Best Hotels in the Dominican Republic

What makes a hotel qualify as one of the best in the Dominican Republic? At Oyster, we know that the "best hotel" is different for just about everyone. For some, the best hotel is the most luxurious, and for others, it's the one that offers the most for kids. We compiled lists of the best value hotels, best luxury hotels, best family-friendly hotels, best romantic hotels, best hotel rooms, best hotel restaurants, super clean hotels, best hotel service, hotels with high design, best hotel pools and best hotel terraces. Don't have time to read all that? Not to fear. We selected one hotel from each list that bests its competitors (if only slightly). Below, we present the best hotels of the D.R.

Tortuga Bay

Best Luxury Hotel

Tortuga Bay Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Designed by Oscar de la Renta, Tortuga Bay is a 15-room boutique hotel set within the posh Punta Cana Resort and Club development. In addition to its massive suites, amenities include a world-class golf course, an on-site nature preserve with private lagoons, the Six Senses Spa, nine premier restaurants, and one of the best stretches of beach in the D.R. If you need anything else, the resort provides a cell phone so you can call your "villa manager" at any hour. Guests even get VIP passage through security at the airport.

Iberostar Costa Dorada Hotel

Best Value Hotel

Iberostar Costa Dorada Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls

For a massive, hyper-indulgent, all-inclusive mega-resort, the Iberostar Costa Dorada is among the best in Puerto Plata — great buffets, activities, entertainment, liquor, and service. Sure, the gym is small, and the giant pool can get a little chilly. But to the many guests who come back every year, those are just petty details. It's also cheaper to reach Puerto Plata than La Romana or Punta Cana; flights to the Puerto Plata airport tend to cost less and the taxi ride is just 25-min.

Dreams Punta Cana Resort and Spa

Best Kid-Friendly Hotel

In addition to one of the most expansive pools in the D.R., Dreams offers extensive child- and teen-oriented amenities. The Explorers' club offers a full schedule of activities for young children, such as nature tours and "Looking for Shells and Snails" from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The kids club has large indoor and outdoor play areas and also offers childcare. For teens, the resort staff hosts organized sporting events, and there's even a "teen disco" at night. There's also an active lifeguard on duty on the beach.

Sivory Punta Cana

Most Romantic Hotel

Sivory Punta Cana Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Categories: Beach, Boutique, Luxury, Romantic

Made up of 55 massive suites, the Sivory is surrounded by dense tropical plant life and sits on one of the most remote stretches of Punta Cana (a 90-minute drive from the airport). Every suite features a two-person Jacuzzi tub, a two-person shower, and a private, intimate balcony -- all ideal for a romantic getaway. In addition to its premier spa with outdoor "bucket" showers, the hotel has three exceptional restaurants on-site, as well as a wine cellar stocked with over 8,000 bottles.

Natura Cabanas

Best Honeymoon Hotel

Natura Cabanas Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Natura Cabanas' eleven eco-friendly cottages are large, rustic and romantic. Flower petals are placed absolutely everywhere in the bathroom, from the sink, to the nooks in the tub, to the top of the toilet seat. At $180/night (including breakfast) it is a great budget option, though it lacks TVs and radios -- but their absence allows couples to enjoy the noises of birds singing and waves pounding the shore in the background instead. The resort's private beach, near kite-surfing mecca Cabarete, is great for body-surfing. The freshly-prepared food is delectable, and service is unbelievably friendly.

Sivory Punta Cana

Best Hotel Rooms

Sivory Punta Cana Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Categories: Beach, Boutique, Luxury, Romantic

Starting at 650 square feet, the Sivory's rooms are bigger than many studio apartments in New York. Each room sports a desk, two couches, picture windows, a giant four-poster bed, a two-person Jacuzzi, a two-person shower (with multiple shower heads), free Wi-Fi, and a comfortable balcony. Modern appliances include large flat-screen TVs and DVD players.

Casa De Campo

Best Hotel Restaurant

Casa De Campo Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Casa de Campo comes with 22 superb restaurants throughout its massive property. But the most noteworthy is the award-winning Beach Club restaurant, a beachfront, candlelit outpost of the world-famous Le Cirque French restaurants, found in New York, Las Vegas, and Paris. In addition, La Piazzetta serves up delicious homemade pasta inside Altos de Chavon, an exact replica of a 16th-century European village. Plus, all restaurants have children's menus and high chairs.

Tortuga Bay

Best Hotel Service

Tortuga Bay Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Every room comes with a pre-programmed cell phone so that guests can call their villa manager at any hour. The hotel has all the luxury basics -- 24-hour room service, nightly turndowns that include drawing a bath and layering it with flower petals, and a knowledgeable concierge -- but the best, most unique service of all is the VIP treatment at Punta Cana International Airport. This means guests not only get a VIP lounge to relax in before take-off, plus transportation to the hotel upon arrival, but they also get priority access during ticketing, a private security checkpoint, and express access through customs. How can they do this? The same group that owns the hotel also owns the airport.

Tortuga Bay

Best High-Design Hotel

Tortuga Bay Rating: 5.0 Pearls

Designed by fashion industry icon Oscar de la Renta, the Tortuga Bay boutique hotel features some of the most stunning, unique, yet elegant interiors in the D.R. Among the highlights: four-poster beds with Frette linens, bathrooms with coral floors, and deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs.

Majestic Elegance Punta Cana - Luxury All Inclusive

Best Hotel Pool

There are lakes that are smaller than the gigantic lagoon that wraps around the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana. This giant oasis spans the main stretch of the hotel -- from the beach up to the lobby.

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Best Hotel Terrace

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Every room at the Agua comes with a terrace that is large enough for a table, plus two beautifully carved wooden chairs, and a linen love seat. Most terraces have direct access to the narrow, serpentine pool that winds its way through half of the property.

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