About the property
- House4000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, sleeps 10 (STRICT)
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Here are the questions we are asked most often: *** Max 10 people. Nearest 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 MAX 10 PEOPLE.***
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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- English, French, Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We had a great time in the villa. It has a very beautiful view of the coast and sorounding nature is amazing.
Beautiful views and warm ocean breezes!!
Beautiful views and warm ocean breezes are just two of the wonderful features of this villa. We stayed for one week and wish we had booked to stay longer. The setting is stunning and very private which made our stay completely relaxing. Noella, the property manager, was wonderful - she was very friendly and discrete and arranged to have the fridge stocked with requested items before we arrived. The owners were very responsive to questions before our arrival which made finding the villa very straight forward. Villa Arboleda is very close to Las Terrenas and it is also easy to get to Samana for whale watching and to Las Galeras for the beautiful beach there. We would highly recommend this villa and hope to return again.
Amazing house for an amazing time!
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.
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.
Not What We Expected
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
Gorgeous and Serene
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.
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.