Natura Cabana3.5 out of 5.0
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Doing business in nearby Santiago, I decided to spend the weekend in Cabarete and stay at Natura Cabanas. The natural setting of the resort is beautiful, lush, tropical. The concept of the differently styled cabanas is interesting, visually appealing, but lacks in execution, and a little too playful I would say. You need to be careful on the stairs from the entrance and bathroom downstairs to the upstairs bedroom to avoid banging your head against the ceiling. Mosquitos are omnipresent, from the moment I checked in at reception, and accompanied me throughout my stay. Mosquito screens have many gaps, so the room was not protected. Although I used the additional screen hanging over my bed, somehow mosquitos found a way to keep me company all night. There is no air conditioning, which shouldn't be a surprise at an ecoresort. However, street noise is not something you would expect at this type of resort. My cabana was located just next to the road, and since there are no windows anywhere in the cabana, all noise gets in. When I got back to the resort after dinner in nearby Cabarete, all gates were locked. It took me 20 minutes to locate the security guard to let me in. Not a pleasant experience late a night. The beach in front of the hotel looks nice, but can be treacherous for swimming. There are many underwater rocks, some difficult to see, so I avoided the beach entirely. The hotel provides a tiny, unappealing swimming pool. Paying almost $200 for a night, I would have expected a more comfortable, relaxing and quieter experience, without problems accessing the resort at night. I am a little exhausted and look forward to returning to my comfort hotel in Santiago.
Natura Cabana is a small hotel with bungalows made for quiet and relaxing. Wifi is available in the rooms if needed. Comfortable bed with mosquito netting when needed, nice porches with chairs and hammocks and a yoga studio with classes or for use. We had a small issue with an expedia reservation and the hotel staff went out of their way to help take care of the situation. The restaurant staff was exception and and friendly. Meant to be a quiet location, not great for kids that want to play in the pool and make noise. Beach was beautiful but the water was a little rocky when walking out to play I'm the surf.
Beautiful and tranquil hotel in the middle of nature. Beach directly in front of the apartments - about 50 meters. There is a a nice swimming pool, lots of shade, which made it seem like a relaxing jungle oasis. The resort is also suitable for healthy lifestyle lovers - daily yoga classes and meditation, vegetarian food choice. Superior apartment equipment including wifi and refrigerator. We ordered the car and the driver for the whole day at the reception desk and super - took us to all the important places in Puerto Plata.
Beautiful and unique surroundings, friendly staff, addicting spa treatments, and tasty drinks/food, chef and dinner experience 5-stars. Really enjoyed the Pilates classes, The surrounding beaches were also lovely and very secluded. You are able to walk for miles and explore on our own. found the locals to be very friendly and helpful. Horseback riding on the beach was a high-point, if your not excited about checking-in to another hotel/resort chain, and looking for something different - this is it!
I was here again for a second time a year later for five days for a yoga retreat that was being held here for our yoga in NYC. I would call this "glamping". Looking back on my previous review from last year which I rated as excellent, it really is more of a "very good to excellent". I would reiterate the excellence of the service and the food which was very fresh from the garden and had lots of variety for a vegetarian experience, especially. We could have opted individually for fish or chicken. The food for me made staying here the crux of the experience and the friendliness of the wait staff. Sleeping for me was the issue both times. I stayed in the Coral room the first time and the Caracol room this time. The coral room is 2 levels with the sleeping upstairs and the bathroom downstairs closer to the back of the property (possible street noise). Your own little villa. Very cute. The Caracol was a king bed all on one floor. It had a nice bathroom and a huge walk in closet. However, it was right in front of the pool and restaurant area. If you want privacy, not too private and definitely noise from the restaurant. I had sleeping issues because these are non-insulated bungalows which allow outside noise in. I think most places get around this with the ambient noise of a/c which they are not equipped with. So bring ear plugs, if this bothers you. I did have great hot water and wifi in both of these rooms which I heard from other guests, was not the same experience. On a final note, I arrived a little under duress this time because our flight from Miami never made it to Puerto Plata that night because of weather and was diverted to Santo Domingo. Long story, but the staff at Natura Cabana was easily reachable and understanding of my plight and made every effort to pick me up whatever time that would be, even in the middle of the night, if that were to happen. If this ever happens to you, the drive is 4-5 hours long on a decent highway. The pick up and drop off to the POP airport is an extra charge of $35. During my time staying at NC it was a monsoon for several days and believe it or not we did not lose any electricity because of their generators, thank goodness.
We spent 5 nights there and it is a lovely place very peaceful during the day but noise polluted by the bar next door at night. This however would not apply to all of the cabanas. The daytime restaurant served breakfast some of the menu you have to pay extra for and there is a smell menu of 4 items that are not charged for, this we were warned about by someone who had stayed there before. Lunch menu was varied and good. The evening restaurant was very nice but not somewhere we wanted to eat at every night. The location is predominantly residential so other eating options are the Italian next to the main gated entrance which was excellent and the bar next door which did not inspire us. Taxis into Cabarerte are 15US$ each way and they do not give change!! Went there one day and enjoyed walking on the beach and lunch which was somewhat cheaper than at the hotel. Watching the kite surfers was also fun. The beach at Cabana Natura is swimable but was quite rough for 3 days as there had been a storm out at sea. It is calmer at low tide.
Overall this is a wonderful location with friendly staff and a delicious restaurant. However, all the cabanas cost the same and they are definitely not equal. We got stuck in a cabana by the road that was attached to another cabana and we could hear EVERYTHING the other couple did from using the bathroom to sneezing. It was very unpleasant and difficult to sleep and made our overall experience unenjoyable. We felt for the cost we could have had a much better experience elsewhere. If you decide to stay here just make sure of which cabana you get before you book.
My stay at Natura Cabana reinforced what you truly need for an enjoyable vacation: great ambiance, a welcoming and helpfully staff, and restful sleep. The property sits right on the beach, west of Cabarete in Perla Marina, far enough away from Cabarete to be quiet, close enough to drive into town for dinner, although we never did because the restaurant was so good. The property consists of a clusters of cabanas, spa, and two restaurants. The cabanas were all individually decorated and enchanting. (Our group had reserved three.) Ceiling fans swirled and I discovered that AC wasn't necessary. Some cabanas had kitchenettes, but ours just had a mini fridge which was just enough to keep us stocked with water and snacks. Our porch had a hammock which I and the bats found irresistible. (No worries we were never competing for it at the same time--I was only told about the bats and BTW bats are good. I had brought 'bug spray' with me and it went home with it unopened.) The room had ample plugs for our devices and we did not need any adapters. My friends took advantage of the pilates/yoga. I arranged to play golf at Playa Grande. While the winds and waves made swimming impossible except early in the morning, I found the beach exciting. One could walk the beach to the east undisturbed and rarely see another person! (Try that in Punta Cana.) My friends walked all the way to Carabete and taxi'ed back to the hotel. At night we could hear the waves breaking on the beach. We met the owner and her daughter and quickly learned how much they care about their property. Bianca sat with us a dinner and helped us plan an excursion that we wouldn't have found on our own. The food was fabulous. It is sad that we can't eat that way at home in the US. Any doctor would have applauded the fresh fish, vegetables, and fruit. Don't worry about quirky infrastructure irregularities. You will learn they just don't matter. All six of us agreed as we boarded to go home that Natura Cabana was a great find and that we would return.
Natura Cabana, set in the natural beauty of the north coast, is lovely. The people are fantastic, the setting is magnificent and the vibe is peaceful. You can do yoga, take a walk along the gorgeous beach and have arum punch while gazing at the waves. The cabanas are set in the natural beauty of the site, catching the warmth of the trade winds. i cant wait to go back!
The setting is gorgeous; it is lush and tropical, perfect temperature (70'-low 80's), and exquisite landscaping throughout. The food was 5-star, so our group of 6 New Yorker's didn't go anywhere else the 5 nights we stayed. We tried places at lunch, but this was unreal. The staff, Sondra, Sarah, and others, shined. When I asked for something, servicemen or housekeeping came right away. The beach is right there, and kind of rough breaking waves; so the sound of them crashing was throughout the property. You can swim right on the beach, and calmer waters are a few beaches down. The famous surf camps are walking distance, 10-15 minutes, where the waves break perfectly and continuously. The rooms are incredibly designed in natural architecture style; screens, palm wood, high ceilings, fans, and best of all, pretty large incredible hammock-laden decks with chairs and tables. I never want to go back anywhere because I figure there are so many places to go; but I would come back to Natura Cabana because of the way we were treated and how beautiful everything was inside and out. I highly recommend.
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