“Forget what you think you know about the Dominican Republic.” That’s the goal of new boutique hotel brand Mint Hotels & Residences. Mint currently includes five boutique hotels located across the islands—including in the mountains, beaches, rain forests and marinas.
The hotels were chosen for their locations and the “way they capture the true essence of the Dominican Republic” through cuisine, design, service and more. Mint Hotels & Residences currently comprised the following hotels:
The Bannister Hotel & Yacht Club (Samaná): The hotel’s 32 rooms face Samaná Bay and each has its own private balcony and fully equipped kitchen. Guests can spend their days at the pools, waterfront restaurants and bars or they can take the complimentary water shuttle to nearby Cayo Levantado, where the hotel has its own private VIP area. For those feeling more adventurous, guests can hire a boat and spend the day at Playa Rincon, Los Haitises National Park or other unspoiled locales, such as Playa del Valle, La Playita, Hermitaño, Playa Fronton, Playa Galeras, Playa Bonita or Playa Coson.
Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge (Barahona): Set between the rain forest and the Caribbean Sea, Casa Bonita has just 18 rooms, including four new River Suites tucked away in the rain forest. Guests can enjoy the riverside Tanama Spa, a zip line trail and guided hikes in the forest, or head to local beaches to chill or surf.
Punta Rucia Lodge (Punta Rucia): Located on a white sand beach on the north coast, this simple yet stylish resort has 12 individual A-frame bungalows. Punta Rucia Lodge also has an infinity pool, restaurant, terrace, bar, beachside spa, private dock and a helipad.
El Portillo Residences (Las Terrenas in Samaná): These one- to three-bedroom luxury apartments on the northeast coast are located around one of the area’s top beaches. The fully equipped kitchens can be stocked with provisions prior to guests’ arrival or they can head to the thatched-roof Club House Restaurant for local cuisine. A pool with sea views and swim-up bar complete this residential-style resort.
Los Altos Residences (Casa de Campo): These chic one- to three-bedroom accommodations combine luxury hotel services with residential ease and comfort. Set at the summit of Casa de Campo, views are framed by the cliffs over the Chavón River and the Dye Fore Golf Course’s 17th fairway. Offerings include golf, beaches, swimming pools, gardens and more.
The Mint Experience
With a varied collection of accommodations set across the country, the brand wants its guest to take in multiple properties and locales with The Mint Experience, providing connections via private helicopter, seaplane or private car. While there are five different pre-designed Mint Experiences to choose from, the options can be tailored to include cultural and nature excursions in each destination or along the way.
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“We wanted the Mint brand to convey the undiscovered authenticity and stunning biodiversity that our country has to offer,” said Miguelina Burton, partner and vice president, sales and marketing, in a written release. “The goal of Mint is for guests to see another side of the Dominican Republic. One that expresses the pure beauty of our people, landscape, heritage and hospitality.”
VIP Airport Experience
Upon landing at any one of the three major international airports (Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport, Santiago International Airport and Punta Cana International Airport), guests are met at the jetway and whisked away to a VIP lounge to clear customs and connect with their private transportation. When departing the DR, this experience happens in reverse: Guests are met upon arrival at the airport, escorted through customs and security, and delivered to the VIP lounge.
Visit www.minthotelsresidences.com or call 1-809-540-5304.
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