The resort with the most-realistic highest 5* rating would be the Esmeralda section of the Gran Bahia complex.
Been to dreams PC and it was excellent in terms of kids activities and the sheer volume of kids around for other kids to play with.
How does the Esmeralda compare in those terms?
smittygirl: I haven't stayed at the Esmeralda but have stayed at the Ambar (adults-only) which we loved, but I didn't find that there was enough kids activities that would be of interest for my 10 year old son.
None of those listed is 4.5 or 5 star, according to TripAdvisor. Most are 4 star, and a couple are 3.5 star. There are only a handfull of 5 star resorts in Punta Cana, and they are typically very expensive (Tortuga Bay, Zoetry, Eden Roc, etc.). For 4.5 star family resorts, Paradisus Palma Real and Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe are good choices, both on Bavaro Beach Bay, which is a beautiful beach.
Scratch Iberostar Dominican-Punta Cana and replace with Iberostar Bavaro for a "classier" experience, but be mindful that "highest class" and all-inclusive rarely go hand in hand.
out of your list i would prefer the Majestic,
but i don't like the wording "highest class", as all hotels on your list are simple middle of the road average All Inclusive Family hotels, the Iberostar Punta Cana and Dominicus i would even rate below the average/below the others.
the Bahia Esmeralda, which is just a small section within the large Bahia Resort, would by our needs with the kittens be completely unsuitable to travel with the kids, much too many istances to do/walk/drive several times per day to come around the resort and i do not like their tiny crowded beach.
forget the "high class" talking when looking on average mid class hotels, for that check the Majestic Colonial, Palladium Resort, Paradisus(both), Barcelo Palace deLuxe.
if looking for high class in case of top children activities look on the Club Med Punta Cana.
if looking for real high class stop searching the all inclusive properties and look on the high end hotels like EdenRoc, the Villas at Tortuga Bay/Arrecife/Los Corales etc.