Over the July fourth weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to stay at the Playa Grande Beach Club in the Dominican Republic. Designer Celerie Kemble and her husband Boykin Curry did a fabulous job developing the property.
I stayed at my friend Andy's three bedroom house, which was insanely decorated by Celerie with all the touches of home. I loved her use of batik fabrics throughout, the dining room hand blown glass chandelier, cream colored painted wood floors, plantation shutters, carved transoms that when illuminated at night cast the most gorgeous glow in combination with the perforated gourd exterior lanterns, and hand made locally sourced Dominican terra-cotta painted tiles. Each bathroom has an aged copper free standing tub, thermostatic shower valves and white porcelain light switches throughout. To top it off, Celerie selected the best bath products, my favorite being the key lime salt scrub. Whenever I am at the beach and loaded up on sunscreen- a salt scrub is the perfect way to get it off and feels awesome after a long day swimming at the beach.
The staff are all fantastic- lovely, warm, welcoming, gracious, friendly and accommodating. The food is great too; While they are still working on tweaking some of the dishes with their new chefs, their meats and poultry were standouts. The flank steak dressed in it's juices served rare with a garlic arugula pesto and a pumpkin puree was fantastic. I also loved the mahi mahi ceviche in a coconut shell with avocado.
The dining room area looks out onto a gorgeous lap pool lined with deep blue marine glazed tiles. The pool is surround by two airy white pergola's to escape the sun where we ate lunch every day. The ocean is a vibrant turquoise with deep undertones of teal. Down the beach the Aman is building a large resort with 18 hole Robert Trent Jones golf course.
Off of the main dining room, there is another building with a library on the first floor and then a bar on the second floor, both of which have backgammon tables- ideal for entertaining with pre or post dinner drinks. We cozied up and cooled down watching the World Cup Games. I could easily see this being the perfect place for an intimate wedding or a huge birthday party with friends.
There are three bedroom homes and six one bedroom bungalows. The three bedroom homes all have one king, one queen and two twin beds, and the single bungalows all have a king bed, seating area and kitchenette. In total they can now sleep thirty and are just about to embark on their next expansion and build more homes.
For anyone who wants to get away for a long weekend, this is the ultimate place to escape to and relax. If you like boutique hotels, this is paradise on the northern coast of the Dominican.
Below are some pictures from my trip.