I'm writing this review while sitting on the balcony overlooking the pristine waters of the Carribean. This place, simply put, is paradise. Jorge, Ms. Lillibeth and Socrates made the entire booking, transportation & check-in process as simple as can be. The property is beyond clean and well maintained. Beds are comfy, bathrooms, kitchen and living space immaculate.
Couple of tips for the first timers coming to Juan Dolio. Best restaurants in the area are El Agave, El Meson & Pekara. El Agave is immediately across the boulevard from the condo. EXCELLENT Mexican food right down to the house-made tortillas. Enormous portions, excellent value - have a margarita, it's worth it!. El Meson is about a 5 minute walk to the left of the complex. They have excellent seafood - we enjoyed the paella mixta for two. El Meson is a bit more expensive, but worth the splurge. PLEASE go to Pekara for breakfast! This little bakery/cafe is right behind Cafe Bistro on the side street immediately in front of the condo complex. The bread here is worth the entire trip to the Dominican Republic. I think the water does magical things to the crust. Anyway, EXCELLENT value for a darned good meal - Great way to start your day. There is a small grocery store also immediately across the street; easy to get to, but limited stock. You may want to pack a few staples if you are a picky eater - or just enjoy the local restaurants.
Will be purchasing Rosetta Stone Spanish lessons so that we are better equipped to communicate next year :). The local vendors and business people are very nice; English is not widely spoken, though. No worries if you have access to Google Translate on your phones. It worked wonders for us.
The only negative we might have is that they are working on beach reclamation (which is totally fine & understandable) during the weekdays, so there is heavy machinery driving up & down the beach. Not such a hardship. It is wonderful to know that they are maintaining their precious resource.
We will be making this an annual trip. We LOVE working with Jorge and know that the property will be in perfect order next time we come. Enough typing now... the beach is calling my name!