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Hotel Tubagua Plantation Eco Lodge Hotel 2 star
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- Puerto Plata, 57000, République dominicaine Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic -
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Tubagua Plantation Eco Lodge is one of those places that you have to make a stop at even if it's just for one night. A very rustic lodge lost up in the hills above Puerto Plata, it nestles among tiny villages built around the amber mines in the area. Tim Hall, the owner of Tubagua Lodge is also consul for Canadians living in the region and has poured his energy and love into making Tubagua the charming little place that it is. A mix between huts, one of which is a bit more sophisticated than the rest, and dorms, the lodge is ideal for a backpacker crowd or nature-loving travellers looking to experience the Dominican Republic far from the madding crowd. Waking up to these views is an experience that is second to none!

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      Tubagua Plantation Eco Lodge   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Tubagua Plantation Eco Lodge

      Tubagua Plantation Eco Lodge   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 8.0 /10

    The lodge is located at the end of what has been coined the Tourist Highway, which is a stunning scenic route that can be taken from Santiago, the second largest city in the country. It is located in Tubagua village, high up in the verdant hills looking out over Puerto Plata province and to the sea beyond. Hikers will enjoy exploring the surrounding villages and amber mines. Like in most places in the country, there are also several cock fights, a traditional activity in the Dominican Republic. Tubagua is about 30 minutes' drive from Puerto Plata airport.

    Accommodation 5.70 /10

    There are 30 beds in total split across a handful of huts and a larger house made of wood at the bottom of the garden, where there are several dorms. Except for the 'deluxe' hut, which has its own bathroom, the rest have a communal bathroom and shower - our favourite was the shower inside the WC cabin that looks out to the horizon over the rolling hills. What a way to wake up.

    The buildings are all made of local materials (wood mainly) and have thatched roofs, contributing to the local and natural aspect of Tubagua. The deluxe hut is gorgeous. Set slightly apart from the rest, it has a balcony with great views, a spacious room with a double bed and through a small door, across an outdoor footpath, is the open air shower.

    The other huts are a lot more basic. Without any real doors and completely open on the sides, guests staying here have the advantage of having the sensation of sleeping out in the open; especially come the morning when you pull back the curtains and see the sun rise over the thick green vegetation that adorns the hillsides. The dorms are just as basic as the huts. All rooms have a mosquito net, although we highly recommend bringing some extra mosquito spray and outdoor coils. It's also worth noting that there are no televisions onsite, but then again, with these views you won't really be needing one. The bathrooms line the dorm hut and are clean and functional - if the thought of brushing your teeth while looking over the hills and to the sea while the birds sing and the lizards bask in the early sunlight, is what you've been longing for, then this is the place!

    Overview 5.70 /10

    The owner, Tim, arrived in Tubagua at the age of 27. A young fresh-faced journalist, he fell in love with the country and has stayed on since. He continued his work as a journalist and in 2006 opened the lodge and created a very informative and easy-to-use website about the area. Tubagua should be a riot among travellers wanting an authentic experience of the country far from the bustle of hotels.

    Tubagua sits on top of a hill dominating the fields that run for miles all the way to the ocean. Another highlight is the spectacular open wooden terrace which doubles up as living and dining area. Waking up to these views is second to none. In this space, there are dining tables and arm chairs for lounging while playing dominos, the favourite local pastime. There is also a small honesty bar, where guests just mark the drinks that they had on the chalk board, which Tim totals up at check-out. In the warmer months there is also a small plunge pool, which is just the perfect place for watching the sun set behind the horizon.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The food is one of the highlights here. The cook rustles up tasty local dishes mainly around rice, vegetables and meat - all meals are served as a buffet. The battered fried chicken is particularly good. Dinner here is convivial and is a great way of meeting the other guests who are usually extremely friendly and bubbly people. The host, Tim, who lives onsite also sits down to dinner with guests. Even if you don't stay at Tubagua, we highly recommend that you stop by for dinner just before sunset - you won't regret it.

    Spa

    Although the spa isn't the most elaborate, it has the best view in the country! You will find a small open hut on the hillside a little away from the rest of the action. Guests should book treatments with as much notice as possible as someone has to be called in for the treatments.

    To know

    Despite being lost in nature, Tim has made sure his guests still have some creature comforts like the internet, which is complimentary.

    It's also a good idea to rent a car from the airport as there is lots to explore in the region and hardly any public transport.

    With the accommodation being open on the sides, there is no air-conditioning or fan. Make sure to bring a thick jumper as it can get very chilly at night.

    Equipment

    • Internet access
    • Spa

      massage

    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The unusual location - surrounded by nature.
    • The fantastic views.
    • The delicious local evening meals.
    • The WC - go and you'll see why!
    • The beautiful wooden terrace/living area.

    disadvantages

    • The rustic accommodation isn't for everyone.
    • The rooms need fresh sheets and a good regular clean.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score 10.00/10
    • True D. True D.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in July 2013 Posted on 2013-10-13 Single - 3 to 5 nights (Room with a view)

        I stayed 5 nights and can only dream of being back to Tubagua. All the other guests that I've met, all enjoy their stay and nothing but compliments one after another. Why? Because this is simply da Best little Lodge in the Caribbean! Tim and his family is absolutely awesome!Everyone working there are so nice and sweet. Jacqui surprises us with new menus every night! Juanin is the best tour guide ever!God's Swimming Pool is a hidden paradise.Thank you for such a good time!

      • Advantages

        Airport and the beaches are all nearby. What more can I write? Just say bye bye to those all inclusive hotels and come here! This is it >>>Tubagua Lodge!

      • Disavantages

        Lots of mosquitoes, but its only normal for being in the heart of nature, right?

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      • Overall Score 9.80/10
    • True D. True D.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in July 2013 Posted on 2013-10-13 Single - 3 to 5 nights (Room with a view)

        I stayed 5 nights and can only dream of being back to Tubagua. All the other guests that I've met, all enjoy their stay and nothing but compliments one after another. Why? Because this is simply da Best little Lodge in the Caribbean! Tim and his family is absolutely awesome!Everyone working there are so nice and sweet. Jacqui surprises us with new menus every night! Juanin is the best tour guide ever!God's Swimming Pool is a hidden paradise.Thank you for such a good time!

      • Advantages

        Airport and the beaches are all nearby. What more can I write? Just say bye bye to those all inclusive hotels and come here! This is it >>>Tubagua Lodge!

      • Disavantages

        Lots of mosquitoes, but its only normal for being in the heart of nature, right?

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      • Overall Score 9.80/10
    • Matt B. Matt B.  
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      • Package deals in October 2013 Posted on 2013-10-12 Couple - 2 nights (Holiday house/Bungalow/Villa)

        My wife and I just spent a wonderful, relaxing weekend at Tubagua. We loved the rustic setting, serene location & hilltop views of the mountains & ocean. The bungalows are decorated with local arts & crafts; each one gives guests a slice of that amazing vista. Our bungalow was fresh & cozy, down to the clean, crisp sheets. The food was excellent! We also took a fascinating guided hike to a stunning formation of pools & waterfalls. Tubagua is a perfect way to augment the typical beach experience.

      • Advantages

        Scenic views Rustic charm Great food

      • Disavantages

        We couldn't stay as long as we would have liked!

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      • Overall Score 9.80/10
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