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Tortuga Bay excellence award

The Leading Small Hotels of the World have presented Tortuga Bay with an Award for Excellence in environmental best practices implemented at Puntacana Resort & Club. Tortuga Bay is the boutique hotel at the resort.

Frank Rainieri and Haydee Kuret de Rainieri received the award on behalf of the Puntacana Group during The Leading Small Hotels of The World annual convention celebrated in Monte Carlo, Monaco. They were presented with the award by Paul McNamus, CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World. Tortuga Bay won the award from among the 430 hotels of the luxury chain around the world for efforts carried out to protect the environment through the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation. The foundation is behind a major marine coastal protection project to ensure sustainability and protect biodiversity. The project also encompasses education and research programs with the backing of US universities. The Puntacana Group has set aside a 60,000 square meter protected reserve with natural lagoons, nurseries, bee and worm farming and a project to protect iguanas and other native species of fauna and flora.

Tortuga Bay was the first Dominican hotel to be accepted into the Leading Hotels of the World. It has 15 villas, with 50 rooms facing the Punta Cana beach. On the premises is a golf course designed by P.B. Dye and the Six Senses Spa.