Myself, husband, and 2 young children spent almost a week at the condo, and loved it! Before booking, I was going back and forth on what's better staying at an all inclusive where we are crammed in one room but you have food and entertainment included, or doing the condo where you have the space but on your own for the other things. We decided that space was most important to us, and booked the condo as it's a nice hybrid.
The complex where the condo is situated is big, and nice. The condo itself is beautiful! Nicely decorated with white modern furniture. The kitchen and living room have an open floor plan, the balcony overlooks the ocean, and all 3 bedrooms are a comfortable size. The condo also includes beach towels, and beach toys (a must with kids). Also the maid comes every other day, which is nice because it didn't make me feel like i had to do all the cleaning while on vacation, but also for the owner, I'm sure it helps in keeping the apartment as clean and in as good shape as it is.
The night we got there was our travel day, so we pre arranged for Mary to cook for us. Best idea ever! The food was delicious, and well received after a long day on the road. Tip- we asked our driver to stop at the supermarket before getting to the condo, and bought the big items like gallons of water (you'll need this!), plus other basic for the week that would be to heavy to carry on you own. The area outside of the condo within 5 minutes walking distance also have bakeries, restaurants, and a small grocery store.
During the day, we alternated between spending time at the beach, the pool, or inside the condo (to escape the heat). One day we did a water catamaran excursion with Hispaniola Aquatic Adventures (look them up, and thank me later), and they were fabulous! The condo and the water excursion made our trip.
The owner, Ilia, is also very responsive. You never know what you're getting when you book online, or whether the reviews you're reading are legit, but those concerns quickly disappear when you realize how responsive Ilia is. Even while on vacation, she was able to get back to us with a few minor question that we had. Overall, we loved our stay, and if we're back in the area, would stay here again!
This was our first trip to the Dominican Republic. Having used Flip Key several times in Europe and the USA I felt confident in booking this condo. The apartment and the location are perfectly represented in the add on Tripadvisor.
This place is amazing. It has a huge balcony with great furniture that allows you to stare out at the sea and fall peacefully asleep. The kitchen is well equipped and we used it daily. Each bedroom has an air conditioner as does the great room. We used the bed room air at night and left the doors and windows open for the rest of the house.
There is a small market accessible from inside the gated community. It had everything we needed except fresh fish. We never did find this however, there is an outstanding beach front restaurant next door that will sell you grilled grouper, plantains and a rum n coke for $10 USD. It is only open during the day but great people and great food. Outside the community just a few steps are several restaurants and bars. We found Citrus to be very good and had dinner there three nights.
We signed up for a couple of excursions. I found them both to be very reasonable. A highlight is a cruise to Isola island for $50 each. An all day excursion that includes snorkeling, a great barbecue lunch, visit to a shallow bay to relax, beautiful jungle like atmosphere, beaches and all you can drink rum.
Be prepared, it is very very hot away from the sea. It is the Caribbean also so if you have no Latin American experience it is not so clean as say south Florida. Punta Cana is not too bad but Santa Domingo compares only to Mumbai in my experience. Just an FYI for those who might expect the streets to be pristine.
There is high end shopping and very affordable shopping as well. I think the San Juan mall Polo and Guess stores are priced the same or less than those in the USA. There is a very high end mall adjacent to the Hard Rock / Outback restaurants. It was very expensive.
To close, the value received for this rental was outstanding. Lilia took very good care of us. She arranged safe reasonable driver for us and responded in minutes to every question we had via whatsapp. The home is very luxurious, the price is great, the beach is fantastic. I highly recommend this for a beach vacation.
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We enjoyed 10 days at this beautiful condo. Everything looked just like to pictures and the beach is incredibly close.
Ilia was easily accessible for any questions which arose and always answered back right away. Mary (the maid) was very sweet and, although she did not speak english, we were able to communicate with her without any issues. Also, the Ilia arranged for a driver for airport pickup and drop off which worked out great. We stopped at the supermarket on the way from the airport to the condo and the driver gave us his discount card for the store.
We did not rent a car and found numerous places to eat and buy foodstuffs just outside the condo complex. We went on one snorkeling excursion and they picked us up right from the condo.
Whether we were at the beach, eating out, sitting on the balcony or just watching TV, we found this vacation to be excellent and would not hesitate to recommend it to someone.
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The accommodations were wonderful, view amazing and Ilia made things so easy. Answered any questions promptly and was very helpful. Mary, the maid, arranged her schedule around us and the driver, Manual was early and great to get us to and from airport and grocery store. Highly recommend Playa Torquesa for a wonderful vacation
My family of 5 stayed at this villa in July 2016. We had a fabulous time. Location to beach and pool are amazing short walk. Security was wonderful. Felt very safe. Everyone so kind Transportation from airport was very easy and maid service top quality. I would recommend this villa for a family or group if 4 to 6. Thank you for providing us a clean and safe villa.