The 10 best all-inclusive family resorts in Punta Cana (hand-picked and recommended)

 There are hundreds of all-inclusive hotels in the Dominican Republic but not every accommodation is suitable as a family resort in Punta Cana. When you are planning a vacation in Punta Cana with kids it is therefore important to pay attention to the amenities of each resort. What can be overwhelming at the first hand is a breath with the following list of the best family resorts in Punta Cana, which offers a hand-selected choice of recommendable Punta Cana resorts for kids. Taking into consideration key amenities such as family suites, water parks, kids clubs, kid-friendly entertainment or an activity schedule fitting all ages, the following Punta Cana all-inclusive family resorts are some of the best choices for a family vacation in Punta Cana. And the best of this list: those kid-friendly resorts in Punta Cana are not just a random selection – we have visited 90% of them on our own and know all the pros and cons of these family hotels.

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Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana

 It is very hard to find THE best family resort in Punta Cana, as all resorts have certain amenities and are suitable for different types of families. That’s why we have decided to sort the selected kid-friendly resorts in Punta Cana alphabetically.

 If we would have to select one special Punta Cana family resort, Dreams Macao probably wouldn’t be the winner, but it makes it to this list as it offers a perfect balance for all ages. It definitely can be considered as a kid-friendly hotel in Punta Cana but is very recommendable for teenagers and adults likewise. Dreams Macao Beach is a completely newly-built family hotel, which only opened its doors in 2020. So far, it is the only all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana at Macao Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Punta Cana. Even though the beach is stunning and offers marvelous views, it has to be said that sometimes the waves and/or currents might be quite strong, which is why Dreams Macao Beach might not be the best family-friendly hotel in Punta Cana in case your kids love the ocean more than the pool. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t go swimming at Macao Beach, as waves and currents are only present occasionally.

So what makes Dreams Macao Beach a perfect all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana for families? Kids aged 3-12 will love the Explorer’s Club, which offers a wide array of included activities, among them a basketball court, trampoline, a kids’ cinema, an indoor game room with TV and video games, weekly campout adventures and big-screen movies on the beach. For teenage families in Punta Cana, it might be the best all-inclusive resort because teens can not only enjoy the teens club with nightly activities, but also the best surf spot in Punta Cana right in front of the hotel, where they can take surf lessons with the renowned Macao surf school*. And last but not least, adults can enjoy the stunning scenery of Playa Macao, explore a hidden beach close by and immerse themselves into the local culture by exploring the small village of Macao right next to the hotel.

 If this is not enough yet, Dreams Macao is also one of those family all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana with 2 water parks – one for toddlers and one for the kids and teens. Endless fun is guaranteed!

 If you’d like to know more information about this Punta Cana family all-inclusive resort, check out the comprehensive Dreams Macao Beach review here at Punta Cana Travel Blog.

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The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– 2 water parks, one for toddlers and one for kids and teens
– separate kids club (for ages 3-12) and teens club (for ages 13-17)
– all kids club staff members are CPR certified by the Red Cross
Macao Beach is the best surfing spot in Punta Cana, perfect for teens who’d like to get involved in this sport
– a lot of different and entertaining activities at the teens club

Kids and teens club hours (subject to change without further notice): 10 am to 6 pm (kids club, 3-12 years); 6 pm to 10 pm (teens club 13-17 years)
Typical room occupancy: 3 adults + 1 child (up to 12 years) in most rooms (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 6 adults + 2 children (up to 12 years) in a Preferred Club Two-Bedroom Villa with pool (check room details*)
Further Information: Dreams Macao Beach – a comprehensive guide for this Punta Cana all-inclusive resort

Finest Punta Cana

 Finest Punta Cana is one of the newest additions to the all-inclusive resort family in Punta Cana. It is located in Uvero Alto and belongs to the Excellence Group. Contrary to the other two resorts of this chain, Excellence Punta Cana and Excellence El Carmen which are both adults-only resorts, Finest Punta Cana was particularly designed as a kid-friendly hotel and might be indeed one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana, taking into account its high-end standard as well as some interesting innovations when it comes to taking care of families in Punta Cana.

 Similar to Dreams Macao Beach, Finest Punta Cana is a newly-built resort that was inaugurated only in October 2021, hence everything is brand-new with state-of-the-art design. It definitely is a luxury family resort and offers some of the highest quality you can find among the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families.

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 What sets Finest Punta Cana apart is that there are just so many well-thought-of details, such as the kids and teens club hours during dinner time, the kid’s spa or the staffed playrooms next to each restaurant, so that the parents can enjoy a relaxed and romantic dinner whenever their little ones feel like playing. The Finest also offers plenty of suites for up to 5 guests – perfect when you are looking for a Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for a family of 5. Some of those room categories also have private pools, which is perfect for older kids and teens who want to use the pool outside of the main pool hours.

Furthermore, teens will love the flipper arcade machines, the pool tables and the table football area, where they can play against other guests. Last but not least, one of the Preferred Clubs the resort has (the Finest Club) is also an exclusive family VIP club.

 But not only the kids will enjoy this Punta Cana family resort, Finest Punta Cana offers the highest standard for adults as well. Parents can enjoy high-quality cuisine, including à-la-carte lunch, lobster dinners or a family-style dinner at the beach (all included), as well as an outstanding wide selection of drinks, including fresh coconuts, many different brands of beer and premium liquors on every bar. There is a spa for adults and their kids. The suites are top-notch with contemporary design, all technical amenities and an amazing room service menu.

 For our most recent experiences at this Punta Cana all-inclusive family resort, check out the comprehensive Finest Punta Cana review here at Punta Cana Travel Blog.

The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– a VIP club option exclusively for families
– special spa for adults and kids
– creative kids menus including family-style dinner menus
– staffed kids club rooms next to each restaurant, including for dinner
– 5 different room categories which all fit a maximum of 5 guests

Kids club hours (subject to change without further notice): tba
Typical room occupancy: 3 adults + 1 child (up to 12 years) or 2 adults + 2 children (up to 12 years), for example a Family Suite (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 3 adults + 2 children (up to 12 years) in a Finest Club Imperial Family Suite with pool (check room details*)
Further information: Finest Punta Cana – a comprehensive review of this newly built all-inclusive resort

Grand Sirenis Punta Cana

 Grand Sirenis Punta Cana was one of the first family all-inclusive resorts we visited – and it is still one we love. The resort got completely renovated in 2018 and therefore offers contemporary suites and a fresh design throughout the resort. Similar to one of the kid-friendly resorts presented below, Serenade Punta Cana, Grand Sirenis offers an outstanding price-value ratio, particularly considering the modern and spacious rooms (incl. their family suites) and well-elaborated dishes and menus. 

 However, the reason why Grand Sirenis Punta Cana is one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana is the on-site water park, Sirenis Aquagames. This famous Punta Cana water park features 7 different slides for older children and teens, a large area with a pirates ship for kids aged 4 to 11 (including 10 mini water slides and 4 splash barrels) and a water playground with different water sprinklers and animal statues for the smallest visitors (2 to 4 years) who love to play in the water. 

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Besides the water park, particularly the kids club is worth mentioning at Grand Sirenis Punta Cana, as it offers much more than the typical kids club at other kid-friendly hotels in Punta Cana. It is divided into different areas, guaranteeing a full day (or week) of fun for children from 4 to 12 years. The areas include a master chef zone, lego zone, craft zone, barbie zone, cinema room, outdoor garden and plant nursery.

Another great amenity for families traveling to Punta Cana is the different types of family rooms, including the regular family suites with a closeable door between the bedroom and the living area with a sofa bed and the connecting suite, which comes with two bedrooms, perfect if you are looking for an all-inclusive resort for teenage families in Punta Cana.

You are looking for further information about this kid-friendly all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana? Continue reading the comprehensive Grand Sirenis Punta Cana review

The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– home to Sirenis Aquagames, one of the largest resort water parks in Punta Cana
– creative and extensive kids club with different areas, among them master chef zone, lego zone, craft zone, barbie zone, cinema room, outdoor garden and plant nursery
– affordable family suites with a separate bedroom for more privacy and tranquility
– large tropical garden including kid-friendly wildlife, such as ducks or flamingos
– family-friendly resort entertainment and activities during the day and the night

Kids club hours (subject to change without further notice): 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (4-12 years)
Typical room occupancy: 3 adults + 1 child (up to 12 years) or 2 adults + 2 children (up to 12 years), for example in a Double Room (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 6 adults (incl. children) in a Club Premium Half Connecting Suite (check room details*)
Further information: Grand Sirenis Punta Cana – a comprehensive guide for this family all-inclusive resort

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

 With around 1800 rooms, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is one of the biggest resorts in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to its sheer size and its focus on entertainment and music, it is the perfect family resort in Punta Cana for kids and teens who are looking for non-stop fun! Your little rock stars will feel like Elvis or the Rolling Stones here.

 Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort is a world on its own. You can spend days here and won’t have explored it all. Besides the high quantity of rooms, Hard Rock Punta Cana offers 9 top-quality restaurants (all of them are air-conditioned), 23 bars with premium liquors and 13 pools, among them 3 infinity pools. 

 Even though Hard Rock Punta Cana is not catering exclusively to children, kids will love this top family resort in Punta Cana. There is always some entertainment going on, the beach is awesome to play in the sand, the kids’ menus are creative and extensive and compared to other kid-friendly resorts in Punta Cana, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana offers one of the most extensive kids club hours in the entire Dominican Republic – from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm, which includes a super varied schedule with activities like crazy games, face paintings, balloon workshops, music activities, ice cream party, dance competitions, kite flying, Zumba, table games, painting workshops and much more. On the other hand, teens will love the extensive array of additional activities, which are unfortunately not included in the price, but unique compared to other Punta Cana all-inclusive family resorts, such as mini-golf, bowling, escape room, laser tag, VR games, arcade games and the FlowRider to practice surfing.

And adults? They can enjoy top-notch cuisine, including one of the few Lebanese restaurants in Punta Cana, an amazing new market concept, a top-class spa and the biggest casino in Punta Cana, besides lots of live acts, shows and musical entertainment.

 For our full experiences at this Punta Cana family all-inclusive resort, have a look at our comprehensive Hard Rock Punta Cana review.

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The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– non-stop kids club from 10:00 am to 10:45 pm
– an extensive array of additional activities (mini-golf, bowling, FlowRider, escape room, etc.)
– kids stay free until the age of 17 during certain periods
– extensive kids menus at most restaurants
– one of the best ice cream shops in Punta Canas’ resorts

Kids club hours (subject to change without further notice): 10:00 am to 10:30 pm (4-12 years)
Typical room occupancy: 4 adults + 1 baby (0-3 years) in a Caribbean Suite (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 4 adults + 2 children (up to 17 years) in a Rock Family Suite or up to 12 guests in the Royal Villa (check room details*)
Further information: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana – a comprehensive review for this Punta Cana all-inclusive resort

Lopesan Costa Bavaro

Lopesan Costa Bavaro is another one of those family-friendly hotels in Punta Cana offering several amenities for all kinds of travelers – including for children. The resort was only opened in 2019 and therefore is brand-new – which you can see in nearly every corner. The rooms at Lopesan Costa Bavaro are offering a fantastic Caribbean design with contemporary art elements and frequent use of natural materials. You can also find a completely newly built leisure and shopping area called The Boulevard, which consists of plenty of apparel shops, some of the Lopesan restaurants, a coffee shop, the casino, the theatre, several bars and many other entertainment options, such as the kids’ amenities mentioned below.

What makes Lopesan Costa Bavaro a suitable family all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana is the combination of services and amenities for children. As a kid-friendly all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, the hotel is one of the Punta Cana resorts with a water park, particularly suitable for kids until the age of 10-12. There are no monster slides or spectacular attractions for teens, but a wide array of smaller slides and water games for kids, which will keep them entertained the entire day – particularly considering that the ice cream shop and the kids club are located right next to the water park. On the other side, older teens can enjoy the teens club with a dedicated relax area. They also will love the arcade section and bowling alley, even though they are not included in the price.

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Regarding gastronomy, Lopesan Costa Bavaro also can score as a Punta Cana resort for kids by offering very flexible eating options. While the regular breakfast and lunch buffet, as well as the à-la-carte dinners, have the common opening hours, families can choose between different options throughout the day – compared to other Punta Cana all-inclusive resorts where you usually only have one snack restaurant or buffet outside of the regular opening hours. Lopesan Costa Bavaro offers at least three options – and all of them with a decent food menu, which surpasses the typical snack restaurant:
– The Valley, an American à-la-carte restaurant, open 24 hours
– Yolo, à-la-carte snack restaurant, open from noon until midnight, located next to the water park
– Goldfish Beach Club, buffet restaurant, open from noon until 6 pm, located at the beach

 And for everyone still doubting that Lopesan Costa Bavaro is a family-friendly all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, show the ice cream shop to your kids and they will love the hotel.

We have visited this resort for families in Punta Cana not too long ago. For in-depth information, continue reading our comprehensive Lopesan Costa Bavaro review here at Punta Cana Travel Blog.

The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– kids and teens club with extended opening hours
– two water parks, one for kids and one for toddlers
– large leisure area with plenty of arcade games and a four-lane bowling alley (for a surcharge)
– several food options during the entire day (snack restaurant, à-la-carte restaurant, beach buffet), perfect when kids don’t want to stick to the regular breakfast, lunch and dinner hours
– perfect location of the water park, kids club, teens club, snack restaurant and ice cream shop right next to each other – kids never want to leave this area

Kids and teens club hours (subject to change without further notice): 11:00am to 01:00pm and 03:00pm to 10:30pm (kids club, 3-12 years); 10:00am to 01:00pm, 03:00pm to 05:00pm and 08:00pm to 09:00pm (teens club, 12-17 years)
Typical room occupancy: 3 adults + 1 baby (0-1 years) or 2 adults + 2 children (2-12 years) in a Junior Suite Tropical (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 7 adults (incl. children) in a Junior Suite Two-Bedroom (check room details*)
Further information: Lopesan Costa Bavaro – a comprehensive review of this newly built all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana 

Nickelodeon Resort 

 Nickelodeon is another top family resort on our list and – as many other hotels from our selection of the best all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families – also just opened a few years ago. 2016 marked the beginning of the Nickelodeon story in the Dominican Republic. Since then, the hotel has built up a reputation for being one of the best family all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana, especially due to its nearly endless themed amenities and activities, which will let the kids feel as if they are part of one of the famous Nickelodeon series.

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When talking about Nickelodeon Resort as one of the best Punta Cana all-inclusive family resorts, we have to mention the several Nickelodeon experiences which are unique compared to other family hotels in Punta Cana. Imagine getting soaked with the typical green slime as a family (and having this moment captured in a foto), eating a giant burger together with your kids (which might be as big as your entire fridge at home), meeting the Nickelodeon characters live with your kids or visiting the water park of this Punta Cana resort – fun and longlasting memories are always guaranteed when visiting this kid-friendly resort in Punta Cana. 

But it’s not only about the kids’ amenities at Nickelodeon Resort. The hotel, in general, offers very high quality, with impeccable service and plenty of dining opportunities. Particularly mentionable is the Spacewalker restaurant, where your kids can enjoy food from another galaxy (including the accordant decoration and Nick characters, of course) and the daytime gourmet option at Fresco, an Italian-inspired place to eat fresh dishes.

Also worth mentioning: this Punta Cana all-inclusive family resort has only 208 suites, hence it is one of the smallest family hotels in Punta Cana. This is particularly important if you are looking for a resort with more personalized services compared to a mega building with 1000 rooms or more.

The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– the chance for the kids to meet their favorite Nickelodeon characters
– take a tour or stay at the famous Pineapple Suite
– tons of experiences centered around the Nickelodeon characters, such as “get superslimed”
– one of the most extensive food and drink menus for kids among all Punta Cana family resorts, including slime smoothies and the family machete burger
– tons of fun for the kids at the Club Nick, the resort’s water park or when discovering the small hidden secrets of the resort

Kids and teens club hours (subject to change without further notice): tba
Typical room occupancy: 2 adults + 3 children (up to 12 years), for example in a Pad Suite (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 2 adults + 4 children (up to 12 years) in a Super Pool Villa or the Pineapple Suite (check room details*)

Princess Family Club Bavaro

 Princess Family Club Bavaro is one of the few Punta Cana all-inclusive family resorts which is fully dedicated to families, without any exception. The resort features a contemporary design as it was completely renovated in 2019 – in fact, it feels like a brand-new family hotel in Punta Cana. It is the sister property of Grand Bavaro Princess, which was also completely renovated and amazed us with its outstanding price-value ratio and the creative and well-elaborated restaurants and dishes. When you book your family vacation at Princess Family Club Bavaro, you enjoy full access to Grand Bavaro Princess incl. its 10 restaurants.

Princess Family Club Bavaro is one of the best kids resorts in Punta Cana as there are so many family-friendly amenities. From the design of the suites, the maximum room occupancy (perfect for families of 5), the Punta Cana water park for kids or the family restaurants, everything is prepared for relaxed and convenient holidays with kids in the Dominican Republic. The family resort is particularly catering to kids, as the water park, the teens club, the ice cream food trucks or the family activities are especially suitable for kids between the ages of 4 and 12.

Another great feature of Princess Family Club is its small size. The suites, the water park, the kids club, the family pool, the lobby and most of the restaurants are reachable with a 2-minute walk or less, which makes it pretty easy to stick together as a family. 

 But it is not only the family amenities that make Princess Family Club Bavaro one of the best Punta Cana kids resorts, also adults will enjoy an excellent time here. As mentioned, you have full access to Grand Bavaro Princess, which features various delicious dining options (including one of the best Indian restaurants in Punta Cana), a super huge buffet with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and healthy dishes, a large selection of international premium spirits and access to Bavaro Beach (reachable by the free in-resort trolley train in 3 minutes), one of the most beautiful beaches in Punta Cana. The resort also counts with a mangrove area, hiking trails and a lot of wildlife, which is another plus for the kids. They will be enchanted when they spot the flamingos, ducks or giant iguanas.    

 For further information and our full experiences at this family all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, have a look at the full Princess Family Club Bavaro review

The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– completely renovated and spacious suites with bunk beds for up to 5 guests, incl. 4 children
– various family amenities in the rooms, such as childrens’ bathrobes, little sweets, colorful glasses or sand and pool toys
– strollers for rent including designated stroller parking areas
– a newly-built water park with a family snack restaurant right next to it
– one of the few dedicated family resorts in Punta Cana with swim-out suites

Kids club hours (subject to change without further notice): 9 am to 6 pm (kids club, 4-12 years)
Typical room occupancy: 3 adults + 2 children (up to 12 years) (or 2 adults + 3 children or 1 adult + 4 children), for example in the Family Club Junior Suite (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 3 adults + 2 children (up to 12 years) (or 2 adults + 3 children or 1 adult + 4 children), for example in the Family Club Junior Suite Swimout (check room details*)
Further information: 
Princess Family Club Bavaro – a comprehensive review for this Punta Cana family all-inclusive resort
Grand Bavaro Princess – a comprehensive review for this Punta Cana all-inclusive resort

Riu Bambu

Riu is one of the biggest resort properties in Punta Cana, featuring Riu Palace Punta Cana, Riu Palace Bavaro, Riu Palace Macao, Riu Bambu and Riu Naiboa. Even though the Riu Palace hotels are the highest tier of all those Riu properties, when it comes to the best all-inclusive family resorts in Punta Cana, Riu Bambu is the best choice, especially when traveling with some older kids and teenagers. The resort offers plenty of activities and entertainment, 7 restaurants and various bars. Riu Bambu is for sure not the most luxurious family-friendly hotel in Punta Cana, but it is, among Grand Sirenis and Serenade, one of the most affordable all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana when looking for a family hotel. 

Furthermore, Riu Bambu is one of the best all-inclusive resorts for teenage families in Punta Cana, particularly considering the very flexible room occupancy. While most Punta Cana family resorts only offer an occupancy of 4 or 5 guests (with a maximum of 2 or 3 adults + children up to 12 years), Riu Bambus rooms’ can host up to 4 adults and 1 teen up to 16 years. Alternatively, you can also stay with 2 adults + 3 children up to 18 years (with at least 1 child 16 years max.). This allows for some pretty cheap family vacations in Punta Cana as you can book your whole family into one room contrary to other Punta Cana all-inclusive family resorts, where you would have to book two rooms.

What makes it even better is the kids stay free program of Riu Bambu, under which 1 child up to 12 years doesn’t have to pay when staying in the room of the parents. Furthermore, teenagers can enjoy the Riu4U club with exclusive activities and a wide array of sports opportunities.

As an additional plus, all Riu guests enjoy free access to the Riu Splash Water World, one of the biggest water parks in Punta Cana with some thrilling slides, incl. a Twister and a Kamikaze slide, and a separate water playground for toddlers and small kids. 

The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– being a club hotel, this family resort offers an extensive activity and entertainment program for all ages
– free access to Riu Splash Water World on the property, one of the biggest water parks in Punta Cana
– kids stay free program (1 child up to 12 years)
– large sports program with windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling equipment, small catamaran, bodyboard, tennis court and beach volleyball
– one of the very few Punta Cana all-inclusive family resorts where you can occupy a room with 5 guests, including children with a maximum age of 16 years (instead of 12 years as with most other kid-friendly hotels)

Kids and teens club hours (subject to change without further notice): 10 am to noon + 3 pm to 5 pm (kids club, 3-12 years); starting from 10:30am (teens club 13-17 years)
Typical room occupancy: 3 adults (incl. children, for example in a Double Standard Room (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 4 adults + 1 children (up to 16 years) (or 2 adults + 3 children or 3 adults + 2 children) in a Family Room (check room details*)

Royalton Splash

Royalton Splash is a very popular Punta Cana all-inclusive family resort, especially thanks to its famous water park, which is one of the biggest ones in the Dominican Republic. This Punta Cana resort for kids offers the best of all worlds: affordable resort prices, attractive services, plenty of restaurants and full access to Royalton Punta Cana (except a few selected restaurants) including their picture-perfect Caribbean beach. 

Kids love this Punta Cana family hotel particularly due to its fun-filled water park. Besides 7 giant water slides, there is a pool with a wave machine, a monster barrel and a separate kids water park for toddlers and small children with even more (small) water slides. Besides the water park, the younger guests enjoy a kids and teens club with various activities and an arcade and games center, which is one of the biggest (and included in the price) of all kid-friendly all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana. 

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When booking Royalton Splash Punta Cana family resort, you can also consider upgrading to the Diamond Club, as this comes with a particular vast array of additional services, which make your stay in this family-friendly resort in Punta Cana even more enjoyable. We particularly enjoyed the dedicated Diamond Club beach club area. But also the preferential reservations for à-la-carte dinners, the separate Diamond Club lounge and the access to additional restaurants are well worth it, especially for longer stays at Royalton Splash.

If you’d like to book a room directly at the beach, you can also consider booking the sister property Royalton Punta Cana. You have the same access rights (and a few additional) as from Royalton Splash incl. to the water park, but the rooms are located closer to the beach.

The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– one of the most popular water parks in Punta Cana on-site with 7 big water slides
– spacious family suites with bunk beds and a maximum occupancy of 5 guests
– one of the biggest arcade centers (with most of the games included) among all the family resorts in Punta Cana
– full access to neighboring Royalton Punta Cana with additional dining and activity options
– teens and kids club for all ages (starting from 4 years) with a diversified activity program

Kids and teens club hours (subject to change without further notice): 10 am to 5 pm (kids club, 4-12 years); 10 am to 5 pm (teens club 13-17 years)
Typical room occupancy: 4 adults (incl. children), for example in a Luxury Room (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 4 adults + 1 children (up to 12 years) (or 2 adults + 3 children or 3 adults + 2 children) in a Luxury Family Suite (check room details*)

Serenade Punta Cana

Serenade Punta Cana is an inconspicuous Punta Cana all-inclusive family resort in Cabeza de Toro, a hotel area located between the famous Bavaro Beach and Punta Cana International Airport. It was only opened in December 2020 and offers an amazing price-value ratio, which earns it a well-deserved spot in our lists of the best affordable resorts in Punta Cana and the cheapest all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana

Serenade Punta Cana is not the most exciting family resort in Punta Cana as there are other hotels with more amenities, but it is definitely a kid-friendly resort in Punta Cana. Kids will love the water slides in the main area and for babies, there is a separate toddlers pool with water games as well. Furthermore, there is a kids club with a separate playground and an arcade room (accessible for everyone) with table tennis, basketball machines and an air-hockey table.

What sets Serenade Punta Cana most apart as a family-friendly all-inclusive resort is the services you get for the particularly low price you pay. A well taken care of beach area, kayaks to explore the bay of Cabeza de Toro, super comfy day beds at the pool, modern yet not spectacular rooms, premium liquors, marvelous views from the lobby area and 6 different à-la-carte restaurants are hardly beatable by any other Punta Cana all-inclusive resort in the same price segment

 Last but not least, if you are traveling to the Dominican Republic looking for a Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for a family of 5 or 6 persons, Serenade also gets you covered with their spacious master suites.

 If you’d like to know more about this Punta Cana all-inclusive family resort, you’ll find all the information in our comprehensive Serenade Punta Cana review here at Punta Cana Travel Blog.

The Top 5 features making this hotel one of the best family resorts in Punta Cana:
– one of the newest all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana for families, only opened in December 2020
– one of the family resorts in Punta Cana with the best price-value ratio, the top resort in our lists of the cheapest resorts in Punta Cana and the best affordable resorts in Punta Cana
– different water parks for kids and toddlers incl. kids’ pools
– very shallow ocean water and hardly any waves
– room holds up to 6 guests, perfect for larger families

Kids and teens club hours (subject to change without further notice): 9 am to 6 pm (kids club, 3-11 years); 9 am to 6 pm (teens club 12-17 years)
Typical room occupancy: 3 adults + 1 child (up to 12 years) or 2 adults + 2 children (up to 12 years), for example in a Luxury Room (check room details*)
Highest room occupancy: 5 adults + 1 child (up to 12 years) in a Deluxe Junior Suite or a Luxury Master Suite (check room details*)
Further information: Serenade Punta Cana – a comprehensive review of this newly built all-inclusive resort

 What is your favorite family all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana? Have you stayed in any of those? Do you have questions about these kid-friendly hotels in Punta Cana? Let me know in the comments, I am happy to reply.

 If you need any inspiration for what you can do during your family vacation in the Dominican Republic, you can check out the best family activities in Punta Cana here.

In case you need an individual travel consulting to find the best resort according to your personal preferences, you can also book a travel coaching session with me.

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30 thoughts on “The 10 best all-inclusive family resorts in Punta Cana (hand-picked and recommended)”

  1. Hi Chris! Just curious if you have an info on the melia caribe? We’re planning a family vacation to punta Cana for July with 12 adults and 6 kids… princess family, serenade and malia caribe is our short list. I’ve read your articles with serenade and family princess but nothing about malia caribe… care to share some thoughts? Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Pam,
      there is no article about Melía Caribe because we haven’t tested it yet after Covid-19.
      In general, Melía Caribe is a decent family resort in Punta Cana on an amazing stretch of beach (Bavaro Beach). There are some renovated and modern areas, such as the water park, which is newly built and the biggest one of those 3 resorts mentioned, and there are other parts like the rooms which are a little bit older.
      Hope this helps!
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  2. Hi Chris!
    Thank you for the great information! I’m a bit overwhelmed with all of the choices! We are traveling in March with our (3) boys–ages 9, 9, and 11. We are looking for a great resort (waterpark would be awesome for 3 active boys but not a deal breaker) that is on the beach (preferably Bavarro), newer (or at least recently remodeled) that would also appeal to my 70 year old parents who will be traveling with us. Thanks for any suggestions!

  3. This is great information Chris. I am travelling soon with a 20 month old and was wondering if there are any resorts with play areas and food suitable for that age?

    1. Hey Sunaina,

      most kids clubs in Punta Cana are starting from 2 or 3 years. However, obviously, you can play with your kid at all the playgrounds or facilities (outside of the kids club) of the resort. Furthermore, nearly all the resorts are offering paid child care from private nannies for kids younger than 2 or 3 years.

      Regarding food, it depends on what you expect. The large buffets of the all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana have everything you need, starting from unsugared fruits over plain rice to sweet delicacies (just as some examples). If you need hot water or any special equipment to prepare baby food, you usually can ask in the restaurant or the resort.

      In general, the more premium your resort is, the more likely it is they can fulfill any extra needs you might have with your 20-months old.

      I hope this helps.
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  4. Thank you for this list! Any idea which would be the top 3 most affordable options around Christmas and New Years? We are looking for 6 kids ages 3-10 along with 6-9 adults who like a mix of activity and relaxation.

    1. Hi Kristen,

      there are two separate articles about cheap and affordable Punta Cana Resorts here on the blog:
      – the cheapest Punta Cana resorts: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/best-cheap-all-inclusive-resorts-in-punta-cana/
      – the most affordable resorts in Punta Cana: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/best-affordable-all-inclusive-resorts-in-punta-cana/

      You can also do a price search here and see the most affordable resorts for your travel period: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/expedia/

      I hope this helps.
      Cheers, Chris

  5. Hi Chris! Great web site! All the information is a bit overwhelming! Which could be the best alternative for kids teens 16, 14 and an 11 year old. I want teen activities, a bit more upscale, medium size. Thanks!

    1. Hi Gabriela,
      thanks for your comment. My top choice, if you are looking for an upscale family resort for teens, would be Hard Rock Punta Cana: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/hard-rock-hotel-casino-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/

      RIU Palace Punta Cana might also be a suitable option: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/riu-palace-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/

      You can also find further options in the list of the best Punta Cana resorts with a water park: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/punta-cana-resorts-with-water-park/

      I hope this helps.
      Cheers, Chris

  6. Hi Chris,
    Excellent information. We plan to travel with our kids (6 & 8) and our parents end of June. I have narrow down to either RIU bambu or Dream. I was just wondering why RIU is much more affordable Vs. other resort, is it because lower standard, foods, etc. Also regarding transportation from airport to resort, how much are we expecting to paid ? should we get a taxi or Uber.
    thanks

    1. Hi Minh,

      RIU Bambu is a hotel with a decent price-value ratio, but obviously, for this price, you can’t expect super-premium quality. Still, for the price you pay, you get a really good deal. However, quality-wise, I would rate Dreams a bit higher than RIU Bambu particularly Dreams Onyx and Dreams Royal Beach. You can also consider RIU Palace Punta Cana if you are looking for a RIU resort, but of higher quality, it shares the water park amenities with RIU Bambu. You can find an extensive review of RIU Palace Punta Cana here: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/riu-palace-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/

      Regarding airport transfers, I’d recommend prebooking a private airport transfer, this is usually the most convenient option and is perfect for your family. You can find all the options for getting from Punta Cana Airport to your resort here: https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/general-information-faq/airport-transfers-in-punta-cana/

      Cheers, Chris

  7. Hi Chris,

    I love your site. So much great info. I will be traveling with a group of 8 adults and 7 kids ranging from 14-1.5 with most being 14-10 years old and then the little ones that are 3.5 and 1.5. Ideally what we are looking for is a luxury experience that has amazing food and yet is still very kid friendly with lots of kids activities and amenities. Right now based on your reviews, I think we are leaning towards the Finest but was wondering if you had any other suggestions based on those parameters?

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Sameer,

      I was also suggesting Finest when reading about your preferences. As an alternative, you could also check out the following two options, which offer a bit more action for the older kids:
      Hard Rock Punta Cana – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/hard-rock-hotel-casino-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/
      Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-hyatt-ziva-cap-cana/

      Cheers, Chris

  8. Hola Chris,
    Estamos planeando viajar en el mes de Julio con mis dos Hijos de 5 y 7 años. Estamos en la duda en cuál de los resort debemos ir ya que hemos reservado en el Finest pero las reviews que leímos no son buenas. Nos han recomendado el Lopesan… La realidad es que estamos mareados y nos sabemos cual es la mejor opción para pasar unas buenas vacaciones familiares con dos niños de las edades que te mencioné.
    Muchas Gracias por tu ayuda

    1. Hi Eduardo,

      thanks for your comment.

      Both resorts are great family resorts in Punta Cana, they both have amazing modern rooms and very appealing properties. Finest is a bit better with regards to food and drink quality, Lopesan has the better beach and more entertainment.

      In terms of Finest Punta Cana reviews, I am not sure where this information of bad reviews is coming free. Each and every single all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana does have occasional bad reviews, but this is nothing to worry about it. Compared to other resorts, the reviews of Finest Punta Cana are outstanding.

      On Tripadvisor, 69% of all Finest Punta Cana reviews are excellent and 15% very good, meaning that 84% of all clients are very satisfied.
      Lopesan Costa Bavaros’ reviews are 65% excellent and 13% very good, meaning that 78% of all clients are very satisfied.

      You can check out the expensive reviews of both hotels here:
      Lopesan Costa Bavaro – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/lopesan-costa-bavaro-all-inclusive-resort/
      Finest Punta Cana – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/finest-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/

      I hope this helps.
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  9. Hi, I am looking for a resort in Punta Cana for 1 week in January 2023. We are a family of 9. Parents in their early 60’s. 3 sons, one who is married with 2 kids age 6 and 11. A single 38 yr old and a younger couple 25 and 30. As you can see we need a mix of everything to keep everyone entertained. I would prefer the drive from the airport not to be too long, international drinks, a sports bar, golf close by, nice long walking beach. The kids love a lazy river, newer and updated are preferred. I don’t mind paying a bit more to get what we want just not the most expensive either.
    Thank you so much in advance for your help
    Gail

    1. Hi Gail,
      I feel like Now Onyx or Hard Rock is what you are looking for. Hard Rock is 25 minutes away from the airport, has a golf course next by, endless beach walks and a lot of entertainment for all ages, including a newly opened (April 2022) water park. Now Onyx might be the perfect option if Hard Rock is too expensive, especially considering the beach, the water park and the access for the adults to the social resort next-door with its themed parties, breathless (just no golf there).
      You can check them out here:
      Hard Rock – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/hard-rock-hotel-casino-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/
      Dreams Onyx – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-now-onyx/
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  10. Robin Lawhorn

    Hi Chris,

    We are looking to go to Punta Cana in June for 7 days. I am looking for an All Inclusive places. It will be me and my boyfriend and my 15 yr old daughter. We are older, so my boyfriend doesn’t want a resort with a lot of little kids. A place that has a focus on teens, as well as, adults. Somewhere that has nightly entertainment, restaurant options and bar options (swim up, beach, pool side are all pluses), and other activities. I know I am asking a lot.

    1. Hi Robin,

      in my opinion, there is not really any all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana which is particularly focused on teens. However, in my opinion, Hard Rock, Lopesan (lots of bars but no swim-up bar though) and Dreams Onyx are great options for you, as they offer a lot of entertainment and restaurants, are catering to a mixed crowd and are not adults-only.
      You can check out the details here:

      Hard Rock – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/hard-rock-hotel-casino-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/
      Lopesan – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/lopesan-costa-bavaro-all-inclusive-resort/
      Dreams Onyx – https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/recommendation/accommodation-now-onyx/

      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  11. Hi Robin, I’m impressed with all the info you pack in your website. When i did my research on family friendly all inclusive hotels i would see Nickelodeon which i saw on your list but i also saw the Bahia Principe but i didn’t see you mention them. In your opinion what are your thoughts on those properties? more specifically the Fantasia?

    1. Hi Talia,
      Nickelodeon and Bahía Principe Fantasía are hard to compare as they are usually a completely different price range. Both are great family options. There is not a specific reason why Bahía Principe Fantasía is not on the list. To start with, I had to pick ten resorts. If I would extend the list to 15 or 20, Bahía Principe Fantasía might make it to this list of the best family resorts in Punta Cana. Obviously it can’t compete with the quality, luxury and amount of activities Nickelodeon is offering, but it is also much cheaper than Nickelodeon.
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  12. Hello…great info here…i have a family of 5 (kids are 13, 11, and 6 yrs). We love to swim at a calm beach and are looking for a clean, good quality all inclusive…with great food options. You mentioned Bavaro beach is the nicest but its public so does that mean that there are locals in front of the hotel part on beach? Do you recommend a specific hotel that would have a calmer beach but check off my preferences… im torn between royalton bavaro, grand sirenis…and dreams? pls help us choose for christmas. thank you

    1. Hi Michelle,
      thanks for your comment. The calmest beaches are the southeastern part of Cabeza de Toro, the southeastern part of Bavaro Beach and Cap Cana (but in general none of the beaches in Punta Cana, maybe except of Macao on some days), are overly wild.
      On these beaches, you could check out Serenade Punta Cana (https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/serenade-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/), Catalonia Punta Cana (https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/catalonia-punta-cana-all-inclusive-resort/) or Lopesan Costa Bavaro (https://www.puntacanatravelblog.com/accommodation-resorts/lopesan-costa-bavaro-all-inclusive-resort/).
      I hope this helps.
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  13. We are trying to figure a place to go with our three teenagers. I want a place where there is a great pool, delicious food, great beaches and fun for everyone. We are thinking about Dream Macao, Dream Onyx and Paradissus Real Palma. Please help or do you have any other suggestions.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Sarah,
      out of these 3, Dreams Onyx would tick most of your boxes, even though Dreams Macao has possibly the most beautiful beach.
      Paradisus Palma Real is also a great resort (and more upscale than both Dreams), but it is under renovation until autumn hence it would be only an option if you are planning to travel in winter.
      Cheers from Punta Cana
      Chris

  14. Amanda Littlepage

    Hi! I am stuck on deciding on a resort for our family trip. It will be our first trip with children (6/4) out of the states.
    I am wanting a resort with plenty of water activties for kids such as small slides and water play areas along with ample swimming areas.
    I also want a family suite style room with a potential of a space for kids to sleep outside of a sofa couch ( that is not a deal breaker) and also either a private pool or swim up.
    It would be nice to have extras on site such as ice cream places and bowling or mini golf.
    These are the resorts im torn between ( Lopesan Punta Cana, Finest Punta Cana, or Dreams Macao) Which of these would you most likely recommend or is there others you may recommend? Im at a loss and spinnging in circles with all the options and my wish list

      1. Hi Amanda,
        I think Finest would tick all your boxes and is also the best out of these three resorts. However, Lopesan is also a very good hotel even though they have mostly only regular rooms/suites with exactly this kind of sofabed.
        Cheers from Punta Cana
        Chris

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