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Crystalline sands, glittering clear waters, and happy-go-lucky fun in the sun — this is what a vacation in the gorgeous country of the Dominican Republic is all about. While there’s plenty of culture to experience and exploring to do in the country’s capital, Santo Domingo, tourists tend to flock to the island for its broad array of all-inclusive resorts in popular coastal destinations like Punta Cana. After all, what’s easier than lounging on the beach or at the pool, complete with food and cocktails at your fingertips?
Thanks to a number of adults-only all-inclusive resorts, all-inclusive hotels geared towards families, and luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic, you can find a property that’s ideal for your travel style and budget.
From the sparkling sands and calm waters of Punta Cana to the golf courses and surf-friendly waves of Puerto Plata (and everything in between), here are our top picks for the best all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic.Hot Tip:
Take note of the season when booking an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. While the country’s weather is warm year-round, you may not want to risk visiting in the rainy season (from May to November). Still, you may find a great deal during low season and prefer to give it a shot. Just make sure to book refundable or changeable room rates in case of hurricanes.
When it comes to adult vacation time, these are the top all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic for couples, singles, or groups of friends.
For an exclusive, adults-only all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic, the Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana takes the cake. Located in the high-end Cap Cana area on Jumillo Beach (worlds away from the busy Bavaro area), this resort is perfect for honeymooners, babymooners, or anyone that simply wants an adult-centered escape.
Close to the Punta Cana (PUJ) airport as well as nearby golf courses, the property features several expansive infinity pools with swim-up bars, dual-temperature hot tubs, and poolside cabanas.
The 375 guest rooms offer amenities like terraces, fully-stocked minibars, and ocean views, but for the ultimate luxury, consider a swim-up suite where you can exit your room and dive directly into a semi-private pool. A few of the higher-level suites even feature a Jacuzzi on the balcony.
With 25 different on-site restaurants and bars to choose from, guests won’t have to worry about the all-inclusive food options getting repetitive. And all of the hotel’s entertainment is geared towards adults — think daily aqua cycling classes and live music.
For those that want to make their vacation wellness-centered, the hotel has a 14,000-square-foot fitness center that includes cardio and weight options, Zumba, spinning, TRX training, and pilates. It’s also home to the 26,000 square-foot Larimar Spa, a cenote-style cave home to a lagoon, waterfall, Himalayan salt lounge, and signature treatments like volcanic clay facials and coconut body wraps.
Room rates start at $485 or 35,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
This 324-room resort is brand new, located in a fancy, gated community in the exclusive Cap Cana area. The Sanctuary Cap Cana is a Marriott all-inclusive, all-suite resort with contemporary, coastal chic accommodations. Each suite is luminous and charming, designed to match the Spanish colonial design theme of the resort (yes, there’s an actual castle!), and features amenities like furnished outdoor space and jetted tubs, complete with garden or ocean views. Some suites are swim-up, and others feature multiple bedrooms.
As with most adults-only all-inclusive resorts, Sanctuary focuses on adult activities, such as the Sanctuary Spa, a charming garden hub with relaxing cabanas, a spa pool, and signature treatments. The resort offers 11 different dining options, including a steakhouse, snack grill, and an oceanfront seafood shack set on stilts perched over the water.
While the hotel is located near a golf course, and there are those typical fun-in-the-sun beachy activities available, like volleyball or jet skiing, the best thing to do at this hotel is lounge poolside or beachfront in a cabana, roam the palm-lined, charming hotel grounds, or enjoy lazy days filled with sun from your suite’s balcony.
Room rates for 1 suite with 2 adults start at around $470 or 100,000+ Marriott Bonvoy points per night.
This wellness-inspired resort is located on Punta Cana’s Bavaro Beach and focuses on being a sanctuary — it’s home to several different wellness zones to encourage deep rest and rejuvenation for guests. One of these spaces is the serene lobby which will instantly put you in vacation mode and is set amid lush tropical gardens.
Meanwhile, the fitness center, complete with activities like yoga, drumming, Zumba, boxing, and more, inspires guests to focus on themselves. The YHI Spa, decked out in luminous white and wood furnishings with wicker details, gives off peaceful vibes and offers treatments like Dominican Cacao Therapy and dedicated bridal services. The property offers special fitness and wellness programs like the Healthy Traveler Experience, which includes vegan and vegetarian cuisine and detox cocktails.
The guest rooms at the Meliá Punta Cana Beach offer sea or garden views, complete with outdoor spaces, sofas, coffee machines, stocked minibars, and complimentary bicycle use. There are only a few restaurants, but the cuisine is carefully curated to meet guests’ needs, from juice bars to Vietnamese delights to outdoor, oceanfront dining.
Room rates start around $200 per night.Hot Tip:
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The Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort is 20 minutes away from the La Romana Airport (LRM) or less than a 2-hour drive from Santo Domingo and is an ideal all-inclusive resort for couples or singles. It’s also perfect for anyone looking for an all-inclusive hotel with a casino.
Besides gambling the night away at the casino, adults over age 18 can lounge at the property’s infinity pools, admire palm trees swaying in the wind at the hotel’s private beach, and book snorkeling and diving adventures in the on-site dive center.
The accommodations feature balconies and fully-stocked minibars, and some rooms are swim-up or feature hydrotubs. Those that don’t want to worry about restaurant reservations won’t have to at this hotel — you can simply walk into the property’s 5 different restaurants to eat whenever you feel like it.
The hotel also has nightly entertainment, waiters at both the pool and beach, and a spa set amid greenery and floral gardens for the utmost tranquility. Try unique treatments like the cinnamon vanilla body polish or the superfruit facial, or relax in the hydrotherapy area.
Room rates start at $340 or 75,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
Adults that prefer to skip the really touristy resorts of Punta Cana and Puerto Plata should head to Las Terrenas along the country’s northern coast.
The Viva Wyndham V Samana sits on the blissful sands of Coson Beach and offers free bicycles for guests to get out and explore the area. Nearby, there’s plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts, like hiking, kayaking, and more. Back at the resort, you can relax at the pool or take a pilates or yoga class.
Basic rooms offer garden views, stocked minifridges, and WynRest linens and blankets, but upgraded rooms may be worth the additional rate, as they feature espresso machines and private plunge pools. But having your own pool may not be necessary, as the main pool is just as gorgeous, lined with flowers and palm trees overlooking the sea.
There are 6 different bars and restaurants that offer an eclectic mix of both indoor and outdoor dining, cocktails, and snacks.
Room rates start at $250 or 30,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night.
Some all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic aren’t adults only, but adult-centric. These are best for couples, singles, and friends.
While the Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana isn’t strictly adults-only, it’s adults-oriented, so it may be better for couples, singles, honeymooners, or adult friend groups looking for a boutique all-inclusive experience on the serene Uvero Alto Beach.
You may be wondering: What is a boutique all-inclusive experience, anyway? It’s similar to a regular all-inclusive, but it’s smaller, more focused, and more curated to ensure you have a stay where everything is included, but attention to detail is top-notch. Every single aspect of the hotel is thoughtful, from the Bvlgari amenities to the welcome beach bag and the daily tea time.
With just 96 rooms inspired by the local surroundings (think teak wood and thatched roofs), expect amenities like soaking tubs and outdoor space. Upgraded rooms may be swim-up, oceanfront, or feature private pools or cabanas.
Reservation-free meals can be enjoyed at 4 different restaurants and a few bars (including a swim-up bar), plus you have access to 24-hour room service. The Zoëtry Spa has Finnish and steam saunas, sensation showers, an indoor pool, and Inox bubble beds. Its luxury body and facial treatments use Natura Bissé products. You can even book a private helicopter transfer to arrive at the resort!
Room rates start at $450 or 35,000 World of Hyatt points per night.Hot Tip:
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For those bringing the little ones along, many all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic offer specific amenities for families and kids, like kiddie pools and even water parks.
Families that want a luxury, yet still family-friendly, experience should head to the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, which is the sister resort of the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana. Note that while the Hyatt Ziva has plenty to do for kids, adults can find lots of activities, too. Both adults and children will enjoy the lazy river at the on-site water park, complete with slides and water cannons. Kids and teens can head to the kids’ club (it even includes an indoor treehouse!) and teen lounge, which offer age-appropriate activities and facilities, including an air hockey table, pool table, and video games.
Jumillo Beach is ideal for families, too, with long stretches of white sand perfect for relaxing or playing and waters that are shallow and swimmable. Families can also participate in non-motorized water sports — including kayaks, sailboats, and paddleboards — free of charge.
Adults can access the aforementioned Larimar Spa and fitness center (also part of the Hyatt Zilara), but most of the live entertainment is family-friendly. When it comes to dining, the resort features 10 restaurants and bars. These include a kid-friendly buffet, a coffee shop, an Asian restaurant, and an Italian trattoria.
The 375-room, all-suite property features large, airy suites with pops of color the kids will love. All suites feature furnished balconies, while some of the fancier suites are swim-up (to a semi-private pool) or offer additional outdoor space.
Room rates start at around $500 or 35,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
The sister resort to the Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort, this family-friendly all-inclusive resort is located close to the Parque Nacional Cotubanamá for families that want to explore or when the kids get bored of the beach and swimming pool. Though they might not, because this all-inclusive resort has a water park and dive center, so you can all cruise down the lazy river or book a snorkeling adventure.
Similar to the adults-only resort, the guest rooms at the Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Family Resort come with outdoor space and fully-stocked minibars, and you can always upgrade to a swim-up room. But this resort also has kids’ and teen clubs for those that want additional activities available for the little ones. It also has 14 different bars and restaurants and offers live entertainment appropriate for all ages.
Room rates start at $340 or 75,000 Hilton Honors points per night.Hot Tip:
With 5 different Dreams resorts located around the Dominican Republic, it can be tough to select the best one for you. But the Dreams Flora Resort & Spa is the nation’s newest addition, a 520-room resort that opened in December 2022 along Cabeza de Toro beach — and we’re suckers for a brand new hotel, especially when its home to 13 different bars and restaurants.
This particular resort is part of the Inclusive Collection, part of the Hyatt umbrella, along with other all-inclusive brands like Zoetry, Ziva, Zilara, and Secrets. So, why should you pick Dreams Flora?
To start, it’s family-friendly, but if you’re traveling kid-free, don’t worry. The hotel features 4 different pools, including a kids’ pool, an adults-only pool, an on-site water park, and a lazy river. However, those taking the whole family along have options. Parents can have some downtime at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia, while kids head to the Explorer’s Kids Club. Even teens have options at the Core Zone Teens Club (ages 13 to 17) for supervised fun, including beach movies, video games, and more.
When it comes to dining, you can eat à la carte at several of the hotel’s restaurants (which feature all sorts of cuisine, including international options such as Italian or Mexican), poolside, or from the comfort of your own room with 24-hour room service. And yes, all-inclusive means access to top-shelf spirits, so you can have your piña colada(s) without the cheap liquor hangover.
And if you do need to nurse that hangover, the aforementioned Dreams Spa has it all, from treatments like seaweed facials and water lily body wraps to a hydrotherapy circuit, Swedish sauna, steam room, Vichy cabin, full-service hair and nail salon, and a special bridal suite.
Room rates start at about $225 per night but can be double that in peak season. Points rates start at 17,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
What kid (or adult) wouldn’t want to stay at a resort that claims it was once home to the legendary pirates of the Caribbean? The Iberostar Costa Dorada is an all-inclusive property located a short drive away from downtown Puerto Plata. Home to 3 pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, a PADI-certified dive center, and even archery targets, the hotel prides itself on having facilities and activities for the whole family. And for sustainable travelers, the hotel is completely free of single-use plastic.
Adults can visit the on-site shopping center or enjoy relaxing treatments at Spa Sensations. Meanwhile, kids can head to the Star Camp for organized activities, and everyone can participate in daily recreation activities and live entertainment. Star Camp offers something for kids of all ages. Monkey, a jungle-themed camp, is for kids 4 to 7, Dolphin is for kids 8 to 12, and Eagle is for teens 13 to 17. There’s also a playground and 2 children’s pools.
The all-inclusive plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the buffet. When it comes to à la carte dining, these are the rules: Guests get 1 reservation with a 3-night stay, 2 reservations with a 4- or 5-night stay, and 3 reservations with a 6- or 7-night stay (choose from Mexican, Japanese, or Italian options).
While the most basic guestrooms may feel a little dated, they do come with balconies and are ideal for budget travelers. Plus, you can easily upgrade to a beachfront room for about $20 more per night. Room rates start at $145.
Whether it’s your honeymoon, you’re traveling solo, you’re looking for a tranquil, child-free getaway, or you’re after a family-friendly vacation for everyone, there’s an all-inclusive resort option in the Dominican Republic for you. Do note that most of the all-inclusive options are located in the general vicinity of Punta Cana, though you can find some properties in Puerto Plata, Las Terrenas, and elsewhere. Booking any of these resorts means you’ll have a worry-free vacation with things like meals and entertainment handled.
Yes. Not only does the Dominican Republic do all-inclusive, it does all-inclusive really well, especially in areas like Punta Cana or Puerto Plata. Here, you’ll find many large resorts that include food, drinks, and entertainment, as well as many smaller resorts that also have all-inclusive or half-board packages.
While all-inclusive in the Dominican Republic varies by hotel, in most cases, it means that your room, food, snacks, drinks, amenities, and entertainment are included, so you never have to leave the resort (unless you want to).
One of the newest all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic is the Dreams Flora Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, which opened in late 2022. The resort sits on Cabeza del Toro Beach and features 13 bars and restaurants, 520 rooms, several pools, and a water park. The resort is part of the Hyatt portfolio. Marriott’s luxurious, adults-only Sanctuary Cap Cana is also new, opening back in September 2022.
The cheapest season to visit the Dominican Republic is the rainy season, which starts in May or June and lasts until late November. It’s usually cheaper to visit the Dominican Republic during these months, but you may deal with inclement weather. There’s also the possibility of hurricanes, too, which typically occur between August and October.
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