We were looking for a place to stay during a friend’s wedding at Dreams and did not want to stay at a resort. We were also bringing our parents as it was my wife’s parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. This was just what our family needed. We were looking for something different that was a bit more natural and not so fancy like the resorts are. My wife enjoyed the freedom to just walk downstairs without feeling like she needed to be “made-up” to go to the “resort restaurant or bar” for coffee, drink or a meal. This feeling transcended to the beach where it wasn’t full of people looking to see and be seen. We basically had our own private beach for the week.
I would highly recommend asking the owner to hire a cook (Nilda) for you for a slight extra charge. She will help you get groceries and fix authentic Dominican cuisine for you. This made the trip extremely relaxing. Waking up to the sound of waves, a free range rooster and the smell of fresh coffee/breakfast cooking is not something easily experienced anywhere else. We felt extremely pampered and she was a wonderful person. The caretaker of the property (Santiago) is also a very nice man and one of his sons is usually on the beach in the small white store on the right next to the Zoetry resort.
For you fishermen out there, I was able to fish directly from shore using lures on spinning tackle with mixed results. I would recommend bait if you want to do this. I was also able to walk to the lagoon and use my fly rod but the only way to get a good fish doing that in the lagoon would be to rent a kayak or small boat. The shoreline is not accessible for the biggest part of the lagoon.
We rented a car for the week and had no problems driving to get groceries, driving to Dreams for the wedding, taking a trip to Higuey to see the basilica, going out to the Hard Rock casino one night, etc.
We had some trouble with the WiFi hotspot that is at the house but the resort next door (Zoetry) has open WiFi so we were able to get connected while lying in the beach chairs, real hardship there <g>. The only thing that would make the house perfect would be hot water. This was really not as big an issue as it might sound as we took showers after being on the hot beach all day and it was refreshing. Morning showers would be an issue; If you are that inflexible, you probably don’t belong in the Dominican Republic at all much less this house.