Home to the best beach for sunset walks, this adults-only all-inclusive has a more secluded feel than the neighboring resorts and the empty lounge chairs prove it. You’ll be welcomed by a glass of sparkling wine and genuine Caribbean charm. After all, Excellence knows how to give excellent service —staff that go above and beyond mean you spend more time relaxing with your sweetie and less time worrying about where your next drink is coming from. From $130 per person per night.
This just doesn’t fit with what I’ve heard about all-inclusives. For starters, there’s a castle (La Fortaleza) stretching out over the ocean. A few steps away are island-style bungalows, and in the middle of the resort, Spanish colonial-style buildings harbor intimate hideouts. My fiance and I lounge at the almost- hidden rooftop bar, just three steps from the infinity pool that offers views of the sea through the castle’s stone turrets. Back in our suite (now a honeymoon contender), it only gets better. We have three private plunge pools inside our quarters. Three. One is as big as my dining room. Just outside, a path along the castle moat leads to powder-white sand at Juanillo Beach, where my own Cinderella story ends with a very surprising scene: a beach in Punta Cana where we can snuggle in solitude. From $150 per person per night.
The name says it all — royal service. A cell phone comes with the room key, just in case you need to call your personal butler for, well, anything. Sure, service here means dinner reservations made for you, your ‘spot’ on the beach already saved and a pillow menu where you can choose anything from the scent to the fluffiness. But it also means a private lounge with a rotating selection of snacks and treats (don’t miss the tiramisu) and bubble baths drawn for you every night, topped with petals of your favorite flowers. After all, what’s more romantic than being pampered? From $400 per person per night.
This adults-only resort features a swim-up bar and plenty of private spots around the pool. Foodie couples will love the al fresco dining in the morning (beach view included) and French dinners at glitzy Mercure at night. Bonus: guests here also have access to next-door Now Larimar Punta Cana resort. Yep, that includes the restaurants. Fourteen dining options should give you plenty of fodder for date night. From $200 per person per night.
A boutique resort within a resort, The Level’s modern Miami vibe stands out among the usual Caribbean decor. But some comforts are blissfully Caribbean, and that’s what makes it the best of both worlds. Spread out in your garden on a private Bali bed by day and then head to the shimmering Gabi Club by night, where all-white glowing furniture make for the perfect nightcap nook. A martini says I’m in New York. Barefoot toes in the sand say I’m not. From $115 per person per night.