Doing Punta Cana in style: a guide

The Caribbean is to beaches what Europe is to history & culture. So much choice exists, it’s tough to narrow them down. In the Dominican Republic, you’ll have plenty of options to mull, but you really can’t go wrong with Punta Cana.

Home to white sand beaches that go on forever, you’ll find everything needed for a relaxing, luxurious holiday. Below, we’ll tell you where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. Stick by our preferred mainstays, and you’ll be sure to have a fulfilling visit.


Your choice of accommodation can make or break your entire trip. Book at the Unique Club Resort Lopesan Costa Bávaro, and you’ll have the perfect home base to enjoy with family and friends.

Unlike other properties on the Lopesan Costa Bavaro resort, guests of Unique Club enjoy exclusive perks. You’ll enjoy cordoned-off areas in the lobby, pool area, and in resort restaurants. Additionally, you’ll have access to a members-only beach lounge – fantastic!

When the time comes to retire for the evening, there will be plenty of room for everyone. The smallest suites start have 462 square feet of floor space, while their most luxurious boasts over 1,200 square feet. With 50” satellite TVs, rain showers, private plunge pools, and spacious terraces, even your downtime will be memorable. 


As lovely as your resort is, you’ll eventually want to explore the surrounding area. Start by taking the plunge at Hoyo Azul. As you’ll quickly see, cenotes are not a phenomenon unique to the Mayan Riviera. With crystal clear water and lots of jungle vegetation, it is a refreshing break from the beach.

Next, book an exclusive snorkelling day trip. Unlike the budget affairs advertised in town, these come with a DJ, excellent food, and an open bar featuring top-shelf alcohol.

Finally, take to the skies on a parasailing adventure. If you’ve never done this before, make this holiday the one. Once you’re floating hundreds of feet above the waves and palms, you’ll know what freedom feels like!


Your all-inclusive will have many gourmet dining options to choose from. However, we strongly recommend venturing off the property to experience the best dining in Punta Cana.

Be sure to make reservations at La Yola Restaurant before leaving for home. In our estimation, this establishment prepares some of the best Dominican cuisine in the area. From red snapper to succulent braised goat, you’ll savour every bite.

Montserrat Manor is another highly-regarded restaurant in Punta Cana. This spot specializes in seafood (try the blackened salmon), but their turf options will keep landlubbers happy. If you’re in the latter camp, you can’t go wrong ordering the tomahawk steak.

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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