After visiting, evaluating, and comparing 160 of the top hotels and resorts throughout the D.R., we’ve awarded the following as the best for picks for a destination wedding.
One of the best resorts in Punta Cana, the Sanctuary Cap Cana is a romantic resort in a faux Spanish village with multiple pools hidden among the battlements and twisting corridors. Straightforward options, minimal fees, and exquisite beach and spa facilities make the 174-room all-inclusive a solid (and easy) luxury choice for weddings.
With 65,000 square feet of event space (and 13 pools, 13 restaurants, a nightclub, a casino...), the Hard Rock is a popular choice for destination weddings. The 1,790-room property has four private wedding locations, nine different wedding packages, and three honeymoon packages. The hotel even has its own “group lobby” to make group check-in hassle-free.
The largest of four Paradisus resorts in Punta Cana, this 683-room property still manages to feel uncrowded due to its expansive grounds. The prime beach area has a picturesque wedding gazebo and a fun party scene, both day and night.
The 1,600-room Palace Deluxe -- the main resort at the Barcelo Bavaro complex -- hosts many weddings throughout the year. Wedding packages include decorations, flowers, a cake, and spa treatments for the bride and groom, and the help of an on-site wedding planner.
The 170-suite Puntacana Hotel offers a beautiful setting and amazing service at fair prices, especially considering that the food is far better here than it is at most of the all-inclusive resorts. Also, unlike at the all-inclusive resorts, most wedding details are up to you -- a great advantage, if you want a personal touch and don't mind a little extra legwork.
There's usually at least one wedding per day at this 658-suite family-friendly resort, and with good reason: the all-inclusive has a beautiful setting, affordable prices, and a compact layout (no shuttle) that puts everyone within walking distance to the beach (which is wider than the beach at neighboring resorts).
Honeymooners, couples, and wedding groups enjoy welcome Champagne upon arriving at this upscale, adult-only property, about a 45-minute drive from the airport. Even though the all-inclusive has 464 rooms, it still feels secluded and uncrowded.
The 600-room Majestic typically hosts two to four weddings per day. The two basic packages offer limited options; they include, among other things, a bouquet and boutonniere, services of a civil judge or a priest, a wedding coordinator, and a private dinner for the bride and groom only. There is no limit to the number of guests for beach ceremonies.
This quiet 255-room resort offers standard wedding package fare, but with fewer options (though less hassle) than some of its neighbors. The Catalonia Royal Bavaro takes its adult-only status seriously, catering mostly to romantic couples; the absence of children, a late-night disco, thumping poolside music, or organized games at the pool and beach is rare for a D.R. all-inclusive.