Going on a vacation where there is no need to pull out your wallet for everything apart from accommodation sounds appealing. That is why the concept of all-inclusive packages has caught on in many parts of the world with the Caribbean considered the leader in this regard.
The Dominican Republic has its fair share of all-inclusive resorts ranging from budget packages in the $100 range to splurge hotels where guests pay a $1000 per night or more. A large number of the country’s all-inclusive resorts are operated by international hotel chains such as Wyndham, Sol Melia, Riu, Dreams and Barcelo.
As you work out which all-inclusive Dominican Republic resort most appeals to you, it is important to be clear on just what all-inclusive includes. Often, the flat cost caters for accommodation, all meals and accompanying drinks, airport transfers and gym access. Many resorts will exclude premium drinks, spas, room service, excursions and water sports equipment rental.
Some of the Dominican Republic’s top all-inclusive resorts are as follows:
Allegro Playa Dorado, Puerto Plata
This 494-room beach resort is a few minutes from downtown Puerto Plata and its international airport. The freeform swimming pools at the centre of the resort complex make for a fitting complement of the nearby sea. All-inclusive package cost includes accommodation, meals, drinks as well as salsa, bachata and merengue dancing classes. It however excludes scuba diving and golf.
Dreams Resort and Spa, Punta Cana
One of the Dominican Republic’s newer resorts, Dreams Punta Cana Spa and Resort features a massive freeform pool, a spa garden and several restaurants. The resort stands out from many others because its all inclusive ‘Unlimited Luxury’ package includes access to premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Its top end ‘Preferred Club’ room package incorporates internet access.
Excellence Resort and Spa, Punta Cana
Pay for the all-inclusive package at this luxury resort and get access to reservation-free dining, room service, jacuzzis, swimming pools, lit tennis court, yoga classes and a casino. The distinguishing feature of its all-inclusive room package is horseback riding.