Gansevoort Dominican Republic
What We Love
- Each of the hotel’s sleek lofts, apartments and penthouses feels like a lavish home away from home, complete with a state-of-the-art kitchen
- Views of Playa Imbert beach from almost every corner of the property
- Four-Bedroom Penthouses feature rooftop decks with private hot tubs
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- There's a three-tier infinity pool and an adults-only pool
- The ocean-view Baia restaurant serves Mediterranean and pan-Asian dishes
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on a private crescent-shaped beach close to the historic town of Puerto Plata, the Gansevoort Dominican Republic has a knockout design that is the first sign that you’re far from the cookie-cutter all-inclusive resort scene. A series of four-story whitewashed contemporary stone, steel and glass buildings contain just 48 suites, ranging from airy lofts to four-bedroom penthouses with private rooftop hot tubs and killer ocean views. Each suite’s state-of-the-art kitchen is packed with top-shelf amenities, such as white granite counters, espresso machines and panini presses, while the bathrooms feature marble walk-in showers and freestanding tubs (in some). Beyond these mansions-in-miniature lie a host of outdoor diversions, from a three-tier cascading infinity pool with unobstructed ocean views and oversize cabanas to water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling, and paddle-boarding. When dining is on the menu, head to Baia, the stylish two-level restaurant, which has globe-spanning dishes that run the gamut from Peruvian ceviche to Italian-style charcuterie, all served with a refreshing side of gentle sea breezes on the terrace. Fitness is another focus, with a meditation and yoga garden that hosts daily classes; private trainers are available.
In the Area
Golf fanatics flock to the DR for good reason: the island nation lays claim to some of the Caribbean’s best courses, including the famous—and challenging—Robert Trent Jones course at Puerto Plata’s Playa Dorada resort complex. Thanks to its position on the island’s gusty north coast, this area (particularly Cabarate Bay) is also great for windsurfing. Rent a board from Vela Cabarete and try your hand at classic windsurfing or the trendier pursuits of kitesurfing and standup paddleboarding. If retail therapy is more your thing, head to Harrison’s, a popular local chain specializing in amber, which is found in the mountains between Santiago and Puerto Plata. The hotel concierge can also arrange for more exotic experiences in the hinterland, with guided tours to rum distilleries and cigar plantations or to one of the island’s 27 waterfalls.