Can’t Beat the Retreat
May 31 2013 by Michael Gelfand
Casa de Campo La Romana, Dominican Republic
General description: If your idea of a complete retreat includes breathtaking, beachside beauty at every turn, 90 holes of world-class golfing, spacious, modern meeting facilities that provide you with seamless functionality and enough on-site activities and top-shelf nightlife to rival the summer Olympics for fun and excitement, look no further than this luxury-defining, 7,000-acre resort destination. Traditional five-star hotel room accommodations (rooms and suites with or without balconies) are sure to satisfy the soul, and a broad selection of private villas (from 3-7 bedrooms, including some spectacular oceanfront villas) can provide you and your team with more than enough room and splendor to accomplish any task.
Unique feature: Guests use golf carts to transport themselves around the immaculately landscaped resort—as well as on the inspiring courses designed by renowned course designer Pete Dye, including his much-heralded “Teeth of the Dog.” (If golf carts are too tame, the nearby jungle canopy ziplines offer a more exciting route of transportation.) Don’t miss a visit or two to Altos de Chavón, the astounding 16th century-style Mediterranean village whose carved stone pathways, decorative ironwork, and a 5,000-seat, Grecian-style amphitheater were completed in 1982 after six years by local artisans. If Old World charms don’t impress you, the sparkling 90,000-square-meter marina where the Chavón River meets the Caribbean will. It serves as home for speedboats, yachts and sailboats, as well as a slew of restaurants and shops.