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Justin Woddis

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish

Elegant hill-top refuge in Dominican resort town, Housekeeper included

24 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Dominican Republic House Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, sleeps 10. Min 4 nights

** All the info you need is on this page site. Please check calendar before contacting ***

We were recently awarded a 'rated excellent' badge.

Here are the questions we are asked most often: *** Max 10 people. Min 4 nights. Beach is five minutes drive, Las Terrenas is 15 mins drive. Santo Domingo 2 hours drive. Nearest airport el Catey. Best airport -Santo Domingo. you need car. Chef services contracted separately .***

An elegant hill-top refuge, Villa Arboleda offers a stunning visual experience of the Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula. Nestled high in the luxuriant tropical hills of the beach-side resort town of Las Terrenas, this spectacular home was inspired by the style of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye. Beautifully designed, with five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and expansive outdoor space, Villa Arboleda can be your ideal vacation get-away in the jungle.

The Samana Peninsula was named as one of the 45 places to go in 2012 by the New York Times

Relax in the infinity pool, contemplate the ocean from your private balcony, or sunbathe on the roof-top patio – Villa Arboleda was designed to provide the comforts of a luxury property while complementing the natural beauty of the area

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Justin Woddis (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish

Reviews

4.7
based on 24 traveler reviews

Elegant hill-top refuge in Dominican resort town, Housekeeper included
average rating of 4.7083335 based on 24 reviews
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5

Amazing house for an amazing time!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time in Las Terrenas, and we're so glad we chose this rental. The previous reviews are all on the money. The views from Villa Arboleda are incredible. The property manager was very flexible in allowing us to check in early and then waited for us after an unforeseen flight delay. On our last night we hired the chef, Simon, who is a fantastic cook and can make anything to your heart's content. I recommend hiring him, but not on your last night (you WILL have leftovers!). Many thanks to Justin, Jennifer, and Noelia for making our stay a memorable one.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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5

Thoroughly Impressed!

  • 5 of 5

Interlude: From the picturesque landscape to the totality of awe-inspiring local experience, we would highly recommend the Hilltop Refuge over any resort experience. It's proximity to El Limón, Las Terranas, and Cosón, is only a stone-throw in regards to the experiences you will be subject. It is difficult to explain in a word-limited exposé, or even capture in a picture, the... utter magnificence of the world you are immersed in here. For those more, or less traveled, you'll find something here to charm and entice your appetite, sense of adventure, and the like. The beaches are plenty, local cuisine to die for, and cultural omnipresence evident. You will make new friends, be they expats or naturalized- and the smiles will survive in your mind for a lifetime. The property manager, Noelia, is a total doll! She is an enthusiastic, fun, and very "you-conscious" young lady and we feel very excited to have made a new friend! You'll have a personal concierge come each week-day to clean the sparkling pool, whom is very keen to your privacy and won't be a bother at all. We embraced his presence and had breakfast waiting for him. You'll be greeted by the daily hustle and bustle of motorbikes and commerce, which is something you must prepare yourself for, if per se, you are not used to driving in conditions very opposite that of the US or EU. None is meant in jest, so don't operate your vehicle as if it were so. As mentioned in other experiences, you absolutely should rent a 4X4 vehicle for no other case than ease of traversing the winding, but AMAZING drive to the residence. It is not impossible to do so with 2WD, but the terrain is something you don't want a compact car to have to endure. We lost power several times at the residence (which means WiFi as well), but it is hardly worth mentioning. What's worth mentioning in regards to this instance, if not discernible in the aforementioned text, is: Epilogue: The window to a world worth peering is not that of your iPad or electronic device. These windows exist in abundance at Hilltop Refuge (they really do- the whole house opens up). onsider your time here as a synapse in which the outside world can wait for your posting. Live, love, expand your boundaries, and ENJOY what has been created here. Your pictures and experiences will earn the +1's and Likes of your social peers, just don't commit yourself to reporting and miss the opportunity of living in the moments that will be so special to you and your entourage.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Not What We Expected

  • 2 of 5

I decided to book this property based on the wonderful reviews and pictures of the home. To my surprise, my overall experience was less than ideal And would have definitely chosen another property to stay at in Las Terrenas. For the record, getting the property was by far the biggest hassle. To say it was intimidating is an understatement. We opted to have s personal driving service during our stay so that we wouldn't have to rely on directions in an foreign country. Upon arriving, our flight was delayed and we ended up arriving at the home at night. The community is pitch black with no lighting. Navigating in the dark was terrifying. There was a total of 5 adults on our vacation. Our driver in abmercedes Benz sprinter could not make it up the hill. We had to haul all of our luggage up to the house in mid 80s humid weather. Finally arriving we enter the house to find Noelia the house attended waiting for us. She speaks absolutely no English. Thank God for our billengual speaking driver who was able to translate. The house first off has no air conditioning. This isn't advertised granted, but considering how humid the DR is was disappointing...especially after hauling our luggage up a steep hill for 15 minutes. The house did look like the pictures but I imagined it to be bigger. We were all totally exhausted and decided to sleep the night off. Noelia left her cell number and wifi password. No grand tour, no options for excursions, no overall satisfying hospitality you'd expect in a luxury villa. Fortunately I planned all the activities myself. Noelia did have a chef come the next morning and throughout our stay which was great. The property has fans inside the home to keep air circulating and open wall doors to let air in however this is completely impossible to do at night because there are so many moths, mosquitos and jungle bugs. None of the doors had screens on them so it was impossible to let air in, which means we all just suffered during the night with no ventilation. The first couple of days were aggravating. I will say the view is absolutely spectacular. To sum everything up. There's is no garbage deposal, so you literally have to pick food out with your hand which was gross, and made the kitchen smell really bad. the wifi was terrible, so bad they changed it out at the very end of our stay so we weren't really able have efficient use. There was a random dog that came on property several times after requesting not to have the dog on property. We cou

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Gorgeous and Serene

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic Christmas in this beautiful, spacious home. The hosts were extremely responsive and flexible, and even helped arrange for us to already have groceries there and a meal cooked for us, as we arrived on Christmas Eve. We especially loved the beautiful swimming pool, with views out over the green hills, and the outdoor/indoor spaces for meals. Even the details of the house's decor--modern, bright and clean--were absolutely ideal. Nearly every bedroom also had its own private balcony space, making it easy to alternate between time alone and time together as a group. Just a gorgeous, fantastic place to stay, we recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Slice of heaven above Las Terrenas

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Arboleda for around a week in August. Hands down - the best vacation ever. The residence is private, modern and beautiful. The house has everything you need, with little thoughtful gems sprinkled around - like board games. You can spend all day relaxing on the pool deck and not get tired of the gorgeous views.

I really recommend getting quad bikes to travel to and from the villa. Its really fun, safe, and easy to get around on them, and you can reach almost any destination in the area. There are plenty of things to do around LT, we visited multiple beaches, kite surfed, dined and hiked. Helps to know some Spanish.

Justin, Jennifer and their local manager Noelia are super accommodating and helped us figure out food and transportation to/from the airport. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting DR, from couples to families.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Stunning, private home -- amazing week!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Arboleda for a week over spring break -- it was my husband and my two daughters (age 5 and 6). The house is spectacular -- hands down one of the nicest homes I've ever rented on vacation. The kitchen and living areas are huge, modern, airy. The deck and pool areas are amazing -- super views, great pool, my husband and I sat outside every night watching the stars and listening to the beautiful insect sounds. The setting is amazing -- high up on the hill, remote but close enough to LT for a drop in to get groceries, etc.

If there were any cons they are that the three downstairs bedrooms were a little far away for us with two younger kids. But those with older kids or a bunch of adults wouldn't even notice. Second, while I was thrilled to know that we were safe and secure, the constant presence of armed security guards who patrol the property was a little distracting. They were lovely people though, we kept sprite on hand for them after their monumental walk up hill -- but it sort of cut into the privacy aspect. But really just a small quibble.

LT is amazing and I'm highly recommending it to people I know. The town is just far enough off the radar that you feel like you've discovered something new, but the grocery store is great, well stocked. The people are fantastic -- very helpful, warm, fun.

This house is amazing -- when we return we will most certainly stay here. Justin and Jennifer were super helpful and accommodating, and their local manager, Noelia was lovely.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Map

Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
New highway from Santo Domingo
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
5-minute drive
Car: necessary

Las Terrenas is a picturesque town on the north east coast of the DR, on the Samana Peninsula. 'LT' is a special place, and not just because of its stunning beauty. The town offers 17 kilometers of beaches, mostly unpopulated, by contrast to much of the north coast, where wall-to-wall deckchairs line fairly small strips of beach. LT is also set apart because of its unique cultural mix -- it is made up of 2,000 foreign-born permanent residents out of a total of 15,000 in the town. This gives LT a particularly European flair.

Things to do: Our favorite answer is 'nothing' -- and that's the way we like it. A towel, sunscreen and a good book and we're set. But for the more actively inclined, things to do include whale watching -- on the south side of the peninsula is the Bay of Samana (January and February are prime times); wind sports, including kite sailing; restaurants.

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Rates & Availability

Las Terrenas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
4th July
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 9 2016
4 night minimum stay
$405
From
$315
Fri,Sat
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 18 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
$520
 
 
Christmas
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$495
 
 
jan-feb
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
$445
From
$465
Fri,Sat
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$380
From
$395
Fri,Sat
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Refundable damage deposit $475

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Dominican Republic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • The jacuzzi bathtub in the second master bedroom has a view of the ocean. The guest bathroom has an oversize shower and two sinks.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Villa Arboleda has five bedrooms: two master bedrooms with private balconies and king-size beds; one with private sun porch, one with bathtub with view; two guest rooms with private balconies, one with queen-size bed, one with two twin beds; one guest room with two twin beds. An exterior bedroom and bath are available to house service staff (this is in addition to the 10 that can sleep within the house)
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Villa Arboleda has expansive outdoor space, which includes a poolside patio; a shaded outdoor lounge for relaxation, morning coffee or evening cocktails; a roof-top solarium for sunbathing, morning yoga or enjoying cool evening breezes; and gardens surrounding the house. Guest Services: Our local property manager can arrange for extra services, including airport pickup and transfer; an arrival refreshment package, so you don't have to worry about shopping for groceries for your first breakfast; car hire and delivery to the house; weekly maid service; and a weekly change of towels and sheets. These services are optional and additional to the cost of the house. Villa Arboleda is equipped with an external bedroom and bath to house service staff, if onsite staff is requested or traveling with you.

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