2 bedrooms & bathrooms, sleeps 6
- english, french, spanish, italian
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 1:00 PM
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Beautiful location and property
The penthouse and location were absolutely amazing. Pros: The Chef service: Danny and Leny were outstanding! He was more of an onsite manager for us as he contacted the staff when they forgot to replenish toilet paper, towels, trash bags, and checkout list. The food was delicious and I would certainly recommend anyone staying here get this service. The villa is spacious and very comfortable. The view from the top floor is amazing!! We got massages up there and it was perfect! Check out was easy; we just paid for "extras" and left. No one from property mgt was there during check out. Tony was great at fixing what needed to be done and Franco also great with bags and hot tub maintenance. The place is very secure and have a great pool on site. The closeness to the beach was also a plus. Cons: We were surprised by the extra $20/day for air-conditioning in the living area but we needed it during the time as it was very hot and humid . I missed it online and it was not mentioned during check in. We had noisy neighbors and had to contact the concierge twice which proved to be difficult at times since the wi-fi was not consistent and we communicated through WhatsApp. Cleaning crew forgot to replenish some essentials even though we were the only customers at times but did a great job keeping the place spotless. Overall its a great villa in a great location. I would recommend renting a car; the drive is on a good road but get pesos since there are tolls. If you don't have a car, a taxi ride to the supermarket will cost you $20USD. Las Terrenas is a beautiful town and I can't wait to return.
June in Paradise
The property was just as advertised. Very clean and nice accommodations. It is located in a gated community with security checking all people coming in. Very safe. We were met by a bell person to show us where to park and he took all our bags up to the pentohouse. Oscar met us and welcomed us and answered any questions we had. The cooks Danny and Lenny were great. We asked for a traditional Dominican meal when we arrived and they delivered! Danny cooked breakfast each morning and it was delicious. The rooms were beautiful, clean and comfortable. The views were awesome. From the kitchen table you can just see the beach and ocean in clear view. The windows open up all around the living area and kitchen which was awesome. The top deck had spectacular views with hot tub and bbq and patio furniture. I would give overall 5 stars but the hot tub wouldn’t heat up for 2 days of our stay. So that was kind of sad as we’d hoped to use it more in the evenings to relax.
Overall our experience was great, the communication was done well and we would return.
Btw, this area end of May /early June was not crowded at all. We maybe saw 20 other people on the beach. We rented scooters for 2 days and cruises around. Many great restaurants right on the paved road (Diego’s was great for authentic wood fired pizza and calzones).
Incredible. Cannot wait to return!
Las Terrenas is an old fishing village that retains its local culture, charm with many great dining and outdoor activities. The description for this clean, contemporary, quiet 2 bedroom PH villa with deck/Jacuzzi was more stunning than we expected. Emma, who communicated with us promptly, answered every question, gave us suggestions on local travel and information in and around Las Terrenas. Stephany, the villa’s cheerful and thoughtful concierge/hostess made us feel well taken care of from the beginning. We reserved a rental car, in SDQ, once there we discovered that there were NONE to be had. We were able to secure a taxi but in hindsight, I should have asked Stephany to get a car to pick us up instead, which would have been less stressful. The 2 hour taxi ride is 190 US plus a 10% tip that is always appreciated. Banks in DR allow a daily withdrawal of $200 US, only the Scotia bank at Super Pola or Super Linda, allow you to draw out more cash. Having now been here, I suggest bringing the full amount of US dollars to cover your trip. The unit has a very secure safe, Bonita Village is fully gated with guards. It is easy to exchange US dollars in town but everyone accepts US cash. Stephany made sure we had everything we needed once we were checked in, staying in touch with Whatsapp. The unit has a water cooler/heater, all that's needed are bottles of water for your day needs and ice. The kitchen is fully stocked if you want to cook. Chef Danny and Lenny cooked our first dinner of fresh red snapper in a coconut sauce. After that, we asked them to cook for us every night. For $35 + ingredients, the portions are a nice size, we often had leftovers for our lunch the next day. We loved the squid calamari, grilled lobster, seafood kebab and the chicken with mushrooms. Chef Lenny made a delicious chocolate fondant anytime and our 16 year old asked for it every night. The bedrooms have AC, ceiling fans and the beds are comfy. Soaps, conditioners, shampoos in the bathrooms are replaced daily. Nothing I say can describe the view! Opening all the windows and doors, brings in the most incredible breezes. I still miss the incredible light and open feeling of the villa. The upstairs deck is a gift, eating breakfast in the am and at the end of the day, relaxing on the lounges or sitting in the delicious hot tub. We voted this best vacation, it was so very hard to leave such a paradise. Thank you Emma, Stephany, Chef Danny and Lenny and staff! See you again soon,
We are dreaming of returning here again soon!
After a vacation last winter in the lovely, freezing Montreal, we, our two sons, 16 and 23 opted for something warmer, which led us to look at the Dominican Republic, specifically the Samana Peninsula, for this years winter get away. A little bit of goggling led me to find Las Terrenas, an old fishing village -- with beautiful beaches, that retains its local culture and charm with so many delicious dining choices and adventurous outdoor activities. On HomeAway, the photos and description for this clean, contemporary, well appointed, quiet 2 bedroom PH villa with private deck/Jacuzzi are exactly what you get and gives you so much more. Once we reserved with Emma, who communicated with us promptly, she answered every question we had, gave us suggestions on travel, local information in and around Las Terrenas, plus the many options that come with the rental, Emma was so supportive and thoughtful, she made us feel so well taken care of right up to the very day of our trip. Stephany, is the villa’s cheerful and generously kind concierge/hostess - she was very forthcoming and helpful in getting any and all of our vacation needs set up.
The travel from NYC is relatively easy with a short, nonstop flight from JFK to SDQ plus a 2-hour ride up past rice farms, small villages and over the mountains to the villa. TIP: While we had reserved a rental car, once we arrived at SDQ, we discovered that there were NONE to be had anywhere. Luckily, we were able to secure a taxi at the airport to bring us to Ribera Mar. In hindsight, I should have asked Stephany to get a car to pick us up instead, which would have been less stressful. The cost for the taxi ride is 190 US (9,500 pesos - at 50 pesos to 1 US$) each way, plus a 10% tip (the general amount suggested) that is always appreciated. TIP: the banks in DR only allow a daily withdrawal of $200 US (10,000 pesos), only the Scotia bank (one is at the markets: Super Pola, other at Super Linda) allows you to draw out more funds. We had $1500 USD with us, which was not enough since credit cards are only accepted at some restaurants. Having now been here, I would totally suggest bringing the full amount of US dollars to cover your trip. The unit has a very secure safe, the Bonita Village is fully gated with guards and completely safe. FYI it is easy to exchange US dollars in town, but honestly, everyone accepts US cash. We were happy to discover that while called a ‘resort town’, Las Terrenas itself is low key, quiet,
Fantastic place to stay!
We traveled from Seattle, WA to this beautiful place. The journey was long, but well worth it. From the start, communications with Emma were very clear and well executed. She helped book your taxi service from the airport to the Penthouse. Trying to get it scheduled on my own was not so easy. I'm so happy she could help us with the logistics to get here, to and from the airport in Santo Domingo! It is a 2.5 hour car drive from the airport. Emma was available to answer our questions along the way from booking to preparing for our arrival. Upon arrival, Stephany took over and provided continuous service to help make our stay as pleasant as possible. She greeted us upon our arrival and was available daily for questions, suggestions, booking excursions or scheduling Danny, the wonderful Chef that was available to us for the duration of our visit. To have such great service available to you for a very reasonable cost was worth every penny. Danny would procure the groceries for you and come and cook what you requested. You only needed to pay for the cost of the groceries and the added cost for Danny to cook your meal, anything outside of cooking breakfast was extra. The cost to hire Danny was an additional $35usd. He and Lenny were FANTASTIC! The best way to get around is either by bicylce (which they have available) or to rent a scooter or ATV. Understand the roads before you decide to drive yourself. Otherwise, the next best means of transportation are the Motorbike Taxi's, guys on motorcycles. From the Condo to the town, the cost is $2usd. Dom. Pesos are best to use, as some of the locals don't know the exchange rate and think you are not paying them enough. For the beach seating, you can either pay for a chair, or if it's connected to a beach hut bar, just ordering drinks provides you chairs for free. The locals are friendly and helpful. Restaurants in town were wonderful. Food and atmosphere is great. I highly recommend anyone considering vacationing here to book this location and this Penthouse. It was a wonderful trip, great memories made and we look forward to our visit again!!
It was a true pleasure to have Natalie and her friends at our Penthouse. She is very friendly and courteous, from the initial conversations always made sure to keep me informed of her needs so that we could provide the best service possible. We are truly happy that they all enjoyed their stay in our property and would love to have her stay with us at any time!!
Las Terrenas itself is a very unique place- a fishing village situated on the Atlantic where many tourists and citizens alike get around on ATV's, mopeds, and other 4 wheelers. Numerous small restaurants along the beach will serve you drinks and snacks but also just a short drive into town for a true Dominican, Italian, French dinner and many other cuisines. I can see this destination getting more and more popular every year.
This property however is something else... a great view of the beach with large retractable windows to allow a cross breeze during the day. A fully stocked kitchen if you're one who likes to prepare your meals on vacation, otherwise plenty of space for your chef for hire to make his delicious meals (Chef Danny specifically who cooked us every breakfast and several dinners- every one of those meals fantastic).
When you want to explore, Stephanie, your concierge, will arrange a tour (we used Flora tours for everything, another great company) or two or even recommend restaurants or beaches and arrange the taxi ride for you. Really felt we were treated like VIP's by those two as well as the rest of the staff.
The air conditioned bedrooms here are well appointed with roomy showers and very comfortable beds and the jacuzzi on the top floor worked perfect for us after a long day and Wi Fi was more than adequate for streaming.
All in all a great location, property and most of all customer service. Will stay here again when we get the chance!
Thank you for being wonderful guests!! We are very happy to have met your expectations and looking forward to having you visit us again soon! It was our pleasure.
Villa Ribera Mar Team
Villa Ribera Mar is located at Las Terrenas, a small fishing village of 11,000 residents on the Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic. Best known for being one of the greatest spots of the Caribbean to vacation being far from mass tourism locations such as Punta Cana or Cancun. Many Dominicans, French, Italians, Germans, Canadians and Americans come here to vacation and stay for life, calling Las Terrenas their home. This is why you will find a friendly environment where locals, expatriates and tourists come together, as you will see their different influences through the cuisine and way of life. Enjoy many of these blending influences in the Fisherman’s Village just minutes away from the apartment.
Enjoy traditional local recipes and fresh seafood along with Dominican and French Haute cuisine while enjoying a peaceful view of the Caribbean ocean.
FUN FILLED TIME AND ACTIVITIES
Set-up to go along the beach line on a four-wheel adventure, for fun, experimenting or do your town shopping, jog along the coast with the company of the sunset, swim the crystal fresh warm waters, lay for a sun tan or walk bare foot to massage your soles on the soft white sand beaches.
* Do some adventurous donkey or horseback riding at the Salto Del Limon River and Waterfall.
* Whale watching in Samana Bay, (January-March)
* Sail in a catamaran for snorkeling and scuba diving.
* Tennis lessons from a professional instructor in the residence tennis court for RD$350.00
Dominican Pesos per hour (approximately US$9.00 or EU$7.00)
* Sailing Club next to the complex (catamaran, windsurfing and kayaking for a reasonable fee)
* Explore the Islets, mangroves and caves in Los Haitises National Park.
* Sailboat rental (available to go with a crew)
* Eco tours by car, jeep or horse.
* Enjoy the area’s natural beauty by mountain biking.
* Boat tour to the tropical island of Cayo Levantado (Uplifted Cay)
* Surfing (September- November)
* Kite Surfing (December-September)
* Kid’s Club at Las Ballenas Beach.
* Playa Grande Golf Club at Cabrera near Rio San Juan (63 miles)
* Enjoy Beach Volleyball at Las Ballenas Beach.
* Play smart at the pool table located at the residence bar. *seasonal
* Take dance lessons in town at the Latino Dance School.
* Spa treatment’s available at the Turkish Spa and Beauty Salon.
* Shop for souvenirs and handcrafts in town.
* Mini Golf’s available very close to Fisherman’s Village.
* Enjoy night life at the Fisherman’s Village.
You will find plenty of activities to do along with the option to savor an authentic experience at a place where you have the luxury to enjoy all shades of blue beaches (Playa Las Ballenas, Playa Coson, Playa Bonita, Playa Rincon and Punta Popy) and amazing River and mountain adventures.