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Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 27 Cabarete B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
2 reviews
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“Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

I had a brain fart and booked a Groupon to an 'all-inclusive' in Puerto Plata. My boyfriend and I arrived and instantly knew that place (Lifestyles Crown Residence) was not for us. We went online, found Natura Cabana and the next night were in paradise. Completely peaceful, calm, beautiful and remote, this was exactly what we were looking for. The food was good, the beach was perfect - completely isolated, at any given point there were at max 10 other people, at times none. We rode horses at sunset along the gorgeous natural, empty beaches. We got massages on the beach. The cabana we stayed in was absolutely wonderful - natural, elegant, but eco-friendly - spacious, roomy, with a kitchen, bathroom, and two floors - 2 beds upstairs, 2 smaller downstairs (you could have a whole family of 4 in these). I read in the hammock on our porch. It was my birthday while we were there, and they even left some sparkling fruit wine in our room. Utterly relaxing and remote, Natura Cabana also offered yoga, meditation and other classes. I hope to return here. It was a little pricey for our budget, but well worth the spend.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2013

My husband and I stayed at Natura Cabana February 22nd for our anniversary. It was a "stop-over" before we boarded our boat at Cofresi, DR, to swim with the Humpback whales. We were 100% pleased by this lovely private property located directly on it's own gorgeous beach. The atmosphere was elegant yet casual, the accommodations beautifully designed and decorated, the food and service excellent in every way. We especially liked the lack of any commercialism! It was also uncrowded, probably because of it's remoteness. Easy to drive to but hidden away. We dined no more than 100' to the seashore in a charming dining area, open-air with soft music playing. We couldn't have been more pleased and highly recommend Natura Cabana! We will surely be back in the future. What a gem!

Room Tip: Can't think of a thing except we chose a nice palapa away from the two open-air restaurants (one...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

We spent months researching Caribbean vacation destinations before booking Natura Cabana. We were looking for something small, peaceful, NOT all-inclusive, eco-sensitive, reasonably priced, beachfront, with excellent food. We found it. Having said that, it is perhaps not the place for everyone. You have to truly love nature, because this is nature wild and unrefined. Though technically public, the beach is stunning and very sparsely populated, but the waves and currents are rough (our children, strong swimmers aged 8 & 9, had to be watched at every moment in the surf). Furthermore, because the cabanas are "open air" thatched roof huts, they are subject to the occasional visit by nature's smaller creatures (namely spiders, roaches, tiny lizards). This bothered us the first night, but we quickly grew accustomed to it. They weren't particularly interested in us, so we just let them be and it all become harmonious. Other reviewers have mentioned lack of privacy... and although we were in Caribe, adjacent to the "reception cabana", the spa & the pool, we didn't find this to be a problem. The place only has 10 cabanas so it's typically very quiet indeed. Other guests were very diverse (many European), who smiled politely but generally kept to themselves (which we appreciated). The food at the two restaurants was really fantastic (we ate nearly every meal right here on site), and the chef came out (fairly often) to chat with the guests (not all of whom are staying at Natura Cabana). In fact, the staff overall -- restaurant, spa, or otherwise --could not be faulted. They were friendly, trustworthy, and accommodating (especially Arulfo and Geury, whom we adored). The daily Anusara yoga on offer in a dedicated on-site seaside pavillion (costs $20 for 90 minutes -- a fair commitment) turned out to be an incredibly profound experience for both body and soul, with the instructor, Kieran, focusing on the quality of each pose. Overall the practice was at a much higher level than I was expecting and added much-needed depth to our holiday. We also went horseback riding on the beach -- so lovely!! -- and had massages on the beach -- incredibly relaxing! Although we were there to chill, we did adventure further afield a few times: lunch on the beach at nearby Cabarete was good fun as were surfing lessons just down the beach (about 20 mins walk away). As for the country itself, we had heard from friends that it is ugly, so we were very surprised to feel quite the opposite about it. Yes, the evidence of relative poverty abounds, but we found so much beauty here, especially in the countryside and among the people, who are generally warm, relaxed & friendly. We were not harassed (as we had been led to believe we might be) and we felt very safe (even in more "downmarket" Sosua). We did not want an antiseptic, packaged holiday where our children were either trotted off to Kids Club everyday or consumed with playing with other children. We wanted to understand the country a little bit, and we wanted remote peace & quiet with local flavor. We got that, and more. Our children LOVED this holiday, because it was about the four of us spending quality downtime together. We talked over long meals, we enjoyed lazy afternoons in the pool or on the beach, we played cards until the wee hours, we slept in, we ate well, we had some adventure, we learned some new Spanish words, we got to know some of the staff, we recharged our batteries. It was everything we wanted our holiday to be and we are very, very happy that we chose Natura Cabana. As I say, it may not be right for everyone... but it was definitely right for us. We have already planned to return (in four years, when both children will be old enough to tackle all 27 Falls of the Damajagua!). nb: see our separate reviews of Ocean World and of the Outback Safari tour.

Room Tip: All cabanas are different and annoyingly the website doesn't offer detail. We stayed in Caribe...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

This place is all about he details! every room is different and its a very natural setting! You could be anywhere Africa, Bali, but it just happens to be in the Dominican Republic! they have an amazing beach! the Yoga is intense, the food is excellent the service is not all that great but we need to be reminded we are on island time anyway! The only thing missing is a juicer for green juice. Then you would feel like you were on a spa holiday! The Spa treatments were wonderful! We really want to go back to try the mushroom steam room!

Room Tip: The Africa suite is not that private you can hear everything that goes on in the other room
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Innisfil, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2013

If you're like my husband and I and the idea of a holiday resort makes you cringe, Natura Cabana may be for you too! Our private cabana was surrounded by tropical trees and plants and just a few steps away from an amazing spa (I enjoyed a mud wrap, hydrating bath and facial during our stay), outdoor yoga studio near the crashing waves of the ocean (with wonderfully challenging and invigorating instruction by Kieran Barry), and two restaurants serving up some of the best, freshest food we've ever eaten. All of the staff were genuinely caring and helpful, often going out of their way to provide us with unforgettable moments like Valentine's Day dinner prepared by their topnotch chef at a private candlelit table by the ocean. The personal attention, supreme quality in all aspects and beautiful setting make this the perfect spot to unwind, reinvigorate and celebrate life.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rapid City, sd
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

Stayed here for a week in February. The cabana we stayed in was Caracol. It is right in front of the pool. It is so nice and quiet here - no music blaring at the pool or beach. Even though I believe the hotel was almost full, my husband and I walked 100 yards up the beach and had it to ourselves. Right in front of the hotel there is still only 10 people max. No one is trying to sell you anything on the beach. It was such a wonderful place to stay that we didn't want to leave. The restaurant on site is great. For less than $200 for a week you can rent a car and go see the nearby towns. The ocean can be rough right after a storm but overall very nice. I am a wimp about water and the temperature was fine and the waves didn't bother me. The rooms were always cleaned while we were out and they were spotless. The staff there is wonderful especially Oliver.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

We had no idea what to expect before we arrived but it was an ideal spot for us. We came and went over 2 weeks and stayed in 2 cabanas - some friends of ours stayed in a 3rd. They were all beautiful and very different. Our favourites were piedra and coral. Piedra had a huge kingsize bed, separate dressing room/area for bags and a beautiful bathroom all on one floor. Coral had a similar size bed but this was on the 1st floor. The bathroom was on the ground floor.
We were able to check out late on 2 occasions with no extra charge. The beach is lovely although swimming in the sea is really about catching the waves.We ate at the beach bar for lunch and the restaurant in the evenings. Great food!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa
Address: Paseo del Sol #5, Perla Marina, Cabarete 57000, Dominican Republic
Region: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Cabarete
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Cabarete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NATURA, immersed in the tropical beauty of Cabarete, is an ecological paradise renowned for its architecture and decor, which fosters the call to tranquility and rest. ... more   less 
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