Travel + Leisure Mexico Names Le Chique at Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma Winner of the 2012 Gourmet Award for Best Tasting Menu

Azul Hotels by Karisma, a premier collection of Gourmet Inclusive properties located throughout the Riviera Maya, Mexico offering the best in food and service, today announced Le Chique at Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma was named winner of Travel + Leisure Mexico’s 2012 Gourmet Award for Best Tasting Menu. Selected as winner ahead of seven of the world’s most renowned restaurants, including Pujol, Le Chique – also a nominee for Best Hotel Restaurant in Mexico – was honored for its 8-course “Author’s Dinner” by Michelin-trained Executive Chef Jonatan Gomez-Luna Torres.

“It is an incredible honor to represent Le Chique and Azul Hotels by Karisma in Travel + Leisure Mexico’s 2012 Gourmet Awards and we are very excited to be considered among such impressive company and recognized as winner of the country’s Best Tasting Menu,” said Jonatan Gomez-Luna Torres. “At Le Chique, my goal is to always create a memorable experience for my guests through my food using fresh, authentic Mexican ingredients – and I am proud that my team’s efforts have been acknowledged by the judges.”

 The “Author’s Dinner” at Le Chique was selected as winner of Travel + Leisure Mexico’s 2012 Gourmet Award for Best Tasting Menu by a respected panel of judges comprised of 18 industry leaders, including journalists, chefs, sommeliers, and gourmands such as Hans Backhoff Jr, of Monte Xanic; Paulina Vélez, of Viña Terra; Claudio Poblete, Mexico Culinary Director; and Roberto Gutiérrez Durán, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure Mexico, among others. Winners were chosen after judges evaluated meals based on quality of ingredients, taste of cuisine, dish composition, service, and value. Le Chique competed in the Best Tasting Menu category against seven renowned restaurants such as Pujol and Biko, no. 36 and 38, respectively, on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants by San Pellegrino.

 Le Chique, a part of the Gourmet Inclusive experience at Azul Sensatori Hotel, is led by Executive Chef Jonatan who brings bold, fun, cutting-edge cuisine, full of memories based on the most innovative cooking techniques without forgetting essential culinary foundations and traditions. Today, Le Chique is catalogued as one of the best restaurants in the Riviera Maya and, as one of the best restaurants in the country by culinary critics. As a Gourmet Inclusive restaurant, Le Chique cooks up imaginative preparations that demand attention as well as cocktails and desserts intended to tease the senses with astonishing presentations. This adults-only restaurant provides its guests with an upscale dining experience unlike any other with world class cuisine, premium cocktails, Buddha bar music, centered around the “Author’s Dinner,” where each course creates a new memory. Transporting guests to an exotic paradise, the Le Chique experience begins with a range of flavors throughout eight courses, which are presented with the finest inventive techniques by Chef Jonatan with the goal of telling a unique story.

 “Our Gourmet Inclusive concept is all about bringing the most exceptional gastronomic experiences to guests and we are so pleased to be acknowledged by Travel + Leisure Mexico as Best Tasting Menu and one of the country’s Best Hotel Restaurants,” said Jeroen Hanlo, vice president of food & beverage for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, who brought to life the renowned Gourmet Inclusive concept. “This honor is a testament to the level of food and service delivered by Le Chique, led by the talented Chef Jonathan and his team.”

 As a part of the Gourmet Inclusive experience, Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma offers an extensive array of lavish amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail from champagne check-ins, full-service concierge, 24-hour room service, and beach butlers to world-class chefs, gourmet cuisine served a la carte and sommeliers who suggest perfect pairings from private label wine sections.

 Rates at Azul Sensatori Hotel begin at $207 per person, per night including the Gourmet Inclusive experience. Hotel reservations can be booked through a GI Vacation Consultant, or by calling 1-866-527-4762, or by visiting <> .

 About El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma

El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma are a premier hotel collection operating properties throughout the Riviera Maya, Mexico, where guests savor a Gourmet Inclusive® experience that fosters togetherness. Karisma’s growing portfolio is comprised of El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort by Karisma; El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma; El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma; El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort, by Karisma; El Dorado Generations Maroma by Karisma; Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma; Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma; Azul Villa Carola by Karisma; and Azul Villa Esmeralda by Karisma. 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 “Gold List,” Forbes’ “Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels,” Travel + Leisure’s “SMITTY Awards,” Travel + Leisure Mexico’s “Gourmet Awards,” Travel Weekly’s “Readers Choice Awards” and “Magellan Awards,” TUI Travel PLC’s “Hotel of the Year,” “Gold Medal,” and “Green Medal”, TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice “Best Hotels for Romance,” and AAA’s “Four Diamond Award.” Karisma has received worldwide recognition for its creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations including resorts with swim-up suites, infinity balcony pools, beach butlers and cash-free transactions. Premier Worldwide Marketing is the exclusive worldwide sales and marketing representative for Karisma Hotels & Resorts. For reservations, please visit <> .