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“Perfect Winter Escape to Paradise!”
Villa from Pool
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10 reviews
Villa from Pool
View from Terrace
Garden Pool Porch
Right Living
Left Living
Kitchen
Upper Landing
Upper Landing Towards Stairs
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom Terrace
2nd Bedroom Towards Terrace
2nd Bedroom Towards En Suite Bathroom
Downstairs 3rd Bedroom
Porch Dining Table
From Pool Night
Private Driveway
Private Driveway and Villa Entrance
Garden Road to Beach
Playa Laguna Beach Right
Escondido Bay Gate
Villa on Google map
Adjacent Children's Water Playground
Aerial View of Sosua beach
Sosua Beach
Cabarete Beach
Cabarete Beach - Night
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Villa -
3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Cabarete, Puerto Plata Province, Dominican Republic

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Little_Wh...
New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect Winter Escape to Paradise!”
Reviewed 17 February 2013 for a stay in January 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Booked this villa on more or less on a whim to escape the cold of the Northeast and boy, did we luck out!

The villa and its surroundings were even better than expected. The arrival was smooth and Daniel turned out to be an excellent host - oriented us and gave us a ton of tips on what to do, when and where. The Wi-fi - very important for me - was there and with a strong signal. All ACs and appliances worked; there is even a washing machine, very convenient! The pool guy came on a regular basis to keep the beautiful pool in shape for us. The housekeeper did an outstanding job every single day and even cooked breakfast for us, which was not part of her duties - we were happy to leave a big tip for excellent service.

The villa is in a very secure gated community with access to its own beach that is literally 2 minutes away - clean blue warm water, and it was almost always deserted, no annoying crowds (for crowds, water sports, bars, restaurants and general liveliness go to Cabarete or Sosua, both within minutes of driving). Even though it is surrounded by other villas, it is situated in such a way as to offer us total privacy, including in the garden/around the pool.

The villa itself is rather large and would have easily fit two more couples comfortably. After tiny city apartments it was nice to be in a place that gives you a sense of freedom and spaciousness. We really enjoyed the tasteful decorations and the comfort. The master bedroom is a dream with a large terrace overlooking the pool to have breakfast or relax, and there is a spacious terrace on the ground floor where we had our dinners and drinks when not going out.

Overall, our stay was magic and we would have happily stayed another week! Will definitely return and recommend to friends!

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Liked best: Size, cleanliness, service, location!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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suzylondo...
London
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A pleasant location but rather too much hassle involved...”
Reviewed 1 February 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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Unfortunatley Daniel was indisposed when we stayed here for 2 weeks and judging by the other reviews this might have made a difference. Renting a private villa in this kind of location does require some kind of local help. The maid ( who did not always show up) was clearly not happy at being burdened with this - and incidentally if we had not spoken Spanish that would have been problematic. There were two lengthy power outages in the first two days - I had anticipated that and asked for candles/torches when we arrived but that was met with a shrug. Eventually on the third day arrangements were made to deliver a generator. Similarly the plumbing leaves something to be desired - it is not possible to have the water on in ground floor bathrooms without using an external pump that makes a horrible shrieking noise. The gas oven is also pretty lethal - it is very difficult to light - the maid had difficulties when she was demonstrating it. The second time we used it my dress caught on fire from it - so we stopped using it.
The most irritating thing was the recommendation for so-called 'Savings Car Rental' . It is vital to have a car in this location and Daniel told us that he had arranged for the owner to meet us at the airport and then to show us to the villa. The owner was not there - but her rather unpleasant side kick who insisted on charging us more than had been agreed, and then demanding we pay him a tip. Within 7 km the car overheated and broke down. It was repaired and broke again the next day. After some aggravation it was replaced by a much smaller car - useless for a family of 5. The owner told us that it was impossible to get a large car over the Christmas period as they were all pre-booked. (We had booked months earlier) Eventually after various phone calls Daniel intervened from afar and and within a couple of days we got a car that would fit us all - but it was not an idea way to spend the pre-Christmas period. By the second week things had settled down and we managed to have a more relaxing stay - the villa has lovely antique furnishings and the master bedroom in particular is delightful.
Given that we were rather marooned to start with it might have been useful if there was a list of nearby recommendations - restaurants/ supermarkets. Two tips if you do stay here. My children had Spanish lessons at the Casa Goethe in Sosua which was an excellent place. And we were very impressed with the tours organised by the Eco company Iguana Mama based in Cabarete.

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Liked best: Antique furnishings and master bedroom with terrace
Liked least: Erratic plumbing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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iparks81
Roatan, Honduras
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Incredible place to stay”
Reviewed 23 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013

I joined my friend and stayed a week in this Villa. Location is perfect between Sosua and Cabarete. Located in a gated neighborhood with armed guards at gate, and at entrance to driveway. its a two minute walk to a semi-private beach. The three times I went there I was the only one on the entire beach. The rooms are nice and big. Theresa the maid does a great job keeping the place perfectly clean. The power went out about 3 times during my stay, but it really wasn't any sort of hassle. From what I've heard power outages are pretty common. The owner offered to get a generator if we thought it was necessary.
there was a pool man who came by frequently to keep the pool in good order.
I would definitely come back!

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Liked best: size, cleanliness, security
Liked least: clothes dryer.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ztaylor96...
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Outstanding Vacation Rental”
Reviewed 22 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013

The house was better than I hoped for. In a gated community with 24 hour security so you never have to worry about your belongings. The property looks even better than the pictures! Only minutes from Sosua and a short ride to Cabarete. Daniel was an excellent host. Arranging pick up from the airport and checking to make sure all was going well several times. Teresa was incredibly nice and did an amazing job keeping the house clean and cared for. Edwin helped us get around and showed us different places in town. For a great rental only minutes from the action yet secluded enough for privacy this is the place!

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Liked best: The large sitting area by the pool. great to drink coffee by and listen to the waves from the nearby beach.
Liked least: wi-fi signal was weak outside but it worked fine in the house
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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jbergquis...
Athabasca, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“What a GREAT house”
Reviewed 23 February 2011 for a stay in February 2011
1
person found this review helpful

What a beautiful house to enjoy a vacation in. Daniel was a wonderful host, the beach was quite, and the pool was very refreshing. The waves at the beach were really rough. Not so great for young children to swim in, but great fun for teenagers and adults. All in all we had a great time.

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Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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