Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Receives Best International Hotel and Property Award

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has been granted the Silver Award for Best International Hotel and Property at the Prevue magazine 2017 Visionary Awards. Bestowed annually to acknowledge the forward-thinking destinations, hotels & resorts, cruise lines and airlines of the industry, the Visionary Award recognized the resort for its continued excellence in the meetings and incentives industry.

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas makes the ultimate meeting destination with 7,000 acres of luxury accommodations, amenities and engaging activities designed to help strengthen teams, provide corporate incentives, and offer entertainment and fun for all.

With three world-famous golf courses on site, a relaxing spa, and an endless array of outdoor sports—including tennis, shooting, and equestrian activities—Casa de Campo is an ideal destination for incentive groups, conferences, corporate retreats, or special events. Extensive meeting facilities include two well-appointed conference centers, a ballroom, numerous boardrooms, breathtaking outdoor spaces, restaurants and bars, villa homes, plazas and a 5,000-seat amphitheater. For those set to relax before or after work, beautiful beaches, guided excursions, live music, fine dining or even a moonlight stroll along the Marina offer a full range of meeting and conference options for teams of all shapes, sizes, and needs.

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Book now! Dominican Republic is fully operational after hurricanes!

In case anyone had doubts : we are fully operational in Dominican Republic. Make sure to book your next vacation now .

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Most islands are either open for business or plan to be by Thanksgiving.

Make no mistake: Puerto Rico is in the middle of a humanitarian crisis. Ninety-five percent of the U.S. territory remains without electricity, and 53 percent lack access to potable water. The crisis won’t be over for high season. For other Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the story is more hopeful. Several islands still have work to do, but most would tell you: They’re open for business. And if they’re not quite yet, they plan to be soon.

A number of Caribbean hospitality businesses have been tracking the progress of affected islands, providing regular updates on the conditions of airports, hotels, utilities, and facilities. Here’s where the islands stand.

Cuba

While Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, neighboring Cuba felt the brunt of Irma, which wrecked parts of the communist nation’s already decrepit infrastructure. Major travel points, including José Martí International Airport, weren’t as affected and were prioritized in recovery efforts. The island’s main airport re-opened on September 12 and reports full service this week with very low delays. Royal Caribbean also announced Havana’s cruise port was open, including for Empress of the Seas‘ call in early October. Still, many parts of the island are without power and running water. The U.S. State Department also issued a travel warning since Irma hit Cuba, following a mysterious attack on American diplomats in Cuba, though tour operators insist visitors are safe.

St. Kitts and Nevis

“We are open and welcoming visitors,” Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, said in a release on Travel Agent Central. A New York Times report says St. Kitts was relatively untouched by the storms, and most hotels are in good shape.

U.S. Virgin Islands

The USVI’s main airport, Cyril E. King Airport, on St. Thomas, reopened to commercial flights on September 28, and Rohlsen Airport Terminal on St. Croix is working to reopen October 5. In terms of infrastructure, the U.S. territory has a ways to go.

FEMA daily report from October 4 lists 90 percent of roads as cleared, and 29.2 percent of cell service restored. While the West Indies Management Company (Wimco), which deals with luxury real estate, lists a smattering of hotels and restaurants open for business, one travel expert, who asked to not be named, told Condé Nast Traveler that along with Puerto Rico, the USVI and BVI were “just in a standstill” and, during recuperation, she was directing clients to other islands through the end of 2017.

British Virgin Islands

Commercial flights have resumed to Virgin Gorda, but Irma devastated much of the BVI. Sharon Flax-Brutus, BVI director of tourism, told the New York Times in a September 22 statement that many homes lacked roofs, and electricity and cell service were cut off. Wimco does not expect any villas to be open on the luxe islands until 2018.

St. Barts

“The scramble is on to rebuild for the winter high season,” according to the New York Times. Wimco says St. Barts will be “open for business” in November; hotels, however, do not appear on that same track. Eden Roc, Hotel Christopher St. Barth, Hotel Le Toiney, and Le Guanahani all recently shared Facebook posts that say they will not be open for the beginning of high season in November, while Le Guanahani specified it would reopen in summer 2018. Other places say they will open by Thanksgiving 2017 on Wimco, but resorts may not necessarily hit their target dates.

St. Martin/St. Maarten

Hurricane Irma wrecked St. Martin’s famed Princess Juliana International Airport, but officials announced it will reopen to commercial flights on October 10. Resorts are racing to repair damage, but some have canceled reservations through the end of 2017.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua was mostly spared by the massive storms, but neighboring Barbuda was flattened by Maria. Nearly 90 percent of homes were destroyed, but Barbuda had fewer than 100 hotel rooms in total, so the impact on Barbuda’s tourism is not quite as far-reaching as on other parts of the Caribbean.

Anguilla

The Wimco report from October 4 says Anguilla will be “open for business” in November. Flights are running in and out of Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport, and all roads are cleared. The New York Timesupdate from September 22 paints a less optimistic view, saying 90 percent of the island’s electrical grid was damaged. Travel Weekly reports that several hotels hoping to open in October and early November have already pushed back deadlines, while others are aiming at more conservative holiday or early 2018 openings.

Turks and Caicos

Grank Turk’s cruise port remains closed after the island suffered significant damage. Amanyara, Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, The Palms, The Sands, and The Shore Club have all reopened, according to Travel Weekly. Providenciales, where 90 percent of the population lives, has had water and power restored.

Dominica

According to an October 4 report in The GuardianDominica remains “in tatters.” Hurricane Maria snapped communications towers and shredded roofs on the island of 71,000 residents. Approximately 90 percent of structures were destroyed, according to government officials.

Less-affected Caribbean destinations

It’s business as usual in Aruba, the Bahamas, Belize, Curaçao, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico’s Yucatan region, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, although Tropical Storm Nate appears to be bearing down on eastern Mexico and could make landfall as a hurricane this weekend.

 

Junior Tennis Academy at Casa de Campo!

Need to find an entertainment for your kids?

Junior Tennis Academy at Casa de Campo!

When: Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. or 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: La Terraza Tennis Center

Cost: Starting at US $50 per month (special price for Abraham Lincoln School and Saint John students)

To sign-up: Call the tennis office at 809.523.3333 ext. 5940 or email tenniscenter@ccampo.com.do teniscasa@ccampo.com.do

Even our golf courses need a Summer break !

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Casa de Campo is the top golf resort in the Caribbean and to stay that way our beautiful courses need to close down for maintenance. So you can still play during your vacation stay, please check the schedule below :

Teeth of the Dog : June 26 – July 28
Dye Fore Chavón : June 4 – July 2
Dye Fore Marina : May 8 – June 4
Dye Fore Lakes : October 2 – 22
The Links : August 7 – September 3

The very good news : you can now also enjoy discounted rates : Rates for May 1 through October 31

  TEETH OF THE DOG     DYE FORE THE LINKS
Registered Casa de Campo Guest $195 ($100 savings) $185
($65 savings)
$125
($15 savings)
Outside Guests $295 $250 $140

All registered Casa de Campo Guests must present their resort ID at the time of check-in for their round. If you are unable to provide your guest card or prove you´re registered guest you will be charged the non-resort fee.All rates include 18% tax and are per person, per round. All rates include green fee, cart fee, bag storage, driving range use. All prices are subject to change without notice. All prices are in USD.

 

CNN travel ranks Casa de Campo #6 on its 12 top getaways in Mexico and the Caribbean

Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas covers a whopping 7,000 verdant acres, meaning personalized privacy is guaranteed. Guests can choose from hotel rooms, suites or luxury villas for those wanting to really kick back in style.
There’s a polo club if you need to work on your game, a 370-berth marina for the yacht, a tennis center and even a 245-acre shooting club.
Golf is a specialty with three famously tough courses, including the ominously named Teeth of of the Dog. Entertainment wise, it doesn’t get much bigger or grander than a 5,000-seat amphitheater that was inaugurated by none other than Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra.
Expect gourmet cuisine and fine wines and spirits as standard across the multiple dining options.
From $2,192 per couple for a three-night stay.
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, La Romana, Dominican Republic, casadecampo.com.do

Outside Casa de Campo

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While the resort life definitely has its draws, the Dominican Republic offers so much more than just gorgeous golf courses and luxurious villas and hotels. For adventurous types who want to explore a different side of the island, there are plenty of places where you can get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in nature, culture and spectacular scenery.

Bayahibe

Located just 10 miles from Casa de Campo, Bayahibe is a charming fishing village with a very laid-back vibe. Here colorful houses face the sparkling Caribbean Sea, boats bob in the bay, and beachfront restaurants serve up fresh seafood caught that day. You can spend your time here relaxing on one of the white sand beaches, scuba diving in the clear water around the coast, or setting off on a boat trip to nearby Saona Island. Be sure to stay long enough catch the sunset and have dinner next to the water, as the lights on the bay make for a very romantic scene.

Los Haitises National Park

If ecotourism peaks your interest, then Los Haitises National Park should be on the top of your list of places to visit in the DR. This protected area spans 826 square kilometres and it features conical karst formations, virgin forests, and the largest cave in the Caribbean. Take a guided tour to see untouched mangroves, Taino cave paintings, and fascinating wildlife like the Hispaniolan woodpecker, colourful crabs and dolphins. The park is about a three-hour drive from Punta Cana, which is a bit of a trek from the resorts in the southeast of the DR, but the journey is well worth it.

Pico Duarte

Pico Duarte is the highest mountain in the Caribbean with a peak of 3,098 metres or 10,164 feet, which makes it a popular spot with intrepid hikers. There are many trails that wind their way up the mountain and plenty of guides who can accompany you to the top along with donkeys to carry food, water and camping equipment. The total hike takes about two to four days, and your guide will set you up in an overnight hut on the mountain and prepare all your meals.

Santo Domingo

Being the capital city of the Dominican Republic, you would think that Santo Domingo would be a popular tourist hotspot, but actually many visitors skip the city altogether and head straight for the resorts and beaches on the northern and southeastern coasts. However, Santo Domingo offers plenty to see along its cobblestone streets  including historic cathedrals, palaces and the oldest fortress in the Americas. You can also indulge in delicious gourmet fare at chic restaurants and cafes, and revel in the nightlife at trendy jazz clubs, discos and casinos.

Parque Nacional Del Este

Parque Nacional Del Este lies on the far southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic just a short drive from Casa de Campo, and it is a prime destination for nature lovers. This protected park is home to over 112 species of birds, a marine park with coral reefs, sea turtles and tropical fish, and lush forests with hidden caves, some of which have ancient pictographs. Saona Island is part of the park, and a great spot for those looking for some sun, sea and sand.

Increased demand for luxury villa vacations confirms we are in the right business !

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By NAN Travel Editor

News Americas, Seattle, Wash., Weds. April 12, 2017: Demand for stays at luxury properties in at least six Caribbean countries have seen a spike according to The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency.

The group is reporting that travel demand to for four and five-star rated properties throughout the Caribbean increased in 2016 when compared to 2015, by nearly 20 percent.

But the demand was especially high in six Caribbean destinations which featured longer booking windows and lengths of stays – 4.3 days) when compared to one to three-star hotels which saw an average booking window of 37 days out and an average length of stay of 3.2 days.

The six destinations are:

1: The Turks and Caicos: which saw a 35 percent growth in 2016 when compared to the previous year.

2: Jamaica: which saw a nearly 30 percent growth in 2016;

3: Aruba: which saw a nearly 20 percent demand in 2016;

4: The Dominican Republic:  which saw a 15 percent increase in bookings to four and five-star rated properties;

5: The Bahamas: which saw a 10 percent demand for luxury stays. Paradise Island on the Bahamas saw the most demand.

6: Puerto Rico: which rounded out the top six with a 5 percent increase in luxury bookings in 2016.

Meanwhile, according to Expedia, the Caribbean’s luxury segment received a significant influx of Swiss travelers in 2016, who attributed to an increase of nearly 175 percent when compared to 2015.

“We’ve seen luxury travel continue to thrive throughout the world, including the Caribbean,” said Demetrius Canton, Director of Market Management for the Caribbean, the Expedia group. “Expedia works closely with hotel partners seeking to tap into new and growing markets, including the luxury segment, by utilizing the company’s innovative technology and global marketing strategies.”

http://www.newsamericasnow.com/these-caribbean-destinations-have-seen-demand-for-luxury-stays/

 

 

What are some travel tips for the Dominican Republic?

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Like most Caribbean islands, the Dominican Republic welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists each season, mostly from the U.S. and Europe. Before you head off to the beaches and sunshine, take note of a few important travel tips from Forbes Travel Guide editors:
1. Currency and documents. You’ll need your passport to enter the Dominican Republic, and upon entering the country; visitors will need to pay a $10 per person entry fee. The fee can be paid in U.S. dollars. The local currency here is the Dominican peso, but U.S. dollars and Euros are widely accepted throughout the island and at the resorts.

2. The airports. The two airports, Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, host the international arrivals and require some skill to navigate. Both airports are small in size compared to most U.S. international airports, but that also means they’re quite crowded at any given time. Give yourself ample time, at least 2.5 hours, at the airport before your flight. Whether or not you check in online, you’ll need to wait in line at the airport for your passport check and baggage drop off.  On heavy travel days, these lines can seemingly go on forever.

3. Transportation. Transportation is a game for locals at the airports, so be sure to arrange transportation with your hotel or resort prior to arrival. You’ll be approached upon arrival by local “cab” and transportation companies who will offer to take you to your hotel and resort, but their goal is fast money. While typically safe, these local drivers will pack in as many travelers as they can to garner a good amount of money. If you choose this route, you might be stuck in a van for over an hour or two as the driver drops off each passenger at their various hotels. Using the transportation service that contracts with your hotel means you’ll go straight from the airport to the hotel without stops.

4. The beaches. The beaches in the Dominican Republic are some of the most beautiful in the world, which is why they attract worldwide visitors each year. That said, beaches have varying cultures, and while your hotel or resort beach might be tame, a few steps down the sand and you could end up on a nude beach without warning. If you’re with kids, we suggest you stay at your hotel’s beach.

5. Duty-free. You’ll need to declare your duty-free purchases when you arrive back in the U.S., if you’ve spent more than $500 on goods in the Dominican Republic. Cigar lovers will want to know you’re entitled to bring up to 100 cigars (with proof of purchase) into the U.S. Any more than that, you’ll be required to pay duty-tax on them, regardless of whether or not you’ve hit the $500 mark.

http://www.forbestravelguide.com/dominican-republic-dominican-republic/what-are-some-travel-tips-for-the-dominican-republic

 

 

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