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Dominic & Helena

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, spanglish
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Clean simple and quiet within Jurassic Park, Las Terrenas

10 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Las Terrenas Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

A perfect jungle oasis spring board to explore the glorious Samana Peninsular

A clean private bungalow, set amongst the abundance of natural beauty of Jurassic Park.

The bungalow comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a double bed (if required, another bed can be arranged), a bathroom with shower, and a terrace with views of the beautiful green tropical valley and the ocean.

Jurassic Park is a magical place situated on a small hill, in a tranquil valley, 3-5 mins outside of the main town Las Terrenas.

A short stroll behind us there are two waterfalls with pools - which are extremely inviting, especially when its hot, great for cooling off and helping to make you feel at peace with the world.

We have semi controlled jungle areas which we continue to improve and make part of the attraction of being here.

There is very little light pollution (no upward facing lights) so you can view the night sky, from our open pool terrace, which are mostly spectacular all year round.

If you are a star gazer, a writer or a poet you would feel very much at home here.

We are moving towards self sufficiency and Eco tourism. We already have pure spring water and we have solar panels and soar water heaters.

We will in the future add a variety of electric vehicles for guests.

If you have children then this is a natural wonderland providing constant amazement. Indeed, visits from the local children, who are a breath of fresh air, will aid your children in understanding this environment.

To top it off we have a trampoline which is very popular with children and uncontrollably happy adults alike.

We also grow many fruits and vegetables and indeed as I write this the wife has popped out to our herb garden for some coriander.

We hope to have created a much more personal and friendly feeling.

We have a great track record of content, repeat visitors. It seems that a return visit is a must, once you have been bitten by the magic and unadulterated beauty of our little oasis.

Also for a small additional fee we now offer breakfast (typically eggs, toast, seasonal fruits, juices, vegetable and cheese empanadas and coffee in our jungle communal area. Its a great chance to discuss your days activities and learn the best places to go. Just let us know before hand.

If this bungalow is showing as booked, contact us anyway as we have a further 5 bungalows available in Jurassic Park.

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More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dominic & Helena (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, spanglish

About Dominic & Helena

We moved to Dominican Republic in 2008 in search of a better life. We found it! Arriving from London and speaking little Spanish, it has certainly been an interesting adventure, learning much in the 4 and half years living here. My wife and I met in London 11 years ago at a Brazilian Samba party. Our former professions being a far cry from our current life: myself an Accountant and Helena a Textile Designer.

We are happily married with our two wonderful children Safiya and Zaidan, enjoying a very active lifestyle, living in our Caribbean paradise.

Dominic & Helena purchased this bungalow in 2009

Why Dominic & Helena chose Las Terrenas

We chose this property and its location as a kind of dream that had been forming for many years before hand. The combined result of Helena's independent, free-spirited travels throughout latin America (prior to our meeting) plus years of vacationing in this particular part of Dominican Republic. The idea was to choose a place that would enhance our idea of a perfect lifestyle and attract like minded people. Our place embraces the culture, the people and the strong life force itself that is abundant here. We treat our guests as friends visiting and help them every step to experience the wonderful world we live in. In that it enables us to re-experience our wonderful place and the peninsular of Samana again and again through the wonder of other's eyes.

What makes this bungalow unique

We pride ourselves on being personable and extremely helpful with our guests. Going over and beyond the norm in taking time both before booking and after arrival to ensure our guests have the vacation they've dreamed of.

Having learned a lot through keeping a positive attitude and an open mind to how things are here, we are able to impart invaluable and first hand knowledge , that will hopefully leave our guests feeling like they have truly had an unforgettable, real experience of the Dominican Republic.

Many people come to us curious as to what we have done, in daring to start a new life in a new country, culture etc... and often leave re-evaluating their own situations.

We are fully integrated with the local people and we certainly don't separate ourselves from them which would defeat the whole point of visiting one of the most beautiful and happiest places in the world. If you are curious to have a better understanding of Why .... well, we have a pretty good idea and are more than happy to share this with you.

Reviews

5
based on 10 traveler reviews

Clean simple and quiet within Jurassic Park, Las Terrenas
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
5

Dschungel und Glühwürmchen

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Jurassic Park was quite short bit we had a really nice experience. Coming home from Las Terrenas (we have to admit it's a bit far when you don't have a car but you can always take a motoconcho!) we could always relax and chill out in the quiet environment. The pool is great and we enjoyed the Glühwürmchen at night in the jungle like garden. The breakfast was immense!!

Thank you a lot

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Hidden Gem - Peaceful Oasis

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Helena and Dominic's Jurrassic park was a beautiful peaceful time. The huts are clean cozy and fun looking. The grounds are lush and well tended. The rabbits hoping around just add to the feel of Eden. The best part though was the thoughtful guidance of the hosts Helena and Dominic. They are happy enthusiastic knowledgable and helpful people who guided me through where I could go what I could do and who to get as a guide etc. One excursion I took with them made my whole trip- a hike through a farm, more like a food forest, eating and talking and learning with our wonderful guide Fausto. Frankly it was unforgettable. Playa Bonita is aptly named as well and Dominic's advice on that was spot on too. And Las Terrrenas is a bustling whirl and really fun. Jurrassic park as I have seen noted in other reviews is not for those who want the creature comforts of big screen TV s ac or a resort feel. It's getting away from all that. It also is not at all beachfront. But it's an exhilirating ride down there and frankly the beach is quite touristy and does not have the real feel of being up in the hills with the regular Dominicans. For authenticity, feeling like you get to see some real Dominican life, and cool, breezy, sunny, not at all buggy climes-(as explained to me by Dominic based on its altitude) Jurrassic park is a great bet!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

Great accommodations, great recommendations, wonderful town, friendly employees, cool travelers. Be sure to take a guided tour with Fausto, visit playa coson, and eat at Cavo del Drag. We recommend renting a moto also.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Jurassic Park. Is. Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Jurassic Park is perfect!

My boyfriend and I came to the DR for our one year anniversary and knew we wanted to stay somewhere off the beaten path that wasn't an all inclusive resort. If you want somewhere that is peaceful, tranquil, mixed with adventure and a bucket full of AWESOME, Jurassic Park couldn't meet your needs any better.

We arrived late - we flew into and rented a car in Punta Cana. Then drove the 5 and a half hour trek to Las Terrenas. Dominic and his loving (and adorable) family welcomed us right away. Of course we were hungry and Dominic made a call to a neighbor, and arranged for us and another couple to have dinner.

We walked 5 minutes down the hill to her tiny bungalow of a restaurant and she prepared us an amazing spread. Un poco de todo, a little of everything, and it was some of the best local fare we ate on the trip.

In addition to her place, there are tons like it and grocer's, fresh fruit stands, and shops downtown for anything you could want or need. Downtown is only a 5-10 minute car/quad/motorbike ride or 20 minute (beautiful mind you) walk away.

Dominic and Helena are the best at arranging excursions! A local guide (Fausto) will take you on personalized day trips and meet you at JP. We went with two other couples staying at the property on a boat trip across the bay to the Natural Park. We explored caves, ate freshly caught and prepared fish and shrimp, relaxed on the sunny beaches of the fishing village, and more! One couple even stayed behind with Fausto and slept in the larger cave!

In addition to Dominic and Helena being excellent resources for directions, ideas, and good company, there are excursion companies downtown that will take you about anywhere. Cody and I rented a quad for a day and hired a guide that took us and another family vacationing around the "coffee route" to explore the coffee plantation, cigar factory, waterfalls by horseback, and more local eats. If you can find a guide that will take you around as a small group it is well worth it!

At night, there are clubs and bars to go to. Cody and I stayed in most nights to enjoy the peace and tranquility Jurassic Park also offers. We would relax by candlelight on our front porch.

As far as safety is concerned - I NEVER felt unsafe and frankly Cody and I never locked our bungalow.

Dominic and Helena - Thank you again for sharing your perfect slice of jungle heaven. We can't wait to see you again!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

An incredible experience

  • 5 of 5

It is a unique experience to stay at Jurassic Park, far from the mainstream tourists and hotels, but still just some minutes (by car) to the beach. You feel as one with the nature when you are there, and since it is a very quiet area you have the full impact of the sounds of the night with grasshoppers and fireflies around you. It is so relaxing to wake up in the morning and go out to the terrace and lie in the the hammock and watch the wilderness around you, and it's easy to forget about time and just live in the moment instead. The local people are very nice and helpful, and just around the corner you can get good local food. We were only there for a weekend, but we are sure to come back for a longer stay the next time! Thank you Dominic and Helena for living out your dreams and inspiring the rest of us :)

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi guys Thank you for the lovely review ... we think it will certainly help people to determine whether our place is for them. We really enjoyed your visit and the short time we got to know you. We had some wonderful conversations and it was amazing to find so much in common. We found you both to be enthusiastic and refreshing to be around. We look forward to your next visit and our next topics of conversations. All the best Dominic & Helena and the kids
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5

Simple, basic, enjoyment close to nature!

  • 5 of 5

As usual it is always a rewarding experience... e.g. as was arriving late; lights were on and a welcome bag of ice in separate cooler next to fridge +++ the little things we invariably forget: sugar, coffee, salt, mosquito repellant, matches.. (all basics and totally essential...specially if you forget to purchase; like I did!!!) And this time more plusses for the list: enlarged verandah, hot water; and the electrics have gone solar (Well done Dominic!) The pool has been made child friendly and Dominic has recycled some local scooter tires into very confortable deck chairs!! Jurassic is 5 minutes in the hills above Noisy and bustling Las Terrenas... so very quiet and relaxing. We did the must walks: a visit to the tallest tree in DR ( a ceiba, but locally known as the "avatar" tree) awalk up to the the river to the local natural water fall... that serves Dominic well ... as this is his source of water!!! Beaches around us galore... Coson, Playa Bonita, Estillero... endless!!!

The accommodation is simple and basic; but has all the essentials for a very confortable stay. For all those who enjoy nature and the best simple things in life...Jurassic is perfect!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
El Catey, Samana
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Isabells
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Samana
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
Carretera Las Terrenas - Sanchez
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Isabells
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Playa Bonita
Car: not necessary

Jurassic Park is a magical place situated on a small hill, in a tranquil valley, overlooking the ocean and Las Terrenas.

A short stroll behind us we have waterfalls with pools - which are extremely inviting, especially when its hot, great for cooling off and helping to make you feel at peace with the world.

We have semi controlled jungle areas which makes our place unique, we continue to improve and make them a part of the attraction of being here.

There is very little light pollution (no upward facing lights), so you can view the night sky, from our open pool terrace, which are mostly spectacular all year round.

If you have children then this is a natural wonderland providing culture and amazement.

We are close to some of the best beaches in the area like Playa Bonita and Playa Coson.

To top it off we have a trampoline, a horse and many outdoor vehicles which are all very popular with children and uncontrollably happy adults alike.

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Rates & Availability

Las Terrenas Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
HIGH SEASON
Dec 16 2016 - Apr 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
$38
$251
$753
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$33
$217
$568
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $9 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $7

The instant-book price shown is for 2 persons. For every additional person, there is an extra charge of $10 USD per person / per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Las Terrenas Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 345 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , and sink
  • Simple bathroom with a shower enclosure which is tiled, there is a toilet and a sink. This room comes with towels, toilet paper, bathroom mat, shelving and a mirror.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • The bungalows come with a queen size bed as standard. There are either a double or 2 singles available should you wish to accommodate more than 2 people. Also we have available a baby crib with mosquito net. All beds come with pillows, sheets and blankets.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 3 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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