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Villa El Secreto - Charming Private Villa Steps from Las Ballenas Beach.

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Main House, Bungalow, Pool
Pool and Bungalow from Main House

Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
2 nights minimum 
vr.accommodationType.40.short_171f
Villa El Secreto is located just outside the village of Las Terrenas in the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic considered by locals and visitors alike as one of the prettiest and still unspoiled parts of the country. Situated in a quiet residential neighborhood, the villa is totally private and set in 700 sq meters of tropical gardens, coconut trees, and exuberant vegetation. The nearest beach, Las Ballenas, is one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the area and is only 125 meters from the villa. Still within short walking distance are restaurants, bars, discos, and other conveniences. The main house features two bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a large kitchen and living room opening to the pool area. The bungalow is separated from the main house by the pool, and it of...Villa El Secreto is located just outside the village of Las Terrenas in the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic considered by locals and visitors alike as one of the prettiest and still unspoiled parts of the country. Situated in a quiet residential neighborhood, the villa is totally private and set in 700 sq meters of tropical gardens, coconut trees, and exuberant vegetation. The nearest beach, Las Ballenas, is one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the area and is only 125 meters from the villa. Still within short walking distance are restaurants, bars, discos, and other conveniences. The main house features two bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a large kitchen and living room opening to the pool area. The bungalow is separated from the main house by the pool, and it offers one bedroom with its own kitchenette, bathroom, and seating area. The villa is perfect for families or couples looking to share accommodations but wishing to keep their privacy. Dream the day away at the beach or by the pool; take a day trip to Los Haitises National Park or El Limon waterfall. Other activities, day trips, and excursions can be booked with local travel agencies or explored on your own. At the end of the day, walk for dinner to one of the many restaurants in town or stay by the pool and have a drink and barbeque in your own little corner of paradise. PLEASE READ BELOW DISCLAIMERS IN THEIR ENTIRETY BEFORE BOOKING. COVID-19 - The property is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after every stay. The villa and the pool are completely private, and the property is fully fenced. We also provide cleaning supplies for our guests to use during their stay. YOU MUST BE OVER 25 TO RENT THIS PROPERTY. REGARDLESS OF LENGTH, SHORT-TERM RENTAL CONTRACT, ACCEPTANCE OF HOUSE RULES, SECURITY DEPOSIT OF USD 350.00, AND COPY OF ID ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL STAYS EITHER BOOKED DIRECTLY OR THROUGH AGENCY (NO EXCEPTIONS). **ELECTRICITY IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL FEE AND MUST BE PAID IN CASH BEFORE CHECK-OUT. ** RESIDENTIAL, VERY QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD. STRICTLY SIX PEOPLE CAPACITY AT ALL TIMES, MAXIMUM OF TWO VEHICLES ALLOWED. NO BAFFLES OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF SOUND AMPLIFIER ALLOWED. NO PARTIES, NO EVENTS, NO LOUD MUSIC OR NOISE AT ANY TIME. QUIET HOURS ARE 9:00 PM TO 7:00 AM INCLUDING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS. WEEKLY/NIGHTLY RATES DO NOT APPLY TO MAJOR HOLIDAYS, PLEASE WRITE FOR EXACT QUOTES. Weekly rates are available for Christmas, New Year's, and Easter weeks. Discounts are offered for retirees on long-term stays. *Maid service provided for stays OF A WEEK or more. We are proud to be a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
**Guest responsible for the rental must be over 25 years of age. A short-term rental contract, security deposit of $400.00, copy of ID, and acceptance of house rules are required for all stays. The villa is in a residential neighborhood with residents year around, capacity is strictly for six people. No parties or events are allowed. No loud music at any time. Quiet hours are daily 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. including weekends and holidays. ** Electricity NOT included in the rental fee
Bedrooms
2 Kings2 Singles
Bathrooms
2 Full baths

Meet the host
Nora Betancourt - Jose Morales B
Hosting since March 2013
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsWe take pride in providing consistent service and value to our guests and go the extra mile to make you feel at home. We personally manage every reservation from inquiry to check out and are available 24/7. Because we visit often and are always in touch with our staff and local friends, we can help with suggestions for outdoor activities, tours, places to eat and visit, and reservations for transportation and local services. Our place has become the background for many happy memories for our guests, and it reflects on the many positive reviews throughout the years. Looking forward to having you at Villa El Secreto.

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Reviews (12)
nicolas p
nicolas p
Gateway, CO6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very comfortable place
We stayed there at the end of April for the weekend and it was a very comfortable place, we enjoyed the privacy and the amazing pool, it was warm and great to swim, the mornings over there are stunning, we cant wait to come back, thank you very much Nora for being always very attentive and for giving us the pitcher for our cocktail upon departure, i still owe you the cocktail recipe LOL, will send it shortly.
Visited April 2023
Written 9 May 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Angela N
Angela N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Ms
We had a great time at this villa. Walking distance to the beach and some restaurants. Safe and confortable. Having the pool for the evenings was a big plus. The garden is beautiful with lots of hummingbirds and flowers.
Visited January 2021
Written 8 January 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Thanks for staying with us Angela. Come back to visit soon!
Written 14 January 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Shannon H
Shannon H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great time at the villa
My family of 6 stayed at Nora’s villa and we had a great time. Everything is as described in the description. You are three mins walk from one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve visited. Her attendant kelvin was amazing and always on call. Would definitely recommend this home to anyone! The electricity for the week is an extra cost, very nominal, $65 for our 8 day stay.
Visited December 2018
Written 19 January 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Thank you for staying with us!
Written 30 January 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Arvin I
Arvin I
Boston, MA2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect Location
The villa is in a perfect location. I stayed for 2 nights and I was walking distance from the beach and the action. It is a good place to relax by the pool . Also great price :)
Visited April 2018
Written 30 April 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Thanks for staying with us Arvin. We appreciate great guests like you!
Written 2 May 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GlobeTrotting767683
GlobeTrotting767683
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful, Relaxing, Hideaway!
This was our first time visiting Las Terrenas and I must say my wife and I could not have picked a better place to stay! Villa El Secreto is cozy, clean and spacious. The rooms are nicely decorated; the beds have fresh linens and for those traveling with family, there is a detached guesthouse. A beautiful garden surrounds the outdoor deck and private pool providing a nice tranquil atmosphere. The villa is walking distance to the gorgeous beaches and various restaurants. We hope to return soon, and would definitely recommend Villa El Secreto!
Visited April 2018
Written 18 April 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Thank you for staying with us. Great to hear from you, and YES, come back to visit us soon.
Written 19 April 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Passenger759386
Passenger759386
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Estadía feliz!
Excelente lugar para disfrutar unas vacaciones en familia. La villa es muy linda y acogedora. Tiene todo lo que puedes necesitar. El trato recibido por parte de Bibi y José es muy cordial, lo mismo de quien nos recibió en la casa. La recomiendo totalmente!
Visited March 2018
Written 17 April 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Gracias por visitarnos; nos alegra que hayan disfrutado de la villa como su casa y esperamos que vuelvan a quedarse con nosotros.
Written 19 April 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Weekendgypsies
Weekendgypsies
Wilmington, NC12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Location is everything
We really enjoyed our stay at El Secreto in Las Terrenas. The location is easy walking to the most perfect and beautiful beach spot for families. The house suited our needs with the guest house and pool. It’s quiet, safe and secure with a locked gated entrance. The garden is very beautiful and well maintained. Being our first time in Las Terrenas we had a lot of trouble locating El Secreto. Specific directions with landmarks should be included in the house manual. We drove around lost for 2 hours then was able to get the owner on the phone for step by step directions. Then we were nicely greeted by the owner’s local property manager Kelvin. We were only staying for 3 nights and I misunderstood that breakfast is only included on weekly bookings, which was a bummer after a long day of travel with two kids. Power goes out quite a bit, and they charge each renter for usage, so be careful how much power you use and bring a flashlight. I would recommend this property to renters because of the walking distance to the beach and the beautiful pool. Thanks!
Visited March 2018
Written 3 April 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Thank you for taking the time to review us. From now on, we will include directions on our house guide too. We hope you come back to visit us, and thanks again for staying with us!
Written 10 April 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Martine A
Martine A
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Superbe emplacement
Super emplacement nous avons bien apprécié la piscine. ..aménagement paysager etc... merci à Kelvin charmant jeune homme en charge de notre accueil et de l'entretien. Nous avons par contre eues quelques déceptions. Quant aux manques de consignes concernant la gestions des déchets ménager ,manques de linges de maisons basiques ( simples linges à vaisselles) certe pas un drame !!! Mais à un groupe de 6 personnes. ... 2 serviettes à vaisselles pour 14 jours c'est pas assez! Et ... non pour ne pouvoir se servir des toilettes afin de disposer le papier hygiénique comme il se doit. ...pénible et quand on est un groupe de 6 personnes. ... bref j épargne ici tout autre commentaire. Mise à part ces quelques bémols je vous recommande cette villa . Ps prévoir prudence et souliers anti dérapant pour marcher sur la terrasse : ma belle maman a fait une vilaine chute lors de ses derniers jours de vacances avec comme résultat une épaule disloquée et déchirements de ligaments. .. elle devra subir une intervention chirurgicale au Québec dans les prochains jours. . Triste fin de vacances pour elle alors soyer très prudents. Mes commentaires doivent sembler un brin négatifs mais ceux ci ne peuvent qu'être utiles ... El secreto est une villa des plus charmante. Assez bien équipée très bien située. . Et malgré ces quelques commentaires qui peuvent sembler négatifs. ... la beauté des lieux., l'emplacement l'emporte sur le reste.
Visited January 2018
Written 3 February 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Thank you for your comments; we apologize if something is missing in the translation as we are using a web based translator. We wish your stepmother a prompt recovery, and appreciate your taking the time to give us feedback. We take our guests comments very seriously and rely on them to improve our service. Our guest house guide outlines the fact we have a septic system, management of household waste, schedule of cleaning and linen service and other house information; the guide is in our web page, but also send a few dates before guests arrive. We also are in touch with long term stay guests on a weekly basis and are always happy to comply with requests for additional items when they are made. Thanks again for your positive comments and feedback.
Written 4 February 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joakim666
Joakim666
Stockholm, Sweden4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastiskt!
Ett riktigt drömboende nära stranden och med egen privat pool. Kan verkligen rekommendera detta boende och ägaren var väldigt trevlig och hjälpsam. Åker jag tillbaks till Las Terrenas kommer jag absolut hyra denna charmiga villa igen.
Visited January 2016 Travelled with friends
Written 15 November 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Thank you for taking the time to review Villa El Secreto. Happy to hear you and your family enjoyed our home and Las Terrenas!
Written 16 December 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

pleasurehound
pleasurehound
New York City, NY10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place, great owner, great location
I concur with the positive reviews here. This secure, comfortable, well-located rental was perfect for our family of four plus two friends. The owner went out of her way to accommodate my special-needs son, and the property manager was very helpful to us. Las Terrenas is a fascinating mix of beautiful beaches and cultural cross-currents--particularly when it comes to cuisine. We greatly enjoyed our stay.
Visited March 2016
Written 27 June 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Villa El Secreto - Las Terrenas
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Villa El Secreto. We are always striving to provide our guests with the best experience possible, and it is very satisfying to hear that you and your family enjoyed our home and Las Terrenas.
Written 28 June 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Nearby
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Services
  • Housekeeping included
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
Indoor amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Internet access
Entertainment
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
  • City getaway
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
Outdoor amenities
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Patio
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private yard
Property features
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Staff on property
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Parking
  • Secure parking available

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Map
Getting there
Samaná El Catey International
20.5 km
Restaurants
El Dieciocho Las Terrenas
14 min

Empanadas y Más
8 min

Al Pasito
14 min

Restaurante Plaza Delfin
8 min
Attractions
Playa Las Ballenas
4 minBeaches

El Mosquito Art Bar
12 minBars & Clubs

Babylon Disco
14 minBars & Clubs

Uvero Alto Beach
9 minBeaches
About the neighbourhood
Villa El Secreto is located in a quiet residential neighborhood just outside the village of Las Terrenas in the Samana Peninsula of the Dominican Republic; considered by locals and visitors alike as one of the prettiest and still unspoiled parts of the country. The villa is set in 700 sq meters of tropical gardens, coconut trees, and exuberant vegetation and only 125 meters from Las Ballenas, one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the area. Still within walking distance are restaurants, bars, and other conveniences. The property is secluded, totally private, and fully fenced.
Getting around
There are several options to get around Las Terrenas: **We can arrange for private drivers to transport you to and from any of the international airports. **A car is not needed in town but recommended to go to and from tourist attractions, supermarkets and other conveniences. **Motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) as well as rentals of quads are available locally.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
If you are coming from Santo Domingo we recommend taking Boulevard Atlantico to Las Terrenas. It is a well kept highway with roadside assistance and beautiful ocean views. Happy to provide directions from other cities and towns.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableHorse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
** Short-term rental contract, signed acceptance of house rules, current ID, and USD$400.00 security deposit are required for all stays either booked directly or through an agency. These are not TripAdvisor's but our own contract and rules. ** Weekly/nightly rates DO NOT apply to major holidays, please write or call for exact quotes. ** Electricity NOT included in the rental fee ** NO parties, loud music, or events - quiet hours are from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. including weekends and holidays. ** Discounts are available for senior citizens, retirees, and long-term stays. ** Additional cleaning, cooking, and babysitting services can be arranged for a fee. We can also provide information on car rentals, four wheels rentals, tours, and local attractions.

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