Best Luxury Hotels in the Dominican Republic

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Price alone doesn't cut it here -- what we're looking for is iconic design, beautiful rooms, sparkling features, overindulgent service, and the best food available. After visiting over 100 hotels throughout the D.R., from the most the famous (and most expensive), to emerging designer boutiques, this is our list of the most exclusive jaw-droppingly beautiful hotels in the country.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 (including Teeth of the Dog, arguably the best course in the Caribbean), an on-site horse stable, an immaculate beach, a luxurious spa, 20 restaurants (including the internationally acclaimed Le Cirque), and even a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean villa.

  3. Perched like a small Mediterranean town on a remote cliff overlooking the ocean, this 176-room resort comes with beautifully decorated rooms, four sparkling pools, and breathtaking views throughout the property. Bedrooms are large and have canopied four-poster beds and deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms. Both the beach and spa -- with its flower-laden treatment rooms, fantastic hot tubs, and even its own private island -- are among the best in the D.R.

  4. This secluded 52-room getaway is an hour from the airport on a bumpy dirt road, but it feels more like a million miles from Punta Cana's mega-resorts. Giant rooms come with gorgeous terraces and private plunge pools, a top-notch spa, and two high-quality restaurants, making the Agua one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the D.R.

  5. Made up of 55 massive suites, the Sivory rests on one of the most remote stretches of Punta Cana (a 60-minute drive from the airport) and is surrounded by dense tropical plant life. All suites feature two-person whirlpool tubs, two-person showers, and private, intimate balconies -- 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.

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