One of our favorite family trips!
The villa was wonderful. The staff were great. Ingrid spoke good English and went out of her way to help us in whatever we wanted. I loved having our meals prepared for us, and we tried a lot of local dishes that we hadn't tried before. The views were beautiful, and the pool was shaded in the evenings for a refreshing swim. The bedrooms were good and cool with their own AC units. The house could be a bit stuffy during the day (in June), but not bad. There was usually a good breeze out on one of the verandas. I always felt safe on our trip. All of the locals we met were very friendly. We did the Jeep tour to the waterfalls, and the kids loved it. (The youngest was 8) Be warned, though. This tour is pretty scary (at least going UP the waterfalls were), but riding the natural slides down was great! The kids wanted to do it again. We also enjoyed the snorkeling tour to Paradise Island and got a lot of great underwater photos. (Bring your own from home). My mom and aunt also came, and they enjoyed the Catamaran tour. My suggestions would be to bring a lot of US 1 dollar bills (or get 40 or more from the grocery store's Western Union. We went into town a couple of times and needed tip money several times. We went up to the top of the mountain in Puerto Plata. The views were great. I would also recommend the massage service ($30 for 1 hour on our trip), and they come to the villa. All of the tours also came directly to the villa for pickup. The beach isn't the prettiest I've seen, and my kids like beaches with waves, but it wasn't crowded. The bottom of the ocean is "rocky",too. (Bring water shoes). I liked there were trees close to the water, too (lots of shady spots to sit). There are other beaches you can go to, though (from what I understand). I would definitely recommend this villa to my friends and would love to go back. The staff kept the place spotless, the furniture was upscale, and the beds were comfortable. I talked to a lot of people on the tours, and our place was the nicest by far.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities
Helpful votes: 3/3
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