Best 5-star all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic

The best 5* hotels in the Dominican Republic is a very hot topic and a frequent request from our subscribers right now. And it is understandable, the Dominican Republic is in the top warm destinations this year. A lot of charters, hot tours, you do not need a visa, tests and vaccinations to enter the country, and most importantly – a perfect beach picture, the warm ocean, the sun and +30 in the air and winter and summer.

Iberostar Selection Bavaro 5 stars

Wins first and foremost with the food and the beach. This is a huge plus of this hotel. The food here is chic, there is a lot of it, it is different and delicious. Fruits, pastries, desserts. Fish, seafood, different types of meat, jamon, cheeses. And it is the main restaurant, and there is also a la carte (go for sure to the Greek and Japanese, book conveniently through a special hotel app for your phone). Alcohol is good – wine, beer, cocktails.

The beach is perfect, if you compare with any others in Punta Cana. White sand and clear ocean. The same picture of the bounty that you definitely dreamed of. But there are waves here and they are always there, the Atlantic.

The hotel is green, well-groomed, with cute animals on the territory – flamingos, ducks, parrots, peacocks, turtles. Vacationers can walk in the neighboring hotels chain – Iberostar Punta Cana and Dominican.

Of entertainment on the territory there are swimming pools, children’s mini water park. Mini-disco, morning and afternoon sports activities, evening shows and live music.

And yet here is supported by the eco-concept – vending machines with water, which you can pour into reusable glass bottles, no tubes and plastic cups. There is a special house where they grow corals to restore the population.

By the way, the entire hotel consists of villas – two-story houses for 8 rooms.

Minuses you should be aware of:

  • outdated rooms,
  • difficult to catch a free sun lounger on the beach.

Coral Level At Iberostar Selection Bavaro 5*

Coral Level is a special area inside the Iberostar Selection Bavaro with premium service, its own restaurant for breakfast and lunch, pool with a view and its own deck chairs on the beach (always free).

Iberostar Grand Bavaro 5 stars

The more expensive Iberostar hotel in Punta Cana and it is adults only. Everything here is on the highest level! Not for nothing this hotel has such a high rating by reviews – 5 out of 5, the top of all ratings.

A great option for a holiday for two, without kids. Calm friendly atmosphere and caring staff. Rooms are updated and clean, there is a concierge to help with everything. The beach is gorgeous. Access to the entire area Iberostar Bavaro and neighboring hotels set, there is also the main animation.

Riu Palace Punta Cana 5*

The best hotel in the Riu chain in Punta Cana for family vacations. The rooms are clean, everything is fresh, there is a coffee machine and a mini bar. Praise the food in the restaurants, the abundance of fruit, the quality of the alco, the animation and the staff.

The beach is beautiful, with waves. Umbrellas are not present, instead of them palm trees – there is a shade. If you suddenly get to a period of algae, then clean them here promptly. And you can always walk a little to the side on a wide beach promenade in the nearby Riu.

Riu Republica 18+

A five-star hotel for adults only. The hotel is perfect for adults, for those who like to party, have fun and drink alcohol. Very young, noisy and sometimes provocative. The newest of the Riu chain and quite popular this season.

The beach is like a picture, the food is good. But the best part is the non-stop holiday feeling, the incendiary music. From morning till late evening.

Cons

  • Already tired rooms,
  • not always clean pools.
  • Well, not everyone is ready for endless fun at the hotel.

As a side note. Be prepared that in many hotels on weekends for the weekend come the locals. Immediately it gets crowded – in the restaurants, on the beaches, at the front desk. This story is not about any particular hotel, but about almost all good 4-5* hotels.

Grand Bavaro Princess 5*

A hotel that both adults and children will love. It is located in Bavaro on White Sands Beach. There is a large casino and nightclub for adults, and cute animals for children, loitering at ease throughout the hotel like a big park. Kids are supervised during the day at the mini club, and parents can relax.

The beach is beautiful as in previous hotels. There are waves, but here they are less than on the beach of Arena Gorda. But the algae here can be noticeably more (it is impossible to predict their infestation).

If you want to live without algae and waves, choose the Caribbean coast of Bayahibe.

The hotel Bavaro Princess has recently been renovated, so the rooms are fresh and the furniture is new.

It is possible to pay extra and get platinum bracelets. This accommodation in special buildings (they are newer and all with a good view), first-class restaurants, own reception, concierge and overall excellence in everything. A separate fenced area on the beach. Cheaper by the way immediately make out through the tour operator Platinum Club – choose the category of accommodation VIP Suite.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana 5*.

Decent hotel for the wealthy and demanding. The food is delicious, made of quality products and beautifully served, can be ordered in the room, room service is free. Holidaymakers mostly Americans, locals come on weekends, few Russians.

Rooms are huge, with Jacuzzi, beds are comfortable and large, beautiful terraces.

The beach is beautiful, Arena Gorda is white, the ocean is turquoise, waves always. There is a section of beach 18+ and a children’s section fenced in with breakwaters.

There is a nice gym. Swimming pool with bar, pool for relaxing, with Jacuzzi, with polo, children’s pool. In the evenings entertainment and concerts. The largest casino in the Dominican Republic and there is a nightclub ORO. There is always a choice in everything, how you will rest, and this is a huge plus of the hotel.

Eden Roc Cap Cana 5*

In fact, this is where the Atlantic Ocean ends and the gentle and algae-free Caribbean Sea begins. A little bit about the hotel – it is expensive, the most expensive luxury option. Good for a honeymoon or a respectable relaxing holiday with the family.

It is very beautiful, romantic, bohemian and secluded. No one will disturb your rest and it will seem that everything in the hotel is just for you.

There are very few suites and villas, so the hotel is often on hold.

▶ And now the top hotels in the Caribbean.

The best hotels on the Caribbean coast of Dominica

The Caribbean coast has beautiful views, the same white sand, the sea without waves and almost always without algae. And this is a serious advantage over Punta Cana.

Iberostar Selection Hacienda Dominicus 5*

There is a chic beach with a lighthouse and a cozy area with local animals and birds, all buildings in the colonial style.

For a holiday at sea with children in my opinion is ideal in the Dominican Republic. If you put the sea and nature in the first place. In the rest there is tranquility. Animation is – in the daytime on the beach, in the evening in the hotel. But as a whole lovers of movements and noisy entertainments can get bored.

Disadvantages

  • The problem with free sun beds on the beach
  • Not such a wide choice of food in the restaurant, as in other hotels of the network in Punta Cana.

Hotels Hilton La Romana 5 *

Some of the best hotels in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean.

The one at the Resort & Waterpark is part of a family-friendly hotel with a new children’s waterpark. There is an option to pay extra for premium service with a private pool, beach area and access to restaurants. The hotel itself is fairly new, opening in 2018.

There is a Hilton La Romana Adult Only, renovated in 2020. Breakfasts and lunches are in a special buffet restaurant, for dinner it’s best to choose the a la carte restaurant (no appointment access) to avoid dining at the main family Hilton restaurant.

The choice of food in both hotels is excellent (fruit, jamon, meat, fish, cheeses, etc.), the alcohol is imported and of good quality. Entertainment in the evenings there is – live music, DJs, but in general as in all hotels in Bajaiba not so cheerful as it can be in Punta Cana.

By the way the beach is better in the “family” Hilton, there is a nicer entrance. In some places the adult part is stony, besides it is adjacent to a public beach, which on weekends is quite crowded and noisy. Please note that the hotel is in a bay, from which there are excursion boats to Saona.

▶ By the way, there are good four-star hotels on Dominicus Beach. So if your budget is limited, take a closer look at them when planning your trip to the Dominican:

Four-star hotels

Catalonia Gran Dominicus 4*

with the most beautiful beach. Yes, a 4-star hotel, but better than many five-star hotels. One of those hotels when only positive reviews. Just step on the beach and you will understand why.

It is so beautiful here that the first few days you can’t even believe it’s really happening to you. The color of the water is incredible, the sand is tiny and caressing, palm trees are pleasing to the eye, and in the sea a little closer to the buoys are already waiting for the curious fish in the coral reef. And many say that holidaymakers in this hotel do not need an excursion to Saona, here the beach is even better and you every day as in paradise. Can you imagine?

The rooms and service are minor flaws, but the sea overrides everything. At the same time, the food at the hotel is delicious, and the animation lights up.

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace 4*

Another very worthy place in Bahiaib for a perfect beach vacation in the Dominican Republic. Those who are looking for sea in the first place will definitely like it here. Photos of local sunsets will occupy the memory of your phone.

There are shows and animation in the hotel, but everything is quite simple. The next hotel in the chain – Dominicus Beach – is more cheerful, there are more young people, but the hotel itself, food and atmosphere are worse. In general, the area is shared, and you can walk everywhere.

The food at Palace is ok, it’s delicious. There is always seafood, all kinds of meat, ripe fruits. Papaya, guava, pineapples, melons, watermelons are delicious. There are a la carte restaurants, common to Palace and Beach.

The best hotels on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic

In the north of the Dominican Republic are such resort areas as Samana and Puerto Plata. Here is the real Dominican Republic, where there is more authenticity, local color. After the popular Punta Cana, you will find yourself as if in another country.

What features you need to know about the resort area of Puerto Plata first of all. Here the yellow sand, often strong waves and the depth is already near the shore. In winter it is colder and noticeably humid.

Be Live Collection Marien 5*

In general a good hotel for its price category. The food is good, varied and tasty. The beach is beautiful with yellowish-gray sand, there are waves and lulls. Come for the ocean and excursions in this part of the Dominican Republic. If you want parties and movement in the hotel, there is nothing of that kind, the animation is also weak. The rooms need updating.

Important: Pay attention to the airport you are going to. If it is Puerto Plata airport, it’s ok, the transfer to the hotels will take 20-30 minutes. From the airport Samana already 3-3,5 hours, and from Punta Cana and La Romana long 5-7 hours.

Casa Marina Beach & Reef 3*

Note also a good three Casa Marina Beach & Reef 3* in Sosua near Puerto Plato, which may even be better than the previous five! The beach is public, but there is an area with hotel free sunbeds. The entrance is not gentle, the depths begin quickly. For the food at the hotel and the evening dance shows you can definitely put a fat plus.

Our selection of the best hotels doesn’t include options on the Samaná Peninsula. That’s because there are simply no perfect hotels here. A popular hotel among travel agents is the all-inclusive Grand Paradise Samana 4*, but unfortunately this year we met strongly negative reviews about it (there are bad reviews already in 2022, don’t book this hotel! 🟠).

That said, Samana is an incredible beautiful place – nature, white sand beaches (here is the most beautiful beach in the Dominican Republic – Rincon), waterfalls, whales, but so far untamed and with a modest hotel base.

New hotels in the Dominican Republic 5 stars

Lopesan Costa Bavaro 5*

Very nice, instagrammatic, on the beach of Bavaro. Opened in 2019. The coastline is amazingly beautiful. Waves are noticeably less than at Arena Gorda Beach, but there may be more seaweed (if there is any during this period).


There is an Adults Only Club with its own facilities and a Unique Club with premium facilities and an enclosed area on the beach with its own bar.

The hotel has swimming pools and water park with slides, restaurants and bars for every taste. The rooms are new, stylish, with a beautiful view of the ocean (Junior Suite Ocean). The food is excellent, and the choice is huge, every day.

Of the minuses – periodic queues in the restaurant and a problem with sun beds on the beach, they are not enough.

Tropical Deluxe Princess 5*

Tropical Deluxe Princess 5* in Punta Cana opened after renovation in fall 2021. The hotel is located as if in a park, everything is immersed in greenery, well-kept and beautiful. The rooms are freshly renovated, plumbed and furnished.

The hotel is good for a holiday with children – there is a small water park, animation, children’s playground, suitable food in the restaurant. The hotel is good for children – there is a small aquapark, children’s playground, suitable food in the restaurant. And here the adult animation by reviews is very light, but as the hotel is just opened, it is possible that everything will improve over time.

Dreams Macao 5*

A stylish new hotel on the beach in Macao, opening in 2020.

Nuances. Macao has yellow sand that heats up in the sun (unlike the white in Bavaro). There are real ocean waves, there are surf schools. There is nothing behind the hotel, as the beach is almost wild. There are a few inconspicuous cafes, where you can eat freshly cooked seafood inexpensively.