The Dominacan Republic is not the easiest place to get to from Seattle, but once you arrive you know the journey was worth it. We bought the use of a house in The DR at a local auction and decided to take the kids and grandchildren. We flew to Fort Lauderdale and had to spend the night in Miami to transfer to Punta Cana airport then an hour ride to the resort, Casa De Campo. The size of this compound is amazing, including a large hotel, 3 golf courses, 22 restaurants, and hundreds of private homes. Many of the properties can be rented by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org —-
The house we had was 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, swimming pool and a great staff. You can access the entire resort on your golf cart, unless you want to leave the compound to go grocery shopping in La Romana. There is a large marina area that has wonderful shops several restaurants, a small grocery and plenty of parking for your golf cart.
The second night we had dinner at Limoncello in the courtyard of the marina. Limoncello offers Italian food and wood fired pizza. The portions are very large so think of sharing. We sat outside under the stars then walked over to the amazing ice cream shop next door and indulged in large scoops of Italian ice creams.
We started our mornings around the pool and then we would all head to the lovely white sand beach. The water has a very gentle wave, fine for young kids to swim in the 90 degree water. Lunch at the beach restaurant, La Cirque, was excellent for adults as well as the kids. The beach staff was always ready to serve you drinks under the palm trees or umbrellas and there were plenty of towels at the hut when you arrived. I even had a great massage on the far end of the beach while the waves broke on the sand a few feet away. The men played golf and even had a couple of lessons from the pro to hone their skills. One day we all jumped into the golf carts and handed up to Altos de Chavon, an old fort looking town several hundred of years old that has been all restored to it original charm. Now housing several restaurants, lovely shops with local fare and a small church waiting for the next wedding to fill the pews. That night we returned without kids, great babysitter arrived arrange by the house staff. The restaurant, La Piazzetta was very busy with a small local group playing for the diners. The portions once again are quite large so the chef was happy to split the courses. The fresh local tomatoes for a salad course was delicious, especially since we had not had fresh ripe tomatoes in Seattle for months.
One day for a change of pace we went to the hotel to swim in the pool and have lunch. It is lovely, but we all agreed the beach was way better and the food was not great. We did love the swim up bar in the large pool and the work out space was excellent with many top machines.
The last night we went back to the marina and ate outside under the stars at Peperoni. The service was fast and the pizza was perfect for the kids. Once again the protions were large and we would have been better off sharing the pasta and the salads.
It was a great week, perfect for families and I think it is a place to return to.
When we left and flew back to Miami we had to transfer to Fort Lauderdale and it is impossible to make the only nonstop flight back to Seattle the same day. Plan on staying either in Miami or Fort Lauderdale and catching the flight the next afternoon.