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“Nice place, Nice people, poor food”

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Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice place, Nice people, poor food”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Best place to be away from noise of city. Rooms are beautiful but NO tv signal; air conditioner not working properly. About food, Too expensive for poor quality.
The best thing is the people,Great service.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Wow....where to begin?!?! Found this place after a long month research to find the best place for my boyfriend and I to spend a quite, tourist trap-free environment where the acres of green land and magnificent view of a exquisite turquoise ocean sight will make us reconnect and feel pure peace, harmony and most of all pure love! From the rooms which are private cabanas, to the pool, the services and the many activities that are available at this amazing hotel you for sure wont regret your stay! In fact you will want to stay and never leave! For sure we did! Get a massage in the river, or the lavender stress relieve! Totally Devine! Also get a Taino steam bath...it's so putrefying and a holistic experience with your partner or by yourself! Also go zip lining..it was so much fun! And very professional!! Go mountain bike! Just DON'T DO IT IF YOU HAVE NEVER TRIED IT! The path is a bit dangerous! Go on a 1.5 hour guided horse back riding through the mountains and pass by rivers and gorgeous scenery! Last but not least, explore the town! Don't be scare! It's so much fun when you're adventurous! Don't forget to visit the Larimar*stone gift shop by the entrance of Casa Bonita! Larimar is a light blue stone found in the near by mine on the mountains! Beautiful....

Great travels,

D & L

  • Stayed September 2013
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

This is a place to really get away from it all. Spend one of the most stress-free weekends in my life.
The service is amazing.
Very good food.
Great for couples.

On my trip the air conditionning in the room was not working propperly. But everything else made up for it.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the renovated rooms for more comfort.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is my first review although I've stayed in many island resorts and tropical destinations. This place is hands-down the best combination of service and privacy I've ever experienced. The place is built and staffed to entertain like 250 rooms but only has about 25 private cabanas. This results in an empty pool at times. Always available seating at the restaurant and a staff that more than once set up a table by the pool for us to eat lunch just because I felt like it (sounds terrible, I know). Barahona is a bit out of the way which has its pluses and minuses. The ride from Santo Domingo is an investment of time. This results in perfect romantic nights star-gazing on Nikki-beach-inspired lounging chairs without any city lights to hide the hundreds of stars we never get to see. Truly magical.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2013

My husband, daughter, and I stayed at Casa Bonita for 4 nights this summer to use as our home base for a visit to Bahia de Aguilas and I have to say this place is incredible. After the nearly 4-hour, crazy drive from Santo Domingo, arriving at this oasis was other-worldly. The photos don't lie-- the views of the hillside and the ocean are breathtaking and the facilities themselves are beautiful.

The hotel actually owns most of the beautiful, unspoiled, surrounding area and we really enjoyed getting out to enjoy it. We all went on an amazing almost 2-hour horseback ride for only $60 for the 3 of us. My daughter and I went ziplining with the kind assistance of Carlos and "Pina" and my husband hiked through the tropical forest and discovered amazing rivers, waterfalls, and natural pools.

In general, the staff-- in particular Fidel-- was super nice and helpful-- they even offered to pack a cooler for us with water and softdrinks on the morning that we left for Bahia de Aguilas. The food at the restaurante was also great. We met the chef on the morning we left-- she makes killer majarete-- her own spin on a Dominican dessert. Don't miss it!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Indeed. ...it' s really worth it!
Gorgeous ! Beautiful ! Very friendly staff.
Very nice pool, good food (maybe a bit too expensive!)
Bahia de la Aguilas ( 2 hours drive) is really worth the trip,
after 2 h drive it's a nice short boat trip to get there, the sand is amazing white
and the see amazing turquoise.. Never seen it sooo nice. (Only on postcards!!)
Loved to have a swim! And hope to go back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We chose the lodge as we wanted to go to Bahia des Aguilas so only booked for two nights. We were unfortunately following the path that the tropical cyclone was too, so the day we arrived,we got there at lunch time, and spent entire afternoon and evening in room as it was pouring and pouring and pouring with rain. Staff were sweet and brought us our dinner to the room. There is no tv but wifi is good, nice when it's raining!! Food was good, staff very attentive and professional and friendly. Views and property were gorgeous. Pool super. Food a bit expensive but was v good quality. We were supposed to get a welcome gift and she didn't know about that, so didn't get anything, not a big deal though I guess. we didn't end up going to the special beach which was the whole reason for trip there, but instead spent day at pool, spa and exploring the local beaches and villages for photos, as the weather wasn't perfect and we didn't want to drive the 2 hour journey each way to be confronted by more rain.. Will have to go back and hopefully make it to the beach next time! Spa was really heavenly!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge
Address: Km. 17 Carretara de La Costa, Barahona, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Barahona Province > Barahona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Barahona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once the weekend retreat of the Schiffino family, Casa Bonita has been budged by nature to open its doors to outside guest and become an eco-lodge. Located in Barahona, in the still unspoiled and secluded southwest region of the Dominican Republic and adjacent to the only biosphere reserve in the country, Casa Bonita offers a unique ecological experience.A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge consists of 12 Deluxe Rooms & 1 Ocean View Suite, a Spa and Restaurant featuring naturally grown products from the area. ... more   less 
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