A chic new beach resort in the Dominican Republic

Antiques mix with tropical notes, all on the golden sands of the Playa Grande

Image: Patrick Kline

The Dominican Republic, already much in the spotlight with the opening this month of Amanera (www.aman.com; from $950) on Playa Grande, is now home to a hotel debut of a homey – in a good way – sort, on the very same beach.


New York-based designer Celerie Kemble, a gal-about-town with substance and serious talent, has spent years holidaying on these shores. This autumn she opened an all-bungalow retreat that’s an extension of the family home she built in 2014 – she and her husband having bought into the 2,000-some acres (on which the Aman also sits), along with a high-flying crew of shareholders that includes Fareed Zakaria, Charlie Rose and Richard Meier. The one- and three-bedroom cottages and clubhouse at Playa Grande Beach Club (www.playagrandebeachclub.com; bungalows from $800; pictured) hit a pitch-perfect tropical-Wasp note, with jumbles of family antiques, sorbet shades on walls and lashings of rattan and whitewashed latticework.

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