Casa Colonial Beach & Spa – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Beachfront Colonial chic Casa Colonial Beach and Spa – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic enjoys a tranquil garden setting with its own private beach. With a delightful blend of Colonial-style architecture and contemporary styling, this intimate resort offers all-suite accommodation, an infinity rooftop pool, two enticing restaurants and breathtaking sea views.
Enter Casa Colonial Beach and Spa’s gracious lobby-lounge, with its high ceilings and tall windows, and sense the air of tranquillity, reminiscent of a bygone less hurried era. The suites are both elaborately and elegantly decorated in contemporary furnishings. Soothe away your cares at the Spa Bagua with an indigenous honey and royal jelly treatment.
Listen to the gentle background lull of the sea as you relax by the rooftop infinity pool. Then choose from a wealth of water sports or enjoy a round of golf. In the evening, dine at Casa Colonial Beach and Spa’s Lucia restaurant with amazing views of the mangrove jungle.
Styled by Dominican designer Sarah Gracia, Casa Colonial takes (as the name suggests) many traditional Caribbean architectural features – coral rock walls, columns with flattened arches, shingle roofs and dark-stained wooden furniture on light décor – and consciously gives them a contemporary twist, for example with metalwork rather than wooden gingerbread trim.
There are two distinct areas to the hotel, the fancy, quite formal foyer (with bar, Lucia restaurant and some suites) and, across the profuse gardens, the beach area. This has more modern touches, with a rooftop pool and sunning area. A Small Luxury Hotel, Casa Colonial is the finest hotel in a resort area of all inclusives.
Just steps from the resort’s private beach and Atlantic Ocean, the 50 guest suites at Casa Colonial Beach & Spa draw inspiration from our setting with private balconies and one-of-a-kind views. Crafted by the renowned Dominican Republic design firm Sarah Garcia Studio, each suite features an understated colonial chic vibe with sheer curtains, eclectic furnishings, light textures and fabrics and unique works of contemporary art.
Elaborate and elegant, each Junior Suite is exquisitely decorated with two queen size beds or one king size bed, a spacious balcony and a comfortable sitting area with contemporary furnishings throughout. The bathrooms are equipped with double hand basins, a sumptuous Roman style tub and separate walk-in shower and hairdryer.
These suites are similar to our Junior Suites with upgrades that include a separate bedroom with one king size bed, a sofa in the living room and a private balcony.
Spacious and superb, each deluxe suite features two queen size beds or one king bed, a separate living room with a sofa bed, one bathroom, a dining area and spacious balcony. Guests may choose from a tropical or ocean front. The bathrooms are equipped with double hand basins, a sumptuous Roman style tub and a separate walk-in shower.
These lavish, oceanfront designs feature a deluxe suite with a private entrance connected to a junior suite and include two and a half bathrooms, two separate bedrooms with one king size bed (deluxe suite) and two queen size beds (junior suite), a comfortable sitting area with a sofa , a walk-in closet and balcony. The master suites are exquisitely decorated with contemporary furnishings. The bathrooms are equipped with double hand basins, a sumptuous Roman style tub and a separate walk-in shower.
The penthouse Ocean Front features a dramatic living room and separate bedroom with one king size bed, an extensive sitting area with sofa, an elaborate balcony, dining area, one and a half bathroom and a walk-in closet. The bathrooms are equipped with double hand basins, a sumptuous Roman style outdoor tub and a separate walk-in shower.
The Presidential Suite Tropical view boasts an extravagant living room and separate bedroom with hardwood floors and one king size bed, a walk-in closet, a spacious sitting area with a sofa, a balcony and dining area and two bathrooms. The bathrooms are equipped with double hand basins, a sumptuous Roman style outdoor tub and a separate walk-in shower.
At Casa Colonial Beach & Spa you’ll find two of the best restaurants in the Dominican Republic. With a duo of splendid dining options, you can enjoy creative cuisine for every taste and occasion during your stay at this oceanfront paradise. Savor gourmet fine dining fare at award-winning Lucia Restaurant or visit Veranda for a more casual breakfast or lunch.
Enjoy a creative and flavorful array of gourmet French-Caribbean fusion cuisine at our award-winning fine dining restaurant. Adding a breathtaking complement to any meal, a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks the exotic mangrove jungle adjacent to the resort. The restaurant’s wine cellar offers the finest wines from around the world, from light, crisp whites to rich French Bordeaux, Italian Chiantis and more
While taking in the resort’s stunning oceanfront setting, guests may enjoy breakfast or lunch at Veranda. Offering seating in the air conditioned dining room or out on the terrace with umbrella tables and panoramic views of the ocean and lush, green trees surrounding the resort, the restaurant offers a casual alternative to Lucia.
WELLNESS & SPA
Welcome to Bagua Spa, a tranquil oceanfront retreat overlooking the stunning northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Settle into the indulgent comfort of a world-class, nature-based sanctuary, offering a range of services that include relaxing massages, soothing body wraps and revitalizing aromatherapy and therapeutic facial treatments.
Spectacular ocean views are complemented by a design courtesy of renowned Dominican architect Sarah Garcia. Throughout the state-of-the-art 12,400-square-foot space, principles of Feng Shui — the name “Bagua” is one of the essentials of Feng Shui — have been incorporated to create a luxurious escape, where visitors can find harmony and clarity. Ten private therapy rooms include two couples’ rooms with two-person Jacuzzis and terraces overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Guests may also enjoy private therapies in one of three outdoor oceanfront treatment gazebos set over a tropical pond with soothing waterfalls.
At Bagua Spa, professional therapists infuse indigenous Dominican healing traditions with the finest European spa practices, creating a one-of-a-kind “cross cultural” experience to nurture and inspire body, mind and soul.
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PUERTO PLATA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Squeezed between a towering mountain and the ocean is this working port town, the oldest city on the north coast. Wander the Malecón or the downtown streets surrounding the Parque Central and you’ll see that significant revitalization efforts, meant to impress an influx of Carnival cruise ship passengers, have replaced what was until recently a palpable feeling of neglect. Intermingled with run-of-the-mill shops are the fading, once-opulent homes built by wealthy German tobacco merchants in the 1870s. Several restaurants are worth a visit, as are a few interesting museums, and the cable car ride to the nearby bluff, if not clouded over, offers panoramic views.
The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries, with stunning mountain scenery, desert scrublands, evocative colonial architecture and beaches galore.
Hundreds of kilometers of coastline define the Dominican Republic (DR) – some of it white-sand beaches shaded by rows of palm trees, other parts lined dramatically with rocky cliffs, wind-swept dunes or serene mangrove lagoons. Whether it’s fishing villages with boats moored along the shores, or indulgent tourist playgrounds with aquamarine waters, the sea is the common denominator. Some of the bays and coves where pirates once roamed are the temporary home of thousands of migrating humpback whales, and form part of an extensive network of parks and preserves safeguarding the country’s natural heritage.
Peaks & Valleys
Beyond the capital, much of the DR is distinctly rural: driving through the vast fertile interior, you’ll see cows and horses grazing alongside the roads, and trucks and burros loaded down with fresh produce. Further inland you’ll encounter vistas reminiscent of the European Alps, rivers carving their way through lush jungle and stunning waterfalls. Four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean rise above the fertile lowlands surrounding Santiago, and remote deserts stretch through the southwest, giving the DR a physical and cultural complexity not found on other islands.
Past & Present
The country’s roller-coaster past is writ large in the physical design of its towns and cities. Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial exudes romance with its beautifully restored monasteries and cobblestone streets along which conquistadors once roamed. The crumbling gingerbread homes of Puerto Plata and Santiago remain from more prosperous eras, and scars from decades of misrule are marked by monuments where today people gather to celebrate. New communities have arisen only a few kilometers from the ruins where Christopher Columbus strode and where the indigenous Taíno people left traces of their presence carved onto rock walls.
People & Culture
The social glue of the DR is the all-night merengue that blasts from colmados (combined corner stores and bars), and this is true everywhere from the capital Santo Domingo to crumbling San Pedro de Macoris to Puerto Plata, where waves crash over the Malecón. Dominicans greatly appreciate their down time and really know how to party, as can be seen at Carnival celebrations held throughout the country and at each town’s own distinctive fiesta. These events are windows into the culture, so take the chance to join the fun and elaborate feasts.