The name of this villa is Estrella de la Bahia. It means the Star of the Bay. The villa is directly on the beach with amazing views of the ocean and the bay. It is in a gated community with 24 hour security and backup electricity. Walk down a few steps and be on the beach where world class windsurfing and kiteboarding is right in front of you. Take a leisurely walk along the beach and pick any one of fabulous beachside restaurants to eat with the waves only steps away.
This house was totally renovated in 2003. This house is the perfect beach retreat for a large group and will handle 12 people with ease. Up to 8 people can sleep in own beds. Daily maid service is included, and we can arrange for pick up at the Puerto Plata airport for $35. A cook/nanny can be arranged on request for a fee: $25 for one meal, $35 for two meals, $45 for three meals. The cost of the food is extra.
High Speed Internet Connection is free. Just bring your laptop and surf the net while looking out at the ocean. The childrens' room has a TV with Sony Playstation 2, so bring your own games.
On site management staff can arrange for day excursions including golf at world renowned Playa Grande golf course or any other needs such as sports equipment rentals to cell phone rentals.
Master Bedroom has a queen bed, bedroom #2 has a double bed, bedroom #3 has 2 double beds, bedroom #4 has 2 sets of bunkbeds(4beds). Rollout beds upon request.
This house has become the favored place for groups of kiteboarders. The front lawn is a great place to set up and take down kites sand-free! There is a large equipment room for secure storage of kites and boards. A pump is available for your convenience.
Best of all, the beach in front is wide and less crowded than Kite Beach or Bozo Beach. Land your kite, come in for a cool drink and go back out when ready! Kiters' Paradise!
We rented this for our 4 college age children and ourselves for DEC 31- JAN 6, 2017. House worked well for a family of 6 (5 actually made it). The following are my comments by category:
House stuff: master bedroom bed was the most uncomfortable mattress and height for people over 40
Other room beds same level of quality but at least right height from floor
Bathrooms comfortable and user friendly
Living room furniture not used because we sat outside most of the time on house VERY NICE patio furniture
Kitchen not up to standards of American households- no actual oven, cooking with propane indoors, and giant water bottles to cook
There is literally nothing in the kitchen BUT plates, cups and silverware. You need to buy salt, pepper, ice, etc.
AC in bedrooms only- not a problem for us because we are there in winter, but Living area may get warm in summer
AC in bedrooms works really well!
No access to laundry unless you tip maid to do your personal stuff
Pool is great and perfect for when the beach is crazy rough with wind
In mornings it is swimmable for adults who are strong swimmers. NOT FOR SMALL CHILDREN
In afternoons so many kite boarders and wind that you will not enjoy beach outside of just watching others play
In evenings it is great for a walk- kitebaorders clear out around 6pm
Not Caribbean white sand- but very big beach area and steps right from the house back porch- NO SHELLS
Security- never felt safer/ guards at front and back where beach enters 24 hours per day. Gated area and very few people coming and going we never closed our doors when we were home
Town- typical small beach town with lots of tourist shops and people wanting to sell you tours.
Island- Do the waterfalls- but if over 40 or in bad shape do 12 or less- we did 27 and at 48 and slightly chubby I thought I was going to die
Transportation- taxis are easy to get and motorcycle taxis are even cheaper- don't need to rent a car unless you plan on going to other towns
Staff- cook and housekeepers DO NOT SPEAK any English, not a problem because one in our party speaks a lot of Spanish, but could be a challenge if no one speaks Spanish DO NOT SHOW UP on a holiday- everything was messed up or closed because of our arrival on NY Eve
Villa could not have been any better than it was !! absolutely perfect in every way. Enough room for 10, direct beach access, comfort, many cozy spaces to read, play cards, sunbathe.. ERIKA is the best ever..met every need , helped with ideas, and answered every question!! I want to keep this spot a secret.. so we can come back again! Many great spots in Cabarete, most especially Gorditos Fresh Mex. Can't say anything more.. but perfect perfect perfect
Cabarete is a great little area so we are happy we chose this house and this area for our first trip to the DR. The most important thing we learned is to fly unto Puerto Plata airport. We saved a little but of money flying into Santo Domingo but it cost us a full day of driving and was a super stressful drive.
Fly in during the day. Bahia De Arena is the name of the housing development where the Villa is located and it's not super easy to see off the road. Fly in any day except Sunday as the office is closed and Erika ( works in the rental office) is really the person that can help your stay go easily.
If you fly into Puerto Plata you can get a taxi to the house and then later rent a car in town if you feel you need it. Everything is in walking distance but it was handy to have a car to go get grocery's and to get to our day excursion destination. The next best person to know in town is Joseph who owns an excursion business next door to Iguana Mama excursion business. Use Joseph for your bookings and he can also give you much needed advice and education on restaurants and just getting around in the area.
The House! Great house and you really can't beat the fact you have a pool and the ocean right in front of you. We enjoyed both every day all day. The house has 4 bedrooms and is very roomy. The main bedroom has what we would call a king size bed. The second bedroom has a queen. The third bedroom has 2 double beds and the kids room has 2 sets of bunk beds where our teenage sons all slept comfortably. The house is equipped with everything you need. The cleaning lady Jaqueline was very nice and good but speak no english so if you want her to do the laundry you have to let her know and we paid extra for this service. We tipped her $5.00 a day and then $25.00 at the end of our trip. The pool/yard man Morano is very nice and helpful and we tipped him $35.00 at the end of our trip. If you need anything extra from anyone let Erika know and she can communicate.
We booked Illuminata as our cook for 3 nights. You can get the menu from Erika and Erika arranges. Grocery's cost about $30.00 for 8 people and we paid her $30.00 - $35.00 per evening she cooked. Her fish and sauces were amazing as well as the stew. Pass on desserts. She speaks no english so you need to let Erika know if you have an special instructions. Also if you state you would like to eat at 6:30 make sure she is at the house by 3 cooking. Late dinners every night.
Great house for groups or large families. Our group of 12 (5 adults and 7 teenagers) were quite comfortable in the house. The location cant get any better as the house is 20 steps from the beach making it easy to get out to kite or just hit the waves. The walk to town is easy and having the Cabarete Coffee Company only minutes away was a huge plus (they have great coffee and food). All of the staff was very friendly and helpful, in fact, one of the security guards noticed our flat tire on our rental car and proceeded to help us change the tire! Also, as others have done, we had Illuminada cook for us and it was fantastic!
A few areas of criticism on this house; the kitchen was under-equipped and for lodging asking as much as they do for a weeks rent they should have it fully stocked with plenty of utensils etc. Additionally, the view of the ocean/bay from the patio is blocked by the wall and hedge. The pictures don't show you that view, only one from the side of the house where there is a view. Also, having some furniture on the rooftop patio would be huge - it's an amazing spot with great views and could be a fantastic spot for happy hour and more.
All-in-all its a great house and you can't beat the location!
Property was right on the beach. Beautiful view. We had our own pool. Every th was as described. It is well managed.
Air Con was good and the place was really comfortable. This villa is the best located in the complex.
Our extended family of 10 enjoyed a week in this fabulous beachfront property! The house is gorgeous and directly on the beach. It is in a gated community with 24 hour security. The manager, Mark, was very helpful in answering questions and making our arrival seamless. On windy days, the beach is loaded with kiters and windsurfers from about 11am on...not good for swimming. However, morning boogie boarding was great and on low wind days the swimming was perfect! The beach is clean fine sand where you can walk out quite a ways before it gets too deep.
We hired a cook for the week, Illuminada. She was wonderful and arranged though Mark. She prepared some delicious local dishes that we enjoyed tremendously. Ana cleans the house daily which was great considering all the sand we trekked in. Manuel did a great job cleaning the pool and the grounds.
The house itself was in great condition. There are four bedrooms (two bedrooms with queens, one bedroom with 2 queens and one bedroom with 4 bunks). It was clean and well cared for. The only trouble we had was with the dishwasher and one of the air conditioning units...which were a plus for sleeping! The pool was perfect for the kids...age 12 and under. It is an easy walk to downtown Cabarete...a great spot for lunch or dinner.
We kited, windsurfed, paddle boarded, zip lined, visited the monkeys, visited the local school with donations, jumped off waterfalls, went fishing, body surfed, built sandcastles, swam and walked for miles!
It's a wonderful vacation destination!!!
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
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