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9 Best Resorts in the Dominican Republic

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 are plenty of things to do and see in this beautiful country.

Royalton CHIC Punta Cana, Punta Cana Royalton CHIC Punta Cana
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Royalton CHIC Punta Cana, Punta Cana

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.

Key Amenities:

  • Adults-only, all-inclusive resort

  • Mansion with six bedrooms and private chef

  • Pool with in-pool DJ booth

Excellence Punta Cana, Punta Cana Excellence Punta Cana
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Excellence Punta Cana, Punta Cana

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.

Key Amenities:

  • All-inclusive, adults-only resort

  • Beach waiter service

  • Nightly entertainment at bars

Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort, Punta Cana Paradisus Palma Real
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Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort, Punta Cana

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. Guests also enjoy access to a fitness center, water sports equipment, five tennis courts, yoga, Pilates, beach volleyball, Olympic Games and more.

Key Amenities:

  • All-inclusive and family-friendly

  • Access to Bavaro Beach

  • Pool with hydromassage area

Casa De Campo, La Romana Casa De Campo
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Casa De Campo, La Romana

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 and balconies. There are also indoor and outdoor spas and on-site restaurants serving everything from gourmet Italian and Dominican fare to Mediterranean dishes.

Key Amenities:

  • Beach access and marina

  • Three golf courses

  • Golf carts included with rooms

Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Casino & Golf Resort, Punta Cana Catalonia Bávaro
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Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Casino & Golf Resort, Punta Cana

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 and 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.

Key Amenities:

  • Adults-only, all-inclusive resort

  • Golf courses on-site

  • Evening entertainment, casino and disco

The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana Westin Puntacana Resort & Club
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The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana

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 are 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.

Key Amenities:

  • White-sand beaches and outdoor pool

  • Two championship golf courses

  • Kids’ and teen clubs

Iberostar Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata Iberostar Costa Dorada, Dominican Republic
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Iberostar Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata

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.

Key Amenities:

  • All-inclusive and family-friendly

  • Freshwater pool and sun terrace

  • Shows and live music

Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Punta Cana Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa
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Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Punta Cana

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.

Key Amenities:

  • Adults-only, all-inclusive property

  • Spa with hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments

  • White sand beachaccess

Secrets Royal Beach, Punta Cana Secrets Royal Beach
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Secrets Royal Beach, Punta Cana

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. All rooms feature romantic balconies or terraces with Jacuzzis, flat-screen TVs and large marble bathrooms.

Key Amenities:

  • All-inclusive, adults-only resort

  • Casino, live music, shows, wine cellar and movies

  • Lazy river-style pool

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