|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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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
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
I can't begin to say how much it meant to our family of 14 (3 months to 76 years) to be welcomed into this home for the celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary. We planned this once in a lifetime experience for a year and owner, Cindy was there for us every step of the way. She turned herself inside out to make this a perfect family holiday as we continued to provide her with challenge after challenge. Houseman, Julio and his wife, Mercy and their daughter, Ingrid were true angels sent to create heaven on earth for us during our 12 days at the Villa. We had two different medical situations in our family while there and Julio went above and beyond the call of duty telling us "no problemo; you are our guests". No problem was too big or silly to be solved. We came to call him Saint Julio. Likewise, Mercy's extraordinary cooking and Ingrid's excellent care of us endeared them to us forever.
Tears flowed when we left in great thanksgiving for the wonderful memories made for our children and grands. We will never forget our very special time at Villa Vista del Mar. Thank you, Cindy, Julio, Mercy and Ingrid.
Our house was beautiful - the pool was amazing - and the staff couldn't have been better! On our first day there a couple of us had fantastic massages outside on the second floor balcony! We had wonderful tours into the country side arranged by Gus and all of the arrangements were flawless. The only downside was that some of our group got sick and we assume it could have been from meals that we had outside of the Villa or possible carelessness regarding the drinking water - even though we had bottled water even in our bathrooms. It was hard to come home!!
I stayed at the villa with a group of 9 yogis. We practiced daily in the mornings in the outdoor patio area, which was great because of the ceiling fans and curtains to deal with any early morning bugs or blinding sunrises. The villa and staff went above and beyond our expectations. This location is beautiful, the views are stunning and the people are amazing. It is a safe neighborhood with a modest beach. I am usually not one for "staying in" when I go on vacation but the villa was so nice it was hard to leave! We got in house massages, hair braiding and pedicures. Also, we took trips to Paradise Island and the 27 waterfalls. We all can't wait to go back! Thank you.
As a three generational Family of 16 (ages 3 -76) we enjoyed every aspect of the Villa, the surrounds & the atmosphere created by Julio, Mercy, Ingrid & Charro....Pedro & Pio ....during our week long stay.
We especially enjoyed the varied gathering places within the Villa..be it large bedroom, pool side, outdoor patio, indoor living room, dining spaces and the card room...where the kids..ages 6, 6, 8 & 10 were taught to play poker by their grandfather!!!!!!
The Bedroom on the main floor was a must for us as we have one member with mobility issues. It worked a treat!
We took two excursions..a City Tour where an air conditioned bus was all ours. We requested an add on...'the market'..it was fabulous!..
The Catamaran Day Trip took 12 of us as well as others to see the DR from seaward. The snorkelling an added bonus for some.
Easter week-end was billed as a busy time but we found the atmosphere at Cofresi to be a snapshot of local flavour...this is sometimes missing when one moves into a resort setting and stays there...we loved the action on the beach.
All past reviews have spoken of the wonderful meals prepared by Mercy. Each day we eagerly awaited supper hour to see what had been prepared for us and we were never disappointed. Even the vegetarian in our midst was always delighted with her choices. We enjoyed an evening of fresh fish purchased on the day by Julio, as well as a special order birthday cake..decorated as a baseball diamond...what else, after all it is the Dominican Republic.
With the functions on phones today...we were able to translate into Spanish conversations that otherwise would not have happened...and in reverse..we translated Spanish into English much to the delight of all. Those conversations happened often, over food, recipes, lifestyle & family.
We know the staff moved on to the next group of guests, who were waiting in the wings when we left, and they too will be treated with respect and kindness...as if they are the only people who matter!
From a Canadian perspective Villa Vista Del Mar was the perfect site from which to enjoy a family holiday in warm, refreshing, relaxing surroundings....and that was needed as we waited an hour plus on the tarmac as the plane was de iced twice before we could leave Halifax....
S. Kelly...Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
We were unfortunately hit with a round of viruses that tore through the whole family. Julio and his family certainly earned their tips helping to take care of all of us. Their pleasant personalities and efficiency were very much appreciated. The home and pool were lovely and very comfortable for the 10 of us. The food was excellent and well stocked. The entire family agreed that this is a place we would recommend to all, and one that we would return to at a later date.
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 1 2016 - Dec 14 2016
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest|
Dec 15 2016 - May 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $43 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
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Add Maids tip- calculated at $5 per person per day.
Payment by credit card incur an additional 2.5- 4.9% fee
Cancellations: Refunds will be provided if the villa can be re-rented for the same period