12 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Punta Cana

Written by Lura Seavey
Jan 26, 2021

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With over 30 miles of white-sand beaches, it's no wonder that Punta Cana is one of the Dominican Republic's most popular resort destinations. Sitting on the Dominican Republic's easternmost point, it is home to the Punta Cana International Airport, which serves the resorts in the area.

The Cap Cana area, which is best known for its upscale resorts, is located just south of the city, about 10 minutes from the airport. Its main beach is Playa Juanillo, which faces the Caribbean Sea. Cap Cana is also a popular cruise ship destination, and may have gotten its glitzy reputation from the private homes of stars like Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Dominican native David Ortiz.

To the north of the city are the Atlantic-facing beaches, starting with Bávaro, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic, and home to numerous resorts. It's popular with those who want to explore the city's shops and restaurants. The northern end of this long beach is known as Arena Gorda, and the more secluded Uvero Alto area sits beyond that, about 25 miles from the airport.

In addition to the abundance of things to do within these resorts, the area is known for its beautiful tropical forests, adventure excursions, and 10 seaside golf courses. Find your perfect vacation getaway with our list of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.

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1. Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

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Photo Source: Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

Located on Playa Juanillo (Juanillo Beach) in the Cap Cana area, just seven miles south of the Punta Cana International Airport, this massive five-star resort offers an astounding range of luxury amenities in a truly lovely setting.

One of the Ziva's biggest draws is its water park, a sprawling space that includes a classic lazy river, a variety of slides, water cannons, splash zones, and multiple pools for all ages, as well as guest suites with unique swim-up access. Zilara guests are welcome at the Ziva's water park, too, and there is also an adults-only pool at the Zilara for relaxing away from the little ones.

Beach lovers can, of course, enjoy the private stretch of sand along the coast. The resort provides all the equipment, from beach umbrellas to water sports equipment. Although there is enough to keep you occupied without ever leaving the grounds, there are also several nearby activities, including a zipline adventure park and golf.

The resort features six on-site restaurants, including informal options, and rates are truly all-inclusive, with unlimited food and beverages. Adults will enjoy the fitness center, which includes yoga and fitness classes, as well as personal training, while kids have their own space. Younger children can spend the day at the supervised kids' club, and teens have their own space full of social activities and fun.

Additional resort amenities include nightly live entertainment, karaoke, and a full-service spa; services include babysitting, butler service, and 24-hour room service.

While this is an all-ages resort, the Ziva's adults-only twin, Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana, sits right next door and provides an option for those who prefer a vacation away from kids and teens.

Accommodation: Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

2. Iberostar Grand Bavaro

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Photo Source: Iberostar Grand Bavaro

This adults-only all-inclusive resort is exceptionally elegant, emanating a Mediterranean ambience and refined character. The buildings feature a Romanesque style, and the grounds are meticulously curated to include a central lake and a series of pools that are truly a work of art. Guests can sit in the shade of a private cabana, sun on a chaise while dipping toes in the shallow water, or relax in a hammock next to a winding stretch of cool water.

In addition to a generous buffet, the resort also offers four specialty restaurants, which include American, Italian, Mexican, and Japanese cuisine - and, of course, 24-hour room service. The resort's private beach also has a grill ready to serve up snacks during a day by the sea.

On-site activities include group games and sports, tennis, archery, and group exercise classes. Water activities include, snorkeling, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, water polo, and even scuba lessons in the pool. There is also a full-service spa on-site, and there is golf nearby.

Accommodation: Iberostar Grand Bavaro

3. The Grand Reserve At Paradisus By Melia Palma Real

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Photo Source: The Grand Reserve At Paradisus By Melia Palma Real

The crowning jewel of the Melia resorts, the Grand Reserve is a five-star all-suite resort located on Bávaro beach. Suites each include a private balcony, separate living room with pullout sofa, and soundproofing for privacy; for a special treat, book one of the Swim-Up Suites, which adjoin a private swimming pool.

There are eight restaurants on the property, which represent various international cuisines, and a full fitness program for those who want to stay fit while enjoying the limitless food. Guests can enjoy use of the private beach and complimentary equipment, and there is also a full-service spa on-site.

Part of the Melia family of hotels, The Reserve at Paradisus and the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort are also excellent Punta Cana all-inclusives on Bávaro Beach. The Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is a luxury family resort that includes an adventure park, Family Concierge, and a dozen restaurants. The Reserve at Paradisus is another good family resort in the Melia hotel chain.

Accommodation: The Grand Reserve At Paradisus By Melia Palma Real

4. Majestic Mirage Punta Cana

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Photo Source: Majestic Mirage Punta Cana

The Majestic Mirage is located on Bávaro's Arena Gorda Beach, just a short distance from two water parks and plenty of shopping. There is also a golf course within just a few minutes of the resort, and all-inclusive golf packages are available.

Guest rooms include private balconies, and suites are equipped with private hot-tubs; 24-hour room service is complimentary. The property features a private beach, as well as 13 pools with Bali Beds and sun beds, as well as swim-up snack bars and multiple hot tubs. There is a fitness center with classes, a basketball court, and tennis courts, with pro lessons available for an extra fee.

Other recreation includes complimentary water sports equipment, including kayaks, catamarans, windsurfing, and boogie boards, as well as scuba diving lessons in the pool. There is also a designated teen area that offers a range of games, including darts, pool, and ping-pong.

The resort also features several dining choices and nightly live entertainment.

Accommodation: Majestic Mirage Punta Cana

5. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

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Photo Source: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

Located in Punta Cana's Uvero Alto, this all-inclusive theme resort is a top choice for families with kids of all ages, combining five-star luxury with imagination and all your favorite characters. There are a variety of swim-up suites available, and SpongeBob fans will go crazy for the two-story Pineapple Villa suite, which includes two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and authentic Bikini Bottom décor.

Among the resort's favorite activities is getting slimed - a decades-old Nickelodeon tradition - and kids love the character breakfasts and photo ops with the biggest cartoon stars. In addition to the beach and multiple pools, there is a themed water park with slides, splash zones, and more.

There are multiple themed restaurants on the property, and resort rates also include personal valet service, organized activities day and night, and the supervised Club Nick for ages 4-12, so parents can take a break and enjoy a gourmet meal or a day at the spa.

Accommodation: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

6. Sanctuary Cap Cana

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Photo Source: Sanctuary Cap Cana

This resort on Cap Cana's Juanillo Beach is a stunning property built in a Spanish Colonial style reminiscent of an old fortress, complete with towers. It is an adults-only resort, which features suites with private balconies and an extra bathroom. Guests can also enjoy a half-mile of private beach with a full selection of complimentary beach amenities.

The resort offers multiple restaurants, which feature special diet menus, as well as nightly live entertainment. Property amenities include a heated infinity pool, hot tubs, and a well-equipped fitness center that offers group lessons.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Cap Cana

7. Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

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Photo Source: Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

This massive resort occupies 121 acres along Bávaro Beach, home to an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. In addition to the beach, there are eleven pools, including a designated kids' pool and adult pools, a lazy river, and a water park.

The fitness center has personal and group training, as well as a sauna, and on-site sports including tennis courts. There are nine restaurants to choose from, as well as poolside snacks and 24-hour room service. Entertainment includes nightly live music, and there is plenty to keep the kids occupied between the Kids Club and organized kids' activities. Services like babysitting and butler service are also available.

The resort offers an upgraded all-inclusive option that also includes limitless spa treatments, horseback riding, cruises, snorkeling, offroad tours, cultural tours, and a photo package.

Accommodation: Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana

8. Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa

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Photo Source: Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa

This four-star resort on Playa Juanillo offers more than 450 suites, each featuring marble bathrooms with walk-in showers and giant soaking tubs. Each also comes with floor-to-ceiling windows and either a private balcony or a terrace, and poolside suites are available.

All-inclusive activities include scuba lessons in the infinity pool, snorkeling and other non-motorized water sports, beach and pool volleyball, and even dance lessons. There is both indoor and outdoor entertainment nightly, and the resort hosts weekly theme nights and beach movie night. There is also a full-service spa on site and three world-class golf courses nearby.

Accommodation: Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa

9. Excellence Punta Cana

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Photo Source: Excellence Punta Cana

This five-star adults-only resort is located in the Uvero Alto area close to Rancho Caribeño horseback riding center. This is a favorite spot for couples, known for its romantic atmosphere, and is also a top destination wedding venue. The resort has a full dozen unique restaurants to choose from, plus poolside snack "shacks" that are more like little bistros.

Guests who want to maintain an active lifestyle in posh surroundings will appreciate the huge fitness center, which offers both group-style classes, including yoga, as well as personal training at no additional cost. In addition to a guest-only stretch of white-sand beach, couples can relax by one of the resort's many pools, which are equipped with every amenity for comfort.

Additional services are available for a fee, including treatments and pampering at the full-service Miilé Spa. Guests can also splurge on a Caribbean deep sea fishing excursion or in-ocean scuba diving lessons with experts.

Accommodation: Excellence Punta Cana

10. TRS Cap Cana Hotel

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Photo Source: TRS Cap Cana Hotel

Located in the exclusive Cap Cana area, this adults-only hot spot features luxury suites with private balconies or swim-up terraces, 24-hour room service, and even a 'round the clock personal assistant.

There are four in-house restaurants, including one that serves international cuisine, as well as Japanese and Argentinian restaurants and a beach club, plus swim-up snack bars.

The resort is home to the Palladium Spa & Wellness Centre, which offers complimentary use of the sauna, steam room, fitness center, and hot tubs; spa services and treatments are also available. The resort has two pools, as well as a private secluded beach, each well-equipped with chairs, towels, and umbrellas, as well as shaded cabanas.

There are plenty of activities to choose from, as well as entertainment, including live nightly shows on-site and at its sister hotel, the TRS Turquesa Hotel. Also an adults-only resort, this is a "VIP" all-inclusive luxury resort, which offers butler service and an array of activities including water polo, archery, tennis, and petanque among its many on-site sports.

There are also several exclusive fine restaurants on site, including authentic cuisine from Japan, Italy, India, Argentina, and France, as well as numerous other choices.

Accommodation: TRS Cap Cana Hotel

11. Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

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Photo Source: Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

This adults-only resort on Bávaro Beach offers rooms and suites with private balconies and beach views, as well as 24-hour room service and amenities like a laptop safe and butler service. Guests can enjoy nightly entertainment and a variety of activities, including karaoke, tennis, and group games.

There is a lazy river and multiple pools, as well as poolside snack bars. Beach chairs and umbrellas are complimentary. There is a fitness center with classes, as well as a sauna and hot tubs. For an extra fee, guests can take advantage of the on-site spa and solon services.

Accommodation: Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

12. Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

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Photo Source: Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

Located on the beach at Uvero Alto, this all-suite resort offers a range of all-inclusive options to fit guests' needs. This lovely property features suites with private balconies and complimentary room service. There are multiple pools, including an adults-only pool and an infinity pool, as well as a lazy-river style pool that flows past each guest building.

Guests can enjoy use of the private beach with complimentary beach umbrellas and chairs, as well as water sports equipment like canoes and fishing. There is also a fitness center with classes, and guests can take advantage of amenities at the resort's nearby sister properties as well.

Accommodation: Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana

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