Caribbean sun and luxury resorts collide to make the ultra-gorgeous Dominican Republic
It’s around nine hours from the UK to the Dominican Republic, which means all that powdery white sand is less than half a day away.
The Dominican Republic is a curious blend of luxury and the great outdoors in the best way – white sand beaches mix with craggy coastlines and mega-luxury hotel complexes hug blindingly blue water. There are national parks, caves to explore, an endless ring of beaches and so many deluxe pool scenes, we’ve kind of lost count. If we didn’t know any better, we’d say somebody just recreated a postcard and called it the Dominican Republic. Out here, it’s that gorgeous.
With settings this beautiful, upscale hotels and spa resorts are kind of a given. They look pretty good against the coconut tree-lined beach of Bavaro, and in the upscale region of Uvero Alto, where fine dining dominates the otherwise laid-back village. But nothing quite compares to Cap Cana, at least as far as luxury goes. That’s because this eye-popping resort was specially designed with the luxury market in mind – it’s a big-scale, gated community containing designer golf courses, a swanky marina and just under five kilometres of sandy shores.
Living the high life in the Dominican Republic
The high life in the Dominican Republic undoubtedly starts at the beach. Pale, spacious and lined with palm trees, these stunning shores are set to impress. Bavaro lays claim to one of the most beautiful beaches on the island with 10 kilometres of sand in all, while both Uvero Alto and Cap Cana extend with easy-going goodness as far as the eye can see.
Uvero Alto is home to its own horse ranch, so you can set out on horseback while exploring the coast. The region’s top of the line hotels are also worth writing home about, featuring some of the finest dining around. Over in Cap Cana, glitz and glamour reign supreme. Days here are reserved for luxury spa treatments and yachting trips.
Everything about this resort screams luxury, from the plush lounges to the river-style pool, the incredible 13 restaurants and its optimal beachside location. It's adults-only, featuring rooms with their own private whirlpools, round-the-clock room service and a big time spa with a long list of treatments. Here, daytime is for tennis practice and dance lessons, while night is reserved for live entertainment and the beach bar.
The Royalton Punta Cana might as well be its own city – it's that huge. A whopping 10 restaurants are on offer here, and just as many bars. You've got a spa available as well, not to mention the top notch pool scene, which includes its own waterpark. The beach is just beyond a line of palm trees, too, so you're never far from the coast. As for the bedrooms, all your luxury boxes will be ticked with good-sized beds and relaxing rain showers.
This mega resort hits all the right notes with a range of chic restaurants including one along the beach, all clad in funky decor. Speaking of that beach, it's just steps away from the hotel and the four pools dotting the grounds. Activities here include cooking classes and spa treatments, a range of bars and a theatre. Upgrade your accommodations and you'll get a ritzy swim-up room.