Dominican Republic

Hotels in Dominican Republic

Located on the Dominican’s eastern shore, the all-inclusive Club Med Punta Cana sits on a private, half-mile-long, white sand beach that features a gentle sloping edge for easy water entry.

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.

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 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.

The property epitomizes the area's wild charms, with five casitas surrounding a palm-shaded pool. Linger over an alfresco breakfast, then wander down to Playa Las Ballenas, where the snorkeling's best.

Built in 1971, Puntacana was the first resort development on the untouched east coast of the Dominican Republic. Since then, its shores have seen tremendous growth, and so has the property—from its inception as a tiny 10-villa hotel to a sprawling complex that caters to every taste.

The DR continues to move beyond the all-inclusive market with the help of the Peninsula House, which debuted early 2008 in a restored Victorian plantation house on the Samaná peninsula.

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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.

Not to be outdone by Sivory Punta Cana, the Puntacana Resort & Club has recently unveiled its own boutique offshoot, Tortuga Bay Villas.

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: 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.

The third property from the wellness-focused Zoëtry brand is an all-inclusive, all-suite encampment on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. The low-lit rooms utilize a simple design of hardwood floors and stone accents, and many have balconies overlooking the ocean.