It’s hard to pick your favourites when so many Dominican Republic family hotels offer beachside settings and seemingly endless All Inclusive perks. The ones that have made the list go above and beyond with things like their own waterparks, massive pools, vast dining choices and excellent kids’ clubs. Whether you want a quiet location or one where it’s all happening, there’s somewhere below for you.
Memories Splash Punta Cana, Bavaro
This First Choice SplashWorld hotel has six big twisty slides, plus separate pools and splash zones for kids, including a spray ground and wave pool. Right on Bavaro Beach, there are even more activities by the ocean, like volleyball and snorkelling. Plus the whole family can have fun in fitness classes, beach Olympics competitions and games of tennis.
You can drop the kids off at their own club, and teens will love hanging out at their lounge, featuring games consoles and pool tables. Everything is covered at mealtimes as all four restaurants are included in the price with no reservations needed, be it international, Mexican, Italian or at the buffet place with a great kids section. Plus you get unlimited snacks and ice-creams!
Be Live Collection Punta Cana, Bavaro
Situated on the stunning Cabeza de Toro beach, with Laguna Bavaro beyond and five pools to its name, Be Live Collection Punta Cana is all about the water. You can dive at the nearby coral reef with an extra charge to hire the equipment, but pretty much all other activities are included. That’s things like beach volleyball, aerobics, non-motorised watersports, sailing or heading to the theatre bar for live music and shows in the evenings.
Especially for kids are two pools, a playground and a kids’ club for different ages, as well as one for teens. Even standard rooms are able to sleep a family of four, or you can upgrade to a spacious suite. Choose from six a la carte restaurants for dinner reservations, including Mexican, Mediterranean, Brazilian and an Asian Beach bar.
Gran Bahia Principe San Juan, San Juan
If it’s a quiet family break you’re after, Gran Bahia Principe San Juan is located in a peaceful part of the Dominican Republic’s northern shores, with 1.5 kilometres of private beach. In 15 minutes you can drive to Rio San Juan, or stay put for pretty tropical gardens containing four pools with kids’ areas, swim-up bars and water activities like AquaGym and water polo. Nature walks are also organised in the grounds.
Although tucked away, the hotel has everything you need – including a little row of shops, a playground, sports courts, games room, plus surprisingly good nightlife. Either listen to music in the lobby or head to Bahia Principe Village for magic shows, karaoke and a disco.
Sirenis Punta Cana Resort Casino and Aquagames, Uvero Alto
The two huge pools at Sirenis Punta Cana Resort look out over the palm-tree-dotted beach, and another hit with families is the water park with free-fall twister slides, a kamikaze ride and speed chutes. There are more free activities here than you can shake a stick at, such as football, archery, kayaking and beach volleyball. Plus you can pay for scuba diving lessons and banana boating. On top of the large buffet restaurant are another eight dining choices – and after dinner you can hit the theatre for brilliant song and dance shows or do your own dancing at El Bonche nightclub.
Riu Bambu Hotel, Bavaro
Found on the kilometre-long Arena Gorda Beach in Punta Cana, Riu Bambu Hotel is loaded with sports in and out of the water, from archery to kayaking. The nearby reef also has a shipwreck, making it a fun place to snorkel. The grounds have five pools and the kids get their own pool at RiuLand kids’ club, where they also entertain with face painting and games.
All the family will be kept happy at the main buffet restaurant, or you can try one of six other eateries, from Italian to Caribbean! Evening entertainment covers tribute shows and folk performances, and get ready for a good night’s sleep in your room – newly refurbished in July 2017.
Have you visited any of these hotels with your family? Or have these choices sparked your interest in the Dominican Republic? Let us know in the comments.