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Two all-inclusive Victorian resorts to discover in Puerto Plata


Two all-inclusive Victorian resorts to discover in Puerto Plata
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch: christine@paxglobalmedia.com.

Outside of the resorts, Victorian architecture runs rampant in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Shops and houses in the city’s historic centre still show off the relic of days gone by when British influence was prominent on the island.

At the VH Atmosphere Adults Only Resort and Beach Club and its kid-friendly sister property, the VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort, Victorian-style influence is alive and well, and it’s what makes both resorts, just two minutes apart, stand out from the other all-inclusive offerings in Dominican.  

Gone are the intense lime green and orange colours in the rooms, and flashy performances put on by staff. Instead, guests can expect muted tones, calming views, wrought iron details, and ornate décor that looks more European than Caribbean, all the while providing the all-inclusive perks guests love while vacationing down south.

VH Atmosphere: an escape for adults

Palladian arch windows that cut into lofty white ceilings send natural light streaming in all directions throughout the lobby. To the right, a fountain resembling a large white bowl, set inside robin’s egg blue and white tiles, spills water over the sides, while live plants, suspended above, sway gently every time a breeze passes through.

This place is small and intimate, and according to Spyros Vazdekis Hernandez, sales director, VH Hotels & Resorts, that’s exactly how guests like it.

The main infinity pool offers undefeated views of the Pico Isabel de Torres, a 793-metre-high mountain within Puerto Plata as well as the famous Playa Dorada Golf Club. Directly above, the outdoor terrace is home to the Vintage Club bar, which serves high-end spirits in a timeless setting.

Good to know

  • Newly-renovated, adults-only (18 and up)
  • 193 rooms (70 Garden, 57 Superior, 50 Junior Suites, 16 Honeymoon Suites)
  • 25 minutes from Puerto Plata International Airport
  • 10-minute drive from historic city centre
  • All-inclusive plans available
  • Free wi-fi throughout the resort
  • 4 restaurants (1 buffet, 3 a la carte)
  • 5 bars (including Vintage Club bar for Royal members only)
  • 2 pools (1 main infinity pool overlooking Pico Isabel and 1 quiet pool for Royal Members only)
  • Direct access to Playa Dorada Golf Club
  • Beach Club for Premium and Royal guests only

VH Gran Ventana: a source of inspiration

Much of the Victorian architecture found in the VH Atmosphere is also found inside the VH Gran Ventana, including a spectacular wrought iron chandelier dangling in the entrance of the lobby. 

This property has raised the bar for several resorts operating in the Caribbean—the concept of a vintage bar originated at this very resort.

The VH Gran Ventana is where beach house meets all-inclusive resort; it’s modern and upscale like the VH Atmosphere, but it’s still got that spacious and energetic all-inclusive feel to it. 

With more pools and bigger restaurants than the VH Atmosphere, this resort in the VH Hotels & resorts collection is perfect for big groups, families, and weddings, where all guests are welcome, and can expect a cozy, relaxing, and affordable stay, courtesy of it being a family-run hotel.

Good to know

  • Family-friendly (babysitting services available on-site)
  • 506 rooms, junior suites, and penthouses (all with balconies or terraces)
  • 20 minutes from Puerto Plata International Airport
  • 5-minute drive from historic city centre
  • All-inclusive plans available
  • Wi-fi can be purchased for a fee (1 hour =$3.00 USD, 1 day= $10.00 USD, 4 days= $25.00 USD
    1 Week= $35.00 USD
  • 4 restaurants (3 a la carte, 1 buffet)
  • and 5 bars (swim-up bar, Tiki bar, pool bar, beach bar, lobby bar)
  • 3 pools (children’s pool, quiet pool, swim-up bar pool)
  • Quick shuttle access to Playa Dorada Golf Club
  • Beach Club ($)
  • Children’s Club ($)
  • Wedding packages and gazebo ($)

The royal treatment

Both the VH Atmosphere Adults Only Resort & Beach Club and the VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort offer their guests the option of selecting a Royal package. 

For guests who opt in, a series of luxury perks, like exclusive access to the Vintage Club, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and private beach access can all be enjoyed, alongside regular all-inclusive services.


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