Beach bliss in the Dominican Republic
At every turn at Gansevoort Dominican Republic, Playa Imbert, you’ll get a glimpse of the crystal-clear Atlantic Ocean. Whether you’re lounging in your room, one of the infinity pools or at or alfresco Baia Lounge and Restaurant, everything points you to the dazzling water.
The Dominican Republic retreat delivers a serene slice of paradise. Removed from the urban bustle of Puerto Plata, the property’s private beach is lined with towering palm trees. Upon arrival, indulge in some of the house punch (with a splash of local rum, if you so choose) to start your stay off right.
Accommodations at the Gansevoort vary from lofts or full apartments to luxurious penthouses. The six penthouses boast 6,000 square feet, floor-to-ceiling windows and four separate bedrooms. All of the rooms, including the 24 lofts and 18 apartments, feature walk-in closets and sleek modern bedding (mostly Egyptian cotton linens). Housekeeping visits happen twice daily, making sure the rooms are in mint condition each morning and still pristine at evening turndown time.
The bathrooms are decorated in a soft neutral palette. There are marble freestanding bathtubs, elegant marble-topped vanities and walk-in showers with marble walls. It’s a sleek aesthetic, ideal for relaxing in one of the custom-designed spa tubs.
Full kitchens are outfitted with the usual necessities (refrigerator, stove, oven and microwave), but also have granite stone countertops, stainless-steel appliances, espresso machines and panini presses. The fridge comes stocked with tropical juices, and the private bar contains a selection of high-end drinks.
Three eateries provide sumptuous environments to eat and mingle at the Dominican Republic hotel.
Baia Lounge and Restaurant is a two-in-one dining spot. Its two levels house two different culinary concepts. The lower section is a Mediterranean restaurant whose menu is mostly updated Italian classics, such as veal with saffron risotto and mahi mahi with pistachio and basil crust. Upstairs, Aguazul serves Nikkei cuisine. Nikkei combines Japanese and Peruvian food for afternoon dim sum and sushi or during the evening hours, an elegant rooftop dinner.
Many of the restaurants’ plates feature local fish, sometimes caught in the water just offshore from the luxury hotel. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll see the chefs rush down from their kitchens to receive the catch of the day from a fisherman in a little wooden boat.
If you want to imbibe, La Cantina Wine and Cigar Cellar’s extensive wine list makes it the best option for drinks.
Waterside activities abound at Gansevoort Dominican Republic, Playa Imbert. Choose to kayak, paddleboard or snorkel in the waves of the resort’s own stake of sand. The beach hotel provides all the equipment, including masks and fins.
Yoga classes are held poolside at sunrise and sunset, with a great vista of the three-tiered cascading infinity pool. There’s also a second adults-only pool and a relaxing spa, tucked away in a peaceful garden. Treatments range from aromatherapy massages to shea body scrubs, all using L’Occitane products.
The hotel has a game room, for some indoor fun when the sun goes down. Pick from a selection of board games and take a turn at the foosball or billiards table.