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Dominican Republic

Hotels in Dominican Republic

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.

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.

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.