Balcones del Atlantico Rooms
The balconies are huge, however, so if you want your whole group to spend some time outdoors there's plenty of sitting and eating space. Upstairs, the penthouse included a jacuzzi tub, a dining table, a pair of high chairs overlooking the resort, and a third bed (in a small but air-conditioned room) for couples who want to escape for some romance while the kids are asleep downstairs.
If you come to Balcones, you probably need to think of it more as an apartment plus some hotel amenities and not as a full-service resort. The property has only been a hotel for several months at this writing, and it sometimes shows. You won't find a hotel guide in the room (although there is a menu for room service), nor anything as simple as bottled water in the refrigerator. Instead, there's a big, water-cooler type jug of drinking water ... but no dispenser. There is daily housekeeping, and cookies are delivered to the room each night, but a request to fix a balky toilet and shower went unmet. Finally, you'll need to go to the local supermarket to stock up on food and drinks unless you want to be ordering constantly from Porto, the resort's restaurant.
Balcones del Atlantico Dining
The restaurant is beautiful, a big open-air space right on the beach -- the perfect place to dine on fresh-off-the-boat lobster, snapper, shrimp, and other seafood. Toso's Peruvian heritage shines in the ceviche -- traditional or fried -- while his past work in Japanese restaurants shows up in the sashimi and a phenomenal grilled lobster served on a bed of fried rice.
The menu also features a selection of "sous vide" dishes, cooked in vacuum bags at minimal heat for long hours for maximum moistness and flavor retention. Cap your meal with an aperitif of homemade ginger limoncello, which is fermented under the beach sand right outside the restaurant.
Balcones del Atlantico Amenities and Activities
Typical resort amenities like a spa and fitness center are currently lacking, but plans are on the table to add these in a future phase of development.
The town of Las Terranas is a short distance away, with shops, restaurants, and a popular fish market. Other local activities include excursions to the Limon Falls, ATV tours, paintball, whale watches, and tours of Los Haitises National Park.
Balcones del Atlantico Information
Phone: 866-617-ROCK or 809-240-5011