Hard Rock International and Palace Resorts opened the Hard Rock chain’s first all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, a 121-acre property that debuted in November 2010 and includes 1,800 rooms and a massive, 4,800-square-foot casino, the largest in the Dominican. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana also has 12 swimming pools, 13 restaurants, seven watering holes and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. If you’ve the money, indulge by booking the Rock Star Suite, with some 7,700-square-feet of luxury space.
With a dozen restaurants to choose from, you'll never get hungry or bored at this huge resort on Bavaro beach. Accommodations include 1,144 junior suites, 72 deluxe suites, and 72 deluxe master suites with kitchenettes -- a unique amenity among Dominican Republic all-inclusives; the Royal Suites include butler service and a private lounge and club. The emphasis is on families, with a Flintstone-themed kids program, but there's also a championship golf course and casino.
The Occidental Grand Punta Cana has 865 stylish guest rooms surrounding a trio of lagoon-style swimming pool, with a palm-fringed beach dotted with thatch-roof palapas. There are nine restaurants and seven bars. Elite-level services and amenities are available at The Club Royal, including private check-in, luxury rooms with jetted tubs, and preferred seating at restaursnts.
Sol Melia's luxury all-inclusive is located on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, and the elegant grounds of the resort -- full of courtyards and columns -- are home to 554 suites, three pools (including private pools for Royal Service and Family Concierge level guests), gardens, terraces, tennis and paddle-tennis courts, a large spa/health club, casino, and 12,000 square feet of meeting space. Guests also enjoy unlimited greens fees at the Cocotal Golf Course, a variety of cooking and lifestyle classes, sports instruction, horseback and bike excursions, and much more.
Like its nearby sister resort, the Paradisus Punta Cana is a large (534 suites) but welcoming luxury all-inclusive offering a broad range of activities and inclusive benefits, as well as several premium service levels, including the five-star Royal Service (complete with private butler) and Family Concierge suites equipped with kids' robes and snacks, walkie-talkies for all-day communication, and more. The new Palma Real Shopping Village is located nearby.
This adults-only all-inclusive has 270 simply furnished suites, a palapa-filled beach, spa, and disco. Guests have four dining options -- the main buffet plus Italian, Mediterranean, and Tex-Mex restaurants -- and wine is included with lunch and dinner. Guests get free admission and local drinks at the Areito Disco, and there's a free shuttle to the casino at the Bavaro Princess resort.
Part of the Riu resort complex in Punta Cana, the Riu Naiboa has 362 rooms in a garden setting near the Caribbean Street promenade (full of shops and restaurants, as well as the Eternal Spa and Pacha night club. Note: this property is not beachfront, but shares the beach with the nearby Riu Taino resort and also shares amenities with the other Riu resorts in the complex.
Located on a 16-mile stretch of Arena Gorda beach and part of the Riu Punta Cana resort complex, the upscale Riu Palace offers 356 deluxe rooms in Colonial-style buildings. The hotel has a casino, Japanese restaurant and other dining choices, and entertainment at the Copacabana ampitheater. On the upscale end of the Riu resorts.