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It’s not very often that we get such a warm, jubilant, and comprehensive overview of the Casa de Campo resort from a young community member. This piece first appeared in South Florida Travel Writers Group, a travel journalism blog from The University of Miami, and was written by Maria Hernández, villa resident in Los Lagos. We feel it quite the relaxing read to reminisce why we all adore Casa de Campo and the activities to do therein, and if we’re away, then dream to return home soon or plan a vacation because there’s just no other place quite like that of Casa.
In the middle of the Caribbean, right in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, lies a small little island called La Hispaniola. La Hispaniola is divided into two countries: Dominican Republic and Haiti. On the coast of the eastern side of Dominican Republic there’s a city called La Romana. And inside that city is one of the “2013 Gold List Resorts” by Conde Nast Traveler magazine; Casa de Campo.
“The scenery is too beautiful! There’s too many spots to enjoy or simply look at: golf courses, beach, Chavón. And it’s not just a beautiful place, it’s like the perfect tropical paradise that makes you feel great, in peace and safety. It’s simply a sublime experience,” it’s how Laura Torres, a Dominican, and Penn State University student, described this little piece of paradise.
Casa de Campo is a 7,000-acres resort with a hotel, villas, restaurants, spas, private beaches, La Marina and Altos de Chavón.
“It’s a wonderful place to relax, enjoy the beautiful landscapes and share with good company,” said Rita Russo, an Italian who’s been living in Casa de Campo for the last 15 years. “And it’s also the best place in the world to vacation,” she added.
People visit Casa de Campo all year due to its summer weather all year long. It’s been a luxury travel destination since the 1970’s and it continues to grow. New projects like the opening of Pubbelly Sushi Restaurant and infinity pool at La Marina are expected by the end of 2015. Casa de Campo was No. 25 on “The World’s 500 Best Hotels” in Travel and Leisure magazine in March 2011.
“Casa de Campo, it’s like a little town. Convenient and safe. Everything is within reach,” said Jamie Shub, a Puerto Rican student who has visited the premises a few times in the last two years.
Casa de Campo has it all. And most importantly all inside the resort making the visitors feel safe while daily commutes in golf carts or bikes from place to place.
Minitas is a private beach inside the resort. Choose from kayaking, tanning, swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding and windsurfing. There’s an activity for every personality.
“I like how the beach its peaceful and secluded,” said Elizabeth Huntsman, an American who lives in Santo Domingo and visits Casa de Campo weekly. There’s also a delicious restaurant called Beach Club by Le Cirque where food and refreshing piña coladas can be enjoyed while watching the Caribbean Sea.
La Marina is where the Chavón River and the Caribbean Sea meet. It includes restaurants, bars, boutiques, sailing school, docking facilities, apartments, movie theater and a Yacht Club.
It may seem like one place, but it has endless possibilities only reached by boat.
What many consider the most beautiful of Casa de Campo is Palmilla. Palmilla is a beach surrounded with miles and miles of emeralds green palm tress.
Since it’s a national park and there’s no roads that lead there, the only way of going is by a 25-minute boat ride. Palmilla is a crystal clear beach located on the East National Park, it’s a little piece of heaven untouched by the human hands.
When arriving, the water is astonishing clear and starfish can be seen on the sea floor. Pale white sands, the whole seaside filled with emerald green palm trees, it’s a real life postcard picture.
Everyone is enjoying the sunlight in their own way, soaking up the salty air. Some are dancing, some are tanning and some are even swimming.
As the sun starts to set the waters get warmer everyone starts to admire the unique sunset. Some of the other beaches reached only by boat are Catalina Island and Saona Island. Each of them beautiful in their own way.
Altos de Chavon is a 16th century replica of a Mediterranean village overlooking the Chavón River. It contains a rock built church, restaurants, bars, museums and an amphitheater. The amphitheater has been the stage to many talented artists including Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Juan Luis Guerra and many more. When there’s no event, the amphitheater remains open for visits.
“I love sitting on the empty amphitheater and clear my mind,” said Gabriela Azar, a Dominican blogger. The sporting life is filled with opportunities. The golf courses were designed by Pete Dye. The courses were ranked #19 in the Conde Nast Traveler’s “121 Top Golf Resorts.” The three golf courses are Dye Fore, Teeth of Dog and The Links.
“My favorite is Teeth of the Dog because more than 12 holes are on the border of the sea and have amazing views to enjoy while playing. It’s appealing to the sight making the game more enjoyable,” said Cristian Hernandez, a Casa de Campo local.
Teeth of Dog was ranked No.22 on Golf Digest’s “100 Best Courses Outside the U.S.” Click for a short video view from the Teeth of Dog golf course (Video by Maria Hernández). Casa de Campo also has a shooting range and a sand court on the beach for friendly soccer matches under the Caribbean sun. There’s also space to escape from reality and indulge in the spas. Or even just admire the million breathtaking views.
“I like going to Casa de Campo with friends to get inspired by nature and create memories that would last forever,” said Bella Baez, a Dominican model.
Things To Do That No One Will Tell You
- Picnic at the golf course next to the sea
- Watch the sunrise at Minitas Beach
- Watch the stars on the docks of La Marina
- Overnight at Palmilla and enjoy crystal clear calm waters. But don’t do this alone.
- Go to La Romana and try these restaurants: Shish Kabab, Trigo de Oro, and Crema
- Onnos and Marietta at Altos de Chavón have the most delicious pizza all night long, yes even at 4 a.m.
- To call any villa, restaurant or wherever memorize this number and ask for what you want, 809-523-3333.