When it comes to planning a family holiday, finding something for all ages can feel challenging. However, the diverse range of activities and child-friendly attractions within the tropical climate of the Dominican Republic guarantees an enjoyable experience for parents and children alike. This accounts for the country being home to some of the world’s best all-inclusive resorts, where holiday providers such as Club Med offer memorable and comprehensive holidays with their abundance of activities, dining options and entertainment ensuring a hassle-free trip. Club Med Punta Cana and Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda are home to a variety of adventures across both land and water, making them one of the best choices for family-friendly stays in the Caribbean.
Dominican Republic with Club Med
Nestled within the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic occupies the eastern part of the island and shares a border with Haiti. Its diverse landscape of white-sandy beaches, tropical rainforests and scenic coastal areas make it a popular holiday destination for those seeking a tropical getaway; where families can relax, have an adventure, or become accustomed to the local culture. Popular tourist regions include Punta Cana, known for its luxurious beach resorts, golf courses and stunning coastlines, whilst cities like Santo Domingo provide opportunities for cultural immersion with its historical landmarks, flavourful cuisine and music.
This Exclusive Collection resort on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic boasts a chic eco-friendly design and four distinct boutique villages, including Explorer Cove that caters exclusively for families with its fun-packed activities. This includes Must-Try Experiences such as The Secret Chocolate Room - a sweet wonderland that can be discovered within the family restaurant Cacao & Co. For those who wish to learn how the resort and wider Dominican Republic is a haven for tropical fruits and vegetables, families can explore The Community Garden, exploring different plant species and collecting their own leaves and flowers.
In between walks along the beach or taking part in one of the resort's many watersports, families who wish to be immersed in the local culture of the region can venture to the brightly coloured houses of La Romana, a picturesque village just 90km from Club Med. For those wanting to witness a historical landmark, guests can embark upon a day trip to the capital city of Santo Domingo, the first city of the New World. If these historical excursions are ones that parents wish to discover alone, little guests can spend the day in the care of Club Med’s young G.Os - playing games, trying sports or simply relaxing.
The ideal accommodation is provided for all families in Explorer Cover with choices such as an Interconnecting Deluxe Family Room, where separate rooms for parents and children ensure space, privacy and serenity for all family members. The option of the Deluxe Room enables smaller guests to share with their carers in a cozy and tropical paradise, where the bright mix of decors are surrounded by the sun’s warm rays. When the time comes to reconnect over dinner, families can experience the diverse cuisine in the main restaurant of Cayuco, or parents can relish some alone time over a romantic dinner for two at the Coco Plum Beach Lounge, located on the beach and holding breathtaking views of the oceans.
For those who wish to unwind among the coconut groves where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic, Club Med Punta Cana provides a festive and colourful island paradise, perfect for families who wish for an all-inclusive holiday set upon white beaches. Active families will never be bored due to the range of exhilarating activities such as snorkeling, kite surfing and paddle boarding, as well as land-based adventures such as horseback riding or zip lining over luscious rainforests on the longest zip line in the Dominican Republic. Families can even brush up on their golf skills on the putting greens, surrounded by a turquoise and green lagoon
Outside of the resort, a world of adventure awaits for families that wish to experience the welcoming culture of the island, and explore the treasures of the Caribbean Sea. Learn about the rich colonial history of the country by visiting the fascinating capital city of Santo Domingo, or take a catamaran to the charming island of Catalina and paddle in its translucent waters.
What’s more, Club Med makes these adventures effortless by providing their own day-out excursions, such as the Lobster Cruise that departs from their own beach, in which families get to sample a local buffet prepared on board by the resort's own chef. For thrill-seekers, the Esmerald Quad adventure allows families to take the wheel of an ATV and roam the island’s rural roads, whilst witnessing the simple splendor of the countryside. When heading back to the resort after an adrenaline-filled day, relax and revive in the comfort of the Exclusive Collection space, an area of family suites that comes with your own Concierge Service to ensure a luxurious and peaceful stay overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Parents will also find that time flies when making the most of the programs and facilities inside the resort, as both Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda and Punta Cana offer Kids Clubs for ages ranging from 4 months and 17 years old. The dedicated G.Os are there to encourage your childrens to take part in all sorts of activities and learn new skills, whether it’s flying the trapeze at Punta Cana’s Circus School, or making new friends with other young guests through indoor play at Petit Club Med.
The Dominican Republic has earned its reputation for unforgettable family holidays for a reason, as its wealth of exciting land and sea-based activities set within stunning tropical surroundings has captivated holiday-goers for decades. With Club Med’s all-inclusive options, family vacations are made convenient and budget-friendly, whilst embodying all the luxury and rich culture that this unique country has to offer - guaranteeing the family holiday of a lifetime.