Managed by American hotelier RockResorts, Balcones Del Atlántico is a glistening five-star resort in Las Terrenas on the north coast of the Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula. The nearly 90 opulent two- and three-bedroom villas are filled with furniture that is custom-made and hand-selected. Art pieces adorn the walls, while the bedrooms are sprawling affairs with wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, king-sized beds and floor-to-ceiling tiled ensuite bathrooms. The fully appointed kitchens with their granite-countered islands are fit for celebrity chefs. Balconies on the third-floor villas feature lounge couches and settees, as well as large dining tables that invite the culinary experience out-of-doors into the soft Caribbean evening. A private beach, bike paths, tennis courts and swimming pools round out the offerings at Balcones. Many of the country’s more-affluent residents from the capital city, Santo Domingo, who own more than 90 per cent of the condos at the property, stay here occasionally. (Two-bedroom villas start at US$599 per night)

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