Best Resorts in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has mucho resorts. Whether you like being secluded in tropical paradise with your lover or prefer to sip cocktails at the pool bar while your kids are at play, this island has a resort that is perfect for you. Between the 100-plus all-inclusive options in Punta Cana and the lesser-known beach havens found in Las Terrenas, you can spend weeks trying to determine where to stay. Luckily, we’ve done the work for you. Here are our picks for the top 5 resorts in the Dominican Republic.

Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay Villa Situated inside a private enclave within the Puntacana Resort & Club, Tortuga Bay has a reputation for unparalleled service and style. As the only AAA 5-diamond hotel in the Dominican Republic, this resort provides special advantages such as VIP airport pickup service, which lets you bypass long immigration lines, as well as a personal villa manager who ensures that your needs are being met. The 30 suites inside 13 villas were designed by DR native Oscar de la Renta and have magnificent views of La Cana golf course or the Caribbean Sea.

Highlights: Enjoy getting around the resort in your personal golf cart, and experience the luxurious turndown service that includes a flower-petal-filled Jacuzzi bath. Explore the ecological reserve on the property and watch the sunset at La Yola restaurant.

Best for: Couples, honeymooners, families, golfers and groups seeking a relaxing vacation experience.

Fly into: Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)

Paradius Palma Real Resort

The Reserve at Paradisus A boutique resort within a resort, The Reserve at Paradisus is a family–friendly, all-inclusive experience in Punta Cana. With 132 luxury suites, it is an upscale, quieter version of its sister property, Paradisus Punta Cana, which has more than 500 rooms. All Reserve guests have access to the amenities, activities and restaurants at the neighboring resort, but they get the benefits of a more laid-back atmosphere. The beach is a 15-minute walk, 5-minute bike ride or quick shuttle drive from the guest suites.

Highlights: Book the Reserve’s family concierge service to coordinate everything you need using a resort-issued walkie-talkie.

Best for: Families with children and teenagers.

Fly into: Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)

Secrets Royal Beach, Punta Cana

Secrets Royal Beach Secrets Royal Beach is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort for those who want to relax and party. Located on the sugar-white beach of Playa Bávaro in Punta Cana, this palm-tree-studded resort has a lively swim-up pool bar, a beach bar and Latin-inspired nightly entertainment. Guests also have access to the all-inclusive amenities and services available at the family-friendly sister property, Now Larimar, next door.

Highlights: All guest rooms have a Jacuzzi on the terrace and include 24-hour room service.

Best for: Couples and honeymooners

Fly into: Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)

Casa de Campo, La Romana

Casa de Campo The tropical playground known as Casa de Campo is Dominican Republic’s most famous luxury resort and residential community. Located in La Romana, on the southeastern coast of the island, Casa de Campo is set on 7,000 acres and is home to 3 world-renowned golf courses. It also has trap- and skeet-shooting ranges, an equestrian center and an immaculate beach. All are easily accessible with your personal golf cart. An experience here can be all-inclusive or not, but it will most definitely be unforgettable.

Highlights: Choose from more than a dozen restaurants, including an outpost by Le Cirque.

Best for: Families, golfers, couples, destination weddings, friends traveling together.

Fly into: La Romana International Airport (LRM) or Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo (SDQ)

Sublime Samana, Las Terrenas

Sublime Samana If you desire an escape from the all-inclusive mega-resorts of the Dominican Republic and prefer a more luxurious and serene experience in an unspoiled part of the island, then the Sublime Samana might be the perfect place for you. Located in the verdant town of Las Terrenas, this resort is quiet yet chic, with a collection of 26 private suites and casitas nestled on the beach. Sublime’s stunning beauty makes it hard to leave the property, but the advantage of being in Las Terrenas is the accessibility to the town, which is filled with great restaurants, and nearby attractions, including Los Haitises National Park and El Limón waterfall.

Highlights: Enjoy the expansive interconnecting pools, natural beach spa and pro-worthy tennis courts.

Best for: Couples, honeymooners and families.

Fly into: Samana El Catey International Airport (AZS) or Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo (SDQ)

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