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Punta Cana, the holiday hotspot of the Dominican Republic, is world-famous for its sparkling beaches, lavish resorts, and gorgeous weather.
Sitting on the easternmost tip of the island, jutting out into the teal-colored Caribbean, this sun-dappled Caribbean nation boasts a 32km shoreline bursting with lavish all-inclusive resorts. Making up part of La Costa del Coco (the Coconut Coast), the area is ideal for windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing – as well as endless strolling, swimming and sunbathing, of course.
So when you’re not sunning yourself or hunkering down over delicious Dominican delicacies, we recommend exploring other areas of the island. Fill your days with exhilarating excursions to the likes of Santo Domingo (the Dominican capital) or Altos de Chavon, resembling a 16th-century Mediterranean town.
The colonial heritage of Santo Domingo is ubiquitous; round a corner and you’re sure to find time-worn cathedrals, palaces, and monuments which date back hundreds of years. The city has been awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO and is home to the stunning Cathedral of the Americas and the Palace of Diego.
And to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, spend the day on Saona Island, sinking your toes into powdery-white sands and heading off dolphin spotting.
Your five-star abode for the week will be the Iberostar Punta Cana. Newly renovated and nestled along the island's glittering northeast coastline, this palatial hotel has a whopping 427 rooms, delicious dining options, and fun-filled entertainment.
There is also a luxury spa for those hoping to banish away those aches and pains in a luxury setting, with a range of treatments and massages on offer. Then, hunker down over international and Caribbean delights in the different buffet and a la carte restaurants before trying your luck in the casino or enjoying one of the live shows.