6 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic — Top Hotels for Your Punta Cana Trip (September 2023)
While some destinations around the Caribbean aren’t exactly known for their all-inclusive accommodations, that’s not the case with Punta Cana. This tourist hub in the Dominican Republic is bursting at the seams with all-inclusive resorts. You have so many options to choose from. Family-friendly to romantic, adults-only to party-ready, whatever kind of all-inclusive resort you have in mind, you can likely find it.
However, while it’s awesome to have so many options in one destination, it also makes your job planning your vacation a little more difficult. How do you sort through all the resorts crammed into this one small area, to find the best fit for you?
To help you pick the right all-inclusive Punta Cana resort for your upcoming Dominican getaway, here are six of our favorites. We’ve included everything you need to know, from pricing to inclusions, so you can pick your perfect fit.
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When to Visit Punta Cana
But before we can get into which Punta Cana resorts are top picks across the board, you’ve got to think about a few things. While Punta Cana is certainly an affordable, budget-friendly destination, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to visit just any time of the year. Basically, some months are better than others.
If it’s spectacular weather you’re after, you’d do well to avoid the summer and fall. The Dominican Republic is impacted by the Atlantic hurricane season and the fall months are rainy in general. For the best weather, then, visit during the winter or spring, December to May.
If you want to avoid the crowds, however, while still avoiding potential hurricanes that could ruin your trip, consider visiting in the spring specifically. March, April, and May offer both pleasant weather and smaller crowds than what you’ll experience during the winter months and over the holidays.
Want to save the most money overall, though, and you’ll put up with the weather, whatever happens? Then go ahead and book that trip for hurricane season, June through November. September and October are particularly cheap, for example, as hurricanes (and just bad weather in general) are more likely. Just remember to get that trip insurance, obviously, so you’re not out all the money for your flights and hotel, in case you need to cancel due to an impending storm.
Have some potential dates in mind for your Dominican getaway? Good – here are the six top all-inclusive resorts to consider.
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Hyatt’s Ziva brand offers Caribbean all-inclusive experiences in a high-end setting. This particular resort is humongous, family-friendly, and close to the airport — what more do you need? Well, how about a water park? Or an adults-only pool? Six restaurants plus five bars? Children’s activities? A full-service spa? Babysitting and butler service? Four pools?
In other words, this is the resort to go to if your family wants it all and then some.
Pros: You’ll never need to leave the resort if you book a stay here. There’s plenty to do, see, and enjoy, all in an upscale environment that’s suitable for all ages.
Cons: To reap some of the benefits of this decked-out property, you will need to, unfortunately, upgrade to a Club-level room. Club-level rooms come with extra perks like access to exclusive dining experiences and butler service.
Included: A true all-inclusive resort, this property gives you unlimited dining and drinking at six restaurants and five bars, 24-hour room service, all your water sports, select other activities and entertainment, access to a fitness center and kids club, free WiFi, and free parking.
Audience: Families who want a luxurious experience from an international brand.
Location: Playa Juanillo, Boulevard Zona Hotelera, Punta Cana 23302, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: +1 809-469-7090
Price Range: From $396
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Who doesn’t want to party away in Margaritaville? If you’ve never been to one of the handful of Margaritaville properties scattered around the world, expect a Jimmy Buffet-approved experience that’s upscale without being stuffy. With a laid-back vibe, the accommodations range from private villas to swim-up suites. Balconies include daybeds or hammocks with views of the ocean.
This particular resort sits on Juanillo Beach and is on the newer side (opening in late 2021). It features a kids club (though this brand isn’t necessarily family-geared, so that’s something to keep in mind), a hefty all-inclusive package, and add-on extras, such as airport transfers. There are five restaurants, five bars, two pools, and a spa.
Pros: This is a newer property that offers world-class service at a somewhat more agreeable price point than what you might find at other options nearby.
Cons: For families, this particular property isn’t as geared toward the kiddos as some of the others. It’s also very branded, so if you don’t like the Jimmy Buffet/Margaritaville vibe, you’re not going to have a good time.
Included: All-inclusive plans come with dining, drinks, entertainment, activities, access to the kids’ club and fitness center, and concierge services. Add-ons include tours and extra activities, special dining experiences, airport transfers, and drink upgrades.
Audience: Adult travelers looking for a leisurely experience in a new-build property, where they can quite literally find Margaritaville.
Location: FHFX+C7M, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: +1 849-200-1607
Price range: From $296
If, though, it’s a 5-star, adults-only experience you’re after, look no further than the Live Aqua outpost in Punta Cana.
The property works well for both romantic getaways and adults-only friend or family trips. The focus isn’t exclusively on romance, but it’s not a party-centric environment either. You could easily bring your parents here and not feel weird about it.
Rooms are sleek and upscale and range from swim-up suites to garden view kings. There are multiple pools on-site, as well as a spa, fitness center, and tennis courts. With 12 dining options, you’ll hardly be left wanting a new spot to try.
Pros: The property is extremely stylish and those looking for a high-end experience, without any screaming kiddos splashing in the pool, will find it.
Cons: For all the property’s luxury, you won’t find a ton to do here. If you’re looking for lots of ways to fill your itinerary, beyond just sitting by the pool or at the beach, you’ll be left to your own devices.
Included: Your stay includes unlimited and no-reservation dining, unlimited premium drinks, 24-hour room service, poolside and beach service, a stocked mini-bar, and all entertainment. Airport transfers are additionally included, but only if you book a stay of four or more nights directly with the hotel.
Audience: Adults looking for a luxurious experience.
Location: Carr. Uvero Alto Km 3.34, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: +1 809-933-3071
Price Range: From $210
While the Hard Rock Hotel brand may, at first glance, appear to be more geared toward adult travelers, the brand’s Caribbean properties are, somewhat surprisingly, pretty family-friendly. Kids get access to their own kids’ club and water park. However, that hardly means that there isn’t a ton of fun for adults in the crew, too. Beyond the casino and gaming, you can fill your day with one-of-a-kind music experiences, spa treatments, multiple pools (there are a whopping 13 pools on-site), golfing, and more.
In other words, if just lying on the beach for a week sounds boring to you, this is the right resort for your family. Everyone is unquestionably going to have a ton of fun.
Pros: There’s always something to do at this property, for every member of your party, regardless of their age.
Cons: With all the bustling activity, you might find it difficult to get in much relaxation, if that’s what you’re after.
Included: Included in your room stay is dining at nine restaurants, poolside service, drinks, 24/7 room service, water sports and activities, entertainment, WiFi, and gratuities.
Audience: Travelers looking for a resort that’ll offer tons to do.
Location: Km 28, #74, Blvd. Turístico del Este, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: +1 809-687-0000
Price range: From $135
If you like the idea of an adults-only resort, but you hate how massive many Caribbean resorts are, you might need to try Zoetry Agua Punta Cana. This boutique property has fewer than 100 rooms and just four restaurants, but the attention to detail and high level of service ensure a luxurious experience.
The AAA Four Diamond property’s guest rooms are tropical in style, with thatched roofs, dark wood furnishings, lush gardens, and private pools. Furthermore, activities include relaxing by or in one of two pools, taking to the water with some water sports, taking a fitness or wellness class, indulging in a treatment at the spa, or taking a cultural class.
The inclusions go above and beyond what you’d find at a similar resort as well, with offerings such as welcome bottles of rum, welcome beach bags, helicopter transfers from the airport as available, daily tea service, free spa treatments, free wine tastings, and more. Additionally, there are no set check-in or check-out times, so you can arrive and leave whenever you want.
Pros: This resort offers a high level of service, with extra amenities you won’t find anywhere else.
Cons: If you like having tons of options in terms of restaurants, bars, pools, and more, then you might not like the resort’s boutique size.
Included: Stays include all your dining and drinking, 24/7 room service, 24/7 concierge service, maid service three times daily, a stocked minibar, laundry service, poolside and beach service, a welcome bottle of rum, in-room wine and fresh fruit daily, WiFi, welcome beach bags, one spa treatment, daily tea service, helicopter transfers, horseback rides, and wine tastings.
Audience: Adult travelers looking for an intimate atmosphere and an ultra-luxury touch.
Location: Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: +1 809-468-0000
For families who want a themed experience without resorting to a Disney vacay, the Nickelodeon property in Punta Cana delivers. Despite being a cartoon-themed resort, parents may be pleasantly surprised to find 5-star service here. Kids are still king, though, so expect lots of character surprises, games, kid-geared entertainment, and the like. A kids club caters to kids under 12. There are nine restaurants, three bars, four pools, and a spa. Additionally, villas and suites, despite the theme-ing, are pretty modern and not so in-your-face that you’ll feel overwhelmed (along these lines, think Nickelodeon-orange furnishings versus SpongeBob Squarepants on the walls).
Pros: Children will have endless things to do, all the time.
Cons: Because the focus is so heavily on the kids, you won’t find as many adult amenities. This can be seen markedly even in the very small number of bars on the property (just three).
Included: The all-inclusive rate covers your dining and drinks, 24-hour room service, concierge service, kids activities, access to sports facilities, water sports, select toddler amenities (like strollers and pack-n-plays), stocked minibars, valet parking, and WiFi.
Audience: Families looking for a kid-centric vacation destination that isn’t Disney.
Location: Carretera Uvero Alto Parcela, Punta Cana 23002, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: +1 809-468-0505
Price Range: From $250
For the best weather, visit during the winter or spring, December to May.
September and October are particularly cheap, as hurricanes (and just bad weather in general) are more likely. Just remember to get that trip insurance.
March, April, and May offer both pleasant weather and smaller crowds than what you’ll experience during the winter months and over the holidays.
For some of the best hotels and beaches in Punta Cana, look for a resort in either Bavaro or Cap Cana.
Editorial Disclosure: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.
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