Hotels in Punta Cana
In a region highly concentrated with all-inclusive resorts, the best hotels in Punta Cana separate themselves from the pack with A-list, over-the-top accommodations.
The Puntacana Resort and Golf Club is one of the pioneering hotels in Punta Cana, built more than 40 years ago, and it has since grown from a 10-villa establishment to one that includes a full-service spa, a marina, nine restaurants and a 1,500-acre nature preserve. Designed on an even larger scale, the 30,000-acre Cap Cana resort resembles a village with its own shops, plazas and an outdoor amphitheater. Choose from 298 seaside suites and villas, take a dip in a private lagoon and play around at the Jack Nicklaus-designed tournament golf course. Another of the best hotels in Punta Cana, Club Med’s Punta Cana outpost boasts more than 500 beachside bungalows with private bungalows and picturesque views. Offering activities for family members of all ages, the resort hosts programs such as flying trapeze and circus lessons, as well as excursions for snorkeling horseback riding and more.
For quainter accommodations, opt for Punta Cana hotels like the boutique Sivory Punta Cana. Set on 11 romantic, secluded acres in terracotta villas, suites feature banks of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water. Guests can dine at three on-site restaurants and sample from a collective wine list that’s 8,000 bottles strong.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).