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.
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 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.
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.
Vegas-style grandeur on the Dominican Republic's southeastern coast with a diverse range of amenities, including an equestrian center, yacht club, shooting center, and expansive new spa.
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 hotel made its debut in 2011 on a protected, half-mile-long crescent of shore with 35 villas (botanical prints, Viking appliances, coral tiled bathrooms, and, yes, balconies galore).
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.
A new breed of boutique hotel is sprouting up along the Dominican Republic’s Caribbean coast, giving the area’s massive all-inclusive resorts some serious competition.
This 21-room boutique hotel is reminiscent of an Indian Moghul palace, with carved stone columns, onion domes, statues of Ganesh, and peacocks strutting through the landscaped tropical gardens.
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.
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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.