The Dominican Republic often is viewed as a budget destination, which is fair since it’s a place where you can get a hotel/airfare package that includes a stay at a beachfront all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana more affordably than practically anywhere else in the Caribbean. But there’s another, more luxurious side to the Dominican Republic, which is home to some of the more opulent resorts not only in the region, but the world.

Here are some of the top resorts in the Dominican Republic where you can stay in luxurious accommodations with attentive service and top-notch amenities — plus gloriously beautiful surroundings. And they’re all EP properties — not all-inclusive.

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