When you hear the term “all-inclusive,” you probably think of endless piña coladas, dreamy ocean views, and indulgent dining experiences. Club Med’s Michès Playa Esmeralda has all that and more. The 5-star, eco-certified resort in the Dominican Republic raises the bar for what it means to have fun and do right by the planet. Sustainability is at the center of the property, with solar panels, an on-site water glass bottling plant to eliminate single-use plastics, and employee uniforms created out of recycled plastic bottles. And the resort assists in the economic development for the community, with 75 percent of jobs filled locally.

On top of that, it lets travelers from all over experience the celebratory spirit of the Caribbean. Here’s a peek at just a few of the benefits of visiting the latest addition to Club Med’s Exclusive Collection.

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A tropical escape in the heart of the jungle.
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda

Located on the Northwest coast in the charming town of Miches, the resort is designed not only as a luxurious getaway, but also as an intimate, immersive experience with nature. The Dominican Republic, also known as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean” is home to hundreds of pristine waterfalls, tropical birds, and over 10,000 species of flowering plants—all of which are reflected in the resort’s design scheme.

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Oceanfront sanctuaries seamlessly integrated with nature.
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda

Upon arrival to Michès Playa Esmeralda, guests are ensconced in the vibrant sensations of island life. Euphonic sounds and the vibrant colors of exotic birds fill the reception area. Just outside the space stands a dramatic pool that leads the eye to the crystal-clear beach up ahead, singling one has entered paradise.

One of the best-kept secrets in the Caribbean, Miches is a land of undiscovered pleasures. In turn, the resort’s architectural concept pays homage to its ecological abundance by blending four boutique villages together with the surrounding jungle landscape. Archipelago, the first of two adults-only boutique villages, evokes the natural riches of the Caribbean with flowing fabrics, coral-inspired textures, tranquil blue accents, and of course, ocean views. Its romantic, sophisticated vibe—complete with an outdoor shower, pool, and private beach access—evokes the feeling of being on a secluded island.

The treehouse-inspired Emerald Jungle (also an adults-only village) encompasses every nuance of the surrounding tropical forest with deep green interiors, rippling textures, and woody design elements. As part of Club Med’s wellness concept, Emerald Jungle’s 48 deluxe rooms are situated near the Zen pool and the El Limon Healthy Swim-Up bar. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary daily yoga session at the nearby Treetop Palapa, enclosed in a secluded palm grove.

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A commitment to relaxation.
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda

The two family-friendly zones, Caribbean Paradise and Explorer Cove, are a celebration of the island culture’s vibrant, colorful energy, as well as its adventurous spirit. As the heart of the resort, Caribbean Paradise features a festive atmosphere near the central pool and beach lounge, plus a daily Caribbean Food Festival. Each suite or deluxe room interior emulates the lively colors of Caribbean Carnival, local fruits, and native flowers.

Accommodations in the Explorer Cove, the largest area within the resort, are inspired by local spices (think: earth tones and golden hues), and have references to maps and navigation, unique local artifacts, and textured rope elements that conjure images of sunken ships.

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Local inspiration and creativity take precedence.
Club Med Michés Playa Esmeralda

When it’s time to unwind, the Coco Plum Beach Bar & Restaurant provides rum cocktails alongside its striking, streamlined design. Local seashell lights drape down from the ceilings, offering up a wind chime sound effect, while textured, natural accents and invigorating pops of lime green, yellow, and sky blue fill the space.

But the real splash is at Cayuco, the resort’s main restaurant and bar. An upturned boat serves as the roof, and an intricate, complex lighting installation inspired by water buoys cascades down. The turquoise and coral décor plus tropical motifs add a calming sophistication to the space.

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A mind for wellness.
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda

In addition to the Zen pool and swim-up bar serving up healthy treats, the Cinq Mondes Spa contains wellness “cocoon” treatment rooms inspired by the island’s famous butterfly garden. Shaded in calming pale pinks and green tones, a delicate play of light—that alludes to the transformational process of the butterfly—enhances customized wellness experiences.

Of course, nature really is the best healer of all. Before indulging in a spa package, head out for an add-on excursion to Samaná Bay, a protected island known for whale watching and an abundance of native flora. Before returning home, test out your green thumb at the on-site community garden, where guests can learn composting and planting techniques.

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda lets you enjoy the best of nature and culture together. Learn more about this Caribbean escape.