7 Phenomenal Punta Cana All-Inclusive Resorts for Adults Only

Tired of shrieking kids? Plan a mental escape and check out these 7 Punta Cana all-inclusive, adults-only resorts for a sexy, romantic vacation.

As we shuffle barefoot through light, warm sand, the breeze blows against our faces and through our intertwined fingers. Gigantic palm trees line our path as far as we can see, their leaves swaying sideways as if reaching to touch the Atlantic Ocean. We’re not sure how long we’ve walked, transfixed by the orange-red sky. From our daily sunset stroll on Bávaro Beach to nights dancing our cares away to a live merengue band, Punta Cana always makes it easy for us to disconnect from the world — especially when we ditch the kids and treat ourselves with an all-inclusive adults only resort.

The good news is, “adults only” accommodation options are increasing every year, with luxurious suites that come packed with romantic features, not to mention all the social activities onsite. So whether you and your partner are into fitness sessions, culinary experiences, or want to party like it’s 1999, these top seven picks — located up and down the DR’s eastern coastline — offer an exhilarating and relaxing Punta Cana vacation away from the kids.

Effortless Luxury and Zen


Sophisticated romance and relaxation come easy at Excellence Punta Cana where rooms fill quickly with honeymooners and repeat visitors. Located on the northern tip of Punta Cana, lining Playa Üvero Alto, it’s secluded enough from neighboring resorts that you won’t see other guests. That’s just one of this five-star resort’s perks.

As soon as you step out of the taxi, the staff take your luggage away and greet you with a welcome drink tray, while memorizing your name for the remainder of your stay. Rooms come with large jet tubs (filled by your butler at turndown by request), a full premium liquor shelf bar, and balconies overlooking the pool and ocean blues. You can also call home free to the U.S. or Canada.

The lazy river-shaped swimming pool — among the most attractive in the area — snakes around the resort and is a dream for floating aimlessly in complimentary tubes with a cocktail in hand. The restaurant options are excellent enough to drag you out of the water, particularly The Grill (steaks, burgers and fried fish), and the tapas-serving Flavor Market (chorizo, garlic mussels and shrimp).

Excellence Punta Cana

Top rated
Uvero Alto
9.2 Excellent (4176 reviews)

Punta Cana's Fitness Hub

With a sleek, minimalist pink and white design and 323 suites facing a vast, turquoise Atlantic Ocean and white sand beach, CHIC delivers on its name. Also set on Playa Üvero Alto, north of the Punta Cana airport, the intimately-sized resort manages to strike a balance between relaxation and a party vibe for the 20-30s crowd, from foam pool parties to carnival dancing.

The in-room neon lighting and interactive TV might tempt you not to leave your seafront suite. But the pool fun, with a resident DJ spinning from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will pull you in. The area is spacious and you won’t have to save loungers, some of which are set in the water.

Among its seven restaurants, the Hunter Steakhouse and the Vespa Italian restaurant are popular, while the buffet offers a daily variety of international cuisine. And unlike other resorts, not one but two swim-up bars ensure plenty of space for all.

The biggest perk at CHIC is their fitness team and the wide variety of activities. You’ll find classes ranging from yoga to pilates, aqua Zumba, beach volleyball, and kickboxing. Listed under “life enriching” options are sushi workshops and dance classes. If you’re a night owl, hop over post-dinner to the Mermaid pool for champagne and more music from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Butlers come with The Diamond Club option, and they’re handy for taking the stress out of restaurant reservations. If you’re making this an adults-only escape with your friends, ask about CHIC Mansion, the 11,500 square feet villa with six rooms and baths, and its own pool, bar, lounge, and wine cellar.

Chic By Royalton All Inclusive Resort

Uvero Alto

A Communal Party Experience


With a motto on the front sliding door that says “Welcome to the party,” Breathless is clear that it caters to adults who want to combine luxury and fun – day and night. The 20 to 30-something crowd flock here, making the resort ideal for mingling and meeting fellow travelers.

That’s not to say there aren’t quiet moments to be had. Large sun beds line the beach area — ideal for those who are looking for those seaside naps. Over by the poolside, a quote reminds you to “live big, breathe deep.” With 750 suites, the resort is spacious enough to find a quiet corner if you so choose. Tropical-colored rooms boast orange, gold, and green tones, and all the amenities you’d expect, including free calls to the U.S., Canada and Mexico, 24-hour room and concierge service, a mobile app to view the day’s activities, and restaurants (no reservations required).

Opt for the Xhale Club rooms for a terrace Jacuzzi or a swim out pool, terrace tub, and a private butler who might surprise you with a rose petal-filled bathtub every evening when you return from your fun-filled day.

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two, or meet fellow diners at one of the resort’s eight a-la-carte restaurants with a handful of communal tables, plus a 24-hour Mediterranean tapas spot for the late-night crowd. Last but not least, you get two for one: all guests have access to neighboring Now Onyx Punta Cana resort.

Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Top rated
Uvero Alto
9.0 Excellent (3408 reviews)

A Haven For Relaxation

The southernmost of all the resorts on the Punta Cana stretch is the most unique in design and offering, tucked inside the exclusive Cap Cana area where well-heeled Dominicans also own vacation homes. For starters, the five-star, 174-room Sanctuary Cap Cana stands out for its grand Spanish colonial castle-like design, perched cliffside and overlooking the ocean.

Surrounding the property are five pools, including a saltwater pool with a variety of modern lounge chairs and plush towels, and a brilliant white sand beach. You’ll have a hard time choosing among the luxurious rooms, but a handful of the “Castle Suites” boast swim up pools or indoor plunge pools. The King and Queen one-bedroom villas also have the largest oceanfront terraces, butler service, espresso machines, and in-room aromatherapy session.

Five on-site restaurants rank among the best in the region — the Blue Marlin fresh seafood restaurant is a standout — but there are even more dining options across the resort at Sanctuary Town, a restaurant strip with bars, a dessert cafe, a burger joint, Asian fusion, and Italian restaurants, and a taco truck.

Work it all off at poolside dance classes, the 24-hour fitness center, or teeing off at the award-winning Punta Espada Golf Club. Not exciting enough? Go for the on-site cooking classes, wine tastings, and Spanish language classes or opt for retail therapy at Cap Cana Marina. Nightly fun varies from lively bonfire beach parties to cocktails at the piano bar.

Sanctuary Cap Cana, A Luxury Collection Adult All-Inclusive Resort, Dominican Republic

Top rated
Playa Bavaro
9.4 Excellent (2544 reviews)

Sexy Plunge Pool Suites

Secrets Cap Cana is all about romance and you’ll feel it the moment you enter the lobby. Step out to a panoramic view of signature Punta Cana with towering palm trees flanking the pool and thatch-covered seafront loungers for two dotting the white sand beach.

The inspiring views continue inside the resort’s 400 plush suites where you can choose a unit with a whirlpool tub or private plunge pool. When you’re ready, join the free fun onsite from pool volleyball and water aerobics to dance lessons, or explore the outdoors on snorkeling, fishing or golfing adventure.

Fuel up at the resort’s six a la carte restaurants where reservations aren’t required, including a number of bars, from the lobby to poolside. Premium guests get their own butler who will check in at your swim up pool or anywhere you may find yourself to bring you food and drinks as you wish.

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa - Adults Only - All Inclusive

9.3 Excellent (5498 reviews)

Tranquility with Local Vibes


Located on the most beautiful and swimmable stretches of beach in the Punta Cana area, the adults-only section of the Barceló Bávaro all-inclusive resort offers consistent value. You’ll have access to all of the on-site Barceló Bávaro Palace’s pools, restaurants, and activities, even if you have to hop on a short train ride to get to them.

Within the adults only portion, you’ll find a private white sand beach section with plenty of loungers lining a sparkling turquoise sea, and a short walk away from the main buffet restaurant. Blue and white-colored suites feature fully stocked bars, open marble bathrooms, and terraces with whirlpool tubs. Onsite are four restaurants, two bars, and a relaxing pool.

Take advantage of your location in the hip Bávaro area. Catch a short taxi ride to additional local restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping malls in the Cortecito and Los Corales areas where you’ll find a nice mix of locals and tourists. In Los Corales, dine on authentic Mexican at Wacamole and then walk over to The Living Room for cocktails and live music outdoors. Capitán Cook in Cortecito serves fresh catch daily. Then, continue your night at the adjacent beachfront bar, Onno’s.

Barceló Bávaro Beach

Top rated
Playa Bavaro
8.6 Excellent (1882 reviews)

A Chic Foodie Escape


North of the strip, Le Sivory stands out from the larger resorts with its minimalist sophisticated 55 suites, its beachside restaurant with natural breezes and sea views mere steps away, and a value-packed stay that’s hard to beat for its size. The highlight is undoubtedly the food. Michelin Star Chef Rafa Sánchez designs the resort’s three restaurant menus, ranging from Mediterranean to Asian fusion. And the resort’s wine cellar offers over 8,000 bottles from around the world, including vintage bottles.

Opt for the luxury junior suites, boasting furnished terraces with plunge pools and direct beach access, or the deluxe suites with terrace whirlpool tubs and sun beds. In either suite, you’ll find a wine cooler stocked daily with a selection of 12 house wines as part of your all-inclusive package.

Le Sivory Punta Cana by PortBlue Boutique

Uvero Alto
8.3 Very good (43 reviews)

Feature image courtesy of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism