Villa Jacques can be your love nest for 2 or a vacation home for a blended family. Large terrace, private swimming pool, private garden, 3 mins. to a beautiful, quiet sand beach, located in a lush tropical gated community with day/night security, only minutes from the village.
Can be rented with one, two or three bedrooms. Couples welcome.
Las Terrenas: A vibrant little town, Las Terrenas exudes Dominican joy of life. Coffee shops, hair salons, spa, salsa dancing school, supermarket. Lovely restaurants on the beach.
Los Nòmadas: Amenities : neighbor restaurant and condo complex offers free use of its amenities (fitness center, restaurant and bar, pool, beach club) to residents and guests of Los Nomadas.
Food can also be ordered from the restaurant. Free delivery.
Airports: El Catey/Samanà International Airport (AZS) is 25 min away. Weekly flights direct from Toronto on weekends. (Westjet/Air Canada) Pickup can be arranged.
Santo Domingo Airport (SDQ) is 1.30 hrs away. Direct flights from NYC, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, etc. New, safe, scenic highway.
Puerto Plata Airport is 4 hrs away. We do not recommend driving at night on secondary highways, so please choose morning flights.
We stayed at Villa Jacques for 2 weeks, & it was just perfect for us. If you want hustle & bustle, better go somewhere else, as this is the place for total relaxation. All we heard was the bird calls & the gentle breeze sounds in the palms. It's good to bring a tablet or laptop for wi-fi connection to the outside world (if you want that), or a cell phone with a sim card. A working rental car is a must, to get into nearby Las Terrenas for grocery shopping, but be prepared for the worst drivers ever, especially on motoconchos. Jacques Villa is like a sanctuary, an oasis for stressed out minds that need to get away to recharge. The villa is well equipped with everything we needed, & Jacques & Eric & their efficient staff provide immediate response if anything is needed. We can't speak highly enough about how helpful & attentive Jacques was to our every need.
We don't recommend the Sixt car rental company. The first car we rented had electrical problems, & it took us 3 days to get a replacement, but thank God for Jacques' & Eric's help in advocating for us in Spanish.
Our favorite restaurant was called "The Beach", & Luis' s (within walking distance along the beach) had good food too, under their funky little beach palapas. Sublime Samana, also on the beach & within walking distance, also had good food, & offers great massages too. English is spoken at both "The Beach" restaurant & Sublime Samana, which was good for us, as our Spanish is very limited. Jacques also speaks excellent English.
The beach is fabulous - calm, sandy, & shallow a long way out -excellent for swimming - & most days we were the only people on the beach. The security guards are very friendly & we felt totally safe here.
Some of the other posts mentioned a mosquito problem, but we didn't find them a problem. All in all, this is a great villa, a bargain for the price, & we would definitely recommend this spot to others. We loved all the flowers, & being able to watch the hummingbirds, woodpeckers, palm chats, mockingbirds, swallows, banana quits, & several others we couldn't identify. We want to return here again! Thanks Jacques for sharing your piece of paradise with us.
Sharon & Jim Floyd,
The House was perfect. Had everything we needed.I grew up in Venezuela so venturing past the gates was not an issue for me.
If you are not accustomed to the nuances in poverty stricken Latin America then you best stay in St.Barths. Or do not go past the gates.
Las Terrenas is a chaotic little town. The restaurants are expensive with not such great food. Mi Corazon (restaurant) is off the hook but charges Hamptons prices (where we currently live) We had a fine time, but we are not going back.
The house was perfect and the beaches near the house were great. There is no need to leave the house as there is a hotel next door that has the beach chairs you need,a bar and a decent restaurant.
My husband and I recently stayed at Villa Jaques and had an amazing time. The pictures dont do it justice. It was absolutely beautiful. Jaques was not there, but his very friendly assistant Aurelie was there to greet us.The privacy of this villa was great, in fact better that the other villas in the neighborhood. Having the pool to ourselves was amazing. A total lurury. We enjoyed it every single day. I had to remind myself and my husband how lucky we were to be in such a paradise. There was even a passion fruit tree in the yard. Heaven. Also, the beach (a 2 min walk away) was the most beautiful of all the beaches we visited in the area. The least wavy, the least windy, no rocks, and the least amount of people. There were days where we were the only ones on the beach. We did'nt mind. The people in the area were very friendly and helpful.
There are lots of little shops, markets and restaurants in town. We had rented a car at SDQ airport and were able to drive around the area. Also saw some motorcycle and all terrain vehicle rental places in town. You will need to rent some form of transportation since most things are not in walking distance. Found a great little German place minutes from the villa, Almercado Lounge. Mini-market on the bottom floor and a great little restaurant ontop.
We had visited the Dominican one time before, but had stayed at a resort. We were not really sure what to expect at Los Nomadas. But we were pleasantly surprised. It was the best of both worlds. We had our privacy at our own pool and at the beach, but were also able to meet people and have a great time at beach front restaurants. Another place to go is 'One Love' on playa (beach) popy, I believe. Great drinks right on the beach, Canadien owners Terry and Rachel were super friendly and helpful.
A couple things we might do differnt next time, 1) fly into El Catey. Jet Blue is going to start flying into there. 2) DONT miss the exit to Samana. We did when driving from SDQ, took us about an hour out of our way. 3) I believe the bugs are immune to bug spray, so take some cortizone or anti-itch creme with you.
Would we go back, yes, in a heartbeat. Grat place. Great time. Cant wait to go back.
I agree with all the reviews that the house was comfortable, modern and with all the amenities one comes to appreciate from Jacques, who was there to greet us and available for phone when we had questions. you start to enjoy the seclusion as you turn off the modern roads and enjoy a tree-covered approach and friendly gate-keepers.
the alcantara-covered outdoor sofa became our favorite lounging/napping spot. the kitchen had everything we needed. all top notch.
las terennas sports a nice grocery store with a nice selection. be sure to try a restaurant along the Las Terrenas beachfront if you go all the way through town.
modern electronics including wifi for all of us iPhone internet addicts, but we just had to unplug and go to...
the beach: more palms than we've every seen, wonderful off-white sand, choice of spots with light waves to body-surf or total calm and crystal water a few minutes down the beach. what a wonderful and uncrowded inlet. picture perfect!
the whale watching tours in Samana are about 80 mins away along wonderfully paved roads.
We decided to returne to Villa Jacques and we are so happy we did. The house was even better this year with all the different improvements Jaques had compleeted. The house cleaning was another great addition as well as the Wifi....
Truly a fantastic house as well as the destination..... we are already thinking we will returne again next winter. Also it was great to finally meet Jacques and we all went out to dinner and had a marvelous evening. A very nice gentleman.
Look forward to see you again very soon
1. Payment: I was nervous about wiring the payment via Paypal as this is not really how we do it in the US. I was worried about fraud, etc. Jacques was there when we arrived and got us settled. No worries. He also made me feel ok about this before I left.
2. Los Nomados neighborhood: This is the BEST area in LT. I was nervous that first night as I wasn't sure but this is THE safest place! Locals will agree. There are 24 hour security guards that roam the community. We all felt very safe. We locked the house at night and when we left as we would anywhere.
2. House: It's just as stated and WONDERFUL! A 2 minute walk to the beach down a lush beautiful pathway. The main house has one bedroom and the other has two separate units that even though are in the same building do not join. I wasn't expecting this as we have two children age 7 and 10 that I wanted in the same house with us. No worries. We moved the two twin mattresses into the main house for our stay. This would be perfect for three couples or families with older children though. The open air set up of the house is awesome. Just make sure to wear bug spray and keep the bedroom doors closed during the day and night. There is A.C. in the master bedroom though in February you don't need it really. The house stays nice and cool and there is usually a nice breeze.
Kitchen: We were pleasantly surprised to find everything we could possibly need even an array of spices, etc. in case we forgot something at the store. Maids come once a week and do a great job. Gardner comes also, usually when you're out enjoying the beach. Speaking of that….
3. Beach: Spectacular! We've been to beaches all over the world and this is truly one of the best overall beaches. Ok. The water is a nice clear green blue. (Not that turquoise blue water like in Punta Cana) but the vista with all the palm trees and mountains in the distance is INCREDIBLE! There are VERY few people here. The MAJOR bonus is the hotel that is literally right there on the Los Nomados beach that offer you their lounge chairs and pool. It has a full bar and restaurant so you can sit pool or beachside and relax. This is key. We will be back!!
Beach paradise, great dining and nightlife in the village, genuine Dominican atmosphere, laid-back ambiance.
Other Activities: Salsa dancing