|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
2700 sq ft luxury penthouse of which 1100 sq feet of terraces and balcones in the Balcones del Atlantico resort. Comfortably sleeps 6 - check out the amenities for further details.
Logistics wise, Jet Blue Airlines offers direct flights from NYC (JFK) to El Catey/Samana (AZS) every Wednesday and Saturday. Air Canada have direct flight every Sunday from Toronto and every Saturday from Montreal to El Catey/Samana (AZS).
The ride from El Catey (AZS) to Balcones is about half hour while from the capital, Santo Domingo and its Las Americas International Airport (SDQ), it takes about two hours through breathtaking scenery including Los Haitises National Park, and the northern Samaná mountain range.
English & Spanish couple that fell in love with Samana!
Mari Carmen Martinez purchased this condo in 2012
Samana, the region, is more than just a beach. It has waterfalls, an amazing national park visited by humpback whales each year, amazing birdlife. Las Terrenas town is laid back, verging on shabby chic. A curious mix of French & Italian vibes with the Dominican's fabulous culture. Lots of smiling faces. The French so love the place they have been living here for 20 years and even set up their own school....they have the French Caribbean to choose from and yet they choose Samana. Makes you wonder, right?
Balcones is located outside Las Terrenas town and our Penthouse is a property that gives all the creature comforts and sense of security one would expect. Belongs to a gated community, built and managed by Dominican Republic's largest and most established construction company as a club for discerning, cosmopolitan & demanding Dominicans.
We had a wonderful time! we were with our teenagers who had to work for their exams, it was very peaceful, the beach is amazing and long enough to have long walks. The village nearby is very beautiful and people are so kind!
Perfect vacation! You need a car!
We had a wonderful stay with our 6 and 3 year old children at this penthouse at Balcones. It was perfect for our family. The downstairs area was comfortable and clean and the roof top area was spacious and spectacular. The new outdoor kitchen in great and the kids loved the jacuzzi. We love Balcones for the pools, great beach with kids area and, of course, Porto.
Mari was so easy to work with. Highly recommend all around!
I am writing this review on behalf of my family (wife,kids, 6,7,8) and I. We traveled to this unbelievable dream property in June and stayed for almost three weeks. First, is wasn't long enough. From the first contact we had with the lovely owners (MariCarmen and Jason) we were at ease speaking with them. My wife and I are Medical professionals from the States and have traveled some before coming here. I looked for many weeks on VRBO trying to find the perfect gataway for my family and I. We found it here. The owners were so helpful on the phone prior to arranging our flights, MariCarmen even found us the cheapest flight we searched for. We flew into Samana Airport only 20-30 minutes away from the property as promised by Jason. He said we'd be swimming in the ocean some 40 minutes after our arrival at airport. Not quite because of the beauty of the whole place, we needed to see it to believe it first. Once there, we were met by the beautiful staff of Ramona and here assistant. She was able to give us all the answers to questions we had from eating, town, best beaches, freshest seafood to the Pharmacy. The property was more than you could ask for, almost too much for a vacation, but, we were very pampered by the daily cleaning or available cooking. The beautiful Terrace that now has the outdoor cooking area was not there during our trip. Although, there was some minor construction during our stay there, we did not mind. There were some minor appliances the kitchen could have had, but, no worries I found a place to get these small items for the next lucky guests to enjoy. The owners graciously reimburrsed us for any inconvience it caused us. The property is filled with ground staff and security that you will feel safe at all times. The beach was a two minute walk through lovely gardens. Town is a 6 minute drive along the beach so get a car. Use Nicolas at Fun Rentals, he is our friend now and speaks some English. The grounds and property are keep cleaner than you keep your home. The many pools were spotless and crystal clear. They were just amazingly gracious and I am endeared to them for their hospitality in sharing their fine property with us. Ramona treated us as family and we all cried upon leaving each other. Know some Spanish when there as you'll need it. Most local restaurants (are awesome by the way)have some knowledge of English to get by. We will make it yearly. MariCarmen, we've missed you and your awesome home every day. We hope to talk soon. RC
This penthouse at Balcones del Atlantico in Las Terrenas is spectacular! The apartment surpassed our expectations, everything was immaculate and well decorated. Balcones is very nice (resort style, beautiful gardens, swimming pool, etc) and the beach is beautiful! I recommend to rent a car or a four wheel at Terrenas to move around. There are supermarkets in the village to buy groceries and also there are plenty of restaurants to eat but are not at a distance that you can walk from Balcones (only one restaurant at Balcones). This is better since Balcones is more private and away from the noise and activity of the village or "Pueblo de los Pescadores" (Fishermen's village is how the locals call the heart of the village). We stayed from Thursday to Sunday and enjoyed so much our vacation that my family wants to go back and spend more time at Las Terrenas, it's a paradise. The owner provided an excellent customer service sending all the information we needed regarding the apartment and she was always in contact with us. We did not have any problem getting back our deposit. We definitely would rent this apartment again and we already recommended to our friends and family members.
The Apartment is beautiful and spacious. We went to Las Terrenas for a family vacation and it was wonderful. Part of that wonderful experience was coming back to a very nice apartment at the end of the day. All the furnishes were comfortable and we all woke up refreshed (good bedding). Communication with Mari Carmen (owner) was excellent. Ramona (maid) was a very valuable help during our stay, she was very helpful, kept the place clean and organize and even cooked for us 2 fabulous meals. Security 24/7 was also very much appreciated. The beach across the street is not the best but there are many wonderful beaches close by. We hope to be back soon.
In very few words: This was our second visit, we will come back this year, we have recommended it to all our friends and coworkers.
Some of them will go this year as well.
We feel very comfortable with the owner, she is awesome, very responsive and helpful.
The property is great, very relaxing.
That is why we gave it 5 starts.
Balcones acts as a club for wealthy Dominicans that arrive at their luxury turnkey apartments for the weekend from the capital 2 hours drive away. This wouldn't have been possible a couple of years ago as it was a 6 hour drive away but thanks to a new highway it's now ''weekend-able''. What does that mean? Well, 2 things --- 1. wealthy Dominicans are quite demanding and want top end tasteful surroundings, furnishings and finishing so you stand to benefit 2. the region is unspoilt because it was so isolated until recently.
As well as the beautiful, kid friendly beach on the doorstep, there are 2 more great beaches on the other side of town 1. Playa Coson with its rollers - good for getting the salt in your hair. Don't miss lunch at Casa Luis - basic but great fish. 2. Playa Bonita again with decent waves and lots of restaurants on its boardwalk. Nighttime in Las Terrenas will probably see you end up at Pueblo de los Pescadores at least one evening - very laid back, great selection of restaurants, no heavy sell. Almost forgot, if you are looking to cook certain meals, then you'll be glad to know there's a couple of supermarkets stacking a large selection of imported foodstuffs
The Samaná región is much more than just beaches. Rent a car and get around. From mid Jan to mid March the humpback whales visit the peninsula and you can take boat trips out and get up close to these amazing creatures. The trip also typically takes in the national park ‘Parque de los Haiteses’ and Cayo Levantado. El Limón waterfalls are also nearby. Activities wise, if you like sports fishing, it’s easy to hire a boat and captain for a half day’s fishing trip from several point along the pensinsula. Other fun pasttimes include dinghy sailing, surfing and kite surfing so please don't hestitate to ask reception to point you in the right direction.
Just wanted to finish the description of the region with a mention of the village of Las Galeras and its idyllic beach, Playa Rincon, reached by small boat. Definitely worth a visit, and our suggestion for lunch would be El Cabito - perched on a sea-cliff with spectacular views.
|Refundable damage deposit||$400|
For long stays, willing to negotiate down substantially if occupants pay the electricity. Eg 1month in low season of USD2000 excluding electricity.