-sized lounge chairs, umbrellas, and towels.
  • The Gourmet Inclusive vacation experience at Karisma Hotels & Resorts is carefully catered to guests that prefer quality over quantity. From the freshest and finest ingredients for an unrivaled culinary journey to ultimate relaxation with 24-hour room service and beach beds, Karisma Hotels & Resorts continuously raises the bar and sets the standard for the world’s finest travel.

Hotel reservations can be booked through a Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant, by calling 1-866-527-4762, or by visiting www.karismahotels.com.

About the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards are the premier awards for the travel industry. From design to marketing to services, the Magellan Awards honor the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all. Honoring a broad range of industry segments including Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental Companies, the Magellan is the award to win for those in the travel business. The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a one-of-a-kind panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry. In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly. To uphold this high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all.

For more information, visit www.travelweeklyawards.com

About Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning luxury hotel collection which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, comprises an impressive portfolio including El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, Azul Hotels & Villas by Karisma, Generations Resorts by Karisma, Allure Hotels by Karisma and Karisma Hotels Adriatic. Properties have been honored with the industry’s top accolades including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 30 Hotels in Cancun,” TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice “Best Hotels for Romance,” AAA’s “Five Diamond Award” and AAA’s “Four Diamond Award.” Karisma has received worldwide recognition for its creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations.

For reservations and a full list of Karisma properties, please visit www.karismahotels.com.

Media Contacts: Alexandra McClure, Nicole Engelhardt, or Dina Rosenberg at Glodow Nead Communications, 415.394.6500, alexandra@glodownead.com.

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