5 Dominican Republic Resorts for Meeting and Incentive Groups

5 Dominican Republic Resorts for Meeting

The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, a new "resort within a resort" is opening next month in the Dominican Republic, courtesy of Spanish hotelier Meliá Hotels International.

Located within Paradisus Palma Real, Meliá's all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, The Grand Reserve is designed in the shape of a circle to reflect a commitment to "wholeness and perfection." Scheduled to open Dec. 15, the $110 million property will have 432 one- and two-bedroom suites ranging from 800 to over 3,000 square feet -- including a selection of swim-up suites with direct access to an exclusive pool, lush garden areas and a solarium.

Amenities will include seven restaurants and bars -- including a ceviche bar, a steak house, an Asian restaurant and a cigar bar -- as well as a full-service spa, a beach club, a family-friendly kids club and waterpark, and a fitness facility.

Guests also will have access to all the services and amenities at Paradisus Palma Real, which boasts 15 restaurants of its own, as well as a theater, a golf course, five pools, a spa and an 18,000-square-foot convention center.

"We're eager and excited to welcome The Grand Reserve to the Meliá Hotels International family later this year," said Alvaro Tejada, Meliá's senior vice president for the Americas. "With its unique design, superior amenities and new technological advancements, The Grand Reserve is set to radically transform the way travelers experience our hotels in the Dominican Republic."

Four More Dominican Destinations for Groups

The Grand Reserve is only the latest addition to the Dominican Republic's many excellent meeting and incentive properties. Here are four more.

JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo: Marriott International opened JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo -- the Caribbean's first JW Marriott hotel -- in 2014 in the Dominican Republic's capital city. Located in Santo Domingo's upscale Piantini financial district -- inside the Blue Mall, which features several fine-dining restaurants and high-end shops, as well as a movie theater -- it has 150 guest rooms; an onsite restaurant; the Dominican Republic's first "floating" lounge and bar, which features a glass floor terrace 101 feet above the street; an outdoor infinity pool; and over 7,300 square feet of meeting space.

Sheraton Santo Domingo Hotel: Another popular venue in the Dominican capital is the Sheraton Santo Domingo Hotel  which also opened in 2014. Located inside the former Meliá Santo Domingo, the property underwent a $12 million renovation and now offers 248 rooms and suites, as well as a fitness center, an outdoor pool, a solarium, three restaurants, a casino and nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort: Because it claims to have the country's largest convention center -- the 124,000-square-foot Barceló Bávaro Convention Center -- the beachfront Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort is a natural choice for meeting and incentive groups. Located in Punta Cana, the all-inclusive, adults-only resort has 589 suites, nine restaurants, a swimming pool and hot tub, a casino, a nightclub, a theater, a fitness center with spinning and aerobics areas, tennis and racket ball courts, and an 18-hole golf course.

Casa de Campo Resort and Villas: Located in La Romana, Casa de Campo Resort and Villas is the go-to choice for groups that want a side of history served with their beach getaway. Opened in nearly 50 years ago, in 1974, the 7,000-acre resort is famous for its three Pete Dye-designed golf courses -- including Teeth of the Dog, an 18-hole course with seven holes that front the Caribbean Sea. There also are 247 rooms and suites, seven restaurants, a beach club, an equestrian center, a shooting course, a spa, three private white-sand beaches, a marina, a movie theater, 15,000 square feet of meeting space and Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village.