A family-friendly Dominican Republic spot
185 Rooms and Suites / 50 Villas
Located in the Dominican Republic’s historic sugar mill town La Romana, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has lured a long line of A-listers (Bill and Hillary Clinton, Julio Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Jay Z and Beyoncé) to its sprawling, 7,000-acre resort. Here, peace, quiet and privacy are important tenets and you’ll find a professional, discreet staff.
You’ll also find plenty to do — the resort is teeming with amenities, from three Pete Dye-designed golf courses, an equestrian center and a shooting center to a spa and tennis courts. Fourteen bars and restaurants provide a breadth of choices with a few standouts. Because of its size, Casa de Campo offers complimentary use of golf carts to get around the resort grounds easily.
The quaint Dominican Republic hotel includes an array of accommodations decorated with a touch of understated Caribbean luxury. Vibrantly colored décor is put aside here for a more minimalist approach — think contemporary ebony wood furnishings, muted neutral tones and native stone. Bathrooms vary by room type, but all come stocked with L’Occitane products. Upper-level rooms have private terraces.
If you’re traveling with family or a group of friends, you may want to stay in one of the luxury villas located either on the golf course or along the ocean. Villas come with added amenities like a butler, a personalized check-in experience, daily breakfast served in the villa and a private pool.
Two must-try restaurants include the popular Mediterranean spot La Caña, where you should order the beef carpaccio and the rack of lamb with mushroom risotto, and The Beach Club, located on the resort’s private Minitas Beach, is where the catch of the day is always a good choice when dining alfresco.
A breakfast buffet is served at Lago Restaurant, which overlooks the acclaimed Teeth of the Dog golf course and the ocean. Here, start your day with a fresh fruit smoothie and eggs cooked just the way you like them. All-inclusive meal packages are available and include breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and unlimited beverages.
Located at the marina are Pubbelly Sushi and SBG. From the same team behind Miami’s Pubbelly Gastropub, Pubbelly Sushi brings Japanese-inspired fare like tuna pizza (tortilla, garlic aioli and truffle oil) and tostones con ceviche (hamachi, ginger soy, cilantro, red onion and yuzu).
Set in a lighthouse at the end of the hotel’s marina near the pool, SBG (or Sophia’s Bar & Grill) has subtle nautical flair. Go there to catch a DJ or live band along with international dishes with a Mediterranean bent.
In Altos de Chavon, a 16th-century Mediterranean village replica on the cliffs overlooking the Chavon River, is the rustic La Piazzetta Restaurant, which crafts handmade pastas, antipasti and authentic Italian fare.
Whether you’re looking for an active vacation or just want to unwind, the luxury hotel gives you plenty of options — horseback riding, fishing, shooting, boating, tennis, golf, fitness and even some shopping. Golfers will have the unique opportunity to play three championship courses, including the world-renowned and top-ranked Teeth of the Dog course. And the Dye Fore course, situated on the hills high above the Chavon River, has views that will likely take your breath away.
In case you strain yourself while partaking in these active pursuits, the Pinecrest Physical Therapy Center at Casa de Campo can help. Its expert professionals can treat you on the spot and give you personalized strength and conditioning training to improve your health.
For guests who are interested in spending time in the ocean, there are several luxury yachts and fishing boats in the marina available for private charters. Head to nearby Saona Island and Catalina Island — the latter is a particularly famous spot for scuba diving, and the snorkeling is pretty good, too. But for those who just want to relax, treat yourself to a massage using local organic ingredients at the spa or pick a chaise lounge by the resort’s beachside bar, Coco Mar, where you can order an endless train of cocktails from staff dressed in all white.
The Family Benefits
Casa de Campo is a family-friendly resort that organizes lots of activities for kids of all ages. (There’s even a professional nanny service for parents who want to enjoy a little quiet time on their own.) All activities are supervised by designated staff and include age-appropriate games such as basketball, table tennis, playground time, art, puppet shows, beach Olympics, tennis lessons, pony rides, water games, pool play and a whole lot more.