There’s a wide variety of accommodation types available in Punta Cana thanks to the massive amount of resorts across the peninsula. Depending on your style and interest, you’ll find just about anything you could imagine.
Almost 100% of the resorts will start their base level rooms at “Junior Suite”. While the rooms aren’t typically anything resembling a suite as a standard room, they will includes a small seating area, desk area and king bed. In most resorts, you will have a balcony to enjoy the Caribbean weather.
The room types don’t change too much until you get to actual suites. What you will pay for between a standard room and a suite is typically the view. You will see standard view or garden view, partial ocean view, ocean view and ocean front. You will also find the swim-up rooms in this segment of room types.
In a garden view room, you will not be able to see any water and may be on a lower floor. Partial ocean view will have a sideways or obstructed view. Ocean view will have a sideways but more clearly visible view and ocean front will be the pinnacle view type with the room on the end cap of the hotel building.
Swim up rooms are hit or miss at most resorts because, while you do have a lovely (usually very cold) pool at your doorstep, you are not typically in a private room. Many swim up rooms face the main walkways that every guest passes through to access the property. When our travelers book swim-up rooms, we always want to set the expectation that it is usually NOT private so if you’re looking for privacy, book an ocean view or ocean front instead. Also, the pools are rarely heated at the swim-up rooms so unless the sun is baking on your patio, it will be brisk.
Rooms at luxury all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana include elevated minibars with premium liquors, wines and beers as well as snacks.
When considering room types, think about how much time you want to spend in the room and what your priorities are. I personally prefer an ocean view over a swim-up room as I like the privacy of a high floor balcony and a great view.