TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 09, 2013) - RIU Hotels & Resorts proudly announces the 'Travelife Gold Award' certification of select hotels located in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. After an audit conducted by Travelife, an international certification scheme with strict standards for hotels and accommodations that helps them to improve how they manage their environmental and social impacts from energy and water consumption to the impact on local communities where they operate, a total of 23 hotels were awarded the "Gold" certification. This honours RIU's strong commitment to sustainability, ability to communicate progress to others, innovative efforts, as well as adherence to the country's planning procedures for new developments.

"Preserving the natural beauty of the destinations we service is important to us and our customers," says Andrew Dawson, Chief Operating Officer of Sunwing Travel Group, adding, "We are pleased to have exclusive partnerships with progressive companies like RIU Resorts & Hotels." 

When booking with Signature, Canadians can choose from its luxury lineup, the RIU Palace resorts, or the classic RIU Hotels such as the newly refurbished Riu Jalisco offering fresh modern style, new furniture and décor in each room, brand new family rooms, a variety of theme restaurants, exciting aquatic sports, children's entertainment and much more.

The recently opened Riu Palace Jamaica is nestled in the charming Mahoe Bay, a name given to this area by its original inhabitants, the Carib people, which celebrates the national tree of Jamaica. This new adults only property is a tropical sanctuary ideal for spending intimate moments under the sun. Known for its a la carte dining, Riu Palace Jamaica offers a dining experience that is a cut above the rest. Riu Palace Jamaica's signature drink at the Aqua Bar is called Lightning Bolt -- a tasty concoction combines delicious Jamaica Appleton white rum with lime juice, syrup, lemonade, and melon liqueur. This tasty beverage was named after the speed-defying Jamaican native, Usain Bolt.

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All Signature Vacations packages include "Sunwing Airlines' Champagne Service," which features a complimentary glass of champagne, hot towel service, Hot & Fresh Bistro meals served with a choice of wine at lunch and dinner, and complimentary inflight entertainment, including first run movies and a generous free 20kg baggage allowance. For just $40 more per flight segment, travellers can upgrade to Sunwing's Elite Plus service, which features advance seat selection, separate check-in at a majority of airports, advance boarding, 30 kg baggage allowance, priority baggage handling and extra legroom seats.

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