"Dominican Republic"

Natura Cabana

Natura Cabana

Cabarete, Domincan Republic

Six oai??i??clock of an early May afternoon on the northern coast of the island. The wind cautiously starts to ruffle the palm trees of the small jungle surrounding Natura Cabana. At the same time, Nico, in-house executive chef, heads to the vegetable garden, looking for perfumed herbs and ripe vegetables for dinner and the last practitioners hurry down that same path, leading to the patio overlooking the beach, where the last afternoon yoga class is about to start. A few days are enough to understand that whatever rain may take you aback in this Caribbean land, it will be harmless and transient, sometimes merciful. Like the one that is going to fall tonight, just to make the shades of green even brighter, hibiscus and tropical almond trees even more scented and sky and ocean even more shimmering. Our cabana is the one where Franca spent her childhood together with her family. Of Chilean origins, she also has Ligurian ancestors on her fatherai??i??s side, doe eyes, amber-coloured skin and an athleteai??i??s healthy and fit body. She tells us that she arrived here from Chile when she was a child and that what started as an improvised but warm hospitality for friends coming there to visit slowly turned into a lodge based on the principles of ecology and Feng Shui. Natura Cabana is today a reassuring oasis of happiness. A handful of rustic cabins made of stone and wood in a forest of palm, banana and almond trees and mulberries, overlooking a small, secluded beach, North to Cabarete. A Caribbean version of our ideal is served for breakfast: we spread rust papaya jam on perfectly roasted slices of bread, enjoying sweet sips of tropical vitamins from homemade juices as we wait for our serving of soft and fragrant pancakes. Then we venture out headed to the plantation of organic cocoa and coffee on the central plateau and we come back just in time for the last yoga class and for another creative dinner of our Argentinian chef. Natura Cabana, Caribbean style, in the hippie, raw, pure version we were looking for.

Six oai??i??clock of an early May afternoon on the northern coast of the island. The wind cautiously starts to ruffle the palm trees of the small jungle surrounding Natura Cabana. At the same time, Nico, in-house executive chef, heads to the vegetable garden, looking for perfumed herbs and ripe vegetables for dinner and the last practitioners hurry down that same path, leading to the patio overlooking the beach, where the last afternoon yoga class is about to start…