|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
An affordable Caribbean vacation does exist! If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday-- somewhere slightly off the beaten path-- while staying at a comfortable family-friendly vacation villa with private pool and with attentive maid/ housekeeping/ chef service, look no further. Affordable luxury does exist. Villa Vista Del Mar is a spacious 6 BR, 7.5 bath vacation villa. A short walk takes you to a lovely Caribbean beach protected by a reef so that the surf is gentle, ideal for swimming. No worries about rip tides, undertow or strong currents. Sandy beaches are dotted with Palm and Sea Grape trees to provide plenty of sun and shade.
This comfortable vacation villa has 7700 sq. ft. of useable space: 4300 sq. ft. of interior living space and a 3400 sq. ft sun terrace surrounding a 34 foot private pool. Multiple porches & balconies including ensure everyone can spread out to find their own space. A first floor master bedroom makes it convenient fro elderly guests to relax. You may find it difficult to pull yourself away from floating in the pool while sipping a pina colada, or from taking a nap in the hammock. You can chill out on the massage table as the masseuse takes over. Expansive yards and gardens allow privacy from neighboring homes.
If you prefer a more active vacation there are abundant tours, adventures, golf, casinos & restaurants. Visit Ocean World Dolphin Park where you can swim with dolphins, sharks and sea lions; or try your luck at Ocean World Casino where you can dine in a 5 star restaurant and watch Las Vegas style shows... all just a 10 minute walk from our beach home. Explore historic Puerto Plata, 4 miles away. Or venture off on Jeep Safaris, Catamaran trips, White water rafting, scuba diving, snorkeling and much more.
Sample the menus at dozens of local restaurants…. You will fine everything from Dominican specialties such as langostino, conch and chivo or the usual favorites such as Filet Mignon, Chicken and Pork dishes, to kid friendly hamburgers, tacos and pizza. There are countless adventures and activities for you to discover-- all from the comfort of our beach villa in Playa Cofresi...
While at the villa you will be pampered by dedicated long term staff. The full time housekeeper, Mercy, will cook and serve your meals, snacks and drinks and then whisk away the dirty dishes. She will keep the villa tidy and tend to your laundry. All you do is RELAX. When there are 6 or more guests, additional maids assist to ensure all guests- moms included- enjoy a truly carefree vacation. In fact many females cry when it is time to leave because they cannot take Mercy home with them
Julio, our full-time personal houseman, keeps the gardens, pool, and home in pristine condition. He owns a large van to provide airport meeting service for our guests. And because he is our private full time houseman he can be hired to errands such as providing an initial food package set up or going food shopping during your vacation.
And 'just in case' we have a full time manager available 24 hours a day to address your needs. If you need anything, the staff is there to help.
A local Cofresi tour operator provides advice and booking services for a wide variety of tours and activities: everything from horseback riding to jeep safaris, catamaran trips, scuba diving, white water rafting, swimming with dolphins, go kart racing, mini golf, spa services, golf tennis, and much more.
Playa Cofresi is ideally located for all types of vacationers... Stay in our lovely cove and enjoy the local amenities, or use it as a base to explore the many interesting sights along the North Coast. Whether you are looking to just float in the pool, nap in the hammock and relax or want to go out and experience life to the fullest Villa Vista del Mar caters to everyone.
You'll find the Dominicans are well-deserving of their reputation for friendliness and hospitality; they go out of their way to make you feel welcome in their country. It doesn't matter if you don't speak Spanish. Many Dominicans now speak and understand a good deal of English, especially in the tourist areas. But you will also quickly find that a smile or kind gesture will open many doors for. Guests have always managed and enjoyed the experience of being exposed to the culture of this beautiful country and its people.
So if you have an adventurous heart and truly enjoy being a part of the country you're visiting, come to Villa Vista del Mar at Playa Cofresi. Break away from the cookie cutter confines of an all inclusive and become imerged in the local culture. Be prepared to relax while the staff takes over the mundane responsibilities. Enjoy life as you fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up with the songbirds.
Keywords: Luxury Vacation at Affordable Price,
Fully Staffed Oceanside Vacation Villa, Comfortable Private Family Style Vacation Home with Pool
My husband and I grew up vacationing at beaches. We are beach bums. I spent my summers at the New Jersey shore and my husband at the beaches of Cape Cod MA. Although we may debate which is the better place in the States (NJ shore or Cape Cod), one thing we both agree on is that Playa Cofresi, Dominican Republic is the most relaxing and most unique place to vacation. Whether we are looking for simple quiet relaxation floating pool or dozing in the hammock, looking to swim & snorkel at local beaches, or want to venture off on more exciting adventures in the countryside there are always plenty of options. Of course having an attentive maid serving non-stop drinks and food is a big plus!
Our 3 children have grown up at Cofresi and think of it as their 2nd home. They benefitted from the “fun aspects”; the privileges of having a staffed Caribbean vacation home. But they have also had the opportunity to experience a different culture, to observe how people from other countries live and to understand that there are many different ways to enjoy life despite economic status. This educational aspect has been priceless.
In 2006, Donald Smith (Cindy's father) passed away and the property & rental management transferred to Cindy. In memory of Don's passion for his beloved Cofresi home, for his devotion to his Dominican family, and for his love of this colorful country we will continue to cultivate his dream. We hope you will stay at our beautiful family home so that you can share our enthusiasm for this wonderful vacation destination.
Cindy & John Charters purchased this villa in 1982
Villa Vista del Mar at Playa Cofresi has been our family's second home since 1982. We first traveled to this secluded unspoiled area back in the days when there were few tourists, supermarkets did not exist in town, horse-drawn carts were a common sight, and cows wandered about on our dirt roads.
This all began when Lenore and Donald Smith, Cindy's parents, went on a business trip to the Dominican Republic in 1981 and visited the North Coast where they were told they would find some of the Caribbean's prettiest beaches. They became enchanted with Playa Cofresi and on the 'spur of the moment' decided to buy property.
The original house was built in 1982 when there were just a handful of homes in this pastoral ocean-side community. When they retired in 1995, they spent more time in Cofesi made major additions & and improvements to the villa to provide more spacious accommodations for their extended family.
The property continues to grow and change with the needs of our family and guests.
If you are looking for a relaxing, comfortable and affordable vacation... maybe something slightly off the beaten path you have come to right place. Villa Vista del Mar was built for comfort, fun and safety; and with expansive yards on all sides you will not feel the intrusion of neighboring homes.
We have been in the hospitality business for over 30 years and have tried to think of everything to make your vacation run as smoothly and as carefree as possible. Our experienced extensive full time staff will pamper you to no end, but will also retreat to their quarters to allow you to have privacy. The maids will attend to all cooking, serving, cleaning and laundry starting in the morning with made-to-order breakfast and freshly squeezed orange juice. Throughout the day they will 'twist your arm' asking you if you'd like another pina colada while you are floating in the pool. Your most difficult decisions will be to decide what to eat and when to eat... The pampering does not end until they leave for the day... Or until your vacation ends
Our full time houseman is available for airport transfer service, to run errands, to go food shopping and more. We have a manager available 24/ 7 for those “just in case” scenarios, and a local tour operator who will come to the house to help you with the multitude of activities, tours and adventures. You will be well taken care of by the many people who have become our 2nd family. There is a detailed Villa Orientation Book, Suggested Meal Planning Guide, Local Restaurant recommendations, Descriptions of Tours & Activities and more.
When you arrive at the villa all you have to do is unpack and relax. Slow down. Go with the flow. Listen to the waves and songbirds. Admire the panoramic ocean and mountain views. Life is different, more relaxed. You will become quickly acclimated to the phrase 'no problema'. Hopefully you will enjoy every moment at your own private Caribbean home away from home.
We had a great time. The staff was great- just like everyone said on your guest comments.
The Villa was perfectly equipped.
We had very good time and will definitely recommend it to friends!
We are a group of eight master gardeners who take an annual trip together. This year we chose Vista Del Mar and we couldn't have chosen a more beautiful luxurious home away from home. The villa is truly paradise, the scenery stunning and the people warm and friendly. As promised, Julio was waiting at the airport to deliver us and Mercy and Nelsida had drinks and snacks waiting for our arrival. We absolutely fell in love with the villa and the staff. They were so accommodating and quick to fill our every need. From full fabulous breakfasts on the patio to lobster dinners in the evening; to pina coladas, rum punch, margaritas and cerveza by the pool. The meals were delicious and the weather was sunny and warm.
Gus was a wonderful tour agent. We went horseback riding on the beach (a must), waterfall sliding on the jeep safari, cable car riding to the top of Mount Isabella, to the rum factory and the Amber museum and a day trip to Santo Domingo. We also spent a day at Sosua Beach- a gorgeous expanse of aqua blue water with wonderful snorkeling. Nelsida and Indio even took us to downtown Puerto Plata to celebrate Carnival on Sunday afternoon and then out to dance the Maringue at the Rancho Tapico. What fun!
We "adopted" Pablo, the sweet night guard and took him coffee in the morning and shared our dinner with him each night.
You will find the Dominican people truly appreciate Americans and do everything to help us feel welcome in their country. There are not enough words to express how much we loved the week we spent with the staff. We all cried when we had to leave them. It felt like we were leaving family and will truly miss them. We hope to see them again in the future and to revisit the villa. If you are thinking about vacationing there, don't think twice! You won't regret it. Cindy was exceptionally nice and communicated everything perfectly, making for a perfect vacation.
Thank you Cindy, Julio, Mercy, Nelsida and Pablo!
We visited this villa in Puerto Plata from March 25 until March 29 this past week. It was FABULOUS. There were 13 of us celebrating my Mother's 80th birthday and every one of us had an extraordinary amount of space in this gorgeous, spotless home. There is plenty of sun and shade for everyone and the house can accommodate any age. Mercy, Ingrid and Julio took such good care of us that we could not possibly "want" for a thing. The food was amazing and it just kept coming. Each breakfast, lunch and dinner was a surprise (Julio offered to show us but we didn't want to know) and Mercy is the best cook out there. The food, drinks, everything were so amazing, we were all stuffed to the gills after each meal. There are things to walk to very nearby, but the home was so lovely we just did not want to leave. Amazingly, there are air conditioning units in every single bedroom so you can remain cool at night and sleep like a top. There is WiFi so you don't have to miss out on posting to FB or to Twitter so everyone knows what a fabulous time you are having! The owner of this home is unbelievably accommodating, understanding and just wants to share this lovely experience with you. She sent us beautiful documents which outlined every single thing about the place. I printed a bunch and passed them out so people could read up on them before the trip. For example, the home has both 220 and 110 voltage so you don't need your converters. Many of the paintings in the home were painted by the owners Mother and you can just feel the love and coziness, even though the house is so big. Julio was so accommodating. We all came in from the airport together, but needed a separate trip to pick up a family member. Julio always got us everywhere we needed to be on time. He is just wonderful. The entire family is warm and gracious. There is a safe for valuables and a security guard who stays around the place all night. We hired a local photographer to come to the house for a family portrait. This was a wise decision because the pictures turned out gorgeous. I cannot thank this owner and her staff enough for these unbelievable memories that we all have. I will definitely want to return! We all loved it, especially the birthday girl!
What a fabulous time our family had at Villa Vista Del Mar. This was the first time staying in a villa - we typically do an all-inclusive resort - and we LOVED it. The villa is gorgeous, the pool is wonderful, the outdoor areas are incredible. My wife and I took 4 out of six children plus our son-in-law and one grandchild (6 months). Since this was our first time with a villa and staff, we weren't completely sure how we were going to feel about it. It took about 2 hours before we all realized, "this is heaven." Julio, Mercy, and Ingrid made everything so relaxing and comfortable. The meals were tremendous, and the service exquisite. We felt so close to all of them.
The location of this villa was perfect for us. Just a couple minutes from the beach and a couple minutes more to Ocean World. The beach is a very natural setting - exactly what we wanted on this trip. I especially enjoyed the way the lush green grass grew right up to the edge of the beach in a park-like setting. It was a real treat. Truth is, though, that we spent most of our time lounging around by the pool and enjoying another Pina Colada delivered by Ingrid with a beautiful smile.
One of the highlights for us, too, was the massages on the upper decks. We arranged for "couples" - two at a time - and 6 of us had absolutely delightful full-hour massages. We honestly considered setting it up to do again another day... just not enough days in the week.
Everyone agreed this was one of the best vacations we've had. We're already working on dates for next year. And next time we hope to have the other two children and three grandchildren. What great memories for the family.
Oh, I almost forgot. Cindy was awesome. I'm absolutely certain we drove her nuts as we prepared for our trip. We had so many questions and considerations. She was always responsive and helpful and went well above and beyond in making sure we felt comfortable as the time for our visit drew near. Her energy in our preparation had a significant impact on our experience. Thanks Cindy!
I don't even know where to begin. We booked Villa Del Mar for a 5 day vacation. The house was absolutely gorgeous. There were 8 of us total and we felt fight at home. The villa is so spacious that we didn't even use all of the rooms. I can not say enough wonderful things about the staff. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed with huge friendly smiles and made to feel completely comfortable. Julio was there for whatever we needed and was eager to ensure we were well taken care of. Merci, the chef, is nothing short of extraordinary. You can really tell she puts her heart into her food. Every meal was perfect and timely. Engrid was so attentive to ensuring we were comfortable. They even washed our clothes!! A private tour guide cam to visit us to inform us of all activities in the area allowing us to schedule them right then and their. We did a 3 hour 12 waterfall adventure, ziplining, horseback riding, massages etc.. I recommend this villa 150%. The owner is very professional and answered any and all questions leading up to our vacation very timely. We really enjoyed ourselves and are already planning on returning again.
5 of us girls booked this villa for a ten day vacation. I had only seen photos and read the reviews however there are times that photos are not actual.
This villa is nicer than the photos. The house staff is more than amazing. Julio, Mercy and Ingrid made our stay fabulous. They are a family which made the entire stay feel very much family oriented. They cook, clean, pamper us with no shortcuts.
So many of my friends want to go to this villa so if you are thinking about booking, you best do it as the calendar fills up quickly.
The rooms are big with most having an en suite. We had massages right at the house along with manicures, pedicures, hair braids etc. You never have to leave the villa:)
I would definitely go back even if it was only two of us, the rental price is so reasonable and the house staff and villa are worth more than a million bucks.
We picked this place as our honeymoon. Julio and Mercy were amazing! The weather was beautiful every single day, and the house was just a palace! Extremely clean, air conditioned, and very nice rooms to relax in.
Julio picked us up and brought us back to the airport and his English is excellent!
Cindy was amazing to work with and had all of our meals prepared ahead of time. All we had to do is just sit by the pool and sip on our drinks! It was simply amazing! Definitely paradise!
Our charming seaside community is home to Ocean World, the Caribbean's largest and newest interactive marine aquatic park where you swim with dolphins, snorkel in a huge salt water aquarium, watch sea lions perform or enjoy a wide variety of other activities, A Casino, oceanside restaurant, disco, entertainment clubhouse with Las Vegas style shows and marina with dive shop is also open
If you desire a more active vacation, talk to the local tour operator about abundant adventures. Choose from a horseback ride into the mountains, a jeep safari to amazing waterfalls, a catamaran snorkeling trip along the ocean, try white water rafting, ride a cable car up the mountain, take the kids to a go cart park, play tennis and much more, There is a Robert Trent Jones golf course and additional casinos about 6 miles away.
Detailed Orientation Books at the Villa provide additional information on Meal Planning, Restaurant Guides, Activities & Tours
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May 1 2015 - Dec 14 2015
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest|
Dec 15 2015 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest|
May 1 2016 - Dec 14 2016
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $36 per night, per additional guest|
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