Best Wedding Hotels in the Dominican Republic

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Nowadays, one out of four US couples decides to tie the knot outside of their hometown. A growing part of this trend is destination weddings. They give the bride and groom a few days—instead of just a few hours—with their closest friends and family, experienced planning teams that know exactly how to put together the perfect wedding and a stress-free atmosphere to relax and enjoy their special day.

A wedding in the tropics means splashes of colorful flowers, salty ocean breezes and sparkling sunshine. Head to the Dominican Republic for a dreamlike wedding you’ll remember for years to come.

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Sublime Samaná Hotel & Residences

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Picture palm trees, elegant cabanas and sleek minimalist design supporting nature as the star of the show at this hotel nestled right on Coson Beach. Sublime Samaná Hotel & Residences’ spread of different-sized suites and casitas make it the perfect vacation spot for families and couples. All accommodations were designed by native architect Antonio Segundo Imbert and include a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and terrace or balcony. Tranquility abounds with carefully-designed separate family and adults-only pool areas alongside a flawless beach.

Dine on gourmet cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients at the Beachside Grill Palapa and open-air Bistro Restaurant or arrange a candle-lit dinner on the beach.  Weekly complimentary yoga and meditation classes help keep you in a tranquil state of mind the duration of your stay while resort-recommended excursions keep your blood pumping with new experiences. Pamper yourself at Coconut Whispers Spa with a spa or beauty treatment like a couple’s cabin, temazcal, Vichy shower or massage—nothing melts routine worries away like soaking in a flower-filled tub.

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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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Viva Wyndham Tangerine Resort

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Courtesy of Viva Resorts

Welcome to Viva Wyndham Tangerine, where 314 guest rooms welcome extreme sports enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. At this all-inclusive resort, location is everything. Not only are you right on Cabarete Beach with colorful kites decorating the horizon, but you’re also just a 10-minute walk from downtown Cabarete where you’ll find shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

The cozy rooms or “All Together Rooms” for families, all have beachy decor, flat-screen TVs and ocean or garden views. When it comes to activities here, you’re spoiled for choice—two freshwater pools, windsurfing, kitesurfing, beach volleyball and tennis are just some of the outdoor offerings. There’s also a spa, discotheque, theatre, kid’s’ club and theme nights. As far as dining goes, your all-inclusive package covers unlimited cocktails, food and drinks at the four on-site restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling, active getaway or a relaxing family vacation, Viva Wyndham Tangerine has you covered.

Want to host a wedding ceremony or business gathering with Cabarete Beach as the backdrop? Viva Wyndham’s expert staff is ready to make it happen. The all-inclusive experience at this deluxe resort is ideal for large groups with a plethora of dining and activity options to keep everyone happy during downtime. With three event rooms—the largest measuring 7,198 square feet—a banquet hall, outdoor space and a reliable team more than eager to make guests’ dream plans into a reality, there’s no denying the Tangerine’s appeal as a venue for meetings and conferences.

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The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana Resort

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Courtesy of Meliá Hotels & Resorts

Part of a larger resort complex, the Reserve is a more upscale offering from Paradisus. Plan your stay here and expect unparalleled comfort in one of the Dominican Republic’s most luxurious all-inclusive properties, right in prime Bavaro Beach, so there will be no shortage of fun in the sun. Once you’re all checked in, you’ll be able to take in a number of amenities, including live entertainment, several swimming pools, a top-of-the-line spa and eight dining options on premises.

The Reserve is also ideal for bringing the whole gang along, little ones included. Not only does the resort boast the Kids Zone and a separate swimming pool section just for families, but it also offers special Family Concierge suites that provide extra space and services—like milk and cookies turn-down service—that keep guests of all ages in mind. Rooms, in general, are spacious and pristine, sporting impressive marble bathrooms with jetted tubs and balconies.

The dining options impress as well. The Gabi Club is the main buffet-style restaurant with exciting and diverse options all day, but more intimate a la carte options are available too, including Aqua, La Palapa and the upscale Passion.

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Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana – All Inclusive

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Courtesy of AMResorts

Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana is a lush property that welcomes everybody but seems more geared toward couples—staff even says “Welcome home” upon your arrival. This resort features a private beach that doesn’t have the blaring music and haranguing peddlers often seen in resort areas. While children are welcome, there are few incentives for them here. Pool areas aren’t crowded and tend to be on the quieter side.

Suites and bedrooms are splendorous, with rustic, luxurious décor. Soaking tubs and rainfall showers in the bathrooms only sweeten the experience, which often includes terraces and a treehouse feel. The spa and fitness center are full-service and stunning, offering many classes and services—plus you receive a complimentary 20-minute wellness treatment. Between 24-hour room service and a limited guest count (only 96 suites in total), on-site eateries are rarely crowded, with five restaurants to choose from offering European, international, Caribbean and Italian cuisines. Drinks are included and feature top-shelf spirits all the way. Outdoor activities like kayaking, yoga, snorkeling and cooking classes are included in the all-inclusive package but for an additional cost you can golf, horseback ride and fish.

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