Sharing the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the Dominican Republic covers most of the eastern half of the island and is the second largest Caribbean nation after Cuba. From virgin rainforests and jungles teeming with monkeys and impressive waterfalls to the rugged cliffs and vistas reminiscent of the European Alps, the Dominican Republic is a playground for nature lovers and adrenalin junkies. It’s also a great destination in which to relax and unwind on pristine beaches. 5 Star hotels in this Caribbean paradise provide an idyllic getaway for all kinds of vacationers.
5 star hotels in the Dominican Republic: The best stays in the picture-perfect Tropics
Santo Domingo & La Romana: Cultural attractions & Chic shopping
Home to elegant restaurants, hot clubbing, and vibrant cultural institutions, it is easy to forget that you’re in the Caribbean as you make your way down the cobbled streets lined with colonial architecture on your way to the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo. Browse through the shops along El Conde Street and don’t miss out on Alcazar de Colon, a UNESCO World Heritage site that exhibits medieval and Renaissance artwork alongside interesting historical collections. There are countless cultural attractions and remarkable architecture here to thoroughly immerse yourself in the historical elements of the capital city, with the beaches nearby offering the perfect place to relax once you’ve taken it all in. La Romana is the ideal destination for honeymooners, golfers, families and divers. Its world-class marinas, picturesque beaches, museums, and national parks make it a great place for culture vultures and nature lovers, too. Be sure to visit the extraordinary 16th century Mediterranean village of Altos de Chavon and the Cueva de Las Maravillas National Park.
Samana & Santiago: Wild nature & Action-packed adventures
With a quarter of the land designated as national parks and reserves, countless natural wonders await when you book a stay at a 5 star hotel in the Dominican Repubic. Four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean rise above the apple orchards and strawberry plantations surrounding Santiago. The soaring heights of the Cordillera Central and the Dominican Republic’s mountainous terrain offers challenging and exciting hiking opportunities for active families and adrenaline junkies alike. After hiking to your heart’s content, head inland to the largest lake in the entire Caribbean that is also home to saltwater crocodiles and pink flamingos. You can dive in the crystal clear Caribbean waters all year round, and marvel at the marine life surrounding intriguing shipwrecks. From sea lion and dolphin tours, zip-line canopy adventures and dune buggy trails to kayaking, canyoning, mountain biking, surfing and kiteboarding, there is something for both children and active vacationers to enjoy. For a cultural highlight, take a glimpse into the pre-Conquistadors era at the Museo Taino in Samana that showcases the history and culture of the indigenous Taino.
Punta Cana: Family-friendly fun & Golfing pleasure
Fine powdery sand spills out from the mangroves in Punta Cana, where extensive groves of coconut trees fringe the white sand that gently slopes into invitingly clear, warm waters. Best known for its swish golf resorts and palm-lined kilometres-long stretches of sandy beaches, the Punta Cana region is the ideal place for families to visit. This is the perfect place to enjoy a round of golf, while children will be thrilled by the dolphins, sea turtles and pelicans at the nature reserves or the Manati Park amusement park just a few kilometres away. The Coconut Coast is also the ideal spot for kayaking, sailing, zip-lining and windsurfing. Fuel up on delicious Caribbean cuisine with hints of Spanish, African and Taino flavors before getting your adrenaline pumping. Grab a cocktail, laze at an infinity pool that merges seamlessly with the sparkling Caribbean waters and while the days away at a 5 star hotel in the Dominican Republic.
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