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Mexico City — When the Food & Travel awards were handed out last week, many of them went to Yucatán.

Food & Travel magazine’s readers, “the true travelers and foodies,” named Ku’uk the best restaurant in the country’s interior. The award previously went to another Mérida restaurant, Rosas y Xocolate.

The ceremony, by the way, was partly catered by Roberto Solís, the chef/owner of another Mérida restaurant, Néctar.

And while the city of Puebla took the prize for Best Gourmet Destination, which was Mérida’s honor two years in a row, Yucatán state was voted top destination overall for travelers.

The Best Ecological Hotel in Mexico was Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel outside Celestún, an award the resort last won two years ago.

The winning beach hotel was across the Peninsula on the Riviera Maya, the Grand Velas.

For the fourth edition of the awards ceremony, the Live Aqua Urban Resort Hotel in Mexico City was dressed up to receive the nominees of the Food and Travel Reader Awards 2017.

Here are all the winners:

Best Chef: Mikel Alonso

Best Chef Revelation: Alan Sánchez

Best Restaurant in Mexico City and Metropolitan Area: Pujol

Best Restaurant of the Interior of the Republic: K’u’uk

Best New Mexican Restaurant: Loretta

Best Restaurant Consolidated in Mexico: Casa Oaxaca

Best Restaurant in Hotel: Au Pied de Cochon

Best Gourmet Space in Mexico: La Europea

Best Sweet Space of Mexico: La Postrería

Best Destination of Mexico: State of Yucatán

Best Gourmet Destination of Mexico: State of Puebla

Best International Destination: Paris, France

Best International Gourmet Destination: Italy

Best National Airline: Aeromexico

Best International Airline: Air France

Best Hotel in Mexico City: Four Seasons Hotel

Best Urban Hotel in the Interior of the Republic: La Purificadora, Puebla

Best Beach Hotel in Mexico: Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Best Hotel in a Pueblo Magico or Colonial City: Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende

Best Ecological Hotel in Mexico: Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel

Best Spa: Sense, A Rosewood Spa, San Miguel de Allende

Best Cruise Ship: Royal Caribbean

Best Boutique Cruise: Crystal Cruises

Best Travel Agency in Mexico: Mundo Joven

Best Loyalty Program: Club Premier

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