The Dominican Republic has great honeymoon destinations for every taste (and budget), whether you’re looking for luxurious suites or romantic cottages. Here are our picks for Punta Cana.
On the outskirts of Punta Cana, Sivory has just 55 luxurious suites, all of which feature couples' showers and large soaking tubs, plus modern features like flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. Honeymoon and Ysla Bonita Suites clock in at 950 square-feet and include large soaking tubs, outdoor showers, and an ocean view Jacuzzi. The all-inclusive property allows kids but draws mainly couples, perhaps lured by its 8,000 bottle wine cellar.
With just 15 spacious, modern suites decorated by Oscar de la Renta, Tortuga Bay is the DR's most luxurious resort. Amenities include world class golf, a private marina, an ecological preserve, and VIP service at the airport. Luxuriously-appointed suites feature Jacuzzis, four-poster beds with Frette linens, flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, and massive ocean-view terraces. Service is at once discreet and shockingly attentive--guests receive pre-programmed cell phones and are encouraged to call in round-the-clock requests.
Punta Cana's Agua Resort consists of 53 sumptuous suites spread across a series of thatched-roof bungalows and villas. A serpentine pool bisects the property, culminating in a magnificent ocean-front infinity pool that looks out on a peaceful white sand beach. Agua's atmosphere is hushed and serene, punctuated only by the sounds of waves lapping the shore. Rooms are massive and chic, service is doting, and the food is upscale, if a little limited.
Couples-only Catalonia Royal Bavaro is a good all-inclusive budget option in Punta Cana. The beach is spectacular, rooms are clean, quiet and spacious, and service is surprisingly attentive. In addition to Jacuzzis and stand-up showers, all rooms feature canopied beds, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. The only downside is that no rooms front the ocean. Dining options are a definite step up from most Dominican all-inclusives, and the resort features quality name-brand liquor and 24-hour room service.