The Best of 2018

2018 Crystal Apple Award Winners

It's our best of the best as selected by you! Our 2018 Crystal Apple Award Winners offer the highest standards of quality and service and are simply the best in their category. A round of applause goes out to all of our winners, including Riviera Maya for Best Destination and Secrets Resorts & Spas as our best hotel chain for the eighth straight year!

Offering the highest standards of quality and service, our Crystal Apple Award winners are selected by Apple Vacationers as simply the best in their category. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Apple Vacationers complete our Vacation Satisfaction Questionnaires and determine which hotels and resorts are worthy of the honor. This coveted recognition of excellence continues to inspire the leisure travel industry to raise the bar year after year.

So, give yourself a high-five! You're an important part of the path to earning a Crystal Apple Award. Check out who was selected as the best of the best this year!

The Best Of


Best Destination - Riviera Maya

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The ideal vacation experience awaits in Riviera Maya, the #1 choice of Apple Vacationers. This 112-mile stretch of coastal paradise with alabaster beaches, turquoise waters, and ancient Mayan ruins has it all! With a wide range of exquisite resorts, Riviera Maya delivers a superb balance of relaxation and adventure for guests of all ages.


  • Get ready for exciting adventures at Xcaret Eco-Park! Swim the underground rivers, hike the Tropical Jungle Trail, swim with manatees, and visit the Coral Reef Aquarium.
  • History is at its best at the stunning archeological site of Tulum! Soak in amazing turquoise views while you see Mayan murals and learn about the history of this Mayan city.
  • Enjoy shopping, dining, and exciting nightlife in downtown Playa del Carmen. Check out Señor Frogs for a pulsing good time!.

Best Hotel Chain - Secrets Resorts & Spas

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These stunning adults-only (18+) resorts have won the Crystal Award for "Best Hotel Chain" eight years in a row! Come see what all the fuss is about at these Unlimited-Luxury® retreats: beautiful pristine beaches, top-notch à la carte dining options, elegant accommodations, and world-class spas with lavish treatments await!


  • Situated on breathtaking beaches throughout Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Costa Rica
  • Limitless access to top-shelf spirits and gourmet dining at an array of à la carte restaurants and 24-hour room service
  • Endless day and evening activities
  • Sip, Savor & See dining experience with select nearby Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas (restrictions apply; transportation not included)

Crystal Award Winners

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We have a Crystal Award for every category that's important to Apple Vacationers: from best all-inclusive dining experience to best all-inclusive family and adults-only (18+) resorts. Each of our all-inclusive vacation packages include round-trip hotel/airport transfers and many feature Non-stop Exclusive Vacation Flights from gateways nationwide!


Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

Best Staff & Service -
Mexico!

Paradisus Playa del
Carmen La Perla

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa

Best Staff & Service -
Caribbean!

Secrets Cap Cana
Resort & Spa

Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort

Best Staff & Service -
Hawaiian Islands!

Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort


Riu Palace Costa Rica

Riu Palace Costa Rica

Best Staff & Service -
Central America!

Riu Palace Costa Rica

Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa

Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa

Best All-Inclusive
Family Resort!

Royalton Bavaro
Resort & Spa

UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya


TRS Yucatan Hotel

TRS Yucatan Hotel

Best
Entertainment!

TRS Yucatan Hotel

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

Best All-Inclusive
Dining Experience!

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

Iberostar Grand Rose Hall

Iberostar Grand Rose Hall

Best All-Inclusive
Resort!

Iberostar Grand Rose Hall



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