This jewel in the Caribbean has it all from white water rafting, whale watching, and waterfall climbing to ecotourism, parasailing, surfing, and windsurfing, there is no end to the offerings of this small island located on the path of the sun.
The Dominican Republic as an island is packed with colonial history and culture plus of course the endless white beaches – the perfect place for first class luxe holiday with amazing service.
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Mention the Dominican Republic, and visions of Punta Cana, golf courses, mobsters and seemingly endless white-sand beaches come to mind. But there’s much more to this island nation. Home to the Western Hemisphere’s first European city, the charmingly Spanish Santo Domingo, this tropical destination has all the culture of neighbouring Puerto Rico, as well as the outdoor adventurousness of Costa Rica. Up north, Las Terrenas and the other charming beach towns of the Samaná Peninsula attract a more low-key beach crowd, with easy access to thick jungles, vivid coral reefs and activities like white-water rafting and whale watching. Beyond Santo Domingo, the country’s wild southern reaches are home to large swathes of biosphere reserves and national parks, untamed rainforests and unspoilt beaches where the locals go to escape foreign tourists.
Casas del XVI Dominican Republic (More Information & Booking)
The Dominican Republic’s Casas del XVI hotel woos visitors away from the beach for a time-travelling stay in 16th-century settlement and Unesco World Heritage site Colonial City, in Santo Domingo. These city-centre casas, with Spanish-tile floors and palm-shaded courtyards (one with a swimming pool), are attended by personal mayordomos (butlers) who will make you feel as pampered as a member of the Spanish noblesse.
Sublime Samana Dominican Republic (More Information & Booking)
Basking on the sandy shores of the Samana Peninsula, Sublime Samana hotel is a natural fit for this secluded stretch of the Dominican Republic. What makes this spot truly sublime? The proof is in the details. Twenty modern, spacious suites in white gleam against a backdrop of tropical terrain and turquoise skies. Beyond the private beach, Samana has pro-worthy tennis courts, fine dining, a sumptuous oceanfront spa and a show-stopping swimming pool on its vast, palm fringed grounds.
Casa Bonita Dominican Republic (More Information & Booking)
Originally a family estate on the Dominican Republic’s rugged and jungle-covered southern coast, Casa Bonita hotel strikes the perfect balance between eco-conscious clean living and tropical luxury. The hundreds of acres now boast an organic garden that supplies the restaurant, private canopy tours just for guests and Caribbean Sea views from every room.
Playa Grande Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
You’d be forgiven for thinking Playa Grande’s miles of soft sand were the preserve of slothful sunbathers – but you’d be wrong, as the world-renowned golf course makes the beach a putter’s heaven. The Dominican Republic’s northern coast is populated with super-swish resorts nestled in pristine Caribbean jungle. The wide, white-sand shores may be busy, but you’ll never feel crowded under the swaying palms, as attentive beach-boys dash to your side with cocktails, towels and cushions. Brave the surf for a swim, and when the waves get too wild, retreat to the beach restaurant for a fresher-than-fresh seafood lunch. For a change of scene, head to nearby Puerto Plata to admire the 16th-century Fortaleza San Felipe, a Spanish fortress that’s now a treasure trove of historic and military relics.
Amanera Dominican Republic (More Information & Booking)
We don’t normally contemplate carrying out diamond heists or Machiavellian manoeuvres, but if they’d result in a life lived at luxury hotel Amanera in the Dominican Republic, they’d be well worth it. Crime-justifying charms here include: a jaw-drop Playa Grande perch, cliffhanger casitas with contemporary good looks, an Aman spa, two restaurants and more adventure activities than a superhero would know what to do with. There’s even a well-stocked cigar lounge, so you can go home proficient in the art of rolling your own gangster smokes.