Dominican Republic

Hotels in Dominican Republic

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).

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.

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.

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).

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.