The Dominican Republic has typically been the best place for a budget Caribbean holiday – which isn't to say it's beneath your notice if you're looking for somewhere special. A growing number of upmarket resorts are opening in and around Punta Cana, on the easternmost tip of the island. There’s plenty to keep you occupied: from close encounters with migrating humpback whales to off-road driving in dune buggies. December to February is the best time to visit the Dominican Republic – February being nicest of all, as it’s also carnival month. For an unspoilt wilderness, book an excursion to Isla Saona for the day. It’s a protected nature reserve with swaying palm trees and sandy beaches.
La Yola was designed to feel like you’re dining on a fishing boat (a rather upmarket one in this case) – unsurprisingly, you can expect exceptional fresh seafood with a Mediterranean influence.
December to February is the best time to visit the Dominican Republic – February being nicest of all, as it’s also carnival month.