Hello again! Business is booming to the point the countdown has be getting posted slower than I even expected, but together we will reach #1 soon enough! So here we go, as we continue counting down the Top 20 Resorts & Hotels Worldwide by Avenue Two Travel in 2021. Our last resort stop at number #13 gave you a taste of the elitism of St. Barts and the exclusive Eden Rock Resort. Now we remain in the Caribbean as we visit the southern shores of the Domenican Republic, where the outstanding Casa de Campo Resort & Villas scores #12 on our list. The only resort in the D. Republic to make our countdown last year.
Countdown is based on overall clientele in 2021.
Our Top 20
#12 - Casa de Campo - D. Republic
My Preferred Partner Client Benefits Include:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability from Elite Patio to Elite Balcony
- Daily Buffet breakfast, for two guests per bedroom served in the hotel restaurant
- $200 USD equivalent Spa or Golf credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-F
When many people think of the Domenican Republic they think of Punta Cana, the main tourism zone of the island with the Cap Cana and Bavaro beach areas lined with all inclusive resorts of different class levels going for miles down the beaches one after the other. I've sent plenty of clientele to Punta Cana over my career. However this is not where the best resort on the entire island is even found. The Casa de Campo is found in the La Romana region of the island on the southern shores. I honestly consider the Casa de Campo a community resort, as its grounds are so large and spread out on so much coastal land it can overwhelm clients to consider how to handle this resort. Relax, I can assist with that. Mainly guests will stay at the resort itself and can decide between the different room types and configurations available at the resort. With the resort you have the main beachfront and Minitas Beach Club, several main pools and most of the dining venues. So see it's not that difficult. I think people see how big the grounds are and worry how to get around from one part to the other. The only clients that need to think about this is mainly the villa renters.
The Villas are absolutely stunning, and spread out on the grounds of the Casa de Campo in different locations, and every single villa is stunningly unique in its style, layout and design, no two are alike! If you are staying in a villa, then getting around to the shops, golf course, beach club, main resort, dining venues becomes a little more of an issue, but even then relax the resort includes golf carts for your villa stay.
Most of the coastline of the Casa de Campo is rocky, so it is not that the resort has wonderful long walkable beaches, as it does not. The main beach area is around the Minitas Beach & Beach Club. This is a beautiful soft white sand beach, with gentle calm waters due to the off shore reef. This makes the resort very popular with families, as well the resort is a great experience and family friendly. During the pandemic when luxury clients looked to getaway and wanted lots of space and privacy, Casa de Campo fit the bill perfectly. With its incredible villas that give guests access to all the resort has to offer, it was very appealing to rent a family villa, yet have that access to dining venues, a beach, activities. It absolutely helped that the Domenican Rupublic was not requiring advanced testing to come down to the island and enjoy.
As for the main resort even your entry level rooms will come with free use of a 4pax golf cart, so riding around the resort becomes a fun & easy experience to reach wherever you are looking to go on the resort grounds. The resort offers many activities such as horse back riding, polo, golf, shooting, water sports and use of all non motorized water activity gear for guests. Beach escapes are always more invigorating through play. With white-sand beaches and clear, blue waters that surround La Romana, but at Casa de Campo, there are even more places for games. The 63 holes of golf designed by Pete Dye challenge you; 13 tennis courts, three polo playing fields, and a comprehensive 245-acre shooting facility await. But this legendary resort offers more than great sports; expect gorgeous rooms, private villas, and amenities such as dazzling pools, exclusive Minitas Beach, award-winning restaurants, a well-appointed spa, a full-service marina, and the native history and culture of Altos de Chavón artists’ village.
Accommodations at the resort are of three types only. You have the Superior Casitas, the Elite Rooms or the Elite Suites. Superiors can sleep family of 4, whereas the Elite Rooms or Suites can sleep 6. Superior Rooms are approx 538 sq ft and are considered tropical view rooms. The Elite Rooms vary between 600-730 sq feet & can be on first or second floor and also have tropical views. The Elite Suites are much larger averging between 1300-1900 sq ft with tropical views, but also come with a 6pax golf cart.....makes sense being you can sleep 6 in a Elite Suite. Suites also include a nice living area and dining area, as well as a double patio or terrace. From there you go right into a villa search to find the perfect villa for larger families or guests who want the exclusivity of a private villa. Some villas are oceanfront, while others will be back on the resort grounds elsewhere in private garden settings.
Casa de Campo catagorizes villas as either:
Oceanfront Villas: Imagine waking up every morning in paradise from the comfort of your private villa. The sound of waves gently crashing on the coast. Lounge by your private pool while their our professional staff crafts your breakfast. Spend the day by the ocean without ever leaving the comfort of your oceanfront villa. These can be perfect for a group of up to 27 guests, or an intimate getaway for two.
Exclusive Villas: Enjoy the ultimate luxury Caribbean living from the elegance of your exclusive villa. Combining the best of resort living with the added benefit of your sanctuary, their Exclusive Villas offer the utmost relaxation and privacy; each villa has a uniquely different experience and ambiance. Lounge in your private pool, or inside your impeccably designed home, while their expert culinary staff prepares daily breakfast in your kitchen. Exclusive villas range from 2,000 to 3,000 square meters and feature 3 to 11 bedrooms for up to 20 adults and children. Each villa can host 2 adults and 2 children per room. There is plenty of space within these private villas to make the very most of your luxury Caribbean vacation. They are the very finest lodgings at Casa de Campo and are beautifully furnished offering a spectacular option for intimate groups. Villa guests also have the services of a maid and butler to ensure your home is always exquisite and your needs are always attended to.
Garden Villas: These villas were designed to complement the serene landscape, highlighting and preserving the resort’s natural appeal. Each villa features stunning garden views, putting you at the center of the Dominican's lush natural surroundings. Each of their three- to four-bedroom Garden Villas are equipped with a full kitchen, spacious living and dining rooms, and two golf carts for getting around the resort, offering unmatched privacy and comfort in a Caribbean-style setting. Soak up the sun by your private pool while their dedicated staff prepares your breakfast, book a spa treatment or excursion through your on-call concierge service, or simply relax in your very own tropical sanctuary. And for whatever else you may desire, your personal maid and butler are ready to meet your every need.
Classic Villas: The Classic Villas at Casa de Campo offers the best of resort living with the added benefit of your private Caribbean retreat. Relax in your private pool while breakfast is prepared for you by their professional staff right in your kitchen; book a spa treatment or excursion through the private concierge service, or relax in your private sanctuary. And for whatever else you may desire, a personal maid and butler will cater to your every need. We have villas of every size for every need, including cozy four-bedrooms to spacious five-bedroom spaces. Stay close to The Links, the pool, or enjoy the peace of Casa de Campo’s lush gardens and stunning natural surroundings.
You'll enjoy the numerous locations and gourmet dining venues found throughout Casa de Campo. There are 8 signature restaurants scattered throught the resort. These include the Minitas Beach Club, already mentioned above. In addition there is SBG, Lago, La Cana, Causa, La Casita, La Piazzetta, and lastly Chilango Taqueria. All with completely different cusines and special menus. Going to Casa de Campo for a week you can try a new spot every night just about. As well lets not forget that room service or villa service are options. The resort usually has two food trucks that are also part of the dining options on property. Add 6 bars and a nightclub and you are all set for a week of fantastic dining & drinks!
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas attracts affluent travelers with the offering of spacious hotel rooms, suites and luxury villas. Expect gourmet cuisine and fine wines and spirits throughout the destination’s restaurants and bars, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, a Tennis Center, called the Wimbledon of the Caribbean, and 245-acre Shooting Center. Spanning 7,000 tropical acres on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, this luxury Caribbean destination is also home to three of the game’s most difficult courses all designed by Pete Dye, including Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and Links. Casa de Campo is also home to Altos de Chavón – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city with boutique shops, museums and a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater inaugurated by Frank Sinatra in August of 1982. For ease of arrival, La Romana International Airport, (LRM) is five minutes from check-in!
Thank you for your interest & any potential reservation and I invite you to become a preferred client of mine with Avenue Two Travel! Please contact me to discuss Casa de Campo in more detail and to secure your preferred status client reservations.
Other Honors for Casa de Campo in 2021:
#1 in D. Republic, #10 in Caribbean
All Images Courtesy of & used with permission by Casa de Campo.
The Top 20 of 2021 so far:
- #11 - (hint) - one of the resorts in Mayakoba!
- #12 - Casa de Campo, D. Republic
- #13 - Eden Rock, St. Barts
- #14 - Four Seasons Maui, Hawaii
- #15 - Paws Up, Montana
- #16 - Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kona/Hawaii
- #17 - The Breakers, Palm Beach
- #18 - Sea Island, Georgia
- #19 - Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- #20 - Montage Healdsburg, California (Sonoma/Napa Region)
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