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El Secreto-charming, private villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach & town

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

Sleeps 6-3 bedrooms-2 full bathrooms-2 kitchens, swimming pool, close to beach.

Villa El Secreto is located just outside the village of Las Terrenas in the Samana Peninsula of Dominican Republic considered by locals and visitors alike as one of the prettiest and still unspoiled parts of the country.

Situated in a quiet residential neighborhood, the villa is totally private and set in 700 sq meters of tropical gardens, coconut trees and exuberant vegetation. The nearest beach, Las Ballenas, is one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the area and only 125 meters from the home. Still within short walking distance is “Pueblo de los Pescadores;” the center of nightlife in town and where most restaurants, bars, discos and other conveniences are located.

The main house features two bedrooms, a full bathroom and large kitchen and living room opening to the pool area. The bungalow separated from the main house by the pool, offers one bedroom with its own kitchenette, bathroom and seating area. The villa is perfect for families, friends or couples looking to share accommodations but wishing to keep their privacy.

We welcome you with breakfast items for your first morning at the villa* and maid service and gardener are included with your rental.

Dream the day away at the beach or by the pool; take a day trip to Los Haitises National Park or El Limon waterfall. Other activities, day trips and excursions can be booked with local travel agencies or explored on your own. At the end of the day, walk for dinner to one of the many restaurants in town or stay, have a drink and grill your own in our little corner of paradise. We are proud to be a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Electricity is not included on rental fee

* On stays of a week or more

NOTE: SHORT TERM RENTAL CONTRACT AND ACCEPTANCE OF HOUSE RULES REQUIRED FOR ALL STAYS EITHER BOOKED DIRECTLY OR THROUGH AGENCY (NO EXCEPTIONS). Only staying guests can rent the property; property may not be rented on someone else's behalf.

Discounts offered for retirees and long term stays. Weekly/nightly rates do not apply to major holidays, please write or call for exact quotes. Weekly rates available for Christmas, New Year's and Easter weeks.

Electricity NOT included in rental -

More Details

Property Manager
Jose Morales-Bibi Betancourt
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Jose Morales-Bibi Betancourt

We fell in love with Las Terrenas the first time we visited and after searching for a beach house in many places in Central and South America.

Beautiful mountains, breathtaking beaches, great weather and a village where people still know each other are part of why we choose Las Terrenas. When we bought Villa El Secreto, the property was in terrible shape; we have spent much time and effort repairing it and adding all the details that make it a much loved home.

Originally, we visited the house on holidays, but as friends and family joined us; we were encouraged to offer the property for others to enjoy the house and the beauty and people of Las Terrenas. We are glad we did as we very much like having guests from all over the world!!!

Our home in Las Terrenas is still our favorite place to getaway; we visit as much as our work permits, maintain it as if we were there and enjoy many happy memories while waiting for the next time to return.

We hope you too enjoy our home and Las Terrenas as much as we do.

Why Jose Morales-Bibi Betancourt chose Dominican Republic North Coast

Villa El Secreto has been consistently reviewed by guests for outstanding guest service and value for a private villa in Las Terrenas. We offer a great location outside the village but close enough to all amenities. Las Ballenas beach and Bonita Beach, two of the most beautiful beaches in the area are within walking distance. The villa is located in a quiet, residential area with year long residents. The property is fenced in all sides and pool is exclusively for use of guests.

What makes this villa unique

The villa is located in a quiet, residential area steps away from Las Ballenas beach and walking distance to town and Pueblo Pescadores. Living room and kitchen open to large pool and garden. Property is fenced on all sides and set back from main roads. Bungalow allows for families and couples to share time but maintain privacy.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

El Secreto-charming, private villa walking distance to Las Ballenas beach & town
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews
Cremona, AB

Simple, comfortable and Cute Villa.

  • 4 of 5

Overall, this was a nice villa to stay at. Accommodations were fine, pool was refreshing, the yard was nice and it has a very nice feel to it.

Bibi was absolutely fantastic with checking in while we were there to ensure we were doing alright and helped us to book some extras like deep sea fishing, a personal cook named Kenya that made memorable and delicious Dominican dinners for us, braiding hair, and more.

The villa had what we needed there, though it is on the simpler side. Some of the boards around the pool could use replacing, but nothing urgent. The property is well cared for and kept respectfully clean. Air conditioners worked great. Mosquitoes found in the bedrooms and bathroom mostly, so bring some bug spray for night time.

Location wise, the villa is a 5 min walk to a very long and lovely looking beach in each direction, with palm trees lining the roadway running along it. The beach was a fun place to be. Lovely warm and calm water. Good for the kids to swim in. We found there was quite a bit of sea grass, though it didn't bother us. We did have to be careful walking around on the roads and beach. It was too bad to see garbage left around, though I understand the week prior to our visit there was an huge annual week long party on the island and it was taking a while for remnants of the celebrations to get cleaned up.

Another gorgeous beach to visit is Playa Bonita... a little off the beaten path, bigger waves for boogie boarding or surfing on one side and a perfect shallow calm wading area too. It was about a 15 minute taxi ride and about $30US return. We loved it here!

Town is a good 15-20 min walk from the villa either on the beach or on the road. Lots of traffic on the road, so you need to keep your eyes up. Shopping at La Pola grocery store worked for us as if you spend over $2000 DR pesos, they can give you a ride back to the villa at no cost. WONDERFUL!

As there isn't potable water in the villa, it did take a little more effort in getting the big water jugs back to the villa. The driver from La Pola was kind enough to stop on our way back to the villa sometimes, or you can hire someone going by on a scooter or quad to run you into town to get new bottles.

We had a 6 and 8 year old on this trip. They loved the pool, though how the villa is situated, they didn't meet any other kids to play with nearby or on the beach. Bring games and toys with you.

Thanks Bibi and Jose. We enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing El Secreto for your holiday; we are glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. It is nice to have families get together at our home and know that it would be part of great memories. We make an annual maintenance trip and will certainly take a look at the boards on the deck. We are reluctant to replace the wood with stone as it gets very hot and wood is much softer and nicer to walk around in tropical weather. We are also thinking about getting water from the town, but up to now our well has been great with the added benefit we are not affected by cuts. Also water from town is treated (as it is water coming from our well), but it is probably not a good idea to drink tap water. Safer to purchase water jugs which can always be delivered to the villa. Thank you for taking the time to write about our home, and we hope you and your family return to visit us in the near future. Bibi & José
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Jewel in the Las Terrenas crown

  • 5 of 5

Overall, we had a fabulous time staying in seclusion from the crowds in this well appointed, well maintained and convenient (for beaches, etc) villa.

As per the description of El Secreto, it is secluded from the hustle and bustle of Las Terrenas itself, located in a developed area but protected by fencing and walls from the neighbors. Don't expect a view of the beach, but you are definitely secure here in your own corner of paradise with a locked sliding gate, alarm and cameras which monitor the exterior 24x7.

El Secreto is a short walking distance from the vast expanse of beach which provides many opportunities for rest, relaxation and food. Another 30 minute walk along the beach (or 5 minute drive) will get you to the north end of the town of Las Terrenas itself. Incidentally, ATV's and scooters are available for hire in the town if you're feeling adventurous.

The grounds of El Secreto are very well maintained and planted out with varied flora and fauna with plenty of room for kids to play. The pool of course is the central feature and while not heated, is at a comfortable temperature warmed by Mother Nature. There is also a covered area to park a car, although those people with a nervous disposition might want to rent a small(er) car as turning room into the driveway and navigating some of the streets is more suited to a smaller vehicle. We rented a midsize and managed fine though.

As for the villa itself, it is spacious, light and well appointed with more than enough kitchen accessories to manage a full house. Las Terrenas is renown for power outages - we experienced only one for a very short period. The wi-fi worked perfectly during our stay and the air conditioning in each of the bedrooms is more than adequate, although we rarely used it given the time of year.

We only had one small issue with the toilet during our stay and thanks to instant messaging, the owners were on hand to respond to our messages instantaneously. The issue was resolved with lightning speed in co-ordination with the property manager who is also available to contact by voice/message at any time. Very reassuring.

A word of advice - if you're flying in to Samana and renting a car to drive to Las Terrenas, be warned that local insurance at around USD13/day is mandatory and a GPS is a good idea (only rely on it for major routes).

So overall, a very pleasant stay in a villa which certainly lives up to the previous reviews and delivers a small piece of luxury in paradise.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased to see that Villa El Secreto has become a favorite vacation spot for families such as yours. Through the years, families have came back to visit, and it is very nice to hear that our home is part of beautiful memories. We believe close communication and consistency in providing good service is what keeps our ratings high and certainly will keep striving to provide the best experience to our guests.
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Excellent vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Our family was so happy with this vacation rental. Bibi is an excellent communicator and the planning was easy thanks to her emails and willingness to share her knowledge of the area. The house is located in a quiet area. The gardens are lovely. The house is bright, clean and very well cared for, the kitchen has everything you need for cooking, the beds are comfortable. We loved the open access to the pool area. The beach is a short walk from the house and we were glad to be off the main road and away from the noise. The house is located in a more residential area of Las Terrenas and again we appreciated the serenity that afforded us. That being said, there are a few restaurants and beach bars within short waliking distance. The Dominicans are such wonderful people and a little Spanish goes a very long way. We plan to return to this house again next year, it was perfect!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay. We are glad that you and your family enjoyed the villa, and even more, that you plan to return next year!
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Best vacation ever!!

  • 5 of 5

I love the place, the town, the pool. it was great!!! my family had a great time!!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed the villa. Come back to visit us soon, the garden shower should be ready :)
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Very quiet villa in las Terrenas

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week at the Villa El Secreto in august, the villa is quiet and it was really a good week of holidays. The house is situated at about 5 walking minutes from the marvellous Beach of Las Balenas. You will need a car or a quad because it´s quite far from the Town of Las Terrenas, especially when coming back at night. The main villa is comfortable, well furnished and the kitchen is well equiped for cooking.

The bungalow is also quiet and the bedroom comfortable.

The bathroom in the main villa is more lovely and convenient than the bungalow´s one.

The garden (lots of tropical flowers and trees) & the swimming pool are really very lovely.

The villa and bungalow were clean, but the swimming pool was not very clean when we arrived on saturday. It has been cleaned on the following tuesday, only once a week instead of twice.

The gas bottles for the kitchen and BBQ haven ´t been checked before arrival so that we cannot use the BBQ before tuesday.

Unfortunately there are a lot of mosquitoes in the property, especially in the main house, less in the bungalow.

The water from the well does not smell very good, but the owner advised us as we contract together.

Some tips about the Town of Las Terrenas, Arena Tours organizes very interesting visits of the Haitises. And you can eat very goog fishes and beef " Chez Sandro".

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Francoise, thanks for staying with us and taking the time to give us feedback. We very much appreciate it as it allows us to continuously work in improving our property. Apologies for not finding the pool sparkling clean, the person who usually does the cleaning did not go and a replacement was not send that day. You might have noticed only one cleaning because the pool gets cleaned on Tuesdays and Saturday and your stay was of five days. We take note of the gas for the BBQ, although it seems the issue was not gas but the ignition which might get moist with humidity. Mosquitoes are inevitably part of the "Caribbean experience" and although we fumigate the villa and surroundings often, they are always present. Having the lights on in the rooms at night with opened doors also "invites" them in. We always recommend our guests to bring plenty of repellent and purchase some citronella sticks at the local supermarket for the outdoors. Lastly, dry season is a challenge with the well, other times is not an issue, but we are considering switching to municipal water although not having to be subjected to water delivery or cuts does have advantages especially in such a hot climate. Thanks again, and we hope you return to visit us.
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denver co

super spot to relax. responsive owner.

  • 5 of 5


* great location.

* short walk to the beach

* easy walk to town for all kinds shopping

* super responsive and friendly owner and local property manager

* clean and highly functional home

* kitchen is well stocked with utensils, dishes and pots -though could use sharper kitchen knives

* air condition in bedrooms

* working wifi -successfully streamed netflix movies to tv

* swimming pool

* great outdoor patio/deck

* beautiful yard

* quiet and seemingly safe neighborhood

* great beach

* secured parking -compact cars only, i mean that. don't rent/bring a big car. our little nissan sentra was challenging enough.

* hot showers.

* water dispenser for 5 gallon bottles


* white paint in pool rubs off when touched and stains skin. requiring soap and water to remove. so, we avoided the pool. thankfully beach is close and way more fun.

* several power outages means no running water

* mosquitoes -the nature of tropical rainforests


we spent a week here and enduring several power outages. during power outage, water stops running. buy plenty of water. the five gallon bottle is very inexpensive to refill. make sure to bring the 5 gallon bottle in the house to the supermarket and receive a deposit otherwise it will cost more than five times the cost.

bring flashlight for night walks to town and for power outages -perhaps even bring LED lantern for outages. plenty of candles in the house. for walks to town, it may make sense to bring a personal light flasher -like the ones on bicycles. road's mostly unlit, narrow and motorcycles and cars often drive faster than seems sensible. buy citronella from supermarket for mosquitoes. lots of mosquitoes. if you wants something less toxic than the typical mosquitoes body repellents -like the brand "deep woods off", consider bringing your own mosquito repellent.

overall, great spot to relax. perhaps, the most relaxing vacation that i've spent anywhere. i'd definitely stay here again. thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write about us. We are glad that you enjoyed the villa and are very appreciative of your comments and feedback. I sent a note to Jeni in reference to the pool as we cannot figure out what might have happened but definitely keeping an eye on it. Best, BB & Jose
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Cascada El Limon
Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
El Catey
Nearest Barpub
125 Metres
El Eden
Nearest Restaurant
125 Metres
El Eden
Nearest Beach
125 Metres
Las Ballenas
Car: not necessary

Situated in a quiet street just outside the village of Las Terrenas, Villa El Secreto offers the comforts and privacy of your own home. The villa is surrounded by tropical gardens with a large swimming-pool and wood deck to enjoy the glorious weather. We welcome you with breakfast items for your first morning at the villa* and maid service, gardener and pool attendant are included with your rental.

Las Ballenas, one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, is just minutes away from the house as well as 'Pueblo de los Pescadores,' the center of nightlife in town and where most restaurants, bars and discos are located. Other beaches such Playa Bonita and Coson are only a short drive away.

Dream the day away or take a trip to Los Haitises national park or El Limon waterfall. Other activities, day trips and excursions can be booked with local travel agencies or explored on your own. At the end of the day your own little corner of paradise will be waiting.


*For stays of a week or more

** Electricity NOT included on rental fee -

***Daily rates DO NOT apply to major holidays, please check with us to confirm rates.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350

Short Term Contract is required for ALL STAYS. Discounts offered for retirees and long term stays. Weekly/nightly rates do not apply to major holidays, please write or call for exact quotes. Weekly rates available for Christmas, New Year's and Easter weeks.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


Las Terrenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront
  • Town
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 is located in bungalow across main house. Separate kitchenette, seating room and bathroom.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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

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