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Hotel Rancho Platon Hotel 4 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Do you have the soul of an adventurer? Are you a fan of Indiana Jones or Tarzan? If so, then the Rancho Platon is the place for you! In the middle of a tropical forest, far from the sea and the beaches, this ecolodge is accessible via 4x4 over trails and rivers worthy of a Camel Trophy. At the edge of a river, in a heavenly setting surrounded by waterfalls, guests sleep in luxurious canopy-covered cabins in the trees, all at the very heart of the jungle. Children will have fun going down the waterslide in the middle of the tropical forest. An incredible eco-friendly and nature-based establishment. Definitely a favourite with us!

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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      Rancho Platon   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Rancho Platon

      Rancho Platon   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 3.0 /10

    In the middle of a tropical forest near the Nicaito river, far from the sea and surrounded by the mountains of Barohuco, it is 24 miles from Barahona in the south-west of the Dominican Republic, the best preserved region in the country. It takes around 4h to reach the airport of Santo Domingo, the country's capital, including a 30-minute 4x4 ride through the jungle, but this eco-lodge is definitely worth the trip!

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 9 guest rooms are actually canopy-covered wooden bungalows nestled in the trees. Don't worry: you won't be staying in Tarzan's cabin but rather a real lodging, made of wood from top to bottom, with all the necessary comforts and a rustic charm. Two ceiling fans complement the central air-conditioning. However, don't expect to find a television, a fridge, Internet access, a telephone or a safe. Drinking water is provided free of charge. You will be very comfortable in the 40m² rooms boasting a terrace equipped with a wooden armchair fitted with cushions and overlooking the river. The bed is comfortable but you may choose to rock to sleep in the hammock to the sound of the river flowing down below. The small bathroom has a shower, toilet and natural hospitality products. There is no hair-dryer, though, as they are actually not allowed here.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Built in 2002 and renovated in 2009, the Rancho Plato has 9 raised canopy-covered guest rooms connected by footbridges scattered about the forest. You can hear the sound of the river that passes at the foot of the hotel, as well as the insects, birds and butterflies that are teeming in the area. The infinity pool is visually pleasing: it lies in the middle of the vegetation and is fed with natural water from the waterfalls and fountains and has a wooden bridge spanning it. There are even four ropes hanging above it that you can climb up, Tarzan-like. Still not enough to keep you busy? Let's move on to something a little more serious... the waterslide, a little further back in the forest on the other side of the track. Don't forget to bring along a rubber ring since the descent is steep and, without this prop, you're basically on a suicide mission! If you pick up enough speed, you are liable to take off into the air before landing in a rather unclean basin with stagnant water. Guaranteed thrills! For those who may be curious, right next to the waterslide is a mini hydroelectric dam operating with four generators. This very ecological system produces enough energy necessary to operate the hotel. A little further on, right next to a beautiful waterfall, you arrive at the best room on the ranch: it was the family home before being the establishment was turned into a hotel.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    Nestled under an airy thatched roof, the El Rio restaurant takes its name from the river flowing below it. Located next to the swimming pool, it offers a pleasant setting in the middle of nature. It is a pity, then, that the sounds of nature (the birds, waterfalls, etc.) are masked by the very loud music! The meals are all served à la carte, whether it be breakfast from 7:00am to 10:00am (eggs, bacon, toast, etc.), lunch from 11:00am to 1:00pm, or dinner from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. The cuisine is Dominican-style (octopus, lobster, lambi, fried bananas, pork, soup made with vegetables from the garden), as are the local cocktails served from 10:00am to 11:30pm.

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    A stay at the Rancho Plato is really like an adventure. No road worthy of the name will lead you here. No, you need to take a 4x4 or a horse through the jungle and cross the river winding around this environmentally-friendly ranch several times to get here. You can probably guess that there is no Internet or mobile phone signal in such a remote place in the middle of nowhere. To really top off this feeling of isolation, there is also no television, but that's a good thing! Take advantage of this to really enjoy the nature! Walk up the river (the owner will lend you proper shoes) following in the steps of the conquistadores of the 16th century: the landscape has hardly changed since then. A zebra-striped camouflage-coloured pick-up truck takes guests on excursions in the surroundings. Should you have rainy weather, you can always play some dominoes, the Dominicans' favourite game. Other possible activities include: 4x4s, river-rafting, hiking in the forest or having fun on the (on-site) trampoline. There is even an 8-person hut for gatherings!

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