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
I have travelled to many hotels all over the world, and Casa Bonita is on my top 10 list. Casa Bonita it’s a great place to stay and relax. the beautiful panoramic view are amazing. The food is incredible. The service is superb from the moment you arrive and the minute you leave they are so attentive to your needs. The spa is a dream. Having a massage inside of the river hearing the sound of the water running I love it. The river suites are amazing, immerse in the jungle right in front of the river. The The meal served for breakfast, lunch and dinner where a piece of art. The food was delicious. Can’t wait to go back .
Beautiful hotel for a nice romantic weekend. An excellent encounter with nature, beaches are very close and a blue bottom river runs right by the hotel. Very nice ambiance. Visit close national stone jewelry factory "Larimar".
I loved the hotel, I was my partner, me and his friends and they loved it too; The spectacular food, the wonderful dinner, the staff very attentive to the customers the whole team; The Director of experiences to the client is very kind and attentive before all ... that we hope to return soon, the tranquility, the peace the air that breathes has no price, I recommend it 100%.