In the last year of his life, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta worked on one of his passion projects -- a hotel he helped develop in his native Dominican Republic called Tortuga Bay. Originally opened in 2006, and part of a larger Punta Cana resort, the 13 oceanfront villas offer guests airy open spaces, incredible views of the sea, and impeccable service. De la Renta oversaw a redesign of the villas just this year, and they reopened to the public three weeks ago. We found rates for about $580 per night with a three-night minimum stay for the smaller units in December, but most go for $905 and $1,030, plus tax. If you’re considering a visit -- or just need a Hump Day mental vacation -- here’s a look at the redesigned rooms, which stand in tribute to the late designer...

Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay

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