The Best Holiday Apartments to Book in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Book a stay at Playa Turquesa Ocean Club and enjoy cooling dips in the swimming pool
Book a stay at Playa Turquesa Ocean Club and enjoy cooling dips in the swimming pool | Courtesy of Playa Turquesa Ocean Club / Expedia
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1 November 2021

Punta Cana – on the east coast of the Dominican Republic – is easily one of the most enticing and family-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. That’s down to warm aquamarine waters, powder-soft sandy beaches and endless activities – everything from dune-buggy safaris to horse-riding and trekking is guaranteed to keep even the most fidgety holidaymaker satisfied. It comes as no surprise that Punta Cana bungalows and holiday apartments are hugely popular. Enjoy a self-catering break with your friends and kids without compromising on quality, style or location – bookable on Culture Trip.

Pool Garden Luxury Apartment, for lovely local scenery

Two sun loungers at a luxury apartment in Punta Cana provide a perfect spot to relax and look over the nearby palms
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Book the ultimate Punta Cana vacation rental – the Pool Garden Luxury Apartment was purpose-built to guarantee totally indulgent, stress-free self-catering holidays – for kids who want to splash around and adults who want to switch off. If tanning is top of your list, lie back and catch some rays on the terrace or join the young ones for a dip in the cool outdoor pool – popping back inside to fetch cold drinks without missing a beat. It’s also ideally situated for outings: Cap Cana Marina, Los Corales and Cortecito Beach are both close by and downtown Punta Cana is a must-see as dusk falls.

Excellent value vacations at Hotel del Chateau Del Mar Ocean Villas

The pool area of Hotel del Chateau Del Mar Ocean Villas in Punta Cana
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Offering more bang for your buck, the Hotel del Chateau Del Mar Ocean Villas are in an enviable location, just footsteps away from the Corales sandy beach. This boutique resort has just 20 one, two and three-bedroom self-catering apartments with a shared pool. As a result, it’s the dream destination if you don’t want to fight for a sunlounger or line up for a buffet breakfast – very much the case in the surrounding all-inclusives. If your aim this holiday is to splurge, there’s a two-story, three-bedroom luxury penthouse with a rooftop plunge pool, bar outdoor shower and six-person sauna – not to mention excellent ocean views. Because you’re worth it.

Easy, breezy living at Playa Turquesa Ocean Club

A man shelters under a palapa by the pool at Playa Turquesa Ocean Club in Punta Cana
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Whether you are traveling as a couple, with your family, or with a bunch of pals, each of the vacation rentals at the Playa Turquesa Ocean Club Resort will make you feel instantly at home. Not only is the location super-handy for the beach and nightlife, but living in-house is also easy. Nothing beats cracking open a bottle of vino and savoring a sundowner on your private terrace. Families love the two-bedroom swim-up beach house because you can easily keep an eye on little ones in the children’s pool. Planning a celebration? We suggest the penthouse, complete with its indulgent hot tub and outdoor grill.

Two-bed Punta Cana Penthouse, steps from the beach

The balcony area of a two-bed Punta Cana penthouse
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Want to impress your friends back home? Of course, you do – so check in and get Instagramming. This bang-up-to-date two-bed penthouse is the business, with a rooftop terrace and on-trend spiral stairs. As split-level properties go it’s unique – designed to accommodate six sharers or a family and loaded up with everything you need for a seamless vacay. The terrace is so private you could forego a bikini and get an over-tan – but it’s probably best to get dressed if you plan on flipping burgers on the barbie.

Beach vibes in a luxury two-bed condo

You can’t get closer to the beach than this swanky two-bedroom condo sleeping up to six – it’s as if you’re holding a seashell to your ear, hearing the surf. In the heart of Bavaro – Punta Cana’s commercial center – you can scarcely count 30 seconds before your toes touch the sands. Super handy if you want to nip back and change your swimwear, pick up some more cold bevvies, charge your phone or use the bathroom. Interiors are worth staying in for – think lashings of calming beige furniture and attractive Caribbean rattan chairs. But the location is also great if you’re not in the mood for cooking, as Punta Cana’s bars and restaurants are a hop skip and jump away.

Modern comfort and seclusion at Beauty Bavaro Playa Matilde

The indoor lounge area of a room at Beauty Bavaro Playa Matilde
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Beauty Bavaro Playa Matilde’s modern condos are within minutes of the crashing waves on Punta Cana’s beach. It’s a new development in a private, gated estate – just a short drive from the airport. Interiors are cool and serene, with bare floorboards and tropical-feel slatted doors on cupboards. There’s ample free parking if you’ve got a hire car – which ideally you should have, as this is a great base for island explorations beyond the nearby beach. The handy convenience store sells everything you might have forgotten and there’s a spacious pool if you want a pre-breakfast dip – or a deep tan, from lying on your lounger all day.

Luxury Apartments Bello, for island exploration

The outdoor pool area at Luxury Apartments Bello
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These Punta Cana vacation rentals offer high-spec private apartments which are ideal for independent travelers. Seriously consider vehicle rental – there is plenty of free parking and the area is so worth exploring – as for starters, the strands of Juanillo, Arena Gorda and Bavaro are all within half an hour’s drive. You’re also right by the Ojos Indígenas Ecological Park and Reserve – complete with trails, lagoons and a petting zoo. Back at the ranch, you can walk to local restaurants. There’s an outdoor pool on-site and every apartment has a spacious balcony and fast Wi-Fi – all the more reason to sprawl out at home.

Designer condo in Punta Cana with pool

Just one block back from the beach, what could be more indulgent than this amazing two-bed condo? Upon arrival, simply throw open your terrace screen doors and take a dip in the impressive swimming pool. The property sleeps six – thanks to a sofa bed – in very suave, designer-delicious surroundings. Expect plenty of minimalist-modern rattan chairs and marine-blue-and-white bedrooms. The beach is as good as ensuite – as are the two bedrooms, so no queuing if you have a family of dawdlers.

For more options, discover our guide on the best cheap hotels in Punta Cana and book now on Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on November 1, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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