The hotels in the Dominican Republic can be easily described as intimate, cozy and unconventional.
However, five distinct hotels stand out among many in the country. These are five boutique hotels that have made it to the exclusive list of “Small Luxury Hotels.”
Currently 520 boutique hotels, in 70 countries, make up this important list. All on the list feature the utmost in quality service and facilities, and all are frequently monitored by experts.
The hotels on the list have made a name for themselves for their cleanliness, luxurious facilities, and outstanding and very personalized customer service. The “Small Luxury Hotels” organization encourages its members to deal responsibly with environmental, social and economic issues, and to provide each guest with a rewarding experience.
In the Dominican Republic the hotels that have made it into this exclusive list have something special to offer their unique guests, such as:
Situated near the Bahoruco National park, in the southwest city of Barahona – some three hours west of Santo Domingo, the capital city – the hotel is surrounded by pristine forests and majestic mountains.
According to the French magazine Hotel & Lodge, Casa Bonita is considered to be one of the four best Lodges in the world.
The facility has successfully brought in the beautiful surrounding rainforest with the breathtaking views of the nearby Caribbean Sea.
Casa Bonita consists of 12 fully equipped cottages and, on the grounds, visitors will be able to relax and enjoy an infinity pool, a health spa situated in the nearby woods with a small river running near it.
Also available: energizing bike or walking trails in the nearby mountains. For more information, please visit: www.casabonitadr.com.
Casa Colonial Beach & Spa
The elegance and beauty of the golden sands that characterize the beaches in the country’s north coast, specifically in the city of Puerto Plata, come together to provide the ultimate ambience for guests visiting the “Casa Colonial Beach & Spa.”
The 50-suite facility also features special rooms for small meeting. It is a perfect destination for golf lovers, due to its proximity to the Playa Dorada Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones.
All this is complemented with a beautiful rooftop pool, charming restaurants, beautifully landscaped tranquil gardens and a nearby beach. All these amenities come together to provide guests with an intimate destination for their vacation. More information in: www.casacolonialhotel.com.
Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel
The 55-suite facility is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This particular boutique hotel, situated in the country’s easternmost region, has managed to maintain a Four-Diamond category status for the fifth year in a row, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).
The Sivory boasts an impressive wine cellar, pool, a full-service spa, three gourmet restaurants, two bars, a cigar bar and two halls that can be used for large social and entrepreneurial events. It is the perfect destination to enjoy a relaxing and glamorous vacation. Please visit: www.sivorypuntacana.com, for more information.
Sublime Samaná Hotel & Residence
The Sublime Samaná Hotel & Residence is a luxury boutique hotel situated in a quiet and relaxing environment.
The facility consists of 20 (one, two and three-bedroom) villas and suites.
Situated in the Bay of Cosón, in the northeast province of Samaná, the hotel is located alongside one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Guests will enjoy a relaxing pool, and the amenities provided by the hotel’s two restaurants, spa, excellent room service, airport transfers, a professional wedding/events coordinator, laundry, gymnasium, multilingual nannies and the possibility of hiring your very own private chef.
In the hotel’s casual beachfront restaurant, the chef presents visiting guests with the catch-of-the-day. The restaurant chef/staff will also give guests advice on what to prepare for a private lunch in their particular seaside terrace. More information available: www.sublimesamana.com.
The Bannister Hotel
Nestled between a nearby mountain chain and the majestic Atlantic Ocean, The Bannister Hotel is situated in the exclusive residential complex of “Puerto Bahia,” with exquisite views to the Bay of Samaná, on the country’s northeast section, and featuring 48 ocean-view suites, a full-service marina, a spa, gymnasium, pool, tennis court, the “Café del Mar in America,” and a 1500-meter boardwalk featuring elegant bars, boutiques and restaurants specializing in Spanish, Japanese, Italian, and contemporary cuisine. More information in: www.thebannisterhotel.com; www.slh.com /destinations /caribbean /dominican-republic.