A choice of accommodations and activities rarely seen at a sun destination!

Casa de Campo is a self-contained community, extending over more than 7,000 acres that are yours to explore on foot, by car or by golf cart. Among its many treasures are a marina, beautiful boutiques and even a movie theatre.

This elite resort offers luxury suites and spacious rooms, all of them elegantly and tastefully designed, and featuring an ideal blend of comfort and technology. Each room was completely renovated in 2010, under the joint expertise of architect Rafael Selman and designer Mayra Gonzalez. But the hotel itself occupies only a tiny part of this magnificent tourist complex, which includes a wide array of villas–some of them oceanfront, with or without private pool. Each villa has its own unique decor and garden, as well as maid and butler service. An option worth considering, particularly for family travel, the villas are available with three to seven bedrooms, sometimes more. It is the perfect way to combine the intimacy of a home with the wide range of services and activities of a resort. There is truly something for everyone!

Casa de Campo attracts golfers with its three magnificent courses designed by the legendary Pete Dye, including the famous Teeth of the Dog, named the best golf course in the Caribbean. These are some of the finest links in the world; in fact, the resort is regularly recommended by golf travel specialist Groupe Gendron.

Other activities include horseback riding, polo, soccer, tennis, boating, water sports, and even skeet shooting, which turned out to be something I have some talent for. The beach, while a little way from the rooms, is private, and absolutely gorgeous.

Indulge in some serious pampering at the spa, or choose yoga and the holistic path: whatever you do, a memorable experience is guaranteed. Excursions are also available to take in the colourful little houses on Catalina Island, to hunt sea stars on the beach at La Palmilla, or to have a desert island experience on Saona Island.

When you’ve had your fill of sun and fun, you must visit Altos de Chavòn, an authentic replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village, complete with cafés, craft studios and art galleries, surrounded by gorgeous gardens and with a breathtaking view of the river upstream. Even the little church seems almost too good to be true. The town’s impressive 5,000-seat amphitheatre, inaugurated in 1982 by Frank Sinatra and Carlos Santana, has hosted a who’s who of fabulous entertainers. One can only imagine how magical it would be to experience a performance in such a setting.

As for food, Chef Anthony Masas, a veteran of 3-Michelin star restaurants, offers a creative cuisine based on local, seasonal ingredients and flavours. You will find a different menu in each of the seven restaurants he manages at the resort. You can also pick up a picnic lunch for excursions, or request the services of a chef in your villa. All told, Casa de Campo is the Dominican Republic as I have never seen it before.