From the beginning this vacation was relaxing (once I sorted through all of the housing listings!) Reservations were easily made online, and The owner Jose was so friendly, timely and responsive to inquiries about the housekeeper/cook's ability to accommodate allergies, and about activities in the area. Jose registered us as his guests so we could use CDC amenities, and helped us get owners/local rates on golf carts, and a driver to pick us up from the airport. In fact, Jose met us at the airport as well. He then stayed with us through the whole process of registering us at CDc, taking us to the villa and walking us through, and then to rent the golf carts and even went the lengths to take us into La Romana to "Jumbo" (like a Walmart/supermarket) and helping us shop for groceries (my mother in law wanted to cook but doesn't know any spanish).
The villa is tastefully decorated, and well kept by Sandra, the housekeeper. There were a few glitches -- when we arrived, neither of the two jacuzzis would get hot, a woodpecker managed to get in and start pecking at the beams in the living room, and being unable to open the room safe to get my passports. But all of these were managed nicely by Sandra so that they didn't interrupt our vacation, and without injury to the woodpecker! After multiple visits by the pool people, the main jacuzzi was working, unfortunately the private jacuzzi by the master bathroom never got hot. I would maybe take a half a star off for this, but it's not worth dropping to four stars.
The central location makes it easy to get to the restaurants and grocery store at the marina, the restaurants and view at the Altos de Chavon, the beach, and the main hotel -- fitness center (12$pp/day), 2large pools, pool bar, restaurants, and spa.
My mother in law is picky about food, so was intending to cook, because she wasn't sure that she would like the food made by the housekeeper. Even she was impressed, and eventually learned to relax on this vacation. For the first few days, Sandra did an "Iron Chef" type thing, and made food based on what groceries we had purchased. Occasionally supplementing it with items she herself brought ! Later, we gave her money and she bought groceries to make traditional Dominican food. So much better than many of the restaurants, cheaper, and bountiful! She only speaks spanish.
Great vacation. Highly recommended!