Puerto Plata has a secret that I am going to share with you and that secret is Casa Colonial. Amidst the all-inclusive resorts is a private getaway located on the beaches of Playa Dorada. After I dried off from my dive with the dolphins, I headed there for a spa experience that left me a changed woman.
Casa Colonial is owned by five Dominican sisters and was designed from head to toe by one of them who happens to have quite an affinity for Victorian architecture. While the resort oozed the charm of a bygone era, it also contained all of the modern luxuries one would expect from a five star hotel and spa. I did not get a chance to see any of the rooms, but if they were anything like the spa then I am sure they were nothing less than spectacular.
Before my hour-long massage I had a soak in their hydrotherapy bath. I have soaked in hydrotherapy baths before, but none that had simultaneous color light therapy. Once all of my treatments were over, I was led to a lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows that looked out onto the ocean. While I had some tea and admired the view, I contemplated moving to Puerto Plata and never leaving.
But first, before I executed my escape to the Dominican Republic, I had a dinner reservation at Casa Colonial’s Lucia that simply could not be missed. . .