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Puerto Plata’s Oasis of Chic

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - August 29, 2015

Rediscovering cool at the Dominican Republic’s Casa Colonial

By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, CJ Travel Editor

It’s the last place you’d expect to find a posh boutique hotel.

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Hidden in plain sight in the Playa Dorada compound, where big-box all-inclusive resorts view to be better, bolder and … well … bigger than their neighbors, Casa Colonial Beach & Spa is an understated and unexpected gem.

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An oasis of chic, the a la carte property is ideal for travelers who want to discover the north-coast Dominican Republic town of Puerto Plata – and to test their tolerance for indulgence and pampering.

With just 50 suites and its own tranquil slice of Puerto Plata sands, the marble-clad mansion seduces on sight.

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Who wouldn’t be enchanted by chic bedrooms, decorated in stone and hardwoods in a neutral color palette that encourages rest and relaxation?

Who wouldn’t want to sun themselves beside the rooftop infinity pool, where frosty Presidente beers arrive at your chaise with thoughtful frequency?

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Who wouldn’t want to submit to the ministrations of a massage therapist as they lie in an oceanfront garden gazebo?

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And, as the moon casts its sheen on the calm Caribbean, who could resist the claw-foot bathtub on your room’s balcony, or the silent siren call of crisp lavender-scented Frette sheets?

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Mere minutes from the boho haven of Cabarete, Casa Colonial feels a world apart, yet is so easy to reach (fly into Puerto Plata, just two hours from Miami). It’s a proximity that begs the most important question of all:

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Why aren’t you there yet?

 

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