Dominican Republic All-Inclusive Resorts
If you want a stress-free tropical vacation with all the amenities taken care of, travel to the Dominican Republic. From Punta Cana to La Romana, all-inclusive resorts are the accommodations of fashion here, and they run the gamut from haute five-star palaces to more affordable, family-oriented affairs. So start thinking about that beachwear and take a look at a few of our favorite Dominican Republic all-inclusives.
Dreams La Romana has an elegant solution to the common worry of not having enough dining variety at an all-inclusive resort: build enough restaurants to suit every taste. Dreams' eight eating establishments come in Italian, Mexican, Pan-Asian, French, and local Dominican flavors, so your taste buds will never get bored. This all-inclusive Dominican Republic resort has a reputation for top-notch service, excellent facilities, and coastal waters teeming with marine life from a nearby reef (perfect for scuba and snorkeling).
Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo is synonymous in many people's minds with the whole concept of the Dominican Republic's all-inclusive resorts. Located in La Romana, it's one of the oldest, largest, and most famous tourist destinations in the country. And no wonder -- its 7,000 acres encompasses biking and hiking trails, an equestrian center, and three golf courses that consistently rank among the best in the world. There are so many things to see and do, but after all that exertion, you might just want to take a dip in the ocean or one of the resort's 16 pools.
Excellence Punta Cana
As great as all-inclusives are for families, sometimes it's good to get away from the rugrats and teens alike and bask in some well-deserved Caribbean quiet. The adults-only Excellence Punta Cana all-inclusive Dominican resort keeps couples in mind with dance and cooking lessons, Spanish language classes, and a complimentary half hour of horseback riding per day in addition to the usual resort activities. Excellence also has eight a la carte restaurants, 24-hour room service, and unlimited premium as well as domestic drinks as part of their all-inclusive package.
Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana
Hidden away on a cliff in the Cap Cana section of the island, this Dominican Republic all-inclusive resort lives up to its namesake. The 176-suite resort takes the shape of a Spanish-style manor house with a stone paths bracketed by tall palms and bright red bougainvillea overlooking a half-moon beach that exudes a sense of refinement, privacy, and elegance. The resort also offers 24-hour concierge and room service, water sports and aerobics, and has a small casino where you can try your luck at a various cards games, slots, and roulette wheels.
Photo: Excellence Punta Cana by Ted Murphy