Think you know what to expect from the Dominican Republic? Well, you might be a trifle surprised. A small, style-sure wave of boutique openings are offering a fresh perspective on the island. We’re saying hello to a cool, characterful second-coming for this Caribbean holiday destination – and we’re staying at the heavenly Casas del XVI.
An exciting new world awaits within this hidden gem in Santo Domingo. Casas del XVI will transport you back to another time, when explorers arrived to this island’s natural riches after months of fortune-seeking on the high seas. Now it’s your turn to do the exploring – albeit in a modern world of gilded luxury – and there are countless treasures to uncover in this tropical boutique bolthole.
From tree-covered terraces to each airy casa, the 16th-century building is impressive on the basis of its looks alone. The hotel’s management has prioritised historic conservation, but added its own touches, so with the 500-year-old tiled roofs and vaulted brick arches, you’ll find high-end local artwork and a beautiful palette of earthy and cool Caribbean tones.
Here on the site of the first European settlement in the New World, you’ll also be treated like royalty. This unique property has been racking up accolades, like Small Luxury Hotels of the World status, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Condé Nast Traveler 2015 Hot List buzz on the basis of its staff, too – including your mayordomo, or personal butler.
The Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo is dotted with historic cathedrals, statues and buildings from days gone by. In this UNESCO World Heritage city, 16th-century architecture shares the streets with newer developments, like upscale shopping, nightlife spots and restaurants. So when you’re ready to take a walking tour of the labyrinthine streets or linger over coffee at a picturesque pavement café – just call for the chauffeur.