The famous American Automobile Association tourism guide will include in its 2013 edition 12 hotels in the Dominican Republic. These hotels will receive four and five Diamonds, the guide’s quality measuring system. The Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club appears in the five-Diamond listing. In the four-Diamond category: Casa de Campo, Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Hotel, The Banniester Hotel, Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana, Catalonia Royal Bavaro, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Dreams Punta Cana, Hard Rock Hotels & Casino Punta Cana, Paradisus Palma Real Resort, Paradisus Punta Cana.
The publication’s Five Diamond category is issued to those hotels and tourism facilities that provide guests with excellent services and facilities. The guide carries out periodic inspections to make sure that the level of excellence is maintained.
Another nine hotels (seven in Punta Cana, one in La Romana and one in Puerto Plata), received Four Diamond ratings.
Tortuga Bay: This luxury boutique features 15 luxury villas and 50 rooms,where the use of wood and other local materials are incorporated to the overall decoration. The hotel was decorated by famed Dominican-American international fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. The Turtle Bay was the first hotel in the Dominican Republic to be included in the exclusive “Leading Hotels of the World” listing.
Casa de Campo: This famed resort, considered one of the finest in the Caribbean, is situated in the country’s eastern city of La Romana. It is also a member of the “Leading Hotels of the Worl” category and is recognized worldwide for its excellent golf courses, designed by the legendary Pete Dye.
Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Hotel: In Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, this 50-room facility is considered to be the finest the country’s north coast region has to offer. It is a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World.”
The Banniester Hotel: A member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World,” its 33 suites offer guests eight options from which to choose from. The facility is situated in the northeast province of Samana.
Four Diamonds in Punta Cana
Catalonia Royal Bavaro: This all-inclusive, adults-only 255-room facility features 18 restaurants and bars.
Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana: The 500-room hotel is an all-inclusive, four-star hotel, featuring six restaurants, a casino and convention center.
Dreams Punta Cana: The 620-room all-inclusive resort has seven restaurants and ten bars.
Hard Rock Hotels & Casino Punta Cana: This large 1,787-room resort has 11 restaurants, eight outdoor seaside swimming pools, threeswimming overlooking a lake, three kiddie pools, casino, night club, convention center, amphitheater with capacity for 1,200 guests, spa, fitness center and a kids club (4-12 years ), among other facilities.
Paradisus Palma Real Resort: An all-inclusive, five-star hotel, features 700 rooms, swimming pools, five tennis courts, seven restaurants and a children’s area.
Paradisus Punta Cana: With 821 rooms, 12 restaurants, seven swimming pools,spa.
Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel: A small 55-room seaside hotel is situated in the Uvero Alto region in Punta Cana. It features a full-service spa, three gourmet restaurants, two conference rooms, and a wine cellar.
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana: A luxury boutique hotel, with 51 rooms, also located on the Uvero Alto region, and managed by the AM Resorts chain.