Altos de Chavón is a recreated Medieval-like village, where tourists can enjoy elaborate stone buildings and admire the sunset over the Rio Chavón. While roaming around this mountaintop village, you feel like you are in a time warp or have been teleported to somewhere in Europe. From the Christmas decorations to the large fountains and flower pots, the charm and chicness of it all left me in absolute awe.
Los Altos has a vast Roman-style amphitheater that seats 5,000 guests. You will notice architectural similarities to amphitheaters in Italy. The theatre hosts various concerts throughout the year and past performers include Frank Sinatra, Julio Iglesias, The Pet Shop Boys, and Duran Duran.
The view of the Rio Chavón, cliffside Pete Dye No. 4 golf course, and surrounding jungle is quite breathtaking. There is no doubt that this is a Kodak moment (so don’t forget your camera)! When you need a break from snapping photos, there are plenty of benches to have a seat with a drink in hand and simply absorb the surrounding environment.
There is a beautiful church situated in the center of the village. Tourists are told Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie here. Apparently this is a rumor, but it is certain the two honeymooned in Casa de Campo and spent time at Los Altos. The chapel and its surrounding fantasyland remains a popular wedding destination.
There are various entertainers that wander about the village. They are dressed in colorfully detailed costumes as they dance, breathe fire, and pose for pictures. Small shops and vendors surround the sidewalks while artisans craft their products for all to see. You can find anything from authentic pottery to handmade dolls.
As if cobblestone walkways and limestone walls isn’t enough, Los Altos is home to a design school (an affiliate of Parsons School of Design in NYC) and a Museum of Archeology. There is so much history and knowledge, which only adds to the overall dazzling demeanor.
Some tourists find Los Altos quite pricey due to the entry fee, restaurants, and souvenirs. In my opinion, it is worth every penny. Altos de Chavón offers an exclusive experience unlike anywhere else. So if you are traveling to the Dominican Republic and looking for an upscale day trip or classy restaurants to wine and dine, make the effort to explore Altos de Chavón!