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Meet The Caribbean’s Newest Luxury Wellness Destination: Cayo Levantado Resort

Perched on a private island off the coast of the Dominican Republic, Cayo Levantado Resort is the new luxury wellness resort you’ll soon be hearing about everywhere. Whether you’re planning the ultimate good-for-you wellness getaway or are just looking for a memorable beach vacation, Cayo Levantado is a destination that won’t fail to impress.

Cayo Levantado Resort

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After a top-to-bottom refurbishment and redesign, Cayo Levantado Resort has reopened. The resort’s updates have transformed it into one of the most talked-about resorts in the Dominican Republic, with extensive new programming that places it among the best wellness resorts in the region.

A Beach Destination

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Even visitors who aren’t looking for a wellness experience will have no trouble relaxing and restoring on the white sands of the island’s private beach and at Olah, the resort’s beach club. Beach bars and a poolside restaurant with an extensive menu make it the perfect place to unwind.

Warm Welcome

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Cayo Levantado Resort is located on a private island off the southern coast of the  Samaná peninsula. The journey to reach the island is hassle-free; guests can arrive to sip cocktails at Simi Baez, the resort’s lobby on the mainland, as they wait for a boat to whisk them to their rooms.

Caribbean Flare

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Upon arriving at the resort, visitors will find a mix of classically Caribbean and Victorian-style architecture with cool tropical hues and natural materials designed to enhance the island vibes. Thoughtful, modern furnishings and fun motifs throughout keep the design fresh and cool yet thoroughly modern.

Yubarta

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Cayo Levantado Resort‘s wellness center, Yubarta, welcomes guests to a transformative experience throughout their stay. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach here; the Yubarta experience includes consultations with staff to personalize the experience of wellness for each visitor based on their own wellness goals.

A Wellness Wonderland

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Yubarta, located in the lush heart of the island, is Cayo Levantado Resort’s wellness destination par excellence, but the experience with wellness at the resort extends well beyond far beyond its walls. Treatments are integrated into every aspect of a stay, from training sessions at the gym and treatments at the spa to specially-designed menus with nutritionist-guided offerings.

Spaces for Wellness

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Yubarta includes a number of pavilions for everything from yoga classes to meditation sessions, plus hidden spaces like this gorgeous outdoor hot tub and pool.

Cenote Healings

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Yubarta also features a “cenote,” used for water-based treatments and healings. Instructors guide guests in treatments individually, as couples, and in groups, depending on their needs.

Wellness Experiences

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Start your wellness experience at Cayo Levantado Resort with sound healing – it’s a transformative experience for many visitors. Even guests who have never experienced anything like it will feel welcome to give it a try. Staff do an incredible job communicating the science behind each restorative practice and meeting people where they are. There’s no intimidation here, making it the perfect place for both beginners and more seasoned practitioners.

A Day at the Spa

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Part of the wellness experience at Cayo Levantado Resort includes a visit to the resort’s impressive spa, where a beautiful facility with extensive offerings awaits.

Relaxation Room

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Enjoy time in the spa’s hydrotherapy relaxation room before your treatment. Here guests can enjoy a sauna, steam room, sensory shower experience, hydrotherapy massage experiences, and warm and cold pools. Or, unwind in the light-filled space as you await your treatment.

Stay Fit

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Cayo Levantado Resort is also home to a state-of-the-art indoor gym and an outdoor training space for fitness classes like TRX, Crossfit, and personal training sessions.

Wellness Pool

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After a morning at the spa and an invigorating workout, jump into the wellness pool. This is one of two beautiful pools at the resort, complete with plenty of space for lounging and easy access to waiter service, making it a destination you’ll never want to leave.

Stunning Views

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Or, order room service to your room and enjoy the view. Many rooms at Cayo Levantado Resort offer plunge pools and stunning views of the ocean.

Beautiful Decor

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Comfortable and spacious accommodations include Caribbean-inspired furnishings and details. A number of different room layouts and sizes are available, perfect for those traveling with friends or family.

A Personalized Stay

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Whichever room you choose, you’ll love the ways to personalize your stay, with everything from a scent menu and pillow menu available for guests. Just let your personal island ambassador, available 24/7, know what you need for a seamless experience.

Cayo Levantado Signature Villa

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Book a stay at the Cayo Levantado Signature Villa, with space for up to six guests. For an additional charge, guests at the signature villa can enjoy private chef service throughout their stay. The villa includes nearly 3,000 square feet of interior living space and offers a sea-view plunge pool, living room, and dedicated kitchen and dining space.

Getting Into the Swing

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The resort’s outdoor spaces offer plenty of areas to enjoy sunny Caribbean weather and the natural beauty of this private island paradise. Poolside eateries and beach bars serve yummy favorites, while upscale restaurants offer fine dining options for travelers looking for a taste of something different.

Say Hola to Olah

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Olah beach club is a favorite spot on the island. The space offers a large beach bar and poolside restaurant, Carey, which serves lunch and dinner menus with a mix of international inspirations. A beach shop and activities area offer everything guests need for a day by the water.

Santa Yuca

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Santa Yuca serves a curated menu of handcrafted dishes, designed in tandem with a nutritionist to enhance the wellness experience of a stay at the resort. The eatery is situated poolside; it’s hard to dream of a more peaceful spot to dine.

Carey

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Beachfront restaurant Carey offers ocean views and ample space for dining, including a bar with an extensive menu of drinks and cocktails.

Manaya

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Manaya is the resort’s steakhouse, serving a la carte options or an unrivaled tasting menu that features the very best of all its dishes. The dimly lit, moody dining room is the perfect space for a special meal.

Senda

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Or, check out resort’s the Dominican-inspired restaurant, Senda. A tasting menu inspired by local flavors is based on the poem “There is a Country in the World,” by Dominican poet Pedro Mir. It features up to seven delicious courses and desserts and is well worth the extra cost for such a memorable culinary experience.

Live Music and Beach Parties

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There are plenty of places to enjoy the evening at Cayo Levantado. Live music on the beachfront starts in the afternoon and goes past sunset. Guests can look forward to entertainment options like beach parties and garden parties that stretch into the night. Or, sit back and relax at the bar and enjoy the views with a drink in hand.

Coa

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The resort’s lobby bar, Coa, transforms into a particularly lively spot for happy hour drinks. Excellent recommendations by bartenders and music set the mood.

Raise a Glass

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Guests can sample beloved Caribbean favorites or ask for recommendations and resort specialties. With an extensive list of local rums and every international favorite, guests have plenty of options to choose from.

Enjoy Cayo Levantado Resort

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Cayo Levantado Resort’s impressive wellness offerings, great food, and beautiful accommodations set it apart from other Caribbean resorts, but it’s the island’s breathtaking natural beauty that is truly something special. From this stunning private island location, guests enjoy all the beauty and tranquility of a long-awaited Caribbean island escape. What could inspire a more restorative wellness experience than that?

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Carley Rojas Avila is a bilingual New York-based travel writer, editor, content marketer, and the founder of the digital travel publications Explorers Away and Home to Havana. Carley is an expert on all things Latin America, the Caribbean, and Cuba, having lived and worked in four different countries in the region. Her writing has appeared on the Associated Press wires and in Travel + Leisure, Yahoo, MSN, Euronews, The Weather Channel, and more. When she's not writing about her travels, find her front row at a Bad Bunny concert, befriending street cats, and taste-testing every pizza in Havana.