A Secret Oasis in the Dominican Republic


Halfway between the north coast towns of Cabarete and Sosua, far beyond Punta Cana’s mammoth all-inclusive resorts, Natura Cabana offers Dom. Rep. visitors something decidedly different: a secluded 10-hut beachfront oasis where you don't have to wear a plastic wristband and no one will make you enter the hairy chest contest. credit: Natura Cabana

Choose the gravel path less taken and wander through an untamed garden shaded by almond and palms trees to your thatch-roofed one-, two- or three-bedroom cabin. Each whimsically designed enclave instantly enchants with concrete walls studded with colorful marbles; rustic-chic bamboo furniture; and in the bathroom, talavera sinks and shower curtains fashioned from garlands of assorted sea beans and shells.

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My pick: Two-story La Corale, where the entire upper floor is an adobe-inspired sleeping and living loft framed with wraparound windows and decorated with vibrant tapestries.

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The petite property is big on amenities, with two restaurants (try the hearty Dominican breakfast at Karaya), a pool and a beachfront yoga pavilion. The spa features a whirlpool tub and an outdoor shower and a relaxation lounge.



But you may find, as I did, that simply swinging in a hammock is the most appealing activity of all.

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