Casa Colonial Beach & Spa
What We Love
- A beachfront property with plenty of natural elegance
- A gourmet restaurant, Lucia, that wins raves (and awards)
- An attentive staff
- The 13-room spa features treatments using local ingredients
- Spacious suites with private balconies and air-conditioning
What To Know
- Families are welcome, but couples might feel more comfortable here
- Children 11 and under are not permitted in Junior Suite Lanai rooms
- Downtown Puerto Plata is a taxi ride away (or rent a car to get around; parking is free)
- The resort is secluded, so those looking for true Dominican culture or nightlife will need to leave the grounds
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On the Dominican Republic’s north coast, Puerto Plata is a respite from the perpetual spring-breakers in all-inclusive-happy Punta Cana. And on one of the best stretches of sand in this very sandy country sits the intimate and exclusive Casa Colonial. This 50-suite property is tucked away along Playa Dorada, and after stepping through the wrought-iron gates you’ll see a traditional casa-style exterior that harks back to the Victorian era. In fact, Casa Colonial was the first boutique hotel to open in all of the D.R., and although times have changed, the level of service here certainly hasn’t.
Bed and Bath
All rooms have a clean-lined elegance with a neutral color palette designed by Sarah Garcia, daughter of the hotel’s owner. (It’s a family business around here.) Lovely orchids add to the luxury, as do private furnished balconies, but the hotel is better known for two amenities: its world-renowned spa and well-regarded restaurant.
After a rejuvenating spa treatment using indigenous ingredients like honey and ocean water, head to Lucia is the resort’s calling card restaurant. The restaurant has high ceilings and candlelit tables draped in white linens and meals here come complete with views of the tropical mangrove forest; we can vouch for the fresh lobster Cobb salad, served with a lemon-tarragon vinaigrette. Afterwards take a plunge in the rooftop pool and end your day with a dip in one of the four Jacuzzis or with a tropical drink at the bar.
In the Area
Hit the beach in the nearby town of Sosua, saturated with beautiful stretches of sand. Northern Coast Diving will take you to the best reefs for colorful fish and clear visibility. Traveling with kids? Make a visit to nearby park Ocean World where visitors can get up close to marine and land creatures like dolphins, sharks and tigers. Or, explore El Choco, a national rain forest with tropical flora and fauna, as well as 1,000-year-old bat caves with swimming holes.
How to Get There
This beautiful hotel is on the beach and provides exceptional vistas. The Service is amazing and the rooms are beautiful and well appointed. Stayed for 3 nights and was provided the 5 star service from all the staff. Tip them well as they are truly dedicated to their profession. The Restaurant provided amazing, delicious meals and the staff go out of their way to provide amazing service.
I will be back.
History meets modernity, modernity meets nature. I have been to this memorable space a few times now and I have been so deeply satisfied by the exceptional experiences that Casa Colonial Beach and Spa confers to its guests and by the thoughtful and kind stewards, people like Manuel and Irina, who work hard to sustain levels of luxury and comfort that go beyond any numeric mark of excellence. Upon entering this secluded and lush tropical space in Playa Dorado, along the north coast of the Dominican Republic, you will be transported to a time and place in which human scale interactions meaningful shape and form the quality of one’s existence. You will experience being fulfilled from the first moment to the last one, as you cherish your welcome “back” to the grand home of a close and dear friend whose sole wish is to see you rested and happy in your life journey. Here, you can just listen to the ocean outside, stargaze as the moon rises along the night sky, take in the wonderful smells of the tropical flowers that adorn the grounds, have a taste of the rich local flavors of this beautiful country, enjoy lounging near the stunning pool and spa that reside on the roof, offering priceless vistas of the natural world from which we emerged. I have dwelled at many elite hotels around the world, and Casa Colonial is one of a few that continues to leave a deep and raw yearning to come back, in mind and heart. If you want to appreciate how life, love, and nature can harmoniously be one, then allow Casa Colonial to be your home. You and yours will only be disappointed that you could not stay longer.
The hotel is simply gorgeous; the rooms are spacious and exquisite. The staff is wonderful and the food is excellent. It is a small hotel with all the advantages it offers: quiet and relaxing. I would highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for a relaxing stay without the crowd of an all inclusive place.