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The best couples-only resorts in Punta Cana and the best couple-friendly all-inclusive hotels

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The best couples-only resorts in Punta Cana and the best couple-friendly all-inclusive hotels

The good news: There are indeed couples-only resorts in Punta Cana. The bad news: There are not as many as you might think. While adults-only resorts in the Dominican Republic are pretty common, couples-only resorts in Punta Cana are more scarce. Still, some are worth considering and as we have visited most of them personally, we are happy to share our experiences about the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for couples here. We’ll tell you what makes it worth visiting them and also let you know which type of traveler should better avoid certain hotels.

This is a list of the best couples hotels in Punta Cana. If you’d like to know some general information about accommodation in Punta Cana, you can continue reading all the insider tips on how to find the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana and my recommendation on how to save money during an all-inclusive holiday in Punta Cana.
If you are looking specifically for hotels only for adults, you can also check out the the best Punta Cana all-inclusive adults-only resorts in the Dominican Republic (to follow soon).
If you are interested in specific adults-only resorts in Punta Cana, you can read the extensive hotel reviews of Royalton Chic Punta Cana, RIU Palace Macao, RIU República, Catalonia Royal Bavaro, Live Aqua Punta Cana, Melia Punta Cana, Temptation Miches Resort and Secrets Royal Beach.

The best couples-only resorts in Punta Cana

There is an important difference in resorts for couples most people are not 100% aware of:
– couples-only resorts in Punta Cana
AND
– all-inclusive resorts for couples in Punta Cana.
While you can book couples-only resorts exclusively for two people (and in some instances only for two people of a different gender), suitable all-inclusive resorts for couples are usually adults-only resorts that receive singles, couples, groups and parties of friends.

To do this difference justice, we have divided this article exactly into these two sections: all-inclusive hotels “couples only” in Punta Cana and the best Punta Cana resorts for couples. Currently, there is only exactly 1 couples-only resort in Punta Cana and the entire Dominican Republic, hence the second section is much longer than the first one. As we have visited most of those resorts on our own, we’re happy to share our experiences and insider tips with you.

Temptation Grand Miches Resort

Temptation Grand Miches Resort is indeed the only couples-only resort in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic. Strictly spoken it is not even located in Punta Cana, but as the closest international airport is Punta Cana and you can reach it with a quick airport transfer in around 80 minutes + it is still the same coastline as Punta Canas’ beaches, it still can be considered as an all-inclusive resort in the broader sense.

Temptation Grand Miches Resort is not only a resort for couples only in Punta Cana, it also is an adults-only resort exclusively for visitors of at least 21 years and older. Furthermore, it is one of the newest resorts in and around Punta Cana as it was only opened in 2023.

Grand Temptation Miches

But that’s not everything that makes Temptation Grand Miches Resort unique. It is, together with its sister hotel and neighbor Temptation Miches Resort, the first resort in Miches. It also offers topless-optional areas and even has some au naturel spaces, such as the Jacuzzi and the Playroom. This being said, Temptation Grand Miches Resort is a lifestyle-friendly couples-only resort in Punta Cana, even though you can also visit here without a problem if you’re not into this kind of thing or simply want to enjoy the resort without any second thoughts. After all, you also have access to neighboring Temptation Miches Punta Cana, which is one of the best party resorts in Punta Cana and which “only” has a topless-optional pool, no au naturel areas.

It is hard to explain the quintessence of Temptation Miches Resorts in the Dominican Republic as there are so many special features and new concepts that you can’t find anywhere else in Punta Canas’ hotels, making Temptation Grand Miches a unique couples-only resort in Punta Cana. Besides the topless-optional areas, there are always fun and crazy games going on at Temptation Miches and you can have dinner at SHE, a new dining experience where a set 4-course meal is accompanied by sensual dancing performances from a professional group.

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Besides this, Temptation Grand Miches Restaurant comes with 4 restaurants, among them two à-la-carte restaurants and 4 bars. However, you can use the additional 6 restaurants of neighboring Temptation Miches Resort as well. Together with Zoetry Agua, featured further below among the best all-inclusive resorts for couples, it is one of the smallest resorts in Punta Cana, as it only features 114 rooms. Those rooms are elegantly designed and have all the state-of-the-art amenities, as Temptation Grand Miches Resort was only opened in 2023.

Why it is the best couples-only resort in Punta Cana: It is the only resort of its kind in the Dominican Republic – and therefore the best choice if you’re looking for a real couples-only experience in Punta Cana.
Transfer time from Punta Cana International Airport: 80 minutes (book your transfer here*)
Best room category for couples: Lovescape Tropical View Jacuzzi Room (check rates for this room here*)
Price range (low season/high season) per room: Starting from approx. 300-450 USD (check current promotions here*)
Further information: Read the full review about the sister resort, Temptation Miches Resort

The best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for couples

If you’re just looking for a couples-friendly hotel but not necessarily for a couples-only resort in Punta Cana, this section will be super helpful for you. All of the following resorts (except for Zoetry Agua) are all-inclusive adult resorts in Punta Cana, that offer a welcoming environment for couples, several activities and a fantastic setting for a great couple’s vacation in Punta Cana.

The best resort for couples in Punta Cana – for honeymooners: Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is a unique all-inclusive resort for couples although it is technically not even a Punta Cana all-inclusive adults-only resort as kids are allowed. But as this resort doesn’t offer any family amenities plus your kids have to pay the full rate, you don’t have to worry about any screaming or disturbing kids – this won’t happen here. Even more, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana with its only 96 suites offers an unparalleled intimate feeling, which makes it one of the best Punta Cana all-inclusive for couples.

Especially for those on a honeymoon, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is a great choice as you have unique amenities included which guarantee an unforgettable couple’s vacation. Among them are a free 45-minute horseback ride on the pristine beach of Zoetry Agua, a lobster dinner as well and access to the hydrotherapy section of the spa included. Private in-room dining can also be arranged without any surcharge.

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As if this would not be enough for Zoetry being a great honeymoon resort in Punta Cana, Zoetry Agua offers a complimentary honeymoon package with fresh fruit, a bottle of sparkling wine, special turndown service one evening during the stay, breakfast in bed with mimosas and 15% off spa treatments included. If you stay at least 7 nights in a Junior Suite Oceanfront room, you’re even getting the extended honeymoon package at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana for free, which includes – among other services – a large natural floral arrangement in the suite, a nightly “lavish chocolate” turndown service, a romantic surprise dinner on the beach for the couple, a specialty couples massage and free anniversary nights. This makes it indeed the perfect choice for couples in Punta Cana.

In general, Zoetry Agua Punta Cana is one of the high-end resorts in Punta Cana, hence you don’t have to worry about the quality of the service, amenities, food, and drinks. Everything will be top-notch hence it is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for couples.

Why it is the best Punta Cana resort for couples: Exclusivity, intimacy, top-notch service, stunning location, pristine beach – there is not much more you can ask from for a unique couple’s vacation in the Caribbean
Transfer time from Punta Cana International Airport: 40 minutes (book your transfer here*)
Best room category for couples: Junior Suite Oceanfront Room (check rates for this room here*)
Price range (low season/high season) per room: starting from approx. 450-700 USD (check current promotions here*)

The Scenic Beach Views at Zoetry Punta Cana

The best resort for couples in Punta Cana – for those who want to relax: Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort

Zoetry Agua is perfect if you want to relax – but might either not be every couple’s price tag or a bit too quiet. Entertainment at Zoetry Agua is limited compared to other resorts, even though you have different activities throughout the day and live music nearly every evening.

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If this sounds a little bit too relaxed for you but you are still looking for an oasis of peace and relaxation, you can try out Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort, which is much bigger. There are plenty of activities for couples, such as a mud cleanse course, a painting workshop, a reflexology activity, Flow Yoga, a healthy cooking workshop or the 7 Chakras workshop. In general, Melía Punta Cana has put a lot of effort into creating activities that are different from the typical resort entertainment.

The full name of this couples-friendly resort in Punta Cana is “Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort Adults Only – A Wellness Inclusive Resort” – this gives you an idea of what to expect here. Indeed wellness is a focal point at this all-inclusive hotel as some rooms (all those marked with “Stay Well”, for example, the “The Level Suite Beachside by Stay Well”) have daily spa treatments, including (couples) massages, facials or beauty arrangements. The full concept of this wellness hotel for couples is explained in our extensive Melía Punta Cana Beach review.

Wonderful tropical gardens at Melia Punta Cana Beach Resort Adults Only

Another difference between Melía Punta Cana Beach Resort compared to Zoetry is that it is a particularly large resort – not necessarily in terms of the rooms but more about the size of the property. Melía Punta Cana offers huge tropical areas, wonderful gardens and an abundance of palm trees, making it perfect for all those couples who love exploring. You can also leave the resort walking as there are several restaurants and shopping areas close by, including the newly opened theme park Katmandu Punta Cana.

Our insider tip: if you’re looking for a little bit of upgraded couples experiences but don’t want to splurge into a “Stay Well” room at Melía Punta Cana, consider booking a “The Level” room which comes with additional restaurants, VIP amenities, butler service and upgraded premium spirits. Depending on the season, these upgrades are pretty affordable and worth the money, as you can read in our full Melía Punta Cana review.

Melía Punta Cana Beach Resort is located at Bavaro Beach, Punta Cana’s prime beach, which offers the finest sand, endless miles to walk and thousands of swaying palm trees along with a more than picturesque ocean water.

Why it is the best Punta Cana resort for couples: a newly-created wellness concept, which is much more than just spa and beauty + excellent restaurants and a great staff, Melía Punta Cana has it all.
Transfer time from Punta Cana International Airport: 25 minutes (book your transfer here*)
Best room category for couples: The Level Suite Beachside by Stay Well (check rates for this room here*)
Price range (low season/high season) per room: Starting from approx. 230/400 USD (check current promotions here*)

The best resort for couples in Punta Cana – for luxury travelers: Secrets Cap Cana

If you’re looking for a real couple’s getaway into an elegant and exclusive area with white and picturesque beaches, Cap Cana might be a great option to go. There is not much to do around there (except chartering a yacht* or heading to Scape Park Punta Cana with its famous Blue Lagoon), but if you just want to splurge in your resort, daydream at the beautiful beaches, mingle with like-minded travelers and enjoy top-notch service all around, Cap Cana is the perfect destination for you.

One of the most popular all-inclusive resorts for couples in Cap Cana is Secrets Cap Cana. It features 457 spacious and elegant suites, a lot of them with either pool or ocean view – plus additional swim-out suites, some of the best in Punta Cana. Talking about the ocean view, it is one of the best here as the ocean is incredibly turquoise and the beach in Cap Cana super white, making your Caribbean postcard picture perfect while traveling as a couple to Punta Cana.

Secrets Cap Cana, a fantastic all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana

Another reason why Secrets Cap Cana is a perfect couples’ resort in Punta Cana is its extensive spa and the no-reservation policy for dinners. This being said, you can show up whenever you want and are most likely to get a seat – either immediately or after a short wait at the bar where you can connect with other couples, who are visiting plentiful here.

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If interested in some extra service, you can book yourself a Preferred Club room, which comes with additional amenities, such as an exclusive Preferred Club Lounge, a separated beach area with waiter service, a Preferred Club pool as well as two restaurants only for Preferred Club guests – perfect for some intimate couples’ moments at Secrets Cap Cana.

Why it is the best Punta Cana resort for couples: Exclusive services, fantastic ocean views and top-notch restaurants – Secrets Cap Cana is not without a reason one of the most popular resorts for couples and adults in Punta Cana
Transfer time from Punta Cana International Airport: 20 minutes (book your transfer here*)
Best room category for couples: Preferred Club Junior Suite Swim Out (check rates for this room here*)
Price range (low season/high season) per room: Starting from approx. 600/800 USD (check current promotions here*)

The best resort for couples in Punta Cana – for budget travelers: Bahía Principe Aquamarine

We know that not every couple wants to spend a fortune when traveling to the Caribbean, but luckily Punta Cana has something for every kind of budget. Bahía Principe Aquamarine is a very suitable couple-friendly resort in Punta Cana that doesn’t break the bank and has a lot to offer for adults and activities.

Even though we have included Bahía Principe Aquamarine in our list of the best party resorts in Punta Cana, it is more of a low-key party hotel compared to other resorts such as Riu Republica, Temptation Miches or breathless Punta Cana. This being said, you find a wide array of social activities, daily entertainment, nightly shows and occasional pool and foam parties, but there is also more than sufficient space to relax and unwind from your stress at home. You will find a lot of other like-minded couples here at Bahía Principe Grand Aquamarine.

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Bahía Principe Aquamarine is part of the large Bahía Principe Punta Cana complex which counts a total of 7 resorts and more than 3000 rooms. Even though this sounds massive (which indeed it is), all amenities are located within the Aquamarine hotel site, hence you can reach everything by walking in approx. 3-4 minutes walk. The gorgeous Arena Gorda beach is approx. 6-7 minutes walking away – alternatively you can take the Trolley Train which covers the entire Bahía Principe property.

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Restaurants are located both at the beach (for lunch) as well as at Bahía Principe Aquamarine (for breakfast, lunch and dinner).

The quality of Bahía Principe Grand Aquamarine is better than at neighboring Bahía Principe Bavaro and Bahía Principe Punta Cana, but not as good as at family resort Luxury Bahía Principe Esmeralda and adults-only resort Luxury Bahía Principe Ambar, which would also be a great option for a couple if your budget is a bit higher.

Why it is the best Punta Cana resort for couples: Bahía Principe Aquamarine offers a perfect combination of affordable rooms, a wonderful beach and the needed quality to enjoy a couple’s vacation in the Caribbean
Transfer time from Punta Cana International Airport: 25 minutes (book your transfer here*)
Best room category for couples: Junior Suite Superior (check rates for this room here*)
Price range (low season/high season) per room: starting from approx. 200/270 USD (check current promotions here*)

The best resort for couples in Punta Cana – for party lovers: Riu Palace Macao

It is indeed not easy to pick the best all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for couples if you’re looking for parties as there are different levels of party resorts in Punta Cana. Are you looking to party every day like at Riu Republica or Temptation Miches? Are you looking for occasional live events and selected party activities like at Hard Rock Resort Punta Cana or Royalton Chic? Or do you want to find the perfect balance between relaxing one day and going wild the other day like at Riu Palace Macao or Riu Palace Punta Cana?

As you can see, the choices for the best Punta Cana party resorts are abundant, which is why I’d recommend you to read our extensive article with many of our experiences about the best party hotels in Punta Cana. Still, for this article here with the best couples resorts in Punta Cana, we have decided on Riu Palace Macao as it is not only an all-inclusive adults resort in Punta Cana, but it also offers the perfect balance we spoke about in the section before.

Riu Palace Macao All-Inclusive Resort in Punta Cana

The most unique feature of Riu Palace Macao party-wise is that you have access to the massive parties at Riu Party 4 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). Those parties, about which you can read more about here, are the biggest resort parties you can find in Punta Cana – even much bigger than at the recently opened Temptation Miches Punta Cana. They are just wow and if you love to party, you need to experience them, especially as all of those parties are pool parties, hence we can easily say that those are the best pool parties in Punta Cana.

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On the other side, Riu Palace Macao is not all about partying. When you want some quiet time, simply enjoy your completely renovated room (the hotel just reopened after extensive renovations) or head down to the pool or the beach, where it is usually pretty relaxed at this Punta Cana all-adults resort. Therefore, you can find the perfect combination here of partying and pure relaxation, which makes Riu Palace Macao one of the more unique couples’ all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana.

Why it is the best Punta Cana resort for couples: the mix of party and relaxation is unique. Add completely renovated rooms in 2023 and an excellent price-value ratio and you have a perfect combination for an unforgettable couple’s holiday in Punta Cana.
Transfer time from Punta Cana International Airport: 25 minutes (book your transfer here*)
Best room category for couples: Suite (check rates for this room here*)
Price range (low season/high season) per room: Starting from approx. 250/425 USD (check current promotions here*)

Other couples-only resorts in the Caribbean

Those were 6 amazing couples resorts in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic. If you haven’t found the right one, you can also check our list of the best adults-only all-inclusive in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic, where you find many more options suitable for couples.

If you’re looking for proper couples-only resorts in Punta Cana, there is, as explained above, only Temptation Grand Miches Resort. If this doesn’t suit you but still don’t want to forego a couples-only resort with all-inclusive, you can also look outside of the Dominican Republic and check out the following couples-only resorts in the Caribbean:

  • Couples Resorts (Jamaica): Couples Resorts in Jamaica include Couples Tower Isle, Couples Sans Souci, Couples Negril, and Couples Swept Away. These resorts are designed exclusively for couples.
  • Desire Riviera Maya Resort (Riviera Maya, Mexico): Desire is an adults-only, clothing-optional resort that primarily targets couples looking for a sensual and romantic experience. It is a partly resort similar to the Punta Cana couples-only resort Temptation Grand Miches presented above.
  • Cocos Hotel (Antigua): Cocos Hotel in Antigua is an adults-only, all-inclusive boutique resort that strongly caters to couples. While it may not have an official “couples-only” label, it is known for its romantic ambiance and is a popular choice for couples seeking a tranquil and intimate vacation.

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Author, Travel Coach & Punta Cana based digital nomad

Hey, I am Chris, a born and raised German, travel-addictive and Caribbean Soul. Since 2011 I have been living in the Caribbean, among them 5 years in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is my home-base here in the country and I’d love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track and give you all the advice you want to know for your vacation in Punta Cana.

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