About Us

You will be greeted warmly by Lóase owners and your hosts, Joe and Vasthi Kruchten.

Vasthi and Joseph at LoaseJoe, since rechristened “José” is a native Minnesotan who, over many visits, fell in love with the Dominican Republic and its wonderful people. Jose acquired Lóase five years ago with the idea of providing an alternative to the all inclusive resorts and has been in a program of continuous improvement. In 2009 the entire property has undergone a complete update and renovation. You will be thrilled if you are a returning guest.

Vasthi is a native Dominican, and has spent her career in the hospitality industry locally. They were married at L’oase in 2009. (Click to view wedding pictures)

Together they personally manage all aspects of the operation, and live on property. You will never receive more personal service from anyone more knowledgeable of the area and all Puerto Plata offers to visitors.

Lóase Resort

Lóase Resort is available for your vacation, romantic getaway, wedding, private party and corporate retreat. Lóase currently has 9 guest rooms, and a 7 bedroom luxury villa.

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Villa Lóase

Villa Lóase is a charming and fully modern 7 bedroom, 61/2 bathroom home located a short distance from the resort in the gated community of Costambar. The villa has spectacular views of the ocean, a very private swimming pool, and manicured gardens and grounds. The villa is perfect for your family reunion, corporate retreat, and weddings. It can be sub divided into two separate units, and can accommodate up to 20 guests (just a little crowed at 20). It is available for a minimum stay of one week, and comes with a full time grounds keeper, and an optional maid and chef.

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About Costambar / Puerto Plata / Dominican Republic

The Lóase Resort is located in the Costambar region of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic borders Haiti and has a population of just over 8 million residents. The democratic-republic country speaks Spanish, English, and has borrowed some French from their neighbor. Over 90% of the people are Catholic, and represent a majority mix of various heritages. The main industries are: tourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles, cement, and tobacco. The country has a large number of natural sites, which include 16 national parks, nine natural monuments and six scientific reserves, with a total of 67 protected areas that include panoramic routes, recreational areas and ecological corridors; all of which are under the direct supervision and control of the Dirección Nacional de Parques (the National Parks Office). The island was first recognized by Christopher Columbus in 1492, and the Dominican Republic was formed after breaking away from Haiti in 1844.

The region of Puerto Plata has a population of nearly 300,000 residents, and represents one of the richest areas of the entire country. The main products grown in the area are rice, sugar cane, tobacco, and rum. It also has great history.

Founded in 1496, Puerto Plata has a wealth of significant locations including Isabel de Torres Hill, the colonial relic San Felipe Fort, and the Amber Museum. It is also home to the second largest airport in the country. The virgin beaches and crystal waters offer some of the most spectacular views in the world. Costambar (home to Lóase), is a true paradise and a center for tourist activities and unique dining and nightlife.

San Felipe FortLocated on the north side of the island (which is also known as the Amber Coast – Costa de Amber) is the city of “Puerto Plata”. Christopher Columbus was first to sight the port in 1493 and named it “Port of Silver” because of the silver color the sea casted along the coast at sunset. In 1496 Columbus’ brother Bartholomew officially founded the city and renamed it San Felipe de Puerto Plata. During the governorship of Nicolas de Ovando in 1502 the city grew in size and by1508 was granted an official coat of arms by the king of Spain.

At first the city prospered as a major trade center for the Spanish Colonies, but with the discovery of new richer lands, the city slowly died. By 1520 the city was in financial ruin. Those that remained turn to more profitable businesses such as smuggling. The Spanish Crown hearing of this illegal activity ordered the city destroyed and the citizens re-located to the southern region of the island. However smuggling continued well into the latter part of the 17th century.

The city was abandoned till the 18th century, when once again the port open to merchants but tragedy fell upon the city in 1863 when fire swept throughout the city.

The city remained dormant until the beginning of the 1960, when the island took an upward swing in tourism. Its natural beauty and sun-drenched beaches made it an ideal spot for resort development. Once again the city prosperity gradually returned and has continued to prosper well into the present.

When you arrive in Puerto Plata you will land at the Gregorio Luperón, the international airport located here, which serves the north coast of the country. Built in 1978 it was renovated in 1994 to accommodate the increase in tourism to the island. It has the capacity to receive airplanes such as the Boeing 747, DC-10 and others. During the winter months, the Gregorio Luperón airport receives 150 flights weekly with 47 of them coming from Europe.

Puerto Plata lies in the valley between the Atlantic Coast and the mountain, “Pico Isabel de Torres Mountain” (2,600 feet) and has become the fourth largest city on this land with a population of approximately 250,000. To reach the top of the mountain you can walk, drive or take the cable car. Once on top, you will not only get a breath taking view of Puerto Plata and surrounding area but you will also see the statue of Cristo Redentor (52 feet high). You can also buy souvenirs, have lunch or stroll through the beautiful botanical located there. The gardens occupy an area of 35 square miles and contain species of native flora and 67 types of miniature orchids. Horseback-riding trips, four-wheel-drive safari tours and trail hiking excursions can be arranged as well to take you here.

Puerto Plata Central ParkA stroll through the city will give you a chance to see the Church of San Felipe. A simple structure but still quite unique. Close by is the Amber Museum. The museum is an excellent example of the old Victorian architecture you will find throughout Puerto Plata. Amber is plentiful here and you might remember that the movie Jurassic Park was filmed here for that reason. Experts say the amber in Dominican Republic is some of the best quality in the world. (Note: Amber is classified as semiprecious and is actually tree sap that has hardened for millions of years, capturing many fossils of plant and insect life.) Not to be missed is the Fort San Felipe, which located on the harbor. Built to ward off the French and English pirates and later turned into a prison, the fort today is a museum and houses many artifacts of the city’s past.

Puerto Plata has two major festivals each year, the cultural festival, which is held on the third week of June, and the Merengue Festival the first week of October. Both festivals are worth attending if you happen to be there while it is being celebrated. The Cultural festival offers an insight into Dominican culture with Folk Music, traditional dances from the African tribal to today’s Salsa and Merengue and there are many exhibits of crafts from local artists. Their biggest celebration though is its Merengue Festival. At that time the Malecón, the seaside boulevard which stretches three miles along the Atlantic Coast, is blocked off and vendors set up booths on both sides of the street selling a variety of homemade goods to eat, drink or wear. A huge stage is erected at one end of the Malecón for concerts by famous Merengue singers. The festival is a good representation of the Dominican culture and passion for Merengue.

While Puerto Plata has an abundant number of things to do, the major beaches are located outside of the city. To the west of the city are Costambar and Confresi. Costambar is seven miles to the west of Puerto Plata and offers a long stretch of beach which is protected by a coral reef. This beach is an open beach and a favorite of locals. Further west is Confresi.

A mile long beach that offers an excellent panoramic view of the area. Here you will find several resorts fronting its lovely beach. To the east of downtown you will find the city beach “Long Beach”. The beach is little over a mile long and is also a favorite of the locals.