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
Everything was great. Upon arrival, the lobby and view of gardens are beautiful. The service and room impecable. The rooftop area is very nice with an unobstructed view. Perfect weekend getaway!
My wife and I really enjoy staying at boutique hotels and this one of the finest if not the finest we have seen. Phenomenal staff, rooms and food highlight this must visit destination. Great private beach and amazing spa round out this resort.
My husband and I dined here during the week on a Wednesday night in May and we had the whole place to ourselves. Service was 5 star...ambience was gorgeous and the food was delicious. We ordered the ceviche and the seafood paella...both were wonderful. It was a perfect romantic date.