Seeking a laid-back family getaway? An adults-only romantic retreat? A wild vacation with your closest buddies? When it comes to choosing where to stay in Punta Cana—a buzzy resort town in the Dominican Republic where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic—you're more than spoiled for choice. Follow our lead to find the right all-inclusive for you.
Excellence Punta Cana
The palm-lined beach of your dreams is just the start of what makes this luxury all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana an idyllic escape, especially for couples. The hotel's adults-only ambiance all but guarantees romance thanks to the slew of atmospheric, high-end restaurants, theater and casino entertainment, 24-hour room service, and all-inclusive activities like scuba diving, paddle-boarding and snorkeling, While the buildings are colonial in style, guest room interiors are clean-lined and contemporary with views of the crystal blue water.
AlSol Luxury Village
Full kitchens and private patios in every room make it that much easier to settle in and stay awhile at this all-suite hotel in Cap Cana. The beach at this private resort area just outside Punta Cana's isn’t the most impressive size-wise, but the hotel offers daily transfers to stunning Juanillo beach nearby. Apartment-style suites have up to three rooms and are just as ideal for canoodling couples as gatherings of friends and family. The six onsite restaurants include an Argentine grill and Italian trattoria, and you can access the spa at a sister property. Parents especially love kids club, which is included in the rate.
Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana Resort
Part of a mega-sized Melia property, this boutique arm of the Paradisus resort offers luxuries like a private lounge and over-sized suites, all of which have their own separate living areas, balconies or terraces, and whirlpool tubs. Keep the kids occupied at the pool’s waterslides and onsite adventure park between visits to the excellent on-site spa, Mediterranean restaurant, and nearby Cocotal Golf & Country Club, where greens fees are covered in your rate. The beach is a bit of a trek from the resort, but complimentary bikes are available for guests to bop to and from the sand.
Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino
While families are certainly welcome at the The Royaltan Punta Cana, couples dig the property's adults-only pool, on-site casino, and designated kid-free room blocks, not to mention the resort's private stretch of powdery sand. The buffet-style restaurant here is a notch above the competition, with gourmet salads and seafood regularly on offer—and you'll have plenty more to choose from thanks to five other on-site restaurants, which include Japanese Teppanyaki, Mediterranean, a steakhouse, and an Italian trattoria. Bonus: the use of paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear is all included in your rate.
CHIC by Royalton Resorts
When only an adults-only vacation will do, CHIC by Royalton Resorts doesn’t disappoint. The 323 rooms are sleek and modern, there's a whopping seven restaurants to choose from, and not one but two swim-up pool bars get the party started early. The poolside atmosphere skews more South Beach than Caribbean, with a private area reserved for guests who’ve booked a cabana for the day (or week) and a separate glass-walled mermaid pool where you can stay dry while taking in underwater views.
Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol
As far as the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana go, this adults-only getaway ranks near the top. All five pools are beautifully designed and maximize ocean views, the seafood restaurant is excellent, and romantic thatch-roofed villas or honeymoon suites all come with their own private plunge pools. Along with a dreamy white-sand beach setting, guests are also treated to beach bonfires, kayaking and, for something different, cooking and Spanish lessons.
Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana
With a sugar-white beach as your backyard and lush vegetation everywhere, this adults-only luxury property offers a true Caribbean escape. Despite the resort's size (read: over 460 rooms), there's an intimate, romantic feeling that wins out at the restaurants, which range from Italian to Japanese to casual American. After days spent relaxing by the river pool or enjoying all-inclusive activities like kayaking and sailing, try your luck at the on-site casino, then go for cocktails at one of 17 bars and lounges.
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real Resort
There's something for everyone at this family-friendly boutique property inside the larger Paradisus Palma Real resort on Bavaro Beach. The older crowd can take advantage of free scuba diving excursions for those with PADI certification; complimentary greens fees at a top area golf course; and tennis, yoga, and pilates throughout the day. The younger crowd stays entertained with face painting, pizza-making classes, swimming, movie nights and even magic shows.
Catalonia Royal Bavaro
You’re completely removed from the kids at this adults-only hotel in the Bavaro Beach area, where guests can spend their days simply reading under a thatched umbrella on the hotel beach or swimming and snorkeling just offshore. If you happen to be there for a special occasion (or just want to indulge), spring for one of the luxurious two-story suites, which come with private infinity pools and gardens. There's no shortage of restaurants on site, from vegetarian options and Southeast Asian fare to grilled seafood and tapas, all served up with water views.
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana
It’s worth the hour-long drive from Punta Cana’s airport to reach this exclusive romantic resort, whose 96 luxe suites are set in cane-thatched buildings and front a sublime (and often uncrowded) stretch of sand. Here, it's all about the unique all-inclusive perks you won't find elsewhere, from top-shelf cocktails to 20-minute massages and even horseback rides on the beach. While the hotel’s four gourmet restaurants are impressive, it's the wellness and spa center that truly shines. We recommend a medicinal sea mud treatment or ensuite deep-tissue couples massage.