Planning a romantic weekend for Valentine’s Day? (Hadn’t thought of it? Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the credit.) While it’s still winter in the northern parts of the world on Feb. 14, the Dominican Republic boasts warm weather year-round, making it perfect for couples who prefer swimsuits and beaches to ski slopes and down jackets.
Although language can be a barrier for non-Spanish speakers and the tap water is not potable, people are extremely friendly and the landscape is stunning. The nation has six international airports, many with daily, direct flights to the U.S., so escaping for even just two or three days is very doable. Here are 10 hotels in the DR that have elegant rooms, relaxing spas, and serene beaches that make for a lovely, love-filled getaway.
— Lara Grant, Oyster.com
Designed by Oscar de la Renta, the 30-room Tortuga Bay offers amazing service (including preferential treatment at Punta Cana Airport), an on-site nature reserve, several superb restaurants, and three world-class golf courses. Those willing to fork over a very pretty penny for the chance to stay at this luxe resort will be treated to amazing views, beautiful rooms, and plenty of cozy corners for rekindling the flame.
Offering eco-friendly bungalows in a lush, friendly setting, Natura Cabanas is a taste of serene, northern coast luxury for a remarkably fair price. Guests enjoy delicious, fresh food, a clean, crowd-less private beach, yoga classes, and a fabulous spa. It’s quiet, and a bit rustic without TV or AC in rooms, but that’s the point. Lying on the gorgeous, tranquil beach tends to be top priority, but the resort also helps arrange excursions to nearby waterfalls and horseback riding trails.
Excellence Punta Cana
This upscale, adults-only all-inclusive property has a spacious beach and chic guest rooms. Swimming can be a challenge due to rough waves, but this surfer’s paradise has a more secluded feel, even with 464 rooms on the property. The meandering pool is never too crowded, and at night, adults — mostly honeymooners, couples, and wedding groups — can choose from a number of high-end restaurants before hitting the theater or lively casino. There’s a stand-out fitness center, yoga room, and luxurious two-floor spa on-site as well. Excellence knows how to give excellent service, starting with the welcome glass of champagne received immediately upon arrival.
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana
The Zoetry Agua is one of the most luxurious and tranquil all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. Catering towards couples, the resort boasts an uncrowded white-sand beach, sleek, spacious suites, a pristine pool, and one of the Dominican Republic’s top spas. The property also features a walking path, yoga, biking, snorkeling, kayaking, and many other watersports activities. Each guest can go on a 45-minute horseback riding tour and receive a 20-minute massage for no additional fee. Guests…