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EL SECRETO-CHARMING, PRIVATE VILLA WALKING DISTANCE TO LAS BALLENAS BEACH & TOWN

Jose Morales-Bibi Betancourt

Advertiser since: 2011
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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Jose Morales-Bibi Betancourt

Advertiser since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
December 23, 2014
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EL SECRETO-CHARMING, PRIVATE VILLA WALKING DISTANCE TO LAS BALLENAS BEACH & TOWN

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Las Terrenas Villa Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 6-3 bedrooms-2 full bathrooms-2 kitchens, swimming pool, close to beach

Villa El Secreto is located just outside the village of Las Terrenas in the Samana Peninsula of Dominican Republic; considered by locals and visitors alike as one of the prettiest and still unspoiled parts of the country.

Situated in a quiet neighborhood, the villa is totally private and set in 700 sq meters of tropical gardens, coconut trees and exuberant vegetation. The nearest beach, Las Ballenas, one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the area is only 125 meters from the home. Still within short walking distance is “Pueblo de los Pescadores;” the center of night life in town and where most restaurants, bars, discos and other conveniences are located.

The main house features two bedrooms, a full bathroom and large kitchen and living room opening to the pool area. The bungalow separated from the main house by the pool, offers one bedroom with its own kitchen, bathroom and seating area. The villa is perfect for families, friends or couples looking to share accommodations but wishing to keep their privacy.

We welcome you with breakfast items for your first morning* at the villa and maid service and gardener are included with your rental.

Dream the day away at the beach or by the pool; take a day trip to Los Haitises National Park or El Limon waterfall. Other activities, day trips and excursions can be booked with local travel agencies or explored on your own. At the end of the day, walk for dinner to one of the many restaurants in town or stay, have a drink and grill your own in our little corner of paradise. We are proud to be a Certified Wildlife Habitat

* On stays of a week or more

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Jose Morales-Bibi Betancourt (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2011
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 23, 2014

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 16 traveler reviews

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El Secreto-charming, private villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach & town
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
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El Secreto-charming, private villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach & town
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Las Terrenas Dominican Republic North Coast
5

Best vacation ever!!

  • 5 of 5
I love the place, the town, the pool. it was great!!! my family had a great time!!
  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed the villa. Come back to visit us soon, the garden shower should be ready :)
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El Secreto-charming, private villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach & town
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Las Terrenas Dominican Republic North Coast
4

Very quiet villa in las Terrenas

  • 4 of 5
We spent a week at the Villa El Secreto in august, the villa is quiet and it was really a good week of holidays. The house is situated at about 5 walking minutes from the marvellous Beach of Las Balenas. You will need a car or a quad because it´s quite far from the Town of Las Terrenas, especially when coming back at night. The main villa is comfortable, well furnished and the kitchen is well equiped for cooking.
The bungalow is also quiet and the bedroom comfortable.
The bathroom in the main villa is more lovely and convenient than the bungalow´s one.
The garden (lots of tropical flowers and trees) & the swimming pool are really very lovely.
The villa and bungalow were clean, but the swimming pool was not very clean when we arrived on saturday. It has been cleaned on the following tuesday, only once a week instead of twice.
The gas bottles for the kitchen and BBQ haven ´t been checked before arrival so that we cannot use the BBQ before tuesday.
Unfortunately there are a lot of mosquitoes in the property, especially in the main house, less in the bungalow.
The water from the well does not smell very good, but the owner advised us as we contract together.
Some tips about the Town of Las Terrenas, Arena Tours organizes very interesting visits of the Haitises. And you can eat very goog fishes and beef " Chez Sandro".
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Francoise, thanks for staying with us and taking the time to give us feedback. We very much appreciate it as it allows us to continuously work in improving our property.
Apologies for not finding the pool sparkling clean, the person who usually does the cleaning did not go and a replacement was not send that day. You might have noticed only one cleaning because the pool gets cleaned on Tuesdays and Saturday and your stay was of five days.
We take note of the gas for the BBQ, although it seems the issue was not gas but the ignition which might get moist with humidity.
Mosquitoes are inevitably part of the "Caribbean experience" and although we fumigate the villa and surroundings often, they are always present. Having the lights on in the rooms at night with opened doors also "invites" them in. We always recommend our guests to bring plenty of repellent and purchase some citronella sticks at the local supermarket for the outdoors.
Lastly, dry season is a challenge with the well, other times is not an issue, but we are considering switching to municipal water although not having to be subjected to water delivery or cuts does have advantages especially in such a hot climate. Thanks again, and we hope you return to visit us.
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denver co
5

super spot to relax. responsive owner.

  • 5 of 5
pros:

* great location.
* short walk to the beach
* easy walk to town for all kinds shopping
* super responsive and friendly owner and local property manager
* clean and highly functional home
* kitchen is well stocked with utensils, dishes and pots -though could use sharper kitchen knives
* air condition in bedrooms
* working wifi -successfully streamed netflix movies to tv
* swimming pool
* great outdoor patio/deck
* beautiful yard
* quiet and seemingly safe neighborhood
* great beach
* secured parking -compact cars only, i mean that. don't rent/bring a big car. our little nissan sentra was challenging enough.
* hot showers.
* water dispenser for 5 gallon bottles


cons:

* white paint in pool rubs off when touched and stains skin. requiring soap and water to remove. so, we avoided the pool. thankfully beach is close and way more fun.
* several power outages means no running water
* mosquitoes -the nature of tropical rainforests


comments:
we spent a week here and enduring several power outages. during power outage, water stops running. buy plenty of water. the five gallon bottle is very inexpensive to refill. make sure to bring the 5 gallon bottle in the house to the supermarket and receive a deposit otherwise it will cost more than five times the cost.

bring flashlight for night walks to town and for power outages -perhaps even bring LED lantern for outages. plenty of candles in the house. for walks to town, it may make sense to bring a personal light flasher -like the ones on bicycles. road's mostly unlit, narrow and motorcycles and cars often drive faster than seems sensible. buy citronella from supermarket for mosquitoes. lots of mosquitoes. if you wants something less toxic than the typical mosquitoes body repellents -like the brand "deep woods off", consider bringing your own mosquito repellent.

overall, great spot to relax. perhaps, the most relaxing vacation that i've spent anywhere. i'd definitely stay here again. thank you.
  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write about us. We are glad that you enjoyed the villa and are very appreciative of your comments and feedback. I sent a note to Jeni in reference to the pool as we cannot figure out what might have happened but definitely keeping an eye on it. Best, BB & Jose
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Las Terrenas Dominican Republic North Coast
Denver, CO
5

Great Location, Safe, Comfy, and Clean!

  • 5 of 5
Gracias Bibi and El Secreto! I was contemplating between 2 different properties and I feel very blessed to have ended up at El Secreto! Everything is as described and it looks just like the pictures (only better).

Location, location, location!! The location of this place is great. It is a very short walk to what I thought was the best place to hang/swim on the beach. It is nice walking distance into town and a shorter distance to various restaurants/bars. If you don't want to walk, there was always a local there ready to offer their scooter taxi services...and i highly recommend taking at least one trip this way...highly entertaining...and a bit scary.

We prepared our own food almost every meal and the kitchen had everything we needed (well, almost everything...no wine opener). The bbq works and is a nice addition.

The air conditioner keeps the place cool. I'm not one to normally use air conditioning...yet it was a nice luxury at night. The beds (and pillows) were comfortable and I slept great.

The paint from the pool got on our skin and made it white. I informed Bibi of this and she responded immediately letting me know that someone will be taking a look at this. It washed off and she handled it well. I didn't care much, as i prefer the ocean anyway.

Las Terrenas and El Secreto were the perfect location for a very relaxing vacation on the beach.
  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeni & company for staying with us. We are always glad to hear that our guests enjoy the villa and Las Terrenas. We did send the pool person to check it right away although still do not know what might have happened with the paint.
business
El Secreto-charming, private villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach & town
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p379978
+1 -9175783474
Las Terrenas Dominican Republic North Coast
5

2nd visit was even better (if that's possible)!

2nd visit was even better (if that's possible)!
  • 5 of 5
I came to Villa El Secreto for the first time for Thanksgiving in 2012 and had such an incredible experience that I brought a new set of friends back to it with me in 2014. It was even better than last time, if that's possible. Wifi used to be spotty (it's an island, it happens) but it was solid this time. The house was immaculate, Elizabeth (the property manager) was so sweet, and Bibi and Jose' were, once again, a dream to work with.

They really go out of their way to communicate with you and make you feel welcome, cared for, and listened to. They help you think of all the details before you arrive to make sure the villa is comfortable and feels like it's all yours. It's SO close to the beach and a ton of things to do and it has fantastic amenities like an incredible shower and air conditioning in all the bedrooms.

If you're thinking about planning a trip, this is DEFINITELY a spectacular place to stay.
  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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El Secreto-charming, private villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach & town
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+1 -9175783474
Las Terrenas Dominican Republic North Coast
5

Paradise FOUND!!!

  • 5 of 5
I searched for days online to find just the right property for our friends and us to rest and relax together, and enjoy each other's company. Two of us couples are from the US, and one couple has lived in the DR for 3 years. We stayed near Samana last year, but wanted to be closer to the good beaches this year. As soon as we arrived at El Secreto I was being "high-fived" and patted on the back for finding such a wonderful, clean, pretty, peaceful retreat - and very close to the beaches. When we left 5 days later there were more high-fives and back-pats. Everyone of the six of us enjoyed our stay at the Villa and bungalow immensely. We cooked and ate together, and then my husband and I adjourned to our bungalow to sleep. The weather was so nice that we only needed the ceiling fan in our room, and then only on 2 (out of 5). The furnishings were great, the kitchen fantastic, the pool outstanding, the deck unbelievable, and I could go on and on. We were met on our first day by Elizabeth who was extremely helpful and even purchased fresh shrimp for us one day. There were eggs, ham, cheese, milk, butter, juice and bread for our first breakfast waiting for us on arrival. The foliage around the property is beautiful and lush, and the pool was very clean and well tended by two young men who came during the week to clean it. We celebrated two 60th and one 61st birthday while we were there, complete with birthday cakes we baked on site, as well as making a complete American Thanksgiving dinner (as our friends in the DR had not had that this past November) including turkey, the trimmings, and pumpkin pies baked in our villa. You do need to bring your own disposable cake, pie, large roasting pans, but everything else was available on site. We just can't say enough about what a wonderful time we had in our own private little paradise. Paradise el Secreto might be a better name. Thanks Jose, Bibi, and Elizabeth. This is truly a property where the pictures don't lie. What you see is what you get!!!!
  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Linda, there is nothing we like better than to hear our guests enjoy El Secreto. Come back to visit soon.

Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
El Catey
Nearest Barpub
125 Metres
El Eden
Nearest Restaurant
125 Metres
El Eden
Nearest Beach
125 Metres
Las Ballenas
Car: not necessary

Situated in a quiet street just outside the village of Las Terrenas, Villa El Secreto offers the comforts and privacy of your own home. The villa is surrounded by tropical gardens with a large swimming-pool and wood deck to enjoy the glorious weather. We welcome you with breakfast items for your first morning* at the villa and maid service, gardener and pool attendant are included with your rental.

Las Ballenas, one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, is just minutes away from the house as well as 'Pueblo de los Pescadores,' the center of night life in town and where most restaurants, bars and discos are located. Other beaches such Playa Bonita and Coson are only a short drive away.

Dream the day away or take a trip to Los Haitises national park or El Limon waterfall. Other activities, day trips and excursions can be booked with local travel agencies or explored on your own. At the end of the day your own little corner of paradise will be waiting.

*For stays of a week or more

Other Activities: Motorquad ATV's

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Rates & Availability

From $168 Per night

Las Terrenas Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Dec 13 2014 - Mar 29 2015
3 night minimum stay
$185
From
$245
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,176
$4,080
 
 
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 24 2014 - Dec 31 2014
8 night minimum stay
$1,756
Flat fee
 
 
Easter Week
Mar 30 2015 - Apr 4 2015
4 night minimum stay
$275
$1,756
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$168
From
$225
Fri,Sat,Sun
$980
$3,600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Notes Discounts offered for retirees and long term stays. Weekly/nightly rates do not apply to mayor holidays, please write or call for exact quotes.
Initial payment of 50% of rental rate is due within 5 days from the reservation date. Remaining 50% and security deposit of USD$350.00 are due 10 days prior to arrival date. Last minute reservations must be paid 24 hours in advance with receipt of funds confirmed. Security deposit is returned (less transfer fees) within four business days or less providing all contract conditions are met.
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Amenities

Las Terrenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Oceanfront
  • Town
  • Village
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 is located in bungalow across main house. Separate kitchenette, seating room and bathroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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