I had a very pleasant stay in Cabarete this past summer. The hotel itself was very clean with an ocean view, limitless activities, friendly staff and a restaurant down stairs. What more could one need? Simply put, it was paradise.
Cabarate runs mostly along the north side of the island and is pretty much surrounded by ocean. It is breath taking. The beach is known as a kiting beach, great for kite surfing and surfing. If you're looking for an extreme activity this is the place to go. You can order kite surfing materials as well as receive lessons on the beach if you're a novice. The hotel also offers trapese lessons, has a half pipe and an amazing gym. The gym is simple, but has all essential equipment for a great stretch or an intense work-out.
The gym offers fitness classes in kick boxing, cross fit and yoga among other things. I had the immense pleasure of practicing yoga with Gigi, she tells us she lived in Bali for a few months and is where she became certified to teach. What more experience could you want in a yogi? She taught me a lot about posture and I learned to be extremely conscious of my spine alignment. I had no idea the difference it could really make. Her class, in a yoga loft over looking the crashing waves, is enlightening. She fixes her students often, encourages them to challenge themselves, hold the posture a few more breaths, become one with the practice. Gigi is the best yoga teacher I've had the pleasure to meet. Her morning and afternoon classes made my stay at Extreme more than worth it.
Jen and Monica also had a great impact on my trip with their many suggestions of fun things to do on the island and were always eager to help with a smile and great attitude.
Another highlight of the hotel would have to be the Chichigua restaurant located downstairs, also over looking the water. Impecable service and deliciously satisfying plates from traditional Dominican dishes to burgers, sandwiches and breakfast as well. The restaurant and hotel work together and have an organic farm off the property (I'll get to that in a minute) where a not so well known plant is cultivated. The plant is moringa and the restaurant makes pita with the leaves. The plant is higher in protein than most animal products and give the pita a unique and rich flavor. Arturo and Cesar were my two favorite servers at the restaurant with their suggestions and attentive service.
About the farm, the hotel offers a tour on Wednesdays. The farm is a vast property with some animals, but mostly plants. It is an ecosystem on its own using only the sun and the ecology of the farm to prosper. The tour is about an or two long. The guide will show you all the different plants, fruits and vegetables and will explain to you their significane in our diets or in the farm's ecosystem. You also sample many of the items such as berries, star fruit and other leafy veggies making for a satisfyingly intelligent tour. After the tour, lunch is served and prepared with ingredients right from the farm. I was lucky enough to taste Monica's coconut rice. What an amazing treat. Just when you think it's over, the fun just begins. Following lunch is the river float. You're given a large rubber float, you hop in and enjoy this naturally lazy river that runs through the most beautiful jungley mountains you've ever had the pleasure of seeing. It's honestly something from out of a movie. Be sure to bring a water proof camera, you truly won't regret it.
Horse back riding is easily accessible from the hotel's back yard (the beach) and the hotel is located in a central enough location where you can sample other restaurants and street vendors as well. YOU MUST HAVE AN EGG EMPANADA. I still crave them from time to time. Remember to add catsup.
All in all, it was a great experience for my mind, body, soul and palette. I could not have imagined a place with a more friendly staff. At one point, I was hanging out one afternoon with Gigi and some other guests just trying out our back bends, handstands and cart wheels. There really is no better place in Cabarete. I hope you enjoy your stay as much as I did.
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