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
Parking on site
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Boutique beachfront sleep in Puerto Plata with a gourmet restaurant, spa and rooftop pool
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.
Casa Colonial Beach & Spa
57000 Playa Dorada
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Casa Colonial Beach & Spa is Puerto Plata (POP-Gregorio Luperon Intl.) - 7.9 km / 4.9 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.