There are soooo many family-friendly resorts in Punta Cana so it can be hard to decide which one will be right for you and your family.
Of course, there are a few things that are non-negotiable:
You need a nice pool, access to the beach, and lots of food options for your picky eaters. You may also want a kids club and plenty of activities for your little ones. And it can’t hurt to have a luxurious room, a comfy bed, and some great cocktails for mom and dad.
After all, it’s a family vacation, and you all deserve to enjoy it!
Here are the 6 best family-friendly resorts in Punta Cana:
- Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
- Falcon’s Resort by Melia
- Royalton Splash
- Barcelo Bavaro Palace
- Dreams Palm Beach
Let’s take a deeper look into each one so you can decide which resort is right for you.
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
This hotel is first on the list for a reason. You really can’t beat a Nickelodeon-themed resort! All of the hotel decor and designs come from Nickelodeon shows and characters.
You can even stay in a giant pineapple like Spongebob Squarepants. Or meet him and some of his friends walking around the resort. Say hello to the Paw Patrol crew and take pictures with the Ninja Turtles. But watch out for the slime!
You’ll have access to the beautiful Uvero Alto beach, the Lighthouse beachfront pool, and the Aqua Nick water park complete with water slides, activities, and a lazy river.
With 7 restaurants, 2 bars, and a coffee, tea, and snack spot, you’re sure to find something for the whole family to enjoy. Not to mention the Aquabite snack bar is just a few steps from the pool and offers classics like french fries, burgers, and wraps. There’s also 24-hour room service which is always fun for the kids and allows you to relax knowing that they (and you) will never be hungry.
At Nickelodeon Resort, there are tons of activities for the kids, including a kids club for ages 4-12, talent shows, scavenger hunts, and nightly movie screenings. You and your kids are sure to have a wonderful time staying here!
It could easily become your new favorite vacation spot.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
This is a wonderful resort for all ages! The hotel is massive with over 1,700 rooms, 11 pools, 9 restaurants, and the biggest casino in Punta Cana (this one’s for the adults, as you can imagine). Everything at this resort is inspired by rock and roll so if you have some music lovers in the family, this is going to be a hit!
One of the coolest activities for kids 12 and older is the Music Lab. They’ll get to play real instruments (provided by the hotel) alongside local musicians, and they will even perform with the band! Whether they want to rock out on the guitar, show off their vocal skills, or learn how to play the drums, they’re sure to have a blast.
You don’t have to be a music aficionado to love this resort! There are plenty of other activities, too. The beach is gorgeous, and all of the pools are amazing. Your kiddos will love the Kid’s Club, the arcade, and the mini-golf course. You’ll love the spacious rooms and stellar hotel service. And you’ll all have a blast spending time together in Punta Cana!
Falcon’s Resort by Melia
Next on the list of the best family-friendly resorts in Punta Cana, we have Falcon’s Resort by Melia. Previously The Grand Reserve and Paradisus Grand Cana, this newly branded hotel has even more to offer than ever before.
Of course, you can still expect luxurious hotel rooms, whirlpool tubs on every balcony, and gorgeous swimming pools lining the property. Not to mention their delicious food options, daily activities, and exceptional customer service.
You’ll also have access to the brand-new Katmandu Park in Punta Cana. This amusement park is the first of its kind and features 3D rides, 2 mini-golf courses, and tons of interactive attractions. It’s something completely new, and it’s a blast!
The property isn’t right on the beach, but there are golf carts that can take you there in less than five minutes. On the beach, you’ll find the softest, powder-white sand that Punta Cana is famous for. The ocean is calm in this area with small waves so you’re little ones can play without any worry. And you can relax in your beach bed, enjoying a mojito or two with unlimited bar service.
Royalton Splash Punta Cana
This family-friendly resort has 4 restaurants, 5 bars, a snack bar, an ice cream bar, and a cafe. There are three swimming pools: One is the main lagoon-style pool where all of the daily activities will take place. The second is a quiet pool so you can read your book in peace. And the third exclusive pool is private to Diamond Club guests.
Diamond Club is the VIP section where you’ll get private check-in, upgraded accommodations, priority at restaurants, and an exclusive pool and beach area.
Of course, the highlight of Royalton Splash is the water park! It’s one of the largest water parks in the Caribbean, and you’ll have free access included with your stay. There are seven water slides (that adults can go down, too), a splash pad for the little ones, and a wave pool for all day fun. You and your family are sure to have a blast splashing around this resort. Too cheesy?
Another awesome feature of this resort is that you’ll get access to the neighboring hotel, Royalton Punta Cana. This means even more restaurant and bar options, daily activities, and nightly entertainment. You basically get to stay in two resorts for the price of one. How cool is that?
Barcelo Bavaro Palace
This beautiful resort is always a fan favorite because of the facilities and their exceptional service. Barcelo Bavaro Palace is right on the beach with 80% of their suites featuring an ocean view. The rooms are a little older, with dark wood furniture and bright-colored decor, but there’s a cool Dominican feel that you can’t find at a lot of the newer resorts. Plus the beds are super comfy!
There are 3 buffets, 8 a la carte restaurants, and 14 bars. There’s something to satisfy any palette. But honestly, you’ll want to stay here for the sports and activities.
This resort offers a soccer field, baseball field, beach volleyball court, ping pong table, pool table, water polo, and 3 tennis courts. There’s also an 18-hole miniature golf course, and an 18-hole full-sized golf course. Not to mention the motorized and non-motorized water sports available. Did you get all that? You could seriously never get bored at this all-inclusive resort.
One more thing:
For an additional fee, you and your family can test your logic at the on-site Escape Room! Do you have what it takes to solve the clues and escape within 60 minutes? Why not give it a try?
Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
The final hotel featured on our list of family-friendly resorts in Punta Cana is the beautiful beachfront property, Dreams Palm Beach. It’s located in a quiet area of Punta Cana known as Cabeza de Toro. There are 500 rooms, eight restaurants, and seven bars throughout the property.
Your kiddos will love the Barefoot Grill to grab something quick to eat by the beach. And the World Cafe buffet will be the staple spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you want to get a little fancier, check out the French restaurant, Bordeaux. There is a dress code (no swimsuits, flip flops, or shorts) but it’s definitely worth a visit. Or if you have some picky eaters at your table, the Italian restaurant may be a better choice. Who doesn’t like pizza and pasta?
What about the fun stuff?
Well, Dreams Palm Beach has got you covered. There are five pools, including the kid’s pool, and plenty of water activities (like snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing). Enjoy a little friendly competition playing tennis, volleyball, bocce ball, darts, or ping pong. Or split up and let the kids do their thing at the Explorer’s Club (for ages 3-12) and Core Zone (for teens 13-17). They’ll find tons of activities like crafts, sports, and video games, and will be able to meet some friends during their vacation.
Don’t miss the nightly entertainment with theme nights, beach parties, live performances, and dance classes. You and your family will have the vacation of your dreams!
Family-Friendly Resorts in Punta Cana
So what do you think? Which resort sounds like the best option for you and your family? I’ll be honest, you can’t go wrong with any of them. Punta Cana is an amazing place, and you’re sure to have an amazing family vacation. Enjoy the beach. Soak up the sunshine. And create memories that will last a lifetime.
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