The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean, thanks to its easy accessibility and surfeit of hotels with relatively low prices.
As for the main reason to choose a Dominican Republic honeymoon — the beaches — they couldn’t be more beautiful. The water is warm, clear, and a lovely shade of turquoise. The sand varies from sugary white to coarser gold, but it is always comfortable for walking or lounging.
Many Hotels to Choose From
Resorts vary in quality and in terms of physical attractiveness and the level of service and amenities they provide. A building boom supported by large hotel companies — some European, some Dominican — resulted in the erection of a number of mega-hotels with up to a thousand rooms. That should make discerning honeymoon couples pay close attention to choosing where to stay and whether they will feel crowded or overwhelmed in lodgings that size.
If that gives you the jitters, know that there are others that offer luxury, albeit at a higher price. For couples who can afford to splurge on a Dominican Republic honeymoon, paying extra to get the finest in service, accommodations, and amenities is well worth it.
The two airports in the island’s southeastern region — where most couples visit — are La Romana and Punta Cana, and they're both clean, safe, and tourist-friendly.
Like most Caribbean islands, there’s not a lot to do on a Dominican Republic honeymoon. Therefore, choosing a resort that has the right ambiance is important. In most cases, a couple won’t even leave the premises, so look for on-site restaurants, water sports, and other options to your liking before making a choice. Where you stay can make the difference between a fabulous honeymoon and a disappointing one.
Jewel in the Crown
Casa de Campo. There's simply no place like this resort anywhere. Stretching for 7,000 acres that hug the sunny southeastern shore, Casa de Campo exists as a world-within-a-world in the town of La Romana. Just over a two-hour flight from Miami, the colossal resort’s variety of recreational activities is unmatched. The daily activity program offers everything from zip-lining above the rainforest to merengue lessons.
Sun-worshipers have a choice of beaches; for couples, there's nothing like Playita, on a private island that can be reserved for a day and guaranteed complete seclusion. Casa de Campo also offers equestrian activities, from trail rides across tropical forests and sugarcane fields to dressage lessons.
La Romana’s major attraction, Altos de Chavón in Casa de Campo is a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village perched on a high plateau above the Chavón River. Conceived as a cultural center and built with cobblestone streets and alleys, decorative carvings and wrought iron that evoke bygone craftsmanship, it invariably charms visitors.
Welcome to Punta Cana
At Punta Cana International Airport, passengers walk off the plane and into an open-air building with a thatched roof in which performers in native garb are singing. A matron makes sure the ladies room is clean and safe.
Sivory Punta Cana. The antidote to mega all-inclusive resorts, Sivory offers a boutique hotel experience and European Plan dining as opposed to all-inclusive meals. This intimate, 55-suite resort epitomizes serenity and sophistication with its friendly, polite staff, elegant furnishings, and first-rate restaurants. While children are permitted, the resort is explicit about its services being geared toward adults, especially couples. As guests, you will be treated to many special touches. There will be champagne and fresh fruit waiting in your room.
A pre-breakfast of coffee and croissants will magically appear outside your door in the morning and chocolates will be delivered at night.
Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resorts
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro is a luxurious, adults-only all-inclusive that receives the highest rankings from guests. It's part of a larger Iberostar complex, and you can access the restaurants and facilities at its family-friendly resorts — but those guests aren't permitted on this property. As reporter Karen Loftus wrote, "At your stunning, mature resort, instead of kids, you can actually hear the waves break." And is it ever romantic: "While you enjoy a romantic dinner, your bath butler will adorn your bubbly, aromatic whirlpool with roses and candles."
Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana is also highly rated, and you can amp up the romance with a sweetener such as a candlelit dinner served in your suite or on your private terrace. Afterward, relax in a romantic sunken bath for two, dry off, and romp on your king-size bed dressed in luxurious linens.
Excellence Punta Cana is an all-inclusive resort that offers the typical amenities of an all-inclusive without the annoying party atmosphere. Its 452 suites are located in pastel-colored buildings with four-poster beds, whirlpool tubs and separate showers, private patios or balconies. The spa includes treatment rooms for couples, an outdoor oceanfront area, a 15-person whirlpool, plunge pools, saunas, steam rooms, and a spa bar.
Paradisus Punta Cana is spread across nearly 100 acres and is so large that guests are transported around in a tram golf cart. Half the grounds are gardens, and there are five adult-only swimming pools at this family-friendly resort. All of the 694 rooms have a balcony or terrace. The spa, Yhi Spa specializes in treatments that combine elements of fire, water, earth, and air, such as massage under the stars.