|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Brand new 240 square meter 3 bedroom (2 master suites) home right in front of Samaná Bay (famous for whale watching from January to March) in secure new luxury neighborhood that includes a 5-star hotel, spa, restaurants, the famous Café del Mar music lounge and a yacht marina. There are dozens of virgin, beautiful beaches that you can visit in 10 to 30 minutes by boat or drive to, we have a 70' dock also available for use.
Keywords: samana, whale watching, marina, deep sea fishing, cafe del mar, yacht harbor, dominican republic
We used to live in San Francisco and for the last 12 years have been living in Madrid, Spain and we purchased our dream vacation home in Samaná to spend our summer vacations with our friends, but would like to make it available for other families that we are sure will enjoy it at other times! This last summer we spent 2 months there and had several visitors with kids that absolutely loved it. You should count on renting a 4x4 vehicle to visit the many beaches in the area, but that some of them have challenging access!
Jim Novack purchased this house in 2010
Samaná is still a perfect mixture of tropical paradise and civilized comforts, we have good friends in the Dominican Republic that recommended this luxury development for its quality, security and absolute perfect location to boat, fish and lounge on the virgin beaches of white powder and azure ocean water.
You have the whole range: lounge on the deck with ocean view, deep sea fishing, sailing, driving by 4x4 or boating to the nearby virgin beaches and dancing at the world-famous Café del Mar in the nearby marina.
We had a blast enjoying the beauty of the Samana attractions and staying in this property had made this trip even more memorable with the convenient location and spacious design of the house.
Jim, the host, had kindly reminded us before arrival, the greatest amenities of the house, which is the wonderful service of Ms. Martina who catered us with so many Dominican dishes that my family still talking about the experience. This was definitely the highly of my entire staying in Dominican Republic.
I would've given this a 5 (or 6 star) rating if I hadn't had the inconvenience of Master BR's air conditioning unit.
I hope to cover as much as possible as I have in the past with other rentals.
We are from Miami and we were visiting some family in the Dominican Republic. We decided to escape the capital (Santo Domingo) and venture out to Samana (much better view and beaches if you ask me). We looked at a couple of rentals but the view from this villa caught my eye. I was really hoping not to be disappointed as this was such a last minute deal, I had no room for error.
The owner: Responded almost immediate after I sent him an email. that alone told me the kind of service I was to receive. He emailed me all local beaches, were to buy food for the weekend, personnel with whom we can coordinate for any extracurricular activities.. you covered all the bases Jim, thumbs way up!.
Price: I wont say how much, but family members who live there and regularly vacation there, were stunned!. well worth every cent! (cheaper than a room in Disney).
Home: Impeccable.. from the beautifully arranged modern/contemporary furniture, to the squeaky clean floors and bathrooms throughout the house. We were ecstatic! (specially the wife).
Pictures: Doesn't do this home any justice, I tried and tried but failed to capture the view this home has to offer, unbelievable!.
Location: Jim's Villa is perfectly located at the beginning of the street where there is a 5 car parking conveniently located next to the home for any visiting guests and family. Because the Villa is the first on the lot, you only have one neighbor to the right (total sweetheart) and no one on the left but views of mountains. We hit the jackpot as far as views are concerned. Villas her offer 180 degree views, maybe. but this Villa is one of few that offer a 270 degree view of the land!, truly amazing.
House Attendant: I wont call her a maid because Martina was family by the end of our short trip. We had breakfast early morning and after a day out on the beach, we had dinner waiting for us. We are from the states and not used to that kind of service so for us, Martina was an angel... and an AWESOME COOK!. She made us her prized Sancocho which was good enough for seconds and thirds!. Though she is included in the rental of the Villa, a well deserved tip goes along way in this industry, so we made sure she'd remember us for the next visit (wink wink).
Overall: This home made such an impression on my family that we all agreed to make this our vacation spot in Samana. Truly blessed for this experience.
This was my second visit to Puerto Bahía and the first time staying at Mr. Novack's villa. This villa is amazing, very pretty, and well equipped with everything you could need. Puerto Bahía is a great complex, very private and luxurious. I totally recommend it, and staying at Mr. Novack's villa will make your expierence even better. Don't forget to go to Cayo Levantado, there's a tour that departs daily from the Lobby of the Bannister Hotel wich is located inside Puerto Bahía, they also have great restaurants, and Martina the housekeeper of the villa is extremely nice so she can help with anything you need. I hope going back to this villa soon.
This was the perfect place for our group to stay. Jim is a wonderful host, that is on top of everything, even if he is abroad. We felt very welcome at his home.
The house is very comfortable, well equipped and in a lovely location.
The small pool was perfect for a refreshing splash and there was a housekeeper that came every day to keep it cristal clean.
Puerto Bahia seems to be quite new, and not very populated yet, so you do get to be in a very quiet place. The restaurant is ok, especially for pizzas, it does not have too many customers, so you should go to the safe options. The mini market at the marina has a good variety and looks neat, and it is always welcome to have someone deliver to the house a couple of beers or something you may have missed to pack for breakfast.
If you are going whale watching, I think Puerto Bahia is the nicest place to stay and Jim's home was a great choice for us.
The property looked fantastic on the HomeAway website, and the rave reviews led us to believe our eyes. But it was even better than we expected. The house is spacious, the view amazing, the facilities top notch. We were five adults—my wife and I, our two children, ages 28 and 26, and our daughter's boy friend, 34. The house afforded privacy when we wanted it, which was rarely, and the shared spaces were big enough that we never felt in each others' way. The kitchen was well equipped, linens and towels plentiful, and Martina, the housekeeper, was on hand every day and prepared a fabulous shrimp stew our last night. WiFi was reliable and fast. There was nothing lacking.
Being situated in Puerto Bahia was another huge plus. The Bannister Hotel's facilities were available. In fact, when my son injured his toe, the hotel called a doctor, who tended it without charge in the hotel's up-to-date infirmary. The Cafe del Mar has wonderful food and a lovely infinity pool—from which, if you wanted to, you could descend by ladder and swim in the bay. Puerto Bahia was serene and beautiful and great to return to after a day on the road to Las Terrenas or Playa Rincon. Samana was a five-minute drive, and big enough to have ATMs, pharmacies, supermarkets, etc.
The property was beautiful. It was definitely the best decision for us being a large group vacationing in Samana. Would definitely stay again and recommend to future travelers. Everyone we dealt with before & during our stay was incredibly cordial and hospitable. The decor within the home was very modern and well designed. :)
Whale watching from January to March!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jun to Nov
May 17 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
All Taxes and Fees are included as well as daily Housekeeping/Cooking with your items from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Optionally, our housekeeper may stay overnight in her own bedroom downstairs and prepare dinner with the food items you provide, or if you prefer provide all the ingredients and delight you with Dominican specialties like Zancocho, for reasonable additional cost.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.