Families are drawn to Puntacana for many reasons, beginning with the variety of accommodations. For traditional hotel stays, two very distinctive properties, the Westin Puntacana and the more intimate Tortuga Bay Hotel, a five-diamond winner, are both superb. Broods who seek the comforts and familiarity of home can choose from houses and apartments that provide access to all of the development’s amenities, as well as being steps away from the beach. An Aquatic Center offers scuba diving, fishing and kiteboarding. Excursions include Segway eco-tours, wreck diving, sunset cruises and horseback riding. The Six Senses Spa, bicycles, tennis, 45 holes of golf, and lounging on the sands make this a memorable retreat for the entire clan.
Inside the Top 5: Your runner-up, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, will never host a major, but it did host the 2010 Winter Olympics, with medal events on Blackcomb Mountain in its backyard. In summer, families love unlimited golf deals on a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, unlimited range time and a policy where kids under 16 play free with one paying adult. Adjacent to the hotel you’ll find Bungy Trampoline, a climbing wall, mini golf and the Westcoaster Luge.