Sivory Punta Cana
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. One of the best of these intimate newcomers is Sivory Punta Cana, a secluded romantic resort on a long stretch of beach about an hour’s drive north of Punta Cana International Airport. The 11-acre grounds are dotted with sea grape trees and two-story terracotta villas, which house 55 large, handsome suites, all with floor-to-ceiling oceanfront windows and bathrooms furnished with soaking tubs and spacious showers (both built for two). As nearby resorts are more buffet than soufflé, the hotel’s emphasis on food and cocktails is a welcome change. You can choose from among three restaurants—Asian fusion, Mediterranean, or nouvelle French—and three lounges (including a cigar bar). The wine cellar is stocked with more than 8,000 bottles; the remainder of the collection is stocked in small refrigerators in every room.