I have travelled all over the Carribbean and to two other villas in Las Terrenas, and this one really blew me away. Usually you have to pay through the nose to be right on the beach (double what this villa cost), or be far away from the beach. But here you have the best of all worlds: so close to the beach, safe and secure, privacy at the villa thanks to a lovely tropical garden, and a house that is functional, tasteful, and huge. The pictures don’t even come close to doing it justice (recommendation to owner: update your pictures!) We had 3 families staying comfortably. The service is top notch and the owner’s manager helped us arrange everything we needed ahead of time: car rental, activities, and so on. The hotel next door is a real plus. There were hardly any guests there, so it felt like we owned the place. The bartenders became our friends, and we spent many hours in their huge pool and beach chairs sipping coconuts cut from the trees. This is a truly unique villa with such nice service touches – for instance, most villas in the area make you buy your own bottled water, which is very cheap but a hassle to get. At this villa, they had 10 bottles on hand, and they were magically resupplied when we used the last of them.
Oh, and the beach. THE BEACH! It stretches in a gentle curve, lined with palm trees and with mountains in background. There are so few people, and the waves are gentle and safe for the kids (ages between 4 and 10). I really can’t say enough about this beach. Truly amazing. We also learned to surf at the “surf school” (really just two guys with a shack and some boards) at the nearby Restaurant Luis, which is also highly recommended.
Las Terrenas town is close by, but not too close. We went in to town a few times for dinner and shopping, but mostly we hired chefs to cook dinner at the house, which is highly recommended. Also recommended: buying fish right on the beach in town from the local fishermen. The only criticism I have is that the air conditioning required some switch to be set, so we had to ask the housekeeper to do something before it worked. I would suggest that they make sure the switch is on before the guests arrive. But this is a small thing. Overall, we had the best vacation ever, and we will definitely be back.
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