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FALCONA is our second floor apartment with a bird's eye view of the ocean. Our residence has a spacious pool area with lounge chairs and barbeque,
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Living Room and kitchen in the background.
FALCONA is our second floor apartment with a bird's eye view of the ocean.
Our residence has a spacious pool area with lounge chairs and barbeque,
Living room & dining area which seats six.
Ocean view from the dining table.
Fully equipped kitchen.
Master with a King bed and mountain view.
Master bedroom opens to the bathroom.
Second bedroom has a Queen that can come apart for two singles.
Second room with beds apart. We can add a cot to sleep a total of three children.
Pool area by day.
Pool area at sunset.
The infinity pool virtually cascading into the ocean in the distance.
Monte Placido Central Savannah.
We have lovely gardens.
Let us reserve a relaxing massage for you.
Shiva's Cave Yoga Studio on site and open to guests.
Workout area with sea view.
Stairs leading to upper cave chamber.
Inner chamber, quiet and cool for meditation.
Amazing rock formations.
Monte Placido on a hill above the sea
Drive up to our hilltop residence
Rental vehicles on site or our guests.
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Villa -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Las Terrenas, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

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rachcCali
cali
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Review of Villa”
Reviewed 13 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012

This place is not as advertised. Our room did not look like the pictures. Our room looked like grandma's house that was never updated - not a beautiful resort in the hidden in the hills. The pool pictures are taken from a very good angle, it does not look like the pictures in person.

There is no air conditioning in the Villa which is a must in a tropical climate. Our room did not have a TV. There is nothing to do on the property and you must drive to get any form of entertainment.

There were a huge number of bugs in our room which we did not experience in any of our other accommodation in DR. It wasn't because we left our screen door open, there were ants and dead bugs all over the shower.

The driveway to the property is absolutely impossible to drive up without four wheel drive if there is any rain. One night when we came back around 10pm, we tried to get up the driveway but our SUV skidded backwards down the hill. Don heard us but nobody came down to help us. We are in good shape so walking up the hill wasn't too hard for us. If you don't hike or exercise regularly, it will be a challenge. Plus the ground is wet, there are no lights and no railings along the side of the cliff.

There is absolutely no signage to the property. Since it's in a remote location above a slum, it's hard to find. You need to arrive before it gets dark.

Over all the quality is more backpackers then resort. Some people will love it some people will hate it.

On the plus side, the owner is friendly, the outside of the buildings are attractive, the landscape is beautiful and the view from the property is good. The owner's house is amazing.... Dinner was waiting in the fridge when we arrived. Along with wine, rum and coke. There is a water dispenser in the room.

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Liked best: Landscape
Liked least: Villa
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
People with pets
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Management Response
12 May 2012
We please ask our future guests to consider objectively all seventeen 4.5 and 5.0 reviews presently on Homeway and on Tripadvisor http://www.flipkey.com/las-terrenas-villa-rentals/p307974/ and http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/reviews/p272152 . Also please visit our web site http://monteplacido.com and judge for yourselves. No photo tricks, the Studio with antiques and the pool are shown as they really are, the property description, the services and the amenities are clearly listed. And yes, we are on a mountain top away from it all and close to a quaint and typical, clean Dominican village. When our guests choose MONTE PLACIDO this is exactly what they are looking for. We take pride in living in harmony with the Dominicans that have welcomed us to their beautiful tropical paradise. (sorry but not always bug free)
We are quiet astounded by our first bad review. Especially from guests who never spent any time with us . The guests arrived mid afternoon and did have trouble getting up our hill at that time, they voiced no other complaint nor made any other remarks. My husband and I traveled to Santo Domingo the same day and upon returning the following afternoon we discovered they had never moved in. They had immediately checked into a Boutique Hotel on the beach. Later, we refunded their deposit even though we were not obligated to do so. As they mentioned.. we were friendly, there were no hard feelings and so we were surprised by their comments.
We systematically present to all our future guests all possible information to prepare their venue, have a nice time and relax. We welcome constructive and realistic criticism that helps us offer quality service commensurate with our pricing policy and our environment. Please come and join us on top of our little mountain top geatway.
Sincerely
Diana and Don
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New York City
Reviewed 7 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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person found this review helpful

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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway
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SebErin
Gatineau, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Stunning view & incredibly relaxing!”
Reviewed 23 February 2012 for a stay in December 2011

This property is absolutely beautiful! As soon as we arrived, we left our worries behind. The view! The gorgeous gardens! A photographer and birder's dream watching the vultures circle close to the balcony. The infinity pool overlooks the ocean. The ocean is a few km's away by vehicle, which is no problem if you are looking for more than a lay-on-the-beach-and-get-drunk-vacation.
The apartment was spacious and comfortable. If you are looking for an alternative to the all-inclusive vacation, this apartment is for you. A nice space for a small family with children. We love to cook our own meals when on vacation, and this kitchen was perfectly equipped. A BBQ outside made wonderful lobster that a local fisherman brought to the owner to sell. You will need a vehicle to tour the area. Don (owner) arranged to have an ATV ready for us, which was very helpful. However, the tires were very bald, and it was NOT a 4X4, which made it for a very slippery ride on the steep hill to the property. I cannot stress how slippery this hill is after rain...even walking down (which i did a lot of!) was very hard! Don did arrange for a replacement ATV, however we discovered it was only the tires that were replaced with ones that were slightly less bald.
On our arrival, We were welcomed with some eggs, bread and other snacks in the apartment, which was much appreciated since we hadn't gone to the supermarket. However, we were told it would be a fruit basket...unfortunately the basket contained no fruit.

A tip we would like to offer- include some "staples" in the kitchen...ex. Salt & pepper.
We also hired a woman to cook a couple of authentic Dominican dishes for us- and we were not disappointed! Delicious food! We would recommend (ask Don).

We had a wonderful vacation. Thank you to Don and Diana for your hospitality, tips on things to do, and prompt assistance with whatever we needed. We are excited to see photos of the new yoga studio (was being built while we were there)!

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Liked best: The view from the Falcona balcony
Liked least: The hill to get to the property...specifically how slippery it was on the bald tires of our ATV
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Chicago
Reviewed 19 February 2012 for a stay in January 2012

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A romantic getaway Older travelers
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vcmm
Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Price, Beautiful View”
Reviewed 5 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011
1
person found this review helpful

Positives:
1) Beautiful view
2) Don and Diana couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. They are two special people ready to help in any way that they can: They let us use their vehicle for going up/down hill. They allowed us to use their cook to help us prepare dinner. They were answered all questions that we had (tours, shopping, etc.). Don even made arrangements for a cab to take my fiance to the airport at 3:30am and placed the order for a fisherman to deliver fresh seafood (fish and lobster) to us. Also, he, personally, made the marinade for the fish, so that it was ready to cook when we arrived back from our tour.
3) Nice pool and new cave for yoga
4) Great location: Fast travel to the most beautiful beaches of Las Terranas (the less crowded ones to the east), Las Galeras (beautiful drive) and the toll road leading to Santo Domingo.
5) Internet access
6) The price is most reasonable. We stayed several days for the same price that it would have cost to stay in a resort for one night.
7) Free membership to the Las Terranas Sailing Club (free use of kayaks and very reasonable prices to rent sailboats)
No dislikes.
Considerations:
1) Maid service did not come every day. (I think this was due to the New Year's holiday and we didn't ask since we felt Don and Diana had already been more than accommodating.)
2) The driveway to Monte Placido requires a 4WD vehicle. (Because we did not have one, Don allowed us to use his and keep our van parked at the bottom of the hill. This worked out extremely well.)

Overall, Monte Placido was perfect for my family. The view is spectacular and Don and Diana's hospitality made our stay extra special. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for privacy and an escape to the over-populated resorts.

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Liked best: Great price, Great view, Incredible hospitality
Liked least: The driveway (steep, winding hill)
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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