The Best Of Apple Vacations

2017 Crystal Apple Award Winners

It's our best of the best as selected by you! Our 2017 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 Huatulco for Best Destination and Secrets Resorts & Spas as our Best Hotel Chain for the seventh 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 - Huatulco

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Located on Mexico's southern Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca, Huatulco is a watersport lover's dream with 22 miles of picturesque beaches and nine sparkling bays. Huatulco is the first destination in this hemisphere to be Green Globe-certified–it's high environmental standards are part of what keeps its beaches golden, rock formations beautiful, and waters sapphire.


  • Explore the history and culture of the Oaxaca region on this guided two-day tour. Visit ancient ruins, travel to the highest point in the Sierra Madre Mountains, and more!
  • The Sierra Madre Waterfalls are a lovely retreat nestled in the mountain ranges of Oaxaca. Cool off in the refreshing waters after a hike through the lush jungle.
  • The ruins of Bocana del Rio Copalita were discovered in 1996 in the lush jungles of Oaxaca. Discover plazas, temples, and a ceremonial center.

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" seven 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!


IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso

Best Staff & Service -
Mexico!

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso

Riu Palace Jamaica

Riu Palace Jamaica

Best Staff & Service -
Caribbean!

Riu Palace Jamaica

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Best Staff & Service -
Hawaiian Islands!

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort


Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

Best Staff & Service -
Central America!

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

Best Adults-Only
(18+) Resort!

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla


Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Best
Entertainment!

Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

Best All-Inclusive
Dining Experience!

Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall

Best All-Inclusive
Resort!

IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall



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