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
- 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
My family and I just spent a long weekend at this hotel and loved every second of it. It was a the end of a 2 weeks long trip, and it was the perfect way to end it. The hotel itself inspires you to relax and just let go. While it's more of an adults kind of place, our 5 year old was with us, and enjoyed just as much as the adults did, if not more.
Def. recommend it if you're looking for something different to the all-inclusive atmosphere.
My first impression of this hotel was great, A+ Service, beautiful rooms and hotel infrastructure. I know Playa Dorada a lot and I can tell which restaurant is good and which not, but since I was staying there I was very excited to try their food. Unfortunately it was bad (All inclusive quality at a Fine Dinning price).
On the good side, their service is excellent, and I really enjoyed their pool area, too bad their cocktails were as bad as their food.
On my last morning we ordered room service which was bad and cold too.
I think this hotel has a lot of potencial, and hope their management decide to invest a little more so customers get what they pay for.
Our stay at Casa Colonial has been a joy...from the time we arrived throughout our visit, we have been treated with the most amazing customer service. This is an ocean-front gem (5 star hotel) and our room is a lanai view. Perfect for taking in the ocean at any time of day. The spa and food are also top-notch and we have enjoyed the roof-top deck. If you are looking for a peaceful, elegant hotel where you will be pampered, this is the place.
My husband and I spent 8 nights at Casa Colonial from the time we arrived to the time we left the level of attentiveness and professionalism by the staff and management were superb. I want to give acknowledgement to the following people:
Basillia (spelling my apologies) and Irina for always making you feel like they will do anything for you.
Woody, Edison and Aldi for always gracing us with a great smile and making a great drink.
Victoria for always smiling and making you feel like family. Fidel for always making himself available to drive us in the golf cart to the mall to the Chef for always making a fantastic 5 star meal and to Juana for always keeping our room to the upmost standard of cleanliness. and to the rest of the staff thank you - you were all top notch. We look forward to "coming home again soon"
I have rarely, if ever stayed at a hotel/resort that got so many things right.
All things here are superior quality: linens, furnishings, common areas, grounds. Even the pool is not over chlorinated yet super clean. Everything you lay your eyes on is stunning, tropical beauty.
I felt that prices for food and beverage were surprisingly reasonable given a place of this quality.
The prices for the high end experience at Lucia was very reasonable I thought. Casa Colonial does not nickel and dime you either.
I can’t say enough good things about this place. We didn’t want to leave.
The only minor issue is the WiFi. Great coverage and strength, but you need to re-register devices frequently with a new, unique code that is not easy to remember and needs to be generated by staff.
But I guess we shouldn’t be on WiFi at a place like this, right.