The name means "country house", but don't let that humble moniker fool you: this is the Dominican Republic's holiday colossus, with 7000 acres and a legendary golf course -- the place where Michael Jackson wed Lisa Presley, even.
Nowadays, with dozens of all inclusive resorts in the DR, the place has a lot more competition. But Casa de Campo is still giant and unique, and definitely the top choice for any golfers in the family.
Casa de Campo is in the south of the island in La Romana, just a short drive from the La Romana/ Casa de Campo airport. Many wealthy Dominicans have vacation homes here. Regular guests, meanwhile, can stay in a hotel or a variety of villas.
What's Special about Casa de Campo
This giant resort has multiple restaurants, swimming pools, spa, and all the facilities and amenities one would expect. But it also has some special features...
Golf: the resort is home to several of the world's most celebrated golf courses including the famous Teeth of the Dog. About.com's Golf Guide has more about golf at Casa de Campo.
Altos de Chavon: this village is a recreation of a 16th century Italian village in style, with cobblestone streets, pottery boutiques, etc. Altos de Chavon has a church that's a popular wedding venue, and a 5000-seat amphitheater where well-known performers appear.
Equestrian Activities: Casa de Campo is known for polo, and there are many other ways to enjoy horses on the property, including trail riding, jumping lessons, and English and Western riding lessons. Other activities include sporting clays and archery.
Features for Families
- Kids' and teen programs with counselors who speak English and Spanish*
- Free daily activities such as sandcastle-building, merengue (dance) lessons, volleyball, bingo.
- Kids' programs for different ages, from babies to tweens and teens. (Check for updates.)
- Nanny services are available.
- Tweens activities might include biking, archery, river fishing, kayaking.
- Teens have a private club at night, daytime actiities too.
- Kayaks, banana boats, hobie cats, windsurfers, paddle boats and fishing boats are available.
- A nice day outing is a snorkeling trip to Catalina Island.
- This resort is huge. A shuttle bus takes guests an certain routes. Guests can also rent golf carts.
- English may not necessarily be spoken enough, or well enough, at the kids' club for your child to feel comfortable. Check recent visitor comments.
- The beach may be crowded. This resort can house 3000 guests!
- Casa de Campo offers different types of payment plans, including plans with meals, drinks, unlimited horseback-riding and non-motorized watersports. With some plans, kids under eighteen stay free with parents.
- Beach is not the classic turquoise Caribbean type.
- Be sure to read recent visitor comments including remarks about fees for golf carts and resort fees.
- Note that Casa de Campo has over 1500 private villas which owners rent out, and which are not under Casa de Campo management. Meanwhile, guests who stay in villas rented through the hotel have access to resort facilities and get better rates on the golf courses, have access to a concierge, and also the villas must pass quality standards.
This brief profile is meant to introduce this resort to family vacationers; please note that the writer has not visited in person.
*Always check destination websites for updates!