Best Week of Our Lives
Submitted: July 3, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
On the plane ride home from our trip to the Dominican Republic, my boyfriend and I agreed that the the time we spent at the Arboleda was the best week of our lives.
Though there is an airport only 15 miles from the Arboleda, we flew into Santo Domingo, a 2-hour car trip away. We were initially nervous about the drive, but were welcomed with a beautiful highway, and scenic views of hilltops, fields and palm trees. Arriving at the Arboleda as the sun rose was an unforgettable experience.
Our days were spent swimming in the pool, quietly reading, and making trips into town for groceries and espresso and fresh juice at a little cafe called The Social Club. We were so relaxed, that our hectic, noisy lives back in Brooklyn seemed a million miles away.
Even though it was just the two of us, the house would be perfect for a part of 8 or 10. The outdoor dining table and sunken lounge area is perfect for late night conversations and excessive glasses of wine. Every night ends with an unobstructed view of twinkling stars and a nice, sweet breeze.
Our favorite feature of the house was its outdoor design; even at the hottest part of the day, there is always a shady spot to cool off and read a book. The pool stayed perfectly cool and refreshing, a feat for such a hot climate.
We'd go every month if we could. And whatever you do, don't miss the opportunity to visit Playa Bonita, just a 10-minute car ride away. It is, hands down, the most beautiful beach we've ever been to. Whenever I feel frantic and stressed, all I have to do is think of the calm waves of that beach.
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