The Dominican Republic is a big country, and sometimes it can feel like everything about the DR’s resort areas can seem super-sized, too: big beaches, mega resorts, and all-inclusive hotels with giant buffets and endless dining options.
There’s nothing wrong with any of that—choices are good! But there’s also a time and place for an intimate vacation with low-key vibes, personalized service, and the sense that this getaway was designed just for you, not for you and 1,000 other people at the same time.
Boutique hotels, with limited numbers of rooms and plenty of staff on hand to take care of guest needs, are perfectly suited for such vacations, and the Dominican Republic has a fine collection of small luxury hotels to choose from whether you’re looking for a beach stay or a base for exploring the history of the national capital, Santo Domingo.
Tortuga Bay Hotel, Punta Cana
Designed by Oscar de la Renta, this boutique hotel is an enclave within an enclave, located within the Puntacana Resort and Club complex. With just 13 luxury villas, the Tortuga Bay Hotel puts the emphasis on attention to detail, from VIP service that speeds passage through the airport to private car service and a personal concierge to get you checked in when you arrive. All 30 resort suites have views of the ocean and golf course along with kitchenettes, and guests have easy access to the excellent restaurants, entertainment, and activities in the surrounding Puntacana Resort.