Source: Caribbean Journal
The all-inclusive landscape has been changing rapidly in the last few years, most recently with the acquisition of Apple Leisure Group by Hyatt. That move, which sent shockwaves throughout the industry, is part of a growing focus by major travel brands on all-inclusive.
More and more travel leaders, from ALG’s Alex Zozaya to Posadas’ Jose Carlos Azcarraga, tell Caribbean Journal that the all-inclusive space is only growing — as more and more travelers simply continue to demand it.
And if the all-inclusive sector has a capital, it’s Punta Cana: the most-visited hotspot in the Caribbean’s most-visited country: the Dominican Republic.
Punta Cana’s resort product Is set in two unique destinations: Greater Punta Cana, which includes everything from the famous Bavaro Beach to Uvero Alto, and Cap Cana, the luxurious enclave of the area that’s known for world-class golf, a large marina and a rarefied, exclusive feel. The latter has seen a surge in all-inclusive development in the last two or three years.
They both add up to the most popular travel destination in the Caribbean, home to nearly 50,000 hotel rooms.
Understandably, sifting through the sea of properties isn’t easy — there are some full-fledged gems for travelers. Here are our favorites to check in to right now.
Secrets Cap Cana Since it first opened back in 2017, the 457-room, adults-only resort set a new standard for all-inclusive in Punta Cana. And that’s still the case for this flagship Secrets resort, home to seven gourmet eateries, six bars and lounges (including a Preferred Club bar) and a spectacular setting on the blindingly white sands of Juanillo Beach.
While the rooms are all beautiful (all of which have their own hot tubs, 24-hour room service and daily-refreshed mini-bars), the swim-up suites are very much worth the splurge.
TRS Cap Cana TRS Cap Cana Palladium Hotel Group first launched its highest-end TRS brand in the Mexican Caribbean, and its new Cap Cana outpost is at the same level. The adults-only resort has 115 suites, with a pair of restaurants, an Ibiza-style beach club and a pair of pools; it’s a sleek, crisp place to stay in the heart of chic Cap Cana.
The Zentropia Palladium Spa and Wellness Center is a standout too, with a pair of hot tubs, steam rooms, and a host of private treatment rooms.
Hyatt Ziva-Zilara Cap Cana They’re really two separate resorts, in line with parent company Playa’s philosophy: that means the Zilara for couples and the Ziva for families. Like the aforementioned Secrets, it’s set on what is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Dominican Republic: Cap Cana’s Juanillo Beach, worth the trip all by itself.