Casa Colonial Beach Resort & Spa
The absence of pink walls and plastic furniture isn’t the only refreshing thing that sets Casa Colonial apart from other hotels in the Dominican Republic. Guests arriving at the 2 1/2-acre retreat, on the northern coast, pass through the lobby’s majestic white arches while Edith Piaf croons in the background. They’re then led to one of just 50 suites, each an homage to colonial sophistication. Once settled, they can visit the low-density beach, one of the two restaurants, the rooftop infinity pool (with Atlantic views), or the 12,000-square-foot spa, which offers beachside Pilates and yoga classes.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.