Barahona, Dominican Republic
Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge
Gem of the Jungle
What it is
A thatched-roofed, 12-room paradise overlooking the Caribbean Sea, with a spa inspired by indigenous wellness and sustainable organic gardens.
What it isn't
Corporate. Casa Bonita is family-owned by the Schiffino brood (and third generation, no less).
What we think
Any semblance of guilt that you feel when visiting Caribbean resorts won’t appear here. Casa Bonita really earns its name— “pretty”—not just for what it looks like, but how it behaves. Guests can harvest organically-grown herbs and veggies on-site for their dinners at Pat’s Organic Garden, where the dinner menu may include calamari salad with tropical orange and honey. They can book spa treatments that found a muse in Taino culture (don’t miss the steam bath, a tradition from prehispanic times). And their guest rooms are no less thoughtful, with private balconies, exposed beam lofted ceilings and organic bath amenities.
You're here because
In a country of hair-raising thrills, the lodge retains its own cadre of experiences, including hiking, yoga, mountain biking and (wait for it) a private Canopy Tour.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day back home, but here? It’s practically a religion. Your green juice—with pineapple, celery, melon, lemon and honey— and French toast with artisanal honey and butter puts a pep in your step that’s more energetic than any double espresso. Zip-lining, here you come.
Restaurants & Bars
Casa Bonita - Farm to table dining.
Flanked by lush jungles, Casa Bonita is just across the road from the beach in Barahona, and just a 16 mile drive from Maria Montez International Airport.