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A couple of weeks ago, Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition was invited to explore the breathtaking peninsula of Samaná in the Dominican Republic. This hidden gem is home to perhaps the most exquisite villa resort in the Caribbean (yes, I said villa), known as Balcones del Atlántico.

Balcones del Atlántico is where destination wedding and honeymoon fantasies meet reality. Complete with magnificent beaches, sparkling pools, and the perfect subtle breeze, it is a tropical dream. The resort’s staff is so friendly and accommodating, it’s easy to believe they have mistaken you for a celebrity. Once you have explored the villa, it’s as though you’ve been put up by George Clooney himself. Each villa is fully equipped with a chef’s kitchen, tropical hand-carved furniture, and an outdoor and indoor space to lounge and entertain.

The 35 available villas are comprised of one, two, and three bedrooms, and for even more space, a townhouse may be occupied. Some of the villas feature a private staircase to an additional patio that is set with a hot tub. The accommodations at Balcones del Atlántico are as luxurious as they are spacious, and offer a truly unique way to experience the Caribbean like never before.

The expert staff at Balcones del Atlantico are relaxed in nature, yet seamlessly and tirelessly design the destination wedding or honeymoon of your dreams. Offering a private and romantic atmosphere, Balcones del Atlántico is an ideal location to celebrate your nuptials.

The resort’s beachfront restaurant, Porto, holds not only the most comprehensive wine collection in all of the Dominican Republic, it is also a culinary experience to be relished. Serving the freshest seafood inspired by regional flavors from all over the world, the cuisine at Porto is a delight to the senses. The town of Las Terrenas is home to markets representing nations around the globe. Porto’s acclaimed Executive Chef, Bruno Tosso, makes himself available to customize a menu and cooking lesson in guests’ private villa kitchen. The “Ceviche Experience” is not to be missed!

The full-service concierge is happy to arrange a plethora of activities, including whale watching (in season, between January and April), and a fishing excursion, where you can actually cook what you catch!

Best of all, for us impatient New Yorkers, JetBlue is now offering non-stop service from JFK to Samaná, a mere 20 minutes from Balcones del Atlántico. To learn more about planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, or vacation at Balcones del Atlántico, visit



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