SOURCE: Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge

June 13, 2012 07:51 ET

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge Earns 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Honored as a Highly Rated Hotel as Reviewed by Travelers on the World's Largest Travel Site

BARAHONA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC--(Marketwire - Jun 13, 2012) - Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge in Barahona, Dominican Republic today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

"Casa Bonita is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence," said Roberto Nolazco, General Manager at Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge. "We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor."

"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site," said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience."

About Casa Bonita
Casa Bonito, originally the family retreat of the Schiffino's, a local Dominican Family, became a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World in 2008. Casa Bonita and its surroundings consist of 700,000 sq meters and have been in the family since 1976. Casa Bonita consists of 12 cabanas, a spa on the border of the Rio Barahuco named Tanama Spa and a natural restaurant that is complemented by its own garden. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea and sandwiched between two rivers, Casa Bonita is a place for man and nature to merge in a rustic elegant environment.

Casa Bonita is operated by ProHotel International of Houston, which also operates the celebrated Esencia Estate in the Riviera Maya, Mexico and Pico Bonito in La Ceiba, Honduras.

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, January 2012

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