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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 
Villa
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 (16)
Wilhelm_Man
Wilhelm_Man
El Paso, TX75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful comfortable Villa, great location, great owners to work with
We stayed at this lovely Villa for 2 days in April 2016. 2 adults 3 girls. We had an incredible time at this place we wish we had stayed more time. This place is very cozy, and it has everything you need for a Comfortable stay.The place is a bit removed from the town and the beach if you don't have transportation. You can get to and from the villa via a residential dirt road that has not lighting at night. So I think transportation is a must. The driveway and gate to the property is very narrow (Picture attached) our small car was ok. Anything larger might pose a problem. The good: Completely private property far from bars and roads. The private pool is large, clean, and lots of fun. The rooms and bedding are clean and comfortable The bathroom clean and roomy (could use a little more lighting) The kitchen well stocked, coffee maker, microwave, fridge, a 5 gallon bottle of drinking water, plenty of dishes and utensils. The entire area and property feels safe and relaxing No noise from bars, neighbors or cars TV with cable and plenty of channels WIFI that works in the whole property. Not the fastest but enough to make wifi calls on our cell phone and do basic browsing etc. Kelvin the property manager was extremely friendly, courteous, and attentive. The not so good or improvements: The tap water has a foul smell and taste. It was strong enough that we could not use it even to brush our teeth. It is well described by the owners in the property add and it is due to the well water being used. I don't think there is anything the owners can do about this. They do have plenty of purified water to use for drinking and cooking. This, however, will not discourage us from staying again. The taste of the water was also present on the pool water. But this is not only on this property, we stated in another place in the are that had similar issues with tap water and pool. There are bugs, this is a very remote area of the DR with a lot of vegetation. There are bugs. You can tell they take care of fumigating the interior and perimeter of the house, but there are still some mosquitoes, spiders, centipedes, ants and lots more. Please take repellent. We took our own bed netting and we slept very comfortable zero bites inside the house. We did get one or two while outside. The last item is the check out time is at 10:00 am. There was somebody scheduled to go in the same day we left and Kelvin asked us if he could start cleaning up at 8am. I was not too trilled about that and I understand they have to clean it up for the next guests but they started cleaning the outside first and were as quiet as they could to allow us to sleep in a little late. Still a later check out time would be nice. Overall, we are very very very satisfied with our stay. The owners were phenomenal, great communicators. The deposit was returned on time and I fully recommend them for anyone that plans to stay at this location. I hope our travels brings us to this part of the world again so we could plan for another stay at this villa. Thank you guys for a great stay.
Visited April 2016
Written 13 May 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 very much for choosing Villa El Secreto for your stay! We are glad that your family enjoyed our home. We are treating the water with chlorine nowadays which has taken care of most of the smell of the water which tends to be stronger on dry season. We have changed our check-out time to 11:00 to allow guests for a later departure :). Thanks again and we hope you come back to see us soon.
Written 23 May 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Claudie C
Claudie C
Blainville, Canada3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Parfait pour un séjour en famille
Très beau séjour de deux semaine. La villa est bien très bien située. À quelques minutes à pied d'une belle plage tranquille avec un petit récif de corail parfait pour faire de l'apnée avec les enfants. Quelques beaux petits restos accessibles à distance de marche (vingtaine de minutes). Seulement prévoir une lampe de poche pour le retour. Plusieurs activités à faire aux alentours. Nous avons particulièrement aimé les sorties quads avec Fernandito de Indrinatours !!! La maison ainsi que le bungalow séparé était vraiment géniaux pour nos vacances en famille élargie. Grand-parents, parents et 1 ado. Et que dire de la piscine. Vraiment merveilleux pour se rafraîchir au retour d'une activité ou seulement pour déguster un petit verre au retour de la plage. Au plaisir d'y retourner bientôt.
Visited July 2015 Travelled with family
Written 9 November 2015. 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
Merci de prendre le temps d'�crire � propos de nous. Nous sommes heureux que vous et votre famille a aim� la villa!!
Written 14 December 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

zenmaestro
zenmaestro
Denver, CO3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
recommended vacation spot and responsive owner
pros: * great location. * short walk to the beach * easy walk to town for all kinds shopping * super responsive and friendly owner and local property manager * clean and highly functional home * kitchen is well stocked with utensils, dishes and pots -though could use sharper kitchen knives * air condition in bedrooms * working wifi -successfully streamed netflix movies to tv * swimming pool * great outdoor patio/deck * beautiful yard * quiet and seemingly safe neighborhood * great beach * secured parking -compact cars only, i mean that. don't rent/bring a big car. our little nissan sentra was challenging enough. * hot showers. * water dispenser for 5 gallon bottles cons: * white paint in pool rubs off when touched and stains skin. requiring soap and water to remove. so, we avoided the pool. thankfully beach is close and way more fun. * several power outages means no running water * mosquitoes -the nature of tropical rainforests comments: we spent a week here and enduring several power outages. during power outage, water stops running. buy plenty of water. the five gallon bottle is very inexpensive to refill. make sure to bring the 5 gallon bottle in the house to the supermarket and receive a deposit otherwise it will cost more than five times the cost. bring flashlight for night walks to town and for power outages -perhaps even bring LED lantern for outages. plenty of candles in the house. for walks to town, it may make sense to bring a personal light flasher -like the ones on bicycles. road's mostly unlit, narrow and motorcycles and cars often drive faster than seems sensible. buy citronella from supermarket for mosquitoes. lots of mosquitoes. if you wants something less toxic than the typical mosquitoes body repellents -like the brand "deep woods off", consider bringing your own mosquito repellent. overall, great spot to relax. perhaps, the most relaxing vacation that i've spent anywhere. i'd definitely stay here again. thank you, bibi.
Visited June 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written 2 July 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

WootforWanderlust
WootforWanderlust
Denver, CO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely, safe and FANTASTIC location!
Gracias Bibi and El Secreto! I was contemplating between 2 different properties and I feel very blessed to have ended up at El Secreto! Everything is as described and it looks just like the pictures (only better). Location, location, location!! The location of this place is great. It is a very short walk to what I thought was the best place to hang/swim on the beach. It is nice walking distance into town and a shorter distance to various restaurants/bars. If you don't want to walk, there was always a local there ready to offer their scooter taxi services...and i highly recommend taking at least one trip this way...highly entertaining...and a bit scary. We prepared our own food almost every meal and the kitchen had everything we needed (well, almost everything...no wine opener). The bbq works and is a nice addition. The air conditioner keeps the place cool. I'm not one to normally use air conditioning...yet it was a nice luxury at night. The beds (and pillows) were comfortable and I slept great. The paint from the pool got on our skin and made it white. I informed Bibi of this and she responded immediately letting me know that someone will be taking a look at this. It washed off and she handled it well. I didn't care much, as i prefer the ocean anyway. Las Terrenas and El Secreto were the perfect location for a very relaxing vacation on the beach. THANKS!!
Visited June 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written 19 June 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your experience at Villa El Secreto. We are always happy to hear our guests enjoy the villa, amenities and location. We hope you come back and stay with us again. :)
Written 26 June 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Darryl Biro -:- Beaumont Alberta
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely Charming
Traveled to Villa El Secreto for our anniversary and fell in love with it. The property far exceeded our expectations. The deck and pool area with the surrounding gardens is the highlight. We are usually beach people but the pool was just so relaxing we spent most of our time there. The house was very clean and comfortable. Security was also excellent. We felt very safe the entire time we were there no matter where we were (on the property,on the beach, in town or walking home in the late evening. The house is very well lit at night and is located in a beautiful residential area. We tended to walk almost everywhere as that is what we enjoy doing but there are plenty of modes of transportation available. We went with the intention of cooking some dinners for ourselves but the restaurants are so good and inexpensive that we tried a different one every night. We only ate breakfast at the villa. Check out the Baronda restaurant in the Hotel aliesi just down the street from the villa. Service was excellent and the food terrific. Travel Tip: take along a small flashlight if you plan on walking home in the evening. The streets are fairly well lit but there are a few areas that are dark. Also there were a couple of short power outages and a flashlight came in very handy. Also, don't bother booking a transfer from El Catey airport. There is always a cab waiting and its cheaper than a transfer. Same for a return. Just tell the cabbie to turn left just past the Hotel Colibri and go about 250 metres. You cant miss it. Thank you Bibi and Jose for helping to make this a wonderful holiday. We will definitely be back!
Visited April 2014
Written 23 April 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Claesgustavsson
Claesgustavsson
Oslo, Norway6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect!
One of the best vacations we ever had. The villa is absolutely wonderful!(It's bigger than it looks on the pictures) The pool is perfect for the kids, and adults. But most of all we loved Las Terrenas with all the beaches and superb restaurants. The owner was more than helpful with all the questions we had before and during our stay! (Thank you Bibi!)
Visited December 2013
Written 7 January 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you for writing about your stay at Villa El Secreto. We make every effort to offer our guests the best value and service. We hope you return to visit us some time soon. Bibi & Jose
Written 6 January 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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

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