April 2013 Visit
Submitted: May 20, 2013
Stayed: April 2013
Our family spent a week in April at Villa Mashek, and after our great experience we plan to spend more time there in the future. This is a beautiful house that is intelligently designed for the tropics. We were one family, but the place is perfectly suited for two families; the split wings on either side of the pool ensure privacy. The place is well kept, clean and spacious, and the kitchen large and well equipped. The pool is great, the 180 view is amazing at any time of day. The outdoor living room is large and comfy with cross ventilation- no need to be enclosed in this climate. For those who freak out at lizards or frogs (and the occasional mosquito)- you really shouldn't be traveling anywhere except an all inclusive resort anyway. The caretakers are wonderful people- to really get to know them some Spanish would be nice, but they will understand you. Bienvenida is a good cook, and Rafael her husband is the resident security/handyman. The best beach in Samana, Playa Coson, is a hike down the hill, about 15-20 minutes by foot, okay for those in relatively good shape, but tired kids will be unhappy on the way back up the hill. I would strongly suggest having a Quad or small car (check "SixT" car rental at El Catey Airport) for this place, as it is fun to go into Las Terrenas for restos/groceries/shopping/dancing, and this place is a bit far for regular motoconcho rides. We are reluctant to recommend this place too highly, as we want to guarantee our own spot in the future, but there we go. Really, just a wonderful place.
Families with Teenagers,
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