Will the music world’s most royal couple be applying for citizenship in the Dominican Republic? You might think so, judging by how often they frequent the sun-drenched, beach-boasting country. They even rang in 2016 at a grand-scale New Year’s party there. Clearly, Jay Z and Beyoncé (often with little Blue Ivy in tow) are smitten by Casa de Campo, a luxury resort located near La Romana on the southeastern coast. Home to a posh marina, extravagant shopping, polo matches, and even a helicopter pad to arrive in style, the property a draw for tons of globetrotting celebrities that include the likes of Justin Bieber and Elton John. Want to whoop it up like an A-lister? Here’s how…..
The Royal Treatment
When J and B visit the 7,000-acre property, they bed down at their favorite villa, Punta Minitas #34, complete with seven bedrooms, a private beach, 20-foot ceilings made of coral, a gourmet kitchen that would make Tom Colicchio swoon, outdoor showers, and a Jacuzzi where they can soak under the stars.
Luckily, there’s another section of Casa de Campo with gorgeous suites for those of us who don’t own our own record labels. These comfy rooms even come with their own four-person golf cart so you can whizz from breakfast to your massage without breaking a sweat.
There’s no shortage of things to do at this lovely resort, but the nice thing is you don’t have to do anything to enjoy the experience. The Divine Mrs. B and her hubby simply love soaking in the sun, and are often spotted strolling along Minitas Beach, dipping their toes in the clear turquoise waters. It's the perfect spot to plant yourself in a chaise lounge with one of the resort’s famous piña coladas served up by the Beach Club by Le Cirque with a side of idyllic Caribbean views.
Life as superstars can be exhausting, so Jay and Bey may find themselves seeking the serenity of The Spa. This pretty oasis goes well beyond your run-of-the-mill treatments. Embodying a holistic approach to wellness, Ayurvedic principles are employed to calm the body and mind. There’s even a naturopathic doctor on staff, available for personal consultations to offer recommendations on healthier sleeping, eating and exercise habits.
The resort’s comprehensive health and fitness programs run the gamut from kickboxing and Cross Fit to Zumba and Pilates to keep you in A-list shape. Regulars swear by the life affirming effects of the early morning beachside yoga classes. Bathed in sunshine, ever pose seems selfie-worthy, even if you’re in far from perfect form. After you’ve worked up a sweat, take a refreshing plunge into the ocean or work your core at the state-of-the-art gym.
When it comes to dining, Beyoncé and her man tend to eat in most nights, enlisting the help of a private chef set up by the resort’s concierge staff. Even if you’re not staying in one of the villas with a full kitchen, Casa de Campo has plenty of splurge-worthy dining options. One of the latest additions to its their resume is Pubbelly Sushi at the marina. With an executive chef from Spain, they'll take you a culinary ride through Asia, all made from the freshest local and international seafood. The tuna pizza with garlic aioli and truffle oil is to die for.
If you have more of the James Dean “I’d rather wear out than rust out” attitude toward your vacation, there's plenty to keep you busy. Dive into the area's stellar snorkeling, paddle boating, or kayaking. On land, sporty types can pack their schedule at the links of the world-famous Teeth of the Dog golf course, or hit the courts of La Terraza Tennis Center to hone your game. Once little Blue Ivy turns six, Beyoncé can sign her up for the new junior tennis program.
Need to release some tension? The place to do that on-site Shooting Club. A massive, 245-acre facility, you can shoot clay targets, or try skeet or trap shooting. Even if you’ve never held a gun before, very patient guides can teach you the basics, from how to hold a weapon to safe firearm handling. Later, you can boast about your point-and-shoot prowess back at the club, which taps into the exotic feel of an African safari, adorned in rich woods, tribal art and plenty of animal prints.
If you prefer your animals alive, check out Casa de Campo’s famous equestrian center. You can sign up for an individual or group riding lesson (included in an all-inclusive stay) as your “mane” event or explore the beauty of the area on a trail ride. Be sure to say hi to very expensive polo ponies in the stable. They’re primed for action on the field and hotel guests can catch a match from November to April for no extra charge. Inspired by the competitiveness and majesty of it all? You can also learn the sport.
Romance is in the air at Altos de Chavon, just a quick drive in your golf cart. This beautiful spot, created in the style of a 16th century Mediterranean village, is the kind of place you can spend the whole day exploring. Watch potters, weavers and silkscreen artists do their thing and pick up a handcrafted souvenir or two before visiting the local gallery or archaeology museum.
Want to get hands on? Take a couple's chocolate making class at the ChocoMuseum where the products are all bean to bar – the most delicious chocolate there is! You can end the visit with a concert at the Roman-style amphitheater or catch the sunset over the Chavon River at La Piazetta where Italian fare is the headliner. Toast to the good life with a chilled glass of bubbly prosecco. Lovebirds Beyoncé and Jay Z would approve.