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  • Writer's pictureCindy Van Dyck

Beauty & Wellness: The 3 best Spa places in the Dominican Republic

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

Atmosphere picture of Spa L'Occitane by The Ocean Club in Sosúa,
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Vacations are a time to enjoy and recharge the mind. And what better way to achieve that than to immerse yourself in the luxurious world of spas? These carefully curated destinations offer an oasis of tranquility, where the worries and stresses of everyday life melt away and a deep sense of calm will overwhelm you. From the moment you step through their doors, you are transported into a world of pure bliss, where every need and desire is met with the utmost care and attention. Are you curious to discover them? Then read on quickly!

Spa days are a necessity, not a luxury.

Enjoy, unwind and feel happy: these are emotions and characteristics that will describe your stay in the Dominican Republic. And whether you schedule it in the morning, to start your day full of energy, in the evening after a day full of excursions or on a rainy day: you can find luxurious and relaxing massages all over the island.

Because it is also very important for us to be able to relax on vacation, we have already tested some places for you. And these are our favorites!

#1. L'Occitane by The Ocean Club, Sosúa

We start with the beautiful complex by L'Occitane, located at the luxurious "The Ocean Club" in Sosúa. Inspired by the South of France, this institute is a beautiful facility full of fully personalized therapeutic treatments.

You can go there for a variety of treatments: from massages to facials, body wraps, scrubs, and you can also get a manicure or pedicure. Our favorite was the "Relaxing Aromachologie Massage" of 60 minutes. It includes Chinese acupressure and a Balinese massage technique. After the treatment you will be offered a cup of tea to completely relax.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM

An appointment is required: +1 809-895-6000

Address: Calle Bruno Philip No, 5, Sosúa 57000

Atmosphere pictures of Spa L'Occitane by The Ocean Club in Sosúa
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#2. Kúr Spa, Santo Domingo

Our personal favorite at the capital of the island, is Kúr Spa. Here you can go for a variety of treatments. Each adapted to your needs or what your body and mind just need to get in balance. Think of massages (both relaxing and deep tissue or sport massages), peeling, wraps, facials, sauna and more. To this they also have a section of Esthetic Medicine. In this section of Kúr you can go for rejuvenation, hair removal, fillers, acne treatments, botox, microdermabrasion and much more.

We recommend the deep tissue massage. It mainly works on your shoulders, back and arms. Just what we need after long days at the computer or in the gym. At the end of the massage, they also wrap your back with heat patches. The exact name, in case you want to book it yourself, is the "Descontract de Espalda" massage. In combination with this massage, we recommend to also get a hydrating and cleansing facial. And finally, to end with an hour at their hydrating Jacuzzi baths. The citrus and lavender baths are our favorites!

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM - 06:30 PM

An appointment is required: +1 809-549-6258

Address: C. Florence Terry Griswuld 3, Santo Domingo

Atmosphere picture of Kúr Spa, Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#3. Hammam Kef, Las Terrenas

We recently discovered Hammam Kef, a haven of tranquility in the heart of the city of Las Terrenas. You can go here for a traditional Arabic bath, Signature Treatments, Massages and even facials. So be sure to add it to your to-do list when being around.

To give you the best information about the Spa, we share with you our favorite treatments and start with the Classic Hammam. This steam and body scrub treatment is part of the authentic traditions. Regarding he massages, there is a huge choice. But the ultimate winner remains the Deep Tissue Massage. Thanks to this powerful massage, you recharge the body. Deep-seated tension and muscle tension are relieved using deep movements and stretching techniques concentrated on specific problem areas.

Good to know: you can choose how long your massage lasts. 30, 45 or 60 minutes. And you can combine at will! Tell them your preferences when booking and they will organize the best experience for you.

Opening hours: Tuesday till Satuday from 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM, Sunday from 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

An appointment is required: +1 829-861-9338

Address: Kanesh Business Center, Las Terrenas 32000

Atmosphere pictures of Spa Hammam Kef in Las Terrenas
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Tip: Book a massage at the beach

Luxurious and relaxing spa resorts are always nice to go to, but once you're on the island, there's nothing better than a massage on the beach. That's how we recently discovered Carmen's services in Cabarete. She is a super sweet lady who lets you unwind while listening to the breaking waves in the background.

For example, for 1,000 pesos (about $15) you can have your back, neck and shoulders massaged for half an hour. She gives both deep tissue, and relaxing massages. You specify what you want. She is great!

You can contact her personally at +1 829-660-0269

Location: Cabarete Beach, at Hotel Villa Taina.

If you can't reach her, ask the bartenders at the restaurant. They know her!


Remember that the journey to relaxation and well-being is ongoing. But no matter where you are in the Dominican Republic, you will always find a place where you can completely unwind. So let the serenity you found there stay in your heart and may it serve as a gentle reminder to prioritize your own well-being wherever you are.

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