7 Best All-inclusive Resorts in the Dominican Republic

Although the Dominican Republic is not a wealthy nation, its people and hospitality are as warm as the sunny weather, and this Caribbean country—known affectionately as “DR”—has three distinctly beautiful resort areas.

Today, we’re looking at:

  • The best all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Plata for couples—this north-end resort area offers classic accommodations and historic sights
  • The best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for couples—the east coast is where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet, with long stretches of beach and mega-resorts
  • The best all-inclusive resort in La Romana for couples—the less touristy south end offers a more sophisticated experience near pro golf courses and private marinas.

If you’re searching for the best all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic, don’t worry about running out of choices!

There are so many all-inclusives in the DR that we got a little picky on your behalf and found the best-rated, most romantic properties for couples where we could.

We’re including travel tips and alternate destinations to make this the best all-inclusive Caribbean vacation for you two. 


Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Puerto Plata for Couples

A nearby international airport services the Puerto Plata resort area, and Isabel de Torres National Park has stunning views of the town and coast. There is a lot of great history to explore here!

The northern coast beaches are pretty and have golden sand, although they’re not quite as renowned as those on the east and south coasts. Playa Dorada, Cofresi, and Long Beach (which is just one mile long) are most popular with tourists. 

Iberostar Costa Dorada

Iberostar Costa Dorada

The Iberostar Costa Dorada is a beachfront, all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Offering a blend of tropical beauty, water sports, and entertainment, it's a fantastic choice for vacationers seeking a Caribbean escape with plenty of activities and relaxation.

At the classic Iberostar Costa Dorada, you’re surrounded by pirate lore and spine-tingling history. Although it’s a family-friendly resort on a nice beach, couples who are history buffs enjoy its proximity to Puerto Plata’s natural and historical sights.

This inexpensive resort appeals to couples who don’t need a lot of frills. There is a main buffet restaurant, and guests are limited to the times they can dine a la carte during their stay, but there should be some snacks available when restaurants aren’t open.

There are three resort pools, tennis courts, and a fitness room for recreation. SPA Sensations is a newer amenity here, with services at additional cost.

Price: from $170 to $410 per night, taxes included. A three-night minimum stay is required to book online.

Wedding Pioneer Travel Tip: History lovers seeking affordable luxury should check out couples-only Sandals Grenada, which offers unlimited gourmet food and drinks, breathtaking rooms, and a wide selection of included activities. Grenada is a historical treasure!

From $313 per person per night. Check out our Sandals Grenada review.

BlueBay Villas Doradas

BlueBay Villas Doradas

BlueBay Villas Doradas is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. With its beautiful beachfront location, golf course, and a focus on tranquility and luxury, it's an ideal destination for couples and adults looking for a romantic and peaceful Caribbean getaway.

Located on an exclusive section of Playa Dorada Beach, BlueBay Villas Doradas is an adults-only all-inclusive offering standard rooms and villas with balconies and whirlpool tubs. For golfers, the Playa Dorada Golf Course is very close by (additional fee to play).

Four restaurants and three bars offer dining and drinks at BlueBay. Three pools are on-site, one of which has a swim-up pool bar. The property also has a casino and nightclub (cover charge).

The watersports program at this inexpensive resort is pretty extensive. The website claims that scuba diving, sailing, and windsurfing are included.

Price: Standard rooms begin at $170 US per night off-season, and a discount is applied by booking directly on their website.

Gran Ventana Beach Resort

Gran Ventana Beach Resort

The Gran Ventana Beach Resort is an all-inclusive beachfront retreat located in Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. With its vibrant atmosphere, variety of dining options, and entertainment, it offers a lively and enjoyable Caribbean vacation for guests of all ages.

 The accommodations at Gran Ventana Beach Resort are located in three “villages.” 

This oceanfront resort has 506 rooms, including larger suites and penthouses suitable for a romantic couples getaway.

It’s a family-friendly resort, but there is one adult pool with a swim-up bar and a quiet wing for couples, including a dedicated stretch of beach with chaise lounges and towel service.

All-inclusive features include breakfast and lunches at the buffet, snacks from noon to 5 p.m. daily, and three a la carte dinner restaurants open until 10 p.m. (reservations are required, and some reviewers claim that food options are limited and sometimes unavailable).

Beverage service includes beers, wines, and cocktails (the resort’s website does not specify whether these are premium or local beverages; some reviews claim drinks are watered down).

However, the website also states that in-room minibars are refilled daily with beer, water, and soft drinks.

There’s an on-site fitness facility, and daily resort activities on land include free bike rentals (60 minutes/day), ping-pong, and tennis.

Watersports at Gran Ventana include snorkeling, windsurfing, and kayaking, and each guest can take one free SCUBA lesson.

Price: Room rates start at $295/night for a superior room and $365/night for a junior suite.

Wedding Pioneer Travel Tip: Sandals Ochi in Jamaica is the most affordable luxury all-inclusive in the Caribbean for couples only, including unlimited gourmet dining and premium beverages, an array of rooms and suites, SCUBA for certified divers, and golfing green fees.

Check out our review of Sandals Ochi!  

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana for Couples

With at least ten named beaches stretching along the eastern Dominican Republic, travelers to Punta Cana rave about the seemingly endless, powdery white sands perfect for hand-holding and strolling. 

The area has an international airport for flights from North America.

Punta Cana also has a mind-numbing number of all-inclusive resorts on or near the beach, and the good news is that we found dozens of properties between Playa de Macao and Playa Blanca, rated 4.5 stars and up.

That’s why we got really picky with our selections in Punta Cana—the following all-inclusive resorts are rated 4.8 to 4.9 stars!

Excellence El Carmen

Excellence El Carmen

"Experience the epitome of luxury at Excellence El Carmen. This adults-only resort in Punta Cana offers a perfect blend of sophistication, relaxation, and indulgence. 

With near-perfect traveler reviews, Excellence El Carmen delivers luxury, adults-only accommodations on a fantastic stretch of beach. It also offers world-class food and beverages in over a dozen restaurants and multiple bar areas. 

Amenities include 23 on-site pools (three main pools), nine jacuzzis (seven for Excellence Club guests), a state-of-the-art spa, and a workout facility that offers yoga and aerobics classes.

Land sports include tennis, ping pong, volleyball, and soccer. You can use their snorkeling gear for free and book a deep-sea fishing trip or scuba diving for an additional charge.

Guests particularly love the swim-up suites and private pool suites (with 24-hour room service) at Excellence. 

This resort is highly recommended if you want a romantic vacation with your love in the DR.

Price: Junior swim-up suites start at $522/night, and private pool suites start at $539/night.

TRS Turquesa Hotel

TRS Turquesa Hotel

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While the adults-only Turquesa Hotel is a two-minute walk to a breathtaking beach in Punta Cana, the facilities and amenities in this huge resort complex (shared with two other Palladium Group hotels) appear to make up for the time it will take you to stroll anywhere!

Dining at the 15 included restaurants is generally rated as a 5-star experience, and guests note that premium beverages are served at the on-site bars, including the swim-up pool bar.

There are five pools dedicated to TRS guests, a spa (services at an additional charge), and a casino for some good betting action. 

Two of TRS’s most popular accommodations are the poolside romance suites and suites with swim-up access. Room features include flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and slippers, a stocked and chilled wine fridge, and a Nespresso machine.

The swim-up romance suites offer 625 square feet of space, and couples love the canopy king beds and in-room marble jacuzzi for two. The outdoor terrace is curtained for privacy, and you’ll enjoy 24-hour room service by attentive and personable butlers in these suites.

Prices: Poolside romance suites start at $1,448 for a minimum three-night stay in the off-season.

Lopesan Costa Bávaro Resort, Spa & Casino

Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort, Spa & Casino

The Lopesan Costa Bavaro Resort, Spa & Casino is a luxurious beachfront property located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. With its tropical setting, extensive spa facilities, and a vibrant casino, it's an ideal choice for travelers seeking a mix of relaxation and entertainment in the Caribbean.

With nearly 29,000 trip reviews and an overall rating of 4.8,  the Lopesan Costa Bávaro is an enormous, lavish-looking all-inclusive property facing one of the most exclusive sections of Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana.

The resort offers three “differentiated” areas, including an adults-only section. It has over 1,000 suites with WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and coffeemakers.

The 222 suites in the adults-only section offer more luxury, and the top-tier “Unique” suites include butler service and access to a members-only beach club.

The all-inclusive program includes meals at eight restaurants, including an Italian eatery, and four bars serving quality beverages. As with many highly-rated properties in the DR, this resort has a casino, spa, gym, and multiple pools, including a massive infinity pool.

Superior swim-up suites in the adults-only section offer 462 square feet of comfort inside and a 128-square-foot terrace with direct access to a resort pool.

The junior suites in the top-tier Unique section have similar layouts without pool access, but both are popular. One thing to note is that the suites have either two queen beds or one king, and king bed suites are subject to availability.

Prices: adult swim-up suites start at $465/night, and junior suites in the Unique top-tier section of the resort start at $448/night.

Wedding Pioneer Travel Tip: For a super-special and affordable couples vacation with 27 gourmet dining choices, premium beverages, endless fun on land and sea, and exchange privileges with other resorts—all included—consider the stunning Sandals resorts in St. Lucia!

Check out our reviews of the beautiful Sandals Grande St. Lucian, romantic Sandals Regency La Toc, and superior Sandals Halcyon Beach.

Best All-Inclusive Resort in La Romana for Couples

The southern area of La Romana on the Caribbean Sea has a few ultra-exclusive properties like the world-class golf resort Casa de Campo Villas.

The town also has a replica Mediterranean village, Altos de Chavón, and nearby Catalina Island has coral reefs and William Kidd’s pirate shipwreck offshore. There is an international airport nearby for direct flights from North America.

Hilton La Romana, an All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort (18+)

Hilton La Romana, An All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort

The Hilton La Romana is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort situated on the stunning Bayahibe Beach in the Dominican Republic. With its upscale amenities, multiple dining options, and a focus on adult-friendly experiences, it provides a serene and romantic getaway in a tropical paradise.

Fully all-inclusive, adults-only resorts aren’t as plentiful in La Romana as in Punta Cana, and Hilton La Romana is the highest-rated all-inclusive resort on the Caribbean coast of the DR. 

While this property’s reviews aren’t as stellar as those of the top resorts we found in Punta Cana, you can enjoy a quieter couples vacation in a premium guest room at the Hilton, which includes five restaurants and five bars. 

The resort has two infinity pools, a fitness center, and a spa (services additional). Guests can also book scuba tours through the dive center and enjoy the casino at night.

Premium club rooms include 24-hour room service, WiFi, private balconies or terraces, and a minibar restocked with water, juice, soft drinks, and local beers.

Prices: Premium rooms with pool views start at $460/night, and premium swim-up suites start at $546/night.

Wedding Pioneer Travel Tip: If you want to enjoy world-class golf combined with one of the best couples-only all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas, consider the affordable-luxury  Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on Great Exuma with a PGA-quality golf course.

Check out our Sandals Emerald Bay review!

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