Monarc.ca, the hotel & resort review site and a division of Softvoyage Inc., has published its annual ranking of the most popular sun destination resorts and hotels in 2017.
Based on a range of criteria, such as overall appreciation of the establishment, restaurants, beaches, cleanliness, value for money, etc., the ranking covers major hotels and resorts in: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and Turks and Caicos.
Categories range from most popular destinations and best hotels for families to best beaches and best hotels overall. Here is a small sampling of the results:
Most popular destinations: 1. Mexico, 2. U.S. and 3. Cuba and Jamaica
Best hotels quality vs price: 1. Azul Ixtapa Grand Resort, 2. Riu Palace Peninsula and 3. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado and Excellence Playa Mujeres
Best hotel beaches: 1. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, 2. Beaches Turks and Caicos and 3. Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria
Best hotels overall evaluation: 1. Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’An, 2. Sunset Plaza Beach and 3. Riu Palace Peninsula and Azul Ixtapa Grand Resort
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