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Posted on: August 26, 2009 at 4:07PMThough the Dominican Republic is popular destination for vacationers seeking large, all inclusive resorts, there are some great options for those who prefer a little more intimacy then the large hotels can offer. Our three favorite places in the DR are not huge nor all inclusive. Therefore they may (or may not) cost out at a higher price point. But each of these is so pleasant and charming in its own way, that they should be considered. In Punta Cana, the older, stately but enormously comfortable Punta Cana Resort and Club offers a smaller, quieter environment, a more secluded location and superb customer service out of their guest relations office. There are several good restaurants to choose from including the beautifully romantic La Yola which literally sits out over the water. In the Caberete area, we choose between the lush gated community of Sea Horse Ranch and the tropically secluded Hideaway Beach Resort Condominiums. Sea Horse Ranch villas might be a consideration for you if you are traveling with other couples or a large family. They generally come with a private pool, daily maid service and seemingly ever-present gardening service. There is a nice ocean front restaurant on the premises and a very large and lovely pool if your villa pool is deemed to small for lap swimmers. Hideaway Beach Resort is off, off the road and offers large and comfortable, nicely furnished 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. One joy of this property is the lovely exotic birds, including peacocks, that roam the grounds. The owners keep and protect these birds and they add enormously to the beauty of the place. But the crown on the complex is the small but very comfortable restaurant where the chef, a most amiable fellow, cooks to order and knows the name (and meal preferences) of every guest. The DR sometimes gets an undeserved and bad rap and people may be lead to believe that a huge all inclusive property is the "safest" way to vacation. But there is security in almost all the resorts and we travel outside of them with regularity. On these jaunts, not all have we felt totally comfortable, but have been assisted by locals when they perceived that we might not know where we are going. The Dominicanos are lovely people, friendly, helpful and courteous and they are one of the reasons we return to the DR as often as we do! report a problem
Posted on: August 31, 2009 at 11:37AMWe couldn't agree more. The mass majority of Dominicans were the best.