Most Romantic Beach Resorts in the Dominican Republic

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Paris, Venice and Rome have long been held as having the perfect ambiance for love and passion. While that may be true, we feel that nothing fuels the fire of romance like having your toes buried in soft white sand, ocean waves quietly lapping at your feet and the sky ablaze with color as the crimson sun slips below the distant horizon.

Hard to disagree with, isn’t it?

That’s why the idyllic tropical setting of the Dominican Republic gets our vote as one of the top destinations for romance. We’ve compiled a list of the most romantic places to stay on this dazzling half of Hispaniola.

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Tortuga Bay at Punta Cana Resort & Club

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Tortuga Bay Hotel at Punta Cana Resort & Club was designed with vision and care for even the smallest detail by famed fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta. For starters, he designed the entirety of this impressive 1500-acre reserve, its 13 villas and the Oscar de la Renta boutique on-site—the first of its kind at any resort. This resort’s private beach may be the most beautiful in Punta Cana and it sits out your front door, across a few steps of finely-manicured grass. Enjoy nothing but the soothing sound of waves at night here, this peaceful retreat is far from cities and nightlife. Choose a spacious villa with ocean views and one, two, three or four bedrooms, each complete with elegant decor, a kitchenette, Frette linens, dazzling stone bathrooms and a personal golf cart for exploring the property. At Tortuga Bay you’re either on the beach or looking at it, no matter which villa you occupy.

Visit the Caribbean’s only Six Senses Spa on the premises for a rejuvenating spa experience—you can even arrange a treatment in the privacy of your room. The on-site Bamboo Restaurant serves up gourmet food with a complimentary continental breakfast. In addition to the resort many perks like free WiFi, 24-hour room service, swimming pool and fitness center, the resort’s proximity to PUJ airport allows their “VIP Whisking Service.” Enjoy accelerated processing through customs on arrival and a personal escort to Tortuga Bay, just 10 minutes away. Finally, Tortuga Bay should also be singled out for its ongoing conservation efforts, winning it the 2014 World Travel Award for being the “Caribbean’s Leading Green Resort.”

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Le Sivory Punta Cana Hotel

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Book a suite at Le Sivory Punta Cana Hotel if you’re looking for the ultimate romantic getaway at a truly boutique hotel with an all-inclusive dining plan. This recently renovated adults-only escape has AAA Diamond Award status and a backdrop straight from a tropical movie set. Prepare for nothing less than extravagance during your stay—spacious suites with classy Caribbean decor, WiFi, jacuzzis on the terrace, bathtubs and showers for two and most important, beachfront or ocean views. Little touches like complimentary bug spray in rooms, towel art and flowers reveal Le Sivory staff go above and beyond for guests. There’s no early rising to reserve a sunbed or umbrella at this residence. The large, private beach has golden sand and ample amenities for all guests to enjoy—even though it’s unlikely you’ll see more than a few fellow beachgoers.

Gastronomically, Le Sivory is a culinary delight. The award-winning chef, Cristian Matias Baez created varied menus for the hotels three restaurants. In addition, you can dine with your toes in the sand at Palapa Beach Restaurant or sip tropical cocktails at the two pool bars. Escape to the light and airy spa, surrounded by nature, for a soothing massage or take advantage of the complimentary dry sauna and whirlpool baths for the duration of your stay. By the time you’re packing your bags, you’ll remember the staff by name and want this hotel to stay your little secret.

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Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Experience pure bliss at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana with its Unlimited-Luxury® all-inclusive plan. Gourmet dining options, top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room service and limitless resort activities—and that’s barely scratching the surface. On your romantic escape, you’ll lounge in Balinese beds with dazzling ocean views, take complimentary Spanish and dance classes, indulge in aromatherapy massages and more. The 464 luxurious rooms offer king-size or double beds, marble bathrooms, balconies with a hydrotub and complimentary minibars that are refreshed daily. Five restaurants and six bars on site mean you’ll won’t tire of the menu and your taste buds will get a vacation from the ordinary as well.

You’ll never grow bored at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana—lounge by the pool or on the beach with wait service, paddleboard, kayak, play beach volleyball, windsurf and watch movies on the beach or live shows at the indoor theater. You’ll also find weekly events like theme nights, the Dominican Tianguis market, a nightclub and a foam party. In addition to the many included activities, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana has proximity to five golf courses and a casino just next door.

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Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro sits right on peaceful Arena Gorda Beach with 600 rooms and 12 villas laid out perfectly to give both families and couples the space they need. The inviting rooms all have a balcony or terrace, 24-hour room service and a mini-bar, but you won’t be spending much time indoors. The palm tree-lined beach and two swimming pools—plus one just for children—have ample loungers and wait staff takes care of anything else you need.

The resort’s live entertainment, on-site discotheque, kids’ club, Renova Spa and array of included water and land sports ensure your vacation is full of both relaxation and activity. Three buffets and five international à la carte restaurants keep everyone satisfied, even the pickiest eaters—plus, the bars serve ice cream and snacks all day! The exclusive villas with access to two private pools and bars are perfect for adults looking for a little extra privacy. In fact, this resort has six conference rooms with a 1000-person capacity for those planning a business retreat or meeting.

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Hotel Riu Palace Macao

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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The setting is a dream—a quiet enclave on Arena Gorda providing postcard-perfect views of palm trees and a cerulean coast. Hotel Riu Palace Macao’s all-inclusive program includes Dominican and international cuisine, unlimited premium-branded drinks, access to world-class amenities like the fresh-water swimming pool and the opportunity to try gymnastics, windsurfing, sailing and more. All the rooms are tastefully styled with modern decor, plush bedding, minibars and flat-screen TVs, but if you really want to rejuvenate, book the Jacuzzi Suite.

The fitness center and Renova Spa are just a walk away at RIU Palace Bavaro should you need to expend some energy or indulge in a massage or beauty treatment. Kids aren’t allowed on the premises, but guests are encouraged to get in touch with their inner-child—RIU Hotels and Resorts guests get free admission to Splash Water World in Punta Cana.

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Viva Wyndham V Samana

Samana, Dominican Republic

Viva Wyndham V Samana effortlessly puts everything you need for a stress-free vacation at your fingertips—and at no additional cost. This all-inclusive, adults-only resort thought of everything, not to mention the stunning property practically melts worries on arrival. Renovated rooms with calming earth tones and wood grains make each a cozy escape in addition to WiFi, 24-hour room service and turndown service. Wind down with a yoga class or easy bike ride throughout the property before a cooling dip in the breathtaking infinity pool. Allow experts to melt your worries away at Coconut Whispers Spa with a couples massage and fresh coconut drinks.

The on-site fusion, seafood and Mediterranean a la carte restaurants never require reservations and the modern cocktail lounge and juice bar serve up beverages for any time of day. Choose your daily adventure with hiking the lush surroundings, kayaking or beach volleyball on the menu. With Coson Beach right outside you’re door, you’ll soak up plenty of sun with your top-shelf cocktail of choice in hand. This is what it means to vacation at Viva Wyndham V Samana.

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Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Having a great adults-only vacation isn’t always about a secluded romantic getaway or a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Sometimes it’s about finding the perfect destination to both bond with old friends and make new ones. Enter Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa, a great place for couples, groups and intrepid solo travelers to make memories that will last a lifetime. Brightly colored, Caribbean decor and balconies with whirlpools make every room inviting whether it has ocean or pool views.

Guests can expect mingling by the pool at one of the many DJ parties and oceanfront bars, relaxation on the beach from the vantage of a private cabana and rejuvenation in the world-class spa by Pevonia while enjoying the “Ultimate Luxury” all-inclusive experience. The resort’s eleven gourmet dining options never require reservations and around-the-clock room service means both breakfast in bed and late night snacks are never an inconvenience.

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