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We just got back from an amazing week!! The home is gorgeous and everything that the pictures represent and more. We stayed here with our family (4 teenagers) and had more than enough room to hang out and enjoy our trip. Bina and Mimio were absolutely incredible. Bina cooked us an amazing breakfast every morning and they both worked so hard to keep the house in great shape for our stay. We loved the pool but access to the beach was great. Just a few steps away and were were on a beautiful beach with good waves for boogie boarding and playing water games. The Beluga restaurant next door was so convenient and had great food and drinks (we could hardly hear the music and it was really calm there, so it didn't bother us at all). We enjoyed a long walk every day, exploring the restaurants in Las Terrenas and Playa Bonita and had a chef come a few nights to cook us dinner. Nicole was a pleasure to work with and was extremely helpful in planning our trip. Thank you for a great vacation!!!
Date de la visite juillet 2022
Rédigé le 18 juillet 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
Let me just start by saying, I have been waiting 2 years to get to this property after canceling during the pandemic.
The owner has top notch communication, is understanding and very accommodating.
This villa is steps away from the beach!! The views and amenities do not disappoint and all as depicted on the site. The villa is accurately described and looks just like the pictures! What a beautiful site to wake up to every morning!
The 2 hour drive to this location is worth it. Having Bina is one of the best parts of the experience. Bina helped to coordiante all the food prep, shopping, and cooking. We had a delicious and fufilling breakfast & lunch everyday. She works so efficiently. We never had an issue with Bina.
We also took advantage of a private chef for a special Father's Day Dinner vs going out to a restaurant. The food was plentiful and prepared well.
The beach is one of my favorites! Beautiful warm waters with constant waves. It made surfing fun!
The village of playa bonita is safe with security. There are several restaurants about the place. You have access to something to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. *Be aware that a 28% service tax is added to the tab while dining out.
We opted to cook dinner at the villa a night or 2.
We rented mopeds for shopping in the metro. It was a fun trip.
The masseuse came to the villa for our massages. The massages were solid in quality and a great value. My spouse and I felt very relaxed!
The house was spacious and open. We all enjoyed our accommodations with 2 families together under one roof. The couples had theirs space as didn't he children. The pool was always a go to and the basketball goal was an added bonus for the boys. *Mosquitos can be very unpleasant. Bring gaurd.
Date de la visite juin 2022
Rédigé le 27 juin 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
We've been looking forward to this trip for more than a year, and WOW it did not disappoint! This is truly a spectacular home, made even more special by the exceptional care of Nicole, the home owner. The house and grounds are extraordinary! Bina and Mimio are kind and helpful. We loved Playa Bonita and had a great time learning to surf. We enjoyed walking to both calm areas too -- one five minutes to the east and one five minutes walk to the west around the point. Playa Bonita is truly is picture postcard beautiful!!!
SIDE NOTE: I have only one heads-up about the location. It is mainly very quiet and you can't even notice that there's a restaurant next door. However, Saturdays and Sundays are much much busier, and both weekend days that we were there a DJ next door blasted music from noon until past 6pm. It was basically in our front yard and you couldn't escape it, even inside the house. I'm not sure if this always happens or not. But it was very disruptive. (Nicole, I didn't mention it during our stay because I know it's out of your control, but it might be worth a conversation with the owners of La Beluga! :). It wouldn't prevent me from renting here, but if you value quiet as much as we do, I would probably plan my excursions away from the property on Sat/Sundays afternoons. )
Couple other thoughts:
-Nicole's network of folks -- Orlando the driver; Genaro the car rental guy, chef Simon, etc. -- as well as their many recommendations, including for Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo, were all spot on.
-Restaurant Luis in Playa Coson is a must! (we drove)
-Surfing is so fun and Carolina Surf School is great!
-Pizza at El Cuyaco is yummy and an inexpensive alternative (we did take out)
-Food is very expensive -- the tax and service charges of almost +30% really take a bite
-Bring lots of US Cash! ATM exchange rates were very expensive, I wish we'd have brought more USD
- a visit to the fish market (east of the cemetery in downtown Las Terranas) was fun local color
- we actually used Chef Simon two nights and would have done more. It was the best food of our trip I think, and probably the cheapest! (cost of groceries plus $50 for the chef) Such a treat!
Thanks again Nicole! You are a blessing and this home is a true gift that you are sharing with families to make once in a lifetime memories!
Date de la visite mars 2022
Rédigé le 25 mars 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
We had a incredible time at Estrella Del Mar. First, Nicole is amazing. For weeks before our arrival, she answered questions about everything and anything…from transportation to dinner plans to what shoes would be best for excursions. She made arrangements for Covid tests for our friends and family that were coming and going, arranged transportation to and from the airport, reserved excursions and made suggestions regarding our itinerary (I asked for her thoughts).
The evening we arrived, Bina was waiting for us. She had the refrigerator filled with our immediate basic needs (wine and cheese 😉) and a few extra items to snack on. She prepared breakfast for us each morning, answered questions, helped with directions and maintained the house…always pleasant, kind and helpful. Mimio tended the garden, prepared fresh flowers every few days and always had a smile and kind greeting.
The house is stunning. Our family enjoyed throwing the frisbee in the yard every afternoon and playing “around the world” at the basketball hoop. We felt the house was perfectly located…a short walk in either location lead to whatever we wanted: a beautiful sunset, a romantic dinner, a casual cold beer and snack, surfing lessons. Town is a little drive, close but far away enough so that we didn’t feel the hustle of cars and motos. We rented ATVs to get around and they really made us feel a part of things. Driving there is an experience we won’t forget, super fun but far from what we’re accustomed to. All in all, we had a wonderful vacation and look forward to returning to Estrella Del Mar in the coming year.
Date de la visite janvier 2022
Rédigé le 15 février 2022. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
This house was incredible. We have travelled to many destinations and by far this location, house, staff, and proximity to restaurants made this stay one of our top vacation rentals. Nicole the owner reserved all of our excursions and helped with everything. It was so seamless. The house is located right between 2 top restaurants. We ate and drank at Mosquitos basically the entire stay because the seafood and service was superb. We also went to Atlantis restaurant for a French type fine dining. Everything was a 1 minute walk. The yard was amazing, the kids played soccer and basketball. About a 5 minute walk to the left was the most beautiful calm beach with views. It was breathtaking. We basically didn’t leave the property because we didn’t have to. Bina made breakfast and cleaned up while we were out and about. I feel relaxed and refreshed. Thank you Nicole and family for letting us stay in your amazing Villa.
Date de la visite décembre 2021
Rédigé le 12 décembre 2021. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
We loved out stay. The place is just about perfect. The patio and backyard are unbelievable...better than pictures. The beach behind the place is skinny; walk two minutes towards town (for waves) or ten away from town (for sand/calm) and it is great. Not much reason to find another beach in the area (we tried many). Host communication is awesome. We ate dinner at the house multiple times and it was fantastic. The town is a bit hectic, but there are great eating spots once you settle In and look (from typical to nice). We did massages once. The main person is amazing. Her friend is okay. About the only thing that would have been nicer is fewer bugs (nights were sometimes a battle even with the nets) and dry towels (nothing really dries). The last couple days, we asked Bina to dry the towels and she was happy to do it...so maybe we should have just asked. You will love this place.
Date de la visite novembre 2021
Rédigé le 2 décembre 2021. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
There were 9 of us staying at Estrella del Mar (including 3 teenagers) and we all agreed that this was the best vacation ever. The house was in a excellent location for walking to restaurants and enjoying beautiful views each day. Nicole was an amazing hostess who communicated and helped us with all our needs. Bina was the best! She prepared incredible drinks and breakfasts, all while being so patient and kind with our attempts to communicate in Spanish. Mimio was the sweetest and took great care and pride in his gardens - and they are beautiful! We enjoyed El Limon waterfalls and snorkeling excursions, trips into downtown, as well as just relaxing in the pool and on the beach. We had a perfect vacation of exploring the area, enjoying new experiences, as well as relaxation. We will definitely be back!
Date de la visite juillet 2021
Rédigé le 3 août 2021. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.
We absolutely loved everything about our stay here. The house was just as described. Nicole was very helpful, answering questions and arranging everything from the first day groceries to our mandatory Covid tests to return home. Bina and Mimio were both gracious and kind. Bina is a fantastic cook and was very patient with our attempts to communicate in Spanish. The beach was beautiful and relaxing and very convenient. We will definitely come back!
Date de la visite juillet 2021
Rédigé le 14 juillet 2021. Cet avis est l'opinion subjective d'un voyageur et non de Tripadvisor LLC ou de ses partenaires. Tripadvisor ne vérifie pas les avis Vrbo.