NEEDHAM, Mass., November 10, 2015 – TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced its Travelers’ Choice™ awards for all-inclusive resorts. The annual awards are based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers across the globe. Award winners were determined based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings submitted on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.
“Travelers planning an all-in-one getaway should consider booking a stay at one of the Travelers’ Choice all-inclusive resorts that have been lauded by the TripAdvisor community,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Beyond providing outstanding amenities, cuisine and entertainment, these award-winning properties are located in some of the world’s most alluring destinations.”
Top 10 Travelers’ Choice All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean:
1.Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection – Samana Province, Dominican Republic
Described by some TripAdvisor users as “paradise”, this adult-only resort located on a private island offers travelers a luxurious experience. The resort provides 268 elegant rooms including a selection of suites and private beach villas for guests to choose from. One TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “Amazing island getaway, worth the travel time to get there. Peaceful, relaxing and very welcoming. The staff was all hard working and friendly, which makes this hotel so warm and inviting.”
2.The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Designed with families in mind, this 170 room resort offers exciting activities for children including a dedicated play zone with splash pools and skate ramps, as well as a fun-filled supervised “Kid’s Camp.” With the children being entertained, parents can enjoy the resort spa, entertainment and fine dining options. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “This resort was beautiful, rooms were awesome, food was exotic yet simple and the scenery was better than I could've imagined. This place really is paradise.”
3.Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro – Bavaro, Dominican Republic
Located on the 2015 Travelers’ Choice award-winning Bavaro Beach, this blissful adults-only resort houses 272 rooms, each with spectacular views of the ocean or expansive gardens. The property also boasts ornate architecture and has an exquisite selection of dining options. A TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “This hotel has it all - gorgeous views, relaxing atmosphere, top-"notch facilities, and the friendliest staff around! We were greeted with complimentary champagne at check-in and continued to be waited on hand and foot throughout the week.”
4.Iberostar Grand Rose Hall – Rose Hall, Jamaica
Overlooking the glistening shoreline, this premier resort offers hundreds of suites surrounded by lush manicured gardens and sweeping waterfront vistas. By day, guests can try their hand at snorkeling, kayaking or windsurfing before unwinding for dinner in one of the property’s highly-acclaimed restaurants. “The food, service, rooms, pools, entertainment and beach are second to none. It seems like every time I go it just gets better and better,” raved a TripAdvisor reviewer.
5.Galley Bay Resort – St. John’s, Antigua
Boasting a private three-quarter mile white sand beach, this 40-acre Caribbean hideaway serves as the ultimate escape for travelers seeking rest and relaxation. Guests can kick back by the pool, jog along trails, or take advantage of stand-up paddle boards and other complimentary activities. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “It's more than the aqua blue water, sugar sand beaches, cliffs, sunsets, butterflies, chirping tree frogs and finches. People really seem to love coming back to this place and I can understand why.”
6.Royalton Cayo Santa Maria – Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
This luxurious adults-only resort aims to provide an unforgettable vacation experience that will “enlighten, enhance and awaken the senses.” Travelers can dine in some of Cuba’s finest restaurants where they will indulge in culinary delights created by skilled chefs. “The resort offers a great balance of relaxation and entertainment, beautiful beaches and pools, exceptional personalized service and some of the best food I've had in Cuba,” shared a TripAdvisor reviewer.
7.The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
In between sun bathing and splashing in the turquoise surf, travelers visiting this exquisite Caribbean resort can partake in a variety of activities including dance class, sushi-making and wine tasting. A TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “The service and quality of everything and everyone is top-notch! Can't think of a better way to spend a vacation if you’re looking for warm beautiful weather, a beach, pool, and relaxing with loved ones!”
8.Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus – Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
Located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, this idyllic oasis caters to children and adults offering a range of entertainment from “Lucy’s Club” for kids to live shows and music at night for the young-at-heart. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The grounds are well- maintained, the beaches are pristine white sand, drinks are premium and the staff is the most accommodating you will find at any hotel. Book ahead as this resort fills quickly due to its popularity and excellent service.”
9.Sandals Royal Plantation – Ocho Rios. Jamaica
Tucked away on a coral bluff, this opulent 74-room oceanfront property encourages guests to spend their time relaxing by the pool or gazing at the tranquil surf. “This was our first stay at the Royal Plantation and I relied heavily on the reviews I read when booking. We were not disappointed! This is the perfect place if you want small, relaxing and all-inclusive top-notch service,” wrote a TripAdvisor reviewer.
10.Melia Cayo Coco – Cayo Coco, Cuba
In the picturesque Jardines del Ray archipelago is this posh adults-only resort that caters to its guests’ needs. Travelers are invited to stay in one of the over-water bungalows where they’ll see vibrant sunsets above the placid lagoon. A TripAdvisor traveler raved, “This place is out of this world! It was our second time at Melia Cayo Coco and we are booking again for next year. All I can say is you must go! All staff is wonderful; they cannot do enough for you.”
To see all winners of the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for all-inclusive resorts go to: www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-AllInclusive. Travelers can also join the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice.
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