Dominican Republic Holidays
Columbus declared the Dominican Republic to be 'the fairest land under heaven'. Once you clock its dreamy beaches and tropical forests, you'll understand what he was talking about. The flour-white beaches roll on for miles, while the warm waters teem with colourful creatures - ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving.
There's plenty to keep you busy here. Skim across the waves on a catamaran, head out on a whale watching trip (humpbacks cruise the waters of Samana Bay), or play a round at one of the island's top-notch golf courses. Further inland, the landscape becomes a patchwork of forested mountains, waterfalls and rolling countryside. Take a trip to one of the national parks, or tackle the Rio Yaque del Norte in a white-water raft.
Save time for a daytrip to the historic city of Santo Domingo, said to be the first city Columbus established in the New World. Its old quarter's cobbled streets are filled with colonial churches and buildings, and you'll hear the infectious sounds of merengue music drifting from lively backstreet bars.
Hotels in Dominican Republic
Families are well taken care of at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - kids have got a trio of pools, plus a waterslide and lazy river, and the dozen-odd eateries include an ice-cream parlour and pizzeria, while the huge spa and Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course are a hit with parents. There's also the Now Larimar, a beachfront property with three pools and a restaurant count that includes French, Japanese and Italian.
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The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.