Hotel Highlights

  • Loved-by-locals-restaurant
  • Unspoilt coastal rainforest setting
  • Eco credentials a go-go

Overview

Originally a family estate on the Dominican Republic’s rugged and jungle-covered southern coast, Casa Bonita hotel strikes the perfect balance between eco-conscious clean living and tropical luxury. The hundreds of acres now boast an organic garden that supplies the restaurant, private canopy tours just for guests and Caribbean Sea views from every room.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

12 suites.

Check–out

12pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $211.00, excluding tax at 28 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (Full American from $15 per adult, $10 per child).

Also

Look closely at your coffee tables and the decorative bowls, and you’ll see they’re all made from reclaimed wood and found natural objects. The hotel’s Tanama Eco Spa offers a full range of services, from couple’s massages to body wraps, with 90 per cent of products made from organic local ingredients.

At the hotel

Spa, yoga and fitness studio, tennis court, pool, Jacuzzi, gardens with hiking trails, free Wifi in lobby and restaurant. In rooms: iPod dock, CD player/radio, free bottled water and L’Occitane or Aveda bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Any of the 10 Deluxe Suite casitas with king-size beds wins our hearts. All have private balconies with impressive views over both the Caribbean Sea and the Sierra Barahuco Mountains – views you can enjoy from your bed from the moment your eyes flutter open to the calls of tropical birds.

Poolside

The lounger-lined infinity pool is located just outside the central house, bordered on one side by the open-air restaurant and on the other by unobstructed views of the jungle running straight down to the ocean. The spa has a private Jacuzzi.

Packing tips

Hiking boots for exploring the rainforest on the hotel’s extensive grounds. Don’t forget your swimsuit: not only is the pool a main attraction, but the nearby Bahoruco Beach is a renowned local surf spot.

Also

Considering the numerous stairs, the hotel is not ideal for disabled guests.

Children

Kids are welcome, though those between three and 12 cost an extra $45 (plus tax and service) a night. Babysitting is included while parents get spa treatments, the chef will adjust menu items upon request and the spa does special manicures for children.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel was built entirely from locally sourced materials and uses a hydroelectric generator to minimise its carbon footprint. Pat’s Organic Garden on site provides produce for the restaurant; the rest comes from the surrounding community.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

One of the perks of Casa Bonita’s remote location and eco-friendly MO is that almost all of the Las Canas restaurant’s fresh produce is grown on-site at Pat’s Organic Garden, designed by horticulturist Pat Kennedy. The open-air dining area looks out toward the ocean, providing a serene backdrop to dishes designed to showcase the area’s super fresh fish; think ceviche, ceviche and more ceviche. With a chef who formerly garnered praise at the Riviera Maya’s Esencia resort, the restaurant makes the most of the surrounding bounty, serving cheese from the local Monte Sacro organisation, marmalades from nearby La Cienega and home-made breads.

Hotel Bar

Part of the restaurant, the Las Canas bar area maintains the verandah’s breezy, laid-back atmosphere throughout the day and late into the evening. Paired with hip-swaying Latin beats, the house twist on a classic mojito – using organic basil from the garden, of course – will have you in a tropical mood in no time. 

Last orders

Las Canas and its attached bar serve food (and signature drinks) all day, from 7am to 11pm.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available in your room from 7am to 11pm.

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Dress code

Unfussy eco chic: the day’s swimsuits and hiking boots make way for airy dresses, linen trousers and sandals at night.

Top table

For the most romantic dining experience, nab one of the handful of candle-lit tables that sit poolside, just beyond the main dining patio.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

The nearest worthwhile restaurants are still too far for a reasonable drive, so plan to dine at the hotel.

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Rugged Barahona rainforest

Casa Bonita

Km. 17 Carretara de La Costa, Baharuco Baharona

Casa Bonita is set in Barahona, in the southern Dominican Republic, roughly a three-hour drive from Santo Domingo.

Planes

Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport is the nearest major hub at 230km (about three hours) away. American (www.aa.com), Delta (www.delta.com), JetBlue (www.jetblue.com) and British Airways (www.britishairways.com) all offer direct and connecting flights from major US and European cities.

Automobiles

If you want to explore the area without a guide, a car is advisable. Santo Domingo’s airport offers car rentals through most major agencies. Free parking is available at the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Dominican Republic and unpacked their hiking boots and homemade jam, a full account of their tropical island escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Bonita&he...

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Casa Bonita

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Dominican Republic and unpacked their hiking boots and homemade jam, a full account of their tropical island escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Bonita…

Welcome to the real Dominican Republic. While visitors have been flocking to Punta Cana’s sandy, overdeveloped shores for decades, discerning locals have been keeping the jungles of Barahona for themselves. Casa Bonita, a former family holiday estate, wouldn’t have to do much to lull guests into total bliss among its hundreds of untouched acres of rainforest and unobstructed Caribbean Sea views. But with thoughtful touches such as an organic garden to supply the open-air restaurant and decor in private casitas coming courtesy of reclaimed local wood, its owners have managed to create the kind of destination that makes both demanding environmentalists and authenticity-seekers feel at home.

So, grab your board (or one of the hotel’s) and head down to one of the local-surfer-secret beaches or hop onto a horse for a ride through the hotel’s own patch of jungle. Soak in the views from your balcony, or let the bartender bring you another cocktail at your poolside chaise lounge. Just follow your fancy, because, with only 12 casitas, Casa Bonita might as well be your own private estate…

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