The Dominican Republic's northeastern peninsula is quickly becoming a hot spot for fabulous boutique hotels and raw, natural beauty (never mind the twisty, bumpy roads).
Photographer: Michael Hanson
Balcones del Atlantico was the area’s first international luxury hotel development. The property was constructed using local materials, and the staff members work with a number of community organizations on projects such as coral reef regenesis. "I wanted something that was the absolute antithesis of what you find in other parts of the Dominican Republic, something that's rooted in the place that it's in," says Dominican developer Máximo Bisonó, the property's owner. Spread out across 100 acres on a half-mile of beach are the 86 two- and three-bedroom villas (the property operates as a condo hotel) surrounded by manicured tropical gardens and pools with swim-up bars.
Balcones del Atlantico rates start at $399;