Many of you know that my passion is planning customized European vacations and having helped planned hundreds of clients to Europe it was an interesting choice to go to the Dominican Republic (DR). Life is Better Traveling has an amazing team of travel agents who help plan all-inclusive vacations. Because our agents doing an amazing job, our suppliers have acknowledged and appreciated our partnerships that they invited us to the DR to visit various resorts and inspect them. When all of our agents who plan all-inclusive have prior commitments, I, as the agency owner, jumped on the opportunity to explore the DR. I wanted to share with you what my two favorite resorts were while I was down there.
First I want to say that the DR is beautiful and the people are so kind. I would jump on a plane and head back down there in a heartbeat. On my next trip, I will be exploring more of the island though and immersing myself with the locals.
For those looking for an adults-only getaway to reconnect, recharge, and relax together I would recommend the Secrets Cap Cana. The Cap Cana area is close to the airport and within its own gated community. Even though it is close to the airport you don’t really see or hear any airplanes.
The moment you walk into the lobby of Secrets Cap Cana you are transported into an island oasis. Tranquility with running water, high ceilings, and plush sitting chairs instantly have you feeling relaxed. The property is lush, and there are plenty of little spots throughout the resort for a quiet place to enjoy a bottle of wine or steal a few kisses. One of my favorite things about this resort is that the beach is not long. A short walk from the pool to the ocean on the soft, white sand beach is perfect
You have plenty of room options to choose. Looking for some more room then let’s book one of the villas with a swim-out pool looking out into the ocean. You don’t have to book the villa to have an amazing time. The standard junior suites are beautiful with more amenities than your typical resort. Overall, I would recommend this resort for those who are looking to take their honeymoon, an anniversary trip, reconnecting trip, or a quick getaway from the kiddos.
My new favorite family-friendly resort, upon which I now will never rent a house in the Outer Banks but go here, is the Dreams Macao. Yes, to get to this resort you do go through some areas that aren’t too eye-appealing but once you are at the resort you are transported to paradise. The lobby is open and big, but not too big because this resort has a lot to offer.
If you have kids under the age of 5 there are two splash pad areas with plenty to do including slides. For the older kids, there is a slide park with four different water slides and a lazy river. Looking for something more thrilling for your teenagers? How about some ziplining, rock wall climbing, or even laser tag. Yes, all of this is available to do at this resort including an arcade and four-lane bowling alley. However, at night there is plenty of music to keep everyone dancing.
I also love that there are multiple options for food at this resort including Italian food. I personally ate at this resort, and the food was delicious. The chef made some food creations that were out of this world for our group, and it had me thinking that if he takes this much consideration into the menu for us, the food for everyone else must be amazing.
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