The Best Hotels in the Dominican Republic
Collected by Gail Harrington , AFAR Local Expert
Along its Atlantic and Caribbean coastlines and in its mountainous interior, the Dominican Republic rolls out the welcome mat for all types of travelers. Whether you feel most at home in a clifftop villa with a private butler, a treehouse in the jungle, or a thatched-roof bungalow on a pristine beach, you’ll find your ideal hotel on this magical island.
El Morro Hotel, Carretera El Morro, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
Near the Dominican Republic’s northwestern border with Haiti, the city of Montecristo, and El Morro National Park, this 12-room lodge makes a great base for exploring subtropical forestland and boating through mangroves. Warm woods, neutral...
Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic
Nestled on beautiful Playa Dorado in Puerto Plata, this elegant hotel features 50 stylish suites, complete with neutral decor, flowering orchids, and private furnished balconies. Some suites can be connected, but for even more space book the...
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
At this luxury resort on the Dominican Republic’s lush northern coast, 25 clifftop casitas (one with two bedrooms and 13 with swimming pools) sit 60 feet above a mile-long stretch of Playa Grande. Each one features floor-to-ceiling windows...
Calle Paseo del Sol 5, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic
A Chilean couple runs this small hotel overlooking an untouched beach on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast, halfway between the towns of Sosúa and Cabarete. They built the property one bungalow at a time, adding a swimming pool...
Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic
Located on the Samaná Peninsula, 300 feet above Playa Cosón and the Atlantic Ocean, this 18th-century, plantation-style home impresses with Victorian trim and wraparound terraces perfect for sipping cocktails in the shade. Inside,...
Next to Cascada Lulu Waterfall., El Valle-Rincon Trail, 32000, Dominican Republic
Live out your Swiss Family Robinson dreams at this small resort, where rope bridges and jungle paths connect 22 treehouses to a main lodge and restaurant serving fresh, organic produce harvested nearby. The treehouses are all set above the tree...
Isla Cayo Levantado, s/n, Samana 32000, Dominican Republic
A tiny island in Samaná Bay, Cayo Levantado has three beaches but just one place to stay—an all-inclusive resort that’s surrounded by green. While the island isn’t private, it feels exclusive because the resort facilities...
Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Provincia La Altagracia, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Fifteen minutes south of the Puntacana Resort & Club, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the most exclusive of the six hotels in the gated Cap Cana Reserve. At this Relais & Châteaux property, guests have their choice of beachfront suites with...
Playa Blanca at Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23300, Dominican Republic
From the porte-cochère entry at the Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, you’ll catch an inviting first glimpse of coconut palms, manicured grass, and a long swimming pool that seems to end at the sea. The view only gets better...
Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Designed by Oscar de la Renta, who was also a guiding force in the original vision for Puntacana Resort, Tortuga Bay Hotel has 13 freestanding villas comprising 30 suites, each with Frette linens, a kitchenette, and a balcony or terrace with views...
Carr La Romana - Higuey, La Romana 22000, Dominican Republic
Located on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic near the city of La Romana, Casa de Campo has its own international airport and a Portofino-like marina for guests arriving by yacht. It’s also home to an equestrian club, a...
Calle Padre Billini No. 252, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
At this luxury collection of six historic homes—some from the 16th century—guests can book a bedroom or an entire house, all within blocks of Santo Domingo’s most important attractions. You won’t find out which room or home...
Cuidad Colonial, Calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this hotel was the home of Hispaniola’s first governor, Nicolás de Ovando, and one of the first colonial structures built at the top of cobbled Calle Las Damas (the first paved street in the Americas)....
Km. 17 Carretera de la Costa, Bahoruco, Barahona, Barahona 81000, Dominican Republic
Originally a private summer home, Casa Bonita is now a beautiful 12-room resort run by the third generation of the Schiffino family. Located on the Dominican Republic’s southwestern coast near the town of Barahona, the property was...
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