Ten extraordinary hotels to get away from it all in the Dominican Republic

Caribbean seaside hotel complexes, urban cocoons steeped in history or establishments hidden in tropical nature, here are “nuggets” that carry with them the promise of magical moments for couples, families, or Robinsons in the area. ‘soul.

Punta Rucia Lodge

The myth of the return to nature is here at Punta rucia, a long stretch of clear sand on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, fringed with dense vegetation. The 13 independent bungalows (some for families) in the shape of an inverted V, with sea view, for the most part and well spaced from each other, blend harmoniously into their green setting. Among the activities available, manatee observation in the bay of Punta Rucia and an excursion to Cayo Arena, an idyllic sandy island 25 minutes by boat, ideal for snorkelling. We love the long pontoon on the sea which allows you to enjoy the magical sunsets.

For who ? Families and couples.

The price : from 180 € per night with breakfast.

Punta Rucia Lodge, La Ensenada, Carretera Principale, Estero Hondo 57000, Dominican Republic. Phone. : +1 849 858 8400.

Natura Cabana Hotel & Spa

Natura Cabana Hotel & Spa, a small establishment of just 13 bungalows 5 km from the bustling resort of Cabarete. Natura Cabana Hotel & Spa / Photo press

Once upon a time, a Chilean couple fell in love with the Dominican Republic, and who settled in Perla Marina, a little corner of paradise on the beach just 5 km from the bustling seaside resort of Cabarete. They have created this small hotel with a capacity of 13 bungalows, with the aim of preserving privacy and offering attentive service. All are made of natural materials (mahogany, bamboo, coral, stone), which gives them a tropical chic touch. Some are specially adapted for families. The emphasis is on well-being, with a spa, a yoga and meditation area and organic cuisine. The perfect address for recharging batteries.

For who ? Families and couples.

The price : from € 185 per night with breakfast.

Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa, Calle Paseo del Sol 5, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic. Phone. : +1 809 571 1507.

Casas del XVI

This charming hotel, member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World network, is located in the heart of the historic district of Santo Domingo. Casas del XVI / Photo press

No beach at Casas del XVI, but a retro chic atmosphere of the most beautiful effect. This charming hotel, member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World network, rises in the heart of the historic district of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The six casas (dwellings), built in the 16th century, bring together some twenty very comfortable rooms, all different. Around the swimming pool, in the library lounge or on the flower-filled patio, you can quickly disconnect in this soothing urban oasis.

For who ? Couples.

The price : from 350 € per night with breakfast.

Casas del XVI, Calle Padre Billini No. 252, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic. Phone. : +1 809 688 4061.

Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences

The half-modern, half-traditional architecture of the 42 casitas (pavilions), arranged along a central alley, is attractive. Sublime Samana / Press photo

Should we present the peninsula of Samana, in the northeast of the country? This long strip of land is punctuated with dreamy beaches (often deserted!), Small seaside resorts and fishing villages. A real change of scenery, far removed from the clichés sometimes associated with the Dominican Republic. The Sublime Samana is moreover aptly named. The half-modern, half-traditional architecture of the 42 casitas (pavilions), arranged along a central alley, is attractive, and the atmosphere both relaxed and lively will suit families.

For who ? Families, friends.

The price : from 320 € per night with breakfast.

Sublime Samana, Bahía de Coson, Las Terrenas 32000, Dominican Republic. Phone. : +1 809 240 5050.

Tortuga Bay Punta Cana Resort & Club

Isolated and on the water’s edge, the Tortuga Bay located within the grounds of Puntacana Resort & Club. Tortuga Bay / Press photo

Punta cana”And“ Resort ”do not spontaneously evoke the best of hotel services in the Dominican Republic. But the Tortuga Bay comes very judiciously to lie to this reputation. Is it due to the design of the 30 neo-Caribbean-style villas scattered around a large green park by the beach? Attentive service? In the immediate vicinity of a nature reserve? Leisure facilities, like the magnificent golf course on the property or the Six Senses spa? Or simply on the sparkling white sand beach lapped by translucent waters?

For who ? Newlyweds.

The price : from € 730 per night with breakfast.

Tortuga Bay Hotel Punta Cana Resort & Golf Club, Higüey 23000, Dominican Republic. Phone. : +1 809 959 8229.

Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando

Hotel Hodelpa Nicolas De Ovando is located in the center of Santo Domingo, about 2 km from Malecón. Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando / Photo press

Haven of peace set in the colonial center of Santo Domingo, the Odelpa has 92 rooms spread over three large hacienda-style buildings. The patios, interior fountains, period furniture, beamed ceilings, brick walls, numerous vaulted passages and arcades as well as the panoramic view from the terrace set it apart from other establishments in the capital. To cool off, head for the superb swimming pool.

For who ? Couples.

The price : from 160 € in a double room.

Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando, Calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic. Phone. : +1 809 685 9955.

Dominican Tree House Village

The bungalows, entirely built in trees with local materials, are divided into several categories. Dominican Tree House Village / Photo press

A timeless find in the peninsula of Samana, worthy of a child’s dream. The bungalows, entirely built with local materials, are divided into several categories. The most original are fitted out like tree houses, with added comfort. Another asset is the location, in the middle of a lush jungle, on a mountain side, with a wild beach below. A wide range of nature-oriented activities are available from the hotel: zip line, hiking, sailing. Disconnection guaranteed!

For who ? Nature lovers.

The price : from € 550 for two nights in a double bungalow, with breakfast.

Dominican Tree House Village, Lulu Waterfall, Next to Cascada, Rincon Trail, El Valle 32000, Dominican Republic. Phone. : +1 866 215 0013.

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge

La Casa Bonita, a member address of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Casa Bonita / Press photo

This jewel has it all. To find it, you have to head southwest, to the region of Barahona, on the Haitian border, a preserved sector where a biosphere reserve is set up. Nestled there, overlooking the jungle and the Caribbean Sea, is Casa Bonita, a member address of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. We stay in one of the 12 superbly appointed ecolodges, while enjoying the spa among the trees and the infinity pool that blends with the horizon. A dream setting and an ideal base for discovering natural treasures within excursion reach, such as the Oviedo Lagoon and its 24 cayos (islets) or the Jaragua National Park, where turtles come to lay their eggs.

For who ? Nature lovers.

The price : from € 220 for a double lodge.

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge, Km. 17 Carretera de la Costa, Bahoruco, Barahona, Barahona, Dominican Republic. Phone. : +1 809 540 5908.

Eden Roc Cap Cana

Its dream location on the Caribbean Sea, its exquisitely designed suites and its very private Caleton Beach Club make the Eden Roc at Cap Cana a place of absolute privacy. Relais & Châteaux / Press photo

Eden Roc is a hotel-club, of course, but not like the others. It is a private sanctuary, stamped Relais & Châteaux, a guarantee of quality of service and comfort. The privileged location on the shores of the Caribbean Sea and a breathtaking beach, the subtle architecture of the villas, in Spanish colonial style, the equestrian center, the 18-hole golf course and the luxurious treatments provided at the spa, all combine to make Eden Roc a destination out of time. An unusual touch is added: the property is built around a vast natural cave (which gave the establishment its name), filled with crystal clear water in which you can take a dip.

For who ? Lovers of excellence.

The price : from € 535 in a double room with breakfast.

Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Provincia La Altagracia, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic. Phone. : +1 809 469 7469.

Club Med Michès

A 700-meter beach and 38 hectares of land welcome this first eco-chic Club Med. Club Med / Press photo

In Michès, on the north coast, Club Med caters to all tastes, both for athletes and for those who love idleness. If we find the fundamentals common to all CM-stamped resorts, such as friendliness and quality entertainment, we can also recharge our batteries Robinson-style in this large, subtly laid out area, the conjunction of several small “boutique villages” scattered around the area. palm grove. Another peculiarity of the establishment: the possibility of easily exploring the treasures of the region, almost devoid of visitors. Selected pieces: observation of humpback whales in the bay of Samaná (from January to April), exploration of the very wild Los Haitises national park, introduction to cocoa making… A zen oasis, between blue and green.

For who ? Families.

The price : from € 1,267 per person per week in full board, excluding flights.

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Miches 24000, Dominican Republic. Phone. : 1 849 941 0201.

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Ten extraordinary hotels to get away from it all in the Dominican Republic

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