Punta Cana, located on the Dominican Republic's east coast and including the Cap Cana, Macao, and Bavaro Beach hotel districts, is the most popular (and developed) tourist destination in the country. Not coincidentally, it also is home to the greatest concentration of all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic, including the large Barcelo and Riu hotel complexs. Busy Punta Cana International Airport provides convenient access to these resorts for travelers from North America and beyond.
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.
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 Canaincludes 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.
This 467-room hotel on the Punta Cana beachfront has piano, cigar, theater and sports bars, a trio of a la carte restaurants, nightly family films, and is located just minutes from the area's golf courses (not included, but discounts offered). All meals, drinks, and motorless sports are included.
This 504-room Punta Cana resort promises four-star accommodations and service; it has the usual array of land and water sports included but also free bicycle rentals and horseback riding (nonmotorized water sports limited to one hour per day; motorized water sports and dive tours extra). In addition to the main buffet restaurant, the Grand Paradise Bavaro has Chinese and Italian eateries. The resort also boasts an 18-hole championship golf course.