Sharing the island of Hispaniola with neighbouring Haiti, the Dominican Republic is one of the jewels in the Caribbean’s crown. The tourists may flock to the island for its sandy white beaches and crystal blue waters but there is so much on offer for your next holiday. There are rainforests, mountain ranges and beautiful colonial towns to explore. One thing is certain – you are almost guaranteed some sun all year round so make sure to bring the sun cream.
The capital of Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo but the hub of tourist activity is based around the resort of Punta Cana. During our trip we stayed at the beautiful TUI Sensatori Punta Cana based up the coast in nearby Ulvero Alto. TUI Sensatori Punta Cana is a large modern hotel located on the beachfront with two large infinity pools overlooking the beach and nine restaurants on site.
Sunrise in the Dominican Republic
TUI Sensatori Punta Cana
Currency – Dominican peso (although we took US Dollars as these were widely accepted and more easily available in the UK).
Best time to visit – while the temperature in the Dominican Republic remains pretty constant throughout the year, the best time to visit is between December and March when the weather is most settled. The hurricane season in Dominican Republic is between June and November although that said, we went in July and the weather was incredible.
Accommodation – We stayed at the luxurious 5* TUI Sensatori Punta Cana and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about a trip to the Dominican Republic. There are a number of luxury hotels to choose from across the island including adults-only options.
Food – The TUI Sensatori Punta Cana operates on a ‘Gourmet All-Inclusive’ basis which basically means that you never stop eating and drinking throughout your entire stay in the Dominican Republic. The Gourmet All-Inclusive offer includes all nine restaurants on site as well as room service and drinks from any of the hotels five bars and the complimentary mini bar in your room. As you would expect, staying in a resort by the beach there’s loads of fresh seafood on offer too. Definitely one for the foodies out there although the vegetarian and vegan options were limited!
How much will it cost me – a week’s stay at the TUI Sensatori Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on an all-inclusive basis starts at £1,150 per person (staying in December 2020 – price accurate as of April 2020). We spent roughly $20-$30 per day in tips for the waiting staff and cleaners.
If there is a heaven for me I ‘m sure it has a beach attached to it
We loved our holiday in the Dominican Republic and we are certain that you will love it too. It is a little slice of heaven in the Caribbean. So if you’re feeling inspired, check out the rest of our Dominican Republic content for more ideas and our full review of the TUI Sensatori Punta Cana. You will not regret it.