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Lindsay Shapiro | June 22, 2012
Altos de Chavon at Casa de Campo is the Dominican Republic’s Mediterranean dream when it comes to matrimony.
Floating amidst the clouds on cliffs above the Chavon River in La Romana, Dominican Republic, roosts a quaint 16th-century-inspired Mediterranean village that some say is the epitome of diversity and panache—and a dynamic space to host that perfect, all-inclusive wedding.
The brainchild of Dominican architect Jose Antonio Caro and Italian designer and cinematographer Roberto Coppa, Altos de Chavon at Casa de Campo “is a 7,000-acre playground of world-class features with an immense variety, where you can do everything or nothing at all,” says Kim Hutchinson, the property’s spokesperson.
The venue’s appeal doesn’t stop at its gorgeous Caribbean Sea-washed beach (though it’s a beautiful location for a linen-clad, barefoot wedding), as Casa de Campo is replete with creative and picturesque vantage points for the big “I do.” Altos de Chavon, for example, is strewn with cobblestone paths, coral stone fountains, terra-cotta buildings and bougainvillea-draped balconies, all setting the stage for wedding parties big or small.
Perhaps Altos de Chavon’s most popular venue for a classic wedding, however, is its St. Stanislaus Church, the 50-foot, 16th-century-themed heart of the village. “I’ve seen 70 to 80 people pack into that church,” Hutchinson says. “It’s simply divine. The plaza in front of the church overlooks the river and golf course and is a popular wedding location and a breathtaking overlook point.”
For a truly over-the-top party, Casa de Campo boasts a gorgeous 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater, too. Inaugurated by Frank Sinatra, and having hosted artists like Sting, Julio Iglesias, Alicia Keys and others, the site provides an intimate, yet larger-than-life setting.
Imagine it: celebrating under the stars with a band playing as the Caribbean breeze tickles the skin. As some of the locals would say: pura gloria.