Luxury Caribbean Retreats at Marina Casa de Campo

By George Bains

On the spectacular south-eastern shores of the Dominican Republic, Marina Casa de Campo is one of the Caribbean’s most complete yachting destinations. Nestled in the heart of the opulent Casa de Campo Resort, this is a private paradise for superyachts, with phenomenal berthing facilities and indulgent lifestyle amenities.

The Dominican Republic is one of the gems of the Caribbean, boasting hundreds of kilometres of pristine coastline defined by glorious white-sand beaches. With a diverse natural environment and landscape, this is a thrilling region to discover by superyacht.

World-Class Marina Facilities

Marina Casa de Campo is a private and independent facility with all-encompassing modern amenities, providing an ideal base for superyachts wishing to explore the wonders of the Dominican Republic. With an area that covers 90,000m2, this full-service Marina holds 350 slips for yachts up to 76-metres in length, with a range of facilities which include single and three-phase power supply, water, 2 fuel stations and even its own shipyard with a travel lift for vessels up to 300t.

For visiting crewmembers, everything is at their disposal to enjoy long-term stays at Casa de Campo. The complex has eight restaurants, over 60 retail stores, a private Yacht Club, three-screen movieplex theatre and much more to keep them entertained.

Luxury Lifestyle

From the first moment guests arrive at the Marina, they are treated to a sublimely luxurious service which allows them to slip away into a state of complete and utter bliss. Casa de Campo is very much a destination within its own right, with an astounding array of amenities and activities to immerse in. Guests can choose to do as much or little as they please, enjoying the sumptuous Caribbean climate as they detach from the outside world.

This is an exclusive world for luxury travellers, with 85km of paved roads, walking paths and a nature reserve park making up a charming aesthetic.

The Casa de Campo Resort offers everything from sport facilities, a spa, private beach club, artists’ village and lively nightlife. The sheer diversity of activities at Casa de Campo ensures that there is something for everyone, perfect for charter groups with varied demographics.

For tennis enthusiasts, there are 13 immaculate fast-dry Har-Tru tennis courts to choose from, while the resort also has an equestrian centre with three polo fields, individual or group lessons and trail rides at two of the resort’s cattle ranches.

Keen golfers will revel in the resort’s four golf courses by World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Pete Dye, including Teeth of the Dog, the number one golf course in the Caribbean. The resort’s flagship restaurant, Minitas Beach Club & Restaurant, provides signature dining experiences immersed in a tropical beachfront landscape, where guests will savour exquisite cuisine while watching breath-taking sunsets.  

Just five minutes from Casa de Campo’s main entrance is Tabacalera de Garcia, the largest premium handmade cigar factory in the world, where brands such as Montecristo and Romeo & Julieta are made. Tours to the Tabacalera are popular among visitors and are available by appointment. Casa de Campo also has a 100-hectare Shooting Centre with over 200 stations for trap, skeet and sporting clays and pigeon rings. 2019 saw the opening of the Purdey Five-Stand Shooting Facility, a relatively new game to the sport.  Featuring a line of five ‘stands’ for shooting, it’s more exciting than Trap, throws a wider variety of patterns than Skeet, and is faster than Sporting Clays.

On the northern side of the resort is the incomparable Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village with incredible amenities to complement your luxury retreat. The village is a cultural centre for residents, visitors, and working artists from all over the world, with a unique Art Gallery exhibiting works by eminent Dominican artists as well as the renowned Altos de Chavón School of Design, which is affiliated with the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Altos de Chavón is a fascinating place to discover, with several restaurants and nightclubs, along with the Regional Museum of Archaeology and St Stanislaus Church. Here, you will also find a 5,000-seater amphitheatre, which opened in 1982 and has hosted memorable concerts by Frank Sinatra, Carlos Santana and Heart.

Thrilling Cruising Grounds

Of course, the nature of a superyacht escape calls for adventure on the water, and there is plenty to explore in the surrounding cruising grounds including picture-perfect beaches and flourishing coral reefs.

Superyachts will be able to venture to secluded islands where their authentic barefoot Caribbean experience continues. La Palmilla is a remote and undeveloped island characterised by its flawless white sand beaches and rows of palm trees, which face an enchanting turquoise natural pool. A serene environment for relaxing days spent under the sun, La Palmilla is also part of the Cotubanamá National Park. Further south and also part of the same National Park is Isla Saona, another heavenly tropical environment that perfectly suits a superyacht adventure.

Between January and March each year, thousands of visitors flock to Samaná to watch humpback whales as they return to court, mate and birth in the Atlantic waters off Samaná Bay. In 1986 this was officially declared a Marine Mammal Sanctuary, and adds another thrilling experience to a superyacht charter in the Dominican Republic.

Throughout the Dominican Republic there are abundant natural encounters with glorious flora and fauna. Catalina Island is a diving and snorkelling haven, with fascinating coral reefs to uncover, including the Catalina Wall, the Aquarium and a three-century old shipwreck which offers a ‘Living Museum of the Sea’. Over at the smaller Isla Catalinita, between Isla Saona and the mainland, you will have the opportunity to delve into crystal-clear waters and swim amongst eagle rays, sharks and sea turtles.

Casa de Campo offers a hedonistic retreat within one of the Caribbean’s most awe-inspiring destinations. Brimming with unique adventures, luxury amenities and immense natural splendour, Casa de Campo is ready to welcome superyachts ahead of the Caribbean yachting season.

"The Casa de Campo Resort offers everything from sport facilities, a spa, private beach club, artists’ village and lively nightlife."

"The Casa de Campo Resort offers everything from sport facilities, a spa, private beach club, artists’ village and lively nightlife."

By George Bains