The Dominican Republic is among the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. It’s not surprising that this country’s robust economic growth is driven by tourism. With the construction of projects in Punta Cana, it is expected that tourism activity in the Dominican Republic will continue to increase in the coming years. In this article, we will enumerate the 10 best all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic.
What Is an All-inclusive Resort?
An all-inclusive resort is a resort that includes lodging, three meals a day, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, and other services in the price. Most all-inclusive resorts also offer sports, watersports, and other activities that are included in the price as well.
Best All-inclusive Resorts in the Dominican Republic
1. Best Overall: The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real
Situated on the sandy beaches on the northeast coast, the Reserve is an upscale enclave within the Paradisus Palma Real. Here, the traditional island atmosphere blends with modern architecture and luxe amenities. Suites and guestrooms feature a mix of classic and contemporary styles. Rooms have well-appointed bathrooms and furnished private terraces. Some suites include hydromassage tubs, swim-up access, and ocean views.
Your children will appreciate the kids’ pool, outdoor playground, and other facilities such as a rock climbing wall and trampoline. Some of the other activities you can do include yoga classes, tennis, and beach volleyball. Meanwhile, on the beach, guests will find lots of beach chairs and palapas, and engage in water sports such as snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing. Additionally, guests will enjoy unlimited complimentary access to the Cocotal Golf and Country Club located nearby. When it comes to food, At Passion by Martín Berasategui delivers a refined dining experience, while the Gabi Club serves international cuisine in an elegant poolside setting. Other dining options include the Mediterranean flavors of Aqua, an Italian pizza trattoria, and the Japanese Teppanyaki grill of Mizu.
2. Best for Families: Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for family-friendly vacation destinations, the Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa should be on the top of your list of all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. Guest apartments overlook lush gardens, flamingo ponds, and a pristine natural jungle which extends to the edge of the palm lined beach. One of the resort’s main attractions is a very large pool that winds and cascades through the length of the property.
Kids can head off to the Explorer’s Club to enjoy fun supervised activities. There is a paddling pool with a pirate ship and water slide, a large sand-filled playground, and table and video games in the Core Zone. Activities for adults include horseback riding, pistol ranges, archery, and inflatable water structures. Homey rooms are outfitted with TVs and iPod docks. Family dining options range from Asian and Italian cuisine in stylish indoor restaurants, wood-fired pizza, and casual beachside dining at open air gill shacks.
3. Best Beachfront: Excellence Punta Cana
This adults-only all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic is a haven for surfers. The coast is a bit rougher than what is found elsewhere in the region, but beautiful nevertheless. Despite its 464 rooms, the Excellence Punta Cana still has a secluded vibe. Guests can find privacy among the sheltered dunes and palm groves, while tropical forest lines the beach in either direction.
This resort has a laidback pool, luxe spa, fitness center, yoga studio, and provides welcome glasses of champagne to guests upon arrival. At night, honeymooners and couples can choose from various high-end restaurants before hitting the theater or casino. While high-end club upgrades are available, standard all-inclusive offerings are so generous that they may not be needed.
4. Best for Singles: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is one of the largest all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic with 1,790 rooms, 13 pools and restaurants, 23 bars, 18-hole golf course, 65,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a huge spa and fitness center, and the country’s largest casino.
While this resort is best for singles, it’s also suitable for families, couples, and tourists looking to have a good time. The long list of amenities includes a nightclub, concerts, kids' and teen clubs, a lovely stretch of beach, and food that receive high marks from previous guests.
5. Best for Couples: Zoetry Agua Punta Cana
If you’re looking for romantic travel suggestions, try the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana. Rooms have soaring thatch ceiling, hardwood floors, plush bedding, and lavish amenities. Meanwhile, bathrooms come with rainfall showers, soaking tubs, double vanities, artisanal bath products, and soft shower robes. Some rooms offer private plunge pools on ocean-view patios. Guests can take advantage of 24-hour room service, well-stocked minibars, and a personal butler to arrange private dinners, rose petal baths, and romantic activities like horseback rides along the beach.
There are four gourmet restaurants offering Caribbean, Italian, European-fusion, and light international fare. Guests are kept refreshed by cocktails from the poolside swim-up bar, the oceanfront Indigo Bar, and the tropical open-air lobby cocktail lounge. The hotel spa is one of the finest in the Dominican Republic, which has Jacuzzis, steam rooms, Finnish saunas, and sensation showers. Couple’s massages are also available in open-air beach huts or in sensual private suites.
6. Best Budget: Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus
If you’re looking for affordable vacation destinations, the Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus is for you. Situated on the south coast, this resort stretches from the forests of the Cotubanama National Park to the soft sands of Playa Dominicus. It’s less developed than neighboring properties, with shady trees, immaculate green lawns, and ornamental fountains. The wide beach is ideal for parasailing, snorkeling, and catamaran rides. Other sports include beach soccer, volleyball, mini-golf, and archery. You can also engage in activities such as yoga sessions and dance contests.
When it comes to food, six restaurants provide themed experiences, including the authentic Mexican at La Hacienda, opulently decorated El Colonial, and family-friendly Japanese La Geisha, Meanwhile, located next to the beach, the spa offers a sauna, Jacuzzi, and Turkish bath, as well as services such as mud body wraps and beachfront massages in open air treatment huts.
7. Best for Luxury: Sanctuary Cap Cana
Best known for its Honeymoon Suite, the Sanctuary Cap Cana is a resort that is filled with pretty much everything you need on an all-inclusive vacation in the Dominican Republic. Although the resort features Spanish castle-inspired architecture, the interiors are chic and modern with a classic contemporary style.
The Honeymoon Suite, located in the Castle section of the resort, has a private pool and stunning views of the beach. Other units like the Monarch Villa, are also available for guests who really want to splurge. You will find five pools, six restaurants, bars, and a 24-hour room service included in the rate, although Sanctuary Cap Cana's spa will cost you extra.
8. Best Adults-only: Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel
The Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel is an adults-only resort that is ideal for guests looking for refinement. The hotel is built around landscaped grounds which feature vibrant flower beds and hidden artworks. Down on the beachfront, the free-form pools are surrounded by palapas, lounge chairs, and private cabanas. Golfers will enjoy playing on the 18-hole course, while spa aficionados will adore the Jacuzzis and saunas in the full-service spa.
As for dining, the La Tentazione serves classic Italian cuisine in an impressive dining room that features carved pillars and mosaic Greco-Roman frescos. Hashira serves delicious Asian dishes in a red, black, and gold room, while El Galeon offers surf and turf fare in a maritime-themed atmosphere. Dining options don't end there. There's gourmet dining at Le Tourbillion, Mediterranean flavors at the Casa de la Playa, and international buffets at La Perla and Bella Vista. Craft beers, top-shelf spirits, and premium wines are available at the lobby bar, the swim-up Aqua bar, and the Cala Esmerelda, housed in the pool-anchored ship.
9. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
If you have young kids traveling with you, consider one of the Caribbean's best kid-friendly properties, the Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana. From its Spongebob-themed Pineapple Villa to its great water park, this resort is tailor-made for kids. There are many Nickelodeon-style events including shows, dance parties, and raffled-off opportunities to get slimed.
While the beach can be a little rough for kids to swim, there are pools and many chances to get wet, with the resort’s water park and character visits being the most popular. There are numerous dining and drinking outlets found on-site, and nearly all food and beverages are included in the rates. If this is still not enough, there are game rooms and sports areas to round things out.
10. Le Sivory Punta Cana
Le Sivory Punta Cana is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort that stands out because of the following reasons: it is quiet, luxurious, and has a secluded beachfront that is hard to beat. There are only 55 rooms, all with patios or terraces and many with private pools, hot tubs, and ocean views.
Dining options range from gourmet fare to open-air dining with beach views. The beach stays blissfully uncrowded and peaceful. It is unlikely that you’ll find any wild parties. Resort amenities include a beautiful pool, fitness facilities, and spa.
The Dominican Republic has emerged as one of the most tourist-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. A beautiful island paradise, the country’s coast is full of beaches, palms, and subtropical forests. Planning your next vacation? Consider including the Dominican Republic in your itinerary.