Accommodation options abound throughout the Dominican Republic. From beachfront resorts in Bavaro to upscale hotels in Punta Cana, families can easily find kid-friendly, all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic that fit their budget and idea of the ultimate vacation.
With ratings, family reviews and our own editors” first-hand experiences in mind, we”ve chosen our favorite all-inclusive resorts to help you decide where to stay on your next Dominican Republic vacation.
Written by Hilarey Wojtowicz
Melia Caribe Tropical
Family Junior Suites are better yet, with extra amenities like PlayStation consoles, baby kits, mini-fridges and bunk beds creating an inviting space for guests of all ages. The all-inclusive resort also boasts two buffet-style restaurants, 11 specialty a la carte eateries and 14 bars for adults to enjoy while kids are at the kids" and teens" club, open to children ages 8 months to 14 years.
Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
The entire family can then relax by one of the pools or on the beach in one of the dozens of lounge chairs. When kids get hungry, stop at one of the seven onsite restaurants, or order room service to your tropical view guestroom and dine al fresco on your private, furnished balcony.
Club Med Punta Cana
Launched in 2015, the program allows guests to learn the techniques of all circus acts -- aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high bungee jumpers and even musicians. Family suites, babysitting services (until 1 a.m.) and multiple pools (including one just for kids) round out our favorite aspects of this all-inclusive resort.
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real
Additionally, families receive their own private concierge to utilize during their stay when they book one of the 80 Family Concierge Suites. With a special check-in area, Kids Kits upon arrival, connecting rooms, turn down service with snacks, 24-hour room service, in-room video game consoles and more upon request, families are really treated to paradise at this all-inclusive resort.
Now Larimar Punta Cana
For teens ages 13 to 17, the Core Zone club is full of fun just for them, from Ping Pong, basketball and table games to a snack bar with non-alcoholic drinks and weekly bonfires on the beach.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
And while the kids are busy, parents can get their own game on at the casino, with its 45,000 square feet of tables and slots. The entire family can regroup for dinner at one of the nine restaurants at the resort, topping off the evening at Ice Cone, where fresh ice cream treats are made right onsite.
Barcelo Bavaro Palace
At the all-inclusive Barcelo Bavaro Palace, families receive special treatment. The Family Club features three levels of accommodations for parents and children, with mini-bars stocked with milk, juice, cereal and snacks, kids" beach kits with essentials for time on the sand and free admission for each person to the onsite Pirates Islands Water Park.
Additionally, the resort includes 11 restaurants; four pools, including one just for kids; the Barcy Water Park, which is included with all-inclusive rates; a nighttime nursery open from 6 p.m. to midnight; and a special nightclub just for teens.
Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro
Children have their own pool, parents have their own spa and nightly entertainment, and the entire family will enjoy the five restaurants, plus the patisserie and ice cream parlor. Punta Cana resorts don't cut any corners -- especially this one!
IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada
Located just 10 minutes from the city of Puerto Plata on the Dominican Republic"s northern coast, the resort features guestrooms and suites with private balconies, direct beach access, a separate children"s pool and water play area, a teen club for ages 13 to 17 and six restaurants and snack stands. Plus, parents can enjoy the onsite spa with its steam rooms and Turkish baths, as well as dancing, live music and a variety of shows just for them.
IBEROSTAR Hacienda Dominicus
Dine at one of the nine restaurants and bars throughout the day, and then return to one of the 504 guestrooms and suites, all of which feature private balconies, complimentary mini-bars and 24-hour room service. For large or multi-generational families, connecting rooms are also available.