The nine tourism-related businesses are found in the mountain towns of Jarabacoa and Constanza, situated in the country’s central mountain region. All were recently awarded Dominican Treasures certificates.
The quality certificates are granted by the Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium to tourism-related businesses that offer quality services and uphold sustainable tourism practices.
In Jarabacoa, the following business establishments received Dominican Treasures certificates:
• “Sonido del Yaque.” Situated alongside the Yaque River, the country’s most important river, the facility features various cottages and a restaurant. This sustainable community project is managed by a local women’s club. For more information, please write: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel.: 829-727-7415.
• Rancho Baiguate. This 27-room facility also offers a restaurant and swimming pool. There is an organic garden in the surrounding gardens, a sewage treatment system, walking trails, a butterfly garden and organized rafting trips. www.ranchobaiguate.com. Tel.: 809-574-6890.
• “Casa Tranquila.” The perfect destination for group excursions, situated near Jarabacoa’s Golf Course. www.casatranquila.com.do.
• Rancho Oliver. Features 10 rooms, a service lounge, bar, dining area and spa. www.grupoolivier.com/ranchoolivier.html.
• Angostura. This small complex offers three cottages and a restaurant.
In the mountain town of Constanza, the following facilities received Dominican Treasures certification:
• Hotel Altocerro. Situated on a hilltop, the 68-room facility overlooks the breathtakingly beautiful Valley of Constanza. The hotel has an excellent restaurant and offers special facilities for groups. www.altocerro.com.
• “Restaurant Aguas Blancas.” This is one of the town’s most important restaurants, featuring a very Dominican menu. The restaurant’s desserts and its special heart of celery soup are big attractions. Tel.: 809-539-1561.
• “Villa Pajon.” The project features seven cabins, each equipped with its own kitchen, stone fireplaces, rustic handmade furniture, bathrooms with running hot water and a terrace with barbecue. The project is located in the “Valle Nuevo” National Park. There are nearby nature trails, horseback riding, bird watching, mountain biking, crystalline streams, and magnificent star-watching possibilities. For more information: www.villapajon.do.
• “Rancho Constanza.” The project offers the visitor a rural, yet comfortable, environment, and consists of 11 standard rooms, two suites, 12 rustic villas, a restaurant specializing in local dishes and homemade desserts, a conference hall with capacity for 150 guests and a varied program of activities and entertainment. The Ranch is situated 3,600 feet above sea level, two kilometers from Constanza and its average temperature is 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit). Visitors may opt for a plan that also includes meals. www.ranchoconstanza.tripod.com.
The Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium issues the certificates to tourism products and services that meet the quality standards established by global sustainable tourism criteria. The program is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).