Catalonia Dominican Republic

Pros

  • All-inclusive, family-friendly property near La Romana
  • Gorgeous, renowned beach with sunset views
  • A good dining program, including a romantic al fresco option
  • Large pool area with plenty of lounge chairs
  • Five bars and self-serve beer taps
  • Free non-motorized water sports (great snorkeling on-site!)
  • Honeymooners are automatically upgraded and receive a few extras
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout (but good luck getting a steady signal)

Cons

  • Major differences between Privilege and Non-Privilege room types
  • Basic rooms, though cheaper, have more maintenance issues
  • Long lines at the front desk are common
  • Restaurant reservations required; bars serve only domestic alcohol
  • Language barriers can occur (Spanish and Italian spoken here)
  • No swim-up pool bar

Bottom Line

There are just a handful of resorts on this particular stretch of beach about 20 minutes from La Romana, and this mid-range, 415-room property is a solid choice that draws an international crowd. This all-inclusive's best attributes are the beach (with great waves, snorkeling, and sunset views), and the food and drink spots, which are spread out over manicured grounds. It's a popular option for both families (children get their own section at the main buffet) and couples, especially honeymooners, who receive an instant upgrade when suites are available. Room types vary greatly: Non-Privilege are as basic as it gets, but Privilege rooms have canopy beds, stocked minibars, and sightly more contemporary decor. Plenty of sports activities can be enjoyed on-site and excursions are available for those who get a case of claustrophobia. Free Wi-Fi is spotty at best.

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A resort that attracts an even mix of international couples and families

Dominicus Beach attracts a predominantly Italian market so guests can expect to practice speaking Spanish and Italian while here. With only 415 rooms (not as many as at some of the Punta Cana megaresorts) the property doesn't get too crowded, except for the front desk area, which typically has a line of people waiting for service.

The attractive pool area has easy access to the main bar (though it's not swim-up) and has different areas for scuba training and children's wading. There are lounge chairs available most of the time, because the beach, next door, is more popular; guests there can be found sleeping, reading, partaking in aquatic activities, snorkeling off-shore, or enjoying a hand-made crepe from the snack stand. Shade can be found under palapas or one of the many palms dotting the sand. A private area for Privilege guests has nicer lounge chairs and closer proximity to the beach bar.

At night, many guests enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the main bar before meandering to a la carte options in a few different areas of the resort. The most special option for romance is The Terrace, which overlooks the sea and has spectacular sunset views. The buffet is always a popular choice, and guests can help themselves to the beer tap, or have wine poured freely. After dinner, the theater and disco provide opportunities to mix and mingle.

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