Need to know
12pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $215.05, excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (Full American from $15 per adult, $10 per child).
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.
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.
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.
Considering the numerous stairs, the hotel is not ideal for disabled guests.
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.
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.