Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Resort development began on this stretch of the Dominican Republic soon after the first commercial airport opened in 1984. Since then this lush, tropical island paradise has become a mecca for vacationers seeking affordable all-inclusive vacations.
There are a little over 100 resorts lining Punta Cana's 8 main beaches, most of them offer all-inclusive amenities. But we'll be honest, vacationers seeking quality service and food and who prefer a little more luxury will find the choices to be limited. Resorts in Punta Cana do not always live up to the pictures and descriptions on their websites. So how can you afford a luxury Punta Cana resort without lowering your expectations?
We've done some homework and prepared a short list of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families. We're confident that you will be please with the quality of these resorts as well as the added amenities for families such as programs for kid's and teen's, separate family and adult pools, rooms that accommodate larger families, kids stay free packages, family entertainment and watersports, and more.
Our list includes resorts in two popular areas - Bavaro Beach and Uvero Alto Beach. Bavaro beach boasts those large, white sandy beaches dotted with palm trees and falling coconuts, just what comes to mind when you think of Punta Cana. Uvero Alto Beach is farther north and is much less touristy and more tranquil. You'll find less white sand and more waves, but a setting that is absolute paradise.
Best Punta Cana all-inclusive family resorts
Resorts along Bavaro Beach
1. Majestic Colonial
Majestic Colonial has become one of the most in demand hotels in Punta Cana for weddings, honeymooners and families alike. Their wide selection of international cuisine and choice of activities are just a few of the reasons to visit this spectacular Resort.
The resort reopened in 2018 after extensive renovations, and because kids are a priority at Majestic Resorts they have updated and improved the services at Splash Kids Club. The Kid's Club is a beautifully decorated castle, with colorful cartoon animation and lots of space. Fully equipped with its own pool, plus slides, sport games, video games, mini disco, television programs, movies and more.
2. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real
The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is a resort-within-a-resort designed to meet the needs of the whole family. Among it's offerings include exclusive access to separate, sparkling new pools for kids and adults, a private lounge and an all-new, all-luxury collection of 192 oversized Paradisus Resort Suites, along with 48 signature Paradisus Family Concierge suites, renowned for their comfort and irresistible array of family friendly amenities.
The resort's family pool, with a small splash pool, is the perfect place for children to enjoy their family holiday in the Dominican Republic. Another area includes fun creative activities, as well as different sports activities, so parents will not hear the words "I'm bored" during their stay. We love the private family check-in area filled with snacks and crafts, and Reserve Family Concierge Suite with separate sleeping and living area, kitchenette, dining table and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
3. Now Larimar
This beautiful resort located on a palm-studded, white sandy Bavaro beach boasts something for everyone. Relax and unwind poolside, drop off the kids at the Explorer’s Club – a fully supervised children’s program with lots of fun activities, give your older ones their space in the Core Zone Teen's Club, enjoy family-friendly entertainment, try your luck at Now's on-site casino or tee off at a nearby professional golf course.
The kiddos will love the activities at the Explorer's Club including arts & crafts, playground, treasure hunts, rock climbing wall, indoor game room and video games, splash fountain, inflatable iceberg in the ocean, campout adventures, big-screen movies, and special dinner for children.
4. Royalton Punta Cana
Royalton Resorts are known for exceptional service and incredible attention to detail. The Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino is no exception. Guests enjoy modern facilities, warm staff, and Royalton's exclusive "All-In" Luxury amenities
Guests of Royalton Punta Cana share access to the restaurants and pool areas of Grand Memories Splash and Grand Memories Punta Cana next door. You won't want to miss the largest water park in the Caribbean at Memories Splash.
5. Royalton Bavaro Resort
Just like it's sister property, Royalton Bavaro which opened it's doors in 2018, offers something for travelers of all ages. This modern resort features two sections offering a family-friendly vacation experience in the general resort and Diamond Club for a higher level of service and exclusive pool, beach and dining areas. The All-In Luxury vacations include daily activities and nightly entertainment as well as multi-sport court, non- motorized watersports such as snorkeling, kayaking, and an introductory scuba diving lesson.
We think you'll love the meandering lazy river complete with waterfalls, grottos and slides. Or for a more amped-up experience, just like guests of Royalton Punta Cana, guests can enjoy the waterpark at nearby Splash Memoies.
6. Hard Rock Punta Cana
We saved the best of Bavaro for last! If you are looking for a laid-back, tranquil vacation, this is not it. Instead, Hard Rock appeals to those seeking thrilling gaming action in the biggest and best casino in the Caribbean, exhilarating nightlife, tantalizing culinary options, state-of-the-art meeting facilities and rooms worth tweeting about, all infused with Hard Rock's legendary rock and roll vibe? This is Hard Rock after all. The best All Inclusive Resort in Punta Cana.
Hard Rock has numerous activities from kids as young as 4 to teens and young adults. In fact, there are too many to mention here. But it's safe to say that Hard Rock's Kid's Bop program, Kid's Club and Hard Rock Roxity Kid's Club pretty much satisfy young traveler's cravings for entertainment, activities, technology, arts & crafts, sports and watersports.
Uvero Alto Beach Resorts
7. Dreams Punta Cana
Dreams Punta Cana, owned by American company AMResorts (the same company that owns Now Larimar, #3 on our list) maintains very, very high standards of quality. This mid-priced resort with 5-star quality, Dreams raises the bar with what they call a Limitless Luxury package which means you get more included in the cost of your vacation than other all-inclusive resorts.
Spacious rooms and suites, graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped provide a picture-perfect vacation experience with welcoming service and romantic inclusions. Beautiful and exciting destinations provide a lovely setting for a wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway or family vacation. Best of all, most every amenity is included as part of Unlimited-Luxury.
Created especially for youngsters, the club is fully and professionally supervised and filled with adventures and activities that they will enjoy and treasure for a lifetime, while giving parents time on their own to spend vacation time their way. Time flies by with daily activities based around nature, science and exploration.
Once a week, the Explorer’s Club offers a camping adventure on the beach as well! They’ll make new friends from around the world, while parents reconnect with each other. Parents, we can even provide dinners for your kids when you want to enjoy a romantic evening alone!
8. Nickelodeon Resort by Karisma
Who lives in a Pineapple under the sea? You can, at Nickelodeon by Karisma's Punta Cana Resort and Spa. Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana opened it's doors in 2016 and is one of the most fun yet chic resorts in the Caribbean. Guests of all ages can expect an incomparable luxury vacation filled with playful surprises. The Resort offers both non-stop family entertainment and the renowned Gourmet Inclusive Experience and special character dining by Karisma.
There are various room styles and categories to choose from including Nest Suites for adults, Pad Suites and Flat Swim-up suites and 2-bedroom Connoisseur Super Villas. But all eyes are on the 2-bedroom/3-bath Pineapple suite featuring all of the modern amenities and luxurious accommodations found in the Super Villas, but with a unique twist: all who enter are instantly immersed in SpongeBob’s world. There is only one Pineapple Suite and the waiting list is lone, but a stay here is well worth the wait.
Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana is one of the best waterpark resorts in the world. Complete with waterslides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river, Aqua Nick is the perfect way to keep cool under the Caribbean sun. Watch out, you might get slimed during one of the resort's mass sliming events.
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Brenda Ajay is a travel adviser and travel writer based in Central Pennsylvania. She specializes in family and luxury travel.
Brenda Kaufman is a travel adviser and blogger based in Cape Coral, FL. She specializes in family travel, and ocean and river cruising.