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A Guide To Picking The Perfect Punta Cana All-Inclusive For 2023

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2023 is just around the corner, and millions of travelers are busy planning their vacations for next year. The Dominican Republic and especially Punta Cana have been making headlines thanks to their growing popularity among U.S. travelers, who opt for the destination’s low prices, unmatched hospitality, and excellent versatility. Choosing the best accommodation is undoubtedly one of the first things travelers do after booking their flights, and in this article, we’ll walk you through some things to keep in mind when choosing the best Punta Cana accommodation.

Punta Cana resort and pool area with palm trees

Adults Only Vs. Family-Friendly

One of the first things travelers should consider is the composition of their travel group. If you’re traveling with your significant other, opting for an adults-only resort such as Hyatt’s Zilara Cap Cana is an ideal choice. Adult-only resorts provide couples with an intimate and private getaway, often complete with luxurious touches and amenities ranging from pools to lavish spa areas.

SpongeBob characters and water park in Punta Cana
Image: Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana

On the other hand, those traveling with families could opt for a family-friendly resort that includes all of the above but also plenty of options for younger family members, including kids’ pools and water parks.  Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is one of the top-rated 5-star resorts of this type in Punta Cana.

Poolside area with people drinking

Price: Unlimited Luxury Vs. Modest Comfort 

The average nightly rate is one of the first things travelers pay attention to when booking their all-inclusive getaway. With dozens of top-rated resorts in Punta Cana alone, tourists can find an array of styles and price points, from 5-star luxury to more humble choices. Travelers can expect to pay up to $2500 per night for two guests at some of Punta Cana’s more lavish properties – including Secrets Cap Cana – whereas a 3-night stay at the 3-star Punta Cana By Be Live costs just $162 per night.

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Colourful and tropical pool area in a resort

Some advantages to dishing out for a more luxurious abode include access to more amenities, including around-the-clock room service, unlimited food, drink, and entertainment, as well as a la carte dining options. On the other hand, more affordable options grant guests fewer on-site amenities, which are still great, but certainly not as luxurious as premium properties.

Colourful sunset seen from a resort in Punta Cana

It’s All About The Location In Punta Cana

Consider the location of your next Punta Cana all-inclusive resort before booking. Travelers should carefully consider what type of activities they intend to do during their stay. If you want to enjoy the day lounging by the pool, then private beach access won’t be essential; on the other hand, those that want to see some of the world’s top beaches – including Bávaro beach – should opt for a beachside resort. 

Beautiful tropical water and palm tree

Barceló’s Bávaro Palace is one of the top-rated properties along the stunning Bávaro beach, and most resorts in the vicinity also offer similar levels of comfort and luxury. Aside from beach access, other factors to keep in mind include the distance from the airport – anything from 15 minutes to 45 minutes – as well as proximity to other attractions.

Woman walking along a beach in the Dominican Republic

New Vs. Old Punta Cana Properties

Travelers might want to consider how old a property is before booking. Although older properties can be just as good as new ones, newer resorts usually offer travelers a more refined and modern experience, with newer materials, fresh interiors, and up-to-date amenities. While Punta Cana is home to dozens of resorts built in the early 2000s and before, many properties are also being renovated to improve the guest experience.

It’s also a good idea to review the complete list of amenities that different resorts offer. While some properties heavily focus on outdoor experiences – think pools, gardens, and beaches – others offer a more complete indoor experience with dining options, spa treatments, and on-site entertainment.

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