The Private Estate:
Casa Kimball is an exceptional Caribbean destination that provides an idyllic way to spend time with close family and friends in an unforgettable way. This private villa, located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, is situated on three acres of oceanfront property overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by coco palms, almond trees, and other flowering vines and fauna native to the Dominican Republic. The estate incorporates modern architecture with the indigenous flora and spectacular ocean views, highlighting the relationship between nature, space and modern luxury.
I had the chance to stay at this secluded and special place with twenty-some other guests for a close friend’s birthday celebration. I was blown away by the brilliantly-designed elements that sanction the Caribbean sunlight and warm ocean breezes through the ocean spaces.
Upon arriving to the villa, our group was welcomed by the warm and professional staff, modern amenities, and 180-degree ocean views. The direct villa entry to the dramatic infinity pool and jacuzzi that extended to the sea cliff was simply breathtaking.
We gathered for morning yoga steps from the villa while overlooking the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. A delightful and charismatic personal chef prepared gourmet meals everyday, which were caught and grown within three hours of the nearby village. The attentive bartender and staff made certain we had a delicious tropical cocktail in hand and were carefully attended to wherever needed.
The villa is full of entertainment activities, from croquet, badminton, volleyball, billiards, surround-sound music player, and a Karaoke machine for late night, one-too-many Mai Tai’s, group singing. Each evening, we gathered for an elegantly-served dinner in the dining space. The dining room’s grand pivoting window doors lent 270-degree views of the ocean and illuminated pool during our dining experience. We spent the night enjoying one another's company while listening to the ocean waves crash below. Later, we took advantage of the fully-equipped sound system for a late-night dance party on the terrance.
The highlight of the trip was when, one starry-night, we grabbed flashlights and walked along the pathway next to the cliff front between the ocean and the villa grounds. We passed by a hidden-away terrace with a vintage fire bowl tucked between the cliffs and continued to a little beach concealed at the base of the cliff. The staff built us a bonfire, where we drank, sang and laughed throughout the night. The magical evening and unique surroundings evoked a sense of pure joy that would be impossible to replicate at any place other than Casa Kimball.