Mention the Dominican Republic and the first thing that usually comes to mind is mega-resorts in places like the tourism hub of Punta Cana. But think again, because there’s much more to the Dominican Republic than its most famous resort town, and you don’t have to stay at a large resort to have big fun. So check out our pick of the best small hotels in the Dominican Republic, then pack a bag and ándale! CJ Travel Editor Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon has the full scoop. (For more info on the destination, here’s our complete list of the Best Dominican Republic Hotels).
Casa Colonial Beach & Spa What’s not to love about this elegant and understated 50-suite hotel in Puerto Plata, secreted in plain sight within a compound of all-inclusive resorts? With chic bedrooms (some with balcony bathtubs); a rooftop infinity pool; and spa services delivered in gazebos that front the resort’s slice of sand, we can’t think of a single thing.