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Michael Bidwell

Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

Luxury Oceanfront Condo - Walk to the Very Best of Las Terrenas - See Reviews!

17 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Dominican Republic North Coast Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Vitality Las Terrenas! Oceanfront, Ideal Spot: Beach, Dining, Night w/Privacy

Luxury beachfront condo / apartment in an IDEAL Las Terrenas location for your vacation and family gatherings. The suite is new, modern, a high build quality and very well appointed. True walking distance to all of Las Terrenas' best restaurants, shops, cafes and discotheques. Five (5) minutes to the new Fisherman's Village featuring 13 beachfront restaurants, cafe's and clubs. Lush palm trees and exotic vegetation all about.

The suite has two (2) spacious bedrooms, two (2) luxurious baths, a large living area and a grand terrace with commanding views of your pool directly below you and Playa Ballenas directly in front to enjoy the wonderful palm trees and ocean views. The unit comfortably sleeps and accommodates six (6) adults.

Ventanas al Mar is in a 24-hour secured luxury complex with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, reserved parking spot, guest parking available and facility attendant to help with anything on site all day long.

Also, consider reserving any maid service you may desire during your stay, snorkeling adventures right in front of the unit and even niceties like a personal trainer and an in home cook at your request. All at reasonable local rates.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael Bidwell (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish

About Michael Bidwell

We live in the United States and discovered Las Terrenas for ourselves in early 2012. I absolutely had to see LT for myself after reading this enchanting Caribbean Travel article . . .

A month or so later, we fell in love with LT almost the moment we crossed over the mountain range and saw the region's stunning natural beauty: miles and miles of pristine beaches, extremely lush palm forests and the deep blue Caribbean Sea. Incredible! Once in town, we were drawn to the cosmopolitan beach scene. TOP quality restaurants, french bakeries, cafes and countless beach bar options of all levels of sophistication. Also, it is great to have the option to take a bite out of a great nightlife scene on any given evening. Great discos (The Replay), Nightclubs (Gaia), Lounges (Mosquitos, One Love, Mojitos are just the start) and even the venerable Bodega promise much fun and memories!

After months of scouring and searching various places and locations with my outstanding realtor, it all came together perfectly when we saw Ventanas al Mar. The place is beautiful and the location could not be better.

I don't know why LT is still largely a secret in the US. I have a feeling with their new highway and international airport, LT and the surrounding Samana peninsula is poised to become a major vacation destination.

Michael Bidwell purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Michael Bidwell chose Dominican Republic North Coast

With this luxury condominium, you are getting the very best of the Las Terrenas experience!

The Home: It is new construction and of a very high quality. It has all the appointments to plug right in and take hold of the tremendous ocean views, cooling trade winds and lush tropical vegetation all around you. Unpack and you will be in full vacation / relaxation mode within the hour!

Tony is the house manager and can help you get settled upon your arrival. He can also help you will luggage, small errands, setting up beach chairs and with any requests you have round the property.

What makes this apartment unique

The Location: Look out from the huge 2nd floor veranda and you soak in on one of the regions most beautiful beaches just steps away, Playa Bellenas. Nearby Playas Bonitas, Coson, PortelloBeing able to walk to everything is a major benefit to your location. Restaurants, Nightclubs, Beach Bars, Spa and even boat excursions launching right from your beach isseveral others.

Nearby Amenities:

The New Fisherman's Village - The Hub of LT! It features over a dozen+ restaurants / clubs / cafes / lounges clustered together with beach-side dinning, and dancing a few hundred meters down the beach from Alisei.

Restaurants - Too many to name but easily over 25 featuring some of the best Italian, French, German, Swiss and local foods. (We have traveled throughout Europe and feel the dining experiences and atmosphere throughout LT are some of the best).

Affordability: The Dominican Republic represents an outstanding value for vacationers. We never felt anything was unreasonably priced, ever. Sometimes quite the opposite. It makes for a nice vacation when you feel you can splurge a little. One of the best indulgences we love is . . .

Vitality & Hospitality - The area boasts a tremendous mix of Italians, Germans, Swiss, French, Canadian and of course the great locals. Together it makes for a very vibrant, warm and welcoming area all along the beach scene.

Spa - Located 125 meters away in the incredibly beautiful Hotel Alisei.

As you should get your reservation set for you stay here, we will be happy to pull together more thoughts to complete your stay. Some guests like to reserve nice little comforts like a regular cleaner or an in-home cook and even personal trainer (E.g. Yoga on the Terrace overlooking the beach, etc.). All that can be easily reserved for you ahead of time, all at very reasonable prices.

Thanks for looking. We hope you are able to visit Las Terrenas and Ventanas al Mar soon!

Reviews

5
based on 17 traveler reviews

Luxury Oceanfront Condo - Walk to the Very Best of Las Terrenas - See Reviews!
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
5

Everything we expected!

  • 5 of 5

Just an absolutely gorgeous condo with a beautiful view! We loved the fact that part of the deck was covered so we could sit outside even during the rain, which we unfortunately had way too much during our stay. Kitchen was perfect for our needs and the bed was very comfortable. We only used the AC that was in the bedroom at night and left the windows open everywhere else. Very comfortable and no insects/mosquitoes whatsoever. We mostly walked to the restaurants but also rented an ATV for excursions. A very unique driving experience with scooters everywhere!! Excellent food wherever we went.

Alma was tremendous! Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Exceptional !

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely spectacular location and accommodations! Owner has thought of everything you could possibly want or need. Right on the beach and close to restaurants and shops (Fisherman's Village). Very spacious condo with everything that was important to us (pool w/ hot tub; WiFi; tv/NetFlix; plenty of parking; 24 hr. Security). Owner and property manager also very helpful with plenty of information about the area (places to go & things to do). Highly recommended - we'd go back tomorrow if we could !!

Owner also exceptionally responsive (he actually cares that you want for nothing ...).

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Thank you for a spectacular vacation... not a resort, not too far off the beaten path. Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

I travelled to Las Terrenas with our four daughters and the plan was for my husband to join us a few days later. I rented a car through Travelocity and it was conveniently waiting for us when we arrived. The airport is small and easy to get around, even with four kids in tow.

We arrived at the condo with no problems with the directions given to us by Mike. We were met by Alma who showed us around the condo and gave me driving/walking directions to the important spots (grocery, etc). Driving was interesting with all the scooters and narrow streets but I adjusted easily.

My husband took sick and was unable to join us, but we always felt safe. The beach right outside the complex was beautiful and so easy to walk along to get to Fisherman's village (Lazy Dog for the fried shrimp, fish soup, and watermelon breezes; One Love; Terrenas; Cayuco were our favourites). Mojitos for the seafood ceviche ( I agree, Mike); XO for the passion fruit aperitif! We LOVED poking through the little shops in town and the street food was delicious.

Horseback riding down to El Limon; Zip lining at Runners; Surfing lessons at Playa Bonita at Pirata were some of our favourite excursions. We did not use the tours agencies, but it is easy to find any of these activities and more. We tipped the people who provided us with directions and we were even escorted to areas that may be hard to find. Alma's husband, Jesus, came to our rescue one night when I forgot the key inside the apartment. He was kind and jovial, despite being called out at a rather late hour. During the last few days of our stay, Semana Santa was underway. although the music was loud, it ended at midnight. We appreciated the backup generator during those evenings, as the music/lights for the parties obviously used up a lot of electricity. The influx of people was not a problem for us and we continued to feel safe in our guarded community. My girls loved the pool and it was convenient to be able to watch them from our huge veranda. They visited with the security guards who were always kind and helpful. We all loved the dogs who were plentiful but always well behaved and sweet. No begging, even in the restaurants. The streets were clean, safe, the people were helpful and kind and didn't mind spending the time with us in order to be understood. In a nutshell, we had the time of our lives and truly enjoyed having the condo as our landing point. Comfortable, beautiful, roomy! Marcie, Erica, Nadia, Katrina, and Ava

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow . . . Thanks for sharing your kind words! We are so pleased to hear you and your daughters had such a wonderful time. Moreover, I appreciate all your excursion experiences. We will be venturing out to trfy them ourselves. -Mike
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5

Great vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

My friend and stayed here for 3 weeks and had such a great time! Plus, the pictures of the view from the terrace do not do it justice.......it's like being in the middle of a fabulous photo! And being just across the street from the Ocean lets you hear the waves, which is especially wonderful at night. The staff and owner are amazing in making sure that your vacation is everything you want it to be. And don't forget to do the whale watching in Samana. An enjoyable vacation is a definite given!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect place to stay in a prefect little town in the DR!

  • 5 of 5

This condo is amazing! The owner and property manager both go above and beyond to help make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The location is perfect and the beaches are breathtaking. You will not be bored with Las Terranas and if your looking for a relaxing vacation look no further! The balcony overlooking the ocean is beautiful and you will have everything you need in the condo. This strip has all kinds of little places to eat right on the beach and even the night life is great right on the beach. It really was an unforgettable stay. I intent ot go back to this same spot!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you L! Indeed, LT is a special place. We enjoy consulting with our guests to help them get settled and enjoying the area right away. We look forward to accommodating you on your return! -Mike
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5

Perfect place in a beautiful town.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four just got back from a week at Las Terrenas. This condo is perfect as far as location, amenity and surroundings. View from the Hugh balcony is something we will never forget. We spent hours each day gazing out to the beach lined with palm trees. This location is perfect. Easy 5 min walk on the beautiful sandy beach to the town and there are no shortage of eateries around this property. Beach in front of the property is calm and warm. The groundskeeper is always around during the day and a night security guard. We felt very safe. We left our Shoes outside the door the entire week, left door unlocked except at nights, and at one point even left the key on the lock outside by accident, but nothing happens. Beds were very confortable and AC worked well. We walked up and down the beach and had determined our rental was the best, for its location, view and security. Last but not least, the property manager Alma. She's such an angel. We arrived at the condo way ahead of check in time and ran into Alma at the property. After finding out that we have never been to this area and does not speak a word of English, she graciously offered to take us around town and to go shopping at the market. After all was done and over, she even invited us to join her family the next day at the beach! She had made our trip that much more unforgettable. Thank you alma, our family will never forget you. And thank you mike, for putting up with my 10,000 questions and always responding in a timely manner.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
14 Miles
El Catey (AZS) - 14 Miles or SDQ 1hr 45min
Nearest Barpub
125 Metres
3 Beach Bars (200m), Fisherman's Village (500m)
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
(Coming Soon to Samana Penninsula in 2015)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 7 ('Las Terrenas')
Nearest Restaurant
125 Metres
Baraonda Restaurant & Lounge + 12+ Beach Spots
Nearest Beach
2 Metres
Playa Ballenas - Playa Bonita - Playa Coson
Car: not necessary

The Splendor of Las Terrenas & The Samaná Peninsula

A tiny ramshackle fishing village only 30 years ago, Las Terrenas has developed into one of the Dominican Republic’s most sought-after tourist centers. An influx of expatriates from North America and Europe has brought a wide array of guesthouses and restaurants, tailored to the independent traveler. But development has not ruined this welcoming seaside community’s relaxed atmosphere. Lying on the North Coast of the Samaná Peninsula, a lush strip of land pushing out into the Atlantic, the town is blessed by the proximity of some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and by spectacular countryside around. Extensive groves of coconut trees fringe expanses of white sand which slope gently and invitingly into clear warm water.

Top 10 Attractions

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1. Playa Las Terrenas

Stretching a mile in either direction from the small town center, the attractive beach is clean and safe with ample shade. Heading westwards, Playa Cacao, close to small hotels and bars, is slightly more developed than the others.

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2. Diving

Relatively unspoilt coral reefs lie close to Las Terrenas. Divers are attracted to nearby Playa Las Ballenas, where a group of small islands stand just offshore. There are many dive shops, such as Stellina Diving Center, and snorkel hire shops.

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3. Beachside Restaurants

Spread along the beach either side of the main intersection are many top-rate but informal fish eateries. Fish with coconut is recommended. Early evenings are atmospheric with technicolor sunsets over the water.

Painted walls of a beachside restaurant

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4. Haitian Art

Naïve Haitian art is widely available and is often mediocre and mass-produced. The Haitian Caraïbes Art Gallery has a good and reasonably-priced selection of wooden sculptures and voodoo-influenced images.

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5. Shopping

For a small town, Las Terrenas offers a surprising range of shopping opportunities, from the small modern mall to outlets along the main street. Bargains can be had by bartering with stall-holders, especially near the beaches.

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6. Nightlife

Las Terrenas is rightly celebrated for its busy but laid-back after-dark ambience, particularly at weekends when locals and tourists mingle at an open-air street fair or visit its many bars.

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7. Playa Bonita

The immaculate “Beautiful Beach” is fringed by coconut trees, in which guesthouses are hidden. Less crowded than Las Terrenas, and ideal for kids.

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8. Playa Cosón

This isolated curve of powdery white sand, limpid water, and palm groves looks every bit the idyllic image of the tourist brochures. A couple of fishermen’s shacks sell cold drinks and grilled fish to this beach’s few visitors.

9. El Portillo Beach Club

One of the largest all-inclusive resorts, complete with its own airport, this complex offers various sporting and entertainment options. Day visitors can admire its beautiful beach from the bar.

Samana Excursions: 'Tour Samana with Terry offers the HIGHEST rated tours and excursions to all corners of the Samana Peninsula. From Horseback to ATV to Zip Line to Maritime Whale tours enjoy their unmatched attention to detail and love of this beautiful natural wonderland.'

Whale Watching: 'A unique opportunity to observe humpback whales in their natural calving and mating grounds here in Samaná Bay, Dominican Republic. Listen to the male humpback’s solitary courting song and witness incredible displays of flippering, tail lobbing and breaching by the most active species of whale in the Atlantic. On board, a Marine Mammal Specialist narrating and answering questions. An experience of a lifetime, not to be missed! Dates January 15th to March 25th Departure Samaná:'

Kite Surfing: There are centers in Las Terrenas and Playa Coson.

Horseback Beach Tours: Located in Las Terrenas and Playa Coson as well!

Las Terrenas Exursions: 'Specialties : the national park of ¨los Haitises¨ and exclusivity, Haitises + tropicals rivers ! Whale watching (exclusivity, an hydrophone to listen them singing), catamaran - snorkeling, Limon´s waterfall, cayo levantado and Bacardi´s island, Rincon´s beach, coffee's road.'

Turtle Dive Center: 'Center and diving school, diving accessories Shop Swimming Clubs diver 8 to 12 years (Scuba Rangers) School Excursions Swimming Beach (snorkeling and diving) Snorkeling Day Out VIP restaurant on the beach (tasting menu) and Just Underwater yet!'

Epona Ranch: 'Located just outside of Las Terrenas with its beaches, among the most beautiful in all Dominican Republic, Epona Ranch Foundation is a haven of peace where mutual respect between horse and man reign.Our horses live happily and are free to roam the 24 acres of rolling hills, luxuriant vegetation and fresh lagoons.Epona Ranch is also the ideal starting point for discovering the hidden treasures of Samana Peninsula and Las Terrenas, in particular.'

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Rates & Availability

Las Terrenas Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
VaM - Baseline - 2016
May 1 2016 - Aug 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
$140
From
$155
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
VaM - Holiday 2016 High
Dec 1 2016 - Jan 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
$275
From
$295
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$240
From
$260
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $25

Electricity Allowance - Please note it is standard practice for most all DR vacation rentals to provide an allowance for electricity usage. Electricity is rather expensive in the region. It helps protect owners who have guests that prefer to run the AC units throughout their stay. We offer a 10 KWh allowance per day. We charge $1.00 KWh for total usage beyond that amount during you stay. Any such overages are withheld from the security deposit. We are fortunate because the unit provides for natural oceanfront breezes complimented by ceiling fans throughout, including the terrace. As such it is rare that any overages occur. Thank you for your understanding in advance!

Lastly, my wife and I truly love Las Terrenas! The Samana peninsula is full of many natural gems, eco tourism destinations and great local spots to visit. I always enjoy consulting a bit with our guests and sharing a running list of travel notes that we think can help get you settled and enjoying Las Terrenas right away!

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Amenities

Dominican Republic North Coast Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1580 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The Splendor of Las Terrenas & The Samaná Peninsula A tiny ramshackle fishing village only 30 years ago, Las Terrenas has developed into one of the Dominican Republic’s most sought-after tourist centers. An influx of expatriates from North America and Europe has brought a wide array of guesthouses and restaurants, tailored to the independent traveler. But development has not ruined this welcoming seaside community’s relaxed atmosphere. Lying on the North Coast of the Samaná Peninsula, a lush strip of land pushing out into the Atlantic, the town is blessed by the proximity of some of the country’s most beautiful beaches and by spectacular countryside around. Extensive groves of coconut trees fringe expanses of white sand which slope gently and invitingly into clear warm water.

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