The 10 best all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic
You should fly to the Dominican Republic to relax – tranquilla, as the locals say. For a serene vacation, choose among the best 4-5 star all-inclusive hotels that we found for you.
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Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro 5*.
The premium hotel in Punta Cana is among the top all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic. It has a record high rating of 4.9 out of 5! Judging by the reviews, the hotel holds the brand and everything in it is fine: the architecture in the Caribbean colonial style, luxury finish rooms, cleanliness, beautiful green area, a great beach Bavaro, well trained staff (has a personal butler), spa center, a lot of entertainment – from dancing to golf. The food is generally tasty and varied – you can eat in 7 restaurants of different cuisines or a buffet restaurant, and a bar with good alcohol is right on the sailing schooner. There is even a cigar bar. And the hotel is also very close to the airport!
Iberostar cares about the environment – it does not use disposable items made of plastic. There are pink flamingos wandering about the grounds, as well as ducks, herons, turtles, and a coral nursery.
Guests of the hotel can use the territory and infrastructure of the neighboring hotels of the chain. The hotel is for adults only, so there is no noise. Come here with your loved one for a romantic getaway.
However, even a hotel of this class has disadvantages: not everyone likes the food, in the sea and on the beach there is algae, and in the rooms sometimes something breaks, but it is quickly fixed.
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TRS Turquesa Hotel 5*.
If you want to relax like a patrician, welcome to this hotel on Bavaro Beach. It is one of the top hotels in the Dominican Republic and strives to meet the high bar: great food, helpful staff, everything is thought out in detail. Holidays are mostly elderly Americans.
According to reviews, there are rooms with access to the pool and jacuzzi. There is no no noisy animation and can not come with children, so the hotel is preferred by those who want to relax. It is a paradise for a honeymoon!
As in Iberostar, guests of TRS can use all the infrastructure of neighboring hotels, which are part of the complex Palladium. According to tourists’ reviews all other hotels of this group are noticeably worse in terms of food and alcohol quality. For example, the alcohol in TRS hotel is imported, while in the others it’s local. But if you want to hang out, you can take an electric car to the neighboring hotels.
From the minuses, some tourists noted that some rooms are already a little tired.
Riu Palace Bavaro 5*.
This hotel is located on the snow-white beach Arena Gorda. Its rating is high – 4.76 out of 5. According to reviews, it is an excellent all-inclusive hotel for holidays with children in the Dominican Republic: for them there is animation and discos, water park. However, and for the rest of a couple, the hotel is quite suitable. What is interesting, there are not many Russian speakers.
The food is above all praise, especially tourists like the restaurant Krystal – judging by the reviews, it is a real feast of the belly: all kinds of seafood, fish, salads, delicious desserts and ice cream, smoothies, exotic fruits, cheeses with a noble mold. They even make cotton candy for kids. There are refillable bars with good strong alcohol in the rooms, but cocktails were not to everyone’s liking.
The staff is prompt, cleaning is good and daily. Conveniently, hotel guests can use the infrastructure of other Riu hotels.
The beach at the hotel is beautiful and clean, better than its neighbors. But this is the Atlantic, and there are always waves in the sea. Algae can be, but they are promptly removed. If you want without waves and without seaweed, you need to go to the Caribbean Sea.
Of the minuses – a little tired rooms, room design without frills. And also do not take a room overlooking the ocean, if you do not want to be entertained in the evenings.
Riu Republica 5*.
A good hotel in Punta Cana with a solid five: excellent food, nice staff, green area, a good beach with palm trees. Rooms are simple but comfortable, though slightly shabby time.
In general, the hotel is considered to be youth and partying, but in reviews tourists write that this is not quite true. Mostly Americans and Canadians 40+ without children, there are a few Russians. I think this hotel is great to vacation in a company to have more fun.
There is animation, but not everyone likes it. There are 6 swimming pools and a water park. The pools are open 24 hours a day, so you can safely swim even at night! For example, in our hotel Whala! Bayahibe for some reason we were prohibited to swim after 22-23 PM.
Iberostar Selection Hacienda Dominicus 5*
Why are we talking about Punta Cana? Look at the colonial style hotel on the Caribbean Sea, on Dominicus beach (Bayahibe). The beach is great, no seaweed or waves, but the entrance to the sea is pretty rough. Near the lighthouse you can dive and look out for fish.
The hotel is suitable for recreation as a family or as a couple. The hotel has a high rating of 4.7 out of 5. In general, tourists think it is decent for the money: good food and alcohol, there is animation, beautiful well-groomed area, normal service. But do not expect anything outstanding. According to reviews, there are minor drawbacks. It was noted that the staff is not always sluggish, and the problems can not solve for weeks, and the room stock is deteriorating. The hotel does not pull a solid five, but the price tag is not too steep either.
Iberostar Costa Dorada 5*
One of the best all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic on the resort of Puerto Plata with a rating of 4.7. Located very close to the airport. Green area, beautiful beach with white sand.
The hotel is elegant and decorated in a colonial style. Rooms are comfortable and have everything you need. Cleaning is daily. Especially tourists like the food in this hotel: there is both seafood and fish, and cheeses with mold, and desserts. What’s remarkable, this hotel has a stable WI-Fi signal throughout the whole area for free!
The hotel is also suitable for holidays with children – there is a children’s club, where you can leave a child, there are children’s and adult animation. Judging by the reviews, the animators at the hotel are incendiary. Learn about holidays with children in the Dominican Republic.
Of the minuses – vacationers are stressed by the locals, who check in for the weekend and make a mess.
Barcelo Occidental Punta Cana 5*.
Popular among Russians club hotel on Bavaro Beach. Rated 4.3 out of 5. According to reviews, corresponds to a good Turkish 4 *. Beautiful, with well-maintained territory and comfortable rooms. People come here as couples and families. For children there is a lot of entertainment: a club, animation, swimming pool, disco, various games. Judging by the reviews, this is a hotel for a quiet holiday, and it will be boring here for those who like to party.
The food almost everyone is satisfied. As aptly noted one of the tourists, “I’m very surprised by the reviews of people who write that there is nothing to eat and the food is monotonous. Well, I do not know, you probably have a Michelin chef lives at home and cooks you a variety of food every day “. Tourists especially like eating at the restaurant on the beach – as a background photo wallpaper.
The hotel beach is wide, deep, with beautiful palm trees. According to reviews, the best of all the beaches of the hotels chain Bavaro. It is cleaned, but the ocean sometimes brings seaweed.
Hilton La Romana 5*.
Hilton is a strong brand, and it goes without saying that it is considered one of the best all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic. What’s great is that it’s essentially two hotels on one large property – there’s the family hotel Resort & Waterpark and the adults-only All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort.
Adult Only is a decent hotel for a quiet holiday without children. Great beach, good food (as much as 10 restaurants a la carte!), stylish rooms, clean, helpful staff. Rooms with access to the pool like tourists most of all. Of the minuses – a little individual umbrellas on the beach and for some reason sun beds at the pool are paid.
Resort & Waterpark (Family) – a good hotel for families. There is a new water park, several pools of different depths. In general, everything is the same as in the Adult Only hotel. The beach and the entrance to the sea are better than in the “adult” Hilton. Note that if you check into a family hotel, you cannot use the Adult hotels restaurants.
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If you are on a budget, this is the best hotel for an inexpensive vacation in the Dominican Republic, in my opinion. We vacationed here ourselves and were completely satisfied. I especially liked the abundance of pools, some of which are infinity pools overlooking the sea! And it is also very romantic to meet the sunsets there. Wi-Fi is free and stable, and there is animation. The food is good, the meat is cooked perfectly (in our time it was so – after the pandemic there were reviews that the food worsened), alcohol of good quality.
We have no beach of our own, but there are stairs into the sea, where you can snorkel, swim and look at the fish. There is a free shuttle to a nearby sandy beach. This is one of the best hotels in the entire Dominican Republic for price-quality. We booked our accommodations independently on Bookings: a room for two with all inclusive meals cost us $90 a day. I recommend this hotel to anyone who wants good quality for relatively little money.
Cool pool at our hotel Whala!bayahibe 4*.
Riu Naiboa 4*.
If you are on a tight budget, but do not want to lose comfort, you can safely go to this hotel and do not overpay for the “five” of the chain Riu. According to reviews, “the food is the same everywhere, the beach is common, water park is common, and you can safely go to all Riu hotels if you get bored. Riu Naiboa has a reputation as a fun hotel, but during the pandemic it is more suitable for a quiet family vacation.
Unlike 5* hotels, there are only three places to eat: the main restaurant, a la carte and the beach bar. They work alternately, so you will not go hungry. The choice of food is big.
The beach is beautiful, with white sand and a lying palm tree, where everyone takes pictures.
New hotels in the Dominican Republic
Azul Beach Resort Cap Cana by Karisma 5*.
This new hotel in the Dominican Republic opened in 2021. The all-inclusive luxury hotel at the Cap Cana resort has butler service, a spa, free wi-fi, good food and a not yet tired, industrious staff. It’s only 15 minutes from the airport!
Many people like the food. Hotel guests can use the infrastructure of the neighboring Margaritaville, which means you can eat at 11 restaurants.
The rooms are new and clean and the housekeeping is excellent. The area is not very large, but it is even a plus – you do not have to walk half a kilometer to Juanillo Beach.
According to the reviews of tourists, this hotel is more for a relaxing holiday for couples or families: there are entertainment shows and live music in the evenings, like there is even a nightlife after midnight. However, some people think this is not enough, and lonely tourists will be bored at the hotel.
There are no Russian reviews of the hotel, and most of the guests are Americans.
Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana 5*.
A new hotel in the Dominican Republic has opened in 2021, namely in the town of Uvero Alto (Punta Cana). It is about 30-40 minutes drive from the airport.
The hotel is unusual – it is aquatic, the total area of pools is as much as 9 thousand square meters. There is also a nice panoramic pool overlooking the Atlantic. In general, the hotel for relaxation!
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana 5*.
Hotel with a very high rating and a loud name started in 2019. “All inclusive, the food is varied and delicious, interesting shows in the evenings, the staff is wonderful, and the rooms are spacious and modern.
The beach is white floury sand. There is some seaweed. The bay is shallow and quiet, so ideal for a vacation with small children.
Of the minuses – cloudy ocean because of algae and slow staff.
Features of Dominican hotels
Dominican hotels are very good, but they have their own nuances, about which it is better to know before the trip, so as not to be disappointed. I read a bunch of reviews and collected the most common shortcomings of 4* and 5* hotels, which tourists complain about:
- The laziness and slowness of the service staff is what tourists complain about most often, even in expensive 5* hotels. One can only accept and forgive, because Dominicans live at a completely different pace. Mañana (“tomorrow”) is their motto.
- Tipping, according to many tourists, does not change the attitude of the staff. All benevolent and smiling, but no one is in a hurry anyway.
- When checking into many hotels try to impose another room for a decent surcharge.
- The interiors are often already tired, but most tourists do not bother.
- Locals who come to stay for the weekend are the bane of many Dominican hotels. What heartbreaking reviews I have not seen, up to the fact that the locals go to the toilet directly into the pool! This, of course, is rare, and mostly Dominicans just behave more noisy.
- Far from everywhere the staff understands English and very seldom someone knows Russian.
- Wi-Fi is often far from perfect.
- In many hotels, American outlets, so bring adapters with you or take on the spot for a fee. You can also find 110 V outlets.
And finally, a few more useful tips not related to hotels.
If you want to swim in calm water without seaweed, choose the Caribbean Sea, namely the coast of Bajaibe. There are always waves on the Atlantic.
All the tourists in one voice do not advise to take tours from the tour operator: expensive, uninteresting, a lot of people. They complain about the guides, who intimidate and deceive. If you want to take a tour, we advise our favorite service Tripster. There you can read real tourist reviews, so it’s easy to choose a good and interesting tour. Prices are lower than street vendors, and there is more reliability. In addition, there are unique author’s tours that will show you the country from a new side. I heartily recommend it.
Mosquitoes bite, but judging by the reviews, there are not everywhere. For example, we in Bayahiba did not get, but on the Saman it was impossible to sit quietly in the evenings.
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Dominicus Beach near Bayahibe on the Caribbean Sea.
All Inclusive 4-Star Hotels in the Dominican Republic
Many people associate the Dominican Republic with white, endless beaches, tropical plants and “paradise.” However, this republic is rich with unique architectural, natural and historical monuments, as well as an extraordinary underwater world, which makes diving enthusiasts from all over the world come here. All-inclusive 4-star hotels in the Dominican Republic are an opportunity to plunge into this bright, cheerful world and turn your vacation into a small daily holiday.
whala! bayahibe 4*.
Located in Bayahibe, it is all-inclusive – a gorgeous beach and amazing sunsets, a variety of entertainment for children and adults, a wide selection of food and drinks in restaurants and bars, 4 swimming pools, 3 of which with sea water. In general, it is impossible to resist and not to book a room here.
There is an organized descent to the water, where guests can swim with masks. There is also a shuttle every 30 minutes to Dominicus and Baiaibe beaches. The road takes only 5 minutes.Holidaymakers in reviews especially praise the cuisine of the restaurants, which offer a large selection of dishes from fish, meat, poultry, vegetables. There are several kinds of freshly squeezed juices for breakfast and several kinds of ice cream for dessert.
A few dozen cocktails and other refreshments, as well as pizzas and burgers are offered at the beach bars. Our animation team does not let the guests get bored and holds various entertainment events, and in the evening you can listen to live music by the pool.
Tropical Casa Laguna 4*
Another stunning complex is located in Cabaret. The beach, from which you can watch windsurfers and kiteboarders for hours, and the entertainment is only 2 minutes away. Guests note that all rooms are spacious, the plumbing is new, the cleaning is excellent, the pool is clean, and the views from the cozy balconies are spectacular. Standard rooms and apartments with a kitchen are available for booking.
An American or a la carte breakfast is served in the mornings. Nearby activities include snorkeling, horseback riding, diving, windsurfing, and a water park. Guests can also swim in the pool. Free parking is provided.
On the beaches, vacationers are provided with sun beds under palm trees and service. It is enough just to order the desired refreshments. Refreshments are also available at the pool bar.
Emotions by Hodelpa – Juan Dolio 4*
The complex is located in Juan Dolio and is popular with tourists. For their convenience we have prepared stylish comfortable rooms with a balcony, terrace or private access to the pool, bathroom with the necessary accessories, mini-bar. There are rooms for adults only, as well as certain categories of rooms – Essentia – for which the vip service is provided.
As along the coast, there are great opportunities for diving and other water sports and activities. The beach is not only equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas, but also has a beach club. There are grounds for tennis, a wall for climbing, not far is a golf course. Three swimming pools open all year round – it is not only an opportunity to swim, but also to relax by the water with a glass of your favorite drink.
There are fitness and spa centers on site, offering programs to keep your body fit and beautiful. Five restaurants help make meals varied throughout your vacation. One is buffet style, all others are themed, offering seafood, Italian, Mexican or Dominican cuisine. Just 10 km away is the water park and Fort San Felipe.