Boutique hotels in the Dominican Republic have been chosen as favorite destinations by readers of international travel magazines. They are also included in world-renowned hotel guides, and accepted as members of international organizations.
Boutique hotels come in all shapes and sizes, each one designed for a particular guest. They are found in local beaches, cities, appealing both to the affluent and to the budget-oriented traveler. Some are modest, others daring…there is one for each and every visitor traveling to the Dominican Republic. According to international magazines, the following are very popular amongst their readers:
The six-bedroom Peninsula House, is a unique venue found in Las Terrenas, in the Samana Peninsula, on the country’s northeast section. For two consecutive years it has been included in the “Golden List” of the Conde Nast Traveler magazine.
The 50-room Turtle Bay boutique hotel, designed by world-famous Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, is situated in Punta Cana, on the country’s easternmost region. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has included this hotel in its “Five Diamond” listing. It is also a member of the international “Leading Hotels of the World” network. It is in proximity to two impressive golf courses.
The 50-suite “Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Resort,” is found in Puerto Plata’s Playa Dorada complex, in the country’s north coast. This facility features private meeting rooms for small events and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World organization. It is situated near a Robert Trent Jones golf course.
The 55-suite Sivory Punta Cana sits right on the beach, offering an intimate and cozy beach environment far removed from the more popular Punta Cana world-class beaches. The hotel is home to the Punta Cana Aqua Spa and Wellness Center, three sophisticated restaurants and a wine cellar featuring 8,000 bottles representing 250 international brands.
The 12-room Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge, in the mountainous southwest region of Barahona, is an idyllic destination offering breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and the lush surrounding landscape. The lodge was built in an old family summer home and its main attraction is to offer guests ecotourism-oriented activities. It is also a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
The 48-room Bannister, in Puerto Bahia, Samana – on the country’s northeast region – overlooks the breathtaking Bay of Samana. In spring, the humpback whales pass through the surrounding waters in their annual pilgrimage to warmer climates. Joseph Bannister was an English sailor who, in 1686, became a local pirate and attacked two British boats right in front of where the hotel now stands.
The five-room Coco Boutique Hotel is situated in the colonial section of Santo Domingo, the country’s capital city. It is strategically situated so that guests can enjoy the ocean and river views. It is a member of the association of Great Small Hotels.
The 43-room “Hotel Palacio” is situated in what once was an 1800 dwelling. It is walking distance from some of the colonial section’s most important monuments.