Peninsula House

Top choice guesthouse in Las Terrenas

One of the Caribbean’s most exquisite hotels, this Victorian B&B perched high on a hill overlooking Playa Cosón was previously the DR's hands-down top choice for utmost exclusivity and service. But plans by new owners were in the works in 2017 to construct a massive, 36-room expansion over the original six rooms, leaving to chance whether the place's soul can be salvaged.

To its credit, the investment team has kept one of the original owners and the manager on for the transition to ensure that the French chateau–style aesthetic is respected. A Venezuelan chef runs the kitchen (three-course dinner US$55), focusing on simple preparations of ingredients sourced locally and from the hotel's organic vegetable garden. Rooms are dressed head to toe in exquisite antiques, romantic four-poster beds and deep bathtubs – all staying – making the prospect of checking out agonizing. The average stay is five days, but you’ll want to move in permanently.