The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean's undisputed leader when it comes to all-inclusive resorts, with more than two dozen all-inclusive properties ranging from budget to luxury. Many of the all-inclusives in locations like Punta Cana and Puerto Plata are operated by Spanish hotel companies like Riu, Sol Melia and Barcelo, but you'll also find familiar names like Wyndham, with more U.S. brands on the way.
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Just minutes away from the Puerto Plata airport and downtown, the Allegro Playa Dorada is a 494-room beachfront resort with a pair of freeform pools, a wide range of included activities (including merengue, bachata and salsa classes), six restaurants and four bars. Golf, deep-sea fishing and scuba diving are nearby but cost extra.
Located on Playa Bavaro in Punta Cana, the Barcelo Bavaro Palace is a five-star all-inclusive with 558 luxury rooms and suites. A Dominican restaurant is among the dozen inclusive dining options, and there also are two non-inclusive upscale restaurants, Chez Palace and La Fuente. Resort highlights include the Tropicalissimo show, two night clubs, a 24-hour casino, shopping center, and a large convention center that attracts meeting groups looking for an all-inclusive experience.
A new casino is among the highlights of this 731-room Punta Cana resort, which includes 54 spa junior suites and 13 deluxe suites. The Barcelo Dominican Beach Resort has six a la carte restaurants, three buffets, three pools with a pair of outdoor jacuzzis, and a new conference center.
Located on a reef-protected beach with a neighboring lagoon, the Club Med Punta Cana has 519 brightly decorated and family friendly rooms, poolside and beachfront restaurants, 14 hard-court tennis courts (nine lit for night play), a Circus School for kids and adults, and a variety of fitness and wellness programs.
Dreams Palm Beach, par is a 500-room entity on the sunny east coast of the Dominican Republic, with three pools, including one for children. The resort also boasts eight international gourmet restaurants and five bars serving unlimited premium brand beverages, and is a quick jump-off point for many local excursions, including golf, for which this area of the Dominican Republic is famous. This resort also has children-specific activites with two clubs for two different age groups.
This recent addition to the Dreams resort chain -- and its first in the Dominican Republic -- has a huge free-form swimming pool, spa with spa garden, and seven restaurants, including an adults-only French dining room. Unlike many all-inclusives, Dreams Punta Cana includes premium drinks in its "Unlimited Luxury" room rate; other amenities include a fitness center, broad variety of water sports, kids club, and nightly entertainment. The Preferred Club adds private check-in, free internet access, and other premium services.
This luxury all-inclusive resort and spa offers no-reservation dining at a choice of 7 restaurants, 24-hour room service, two pools and outdoor jacuzzis, a jogging course, lighted tennis courts and a squash court, and a casino. Unlike most all-inclusives, horseback riding is included in the price, although scuba diving and spa services (but not yoga and other classes) are extra.