The Dominican Republic encompasses so much of what makes the Caribbean such a popular holiday destination.
Pristine white sands lapped by turquoise waters, impressive resort hotels and beautiful natural landscapes are found in abundance here, along with a delightfully laid-back lifestyle.
But this country is unique in so many ways too, with a slew of charming fishing towns and pretty mountain villages complemented by a fascinating capital city and a fusion of cultures.
Santo Domingo remains the country’s most important city – a historic place filled with remnants of colonialism alongside modern-day Dominican culture – but tourism means that destinations like Punta Cana and La Romana are more vibrant than ever.
The resorts on these magnificent stretches of coastline offer a range of holidays, from an all-inclusive family trip to a romantic couple’s holiday or a party-filled break with mates. Below, we’ve selected some of the best flight and hotel packages for a sun-drenched seven days.
La Romana at the end of high season
If the crowds of Punta Cana don’t appeal, visit the less touristy region of La Romana. A British Airways Holiday lets you base yourself in the Casa de Campo Resort, one of the most luxurious in the country. It’s spread out over 7,000 acres on the coast, offering sophisticated, modern rooms with large terraces, a private section of beach with a beach club, and three vast pool areas for guests to spend the day in.
The resort is home to three championship golf courses, an 18,000-square-foot spa and 12 tennis courts, and it offers extra activities such as water sports, fishing and horse riding. The bars provide evening entertainment, and there are excursions to take you as far as Santo Domingo.
La Romana is found on the southern coast, around an hour from Punta Cana. It provides a more laid-back environment with less crowds, but is still known as a luxury destination, with beach-fronted resorts and golf courses galore. One of the main attractions is the Altos de Chavon, a re-creation of a 16th-century Mediterranean village.
Prices from £2,619pp including seven nights’ accommodation all-inclusive, return flights from London Gatwick and one piece of checked luggage per passenger. Departing 15 April 2024.
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