Best Beach Hotels in the Dominican Republic

A team of Oyster reporters spent weeks exploring 82 hotels in the Dominican Republic. We slept in the beds, lounged by the pools, ate in the restaurants, and even sampled the nightlife, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here's a list of our favorite beachfront hotels.

Casa De Campo

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Casa De Campo Rating: 5.0 Pearls

The D.R.'s classiest, most famous resort since 1974, Casa de Campo's massive, 7,000-acre property comes with three world-class golf courses, an on-site horse stable, an immaculate beach, a luxurious spa, 20 restaurants, and even a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean villa. The rooms are a bit outdated, but this place is excellent for families, honeymooners, and anyone who loves variety.

Puntacana Hotel

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Puntacana Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Punta Cana Hotel's 202 modest suites are steps away from the beach, on a giant property that includes the La Cana golf course, Six Senses spa, a nature preserve, 8 restaurants, horse stables, and more. La Romana's Casa de Campo is nearly identical, unless you're a pro golfer -- Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog beats La Cana.

Tortuga Bay

3.

Tortuga Bay Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Designed by Oscar de la Renta, the 15-room Tortuga Bay hotel offers amazing service (including preferential treatment at Punta Cana Airport), an on-site nature reserve, several superb restaurants, and a world-class golf course. You can find a comparable room and setting at the Sivory resort at a more down-to-earth price, but its beach isn't nearly as nice.

Natura Cabanas

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Natura Cabanas Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Offering eco-friendly bungalows in a lush, friendly setting, Natura Cabanas is a taste of serene, northern coast luxury for a remarkably fair price. Guests enjoy delicious, fresh food, a clean, crowd-less private beach, daily yoga and Pilates classes, and a fabulous spa. It's quiet, and a bit rustic without TV or AC in rooms, but that's the point.

Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa

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Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls

All rooms at the 425-room Punta Cana, part of an 1,825-room mega-resort complex, feature in-room Jacuzzis, but the real draws are the clean white-sand beach, access to four free-form pools, and eight reservation-free restaurants with some of the D.R.'s best all-inclusive fare -- a good value, if you don't mind scrounging for a rogue lounge chair.

Ocean Blue & Sand

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Ocean Blue & Sand Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Drawing as many couples as families, the 374-room Ocean Blue calls itself a "golf resort," but the off-site budget White Sands Golf Course takes a backseat to its pristine beach, big pools, and decent food. It's packed with activities -- even bowling -- and all for a fair price.

Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo

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Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Located on a remote stretch of one of the D.R.’s best beaches, this quiet all-inclusive is 90 minutes from the closest airport and nowhere near any attractions. But the hassle is worth it -- comfortable rooms, a luxury spa, excellent service, and a tranquil setting. Though the buffet is average, the a la carte dining is a cut above.

Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Resort

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Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Resort Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Viva's beach has some of the softest sand and calmest water in the D.R., and it's clearly the main draw at this Italian-owned, Italian-focused, 330-room resort. The outdated rooms are pretty basic, but the food and activities are a notch above, and the beach is reason enough to head to this all-inclusive.

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