Summer is moving so fast that, some would say, it deserves a speeding ticket. It’s hard not to get a bit sad as August turns to September and beach bags are swapped out for backpacks. For this reason, I always like to start planning getaways before I even come back from my current vacation.
One of my favorite places to travel with the family (or just a few girlfriends) is the Gansevoort in the Dominican Republic. I love that the flight is fast. JetBlue flies to Puerto Plata in just a bit over 3.5 hours, which means you can leave the Upper East side at 7am and have your feet in the sand and a cocktail in your hand by lunchtime. It’s incredible.
I have a specially fondness for this Gansevoort because it’s small, the pool is gorgeous and the food is delicious. The intimate size means you don’t need to wait for a biggie to drive you out to the beach. As a matter of fact, the beach is your front yard– if you take a ground floor, ocean front room. The hotel also offers many three and four bedroom suits, which are difficult to find at many properties in the Caribbean.
The best part is the prices are not astronomical. e might go as far as to call the Gansvoort Dominican Republic, the best deal in the Caribbean.
Lets take a closer look. A five-day stay, in mid-November, in a three bedroom suite is just $500-per-night (plus taxes and resort fees). Most Caribbean suits of this caliber and size (2200sq ft.) are priced at over $1000-a-night. Prices for Christmas and New Years are higher but they are still less than most of the big suits at other luxury properties.
Make no mistake, this is not a second tier hotel. The service is exceptional and the food is incredibly fresh. As a matter of fact, every afternoon you can witness a parade of fresh fish being carried directly from the ocean into the kitchen. It’s no wonder why Gansvoort Dominican Republic has been voted by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler as a favorite beach escape.
Outside the property is Encuentro Beach, which boasts one of the world’s best beaches to kitebaord. Along the beach, you’ll also find lots of authentic Dominican shops and little restaurants, which don’t feel overly touristy. It reminds us of Tulum — when it was charming.