Besides sun and sand—and a direct flight from Newark’s Liberty International Airport—the province of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic boasts hundreds of resorts, making it hard to pick just one. So here are a few of our favorites.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is a playground unto itself. As you set foot in the lobby, you’ll know they mean business—the party business, that is.
With the rock ‘n’ roll pumping and the cocktails flowing, this luxury all-inclusive is at the top of many party-goers’ and honeymooners’ lists.
The suites here are impressive—modern, spacious and complete with your own balcony, soaking tub and liquor dispenser.
The casino boasts of being the Caribbean’s best, and top headliners are frequently in concert here. With nine restaurants, 24-hour room service (included!), 23 bars and lounges, and the Oro nightclub, you will never get bored.
There are 13 pools, with the adults-only Eden Pool, being the main attraction with its live deejay and Bali beds.
And then don’t forget the beach, golf, the spa, miniature golf and countless day trips—swimming with dolphins, catamaran sails, beach horseback riding, snorkeling with sting rays and beach buggy rides. You just may need a vacation from your vacation after honeymooning here! Rates start at $426 per couple per night, all-inclusive. 855-537-4129.
Paradisus by Melia offers a number of luxury all-inclusive resorts at incredible values. Paradisus Punta Cana Resort has the feel of old-school Caribbean with its thatched roofs and palapas on the beach, whereas Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa has a more modern vibe with its impressive architecture and day beds all in white.
Both have wonderful dining options and gorgeous beaches. Book a room in the adults-only Royal Service area with your own private butler and reserved pool and beach areas or in the quiet and serene Reserve, with swim-up rooms. Rates start at $255. 888-956-3542.