4 makuuhuonetta, 4 kylpyhuoneet, 2-10 GUESTS
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Remote location offered total Privacy - exactly what we needed
We had a very busy 6 weeks or so - European travel to see my son over US Thanksgiving while he was studying abroad, Christmas, my oldest son's destination wedding on January 4th and all of the projects that came with that event. We knew we needed some time away after all the festivities and searched for a property that would offer total privacy. We had a few items on our "must haves" list - the sound of the ocean waves while we slept, a view of the water, a private pool. This house checked all of those boxes for us. (the view is unfortunately somewhat blocked by overgrown vegetation that doesn't show in the online pics that must be quite old)
There is a housekeeper that comes daily, a groundskeeper that is around and a night watchman each evening. We opted to give the housekeeper the time off - we were only there 4 days and did not want anyone underfoot while we enjoyed our time together. The groundskeeper was around, but out of the way mostly. He did handle a hot water issue as well as a toilet that would not flush, so happy he was close enough to take care of those small inconveniences. The nightwatchman was around, we saw him once or twice, but he too was not underfoot, and offered a sense of security since we slept with the doors and windows open each night.
Getting to the house was our only negative. We flew into Santo Domingo and the drive is 3.5 hours or so. We REALLY needed a stop at a more American-style grocery, but did not have the time to do that. Ended up going to a grocery in Samana that was the best option, but did not offer the array of food items we had hoped to find. The drive was somewhat perilous as road markings in the area must be a suggestion only - drivers on motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and even large trucks were erratic! Definitely made for an adventure. The last 3 miles or so really would have been better served with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. But the property and private beaches were well worth the effort.
Suggestion: use bottled water for literally everything, including brushing your teeth. My boyfriend got traveler's diarrhea from brushing his teeth with tap water. That made for a really long travel day home.
Overall we had a great time and would like to take friends back to enjoy the place. But we will definitely find a decent grocery before making the drive north. Note: The staff can and will help stock the pantry beforehand - we just didn't know what we wanted til we arrived.
Un séjour inoubliable...
Le propriétaire nous parlait d'un lieu paradisiaque ...eh bien, oui nous avons découvert un lieu tout à fait féerique! Retiré des centres villes et des lieux touristiques, cette maison au design colonial est juste magique et complètement adaptée pour un séjour de repos et de sérénité. La piscine aux dimensions incroyables se prête complètement à de grandes familles. Les deux plages "privées" sont magnifiques!!! Il nous tarde de revenir dans ce lieu protégé entouré de nature et de beauté!
Merci Carole pour votre commentaire.
Nous vous reverrons avec plaisir pour un nouveau séjour dans notre villa .
Si vous nous recommandez auprès d’amis, dites leur d’indiquer qu’ils viennent de votre part et nous saurons les gratifier d’un prix d’amis !
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Over the past years, we have always tried to take my vacation in both relaxing and exotic places. However, never have we been so blown away by such a beautiful scenery.
Before we arrived, the owner kindly recommended us different excursions to do during our stay. We had a boat come to the beach of the Villa one day to bring us on an excursion to visit the coast of the island -breathtaking. Another day, we took a boat to visit mangroves.
Whenever we decided to spend the day at the villa, were the only ones on the beach, and got to enjoy its peacefulness.
Moreover, if we left for daily excursions, we always came back at sunset and got to sit by the pool. If we needed any assistance, two domestics were there to help us. The owner also often called to make sure everything went ok, something we really appreciated.
One thing I would recommend though is having a car to travel around. For the rest, we loved being isolated from the city, and hearing the calming noise of the ocean before going to bed. The Villa itself was beautiful, and always very clean.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to experience paradise ! This was a trip we will never forget.
Beautiful, quiet, oasis!
The property is beautiful! Con: remote, difficult to obtain groceries if you plan to cook yourself and you do not have a rental car available to you. Pro: The Chef is excellent. Con: Would be helpful if the Chef had menu suggestions available for the guests to choose from in that DR cooking uses different types of foods and it is hard to know what is available. The kitchen needs updates for cookware and appliances. Unless one knows Spanish, it is difficult to converse with the help. I used Google translation which helped to overcome, but again unless you are familiar with DR cooking it may be confusing. Lobster and Shrimp were either not available or very expensive. Con: The rodents: bats, spiders, rats, cockroaches, lizards should be expected as they are a natural part of the country. Pro: The house is clean and the help at the house are wonderful. All in all, an adventure and an experience of a lifetime:)
Thank you Evelyn for your helpful comments.
What a good idea to prepare a list of special available.menus for our guests!
Yes, it is better to rent a car when you book our villa.. So it is easy to visit the best places of Samana Peninsula, organize your own shopping, and go to famous restaurants around Las Galeras.
Yes we are in a tropical area , so we have every sort of animals but included too; beautiful birds (caracoleros, Hummingbirds, fregates, etc..) splendid tropical flowers and tipical fishing or country people scenaries.
Yes it is an adventure,.... the best one!
There were 8 people in our party and we all had a very good experience.
The house was a good size for are family. We especially appreciated Carla and Diogenes. They were so helpful and kind. We never felt they were an intrusion. The night guard, Noel made us feel very safe as well as Jeffery who accompanied us on our hike and ATV adventure. The pool was really nice. Carla cooked for us every night but one plus made delicious corn cakes, fried bananas, and delicious pina coladas and passion juice. The beach was close and beautiful. Our teenage children loved riding the waves. We played lots of games together and it was wonderful to not have TV or internet access. A lot of bonding time and relaxing time for are family who live busy lives in the states. Our only negative is the long ride from the airport. It was also nice being so secluded from a lot of tourist and very little chance to shop. We chose not to rent a car which limited our activities, but that also gave us the opportunity to truly relax and grow closer. A wonderful trip!!
Amazing in every way!
What a wonderful holiday! The house, while a little off the beaten path, was beautiful. Extremely well kept and a true villa. Three large bedrooms upstairs, each with its own bathroom, plus another en-suite bedroom on the first floor allowed all of our guests privacy, and convenience for our older guest who has trouble with stairs. Most exciting was the private beach just steps from the house. We listened to the waves crashing at night and woke to views of the water and hills. The house staff couldn’t have been more helpful. We got in very late in the evening and Diogenes was waiting to guide us to the house. We also arranged for dinner to be prepared for most of our stay - it was well worth it!
Two recommendations: Definitely rent an SUV - most the roads around the house are dirt and rocky so you’ll need it! And don’t forget your bug spray. The windows do not have screens, which we didn’t mind, but you’ll wake up to chewed legs if you don’t spray before bed!
Thank you, Vincent, for making this marvelous house available to vacationers. It was truly a paradise.
Ihanteellinen tilanne päivällä mahdollistaa yhden vierailla merkittävin sivustoja niemimaan (Playa Rincon, Los Haitises kansallispuisto, valas retki matkoja, El Limon vesiputouksia, Las Terrenas ja sen rannat, ... jne).