Hotels in Punta Cana
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.
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).
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.