Just Back From Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic

Just Back From Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic

beachI have been going to Casa de Campo since I was a little girl. It is a special oasis that never changes for the good. Year after year I return with family and friends to enjoy the Caribbean air, culture, and natural beauty that the Dominican Republic has to offer. I chose Casa de Campo as my wedding destination 13 years ago and to this day we all sit around talking about how much fun everyone had. Since then many of my friends continue to visit. They either stay at the hotel or rent one of the various villas the resort has to offer. The villas are a home away from home complete with one’s own house staff and the classic red touring cart that we all call “carritos”. These got us into a ton of trouble when we were little!
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Casa de Campo covers over 7,000 acres on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic and the resort has proven over the past 40 years to have something for everyone. Casa de Campo is probably most famous for the internationally recognized golf courses that include Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and Links – Teeth of the Dog is the only course in the world with 7 Caribbean edged holes – also known as the “seven holes created by God.” The resort has always been favored because of the endless choices of activities.

beach-poolOne can try it all or just choose to do nothing but read a book on the beach. Some of my “go to” activities are the amazing tennis courts up high overlooking the ocean. The pros and ball boys are always up for a fun game and training session. A personal favorite is the equestrian center that offers great trail rides, riding and jumping lessons, pony rides for the kiddies and polo matches weekly. Playa Minitas is also a major highlight with the beautiful turquoise water, beach toys for all ages and my favorite restaurant, The Beach Club by Le Cirque. The restaurant has the most beautiful bungalows that one can book for romantic dinners beachside and casual lunches in your bathing suit.

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Over the years, Casa de Campo has expanded and evolved while still keeping its feel exclusive and luxurious. The resort has added a world class marina complete with outdoor restaurants, bars, sailing school and shopping, a 245 acre shooting center with skeet, trap, pigeon rings and 3 level tower for sporting clay and most conveniently, the resort’s own private airport located only 10 minutes away from the main entrance of the resort. As far as dining, Le Cirque has opened a 2nd restaurant at the hotel called La Cana by Il Circo and in a few months the famous Pubbelly from Miami is opening Pubbelly Sushi in the marina. Another great highlight opening in time for the New Year’s festivities is the Marina Light House Bar & Pool. Happy hour, lounging and late night drinks will only get more interesting!

Altos de Chavon

 

One last highlight that should not be missed is Altos de Chavon – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city with boutique shops, museums, restaurants, discothèque and 5,000 seat Grecian-style amphitheatre where amazing musicians from all over the world have performed. A visit to Altos is like stepping back in time to a place so romantic and beautiful. Of course, I am biased because I had my wedding ceremony here in the small Catholic Church overlooking the Chavon River. Small trivia…..Oliver Stone filmed many parts of Platoon along the river. One can visit the river by kayak, riverboat and paddleboard. A must in my book!

 

Book Now for Exclusive Amenities:

  • One $200 Spa credit for treatments, 1 per booking (room or villa)
  • Room category upgrade from Elite Patio to Elite Balcony, subject to availability at time of check-in. All the other room categories, suite and villas are not upgradeable.
  • Daily full American breakfast at el Lago Grill restaurant, for up 2 persons for EP Plan reservations.
  • For reservations with Inclusive plan: Early check-in and Late check-out, subject to availability

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