With increased investor interest and confidence propelling hotel developments, brand-name openings and multimillion-dollar resort renovations, the debuts of smaller properties can sometimes be overshadowed.
Villa Celeste Estate, nestled in the mountains in Jarabacoa in an area called the Dominican Alps in the interior of the Dominican Republic, opened its doors last month without much fanfare or flourish.
The eight-room villa, which bills itself as an “eco-adventure boutique property,” puts adventure experiences center stage: whitewater rafting, cannoning, ziplining over waterfalls, hiking, paragliding and more.
“We are not the typical all-inclusive resort," said David Ortiz, Villa Celeste Estate's owner. "We don’t feed our guests food made for the masses. We use fresh grown ingredients from our gardens and we purchase foods from local farmers.
“Our goal is to have our guests genuinely explore the ‘real’ Dominican Republic from a local perspective and to provide them with experiences beyond beach and sun,” he said.
Each guestroom features a private balcony with views of the mountains or tropical palm gardens. Decor includes wooden cedar closets, mahogany four-poster beds and white cotton draperies.
Villa Celeste offers a farm-to-table daily breakfast, a light organic menu throughout the day served alfresco style on the Italian-style terraces or in the lounge/bar overlooking the mountains. WiFi is complimentary throughout the property.
Rates start at $69 per person, per night. Agent commission is 8%; for every five reservations, the commission increases to 10%.
The property is a 20-minute drive from Santiago de los Caballeros Airport