The 10 Best Resorts In Punta Cana

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Brian Major, Contributor

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The Dominican Republic is the most visited Caribbean destination—over 8.5 million tourists touched down on its shores in 2022 alone. There are many things to love about this beautiful island, but the reasons behind its acclaim may lie in its geographic diversity—the island boasts mountains, lakes and white sand beaches—and the multitude of high-quality resorts, particularly in Punta Cana, that make it easy for travelers to unplug and de-stress.

The best resorts in Punta Cana, a destination on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic known as the Coconut Coast, range from intimate beachfront boutique hotels to large, luxe properties that encompass thousands of finely manicured acres. Our selection of the best places to stay in 2023 includes options for every type of traveler, from thrill-seeking adventurers to multigenerational families and lovebirds looking for a child-free getaway.

  • Best Overall Resort In Punta Cana: Eden Roc Cap Cana
  • Best Luxury Resort In Punta Cana: Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort And Club
  • Best Beachfront Resort In Punta Cana: Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana
  • Best Adults-Only Resort In Punta Cana: TRS Cap Cana Waterfront And Marina Hotel
  • Best Resort For Families In Punta Cana: Nickelodeon Hotel And Resort Punta Cana
  • Best Resort For Couples In Punta Cana: Sanctuary Cap Cana
  • Best Resort For Golfers In Punta Cana: The Westin Punta Cana Resort And Club
  • Best All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana: Royalton Chic Punta Cana
  • Resort With The Best Amenities In Punta Cana: Secrets Cap Cana
  • Resort With The Best Pools In Punta Cana: Breathless Punta Cana
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Best Overall Resort In Punta Cana: Eden Roc Cap Cana

Two bedroom suite at Eden Roc Cap Cana.

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Eden Roc Cap Cana

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Located on a pristine, private beach in exclusive Cap Cana (the upscale development has 30,000 acres of beaches and valleys), Eden Roc Cap Cana boasts 65 deluxe villas and elegant beachfront suites, including four serene Ocean Villas. The only Dominican resort with Relais and Châteaux distinction, guests can select from four haute cuisine restaurants serving Mediterranean, international fusion and grilled local seafood.

The secluded resort provides an ideal setting for rejuvenating activities, including mountain bike rides along a lush eco-trail, scuba lessons and exhilarating Caribbean Sea catamaran sailings. The seaside bar serves refreshing cocktails with views of the bright blue ocean beyond. And wellness-focused travelers can get immersed in nature with outdoor spa treatment rooms and the Cenote Wellness experience that includes a yoga session, massage, meditation and time in a cenote with a waterfall fountain. Let the healing sound of water wash your worries away.

Best Luxury Hotel In Punta Cana: Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort And Club

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Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort And Club

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Guests of Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort will find the VIP treatment begins the moment they land at the airport, where resort concierges meet guests and lead them through airport customs and baggage claim to private transportation. Following a brief journey through the lush Dominican countryside, guests arrive at the resort and are greeted with elegant and timeless interiors designed by the late Oscar de la Renta—the famed designer was born in Santo Domingo—where they’re provided with a personal golf cart for travel across the resort. Tortuga Bay’s 13 luxurious villas are exclusive and private and its 30 guest rooms have kitchenettes, plasma TVs, balconies and sitting areas. Guests can take a break from the beach by perusing the Silvia Tcherassi luxury boutique, located in a building inspired by George Washington’s seed house at Mount Vernon.

Best Beachfront Resort In Punta Cana: Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

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Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

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Punta Cana is home to dozens of splendid beachfront resorts, but the languid stretch of Uvero Alto Beach in front of Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana helps set this resort apart from the rest. An infinity-edge swimming pool overlooks the 200-yard stretch of beach, where guests can order lunch and cocktails from beach chairs on the shimmering sand and go snorkeling. A coral reef just offshore is responsible for the calm waters.

The boutique resort’s 96 suites are also laidback and luxurious with wood furnishings, cane-thatched roofs, cathedral ceilings and natural stone accents. Guests can drink rare wines and dine on elegant Italian fare at Olena or authentic Caribbean cuisine and seafood at Piragua, which features décor inspired by Taino culture. Carve out time for a rejuvenating spa treatment like a citrus scrub with micronized bitter orange lava at the Zoëtry Spa.

Best Adults-Only Resort In Punta Cana: TRS Cap Cana Waterfront And Marina Hotel

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TRS Cap Cana Waterfront And Marina Hotel

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Surrounded by more than 6,000 acres of lush tropical forest and bordered by a pristine white sand beach, Palladium Group-owned TRS Cap Cana is a grown-up escape without being boring or buttoned up. With properties in party hot spots like Ibiza and Cancun, Palladium Group specializes in resorts with numerous activities and nightlife to help adults cut loose. Guests can master the resort’s championship links next to the Caribbean Sea at Punta Espada Golf Club or book an epic deep-sea diving or water sports adventure.

The Chic Cabaret and Restaurant at the adjacent TRS Turquesa Hotel is also a must. Each TRS Cap Cana guest receives complimentary access per person per stay, and the dinner show features dancers and acrobats, Latin music and an after-party. Guests who need to recuperate after many a late night can book a massage at the Zentropia Palladium Spa and Wellness center; treatments include access to hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms.

Best Family-Friendly Resort In Punta Cana: Nickelodeon Hotel And Resort Punta Cana

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Nickelodeon Hotel And Resort Punta Cana

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Fun is the top priority at this surprisingly upscale all-inclusive family resort. The 2,200 square foot Pineapple Villa is inspired by Nickelodeon star SpongeBob SquarePants’ own undersea home, but multiple play areas exist. Aqua Nick is a sprawling complex with slides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river, plus a restaurant and lounge. Plaza Orange has nightly live entertainment and events like family-friendly movie premieres, and kids can also meet their favorite Nickelodeon characters throughout the day at Character Central. With several room categories to choose from, including swim-up suites with plunge pools and two- and three-bedroom Super Villas, the hotels can easily accommodate smaller families and larger multigenerational groups.

Best Resort For Couples In Punta Cana: Sanctuary Cap Cana

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Sanctuary Cap Cana

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The beachfront Sanctuary Cap Cana offers couples a fanciful haven with its stately Spanish castle-like architecture and lush, landscaped gardens. Well-equipped suites and villas—decorated with tropical rattan furnishings—feature elegant sand-colored stone bathrooms with double vanity sinks. Couples should enjoy a lazy morning in plush bathrobes sipping espresso on the furnished balcony.

The only issue with having a romantic dinner for two at this resort is deciding where to dine. Sanctuary Cap Cana has five restaurants ranging from Japanese to Italian, all with with indoor and outdoor seating, and guests can also enjoy the restaurants at the adjacent Luxury Village. For a little rest and relaxation, Sanctuary’s spa is an oasis with a curved hydrotherapy pool surrounded by lounger chairs and a wide range of wellness rituals and treatments.

Best Resort For Golfers In Punta Cana: The Westin Punta Cana Resort And Club

The Westin Punta Cana Resort and Club

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The Westin Punta Cana Resort And Club

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Few resorts offer the golf nirvana of the Westin at Punta Cana Resort and Club. The hotel is part of the exclusive development (also home to Tortuga Bay), where the 15,000-acre beachfront resort has 45 holes of championship golf, a polo club, and an equestrian center. The Tom Fazio-designed Corales course is on a rocky bluff bordering the Caribbean Sea. Meanwhile, the P.B. Dye-designed La Cana Golf course, considered as beautiful as Pebble Beach, is positioned directly along the sea and features 27 holes. Fourteen have views of the nearby Tortuga and the Canary Islands.

After a sun-swept round, the Oscar de la Renta-designed La Cana Golf and Beach Club has cooling cocktails and a terrace overlooking La Cana’s 19th hole and the Caribbean Sea. Back at the Westin, links lovers can unwind with a hand-rolled cigar and drift to sleep on a pillow top Westin Heavenly Bed, the closest thing to sleeping on a cloud.

Best All-Inclusive Resort In Punta Cana: Royalton Chic Punta Cana

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Royalton Chic Punta Cana

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Royalton Chic Punta Cana is one of the liveliest resorts on the island, and guests who check in here will have their pick of foam pool parties, buzzy reservation-free dining and a raucous bar scene (the resort has five bars). Whether you prefer to spread out in a beachside cabana while enjoying butler service or create underwater Instagram pics in the glass-walled, above-ground Mermaid Pool, prepare for a “social vacation.” The all-inclusive resort also has luxe accommodations with balconies or terraces and Royalton Dream Beds with high thread count sheets. A Zen yoga retreat it is not, but if you’re looking to meet people and party, this may be the resort for you.

Resort With The Best Amenities In Punta Cana: Secrets Cap Cana

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Secrets Cap Cana

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While Secrets Cap Cana is a large resort with 457 suites and guest rooms, it doesn’t feel like it, especially if you stay in the Preferred Club, the hotel within a hotel that has a Preferred Club-only pool and lounge. Still, all the accommodations at this resort on pristine Juanillo Beach feel exclusive and intimate. Accommodations include rooms and bungalows with swim-up pool access, furnished balconies and terraces. Secrets Spa by Pevonia has rejuvenating facials, massages and hydrotherapy treatments. Resort amenities like outdoor soaking tubs and an infinity pool leave guests feeling pampered.

Resort With The Best Pools In Punta Cana: Breathless Punta Cana

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Breathless Punta Cana

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At Breathless Punta Cana, a 750-room entertainment mecca, vibrant pool parties fill daytime hours while nightly events include masquerade balls and white beach parties where guests wear white and dance on the beach to live music until the wee hours. The multi-level pool has a swim-up bar and live DJ sets, making it easy to spend your day splashing around with everything you need right at your fingertips. If you’re looking for rejuvenation, get back on the good foot with beach yoga, Zumba and other intensive fitness classes and treatments like a hot stone massage at the Pevonia Spa. Guest rooms and suites at Breathless feature pool, tropical garden views, and furnished balconies and terraces with hot tubs. Water dogs should book a Junior Swim Up Suite, where they can slip in and out of the pool from just outside.

About Brian Major, Your Punta Cana Guide

As a veteran travel journalist, media and content consultant, I am the Managing Editor, Digital Guides and Publications/Caribbean for New Jersey-based TravelPulse.com. I was the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s 2015 “Inner Circle King” Award winner for trade journalism feature writing and a 2017 recipient of the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Martha Vickery-Wallace Memorial Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism. Punta Cana, where I make frequent trips, is one of my favorite destinations, and I have personally visited almost every resort on this list. My travel writing and photography have appeared on Afar.com, CNTraveler.com, TravelandLeisure.com and USAToday.com.

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