Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Checking In | Going Small in the Carribean

Executive summary by darmansjah

on the Dominican Republic’s mountainous southwestern coast, a cabana at remote Casa Bonita features a private azure infinity pool overlooking a tropical forest.

Casa Bonita – The Dominican Republic’s antidote to airbrushed Punta Cana: the jungles of Barahona. At this family estate turned eco-resort, the chef tends her organic garden where the owner played as a kid; jewelry made of indigenous larimar stones sparkles in a nearby artisan village. Guests day-trip t osee the famingos of Oviedo lagoon or stay put for ziplining through the forest. – Barahona, Dominican Republic; from $211

El Secreto – Set on Belize’s largest island, Ambergries Caye, this htoe lhas just GPS coordinates for an address. Start your days with fresh-squeezed juice delivered to your villa-one of 13 overlooking the sea, garden, or a salt water lake-then snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve with sea turtles. Boat into town for shrimp curry at Elvi’s. back at the hotel, dance to weekly Garifuna beats under a starlit sky. – Ambergris Caye, Belize; from $450

Boardwalk Hotel – Twin sisters own and operate this boutique hotel located a short walk from Aruba’s white-sand Palm Beach. Their warm, artful touch shows up throughout the 14 casitas, fro mwalls splashed in Caribbean colors to the glass pitcher of iced tea waiting in the fridge in the full kitchen. The sisters can also direct you to favorite local restaurants such as breakfast takeout spot Mi Boca Dushi. – Oranjestad, Aruba; from $185

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