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Casa de Campo Resort & Villas
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in La Romana
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 November 2006

We just returned from 6 days at Casa de Campo where we spent Thanksgiving. Having read mostly favorable but some mixed reviews I was a bit apprehensive but I'm please to report that the vacation exceeded all of our expectations. We had 9 people on this trip and all 9 loved it.

We had 4 rooms that appear to have been remodeled in the recent past. The rooms were spacious, clean, comfortable and well appointed. They are done in a carribbean style so if you're looking for Las Vegas style glitz you won't find it - nor should you in this setting.

The resort is enormous but they provide you with a golf cart to get around and that works. The regular hotel is located near the main building which is where the main pool, spa, salon and breakfast are located. It's also close to the golf pro shop. If you stay in a Villa you could be anywhere on the 7,000 acre compound.

From the main area we used the golf cart to go to the beach area (Playa Minitas), the Marina (where they have shopping and wonderful al fresco dining)and Altos de Chavon (an incredible reproduction of a mediterranean village featuring a museum, shops and restaurants with beautiful views of the Chavon River). Each is about a 10 minute golf cart ride from the main area - but worth the trip.

We took the inclusive plan and highly recommend it. It provided unlimited drinks and access to many restaurants. We enjoyed the food served poolside and also the restaurant at Minitas Beach for lunch. For dinner we ate at Tropicana (Continental), Chinois (Chinese), Piazetta (Italian) and Sombrero (Mexican). With the exception of Sombrero the food and service was excellent in each restaurant. Sombrero had poor food and poor service and its only redeeming features were the mariachi and the donkey rides.

If you use the inclusive plan you may be concerned by the fact that you keep signing checks for the bills with the promise that they will not appear on your bill. We were sure we were going to have improper charges at checkout but, true to their word, they were all covered. Other than tipping (above the 10% included service charge) we did not expend one extra nickel for food or drinks. The inclusive also included sunfish, kayaks, paddle boats, snorkel equipment, beach toys, floats, horseback riding and more. All were very nice.

Golf at Casa de Campo is world class. The Links is a player friendly course in excellent condition. Dye Fore has stunning views of the Chavon River and is challenging and in excellent condition. Teeth of the Dog is sometimes called the "Pebble Beach of the Carribean". I've played Pebble Beach and while in my opinion Pebble is in a class of its own, this course is spectacular.

We found the staff at Casa de Campo extremely accomodating. Wages in DR are very low and these are considered good jobs so they aim to keep them. It was refreshing to be in an enviroment where staff actually appreciated tips instead of expecting them and was anxious to provide great service with a smile to earn them.

We go on 4-6 vacations per year and Casa de Campo will occupy a high slot in our rotation.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 November 2006

Was on trip advisor and saw some of the reviews and was suprised at some things and not so surprised at others. Been at Casa de CAmpO last 4 years in Feb and have enjoyed each trip. We have family of five with three children (13-10-5) and we love this resort but it is not for everybody. First of all would recommend a villa as give much more room and dont need to go out for every meal. There is a grocery store at the marina which you could take the golf cart which is supplied to the villa's (15 min drive) and YOU DO need the golf cart to get around. The resort is huge and when hot a small walk doesnt seem so small. The beach is nice, can be a little rocky. There are sailboats, paddleboats and a banana boat ride which they will tow you around. (No Jetski's) I saw reviews about jellyfish and man o wars and in the 4 years we have been there have never seen one. This resort is not for everyone we are big beach people and spend half our days at the beach. The pool at the main area is fine, not the hugest but have never heard a compalint about it. Most villa's have pools also.There is a camp for kids which our kids have been at once or twice. They liked it but we like to spend our vacatons with the kids and dont put them in many camps wherever we go. Horseback riding is fine. Not great but not bad either. Can be a little warm with long pants. The trails basically intersect parts of the resort between the golf courses and can be a little dusty. Now where this resort is not for everybody is the night life. Besides the restaurants at the marina and Altosde Chavon they are no clubs and things are pretty quiet at night. We usually meet my parents there so besides dinner out at one of the restaurants at the marina or Alto's we dont have a problem hanging at the villa. Now the biggest area that surprised me was the reports of theft from your rooms. As said before this upcoming trip will be our 5th and have never had a problem with things missing from our rooms or villa's. The villa's come with a maid and a butler who after preparing breakfast are cleaning the villa and are there til luchtime. I have never felt aprehensive of leaving a cellphone or ipod out in front of any of the staff at the villa. I have never even heard about any theft at the resort. Now the resort is a gated resort and there is visible security. Most are directing traffic at a few intersections. There is quite a bit of new construction where many constructiuon crews enter the resort for the day. There are many new homes being built.
So lastly we love this resort as the weather has always been great and we will be back

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled with family
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22  Thank pk5500
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Reviewed 16 October 2006

Stayed there 3 days beginning of october.
There was very few clients at this season, and that was nice.

The hotel itself is not a luxury hotel; more a 3* outdated resort.
Bedrooms were OK, and service too.
The hotel main restaurant was closed for maintenance.
Good breakfast at Lago Grill instead.
Swimming pool looks just correct.

Altos de Chavon is really a nice place.
The hotel's restaurant there (Cafe del Sol) serves horrible food, that seems principally aimed to American tourists (greasy cheesy pizzas, junk food, ...).

At the Marina, Pepperoni serves really good meals and wines, but it comes at a price....

In summary, the hotel Casa de Campo is definitively not a refined or luxury hotel. The resort is great (especially for golfers) and offers a nice and luxury environment.
Restaurants won't delight the most refined palates.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled solo
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9  Thank Patrick_JS
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Reviewed 14 October 2006

Staying at Casa de Campo was my first experience in the Carribean so I always remember the Dominican Republic with a soft and misty fondness.

The resort had everything, nice pool, super cabana suites with comfortable beds, closet space and a safe. The beach was terrific. The resort busses to the village where there were several delicious menus to choose from in the restaurants. It was my own naive fault though, that I left some cash in my bag in the room; the friendly housekeeping staff were opportunists. However, the standard of living for most citizens is abhorrent so I do not begrudge the theft.

Stay here, you won't be sorry.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled on business
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6  Thank meanjanine
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Reviewed 30 September 2006

I had the pleasure of attending a sales meeting with my wife which was held at Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic. This 7,000 acre retreat is a real hidden gem! Now if you are looking for overly priced glitz, stark, common and pretentious rooms, this is not the place for you!

Old World Hospitality combined with an eager to please staff was refreshing and charming. Traditional style rooms with a country club feel captured the true essence of the Caribbean without being caught up in hotel stereotyping. The rooms were clean, overly generous in size, and very comfortable. The wood detailing in the hotel rooms was classic of a bygone era. I really loved it! You can even stay in a lux villa with maid and butler service and have a cook prepare your meals!

There were multiple choices of fine dining and you never felt like ...OK here is your common meal or buffet.... Everything available from Pasta, fish and steak were really superb.

Horseback riding English and Western, not just a few horses but a whole array of them as well! All the programs available for kids posted looked pretty good. Polo, tennis, and OH yes the best Pete Dye Golf Course in the Carribean... The Teeth of The Dog! I believe they have a total of 3 Golf Courses. One Course there is called.. Dye Fore!

The Amphi Theater at Altos de Chavon was surreal! A 5,000 seating capacity outdoor Roman Style Theater with entertainment. Altos de Chavon is an unbelievable village of artists with cobblestone streets, a Church you can get married in, a museum and fine restaurants, all on the property. I could not believe the unique beauty of this place especially at night. Oh and the mention you may hear of those secret stars/starlets roaming around! You never know whom you might bump into!!

A true Caribbean Delight! A must do, at least once!

Stayed: August 2006
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Address: Carretera La Romana - Higuey | La Romana-Higuey, La Romana 22000, Dominican Republic
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Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > La Romana Province > La Romana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in La Romana
Price Range: AU$246 - AU$3,448 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Casa de Campo Resort & Villas 5*
Number of rooms: 247
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the most exclusive resort destination in the Caribbean—Casa de Campo Resort and Villas—a stunning 7,000-acre hotel, resort, and residential community in La Romana on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Our tropical playground features a unique array of amenities, including an expansive marina, tennis courts, and polo facilities. Casa de Campo is also one of the most sought-after Dominican Republic golf resorts featuring three championship golf courses — including Pete Dye’s masterpiece, Teeth of the Dog, the #1 ranked course in the Caribbean and number 39 in the world. ... more   less 
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