Anantara Kihavah Villas

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If only we posessed magical powers that allowed us to simply blink and be transported to any destination of our choosing. In a perfect world, I’d like to spend the rest of my week at Anantara Kihavah Villas, sipping cocktails on soft white beaches and taking dips into the crystal clear waters of the Maldives . . .

     Hotel Of The Day: Fishing Lodge Cap Cana - A Salamander Resort
    Ashley Hamilton, Contributor

     While many Dominican Republic resorts are found on the beach, this spot is on a marina—the largest inland marina in the Caribbean. It serves as a glistening focal point for the resort and adds to its fishing lodge flavor (you might even see fishermen delivering catches throughout the day). And though it’s mostly land-bound, the white sand beaches and ocean are a two-minute shuttle ride away.

    What: A large, tropical resort in the Dominican Republic, Fishing Lodge Cap Cana draws a mix of families and those looking to let loose in the Caribbean. The new retreat was opened in November 2011 by Salamander Hotels and Resorts and is made up of colorful colonial-style buildings, with several pools and palm trees at every turn. The airy guest rooms have a residential feel and come with full kitchens, locally made furnishings, and some have private balconies that hover over infinity pools. Other standout features include a market where you can buy fresh fish, several swimming pools to fit your mood and onsite restaurants (Forbes Travel Guide editor recommends watching the sunset at the upscale Mediterranean spot Bistrot).

    Why: The Dominican Republic is lined with resorts, but Fishing Lodge stands out with its local flair. Everything from the furniture to the food is locally made—in fact, many of the light fixtures in the lobby were crafted from old bottles of Presidente, the area’s iconic and beloved brand of beer. Dominican native and Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz has been known to make appearances at Fishing Lodge, where he hosted a golf tournament last winter.
    When: Fishing Lodge is on the cusp of becoming a major entertainment attraction in the Dominican. Plans are underway to open a casino and dozens of shops by the end of this year. If you want to avoid the crowds, go soon while things are still quiet; but if you’re looking for a vibrant nightlife scene, wait until later this year when the resort will be humming with activity. Spring and summer bring high temperatures and hurricane season stretches into the fall—you’ll get the most from this tropical spot in the winter.

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