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If you’re planning a vacation to the Dominican Republic, these nine amazing resorts are sure to make for an especially unforgettable escape. From picturesque beaches to outdoor adventures, there’s plenty of things to do and see in this beautiful country.
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Royalton CHIC Punta Cana offers the opportunity to experience living like island royalty. Located right on the beach on the country’s eastern coast, this popular couples resort has all of the amenities you could ever want in an adults-only, all-inclusive resort. For the best of the best, book the CHIC Mansion, an extravagant two-story home with six bedrooms, a wine cellar and fully-stocked premium bar, a private pool and Jacuzzi, fire pit, barbecue – and, it even comes with its own chef. If that’s not in the cards, the other stylish rooms and suites are pretty amazing too, many of which boast their own pools and terraces. Guests also enjoy a diverse range of dining options onsite, including everything from Moroccan to Japanese fare. There is a gorgeous pool and an in-pool DJ booth, an oxygen bar, and more.
Excellence Punta Cana offers the chance to enjoy the island’s laid-back atmosphere with five-star luxury in a colonial village-style, adults-only resort. An all-inclusive resort, this property faces a 30-mile stretch of powdered sugar-like sands and is especially popular with romance-seekers. Guests can enjoy 24/7 room service, two huge swimming pools, a host of activities like whale watching, beach volleyball, scuba diving lessons, zip-lining, yoga and horseback riding. Also, the world-class spa boasts a wealth of heavenly treatments and indulgent massages. Dine at one of nine restaurants serving popular international fare including everything from fine northern Italian to exotic Asian, sip drinks at one of the lively bars, take in some local music and then come back to your elegant beach-chic room with a comfy king-size bed, whirlpool tub and furnished patio or balcony. Included in the all-inclusive plan are unlimited alcoholic beverages, 24-hour room service, pool and beach waiter service, daily activities and nightly entertainment.
This luxury all-inclusive boasts an especially romantic Caribbean setting and access to a vast stretch of shoreline along with a sprawling pool featuring hydromassage areas. Airy suites include marble tile floors and classic mahogany furnishings, a private terrace or balcony and hydromassage tubs. The highlight for many is the food and beverage on offer, including impressive international buffets and Palazzo with its traditional Italian cuisine. Guests also enjoy access to a fitness center, water sports equipment, five tennis courts, yoga, Pilates, beach volleyball, Olympic Games and more.
The aptly named Casa de Campo means “house in the country,” and is part of a sprawling 7,000-acre resort community that includes a marina, a picture-perfect beach, three internationally-renowned golf courses and Altos de Chavon. It boasts a wide range of water-related activities, including sailing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving as well as deep-sea fishing and freshwater angling. On land, guests can enjoy a game of tennis on one of the multiple courts, horseback riding at the equestrian center and a round of golf on the “Teeth of the Dog” course, which features seven water holes and railroad ties constructed from native woods. The spacious rooms come complete with a golf cart for guests’ use, large flat-screen televisions, iPod docks and balconies. There are also indoor and outdoor spas, and on-site restaurants serving everything from gourmet Italian and Dominican fare to Mediterranean dishes.
Located in one of the best beach areas on the island, Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Casino & Golf Resort is an adults-only haven that is an impressive all-inclusive resort with a long list of incredible amenities. It boasts on-site golf courses, an idyllic beach, a fantastic swim-up bar with a happening scene that includes very entertaining bartenders. There are diving courses in the swimming pool, merengue dance lessons, intro golf courses, native painting classes, activities for the kids, breakfast and lunches in the main restaurant and on the beach there are snacks, tea, and guests get a welcoming cocktail too. With the wide variety of bars and eateries, including a late-night pizzeria to enjoy when you’ve got the munchies, you’ll never go hungry, or thirsty here. The resort offers lots to keep guests busy with complimentary non-motorized water sports, a fitness center, soccer, tennis and archery. After dark, evening entertainment is hosted in an open theater, and you’ll also find a casino and disco. Rooms feature tropical decor, whirlpool tubs and balconies with hammocks.
The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is a sprawling, high-end resort that sits across 15,000 seaside acres and includes the signature amenities Westin is known for, including rooms with Heavenly beds, floor-to-ceiling windows (most with at least partial ocean views), large LCD TVs and private balconies. Guests also enjoy pampering at the Six Senses Spa, access to beautiful white sand beaches, a large outdoor pool and beachside grill, and two championship golf courses. Dining is available at one of the resort’s on-site restaurants which serve quick beachside lunches and delicious Caribbean breakfasts. There’s also healthy juices and smoothies available at The Juicery and an exciting lineup of daily events, from beach volleyball and family activities to yoga on the beach.
Iberostar Costa Dorada is an all-inclusive mega-resort that is just minutes from Puerto Plata and offers well-priced rooms along with outstanding buffets, a host of activities including everything from diving and kayaking to tennis and archery, special events for the kids and the adults, and artist performances with shows and live music after dark. Dining is available at on-site restaurants featuring Latin American and fine Japanese fare, with its international buffet offering a sumptuous variety of salads, cheeses, meats, fish and pasta. Guests can also spend their days swimming in the freshwater pool and relaxing on the sun terrace with loungers and parasols, as well as sipping beverages at the pool bar, all located within a well-manicured garden area. The bright and spacious rooms are all equipped with mini-bars and a balcony or terrace.
Breathless Punta Cana Resort opened its doors in November 2013 as one of the most luxurious all-inclusive establishments in Punta Cana. An adults-only property, it sits on a magnificent, uncrowded white sand beach and offers a special Unlimited-Luxury package that includes all wine and cocktails, gourmet meals, pool and beach wait service and more. The world-class spa offers indulgent pampering with a combination of the latest hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments, while daily activities include everything from sailing and snorkeling to tennis. There is also nightly entertainment, multiple bars and themed parties. The luxury guest suites combine contemporary and traditional Caribbean décor and include up-to-date amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi as well as 24-hour room service.
Secrets Royal Beach is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort for those who want to enjoy the perfect balance of relaxation and partying. Located on the sugary sands of Playa Bavaro among palm trees and lush vegetation, it offers numerous on-site bars and Latin-inspired nightly entertainment geared to couples who want to let loose. The list of things to do is practically endless, including gambling at an on-site casino, dancing to live music, catching a show in the theater, sailing, kayaking, diving and snorkeling, lounging in the lazy river-style pool, dance classes, aerobics and water aerobics, beach volleyball, big-screen movies on the beach, bowling, and more. It also boasts a full-service spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The extensive dining options include multiple on-site restaurants as well as a wine cellar and 24-hour dining at the late-night Carnival Buffet. All rooms feature romantic balconies or terraces with Jacuzzis, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and large marble bathrooms.