Resorting to relaxation in the Dominican Republic I peeled away from my luxury resort to tour the island because I knew I should. But it wasn’t easy. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Christopher Muther/Globe Staff The all-inclusive Paradisus Palma Real resort in Bavara, Dominican Republic, is a luxury compound. Christopher Muther/Globe Staff Writer Christopher Muther had avoided all-inclusive resorts for years, picturing mediocre buffets and watered-down pina coladas. Stephen Rose The Paradisus had a restaurant with a seven-star Michelin chef, and Muther had a personal butler. Paradisus Palma Real Resort The idea of leaving the resort was challenging because of all the amenities. Paradisus Palma Real Resort Many caution not to leave the resort, but Muther didn't feel in danger. Locals were excited to talk about David Ortiz. Christopher Muther/Globe Staff A statue of Christopher Columbus in Santo Domingo. The city is charming, with colorful stucco homes filling narrow streets. Christopher Muther/Globe Staff The Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia is off the beaten path.