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Postcard from Casa de Campo

Deputy editor Leah Rumack enjoys family time in the Dominican Republic.

By Leah Rumack
Postcard from Casa de Campo

Postcard from Casa de Campo

Postcard from Casa de Campo

"You said it would take a long time!" my husband, Jason, wailed when I got pregnant pretty much immediately after our wedding (and before any sort of bucket-list honeymoon could be had). Which is how I find myself at the shmancy Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic for a Valentine’s Day getaway, and at a romantic dinner where one of the three of us doesn’t even look up from the cartoons playing on his tablet as he puts in his cocktail order.

“Milk!” “Milk please,” I say. “Milk peez,” says our almost-two-year-old Benjamin. If you can’t beat ’em — bring them with you. So what if we spent our chic couple’s getaway sleeping with a toddler lying on our heads? That’s love, baby.

A version of this article appeared in our February 2013 issue with the headline "Casa de Campo," p. 18.

Postcard from Casa de CampoPhoto: Leah Rumack

The best... way to recover from lounging at the pool

Try the Organic Pharmacy Treatment at the spa, which starts with a full-body exfoliation with Dominican coffee and ends with you wrapped up like a piece of tropical fruit sushi.

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The best... day trip

Take the free shuttle for a visit to nearby Altos de Chavon, a slightly random, yet charming, replica of a Renaissance Mediterranean village, complete with cobblestoned streets and an amphitheatre.

Postcard from Casa de CampoPhoto: Leah Rumack

The best... toddler entertainment

Arts and crafts inside, or the playground outside, at the daycare.

Postcard from Casa de CampoPhoto: Leah Rumack

The best... breakfast

Two words: Pancake. Bar.

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What to do

We’ve quickly learned that a vacation with a little kid isn’t quite as relaxing as our getaways of years gone by. Which is Phowhy we were excited by Casa’s range of child-care options. A lot of kids’ clubs won’t accept the under-three’s, but here the Toddlers ‘N’ Casa program, which starts at age one (there’s also programs geared towards kids four to seven, tweens and teens), kept Ben busy at the indoor-outdoor daycare when we needed a break. You can also book a nanny to entertain your kids with you (a.k.a. you read your magazine by the pool while someone else chases him around said pool) or a babysitter for the night while you traipse off for a grown-ups-only evening.

Postcard from Casa de CampoPhoto: Leah Rumack

Did you know...

-That the Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with the nation of Haiti?

-That Leah’s father-in-law likes to brag that he has golfed on the famous Teeth of the Dog course at Casa de Campo, ranked as the number one course in the Caribbean?

Postcard from Casa de CampoPhoto: Leah Rumack

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This article was originally published on Jan 24, 2013

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