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
I (22) went with my family this past January. The hotel was absolutely beautiful with private beachfront and infinity pool. Food was great and the staff was friendly and helpful. The owners are an extremely nice family and want to make your stay as amazing as possible. Simply beautiful.
The rates quoted on Trip Advisor are all over $400 but I am standing at the front desk and can have a room for $330 US in Feb. or December before the 23rd. If you don't mind the price tag, this is where you should stay in Playa Dorado, Puerto Plata. Not an all-inclusive but real (GREAT) food, reasonably priced ($20 dinner), incredible ambience, fantastic service from excellent English speakers, beautiful calming gardens, rooftop pool, private beach and super private.
My family and I are just back from an amazing vacation in the Dominican Republic. We stayed in two suites on the top floor of the Casa Colonial Beach & Spa. Our rooms were spacious and comfortable. The staff maintained the facilities beautifully.
The food at the hotel was very good and reasonably priced. The fancier dinner restaurant had a nice variety of food and cuisine choices. The wine list was good. The service was gracious. Men need long pants to dine at the restaurant.
The pool is on the roof of the hotel and has amazing views of the ocean. The pool is small but refreshing. There are 4 hot tubs as well, the water is lukewarm but you don't really need hot water in that climate. The tubs are fun and give a great view of the ocean. Food is served on the roof, and it is a great place to have lunch.
Food is served in all locations actually. It is fun to eat by the beach as well.
The servers are very nice and take a real interest in the guests' comfort.
We were staying at the hotel next to this one and noted the menu posted out front so made reservations. What a wonderful gem! Beautiful decor, amazing service and a very high quality meal! We enjoyed every moment of our brief interlude here and will now be looking to return for a stay. Truly a 5 star experience!
We had a very relaxing week at the Casa Colonial. Ocean front ground floor room was excellent with comfortable bed, couch, desk, and coffee table. Bathroom was large with walk-in shower and huge 2 person tub. View from patio was fantastic with trees and the beach behind them. Restaurants were pleasant and uncrowded with reasonable priced good food and wine. The jambalaya was fantastic as were the pastas. Beach is on a bay protected by off-shore reefs, clean, and uncrowded. Expensive and worth every penny.