If you’re looking for some time away as a couple or with friends at an idyllic beach destination, look no further than Punta Cana’s adults-only all-inclusive resorts in the tropical Dominican Republic. Not only will you enjoy the scenic Caribbean location – toes in the sand, drink in hand, watching the sunset – but you won’t have to worry about screaming kids or having to take out your credit card every time you need to pay for something.
Peace, serenity and some serious pampering await you at these mostly five-star Punta Cana resorts compiled by U.S. News.
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Located about 25 miles northwest of Punta Cana in the Uvero Alto region, Excellence Punta Cana offers adults a luxurious all-inclusive stay. Relaxing amenities include four outdoor pools and hot tubs, treatments at the Miilé Spa, and access to a stunning beach. The upscale suites at this resort range in size from 550 to 2,000 square feet and come equipped with features like king-sized beds, whirlpool tubs, espresso machines, and furnished balconies or patios.
There is no shortage of things to do at Excellence Punta Cana, with on-site activities such as beach volleyball, tennis, dancing, yoga classes and scuba diving lessons. There are a dozen dining options serving up everything from fresh seafood to pizza to gourmet French fare, as well as eight bars and lounges for tropical cocktails. Recent guests praised the wait service on the beach.
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Situated in the gated community of Cap Cana, the adults-only all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana offers guests access to the picturesque Juanillo Beach. You’ll be treated to luxury suites, 25 on-site venues for dining and drinks, and plenty of things to do both on land and sea. Amenities include a water park with slides and a lazy river (because why should kids have all the fun?), as well as a fitness center, a spa, an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, private cabanas and nightly entertainment. There are also daily activities, such as classes for dance, yoga, Aquacycle, Zumba, Pilates and more.
Guests can start the day with a crepe and a latte or a breakfast buffet; later, fuel up with pizza or a Caribbean-inspired buffet before ending the day with French cuisine, a steak dinner, Asian fusion or various other options. Accommodations provide views of the pools, gardens or ocean. All suites include amenities such as minibars stocked daily with beverages, private balconies, and robes and slippers. Upgrade to Club Level for access to the Club Level Lounge and Club Pool. Past guests raved about the swim-up rooms. Note that, as this resort is a Hyatt property, guests can book a room using World of Hyatt points.
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For a truly indulgent experience, book a vacation at the AAA Five Diamond-rated Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa in a gated community on Juanillo Beach. This romantic adults-only escape includes unlimited dining and drinks, top-notch entertainment, luxury suites with ocean views, and a world-class spa. Upgrade your stay to the Preferred Club level for access to the exclusive Preferred Club lounge with elevated self-service dining and premium beverages available throughout the day, upgraded suites in premium locations, and a private pool and beach area.
With 16 dining venues and bars, you’re sure to find something to suit your palate, from burgers and beers to Mexican, Asian or Italian cuisine. Spend your days lounging at the swimming pools, snorkeling, sailing, sightseeing or zip lining; at night, enjoy dining, drinking and dancing. Be sure to leave time for a tranquil spa treatment, such as the Visions of Chocolate Fondue Wrap (for all the indulgence without the calories!). The excellent service and food were what past travelers appreciated most.
Royalton Chic Punta Cana, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino – Adults-Only
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Royalton CHIC Punta Cana is a beachfront resort on the Dominican Republic’s eastern coast, just south of Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa. This all-inclusive adults-only resort provides an All-In Luxury experience that includes 24-hour room service, nonmotorized water sports, themed pool and beach parties, Wi-Fi access, and limitless meals and drinks. Guests can dine and drink at the resort’s various bars and reservation-free restaurants, many of which received high praise from diners. Most compliments given by travelers, however, were about the excellent service throughout the property.
On-site amenities and activities include a casino, snorkeling, kayaking, tennis and nightly live entertainment. Guests looking to venture off-property will find all kinds of adventures, from catamaran tours and zip lining to dune buggy off-roading and swimming with nurse sharks. The elegant guest rooms and suites at Royalton CHIC Punta Cana boast rain showers, satellite TVs and complimentary stocked minibars. Upgrade to a Diamond Club suite for butler service, an upgraded room service menu, an in-room Jacuzzi, private lounge access, complimentary breakfast and more.
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Conveniently located less than 10 miles southwest of Punta Cana International Airport, Sanctuary Cap Cana is another adults-only all-inclusive resort in gated Cap Cana. It offers six pools, five restaurants, seven bars and lounges, a golf course, and a marina. This Caribbean Sea resort has undergone a $45 million modernization in recent years. The suites and villas feature furnished balconies or terraces, espresso machines, a pillow menu, bathrobes and slippers, and minibars that are restocked every day.
On-property dining includes seafood at the waterfront Blue Marlin, Pan-Asian fusion at Wok, a steakhouse and more, as well as various bars. Recent guests praised the excellent customer service, but some warned the beach can be filled with seaweed. At this Marriott Bonvoy property, members can use points to book their room or earn points for their stay.
The adults-only Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort is the ideal resort destination in the Dominican Republic for a focus on health and well-being. You’ll find wellness-focused suites, an emphasis on rest and relaxation, spacious accommodations with a soothing color palette, and locally sourced meals. Previous guests recommend upgrading to The Level for exclusive access and personal concierge service. Book one of The Level Wellness suites for a daily complimentary spa treatment and other special amenities.
Experience the five unique wellness spaces on the property – Social, Silent, Sensory, Culinary and Personal – to dive deeper into your personal health journey. Go for a bike ride, stroll through the botanical garden, meditate in the labyrinth, dine on organic vegetarian and vegan dishes, try a water ritual, or get spoiled at YHI Spa with treatments that incorporate natural elements.
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Part of the Hyatt Inclusive Collection, Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa is a beautiful destination for a couples escape or girls weekend away. It is located near Plaza Uvero Alto, a shopping center about 20 miles northwest of downtown Punta Cana. Guests can spend their time getting pampered at the spa, strolling along the expansive beach, lounging by the pool, listening to live music, playing tennis, taking a dance class or going snorkeling.
With the brand’s Unlimited-Luxury experience, guests have access to limitless dining and drinks, 24-hour room service, complimentary Wi-Fi, pool and beach wait service, top-shelf cocktails, and nightly entertainment. Breathless Punta Cana features 10 restaurants, serving everything from Pan-Asian fare to Italian-inspired dishes. The 750 suites, adorned with brightly colored decor, offer ocean, pool or garden views. Travelers can also enjoy a balcony or terrace hot tub, 24-hour room and concierge service, a daily refreshed minibar, and nightly turndown service. Past vacationers recommend reserving an xhale club suite for upgraded amenities and access to a private lounge.
Located on Bávaro Beach, the TRS Turquesa Hotel boasts international cuisine, spa treatments, land and water sports, butler service, and more. Take a romantic stroll along the white sand beach and frolic in the turquoise waves before enjoying your in-suite jetted tub. You can choose from the resort’s many restaurants or bars, which serve everything from Mexican and Japanese to Italian and Argentinian fare.
Another great way to relax is by unwinding in a Balinese hammock or lounging by one of the pools. Guests interested in an active vacation can take advantage of the array of activities such as water sports, mini-golf, beach volleyball and badminton. For the laid-back crowd, there is a glass-bottom boat and a Turkish bath experience. Nightly entertainment and 24-hour room service are other perks for travelers. Note that not all activities are included in the all-inclusive price. Many past visitors said this resort is a wonderful place to spend special occasions.
At Punta Cana Princess, travelers can enjoy dining at any of the five restaurants, take advantage of the beachside food service, try a scuba diving class or unwind at the spa. There is a long list of sports and activities that are included with your stay, such as tennis, archery, kayaking, dance lessons, Spanish language classes and French boules. For an additional fee, guests can partake in snorkeling excursions, deep-sea fishing, catamaran tours or parasailing. Free shuttle service takes travelers to the nearby casino to try their luck at the slots or tables.
Relax and rejuvenate with a trip to the spa for a massage, a facial, a body wrap or hydrotherapy. MyPrincess program members are greeted with a welcome cocktail at check-in and receive a bottle of rum, a fruit basket, a restocked mini bar and a discount on massage treatments. Recent visitors say Punta Cana Princess is a quiet, relaxing vacation spot, though a few said they encountered issues with the air conditioning.
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Sharael Kolberg is a U.S. News & World Report contributor with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to adults-only all-inclusive resorts. She always appreciates the ease of having accommodations, meals and activities included in the price of a resort stay and doesn’t mind vacationing in a quieter resort. Kolberg used her personal experience and research skills to curate this list of the best adults-only all-inclusive Punta Cana resorts.