DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CASA DE CAMPO RESORT & VILLAS
Want to wed where Bey and Jay rang in the new year?
This 7,000-acre resort in La Romana just launched the Casa de Campo Vacation Experience, which is more than just nonstop eating and drinking: Try unlimited tennis, horseback riding and nonmotorized watersports.
Host nuptials in the property’s St. Stanislaus Church or Grecianstyle amphitheater, followed by traditional music and dance on the terrace at La Piazzetta, which mimics an Italian village.
Rooms from $159, plus $206 per person per night for all-inclusive plan; weddings from $805.
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