Miami Vintage in the Caribbean
Mixing the perfect hue was a labour of love, but we think we got it just right and the Miami vintage feel was born.
Each room is as different as the guests who stay in them, but the common theme is a stylish, natural, retro Miami vibe at a price everyone can afford. Join us back here next week for more steps along this exciting journey.
Rejuvenating a Grande Dame
The Hotel Alegria enjoys one of the best locations on Cabarete beach, just a few steps from the main shops, bars and restaurants in this much-loved Dominican Republic beach resort. She was one of the first resort hotels on this stunning bay, and a stalwart favorite with Dominican and foreign tourists alike. When we took over this beautiful hotel we wanted to keep everything that was perfect about this Cabarete Grande Dame - the view, the authentic Dominican feel, the home-away-from-home - but also give her a make-over to transform her into the best boutique hotel on Cabarete beach. So we got to work!
So many people had slipped between the almost-Mediterranean entry way to Hotel Alegria over the years, that there was a clearly-defined beaten path across the Dominican stone, to the private garden view rooms and one of the best restaurants in the resort. So we decided to give her a brand-new patio floor.
"We found the new stones in three different quarries right here in DR. It’s a type of Laja stone that has variations of raw quartz, hues of green, yellow and orange on top of the most creamiest beige. It is absolutely stunning," explained co-owner Inbar. "We picked the bits with the most color variations; each stone tells a story. We needed about 200 meters square and it took two weeks to lay. The giant stones came from a sweet elderly man in Santiago."
The next task was to choose the color-scheme for the walls. We needed a hue which was modern, classic, in keeping with the beauty of Cabarete bay, and also the perfect backdrop for the huge array of mature plants in the garden at Hotel Alegria. Note the ivory, pinky, sandy choices. Which color would you prefer? See our next post to find out which one we chose.
We are the new owners of the Hotel Alegria. As well as being new to the hotel, we are new to the Dominican Republic. We know there are many people who would love to make Cabarete their home, so we thought you might like to join us on our splendid journey of owning a tiny piece of this stunning island.