EL SECRETO, CHARMING VILLA WALKING DISTANCE TO LAS BALLENAS BEACH AND TOWN

Jose Morales-Bibi Betancourt

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

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Jose Morales-Bibi Betancourt

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EL SECRETO, CHARMING VILLA WALKING DISTANCE TO LAS BALLENAS BEACH AND TOWN

Las Terrenas Villa Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 6, 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, two kitchens, swimming pool

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.

* On stays of a week or more

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Jose Morales-Bibi Betancourt

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Speaks portuguese, spanish, english
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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 14 traveler reviews

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El Secreto, Charming villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach and town
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews
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El Secreto, Charming villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach and town
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p379978
+1 9175603892
Las Terrenas Dominican Republic North Coast
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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El Secreto, Charming villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach and town
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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.
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El Secreto, Charming villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach and town
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p379978
+1 9175603892
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 villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach and town
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+1 9175603892
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.
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El Secreto, Charming villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach and town
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p379978
+1 9175603892
Las Terrenas Dominican Republic North Coast
New York
5

Restful Peaceful Fun

  • 5 of 5
We really enjoyed our stay in Villa El Secreto. Being value oriented, we did our homework and compared about five villas accommodating up to six people. We choose the villa because it was well priced, its close location to the beach and restaurants, but also because it was totally private; other similarly priced villas were within shared space including a pool; not something we were willing to compromise on. The villa also has air conditioning in all bedrooms at no extra charge (we did receive a couple of friendly calls from the owner reminding us not to leave the air conditioning on while we were away, apparently electricity in Las Terrenas is very expensive). My wife loved the nice sheets and towels, books, coolers and blankets to take to the beach and a great barbecue. The property manager dropped by a couple of times and the owners were very attentive and helpful with recommendations for restaurants and places to visit; they also arranged an excursion to El Limon, a beautiful waterfall nearby and to Cayo Levantado, both beautiful places to visit. Overall a great stay at a great price.
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed Villa El Secreto and thank you for taking the time to write about us.
business
El Secreto, Charming villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach and town
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p379978
+1 9175603892
Las Terrenas Dominican Republic North Coast
5

Perfect Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at El Secreto was absolutely wonderful. The property was beautiful and very clean. The pool was relaxing and a lot of fun for the kids. The surrounding garden added to the beauty of the property. It was just absolutely charming and we enjoyed every moment we spent there. I would recommend this property.
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
El Portillo
Nearest Beach
125 Metres
Las Ballenas
Nearest Barpub
125 Metres
El Eden
Nearest Restaurant
125 Metres
El Eden
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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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Las Terrenas Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Low Season
Apr 21 2014 - Dec 12 2014
3 night minimum stay
$168
From
$200
Fri,Sat,Sun
$980
$3,840
 
 
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

Amenities

Las Terrenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

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

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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