Casa Colonial Hotel in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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The Luxury: The Dominican Republic’s first member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the 50-suite Casa Colonial Hotel near Puerto Plata, with its impeccable service and 12,440-square-foot sybaritic spa, fuses old-world ambiance with newfangled conveniences (flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi). A direct flight away from several points in the eastern United States, it’s an excellent candidate for a long-weekend getaway, complete with spa, golf, and beach amenities. The Value: Book the hotel’s Ultimate Getaway Long Weekend from $1,490 to score four nights in a junior oceanside suite, airport shuttle, a bottle of sparkling wine, daily breakfast for two on the room’s terrace, a candlelit dinner for two on the beach, and a 50-minute couple’s massage in an oceanfront gazebo. The price works out to $372/night — a great value for what you get.

The Catch: Additional taxes (16 percent) and a service charge (10 percent) will show up on your final bill.

The Details: For more information, call 809-320-3232 or visit

From the February/March 2009 issue of Sherman's Travel magazine.

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