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“Best week of nude fun!” 5 of 5 stars
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Caliente Caribe Resort & Spa
3.0 of 5 Specialty Resort   |   Abreu, Cabrera, Dominican Republic   |  
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Columbus, Georgia
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“Best week of nude fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

After a year deployment in Iraq, I was ready to run off somewhere fun with my wife. We booked our stay at Caliente Caribe for a week (October, 2009), our first nudist resort. The weather was great even with the 20 minute rains twice in one day. The staff was wonderful and the grounds were immaculate! The food was first class and the maids kept our room spotless. I miss the big shower. I was able to scuba dive in a local cave and we ventured across the island exploring in a rental car. The beach was small but big enough for the few friendly couples that were there. It was the perfect place to bare it all without feeling uncomfortable. We will definitely make the trip again!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Florida
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2010

IFF means 'if and only if'. basically whatever group is at the resort defines the resort. if it's a nudist group (like the week we were there) it wil be people basking in the sun and drinking alcohol we found. When a lifestyle resort takes over, the ambiance is much more sexual and the resort is gracious enough to grant 'tolerance' to whatever group is there. Is it a lifestyle resort? it can be. It can be a lifestyle resort like "desire' in mexico or it can be a nudist resort like 'hidden beach'. so watch the calendar and go when you want that particular ambiance. We found it extremely clean. The staff is so friendly. The food was phenomenal. Our first meal was filet and lobster FREE. we asked for OJ in the morning without sugar. the lady squeezed oranges by hand for all. bartenders bend over backwards. The 2 people in charge actually mingle constantly and ask what you want. they make you happy. don't forget the guy who runs the gift shop. he is really really special. he will give you what you want. whether its an item or a night on the town in a sexually charged situation.
we didn't expect much but when we were there we were in a state of absolute shock how accommodating they were. don't miss this resort. it is very very special. and stunningly georgous.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

The grounds are beautiful. The rooms are spacious enough. The food is pretty good. We wish there was more selections. All guests were friendly and fun to be around. The pools are in good condition. The hot tubs are great, except they sometimes were cold on occasion. All problems were quickly fixed. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Dress up nights were fun and interesting. The beach is not huge, but plently of room for those who want to spend time there. The is not much night life, but that did not bother us. This resort has a wonderful relaxing vibe for those who want to relax in a natural environment. Massage were very good.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2010

In a nutshell: food is very good, staff are great. Rooms are spacious and clean. Too far from the airport, a good hour and a half. Nightlife is null pretty much. After dinner a singer or two or a magic show but that was it. Nothing to do when it rains. The entertainment staff need some help in this area. Entertainment staff very young. The spa was OK and massage very good. No shopping close by. Two hour trip each way to go whale watching. Beach rocky and rough. When we left there were only about 6 couples left. If this place stays open we will be surprised. From others we learned that in Sept and Oct of 2009 there were very few visitors and for two weeks in October there were none. Not a lot going on.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ontario
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2010

Visited Caliente Caribe the last week of January 2010. There were not a lot of guests there, about 30 in all. We booked the Seacliff room and it was spacious and quiet, except for the fridge which made a lot of noise going on and off. The ocean view was fantastic. You can walk all along the cliff and watch for whales in the Atlantic. Some telescopes would be great in that area.

The staff is very friendly at this resort. If you take the time to talk to them you'll be on a first name basis in no time. The service was the best we've had in the caribbean. Patricia and Fernando are the managers, and very attentive they are. They are also very good with the staff. It felt like being with family.

The beach is small, and you will need water shoes to get in and out. The snorkeling is pretty good, though the coral is covered with sand. There is a volleyball pool as well as beach volleyball available, though it is hard with so few people to get teams together.

As a clothing optional resort, this is the best. Very laid back and quiet, with beautiful natural surroundings and respectful staff. It's easy to get into the mode. Hot tubs at two different locations offer a warm up if the breeze gets a little brisk. Most people dressed for dinner at the main restaurant, though it's not mandatory. Lots of the girls got into the theme nights too.

We plan to return next year. It was great!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

Just having returned from our fifth trip to Caribe, we can say it continues to be one of our favourites. A new chef has resulted in a real step-up in quality and presentation of the food. The staff continue to be the heart of the resort. Patricia is back as part of the management which is a real plus.

The guests continue to be a diverse group of friendly people from many parts of the world, resulting in a variety of interesting conversations. Not a resort for the younger party crowd, but more a place to recharge.If you are going, check the "group" weeks lists if you wish to avoid the lifestyle crowd. (Two minor examples of inappropriate behaviour were noted, but addressed promptly by management during our visit.)

We plan to return at least once more in 2010.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin
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54 hotel reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

We stayed at Caliente Caribe for two weeks, from 2nd November 2009. It was our first clothing optional holiday, so we were a bit apprehensive as to what to expect and what to do, what to wear (or not wear!) etc. However, we had a fantastic time and the nudity became second nature to us within a day or so.
TRANSPORT: The trip from Puerto Plata to Caliente was a bit of an endurance, due to a taxi that had no airconditioning, (except for leaving the rattling windows open!) and a road surface that forced the driver to zig-zag from side to side, sometimes giving the impression that he was playing 'chicken' with oncoming vehicles! Scary! We seemed to have been unlucky with this particular taxi, as on subsequent trips out of the resort, the taxis were airconditioned and modern. (The road surface didn't improve!)
RECEPTION: On arrival we were welcomed by Rosco and given an welcoming cocktail and a quick tour of the resort, while our luggage was delivered to our seacliff room. The room was spacious and comfortable but could not be described as luxurious. We asked for extra pillows and they arrived within minutes. The 15watt bulbs were immediately replaced by brighter bulbs, once we requested it. This seems to be the ethos in Caliente. They want you to have a good vacation and will do their very best to accomodate any reasonable requests.
GUEST ETHOS: On our very first evening, other guests(Lady Di and John), noting that we were new arrivals, introduced themselves to us and then proceeded to introduce us to all the other guests. In a very short time, we were 'in the thick of it' and we were introducing ourselves to other newcomers, as they arrived! We have never before seen a friendly ethos in any hotel or resort that we stayed in.
ALL INCLUSIVE: Food and drinks were all top class. We never got a bad meal. Tipping is not required but, in reality, most people seemed to give tips. The staff are so friendly and helpful that you probably will want to leave tips. Be prepared for this as there is no ATM or cash facility at the resort. The nearest ATM is in Rio San Juan, about 15/20 minutes taxi ride.
BOUTIQUE: The little boutique in the resort is adequate. The chap who runs it ('Al') is a nice guy and a great salesman. If he hasn't got it in stock. he'll get it for you! He doesn't like taking credit cards and charged 15% extra for credit card payments. In fact, he doesn't ask for money when you but something. He runs an 'account' for each guest in a handwritten notebook and asks you to clear the account, in cash preferrably, before you leave.
LIBRARY: This is a well hidden secret! It is located just behind the reception but is not 'signed'. In fact we were there 10 days before we stumbled across it! Guests leave in books that they have read and these are available for other guests. There is a reasonable but limited supply there, as well as a small library of videos (DVDs?). It's a nice comfortable, airconditioned room but we didn't really make use of it.
GYM: It's there! It is well equipped and airconditioned and we stayed well away from it!
MASSAGE: We had several massages. Suzanne and her team were very professional. The open air massages in the hut near the sea were just one of the highlights of our holiday. Nude massage was a new experience for both of us and there was no embarrassment what so ever. You may 'cover up' if you feel like it but it just seemed unneccessary and after the first one, there was no question but go nude for all the rest.
HOT TUB: While we were there, only one hot tub was in operation. (The one by the beach bar). This tended to fluctuate in temperature from day to day and sometimes it wasn't really a 'hot tub' but more a 'lukewarm tub! We still used it every day and nearly every night. Once Alex finished up with his Kareoke show, we headed down to the hot tub each night and chatted with other guests, while gazing at the stars, looking out for shooting stars and sipped pina coladas/ coco locos continually supplied by Jose or Orlando.
BUGS & STUFF: There are no dangerous spiders, snakes or 'creepy crawlies' in Dominican Republic. Mosquitos aren't a great problem in Caliente but we (and several other guests) were bitten by 'sand flies'. We never saw them but we had several bites (mainly on our legs) which became very itchy and uncomfortable. Once we started to use an appropriate spray ('Deet' or similar) the problem lessened. It's a tropical paradise, so it is reasonable to expect tropical problems. Be prepared and bring some repellant with you.
ACTIVITIES: Daily activities were there for everyone to take part in, if you wanted to. There was a great variety of the usual silly (but entertaining) resort games and if you didn't want to join in, no one forced you. Alex and Marley were great fun and encouraged everyone to participate, without being too pushy. We learned a good bit of basic Spanish each morning between 10am - 10.30am.
BEACH: There are two beaches. one is small and the other on is tiny! The sea was too rough for swimming for a lot of the time but we did manage to go snorkelling on four days. Watch out for sea urchins and rocks as you enter the water. Pool shoes are recommended. We found no great currents but when the waves are there, they cause an 'undertow' that can be a bit scary if you are not a strong swimmer. Fish/reef life is not too prolific. There is a 'garden' of Gargonian Sea fans to the right, (near the 'seacliff headland'), which is very pretty and is home to trumpet fish, nudibrachs and parrot fish. To the left, beyond the 'mushroom rock' and quite close to the cliff/headland (about half way between the tiny beach and the sea stack on the headland) is a garden of sea sponges. Again, this is a pretty area with more sealife than the surrounding area. A few hundred meters off shore, the reef shallows again to about two meters depth. (You can see the breakers over this reef virtually every day.) There is more sealife out there but the surge and the breakers make it uncomfortable for snorkelling.
THEMES/CLOTHING: Evening mealtime had a 'theme' each night and most people joined in in the dressing up (or dressing down!) each night. We were not well prepared for this and hadn't brought along appropriate 'costumes' but we made do with what we had. Most/many guests came well prepared for the themes and this brought a fun atmosphere every night. Most of the guests were repeat visitors (which says a lot abour Caliente Caribe) and had appropriate 'outfits' for each theme. We would recommend that you check out the Caliente website for the list of 'themes' and bring along 'costumes' that would allow you to join in fun. Nothing too elaborate is needed. In fact, the skimpier the better seemed to be the order of the day!
We brought way too much clothes with us. You can dress for dinner (Of course you can dress anytime!) but the reality was that a large number of guests stayed nude. The girls tended to wear a sarong / pareo / wrap /towell, whenever they wanted to cover up but there was never a 'fashion parade'.
NUDITY: Caliente is a clothing optional resort and there is no pressure on you to do anything that you are not comfortable with. You can be nude all day or you can cover up, it's up to you. While we were there, one guest wore nothing but a baseball cap for the entire stay. We were concerned that there might be 'swinger' / 'lifestyle' activities but thankfully, this was not the case, as it would have put us both off naturism. It was a good introduction to nude holidays and we would definitely go back again, as soon as we can afford it!
Gerry & Rose

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Abreu, Cabrera, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province > Cabrera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Cabrera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Caliente Caribe Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 126
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