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AAA Unveils 2020 Diamond Honorees

On February, 20th, 2020, AAA published the list of the 2020 Four and Five Diamond honorees, which are based on hotel inspections that occurred in 2019. TAFER Hotels & Resorts is proud that three of our hotels have been named on the list again for 2020. It is a true honor for TAFER Resorts to be on this list, which recognizes the best hotels in the hospitality industry.   

Villa del Palmar Luxury Beach Resort & Spa in Cancun received the AAA 4 Diamond designation for its second consecutive year. Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta made the 4 Diamond list for its sixth year in a row. AAA Four Diamond designated hotels must meet the criteria of being refined and stylish with excellent service. In 2020, just 1,718 hotels made the Four Diamond list, which represents a small percentage of the 27,000 AAA Diamond lodgings evaluated.   

Hotel Mousai in Puerto Vallarta (an adults only hotel) made the 5 Diamond list for its sixth successive year. Only 119 hotels received the 2020 Five Diamond designation and Hotel Mousai is honored to be among this exclusive group, representing only 0.4% of the total.   

Having three of its hotels qualifying as AAA 4 and 5 Diamond hotels for 2020, reflects TAFER’s mission is to continue to merge excellence, quality, and creativity to be one of the top brands in the Global Hotels and Resorts industry. 

AAA (formerly known as the American Automobile Association) is a federation of regional clubs located throughout North America with over 60 million members. AAA has always been an advocate for travelers and is well-known for providing insurance and roadside assistance, and more recently AAA has become recognized as the largest seller of leisure travel in the world. 

In order to assist travelers and create a unified classification system, AAA developed its Diamond Certificate Rating system. The Diamond ratings help travelers know what they can expect when they arrive at a particular hotel.  Each year, AAA sends its qualified inspectors on unannounced visits to 27,000 hotels and resorts around North America and the Caribbean to evaluate them. If the hotel meets the criteria to be diamond certified, then the inspector must assign a diamond rating. All hotels with a Diamond designation are re-evaluated annually to ensure they maintain the standards for which the Diamonds are awarded.  

All hotels that receive the AAA Diamond rating are recommended for travelers. The AAA Five Diamond rating is the hardest rating to achieve with only a small percentage of hotels receiving this classification. Hotel Mousai is the only AAA Five Diamond awarded property in the state of Jalisco. This doesn’t mean that Five Diamonds are better than Four Diamonds.  The main difference is that the more diamonds a hotel has, the more luxury one can expect. 

What the Ratings Mean   

The AAA classification is based on categories ranging from approved to Five Diamonds, which indicate the quality of service, level of hospitality and range of facilities and amenities available to guests.  

  • Approved – Meets the industry-leading standards of AAA inspections.  
  • Three Diamonds – Range of amenities, stylish decor and high level of comfort.  
  • Four Diamonds – Luxury accommodation, extensive amenities, high level of service and hospitality and impressive design.   
  • Five Diamonds – Unsurpassed luxury, complete range of amenities and services, extraordinary design, and impeccable standard of service. 

The General Managers of each resort are very proud that their resorts have made AAA’s list of 2020 Four and Five Diamond Hotels, which reflects their continued commitment to deliver first-rate hospitality. The General Managers are Juan Carlos González of Villa del Palmar Cancún, Daniel Lopez of Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa and Cecilia Bustos of Hotel Mousai.  

Fernando González Corona, President of TAFER Hotels & Resorts, recognizes the importance of the contribution of the General Managers and all the staff who help make these prestigious Diamond designations possible by being tirelessly committed to hospitality excellence and creating positive guest experiences.  

To all our Garza Blanca Residence Club members, we thank you for being a part of the TAFER Resorts extended family and you are the reason we do what we do.  

As Garza Blanca Residence Club members, you can use your club points to enjoy the delights of all our top-ranked hotels. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.