Six hotels in the Dominican Republic, three belonging to the Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts chain, and three from the Spanish-based Riu chain, received the 2014 Golden Apple Awards because of their excellent facilities, activities program and overall top-quality environment.
The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (in Samana, on the country’s north coast); the Bahia Principe Ambar Luxury and the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda, both in Punta Cana, received awards. From the Riu chain of hotels, the Palace Bavaro, the Palace Macao and the Palace Punta Cana were honored with the awards.
The awards are issued based on the opinions of customers who booked their stay in one of these hotels through a tour operator, and who receive a 99% satisfaction index from customers during a six month period.
The Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar: This 528-room hotel features four restaurants, four bars, a spa and business facilities.
The Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Luxury: Features 570 rooms, four bars, two restaurants, two swimming pools, a water park and facilities for social and business events.
The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection: It is the only hotel in the Dominican Republic built on an off-shore key. The 209-room hotel features six bars, four restaurants, a spa and Wi-Fi.
The Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts chain is a member of the Piñeiro Group, based in Palma Mallorca, Spain.
The Riu Palace Bavaro: An all-inclusive 610-room hotel, with five restaurants, five bars, a spa, casino and gymnasium.
The Riu Palace Macao: An adults-only, 364-room hotel. It is a member of the Riu Resorts complex, which includes the Riu Palace Punta Cana, the Riu Palace Bavaro, Club Hotel Riu Bambu and the Riu Naiboa. The Riu Palace Punta Cana is an all-inclusive 612 room-hotel featuring balconies and terraces. Also, six restaurants, three bars, a gymnasium, a spa, casino and business facilities.