Those visitors to the Dominican Republic who are in the know head straight for La Romana, lured by the region’s natural beauty, its cultural heritage and its unrivalled tourist services and facilities. Located just 60 miles east of Santo Domingo, it is almost a hushed secret, one of the country’s most exclusive tourist destinations, particularly for golf aficionados.
Despite the global economic slowdown having impacted severely on many tourism destinations all over the world, the Dominican Republic is one of the few countries that continue to record positive figures. In 2012, it showed the highest growth in the Caribbean with over 4.5 million visitors making it their holiday destination, over 5% more than in the previous year.
Tourism continues to be the main source of income for the country and while being traditionally known as an “all-inclusive” destination, the Dominican Republic has in recent years developed a distinctive and unique presence in more luxurious and exclusive niche offerings.
This thrust is set to continue with the government aiming to follow through on this success and gradually build up the tourist inflow to 10 million by 2022.
The Dominican Republic is renowned for its beautiful beaches, internationally branded resorts and enchanting scenery, not forgetting the natural warmth and charm of its people. Perhaps less well known is that it has now become the destination of choice for discerning golf lovers.
Golfing tourism is exploding throughout the country but particularly in La Romana, home to one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive and award-winning resorts, the outstanding Casa de Campo.
|Casa de Campo – crowned the world’s leading golf resort – in La Romana hosts some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses|
The 7,000 acres that comprise Casa de Campo, which include a hotel, resort and residential community, are a true haven for travelers who recognize the best, offering guests that distinctive and captivatingly warm Dominican hospitality within world-class facilities. These include an international airport, a private beach and marina, and four world-class golf courses including Pete Dye’s legendary Teeth of the Dog, recognized as a golf masterpiece. It is therefore not surprising that in 2012 Casa de Campo was named the country’s Leading Hotel and Leading Resort.
As Alfonso Paniagua, Casa de Campo’s Vice President and Administrator and also President of Costa Sur Dominicana, the real estate company responsible for the residential and commercial properties at Casa de Campo, explains: “In 1971-1972, this company had the vision that tourism was the future of this country and Casa de Campo was built around this concept.”
Three of Casa de Campo’s four golf courses – Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links – were designed by Dye especially for Casa de Campo, and are considered to be among the most challenging courses in the world, frequently attracting renowned golfers from all over the globe.
“The Teeth of the Dog golf course is ranked 30th among the top 100 golf courses in the world and this is something we are very proud of,” adds Mr. Paniagua.
Setting standards internationally, today it is a world-class golf destination, having been crowned the World’s Leading Golf Resort for the past five years in the Global Travel World Awards. Of course; there is much more than golf, this tropical paradise also offers an enticing array of land and water-based attractions including polo, tennis and shooting, besides the warm sea, white sands and gentle breezes, and a hotel spa to gently unwind.
La Romana’s rich cultural and culinary heritage has also lots to offer the visitor. Diving in its crystal clear waters is a must, as is a trip to nearby Altos de Chavón, the architectural gem of the region with its artists’ village, school of design, museum of archeology and truly spectacular views.
So La Romana offers travelers golf and more, much more to complement their visit. As Mr. Paniagua says, it is also a destination where “one can come and enjoy the beauty and kindness of the Dominicans.”