Hotels in Dominican Republic
Known for conjuring romantic vibes, this all-inclusive resort is plucked straight from the Colonial era. Guests can meander through coconut groves, or trace the Caribbean on the 30-mile stretch of white-sand beach.
While it's so sprawling that a mini-train shuttles guests around its vast grounds, the Melia Caribe Tropical offers a Royal Treatment upgrade which tames the beast.
In Santo Domingo’s beautifully preserved colonial zone, you’ll find this 16th-century hotel. The 104 spacious rooms channel old-world romance with high ceilings, solid wood beds topped by snowy white duvets, and shutters on the windows.
Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic, was redone in late 2009. It has a state-of-the-art spa overlooking the beach, access to two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, and spare, cool décor (Zen-inspired beds; stone or wood-paneled walls).
The absence of pink walls and plastic furniture isn’t the only refreshing thing that sets Casa Colonial apart from other hotels in the Dominican Republic.
Not to be outdone by Sivory Punta Cana, the Puntacana Resort & Club has recently unveiled its own boutique offshoot, Tortuga Bay Villas.
Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe, which reopened in December 2010 after a top-to-bottom renovation, is set on the picture-perfect Bávaro Beach, where two miles of soft white sand meet the calm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The hotel is set in a Day-Glo–colored tropical garden on a hill overlooking the nearby fishing town of Cabrera.
What’s It’s Like: Just 10 minutes from the small bustling beach town of Cabarete, the 10 bungalows, with roofs made of palm fronds and stone-and-bamboo interiors, blend into the jungle-like environs.
The all-inclusive Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus resort is situated in Bavahibe, a former fishing village close to La Romana in the southeast Dominican Republic.
The all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana is set on 30-mile-long Playa de Bávaro, on the island's eastern coast. The luxury villa complex includes 496 oversized suites (each with mahogany furniture and whirlpools for two) and 102 Royal Service Suites.
What’s It’s Like: This rambling 16th century former colonial mansion was transformed into a 15-room guest house in 2004 but it hasn’t lost any of its old world charm.