Set in the mountains a half-hour drive (a taxi is US$50 round-trip) from Cabarete is this rambling, eccentric home – a castle of sorts, under continuous construction (and unlikely ever to be fully finished). The owners grow much of their own food on the property, and serve this super-fresh produce in their restaurant, one of the very best in the country.

Expect dishes like crispy grouper with lobster sauce, herbed rice pilaf and chocolate mousse for dessert. Their schedule can be erratic, though – book at least two days in advance. From Cabarete, head east on the highway to Sabaneta and turn right onto the road to Moca. Around 12km later you pass a bridge in the town of Los Brazos, where you should look for a sign to your left as you climb the hill.