The popularity of large all-inclusive resorts is based on the convenience they offer guests by providing them with all kinds of amenities and services.
However, many international tourists want to enjoy excellent accommodations during their holiday period without having to lose their privacy, which in many resorts is what usually happens.
Some large resorts can accommodate up to four thousand guests during the high season. For those who want a quiet destination, the Dominican Republic has many options for guests who prefer a quiet hideaway to run away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Today, more and more international visitors are demanding less crowded facilities that provide a more direct and personal services.
These facilities are found in the country’s local beaches and mountains, or in isolated or small in villages found throughout the Dominican Republic.
For Those Looking for Alternatives, the Following is an Excellent Selection of Various Facilities Catering to the Visitor Looking for Small Accommodations
Sea Horse Ranch:
This residential luxury resort, on the country’s north coast, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. This is the first resort of its kind built in the region.
Sea Horse Ranch is situated on the road that connects the beachfront communities of Sosua (just eight minutes away) and the world-famous windsurfing beach of Cabarete (12 minutes distance). It is also a 30-minute drive to Puerto Plata. Its spacious and luxury villas are readily available to rent. For rental information: www.seahorseranch.org.
Situated in the mountains of Polo, in the southwest province of Barahona, this nine-cabin tourism complex offers visitors temperatures that range from 12 to 23 degrees (Celsius). This is an excellent destination for those who want to get away from the urban setting.
All activities focus on the person’s well-being and restful stay. Prices range from US$60 to US$300, breakfast included. Lunch and dinner is by reservation (US$12 per plate). Guests can also rent a cabin for a regular-size family. For more information: www.casamaya.org.
“Ecocampo La Sangria:”
This unique property is situated in “Los Tocones,” in the beachfront community of “Las Galeras” in the northeast province of Samana. The complex features seven solar-powered cabins surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The resort offers guests the opportunity to participate in simple activities such as milking a cow and gardening.
Things to do around the complex: visit one of the country’s most spectacular beaches, Playa Rincon or visit “Laguna Salada,” the perfect spot for freshwater kayaking. Please visit: www.ecocampolasangria.com.
This nine-bedroom boutique eco -lodge can accommodate up to 40 guests. Situated in Paraiso, “Rancho Platon” is found in a small community just 38 kilometers from the southwest city of Barahona. This is the perfect destination for those who enjoy a tranquil place surrounded by mountains, rivers and lush tropical vegetation.
However, there are plenty of things to do for those looking for a local adventure. Lodges feature single, double or triple rooms. Prices range from US$80 to US$125, breakfast and extra-curricular activities included. Information provided: www.ranchoplaton.com.
Situated in Cabarete, the north coast windsurf capital of the Caribbean, “Natura Cabaña” features 11 bungalows. No air conditioners on the premises. There are two outdoor waterfront restaurants, with one that serves fresh seafood daily. The hotel features a spa and holds regular yoga classes. Information available: www.naturacabana.com.
Kite Beach Hotel:
Ideal for kitesurfers or kiteboarders, with 49 one/two bedroom apartments situated right on the beach. The hotel features a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, wireless internet and other services. Please visit: www.kitebeachhotel.com.
Situated in the town of “La Barbacoa,” near the north coast beachfront village of Las Terrenas, the complex features four rustic and very comfortable residences equipped with solar energy and a natural pool.
The complex features a gymnasium, a children’s play area, and fun activities for adults. Some of the houses have ocean views, but all are equipped with hot water, a fully-equipped kitchen, and Internet access. The nearby beaches of Calolima and Portillo are included on the country’s list of most beautiful beaches. For more information: www.claveverde.com.
In Jarabacoa, the scenic mountain town situated some two hours north of Santo Domingo, this hotel features a bed-and-breakfast format.
The facility features seven single rooms and a three-bedroom suite decorated with simple yet elegant furnishing.
All rooms have running hot water, private bathrooms, a swimming pool with waterfall, bicycles trails and BBQ pits. Please visit: www.dominicantreasures.com. Telephone: 809-872-0001.
Situated in the province of Pedernales, on the country’s southwest region near the Haitian border, the small hotel offers guests 13 rooms (9 double rooms and 4 suites), terrace café, restaurant, laundry room, meeting room for 30 people with audiovisual equipment, an information center and a crafts shop. It is an excellent option for students to want to visit this particularly beautiful region. More information in: www.hotelelpedernal.com.
This small southwest region community is situated one hour from the town of Paraiso, in Barahona province. Situated in the Remigio Mountain, some 1,100 meters above sea level, Cachote is found right on the edge of the Father Miguel Fuertes Natural Monument, a protected area.
Featuring three cottages that can accommodate up to 25 guests, and outside camping facilities for another 20 visitors. Information: www.gobarahona.com. Tels.: 809-721-9409/809-524-6609.
“Sonido del Yaque:”
Located outside the central-mountain town of Jarabacoa, the complex consists of several mountain cabins and a restaurant that sits right along the Yaque del Norte River.
The complex is run by a local women’s co-op. For more information, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel.: 829-727-7415.
Also situated in Jarabacoa, the hotel offers rooms with private baths that can accommodate up to seven guests. Nearby is the Jarabacoa Golf Course. Please visit: www.casatranquila.com.do.
Perched on top of a hill, in the Constanza Valley, this facility offers guests 68 rooms that overlook the valley below as well as 34 villas that can accommodate up to seven guests. It has an excellent restaurant and facilities for groups. More: www.altocerro.com.
This eco-lodge resort is situated in the mountain town of Constanza. All seven cottages feature fireplaces, well-equipped kitchens, rustic handmade furniture, bathrooms with running hot water, and a terrace with a barbecue area.
Situated in the “Valle Nuevo” National Park, the facility offers nature walks, horseback riding, bird watching, mountain biking, and many other nature-oriented activities. For more information: www.villapajon.do.
Also situated in Constanza, the complex features 11 standard rooms, two suites and 12 villas, a restaurant featuring local Dominican food and homemade desserts, a conference hall with capacity for 150 guests and an exciting program of activities and entertainment.
“Rancho Constanza” is sitauted 3,600 feet above sea level, and is two kilometers from the center of Constanza. Average annual temperatures in the region: 16 degrees (Celsius). Packages include plans that include lodgings and meals. Further information: www.ranchoconstanza.tripod.com.
Rancho La Aurora:
Located in Jarabacoa, the small comlex features two villas that can accommodate up to 12 guests. There are also 1, 2, and 3 bedroom villas, for up to 18 guests. www.rancholaaurora.com.do.