Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Affordable Luxury at 6 BR Staffed Caribbean Vacation Villa

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,300 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 17+)

An affordable Caribbean vacation does exist! If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday-- somewhere slightly off the beaten path-- while staying at a comfortable family-friendly vacation villa with private pool and with attentive maid/ housekeeping/ chef service, look no further. Affordable luxury does exist. Villa Vista Del Mar is a spacious 6 BR, 7.5 bath vacation villa. A short walk takes you to a lovely Caribbean beach protected by a reef so that the surf is gentle, ideal for swimming. No worries about rip tides, undertow or strong currents. Sandy beaches are dotted with Palm and Sea Grape trees to provide plenty of sun and shade.

This comfortable vacation villa has 7700 sq. ft. of useable space: 4300 sq. ft. of interior living space and a 3400 sq. ft sun terrace surrounding a 34 foot private pool. Multiple porches & balconies including ensure everyone can spread out to find their own space. A first floor master bedroom makes it convenient fro elderly guests to relax. You may find it difficult to pull yourself away from floating in the pool while sipping a pina colada, or from taking a nap in the hammock. You can chill out on the massage table as the masseuse takes over. Expansive yards and gardens allow privacy from neighboring homes.

If you prefer a more active vacation there are abundant tours, adventures, golf, casinos & restaurants. Visit Ocean World Dolphin Park where you can swim with dolphins, sharks and sea lions; or try your luck at Ocean World Casino where you can dine in a 5 star restaurant and watch Las Vegas style shows... all just a 10 minute walk from our beach home. Explore historic Puerto Plata, 4 miles away. Or venture off on Jeep Safaris, Catamaran trips, White water rafting, scuba diving, snorkeling and much more.

Sample the menus at dozens of local restaurants…. You will fine everything from Dominican specialties such as langostino, conch and chivo or the usual favorites such as Filet Mignon, Chicken and Pork dishes, to kid friendly hamburgers, tacos and pizza. There are countless adventures and activities for you to discover-- all from the comfort of our beach villa in Playa Cofresi...

While at the villa you will be pampered by dedicated long term staff. The full time housekeeper, Mercy, will cook and serve your meals, snacks and drinks and then whisk away the dirty dishes. She will keep the villa tidy and tend to your laundry. All you do is RELAX. When there are 6 or more guests, additional maids assist to ensure all guests- moms included- enjoy a truly carefree vacation. In fact many females cry when it is time to leave because they cannot take Mercy home with them

Julio, our full-time personal houseman, keeps the gardens, pool, and home in pristine condition. He owns a large van to provide airport meeting service for our guests. And because he is our private full time houseman he can be hired to errands such as providing an initial food package set up or going food shopping during your vacation.

And 'just in case' we have a full time manager available 24 hours a day to address your needs. If you need anything, the staff is there to help.

A local Cofresi tour operator provides advice and booking services for a wide variety of tours and activities: everything from horseback riding to jeep safaris, catamaran trips, scuba diving, white water rafting, swimming with dolphins, go kart racing, mini golf, spa services, golf tennis, and much more.

Playa Cofresi is ideally located for all types of vacationers... Stay in our lovely cove and enjoy the local amenities, or use it as a base to explore the many interesting sights along the North Coast. Whether you are looking to just float in the pool, nap in the hammock and relax or want to go out and experience life to the fullest Villa Vista del Mar caters to everyone.

You'll find the Dominicans are well-deserving of their reputation for friendliness and hospitality; they go out of their way to make you feel welcome in their country. It doesn't matter if you don't speak Spanish. Many Dominicans now speak and understand a good deal of English, especially in the tourist areas. But you will also quickly find that a smile or kind gesture will open many doors for. Guests have always managed and enjoyed the experience of being exposed to the culture of this beautiful country and its people.

So if you have an adventurous heart and truly enjoy being a part of the country you're visiting, come to Villa Vista del Mar at Playa Cofresi. Break away from the cookie cutter confines of an all inclusive and become imerged in the local culture. Be prepared to relax while the staff takes over the mundane responsibilities. Enjoy life as you fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up with the songbirds.

Keywords: Luxury Vacation at Affordable Price,

Fully Staffed Oceanside Vacation Villa, Comfortable Private Family Style Vacation Home with Pool

More Details

Cindy & John Charters
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, limited Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Cindy & John Charters

My husband and I grew up vacationing at beaches. We are beach bums. I spent my summers at the New Jersey shore and my husband at the beaches of Cape Cod MA. Although we may debate which is the better place in the States (NJ shore or Cape Cod), one thing we both agree on is that Playa Cofresi, Dominican Republic is the most relaxing and most unique place to vacation. Whether we are looking for simple quiet time loating pool or dozing in the hammock, looking to swim & snorkel at local beaches, or want to venture off on more exciting adventures in the countryside there are always plenty of options. Of course having an attentive maid serving non-stop drinks and food is a big plus!

Our 3 children have grown up at Cofresi and think of it as their 2nd home. They benefitted from the “fun aspects”; the privileges of having a staffed Caribbean vacation home. But they have also had the opportunity to experience a different culture, to observe how people from other countries live and have learned to understand that there are many different ways to enjoy life despite economic status. This educational aspect has been priceless.

In 2006, Donald Smith (Cindy's father) passed away and the property & rental management transferred to Cindy. In memory of Don's passion for his beloved Cofresi home, for his devotion to his Dominican family, and for his love of this colorful country we will continue to cultivate his dream. We hope you will stay at our beautiful family home so that you can share our enthusiasm for this wonderful vacation destination.

Cindy & John Charters purchased this villa in 1982

Why Cindy & John Charters chose Cofresi

Villa Vista del Mar at Playa Cofresi has been our family's second home since 1982. We first traveled to this secluded unspoiled area back in the days when there were few tourists, supermarkets did not exist in town, horse-drawn carts were a common sight, and cows wandered about on our dirt roads.

This all began when Lenore and Donald Smith, Cindy's parents, went on a business trip to the Dominican Republic in 1981 and visited the North Coast where they were told they would find some of the Caribbean's prettiest beaches. They became enchanted with Playa Cofresi and on the 'spur of the moment' decided to buy property.

The original house was built in 1982 when there were just a handful of homes in this pastoral ocean-side community. When they retired in 1995, they spent more time in Cofesi made major additions & and improvements to the villa to provide more spacious accommodations for their extended family.

The property continues to grow and change with the needs of our family and guests.

What makes this villa unique

If you are looking for a relaxing, comfortable and affordable vacation... maybe something slightly off the beaten path you have come to right place. Villa Vista del Mar was built for comfort, fun and safety; and with expansive yards on all sides you will not feel the intrusion of neighboring homes.

We have been in the hospitality business for over 30 years and have tried to think of everything to make your vacation run as smoothly and as carefree as possible. Our experienced extensive full time staff will pamper you to no end, but will also retreat to their quarters to allow you to have privacy. The maids will attend to all cooking, serving, cleaning and laundry starting in the morning with made-to-order breakfast and freshly squeezed orange juice. Throughout the day they will 'twist your arm' asking you if you'd like another pina colada while you are floating in the pool. Your most difficult decisions will be to decide what to eat and when to eat... The pampering does not end until they leave for the day... Or until your vacation ends

Our full time houseman is available for airport transfer service, to run errands, to go food shopping and more. We have a manager available 24/ 7 for those “just in case” scenarios, and a local tour operator who will come to the house to help you with the multitude of activities, tours and adventures. You will be well taken care of by the many people who have become our 2nd family. There is a detailed Villa Orientation Book, Suggested Meal Planning Guide, Local Restaurant recommendations, Descriptions of Tours & Activities and more.

When you arrive at the villa all you have to do is unpack and relax. Slow down. Go with the flow. Listen to the waves and songbirds. Admire the panoramic ocean and mountain views. Life is different, more relaxed. You will become quickly acclimated to the phrase 'no problema'. Hopefully you will enjoy every moment at your own private Caribbean home away from home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Cindy!

We had a great time. The staff was great- just like everyone said on your guest comments.

The Villa was perfectly equipped.

We had very good time and will definitely recommend it to friends!
Nov 2009
  • 1 of 2


Cofresi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , Located outside on the pool terrace
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on 1st floor Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , First floor powder room
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Can add crib or extra bedding to the studio area
    Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 twin/ single
    Dormitory-Bedroom - 4 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , One set of twin beds can be converted to a King bed
    Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , The twin beds can be converted to a King bed
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Located on first floor- convenient for elderly guest
  • BR1- King bed + double size futon + separate studio room convenient for cribs or air mattresses BR 2 King bed BR3 King bed + twin bed BR 4 has 2 twins beds. These can be converted to a King bed BR5 'Dormitory'- has 4 twin beds + 1 bunk bed. One set of twin beds can be converted to a King bed BR6 has a queen bed and is located on the ground level- perfect for elderly guests who do not want to navigate stairs Also available- 1 full size crib, 1 elevated twin size Aerobed + playpens Bedding can be moved among the bedrooms to suit individual needs
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Villa Vista Del Mar is a comfortable family oriented home, It has the usual family stuff like TV's, DVD's stereo and CD's, Play Station console, games and puzzles, There is furniture for little ones, a crib and playpen, high chairs, car seats, life jackets and a special gate to secure the dining porch from the pool area, Five bedrooms are located on the 2nd floor plus one master bedroom located on the first floor- convenient for elderly guests. Three master BR's on the 2nd floor have king beds & a balcony or terrace. A large dormitory BR has four twin beds and a bunk bed, The 5th BR has 2 twins and views of the mountains, The villa comfortably sleeps 17 with quality mattresses, The modern kitchen is fully equipped with two refrigerators, automatic coffee makers, toaster, blender and household equipment, And don't forget, a very attentive maid!, There is a lock box and on site security. For more information and a full list amenities please see our web site


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(143 traveler reviews)

95% Complete
4% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Affordable Luxury at 6 BR Staffed Caribbean Vacation Villa
average rating of 4.958042 based on 145 reviews

Truly Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of eight master gardeners who take an annual trip together. This year we chose Vista Del Mar and we couldn't have chosen a more beautiful luxurious home away from home. The villa is truly paradise, the scenery stunning and the people warm and friendly. As promised, Julio was waiting at the airport to deliver us and Mercy and Nelsida had drinks and snacks waiting for our arrival. We absolutely fell in love with the villa and the staff. They were so accommodating and quick to fill our every need. From full fabulous breakfasts on the patio to lobster dinners in the evening; to pina coladas, rum punch, margaritas and cerveza by the pool. The meals were delicious and the weather was sunny and warm.

Gus was a wonderful tour agent. We went horseback riding on the beach (a must), waterfall sliding on the jeep safari, cable car riding to the top of Mount Isabella, to the rum factory and the Amber museum and a day trip to Santo Domingo. We also spent a day at Sosua Beach- a gorgeous expanse of aqua blue water with wonderful snorkeling. Nelsida and Indio even took us to downtown Puerto Plata to celebrate Carnival on Sunday afternoon and then out to dance the Maringue at the Rancho Tapico. What fun!

We "adopted" Pablo, the sweet night guard and took him coffee in the morning and shared our dinner with him each night.

You will find the Dominican people truly appreciate Americans and do everything to help us feel welcome in their country. There are not enough words to express how much we loved the week we spent with the staff. We all cried when we had to leave them. It felt like we were leaving family and will truly miss them. We hope to see them again in the future and to revisit the villa. If you are thinking about vacationing there, don't think twice! You won't regret it. Cindy was exceptionally nice and communicated everything perfectly, making for a perfect vacation.

Thank you Cindy, Julio, Mercy, Nelsida and Pablo!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2011
  • Stayed: February 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bobbi, Thank you for taking the time to write about your vacation in paradise. I got choked up reading your comments because you touched on many of the things that made me fall in love with this colorful country and its gentle people almost 30 years ago... There are so many places to explore and always a smiling Dominican ready to help. It sounds like you had a very busy week visiting and touring not only the local area but all the way to Santo Domingo as well!. And you are so lucky that you had the chance to participate in Carnival—that is one thing I have not yet been able to experience. As always I am glad my hard working, dedicated staff ‘pampered as promised’—they work hard for me and have never disappointed... I owe them a mountain of gratitude. For me it is a win win situation- guests are happy by the lavish attention and my staff is happy to meet new people from all parts of the globe. Every vacation in Cofresi is an opportunity for adventure and always a chance to fully relax... especially for moms-- I had to say that. It has become my trademark line :-) I hope I can assist you in booking a return visit. Best Regards, Cindy
Did you find this review helpful?
48 0

Thanksgiving in paradise

  • 5 of 5

My family and in-laws all went here for Thanksgiving this year (and am just now getting around to writing the review given the holidays). There were 13 of us - 8 adults, 5 kids.

The house is wonderful, the location excellent and the staff.... well, let me simply say one would be very hard pressed to have a single complaint! It was a truly special week, and one we are all still talking about. (Each morning that I come downstairs at my actual home and find that Ingri isn't there fixing breakfast I am a little bit disappointed….)

The kids wanted to do nothing but swim and drink virgin strawberry daquaris all day, and the adults were happy to oblige them as we just lounged in or by the pool with beers and drinks and snacks brought to us all day long until it was time to return to the covered patio for another amazing meal.

From the house, we walked to the beach 3x, two different restaurants, and the casino within Ocean World. In addition, on the first day, an individual came by the house and talked to us about tour options and booked us on a waterfall climb and a snorkeling trip via catamaran. Masseusses and hair braiders came to the hosue during the week. It was truly incredible.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Best vacation ever!!

  • 5 of 5

From seeing my name at the airport to the snack served on departure day everything was better than I expected. The home & the people who take care of it & the guests are the best I have ever encountered.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Best place! Nicest and most trustworthy people. :)

  • 5 of 5

We took a group of 20 people to the DR for a mission trip. Our trip would not have been the same without finding these accommodations. Best place, nicest staff, awesome pool, food, 2 minutes from beach, trustworthy house manager/cooks/security guard. They go the extra mile, are so knowledgeable, and made our trip everything it was. I highly reccomend this place.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Absolutely Wonderful Vacation - 5 unforgettable days

  • 5 of 5

Our villa was absolutely gorgeous!!! Our friends and us still can't find words to describe how great a time we had. The villa was very clean and well appointed. Always got a good night's rest. But waking daily to fresh coffee and breakfast prepared and served outdoors, was more than anyone could ask. We spent a great deal of time in the pool and relaxing in the spacious outdoor patio area. The service we received was beyond our expectations and we would definitely return again!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Totally amazing!!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Villa Vista Del Mar was nothing but totally amazing. We were met at the airport by Julio (our go-to-person for everything) and treated like royalty for the entire stay. The Villa was immaculate and the maids maintained it that way, even with 5 kids under the age of 10 running rampant through the entire house and pool area. The grounds were very clean and very well kept. The grass was so luxurious, it was like stepping on cushions. The pool was cleaned every morning and the water was always crystal clear.

Mercy and Glenny did all of the cooking, cleaning and laundry. The meals were fabulous and I'm sure everyone weighed much more going home than we arrived. We informed Mercy in the morning how many would be there for each meal that day, and she prepared meals for the number of people required. Her ability to cook just the right amount with little waste and little left over food with that many children astounded all of us. Julio looked after the grocery end of things for us, so the cupboards were never empty of snacks and drinks and any requests were quickly taken care of.

The floor plan of the home fit our needs perfectly. Coming from a cooler climate, the air conditioning in the bedrooms was well appreciated, although with all of the ceiling fans and the breezes blowing through the home, it never got unbearably hot even with the oven on to cook meals.

When I first started looking for a Villa, I contacted a few different places. Cindy made a great impression. I felt totally comfortable corresponding with her and she answered many questions very quickly. I never once felt any trepidation planning our holiday with her and everything we asked for, we received and then some!

I would not hesitate for a second in recommending this home for anyone looking for this type of accommodation for a holiday.

We were all completely impressed!!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Dominican Republic
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Puerto Plata International (POP)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Chris & Madys
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Costamber- Los Mangos
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Chris & Madys
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Cofresi Beach
Car: not necessary

Our charming seaside community is home to Ocean World, the Caribbean's largest and newest interactive marine aquatic park where you swim with dolphins, snorkel in a huge salt water aquarium, watch sea lions perform or enjoy a wide variety of other activities, A Casino, oceanside restaurant, disco, entertainment clubhouse with Las Vegas style shows and marina with dive shop is also open


If you desire a more active vacation, talk to the local tour operator about abundant adventures. Choose from a horseback ride into the mountains, a jeep safari to amazing waterfalls, a catamaran snorkeling trip along the ocean, try white water rafting, ride a cable car up the mountain, take the kids to a go cart park, play tennis and much more, There is a Robert Trent Jones golf course and additional casinos about 6 miles away.


Detailed Orientation Books at the Villa provide additional information on Meal Planning, Restaurant Guides, Activities & Tours




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $200

Add Maids tip- calculated at $5 per person per day.
VRBO/Home Away charges a fee ranging from 4-10% of the rental amount- unfortunately I have no control over this.
Cancellations: Refunds will be provided if the villa can be re-rented for the same period

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.