This exclusive port in the Dominican Republic has opened a new hotel-within-a-hotel


Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, the legendary resort in the Dominican Republic that attracts everyone from US presidents (including George Bushes and Bill Clinton) to celebrities (Drake filmed his “Started from the Bottom” video in a lavish villa, one that Rihanna also visited on a separate trip), has recently expanded its already extensive offerings with a new hotel-within-a-hotel, The Premier Club.

Opened in 1974, the sprawling 7,000-acre retreat on the country’s southeast coast looks more like a village than a TBEN Travel Guide four-star resort, with three golf courses, a marina (with 370 moorings, it’s the largest in the Caribbean) , a yacht club, equestrian center, polo fields, spa, nearly 20 food and beverage outlets, tennis center (the largest in the Caribbean) and shooting club in addition to hotel rooms, suites and villas.

The all-suite Premier Club, which debuted last month, offers more privacy and personalized service. While staying in the newly constructed lakefront building across from the central lobby of Casa de Campo, you will have access to perks not available elsewhere in the resort, such as check-in in a dedicated lounge, a dedicated golf cart to help you navigate the expansive grounds, private concierge service, and a pillow and aromatherapy menu. And only Premier guests can visit the Club Lounge, which offers a range of cocktails and complimentary snacks and snacks.

The new suites

The 58 Premier Club suites also have a different look. While the main hotel accommodations have a classic aesthetic with neutral tones and natural materials such as stone and mahogany, the Premier Club suites take on a modern take, combining a neutral palette with lighter woods and peacock tones inspired by the ocean, local art and modern technology (such as 55- and 65-inch Smart TVs in Premier Junior Suites and Premier Suites respectively). They are also equipped with a large wet bar, Kohler-equipped bathrooms with a large window (with shade) that makes them feel more spacious, living areas with sleeper sofas, balconies or patios, and butler service.

The most coveted of the new accommodations is the Premier Presidential Suite. Inside you will find three bedrooms, an office, a kitchen with separate staff entrance, a dining table for eight people and a living room with a 70-inch smart television. If you are traveling with an entourage or want maximum privacy, you can rent two additional suites to have the entire second floor to yourself.

The new spa

The resort will also add a new spa. The Spa at Casa de Campo, expected to open in the summer, will become a larger wellness retreat with 13 treatment rooms, each with its own garden and outdoor shower; a hydrotherapy circuit with sauna, steam room, vitality pool, cold plunge pool and laconium lounge chairs; an outdoor swimming pool with cabanas; an expansive rest lounge; a cafe and juice bar; and a spa concierge. In a quest to create more private experiences, Casa de Campo will offer a new VIP suite it calls a “spa within a spa.” The dedicated spa suite will have a private entrance, lounge, treatment room, make-up station, bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers, vitality pool and bar, and refreshment room.

In addition to lavish renditions of traditional treatments, the 18,000-square-foot spa offers innovative services such as the JetPeel Facial, which uses jet technology to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin; Triple Detox Therapy, a combination of infrared heat, negative ions and chromotherapy; and binaural acoustic and dynamic stimulation, where a Gharieni Welnamis treatment bed with computer-controlled sound and vibration therapy helps you reach a deeper level of relaxation.

The extensive activities

While you wait for the spa to open, take part in the seemingly endless list of activities at the La Romana hotel. A unique attraction is Altos de Chavón, a craft village modeled on a 16th-century Mediterranean town. Walk the cobblestone streets to check out boutiques, a museum, a gallery, a Catholic church, restaurants, and a 5,000-seat amphitheater that has hosted performances by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Alicia Keys.

Golfers will want to reserve tee times on the three Pete Dye-designed courses, but especially on the top-rated Teeth of the Dog, which boasts seven oceanfront holes. You can also head to the equestrian center to explore the hotel’s tropical grounds on one of its beautiful horses – you’ll even trot through secluded villas owned by celebrities such as singer Marc Anthony and former baseball player Sammy Sosa.

If you want to venture out of the vast grounds, take a day trip to Catalina Island for a snorkeling tour. A boat takes you to the six-square-mile stretch of uninhabited, pristine sand not far from shore. Considered a National Landmark for its diverse marine ecosystem, Catalina is a great spot for snorkeling newbies given its clear, shallow waters. Our guide led us to the popular snorkeling spots and his keen eyes spotted a puffer fish lurking under a rock. He showed us an area dotted with large starfish, and we encountered a turtle munching grass on the bottom of the ocean floor. On the coast, the beach fills up as the day goes on, with catamarans anchoring along the shoreline and music blasting over the sound of the waves as tourists swim or soak up the sun.


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