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There's no shortage of luxury hotel accommodations in the Dominican Republic. Most of the resorts here are all-inclusive, so choose your resort first by location, then by amenities, and finally by price. You'll want to stay at a resort that offers everything you need to keep you and your family entertained for the entire trip. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five best places to stay in Dominican Republic:
1. Sanctuary Cap Cana — a Salamander Resort. There’s something for everyone at this resort, with 14 different types of rooms. Some rooms are tucked away, some are steps away from the beach and others even come on their own islands. Head to the beach and pool area at Sanctuary for a daily buffet, a swim-up bar and activities like water aerobics and Spanish lessons on the playa (beach). You’ll also find five restaurants, five pools and a first-rate spa.
2. Fishing Lodge Cap Cana — a Salamander Resort. Located on the largest inland marina in the Caribbean, the colorful resort filled with pools and palm trees. No two guest rooms are the same here — some walk out to the expansive pool area, while others boast private balconies that hover over a glistening infinity pool. Inside, the guest rooms are more like apartments, complete with fully equipped kitchens and, at some, private pools. Other perks include two restaurants, a wedding chapel and an hourly shuttle to whisk you to the fabulous white-sand beaches.
3. Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana. This upscale resort has 51 rooms and is about an hour from the Punta Cana Airport. The all-inclusive package includes room, board, drinks, a starter spa treatment and a number of outings, including biking, snorkeling and kayaking. Additional spa treatments, scuba, fishing and golf all carry an additional fee.
4. Tortuga Bay. Tortuga Bay was decorated by native son and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, making its 15 luxurious beachfront villas in Punta Cana some of the most sought-after in the Caribbean. Situated in a 15,000-acre gated community where Oscar de la Renta, Julio Iglesias and Mikhail Baryshnikov all have homes, Tortuga Bay features one to four-bedroom accommodations, as well as a full service spa and high-end restaurant.
5. Sivory Punta Cana. This secluded resort will make you feel like you’ve found your own deserted island. The guest rooms come equipped with large soaking tubs big enough for two and wine refrigerators to chill that bottle of Champagne. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you book a waterfront suite for the best views. The resort boasts a spa, restaurants, and wine cellar with more than 8,000 bottles.