Villa Soraya was much nicer than we anticipated as the website pictures didn't do it justice. From the moment we began the rental process until we left, Yocasty and Yamiris were extremely helpful. Our emails were answered promptly, we were treated kindly and professionally, we were helped to get familiar with the town, and then helped to get settled in. Although we didn't need much during our stay, they made themselves available to help us out.
The houses were very clean and comfortable, with everything we needed to feel at home. The housekeeper was friendly, helpful, and thorough – a real pleasure to have during our stay. The view from the house is spectacular; the surroundings so beautiful and peaceful. Eating outside on the patio was a treat, whether enjoying the gorgeous gardens and flowers during the day or gazing at the starry heavens at night. We didn't realize that there was no TV when renting the property, but didn't miss it at all. Internet service was a bit spotty at times but that was OK, too. We were there to relax and relax we did!
There is so much to do in the area. We spent an afternoon at the beach nearest the house, went on a whale watch (http://www.toursamanawithterry.com), went to Playita Beach, made the trip to Boca del Diablo (not easy to find but worth the trip), and traveled to Rincon Beach twice (since it was so beautiful and so few people there). Enjoyed 2 delicious meals at Rincon Beach (fresh grilled fish w/ Dominican rice & beans) at the little restaurant by the river, to the left when you get to Rincon Beach. Also enjoyed several typical meals from "Restaurante del Abuelo" in Las Galeras. Prices so reasonable and food so good that it didn't pay to cook! The supermarket in Las Galeras is small but had what we needed.
We were glad we rented a vehicle since the property is about 3 km from town. The road is quite rough and steep at the end, so a little car might have some trouble. Having our own transportation gave us the freedom we wanted to explore as we wished.
The people in the area were so friendly and helpful that we never felt lost or nervous. We would definitely recommend this property to our friends and hope to come back again soon. Thanks to everyone who helped us have one of the best vacations ever.