Dominican Republic: Paradisus Palma Real
Despite Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort's rather large footprint (it boasts 554 suites), the resort's guest-centric
philosophy makes it feel like everybody knows your name—and if you're staying in one of the 200 rooms designated as Royal
Service, the staff is trained to do just that. As a Royal service visitor, you'll be granted access to a private pool, bar,
natural juice stand, and (kid-free) beach, where your butler can reserve your own covered Bali bed during the busy season
for no extra charge.
—Brielle M. Ferreira
Dine: Six à la carte restaurants and eight bars offer good variety for all palates. Try a light buffet lunch at the resort's Market Grill to leave room for an indulgent dinner at the Royal Service-exclusive Palazzo restaurant—the beef tenderloin truly shines thanks to a delightful, flavor-rich herb au jus.
Don't Miss: Head over to the Red Lounge or Gabi Beach for after-hours entertainment. Gabi Beach is a nod to Miami, with all-white lounges and tables right on the sand. During high season, the resort hosts daily dance parties that last well into the night. If you want to forgo the dancing and hole up in one spot, Red Lounge is a great alternative. Scarlet walls, crimson furniture, and ambient amber lighting give the place a cozier feel. The bar scene not your thing? Head back to your room early and ask your personal butler for a pillow menu to find the perfect pad for your weary head.
Rates start at $230 per person; paradisus.com.