Punta Cana resorts welcome more than two million North American visitors each year, making the area the most popular single vacation destination in the Caribbean – and with good reason. The Dominican Republic resort town seduces with broad white-sands bordered by its leaning namesake palms; more than 40 all inclusive resorts; and several compelling excursions (hot air ballooning, anyone?) within easy reach. So if you’re ready for some sun, sand and ceviche, now’s the time to book your flight to the east-coast oasis. And here’s where to stay when you get there. Here are the top five Punta Cana resorts to visit right now.
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Because there are only 96 luxurious suites, you’ll share the numerous niceties of this romantic and blissfully peaceful retreat (including a superb spa; four restaurants ;and complimentary horse riding and massages) with only an equally privileged few. This is as good as Punta Cana all inclusive properties get — a truly beautiful destination resort.
Westin Puntacana Resort & Club
The most recent addition to the Puntacana complex is this modern, active-minded beach resort, with everything from a Six Senses Spa to three miles of perfect sugar-white beach. We’re rather partial to the Don Cueco Cigar & Rum Bar.
CHIC Punta Cana In Uvero Alto, this 320-suite adults-only is a solid choice for grownups who like to party (check out Excite nightclub); be pampered (Diamond Level rooms come complete with butlers); and log some serious pool time (there’s even a Mermaid Pool featuring windows through which guests can admire your underwater swimming skills). For more, see how we discovered the Club Med difference.
Club Med Punta Cana An all-inclusive vacay at this playground (just a 10-minute drive from the airport) features distinctly French elements (think revealing sunbathing and foie gras on the buffet line) as well as Club Med’s signature Cirque Du Soleil-branded circus school, complete with flying trapeze.
Riu Republica Possibly Punta Cana’s best bargain (rates average $90 per person per night), this resort feels more chic than cheap, with 1,000 sleek and modern rooms; four restaurants; an impressive spa; and its own slice of palapa-studded Arena Gorda sand.