Beautiful Villa Off the Beaten Path
Our family was looking for a tropical vacation but didn't want the crowds or pre-packaged experience of an all-inclusive resort. Villa Celine answered the bill perfectly. Our family shared the villa with another family, and it was a perfect fit: one family stayed upstairs, the other stayed downstairs--the kids played in the pool, we sat on the deck and had drinks in the evening. The rooms were large, comfortable and clean. Michel was very helpful getting us set up and giving us advice about where to eat, how to get to some of the beaches, etc. And Dora was lovely. One of our friends has a little Spanish, so she was our go-to translator, but Dora kept the house clean and cooked us three great meals. It was so nice to come back to the villa after a day of activities or swimming at the beach to find big pots of delicious Dominican food. The town of Las Terrenas is nearby, and, although it is growing, it still has the feel of bustling small seatown. (French-speakers will find that French is also widely spoken here). The villa is also an easy drive away from Samana, where we went whale watching--saw a mother and her baby. And we took a boat excursion to the Los Haitises National Park--caves, beautiful birds, a great meal. I went diving one day with a local diving outfit. And then beautiful beaches--which we often felt we had to ourselves--the most crowded day would have counted as empty anywhere else. Be sure to visit Playa Coson and Playa Marico. We all agreed that we would happily return to Las Terrenas--and to Villa Celine--again.
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Owner's Response: Thank you Chris,
I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Céline and that you made the most of visiting the beautiful surrounding area - there is so much to see.
I wanted to clarify that you were travelling with your family and friends, as I have had a few enquiries since your review was posted, from clients asking if they would be sharing the property with strangers (i.e. as in hotel).Obviously this is not the case as only one booking occupies the house at a time......although guests do sometimes tell me that they felt they had stayed in their own "boutique hotel" as the house is light and spacious and each of the 4 large bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom. Dora's tasty cooking also adds to their enjoyment!
I look forward to welcoming you back to Villa Céline some time in the future
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