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  • Exotic elegance of airy Royal Ocean Front Suites with Balcony.
  • Blushing accents animate romantic Suites.
  • Turquoise blue brilliance of Caribbean beauty.
  • Serenity spills over the sun-kissed Pool.
  • Delicate décor of graceful Garden Suites.
  • Savor shaded sanctuary of an outdoor deck.
  • Intimate evenings (<i>and</i> dinners) on tranquil terraces.
  • Serene panoramas (<i>and</i> massage treatments) of open-air terraces.
  • Rich fabrics + elaborate patterns adorn exotic interiors.
  • Savor fresh-squeezed juices + refreshing views with outdoor dining.
  • <i>Heighten your senses</i>. Breathtaking cliffs trace the DR coastline.
  • Bold colors give daybeds with plush pillows an Eastern flair.
  • Regal reclining on serene + secluded balconies.
  • Make an extravagant entrance at the private Heliport.
  • Swim-up and chill-out with an icy cocktail at the Pool Bar.
  • <i>Fit for a king</i>. Alluring architectural design of The Palace at Playa Grande.
  • Orange accents awaken splendor of shapely Deluxe Rooms.
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Balaji Palace at Playa Grande

Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic

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Why Stay At Balaji Palace at Playa Grande

Perched on a cliff along the sought-after picturesque North Coast, the resort offers a 1000-foot private stretch of talcum-powdery sand lapped by turquoise waters.

The Scoop

Carved stone columns, onion domes, and groomed tropical gardens dotted with statues of Ganesh and peacocks majestically strutting their stuff give Balaji Palace an Indian flair. 21 rooms, blissfully TV-less, are carefully equipped with romantic four-poster beds, and silk drapery under high ceilings. Modern day creature comforts include complimentary Wi-Fi and plush robes and slippers. Pick up some complimentary snorkeling gear and explore the waters off the exclusive beach or settle onto the sun-drenched deck with swim-up bar. After a day of fun in the sun, ask hotel staff to serve dinner in the lush garden or near the ocean.

Insider Tips

Hit the links at the stunning Robert Trent Jones Junior-designed golf course. Its layout has been compared to Pebble Beach and the views are killer.

Get pampered at the resident spa and choose the Cleopatra Indulgence Wrap. Milk, honey and marine collagen leave skin soft and supple.

Preferred Airport

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 Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Private Beach
  • Heliport
  • Spa on Property
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Whirlpools
  • Fitness Center
  • Gardens
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Wireless Internet Access
In-Room Amenities
  • Individually-Decorated Interiors
  • Private Balconies
  • Four-Poster Beds
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Turndown Service
  • No TVs or Telephones
Dining & Nightlife
  • Private Chef
  • Dining Room
  • Private Dining
  • In-Room Dining
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Rates Include:
  • 2-person occupancy
  • All meals
  • All beverages (well alcohol & non-alcoholic)
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Rio San Juan

The Dominican Republic's Northern Coast is well known for its ribbons of virgin beaches and unspoiled mountaintops. The area has been an important island fixture for nearly a millennium: Aztec traders used the Rio San Juan as early as the 1200s.

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: Indulge in tasty European food at Café de Paris in Rio San Juan. The restaurant has artful wooden tables, colorfully tiled walls and a veranda with a view of the Gri-Gri lagoon where you can tuck into delicious French-inspired plates such as seafood crêpes.
Laguna Gri-Gri, Rio San Juan.

Where to Shop: Browse the line-up of chic stores on Paseo Don Chiche in Cabarete. Make sure to schedule a stop at Beach Box Boutique to stock up on airy linen dresses and accessories and at Fred Joyas for locally made jewelry.

Outdoor Excursion: Laguna Gri-Gri at the northernmost end of Duarte delights visitors with a magnificent mangrove reserve, a stalactite-and-stalagmite-studded cave plus hundreds of species of birds that roost in the peninsular bird sanctuary. Hop on an organized 2-hour boat tour from a small quay. From RD$1200 per person.

Sun-kissed island days on the DR.

Sun-kissed island days on the DR.

Why Go Now

November 4, 2014
Constitution Day
In San Cristóbal, 1½ hours east of Puerto Plata, the streets fill with parades of military and police, bands, dancers, student groups, and lots of celebratory cheer. Free.

January 25 - February 1, 2015
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, 2015
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.

January - February 18, 2015
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.
Various locations.

Balaji Palace at Playa Grande

Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic

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