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Balaji Palace at Playa Grande
Rio San Juan, Dominican RepublicEnter your email address and zip code for pricing and availability
Why Stay At Balaji Palace at Playa Grande
The North Coast is one of DR's most desirable beach destinations, and this resort has a private slice of its warm white sand and clear, blue-green sea.
This 21-room boutique hotel is reminiscent of an Indian mogul palace, with carved stone columns, onion domes, statues of Ganesh, and peacocks strutting through the landscaped tropical gardens. King of the crop here are the glass-fronted suites cut into the cliff, facing the ocean over steps down to Jacuzzis and the beach. Rooms have four-poster beds with silk drapery and tall ceilings; amenities include plush robes and slippers, complimentary Wi-Fi, and water-sports equipment like snorkeling gear. Guests can also enjoy the 1,000-foot private beach, a swimming pool with a swim-up bar, and old-fashioned pastimes such as table tennis and board games.
The neighboring Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed golf course has been compared to Pebble Beach...with better views.
Arrive at La Union Airport Puerto Plata (POP), which is approximately 45 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 1 hour of travel time.KM 5.5 Autopista, Rio San Juan-Magua, Mata, Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Private Beach
- Spa on Property
- Outdoor Pool
- Fitness Center
- Multilingual Staff
- Wireless Internet Access
- Individually-Decorated Interiors
- Private Balconies
- Four-Poster Beds
- Turndown Service
- No TVs or Telephones
- Private Chef
- Dining Room
- Private Dining
- In-Room Dining
- 2-person occupancy
- All meals
- All beverages (well alcohol & non-alcoholic)
Why We Love Rio San Juan
Miles of pristine beach and unspoiled mountaintops on the DR's exclusive Northern Coast. And, for history buffs and lovers of legend—Rio San Juan was used by Aztec traders as early as the 1200s and was a favorite route of Mark Twain (and British pirates).
Top Restaurants: Cafe de Paris. The town of Rio San Juan has a number of restaurants with tasty local food, including this one, with artful wooden tables, tiled walls, a veranda, and delicious French-inspired plates such as seafood crêpes. Sanchez, Rio San Juan.
Cultural Immersion: A Bailar! Travelers can take salsa classes at this Latin dance school in Cabarete, 20 minutes from the resort.
Hwy 5, Cabarete.
Great Shopping: There are a number of beach-chic stores in Cabarete, including Fred Joyas for jewelry and Beach Box Boutique for linen dresses and accessories.
Fred Joyas, 3 Paseo Don Chiche.
Beach Box Boutique, 5 Paseo Don Chiche.
Why Go Now
January 17 - 27, 2014
4th Bachata Festival
Dominican Republic's prime dance event about 3 hours south of Rio San Juan, where participants from 25 countries learn how to dance the bachata native to the DR.
Various locations around Santo Domingo.
January 26, 2014
Día de Duarte
Huge celebrations in cities like Santo Domingo, Samaná and San Pedro de Macorís to commemorate the leader of the DR's bloodless coup for independence in 1844.
Various locations around the country.
February until March 4, 2014
The biggest event on the country's calendar, you can expect spectacular floats, flamboyant dancers and thousands of merrymakers in all cities and towns across the country.