Style Eco elegance
Setting Rugged Barahona rainforest
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 12 suites.
Double rooms from $201.00, excluding tax at 28 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency ($201) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (Full American from $15 per adult, $10 per child).
- Facilities 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.
- 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.
- Check-out 12pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
- 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.
- Also Considering the numerous stairs, the hotel is not ideal for disabled guests.
Food and drink at Casa Bonita
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Casa Bonita Km. 17 Carretara de La Costa, Baharuco Baharona
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Hour-and-45-minute guided canopy zipline tour for two
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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.
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.
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.