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Box 140, La Romana
Tel: 809-523-3333

The longtime stylish resort is full of golfers hurling themselves at the Teeth of the Dog, often the top-rated course on earth. But there's tons more: shooting, cycling, a spa, a theater, eight restaurants, nine bars, 13 tennis courts and 16 pools—you can even play polo. Rooms are big and plush; luxury suites have canopy beds and whirlpool tubs; even better are the villas in varying degrees of marvelousness. You can also order in-room goodies (flowers, cake, champagne) online.

Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata
Tel: 809-320-3232

The new swish resort looks Colonial indeed, but only from the outside. Inside, the 50 rooms are contemporary cream and ivory with polished white marble floors, flat-screen cable TVs and Roman tubs in big bathrooms. There's a beautiful spa, beachside yoga and Pilates, and an infinity-edged rooftop pool. Though the resort is on the lush, relatively peaceful north coast, it's right by the all-inclusives, casinos, restaurants, shopping and 13-mile beach of Playa Dorada.

Sivory Beach, Punta Cana
Tel: 809-552-0500

A private beach, a spa, three restaurants (serving pretentious-sounding Art Cuisine), a wine cellar and 55 suites distinguish this new boutique from the Punta Cana pack. The smallest of those suites is 650 square feet, and all have king beds, ocean views with balconies and bathrooms with tubs for two and Etro toiletries. For not much extra, upgrade to a luxury, honeymoon or Isla Bonita suite and add a Jacuzzi or plunge pool.

Playa Perla Marina, Cabarete
Tel: 809-571-1507

Just 11 rustic stone-walled, thatched-roof bungalows sit between jungle and beach among almond and royal palm trees—with hammocks and mini-fridges the extent of their luxuries. You'll find a rustically charming spa, an open-air restaurant, yoga classes and easily arranged jeep drives, horseback riding and kite-surfing. Ten minutes away is the almost equally new age surfer town of Cabarete.

Calle las Damas, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo
Tel: 809-685-9955

You'll never sleep in an older building in the New World: This incredible structure was built in 1502 for the first governor of the Americas. Now, 104 rooms augment the stone walls with contemporary iron canopy beds, wicker armchairs and slatted blinds. Sit among the centuries-old pillars in the restaurant and frolic in the completely anachronistic pool and nightclub.

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