The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
While the aforementioned Casitas is adults-only, the Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is great for multi-generational groupslooking for an upscale experience. The 42 suites at this boutique were a part of a $12 million renovation and have all the room a family would need to stretch out. Kid-minded extras include tear-free toiletries and turndown with milk and cookies in the rooms, plus piñata tropical parties, rock climbing, and science workshops elsewhere on property. For the adults, the Reserve offers up some of the more interesting classes we've seen—candle-making, sushi, and cigar workshops. A shuttle to the airport (with stops at other Melia properties) is complimentary to all guests. From $670 per night for a Paradisus Suite, based on double occupancy
Hermitage Bay, Antigua
It's all about barefoot luxury at the 140-acre Hermitage Bay, where one gets back to nature in the most pampered way possible. Here, 27 freestanding suites with outdoor showers are accessible only by unpaved road, tucked into a cove that's cradled by lush hills and next to a mangrove. A tour of the onsite kitchen garden—growing papaya, mangos, herbs, and soursop fruit—enhances your experience of the daily-changing menus, and weekly cooking demonstrations allow you to take a delicious part of the vacation home, too. Afternoon snacks and cocktail hour canapés are also covered in your rate, as are airport transfers for those who stay three nights or more. From $1,048 per couple per night.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun in Mexico
Fresh off an $85 million remodel and expansion this past November, the former Dreams resort is already making waves when it comes to top-notch service, elegant facilities, and never-ending views—at the tip of Punta Cancun, the Hyatt Ziva is surrounded by water on three sides. The 547 suites here have marble bathrooms, furnished balconies, and pops of design-forward patterns. But fun offerings like water basketball and an onsite microbrewery, serving up three exclusive beers, encourage guests to venture beyond their rooms and the beach. From $175 per person based on double occupancy.
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