Seven hotels in the Dominican Republic were issued the Golden Apple Awards 2016, awarded by the U.S. tour operator Apple Vacations.
The hotels Riu Bachata from Puerto Plata, the Riu Palace Bavaro, the Riu Palace Macao and the Riu Palace Punta Cana also received awards.
Also, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda, and the Grand Bahia Principe San Juan were also distinguished during the awards ceremony.
A total of 21 hotels from the Riu chain of hotels in Mexico, Aruba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic received Golden Apple Awards.
The Golden Apple Awards and the Crystal Apple Awards are issued based on the opinions of hundreds of thousands of travelers who answered the Apple Satisfaction Survey.
Guests evaluate and give scores to services received by the staff as well as the quality of food services, facilities, beach activities and overall programs.
The hotels with the highest ratings receive the Golden Apple Award, and the hotel considered the best in its category receives the Crystal Apple Award, the most prestigious award issued by Apple Vacations.
Apple Vacations is the largest U.S. provider of exclusive holiday flights.