The Tortuga Bay hotel featured as the best in the Caribbean by U.S. News & World Report

The Tortuga Bay Boutique Hotel, the “Casa Colonial Beach & Spa” Boutique Hotel and the “Hostal Nicolas de Ovando” were recently included in a list of the best hotels in Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, and Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.

The Tortuga Bay, however, was also included in the magazine’s list of “Best Hotels in the Caribbean 2013.”

Punta Cana

Tortuga Bay
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana (53 rooms)
Paradisus Palma Real (554 rooms)

Santo Domingo

Hostal Nicolas de Ovando
Hilton Santo Domingo (228 rooms)
Occidental El Embajador (278 rooms)

Puerto Plata

“Casa Colonial”
“Gran Ventana” (506 rooms)
Be Live Grand Marien (332 rooms)

Tortuga Bay

The 56-room Tortuga Bay Hotel were designed by famed Dominican-American designer Oscar de la Renta who was inspired by the local Taino culture.

The Tainos were the original inhabitants of the island. Guests voted in favor of Tortuga Bay for its excellent guest services, for its exclusive Bamboo Restaurant and the impressive Six Senses Spa.

Also added pluses were the “Los Corales”golf course, designed by Tom Fazio, and the “La Cana” golf course, designed by PB Dye.

“Hostal Nicolás de Ovando”

Owned and operated by the Acord MGallery Collection, this Santo Domingo hotel is situated in a building that dates back to the colonial period.

The 104-room hotel is situated in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, declare a patrimony of humanity by UNESCO.

“Casa Colonial”

The beachfront boutique hotel “Casa Colonial” Beach & Spa is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Situated in the “Playa Dorada” tourism complex, in the north coast city of Puerto Plata, it is a 10-minute drive from the downtown section of the city.

Overall Selection of Hotels

The hotels are chosen by expert travelers and regular tourists, through on-line polls. This is the third time that the US-based publication publishes this list.

Overall, some 1,639 US luxury hotels and 273 Caribbean hotels were polled. Only a handful received the necessary votes to classify in the “Best Hotels” category.

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