Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge
What We Love
- Private balconies with views of the mountains or the Caribbean
- Friendly and attentive service at this family-owned resort
- The infinity pool, with its sea views
- A plethora of activities can be arranged through the resort
What To Know
- Rooms have air conditioning
- Free parking and WiFi
- Santo Domingo is about 130 miles away
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Flourishing green mountains form the backdrop for this secluded hilltop resort on the Dominican Republic’s unspoiled southwestern peninsula. Made up of 12 rooms, the family-owned Casa Bonita puts ecological wonder within reach, in the form of vast Jaragua National Park. And after a horseback ride, a cycling adventure or a hidden cave trek, a dip in the infinity pool followed by a sunset dinner of fresh-caught fish in the open-air dining room will feel just right.
Bed and Bath
Transformed from a private summer house into a boutique escape in 1991, the property has 12 cabanas that have either a kingsize bed or two double beds and are minimally decorated with wooden furnishings and accents, tile floors and thatch roofs. The graphic art adorning the otherwise spare walls is by acclaimed conservation photographer Eladio Fernandez. The spa-like bathrooms have open showers, sand-tinted tiles and cool wood surfaces. The private balconies off each room have 180-degree views of the Caribbean or the mountains. There’s also a small wine cooler in every room, which can be stocked in advance of your arrival for a fee.
Despite its secluded location, Casa Bonita’s restaurant uses the freshest local ingredients, including daily deliveries of fish from nearby Barahona. The simple breakfast menu includes sweet crepes, while the standout dinner menu digs deeper into Dominican flavors, with dishes like zesty shellfish spaghetti or pork chops with passion fruit sauce, served in the open-air thatch-roofed dining room. Once they’re settled in, guests can immerse themselves in the natural surroundings. The resort’s wide variety of active adventures in Jaragua National Park, an immense nature reserve, will keep you busy; from horseback riding and cycling to nature walks and birdwatching excursions, the resort can arrange it all.
In the Area
Down the hill from the resort, Bahoruco Beach has some of the best surf in the area. Grab your board and hang ten with the locals. Immerse yourself in the thermal waters of Canoa, which top out at 108 degrees, and let the natural properties soothe your body. For an equally refreshing experience, take a dip in the cool rushing waters at Villa Miriam, a private waterfront villa. Discover ancient pictographs and rock engravings in the caves of Jaragua National Park, a lush ecological treasure that includes a sun-soaked pebble beach. Many attractions in the area are just off the Barahona-Paraiso highway, including such small villages as Paraiso and Cachote, secluded beaches and scenic overlooks worth a photo op. The resort can help you plan an itinerary or arrange a tour.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed one night at the suite with private pool. We wanted to stay longer but opted not to.
-The hotel view is Spectacular, and the workers while not 5 start, are very attentive and friendly. It did help very much that we speak Spanish so we chatted and joked with them.
- Dinner and breakfast were really good.
Negative: in general the big issue with the hotel is the lack of attention to cleanliness and maintenance. For the high price they charge, they NEED to invest in maintaining the place pets free, clean, and replace or fix things that are damaged.
1- finding cockroaches in a pricing suite made us feel that we wasted the money. One roach came out from under the wooden shower floor, I ran out half bathed. we found another roach by the pantry area and at the check-out sofa, the third one crawling!!
2- Bathroom ceiling light cover have black dirt inside
3- bed sheets had old blood stains
4-the suite private pool never warmed up
5-the prívate and public outdoor chaises were ALL covered with towels. I tried to removed one towel because it looked used, but the cushion was stained and old. For god’s sake, why not replace them cushions? it gave me the itch!
6-patches or fallen tiles at the Infinity pool outer edge
7-wooden deck needs to be painted/stained as it looks old.
I visited with a group of friends, and it was more than I expected. The view was breathtaking. The staff were wonderful and our villa fully equipped and comfortable. I recommend this place for folks interested in a more relaxed vacation or looking to host a retreat.
This place is simply magical! If you’re looking for a place to find peace, nature, tranquility and great service this is it. Massage by the river and Yoga clases totally recommended. The food at the restaurant is great, so no need to leave de hotel premises.