Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in the Dominican Republic

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Most Dominican resorts say they're great for kids, but some hotels just take that extra step with kid-friendly pools, lots of activities, and rooms large enough for a family. These family-friendly resorts will help you have a tantrum-free trip with kid-oriented features, from Muppet-themed sing-a-longs to pirate-ship water parks. Take a look at the best kid-friendly hotels in the Dominican Republic.

  1. Casa de Campo may be the D.R.'s classiest resort, but the 7,000-acre behemoth has plenty to keep families entertained, including a beautiful beach and activities such as horseback riding and tennis. A kids' club and teens' room provide games and movie nights, and the family fun zone hut offers indoor and outdoor activities. Families can also hire nannies to either assist with children during the day (while parents are present) or babysit in the guest room or villa at night.

  2. With fewer than 200 suites, this family-friendly section of Paradisus Palma Real all-inclusive offers a serene, luxurious environment. The never-ending pool complex features children’s areas, slides, and a paddling pool. Guests have free access to the services, facilities, and restaurants at next door Palma Real -– particularly the beach area, which this property lacks. Parents will likely appreciate the Kids Zone (which has a rock climbing wall and trampoline) and babysitting services, while all can enjoy the daily excursions, quality restaurants and bars, and personal concierge service.

  3. This upscale boutique resort has 132 classic one-bedroom units (some adjoining) with separate living/dining areas and pull-out sofas. The beach area is a good hike away, but the tangerine bikes are useful for getting around, and it's not too far to walk to the large pool complex (which has a pool for children), fitness center, yoga studio, and Asian-themed spa.

  4. The largest of four Paradisus resorts in Punta Cana, this 683-room property still manages to feel uncrowded due to its expansive grounds. Guests can expect to walk or hitch rides on the regular shuttle service to get to the beach, pools (including a massive one for kids), and restaurants around the resort; there are also bike stations for those who prefer to cycle. The fanciest, most expensive all-inclusive in the area also offers free horseback riding and a host of exotic animals for petting. The resort is a bit more luxurious than the neighboring Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort and Iberostar Bavaro.

  5. The 1,600-room resort attracts plenty of families with its relaxed vibe and numerous on-site features, such as a kid-friendly water park -- complete with slides, bridges, and colorful sea creatures for climbing -- a massive theater with daily and nightly shows for kids and adults alike, a kids' club, and a teens' club and teen disco.

  6. There's plenty to keep the kiddos happy at this all-inclusive mega-resort: a water park, basketball court, go-cart track, mini-golf coursetennis courts, and animation activities at the pools and beach (which is, by the way, a great place for building sand-castles while parents relax in the lounge chairs).

  7. The Majestic's kids' club has a mini-castle and a water feature with slides. There's also a game area with billiards, foosball, Nintendos and movies. Popular evening activities for kids of any age include highlights such as magic shows, and Babyland offers entertainment for children under three years of age accompanied by a parent or a nanny (babysitting service is available for a fee). But as at any Dominican resort, the beautiful, long-spanning pool is what kids will love most.

  8. This 708-room upscale resort a 10-minute drive from downtown Bavaro aims to appeal to guests of all ages. The focal points here are the large, music-filled pool area and the mock town center -- not the small strip of beach. There are lots of activities for kids and teens, like a kids' club, live theater, and teen-oriented game building with bowling alley.

  9. A kids' haven that's not quite directly on the beach, this 525-room all-inclusive resort one-ups King Neptune with what's billed as the largest resort water park in all of the Caribbean. Kids of all ages (and their parents) slide down water tubes into shallow pools, get soaked by enormous, suspended buckets of water, and brave the refreshing buffeting of a wave pool. Clubs for kids and teens ensure that they will have plenty to do when they're not getting soaked.

  10. The Melia Caribe features a Flintstones-themed kids club with boulders and dinosaurs aplenty as well as an elaborate Flintstones pool, complete with colorful play structures, waterslides, and animal-print lounge chairs. But the main highlight of this resort is its massive, 450-square-foot family suite, which comes with two pull-out sofa beds that have "themed children's bedding" in addition to a big bed for parents.

  11. The Grand Palladium is popular among everyone from young honeymooners to retirees, but families are particularly drawn to its incredible pools and excellent beach. The resort features 51 "family suites," which are junior suites connected to deluxe rooms (accommodating about six in all). Pay-Per-View kids movies are available in all rooms, and there are parental-control options for the TVs, plus Nintendo 64 games (for a fee). There are also four separate kids clubs: the baby club (ages 1-3), mini-club (ages 3-5), maxi-club (ages 6-11), and juniors club (ages 12-18). This means that tweens will never get stuck at an ice-cream party with 5-year-olds. The black-and-white juniors club features a huge array of video games.

  12. The main pool at this beachfront all-inclusive is a massive amoeba-shaped structure with a volleyball net, a hot tub, and an inflatable iceberg for kids (or adults) to climb on. This pool area constantly has something going on — whether it’s kids’ relay races and karaoke competitions during the day, or themed parties at night.

  13. kids' club with a large playground and a children’s pool with slides are two of the family-friendly highlights at this all-inclusive, 658-suite resort. Its attractive setting, affordable prices, and compact layout (no shuttle) that puts everyone within walking distance to the beach are additional bonuses.

  14. From swimming to sand castles, pageants to pool tables, this resort has tons of activities for kids. The "Mini-Club" (a daily kids club) has a playground, miniature pool tables, and loads of games. The entertainment staff also organizes activities throughout the day for children. But for most kids, the massive pool with ample shallow sections and a separate pool for children is the main attraction.

  15. 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.

  16. At the active kids club (for kids ages 4-11), staffers dress as Tinkerbell and lead teetering tots to the kiddie pool. The junior club (for kids ages 12-16) hosts a number of more age-appropriate activities, like football (soccer), Ping-Pong, tennis, or flying on the resort's much-loved trapeze. The resort also features a nightly "mini-disco."

  17. Disney-themed cocktails and children's menus put the focus on the kids. Sizable junior suites give families enough room with either a single king-size bed or two queens, along with a separate living area with an additional sofa bed for kids. Mini-Club Principito has three rooms painted with Disney characters and a backyard playhouse. Plus, there's a separate nap-time space with brand-new cribs and kid-size beds. High chairs are available everywhere, and all three a la carte restaurants offer a separate kids menu with spaghetti, fish sticks, burgers, and French fries -- a rare treat in the D.R.

  18. One of the largest all-inclusives in Punta Cana, the Occidental caters to families with kids with its massive, lagoon-shaped pool (one of Punta Cana's best), popular beachside activities, lively entertainment, many restaurants, a kids' club, per hour babysitting, and free cribs and roll-aways.

  19. This great-value resort is very kid-friendly, with free babysitting in the evenings, a kids section of the free-form pool, and four age-appropriate kid's clubs, including one for teens with X-Box, Wii, and Playstation 3 game systems.

  20. Set within the Guavaberry Golf Course off the highway in the small town of Juan Dolio, the three-and-a-half-pearl Sybaris Suites and Residences is a bit tucked away. That seclusion is appealing to the families and couples who often choose this boutique property over the all-inclusive resorts in nearby Bavaro. With 24-hour security, the romantic resort also has family-friendly perks like a children’s playground, babysitting services, a kiddie pool, even a soccer field. The 60 spacious apartments with yards, full kitchens, and washer-dryers are a lovely step up from other area properties, with stylish modern decor. It’s definitely isolated here, but the hotel offers free shuttles all around town. 

  21. It’s not hard to see how Sea Horse Ranch gained a reputation for being the most idyllic, prestigious gated community on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The eco-friendly luxury villa hotel, which spans over 250 acres, has a tranquil, secluded vibe, but a few great features for kids, like a summer camp and kiddie pool. The grounds also house an equestrian center, tennis academy, and a stunning ocean-front restaurant with live music nights every month. While there are two lovely pools and two beaches within a short drive, the property lacks its own truly swimmable shoreline. 

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