We love the Dominican Republic. Not Punta Cana and the mass tourism resorts of course. Most of what people know about Dominican Republic is not very interesting for the discerning traveller and explorer.
But…you can explore the real Dominican Republic, away from the all-inclusive, overcrowded, get-fat-on-buffet-breakfasts places, where nobody ever leaves the resort. You can stay at exclusive places, connect with locals and experience the true spirit of the island.
What to Do in the Dominican Republic
Bask on white sand beaches, dive into clear Caribbean waters, snorkel after colourful fish, relax in a beachside spa.
Explore Santo Domingo’s old neighbourhoods, so full of art, culture and history. Tour banana and tobacco plantations. Dive into Dominican gastronomy during cooking classes. Go canyoning. See waterfalls. Hike up Pico Duarte.
You’ll be amazed at how little people do here. We mean, how little tourists actually do. They just stay at the resort, eating and drinking all day.
This country has incredible nature, friendly people, and great local vibes. Surely you want to try Dominican cuisine over another round of American pancakes at the resort?
We love the country’s mix of Europe and the Caribbean, combined with the adventure aspect: scuba dive in a cave, explore the jungle, cruise an underground lagoon, hike, ride, birdwatch and connect with the country’s spirit.
Where to Stay in the Dominican Republic
This country has some terrible places to stay. There are many oversized resorts and honestly, we’d rather sleep at the airport than stay there. Our private consultant Tomáš Safarik identifies the five best places to stay in the Dominican Republic.
Eden Roc Cap Cana
“When it comes to accommodation in the Punta Cana area, Eden Roc is the most exclusive.”
34 freestanding suites, from one to four bedrooms, with private outdoor lounge areas and swimming pools. Perfect when travelling with kids.
Tortuga Bay Hotel at Puntacana Resort & Club
A little dated but far more humble than the larger resorts around it, Tortuga Bay Hotel has a relaxed and tropical feel close to the lagoons. It’s a solid choice in the Punta Cana area.
The Ocean Club, a Luxury Collection Resort
We much prefer the north coast over Punta Cana. The best hotels are located there and you have far more exploration possibilities.
”The Ocean Club is a great choice for travellers who crave proximity to the water as well as the town bustle on shore.”
Casa Colonial Beach & Spa
In the Playa Dorada complex on the island’s north shore, with just 50 suites mixing colonial aesthetics and a huge array of facilities.
’Casa Colonial is a fine waterfront establishment with great service. Less exclusive than nearby Amanera, which is reflected in the price.
Dominated by nature, this uber-luxury retreat has a deliciously hidden location, with a private mile-long beach. You might not even believe this Caribbean beach retreat.
”The ambience at Amanera is simply one-of-a-kind. Truly superb service at THE most exclusive hotel in the whole country.”
Explore the Dominican Republic With Us
This is a short little guide to get you started. Meet with us face to face or over the phone and we’ll talk you through the subtleties of a holiday in the Dominican Republic.
If you want a budget all inclusive package at a 500-room resort we’re not for you. If you travel different and want to explore, request a call.