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Thursday, February 12, 2009

A getaway

Love is in the air. Just 24 hours away from Valentine. If you don't have any ideas...well here is one for the ages! Spanish-colonial architecture, chic interior design and old-world charm await guests at Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Resort, ideally located on the golden sand beaches in the city of Puerto Plata. This luxurious boutique resort has introduced a menu of wedding offerings, ideal for creating a uniquely romantic celebration. Featuring an exceptional array of services, the Casa Colonial’s “Tailor-made Wedding” package provides the ultimate in luxury weddings.

Designed to reflect the Victorian architecture of Puerto Plata, Casa Colonial offers unparalleled service and a unique approach to Caribbean luxury. The three-story, oceanfront resort consists of 50 suites, and features the finest amenities, including a rooftop Infinity Pool, four ocean-view Jacuzzis, a fitness center, a private dining room and wine cellar and an outdoor oceanfront event pavilion ideal for gatherings. Situated on the glittering Amber Coast and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Casa Colonial provides a romantic and alluring backdrop for an extravagant wedding celebration.

In addition to the intimate accommodations, couples can experience true pampering and relaxation with lavish treatments at Casa Colonial’s renowned Bagua Spa. Designed by Dominican architect Sarah Garcia to create a serene sanctuary, the spa is surrounded by the beaches and lush mountain ranges of the Dominican Republic’s north coast. Praised for its unique therapies that incorporate minerals and tropical plant extracts indigenous to the area, the full-service spa features 10 indoor treatment rooms and three outdoor oceanfront treatment gazebos. The spa also includes two private couples treatment rooms that house a Jacuzzi and a relaxation balcony for two.

Whether the couple is planning wedding festivities, a private honeymoon or renewing their vows, Casa Colonial Beach & Spa provides an exotic setting, ideal accommodations and flawless service to create the perfect combination for a romantic celebration. Couples can customize their experience by choosing a combination of Casa Colonial’s pre-made packages, including a basic wedding package, pre-wedding spa packages and a honeymoon retreat package, and additional services offered from the wedding a-la-carte menu. This collection of options provides couples with the opportunity to select their ideal combination of arrangements, services and items to design and personalize their Caribbean wedding experience.

For added sophistication and innovation, couples can opt to serve gourmet, Dominican-inspired dishes from Casa Colonial’s upscale dining venue Lucia. Star Executive Chef Rafael Vásquez entices guests with his expertise in local cuisine and creation of exotic dishes, such as his Grilled Dominican lobster tail or Duck Delight, a sautéed breast of duck, crispy leg “confit” and fresh foi gras served with a brandy, honey, hoi-sun and apple cider sauce, chives, mashed potatoes and spinach. Customized menus for celebrations and gatherings are available upon request.

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