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Punta Cana Resorts


Since we first visited Punta cana the number of resorts has doubled. Today there are over 60 Punta Cana resorts and the number tends to increase. Punta Cana is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Most of Punta cana hotels are all inclusive but you can always find the options you are looking for there.

It’s been a long time since our first visit to Punta Cana, about 15 years. Back then we liked going to adults-only resorts. Today we always travel with our kids. Victori and Jacob are in love with Punta Cana (one of the best beaches in the world) and there is no way they’d like to miss a trip there. Punta Cana has become our family’s favourite holiday destination, so our adults-only resorts reviews date back to when Victoria and I looked for romantic getaways in Punta Cana (about a year ago).

punta-cana-kidsWe will try to give you a general picture of all Punta Cana in this page so you knew what to expect when you get there. We hope we will help you decide what the best hotels to be considered when planning your trip to Punta Cana are and which you shouldn’t even think about.

We have developed a page for each  Punta Cana Resort and we’ve tried to focus on the hotel’s general features (food, activities, couples, adults only, kid friendly); we give you an overview of the dining and activity details; we also share with you our opinions about pros and cons of the Punta Cana all inclusives; and our tips for making the best of the resort.

Punta Cana resort rankings

All Dominican hotel star ratings are based on criteria such as comfort, food, cleanliness, atmosphere, activities, grounds & location. They are decided almost wholly by the resorts themselves and the Dominican Tourist Board. One thing to keep in mind is that these Dominican hotel rankings are compared only to other Dominican hotels; they are not compared to hotels internationally. Don’t think that a 4 star rating in New York is comparable to a 4 star rating in Punta Cana – they’re not.

However, we have found that they tend to be a little nicer than other hotels in the Caribbean with equivalent rankings. As a general rule: 4 star resorts are very comfortable, offer a good range of activities and have decent dining options. Five star Punta Cana resorts will charge you a little more, but pamper you a little bit extra in each of the categories listed above. Three star resorts tend to be a little older and have a somewhat decreased comfort level, but if that doesn’t bother you – you’ll save a bundle and the ocean is the same!

If you think we’ve slipped up on some information (resorts do change their ways quite frequently) or something that you found particularly useful please let us know by visiting our Contact Us page. We try our best to keep this site’s info current and accurate; we appreciate your help in doing so!

Punta Cana Resorts listings

Here is a list of the main resorts in Punta Cana, but these are not the only resorts we suggest.  We have visited most of the hotels in Punta Cana and you’ll be seeing our reviews of those. As for the ones we haven’t been to yet, our cousin Michael who owns a travel business in Punta Cana will be writing the reviews. Michael has visited every one of the hotels in Punta Cana with his family and he can provide very detailed and fair assessments.

These reviews are completely subjective, they are a reflection of what our stay was like at each of the resorts - what we enjoyed and didn't enjoy. We are not trying to sell you on any of them in particular, only letting you know how good of a time we had.

Click on the link of the Punta Cana hotel you’re interested in to see more information about the resort. We are listing the hotels in order of location from North to South instead of alphabetically - at least you'll know where your hotel is.

Punta Cana Resorts

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What we're rating

what type of scale

is it an all inclusive resort yes or no
is it an adults only resort yes or no (or NA)
is it a couples friendly resort yes or no (or NA)
is it a kid friendly resort (ie: a lot for them to do) yes or no (or NA)
are supervised daily kids programs available yes or no (or NA)
is there a babysitting service available at the resort yes or no (or NA)
what are the sports & activities like scale of 1-10
how is the quality of the beach (for walking, swimming, tanning, etc. scale of 1-10
how is the quality of the pool (mix of size, coolness and fun factor) scale of 1-10
quality of the Rooms (are they clean, comfy, AC works, laid out well) scale of 1-10
Overall service by everyone we met at the resort scale of 1-10
Star ranking of hotel (# of stars given by the Dominican Tourist Board) scale of 1-5

Resort 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Secrets Excellence Punta Cana yes yes yes No NA NA 5 6 7 8 9 5
Sirenis Tropical/Cocotal Punta Cana yes no yes yes yes yes 8 6 8 7 7 4/5
Sunscape Beach Punta Cana yes no yes yes yes yes 8 6 10 8 8 5
Breezes Resort Punta Cana yes no yes yes yes no 7 9 8 6 8 4
Grand Paradise Bavaro Punta Cana yes no yes yes yes no 5 9 8 7 9 4
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana yes no yes yes yes yes 5 9 9 8 9 4/5
Bahia Principe Punta Cana yes no no yes yes yes 7 9 9 9 8 5
Riu Palace Macao Punta Cana yes no yes no no yes 3 10 3 8 10 5
Riu Naiboa Punta Cana yes no yes yes yes yes 7 10 5 7 8 4
Riu Bambu Punta Cana yes no NA yes yes yes 7 9 7 6 7 4
Iberostar Punta Cana yes no yes yes yes yes 7 9 8 8 8 5
Ocean Blue Punta Cana yes no yes yes yes yes 10 10 9 9 10 4.5
LTI Resort Punta Cana yes no yes yes yes yes 8 9 9 7 8 4

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