Need to unwind? There’s no better way to relax than by heading to the Dominican Republic for a long weekend of pampering spa treatments. Flights from major east coast airports typically cost less than $500 during cold-weather months, even at peak travel times. Once on the island, there’s a wide range of lodgings, from intimate boutique hotels to massive resorts. Here, we’ve picked the best spas on the island, across all price points and experiences.
Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana’s Hideaway Appeal
If you're searching for a lush, secluded oceanfront stay, look no further than the Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana. This all-inclusive property features an "Endless Privileges" concept that includes premium-brand booze, high-end Bulgari products, free horseback riding, and other enticing extras. The spa is intimate, with just a handful of treatment rooms, a sauna, and an indoor pool with bubble beds and hydrotherapy features that you can access anytime, free of charge.
TIP: Your first 20-minute treatment is complimentary.
Refresh at Newly Renovated Excellence Punta Cana Spa
The Miile Spa at the adults-only, all-inclusive Excellence Punta Cana is a newly redone oasis that features a hydrotherapy circuit, two saunas, and ocean-view treatment rooms among its many attractions. Along with those wellness options, you can book beauty treatments like haircuts, and top-quality manicures and pedicures.
TIP: Try the Madre Tierra Healing Massage, which incorporates red clay from the island to absorb toxins. The treatment is said to help improve the digestive system and reduce muscle and joint aches.
The Island’s Biggest Spa, at Hard Rock Hotel
The Rock Spa at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is the mall of spas. Covering more than 60,000 square feet, it's bigger than most casinos in the DR. It's also a pleasant respite, especially if you can avoid rush hour (late morning and early afternoon). The therapists are well-trained and pleasant. For such a huge facility, the quality is impressive.
TIP: Be sure to arrive early to use the multi-pool hydrotherapy circuit.
Asian-Inspired Elegance at Paradisus Palma Real
The YHI Spa at the luxurious, all-inclusive Paradisus Palma Real features four areas, representing the elements of air, fire, water, and earth, along with a focus on Asian philosophies. Even though it's a located at a mega-resort, the spa is typically uncrowded, and the treatments are reasonably priced.
TIP: Unwind with the nearly 3-hour Orchid Spa Ritual, featuring a body scrub, body wrap, "chakra" bath, and massage.
Renowned Six Senses Spa at PuntaCana Resort & Club
It's hard to find a better place for a massage than the award-winning Six Senses Spa at PuntaCana Resort & Club. The international spa operator is known for its first-class holistic treatments, including herbal body compresses, coffee scrubs, and detox massages. Guests can choose to stay at the top-end Oscar de la Renta-designed Tortuga Bay Villas, or at the simpler PuntaCana Hotel, both located on the property.
TIP: You just can't miss here. Start out with the Six Senses Signature massage, using oil from fresh coconuts, and you'll be blissed out in a hurry.
Benchmark Luxury at Casa de Campo
From the resort that defined Caribbean luxury, the Cygalle Healing Spa at Casa de Campo is a destination unto itself. The spa features local ingredients in its treatments, from cane-sugar exfoliation to papaya body masks.
TIP: After a day at the beach, refresh with an aloe body wrap.