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Villa Celeste Estate opens eco-tourist boutique in the Dominican Republic

Written by WST Traveler

“Our goal is to have our guests genuinely explore the “real” Dominican Republic from a local perspective”, said David Ortiz, owner of Villa Celeste Estate. “We are far more than a beach and sun destination, we provide our guest with the opportunity to enjoy the eco-tourism of the Island as well as experience a “local” experience of it all.”

Hispanics In Focus: Vanessa Reyes of Dominican Republic's Villa Celeste Estate

November 4, 2013 Villa Celeste Estate just opened, tell us about the background
Vanessa Reyes: Well, I had been looking for something to do 2 to 3 years after I had my first child. Prior to our child’s birth, I had my own nutrition business which taught Latinos how to use Latino food and recipes and eat healthfully.

Last August my father called me. He had built this estate, but ended up wanting to sell it. And he remembered years ago, that I had asked him if I could use the property to take people to learn about wellness and health. So that’s when I started thinking I could do something great with the property.

My husband and I flew down to the Dominican Republic in November of 2012 with our security deposit and purchased the property. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to make it a place where people could go relax, and eat well, and participate in all the eco-touristic excursions that the town of Jarabacoa has to offer.

New Eco-Boutique Hotel Opens in Dominican Republic

November 1, 2013

The Villa Celeste Estate eco-boutique hotel has officially opened in Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic.


The property, which includes eight guestrooms, opened its doors on Friday.


“Our goal is to have our guests genuinely explore the ‘real’ Dominican Republic from a local perspective,” said owner David Ortiz. “We are different from the all-inclusive approach that encourages guests to stay on their grounds all day sitting on a beach chair absorbing the sun.”

A Unique Experience in the Dominican Republic

By Olivier Templar-James, 10 02 2013

If you are looking to take a snooze in the Dominican Republic anytime soon, you know you need a comfortable, snooze nest that will bring the local Dominican experience to you in comfort and style. The Boutique Hotel – Villa Celeste Estate boasts of great, natural food straight from the farm to your table, breath-taking natural environment and exquisite, elegant furniture.

A Real Experience

August 5, 2013

     “What is experiential travel? Experiences that connect you with the essence of a place and its people … simply seeing the sights is no longer enough. Experiential travelers want to venture beyond the beaten tourist paths and dive deeper into authentic, local, culture, connecting with people from other cultures in ways that enrich their lives and create lasting memories.”

     There is a shift to a more radical, all-encompassing, transformational experience that appears to be tied to a desire to move the vacation needle to an experience that is more enriching and offers more value at a level of self worth.

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Top 10 Dominican Republic experiences

by lonely planet author:  Paul Clammer


Much more than beach resorts, the Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s most geographically diverse countries, from stunning mountain scenery to desert scrublands, evocative colonial architecture, buzzing city life and languid countryside, and famously warm welcoming people. Where do you start? Try these 10 top travel experiences:


White-water rafting

The Caribbean’s only raftable river, the Río Yaque del Norte in the central highlands of the DR is tailor-made for those looking to recharge their batteries after too much sun and sand. Short but intense series of rapids will get the adrenaline going, as will a spill in the cold roiling river; fortunately, however there are as many stretches of flat water where you can loosen your grip on the paddle and gaze at the mountain scenery in the distance.


Mountain Vistas in Constanza

The scenery found in the central highlands of the DR is a surprise to most visitors. Cloud-covered peaks whose slopes are a patchwork of well-tended agricultural plots and galloping forest growth rise from the valley floor in ways not often associated with Caribbean islands. Truly a world away from the developing coastline, a stay on the outskirts of Constanza provides a front-row seat to often spectacular sunsets – it’s also this time of day when the temperature begins to dip and the chilly air calls for sweaters and blankets.


Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial

Take a walk through history in the oldest city in the New World. With its cobblestone streets and beautifully restored mansions, it’s easy to imagine Santo Domingo’s landmark quarter as the seat of Spain’s 16th-century empire. But the past and present coexist rather gracefully here; follow in the footsteps of pirates and conquistadors one moment, while the next pop into a shop selling CDs from the latest Dominican merengue star.


Leisurely Las Galeras

This sleepy fishing village at the far eastern end of the Península de Samaná is an escape from your getaway. Fewer tourists and therefore less development means the area around Las Galeras includes some of the more scenic locales in all the DR. Swaying palm trees back beaches ready made for a movie set and waves crash over hard-to-get-to cliffs. For at least one sunset, venture out to Restaurant El Cabito, where you might glimpse migrating whales and a dolphin or two.


Relaxing at Playa Rincón

Consistently rated one of the top beaches in the Caribbean by those in the know – people who courageously brave heatstroke and sunburn in a quest for the ideal – Playa Rincón is large enough for every day-tripper to claim their own piece of real estate without nosy neighbors peeking over the seaweed and driftwood. A thick palm forest provides the backdrop and fresh seafood can be served upon request.


Local Number:  829-766-3524



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