Where do I start? My family, including a 12-year-old girl and 87-year-old grandmother, arrived after midnight on a Saturday, and Alfonso and the housekeeper, Angela, met us to give us a tour despite the late hour. The villa is breathtaking at night and was like stepping into paradise after a long trip! That set the tone for the rest of the week, which was perfect.
The pictures of the villa do not really convey how big and beautiful it is. It was truly like having our own private resort. All three bedrooms are enormous and have their own, enormous bathrooms with enormous walk-in showers. Everything is made of stone, so it's like being in a castle. The bedrooms connect to the most beautiful covered outdoor living area I've ever seen - plush sofas everywhere, with seating for probably 50. On the other side of the outdoor living area is the kitchen and Angela's space. The kitchen is very nice, but we didn't use it much because Angela was so awesome (see below). There is another, separate building that's a large game and TV room..
The grounds are amazing - huge beautiful spotless pool, private tennis court (with lights!), half basketball court, still more lounge seating, and stunning landscaping.
Angela was the most gracious housekeeper. Not only did she take care of the bedrooms but she cooked meals for us as well (we bought the food). She was available to answer any questions and even accompanied me to the grocery store the first time when I couldn't find it on my own.
Alfonso was a terrific host. He answered all our questions and was extremely responsive leading up to the trip. After meeting us the first night, he checked in to make sure we were settled, and arranged for a tour operator to come to the house and book activities for us. I can't think of anything more a host could possibly do!
The house is very easy to find. It's located next to Manati Park, just off the primary north-south highway north of Punta Cana (Boulevard Turisitico del Este). The villa is inside a small gated community next to an industrial area, so you hear some construction sounds during the day at times, but it was in no way a problem.
There are tons of things to do nearby, and driving around was easy. Thank you Alfonso and Angela!