Affordable Luxury Vacation: Caribbean Beach Villa
|Per night||$214 - $285|
|Per week||$1,495 - $1,995|
Abundant exterior entertainment areas include a covered balcony, galleria & dining porch as well as an expansive 3,600 sq. ft. sun terrace surrounding the private pool. An outdoor kitchen with BBQ grill, full bath, plentiful cushioned chaise lounges, dining chairs and a sun bed all add to the "entertainment package"... There is room for everyone to spread out. You may find it difficult to pull yourself away from floating in the pool while sipping a pina colada, or from taking a nap in the hammock. You can relax on the massage table as the masseuse takes over. One thing is for certain... you won't have to lift a finger.
Our full time housekeeper, Nelsida, will cook and serve your meals, snacks and drinks and then whisk away the dirty dishes. She will keep the villa tidy and tend to your laundry. All you do is RELAX. When there are 5 or more guests, we provide a second full time maid ensure all guests (moms included!) enjoy a truly carefree vacation. Many female guests cry when it is time to leave because they cannot take Nelsida home with them
Julio, our houseman, keeps our tropical gardens, spacious pool, and comfortable home in pristine condition. He owns a large van that he uses to provide airport meeting service for our guests, and can be hired to run errands during your visit such as food shopping.
Those looking for outside adventures will not be disappointed. Visit Ocean World Dolphin Park or Ocean World Casino where you can dine in a 5 star oceanside restaurant and watch Las Vegas style shows... all just a 10 minute walk from our beach home. Explore historic Puerto Plata, 3 miles away.
Or talk to the local tour representative who can provide advice and booking services for a wide variety of adventures and activities: everything from horseback riding to jeep safaris, catamaran trips, scuba diving, white water rafting, deep sea fishing, swimming with dolphins, go kart racing, spa services, golf tennis, venture off on Jeep Safaris, Catamaran trips, scuba diving, snorkeling & fishing trips. Visit beautiful beaches at Sosua, Cabarete & Playa Grande.
Sample the menus at several local restaurants.... You will find everything from Dominican specialties such as langostino, conch and chivo or the usual favorites such as Filet Mignon, Chicken and Pork dishes, to kid friendly hamburgers and pizza. There are countless adventures and activities for you to discover-- all from the comfort of our beach villa in Playa Cofresi...
Villa Vista Del Mar is a comfortable family oriented home. Expect to find the usual family "stuff": multiple TV's with DVD, an assortment of movies, Play Station console, games, puzzles and books. For those families with small children there are child safety features such as a gate that separates the pool area form the living areas, life jackets, high chairs, cribs, etc. All doors and windows are screened and shuttered to keep insects out, while ceiling fans throughout the villa circulate the cool refreshing ocean breezes.
All bedrooms are on the second floor and have individual air conditioner units. The three oceanview master bedrooms have full private baths, king beds and a balcony or terrace. One master bedroom also has a full size futon in a sitting area and a private studio, the perfect place for a crib or cot. A 2nd master bedroom has an additional twin bed. A cozy mountain view bedroom has 2 twins that can easily be converted to a king bed. And the large dormitory with four twin beds 1 bunk bed plus a flat screen TV with game system is so attractively furnished that even adults enjoy using it.
The villa comfortably sleeps 17 on quality mattresses to assure a good night's rest but can accommodate up to 20 with extra bedding; double size futon, twin size aerobed, full size crib and playpen.. So if your group extends beyond 17people there is still room!
The kitchen is completely modern and fully equipped with two refrigerators, microwave, automatic coffee makers, toaster, blender and household equipment. And don't forget... very attentive maid service!
The indoor living areas, outdoor terraces, balconies and pool area provide privacy and room for everyone to spread out and have fun. This is a cherished family home designed for safety, comfort and enjoyment.
Cindy & John Charters
Our charming seaside community is home to "Ocean World", the Caribbean's largest and newest interactive marine aquatic park where you swim with dolphins, snorkel in a huge salt water aquarium, watch sea lions perform, or enjoy a wide variety of other activities. "Ocean World Marina & Casino", a 35 acre complex with casino, 5 Star fine dining, full scale marina, and an entertainment club house with spectacular Las Vegas style shows is also open. All this is just a 10 minute walk from the villa.
This is a wonderful destination for any size group because there is so much to see and do, and everything is so inexpensive. Babysitters for children cost $30 for a full day. Wonderful meals at local restaurants start at $10-15 per entree. The Dominican version of 'Cheers' is just down the street at an oceanfront thatched-roof restaurant called Chris & Madys.
You'll find the Dominicans are well-deserving of their reputation for friendliness and hospitality; they go out of their way to make you feel welcome in their country. It doesn't matter if you don't speak Spanish. Guests have always managed and enjoyed the experience of being exposed to the culture of this beautiful country and its people.
So if you want to venture slightly off the beaten path; if you have an adventurous heart and truly enjoy being a part of the country you're visiting, come to Villa Vista del Mar at Playa Cofresi. Just be prepared to relax and enjoy, as you fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up with the songbirds
|May 01 2016||Dec 14 2016||$214||$214||$1,495||-||4 Nights|
|May 01 2016||Dec 14 2016||$214||$214||$1,495||-||4 Nights|
|Dec 15 2016||Apr 30 2017||$285||$285||$1,995||-||1 Week|
|Dec 15 2016||Apr 30 2017||$285||$285||$1,995||-||1 Week|
|Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 12 p.m.|
|Lodging tax: 16% already included in rates posted|
|Deposits: A 50% Deposit is required to secure a reservation. The balance is due one month prior to vacation. Cancellation Policy: Monies will be re-funded if the villa can be re-rented for the same period. We suggest travel insurance if there is a risk of cancellation. Check in is 3PM, Check out is 12 noon This is a family home. No 'Local Girls' are allowed on the property|
|Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa|
|Other Fees: Maids tip of $5 per person per day will be collected in advance. Credit Card and PayPal payments will incur 2.5-4.0% surcharge. depending on country of payment|
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my stay in your beautiful home-again, my second visit. I don't know where to start. Everything about both trips (August, 2008 with 8 friends and October 2009 with just my boyfriend) was perfect.
I loved relaxing poolside with the gorgeous views. The staff is always so friendly and helpful-- It was nice to be greeted at the airport by Julio, and then have him do all the food shopping. He even got us langostinos one night from the fresh fish market. And every meal that Nelsida prepared for us was absolutely delicious... Her signature pina coladas continue to be great!
Your house is so clean and comfortable and I felt right at home. By the way, the new additions on the terrace; (the new sun lounger/bed, expanded terrace and bathroom) are great. I can't wait to see the new master bath and outdoor kitchen on my next trip. Your villa makes me feel like it's my own home away from home.
Although I would have been content to just stay at the villa all the time, I also enjoyed the beautiful beaches in Cofresi and Costamber, going to the casino at Ocean World and eating at many fantastic restaurants. Your location has so much to offer! We had an exciting time on our day trip to go white water rafting and really loved exploring the reefs on our snorkel trip. I have never come home from a vacation feeling so relaxed, and I really look forward to visiting again.
Thank you so much for sharing your vacation home with me.
In our group we had 15 people 7 of which were under the age of 8. We weren't sure if the house was going to be big enough to handle 4 families and also have enough space for breathing room. Del Mar delivered!!!
We spent an additional 4 days at the beginning of the trip at an all- inclusive resort, however it felt like our real holiday started once we got to the house. The house and patios are broken up to give big groups unique space for alone time, or to cater to big gatherings.
The bedrooms are spacious very clean and have A/C. The kids (dormitory) room is a fantastic setup, it became Head Quarters for all of the skull duggery that went on.
Trust me the photos on your web page don't accurately capture the space and beauty.
The staff at the house delivers first class service and take pride in not letting you lift a finger. There was never a moment we felt house-bound with the kids opting to be in the pool more then the beach. The days were spent playing with the kids, drinking pina coladas, Presidente Cerveza, smoking good cigars, swimming, playing cards and eating amazing food. The nights were spent playing with the kids, drinking pina coladas, Presidente Cerveza, smoking good cigars, swimming, playing cards and eating amazing food....
Thank you, Julio, Nelsida and Mercy. We will never forget you and your warm hospitality.
All the families on our vacation are very well traveled so trust me when I say you can't ask for a better coordinator then Cindy! She was prompt in every correspondence; the process in getting the house ready for our group was flawless. We were never unsure of how things would work out. So from our whole group thank you so much for making our holiday one we will never forget.
Take Care, Travis
Date of Stay: September 2009
Thank you for letting us use your beautiful Dominican Villa in September. I don't know which I miss more: the icy cold President beer, or the fact that I could totally relax and not have to think about anything for a whole week. Your staff was great. Nelsida was always smiling and bringing food & beverages and Julio was so helpful with all the food shopping and errands; the langostinos from Maimon were great and the Dominican cigars much enjoyed on the terrace.
I appreciate all your help getting this vacation organized for us. Having never traveled to the Dominican Republic having your input made everything run alot more smoothly. With my limited Spanish I don't know how I would have found the villa or even Playa Cofresi, what I would have ordered for meals and where I would have gone for restaurant dinning. Your Villa Guide book was also a huge help once we got to the villa.
Your home is great (better than the pictures show) the location is beautiful (it was so relaxing to gaze at the ocean & the mountain & the stars at night.) Your home stood on it's own and was not crowded by other houses, which is what we noticed about the other villas. The staff was friendly & attentive without getting in the way. Like other reviewers I was tempted to put Nelsida in my suitcase when it was time to leave. A vacation doesn't get any better than this.
Brian & Joan
Flemington, New Jersey
Just a quick note to tell you we all had a perfect vacation in Cofresi. Your villa was fabulous! Everything was comfortable, clean and made for tropical vacation life. You were right about the sun terrace being big..between all the chaises and rockers and sunbed and hammock all 14 of us could spread out without the little ones fighting. We just had to learn to take turns on the hammock.
Nelsida, Mercey and Julio were the best! It really was sad when it was time to leave. I have never felt so pampered in all my life and as promised I did not lift a finger except to drink my pina colada (while floating in the pool, which you told me to do). Every single meal was better than the one before and I don't have to tell you that Nelsida knows how to make a great Pina Colada! She had everyone's drink orders memorized after the first day. I should have brought stretchy pants to wear on the plane home.
I have already told my friends and coworkers about your place and you can bet I'll be calling back to book another vacation
jean n family
Colts Neck, New Jersey
Date of Stay: August 2009
Our stay at your beautiful villa was beyond our wildest dreams! Even though your web page was so inviting, we were absolutely overwhelmed with the "real thing"!!!! Following flights from Philadelphia via San Juan we were warmly greeted by Julio and Gabino, our luggage quickly claimed and we are on our way. The ride through Puerto Plata gave us our first impressions of the Dominican Republic...vey lush, warm and yes poor, as we travelled to the Villa. There we were warmly welcomed by Nelsida and Mercy and overwhelmed with the beauty of the villa as well as the friendliness of the staff...we knew we were "home"! As we walked out onto the veranda we were stunned by the breathtaking beauty of the pool and the surrounding views of the ocean, Mount Isabella, the other villas near but not too near, this was the villa of our dreams!
After a quick tour of the house we changed into bathing suits and head to the pool. Almost instantly Mercy appeared with a tray of Pina Coladas and cold beer.....we were in heaven. Our stay at Villa Vista Del Mar had begun! Every day was like a dream filled with long, lazy hours in and around the pool interrupted only by the delicious meals and beverages graciously served by Nelsida and Mercy. To say that the food was fantastic is an understatement...our every wish was met with a warm smile! The staff truly became like family.
During the week we ventured off to enjoy a day of sailing and snorkeling on a catamaran and a second adventure which took us out into the glorious countryside through small villages where we were greeted by the smiles and laughter of the beautiful children culminating in a trek through the jungle and swimming in cool, emerald pools at the base of several waterfalls. As the week came to an end we all agreed that it would nearly impossible to find more a more luxurious way to spend a holiday. It is unanimous that we hope to find ourselves back at the villa very soon!
Thanks again Cindy, Julio, Nelsida, Mercy and Gabino!
From a very Happy Philadelphia Group
Our vacation went extremely well. The villa was just as advertised and was lovely. The staff was gracious and very accommodating. We appreciated the recommendation for Chris and Mady's and enjoyed a good meal the night of our arrival. The best part of the villa was the pool and surrounding outside area. The food was great and the piña coladas even better!
I would recommend the villa to anyone! Thanks to your staff for a restful and relaxing week. When visiting the Dominican Republic again, we will definitely check to see if your villa is available.
Thanks again for everything!
We had the most marvelous time at your villa! (July 2009) I cannot say enough about your staff. You are correct; I wanted to take Nelsida and Mercy home with me. They are wonderful cooks and superbly wonderful people! My husband and I would've eaten more adventurously if the kids weren't around, but we still got a great sampling of their wonderful recipes. The yucca and crackers and cheese snack when we got there was so appreciated. Chris and Mady's was really good, but we were so exhausted by the time we got there we could barely keep our heads up. For the sheer value, deliciousness and down-home fantastic cooking I'd eat at the house every day. We loved the endless supply of pina coladas, mojitos, banana milkshakes, flan and guacamole. Not to mention the wonderful fruits we had every day. Ahora Beachhouse was great for the kids to get burgers and fries even though you are correct it is quite expensive. The deep fried milky ways were quite wonderful though!
Julio was so helpful and even got us a tray full of langostinos for dinner - so awesome. He also helped a member of our group who wanted to rent a car with logistics and so forth. He and Gabino doing the airport transfers was so wonderful so we didn't have to think about it. Jose was such a sweet night watchman. He spoke to me like I knew what he was saying and somehow I managed to understand most of it. He was so genuine and he told us to come back Pronto! All your staff made us feel right at home and even though the kids (and me) were a little weirded out at first at having "maids" around, by the end of the week they felt more like family.
Your home is wonderfully kept up and the pool was pristine. We spent a lot of time in that pool! We didn't need air conditioning until the last night when we felt it got really, really hot. It was either our imagination or it was because we all fried on the catamaran ride that last day or it was indeed really, really hot. Some places let their maintenance slide cuz they figure there is nothing you can do since you are there, but your place was top-notch all the way. Excellent furnishings and excellent upkeep!
Thanks for all your help and thanks for a truly memorable vacation! We are hoping that someday we can make it back there! If you can reiterate to your staff how wonderful they were and how much we appreciated them I'd truly appreciate that as well...
Emailed on 2nd day at Cofresi:
You lied to us. You said this is paradise. This isn't paradise, it's heaven. Julio, Nelsida and Mercy couldn't be nicer or better at what they do. We love it here. Went on the jeep safari today and all I can say is OMG. We are already planning a trip back next year with at least 8 people & you'll have at least 2 more billings after we get home. I'll write more when we get home. PS - the art work in the house is beautiful. Buenos dias.
Thank you for one of the most enjoyable, relaxing, beautiful vacations I can remember. Our stay was a week we'll never forget. We arrived at the airport and Julio was waiting for us as promised. En route to the villa, he stopped at a market so we could buy some last minute items. He is so easygoing and friendly, we fell in love with him instantly. When we arrived at our vacation home, we found the front door open and the aroma of something wonderful cooking. Two very friendly, smiling faces, Nelsida and Mercy could not have been cuter. They acted as if we were family they haven't seen for years. Julio insisted he carry our suitcases upstairs and immediately we were served cold drinks & snacks. I would come down stairs in the morning and my coffee was being poured as I walked into the kitchen. If I tried to pick it up, I got a stern "no" from Nelsida. I was not to carry my coffee. With a sly smile, she gladly carried it out to the poolside table for me to enjoy. The whole week was the same. The maids would not let anyone do anything but relax, all while they smiled and worked away. They truly are amazing. You were right, we all wanted to bring them home with us. At the airport, I teased Julio that my suitcase was heavy because I had Mercy and Nelsida in it. He laughed and said, "No, my Mercy stays here with me". We have their e-mail address and will stay in touch with our Dominican, extended family. I can't accurately convey how fond we grew of them. My son learned a tremendous amount of Spanish from the staff and they were impressed at how fast he caught on. The house itself is beyond description. It looks as if it was built yesterday. It is in perfect condition in all respects. Julio keeps the pool sparkling and it was amazing how clear the water stayed all week. We are already planning our trip back next year with more people. We can't wait to see Julio, Nelsida, Mercy, the villa and all the wonderful, beautiful Dominicans we met, again. Thanks for an unforgettable experience!!!
Our stay in Villa Vista del Mar was the most relaxing vacation I have ever had. It was by far the best value for the money. This large home comfortably accommodated our extended family of ten people, including four teenagers. Although we were there in the middle of the summer, the many fans, air conditioned bedrooms, and private pool kept us very comfortable. The staff was an added bonus, which made this vacation a dream. They were extremely gracious, took care of all cooking and cleaning, and helped us in many ways, large and small. Any parent will appreciate how wonderful it was to be free of the chores of everyday life.
Play Cofresi is a small community, with a beach, shops, and restaurants within a five-minute walk - and we felt safe day and night. There are also many excursions available through the local tour guide. We took advantage of a few activities, but even the teens were content to spend most of their time hanging out at the pool.
The detailed information provided by the owner before our arrival and the notebooks on site helped us to understand what to expect and take full advantage of our visit to this delightful country.
Carol from Asheville, NC
When we decided we wanted to go to the Dominican Republic, we started looking at areas we wanted to check out. And the top one on that list was the Northern Caribbean coast of DR. Randomly, I came across your villa while reviewing an on line Politico site (who knew??) and when I clicked on DR and Puerta Plata, Vista del Mar was the listing that came up first.
And I can't emphasize how glad we are that it did.
Cindy helped get everything arranged for seven of us to fly into POP, be whisked to the Villa and enjoy seven full days of luxury and relaxation. She took care of everything up front (including food) so we had very little to do but relax by the pool and have Pinas each and every day.
The staff was amazing and so helpful and sweet. Cindy had mentioned that we'd really like them and I think that ended up being an understatement. They were so great and nice and just a joy to be around.
The Villa is huge and allowed us all to spread out and just relax. Each bedroom has air conditioning, which is needed for the hot and humid nights. There are great little restaurants nearby and the beach is just about a block away.
Needless to say, we can't wait to come back to Vista del Mar. When we are on the plane back to Chicago, we kept talking about how lucky we were to find this place and what an amazing week it had been.
A great place, with amazing people. Thanks to Cindy and all the staff at the Villa for making for such a great vacation!
Thomas P from Chicago
I was a part of Megan's party at your wonderful house in Cofresi. (May 23- 30, 2009) We had a wonderful time, vacation was fabulous...great weather the first half. We went on the catamaran/snorkeling trip Monday, took the city tour Wed. Really enjoyed both. We were very impressed with the staff. Julio and Nelsida were fabulous. We had Nelsida with us the whole time. We weren't sure how we'd feel having someone else around, getting us drinks, etc. We're pretty low key people. She was great....learned our preferences quickly, was pleasant, helpful and not at all intrusive. And between my high school level Spanish and web Translator, I think we did ok on the communication.
Julio was very helpful too. We had the silly idea we could just grab a cab and go to some of the city places we wanted to go. As soon as he found that out he stopped us and found us a wonderful, friendly guide. We were sooo glad he did because we really didn't have a clue! The one thing we didn't do was the cable car. We missed our chance by lounging around the pool one of the sunny days. Oh well...next time.
One thing you may want to warn guests about.....there are many guys from the Lifestyles Resort driving around the area in golf carts. They all want to take you to the resort for a tour. We politely declined several times, but curiosity eventually got the better of us. We were ushered into a "VIP" area and sat for an hour listening to a vacation timeshares sales pitch. We told him, that the tour was interesting but we would need to consult with parents/attorney. He turned pretty quickly. Berated us for leading him on that we were not going to hand over $45,000 (on the spot) etc.
The real kicker was when he took back the "complimentary" bottle of Rum he gave us. All in all, a horrible experience. We have attended similar sales pitches and have never been treated so poorly. When we returned to the villa, we were sooo glad to be back and have our wonderful staff!!
So that was our trip...all in all, a great experience, very relaxing. No problems at all with your house or staff....in fact we kept commenting after our 'tour' how grateful we were we that we choose your villa and not some resort!!
My friends and I have had the pleasure of staying at your villa unexpectedly May 16- 23, 2009. We originally booked through the Lifestyle Crown Villa Resort located below your Villa. Once we arrived for check-in, we were informed that the resort had over booked villas. This is where your Villa came in, it is my understanding that the resort can rent from you if necessary...and boy we were glad they could!!!
I have to say that the best part of our trip was your gorgeous villa and wonderful staff which had nothing to do with our original purchase of a vacation at the resort. We did still have the all inclusive package including food at the resort therefore, Nelsida and Mercy only had to prepare us breakfast that the resort dropped off every morning. However, they did a wonderful time in preparing our 1 meal per day and made sure the place was spotless everyday while catering to all of our needs.
Julio was just as fabulous and his superb English came in handy. We also LOVED both Jose's which guarded us during the night. I must say a nightmare of finding out the resort overbooked ended up being a blessing in disguise.
We now know that if we ever decide to vacation in the DR again, it will definitely be at Vista Del Mar. Ocean World was also very nice, along with the Mexican Cantina and Ahora. We like Ahora so much that we ate there 2 times and paid money that we didn't need to because we had the all inclusive for food at the resort.
Once again, thank you for the memories of a great vacation.
Thank you for such a wonderful, relaxing vacation in your lovely Playa Cofresi Villa. The house was absolutely amazing and all the staff was superb. Everything was great from the beginning when Julio greeted us at the airport to the end, when we sadly had to return to reality.
Julio was a tremendous help in helping with our shopping, his English is much better than my Spanish so we did not have to worry about communicating. He took excellent care of the pool and the tremendous poolside terrace, everything was spotless and perfect. The outside shaded dining area and open sun terrace are amazing... a HUGE area to spread out. We could all spread out and be in the sun or shade, but still be close enough for conversation. And we had to fight over who got to use the sun bed. The large yards surrounding the villa really gave us a sense of privacy.
Nelsida and Mercey were just great, so attentive and courteous and excellent cooks! The food was delicious and your Food Guide Book was a great help. We may try to make some of those dishes at home. The ladies could not have done a better job pampering us non-stop with snacks, drinks and delicious meals. I would love to kidnap them and bring them home with me.
Your Villa Guide and the Tours & Activities book were extremely helpful for us to make arrangements for local activities, everything from from a manicure, pedicure, massage, to exciting side trips. I could not believe a manicure and pedicure for $15! We felt very safe with having Gus make the arrangements for theses tours and they even came to the house to pick us up. We tried the Safari trip which included a trek up 7 levels of a waterfall and swim in the pools. It was definitely something you must do at least once in your life.
When I got back to work I had to share your site with my coworkers so that they could see the lovely pictures. Everyone was so impressed but I told them that the real thing was even better. I put your site as a favorite on my computer so that I can gaze and remember our lovely vacation. You can definitely count on us for a return vacation next year.
Best regards, Cathy
My vacation at visit Villa Vista del Mar was total rest and relaxation. I live in Florida where the weather is warm and sunny all year long, and I can honestly say that after a little over a week in Cofresi I have never been so relaxed in all of my life. For starters, the weather is ideal. The villa is a quick walk from the beach, and the ocean breezes cool you off as you lie in the hammock or take a nap in the pool. The sun warms up the pool water so that it is perfect for lounging all day and night. The house is definitely built for relaxation as the pool is encircled by a wide patio with plenty of comfortable cushioned chaises that are great for afternoon siestas. Our bedroom had a beautiful huge balcony; complete with a hammock wide enough for two that overlooks the hillside from which you can see the water gently lapping at the shore. The house also has a breathtaking view of a mountain that was a wonderful backdrop. In terms of natural beauty, the view as well as the sounds of the shore at night really cannot be beat.
The food, expertly prepared by two fantastic staff, was delicious and very fresh. From fresh fruit daily, to Dominican coffee, to local beef and fall-off-the-bone pork, all of our meals were out of this world. Eating outside with views of the beautiful surroundings in Cofresi, and being served by Nelsida and Mercey-two of the nicest, friendliest, and most accommodating people you could ask for-certainly made each meal fantastic. Since they attended to all of our needs, including making the beds, cleaning, cooking, and of course serving refreshments and ice cold beers non stop, there was never a need to think of responsibility or cares of the real world.
There were plenty of excursions that you could choose and information about the Dominican Republic including things to do was helpfully provided in a complete guide book; however, it would be equally pleasant to just lounge at the house all day and soak up the weather and good vibes. The beach is only a short walk away and definitely worth the trip, and also a great place for a morning run.
Without a doubt this vacation to the Dominican was the perfect escape that allowed me to recharge my batteries and come back feeling refreshed and relaxed, and Villa Vista del Mar was the main reason for that. I would definitely recommend to anyone considering a vacation to the Dominican Republic to stay at this beautiful villa and take full advantage of all it has to offer.
Josh (April 2009)
Thank you so much for allowing us to use your beautiful home! (March 2009) All 15 of us had such and amazing time! Nelsida, Mercey, Julio, and Jose all did a wonderful job of making us feel right at home! The weather the first few days was a little off, but we still managed to have so much fun. The rest of the trip was absolutely gorgeous and it really was the best spring break any of us have had.
The outdoor sun bed was great, very comfortable. A perfect place to smoke a cigar and drink a pina colada as the sun set! The whole trip went so smoothly, in fact, me and one other guy got to stay an extra day! Our flight was oversold,so we were put up at a local hotel for free one night, so that's why my response to you was delayed.
Thanks again, we had such a wonderful time.
Michael and I had an amazing time at your villa - the pictures don't do it justice! What a beautiful, serene, relaxing vacation. We would like to thank you and your attentive staff for everything - we certainly were not lacking anything. Julio was wonderful - running into town for shopping and errands. He even found a wonderful manicurist and masseuse that came right to the villa. The massage on the balcony with the breeze and sun shine was one of my personal highlights.
The staff was so welcoming and friendly that despite the fact I do not speak a word of Spanish, I felt right at home and was able to communicate with no problem at all. Nelsida was so accommodating and made everything available at a moment's notice.
The elegance of the villa combined with comfortable and refreshing furnishings made us feel right at home. It was the ultimate vacation with everything at our fingertips. You provided tons of information on everything in all the Info Booklets. One of our other favorite experiences was riding horses through the little villages and on the beach - an afternoon which was unforgettable! The guide came right the villa picked us up and took us to the ranch. There were so many activities available - but at the same time so much relaxing to do. It was a perfect combination: an eventful but relaxing vacation.
It was so refreshing to be able to walk right out of our room for a swim in the pool. The pool was sparkling; fresh towels always available and abundant refreshing beverages. It was a delight to not have to go out to dinner every evening. The staff prepared our requested dinners and the food was absolutely delicious! The meal planning guide made it so easy. It was fun to experience the native dishes as well as the commonly known meals (Mike's favorite - shepherds pie)
You and your staff have made this a wonderful experience and the ultimate vacation! Thank you for sharing a little piece of your paradise with us!
Denise and Michael
Words cannot describe how wonderful our stay was at your villa. Truly. Jane and I agree, we have never had a more relaxing, blissful - just heavenly week in our entire lives. That is no exaggeration.
The villa itself is wonderful, of course, with its spacious, airy, beautifully decorated rooms that feel at once homey and luxurious (which is pretty amazing, since we don't live in luxury at home), its meticulously kept pool, its many amenities. The location, up on that hillside overlooking the beaches, the ocean, the mountain...is stunning. The people of the island - be they expatriates from the mainland or natives - are as warm and kind as any we've met anywhere. And there are far more places to see and enjoy than we could find the time to explore in our eight days.
I could go on and on about our stay, as you can probably tell! But I have to say, what made it extra special and memorable was your staff. Julio and Nelsida are wonderful! They waited on our every need like pros but treated us like family. Neither of us speak Spanish beyond por favor and gracias yet Julio's pretty-good English and Nelsida's infinite patience made it so we never missed a beat. By the time we were due to pack our bags to go, we knew we would not only miss the paradise that is the island and your villa, we would miss Julio and Nelsida even more.
So thank you, Cindy, for that home away from home. It's like an alternate universe, where our stresses and troubles are nowhere to be found, but a sense of comfort and well-being - not to mention joy and plain fun - is as pervasive as the air we breathed. God, we miss it!
Tom and Jane
I wanted to tell you how much my family enjoyed our vacation in your Villa...it was more beautiful than I could have imagined... very comforting and welcoming without being pretentious. Everything was as exactly as described on your site, but more beautiful in person. The views from the bedrooms were breathtaking. The paintings throughout the villa were amazing (I can't believe your mother painted many of these!) Every detail of the house was perfect
The pool, open sundeck and covered terrace were just perfect; I could stay in the shade and still be close to my family that was sunbathing. We spent so much time that when I got home I really missed that. The extended grounds around of the house made us feel secluded and private. No one was right next door to catch us skinny dipping!
The staff was impeccable. Best of all were Nelsida and Mercey, waiting on us hand and foot. The food was delicious and the drinks were excellent, especially the Pina Coladas. Julio was so helpful; he drove us back and forth to the airport, went on many errands, and even helped me learn to speak Spanish! Gus was great with the tours and even picked us up right at the house. We went on the Jeep Safari and really enjoyed it. This was an excellent trip but be advised-- it is not for the faint of heart, and wear an old pair of sneakers or rent the water shoes! We really felt totally at home and comfortable with all of the staff.
We went out for dinner a few times and the places you recommend nearby were great, good food, great atmosphere and economical. Chris and Madys was especially nice, wonderful atmosphere overlooking the ocean. Thanks for recommending Susi, the hairdresser. She did a great job and some folks have said I now look like Clint Eastwood. We enjoyed the fantastic scenery on our daily exercise walks. The beach was so close and well protected. There were so many activities nearby we did not even need to rent a car. Too bad the casino got some of my money; at least I got drinks for free.
Thanks for all your help putting this trip together... we are already making plans now for our next trip!
Machos Gracious, Jim
I just wanted to thank you for a great vacation we had at your home in Cofresi. (Sept 2008)
This vacation was one of the most relaxing vacations my girlfriend and I have taken. Nelsida took very good care of us. We almost felt guilty... it took some getting used to having somebody wait on you non stop. But floating in the pool sipping a frosty drink is a pretty good life, so it didn't take us that long to get used to.
Julio is a great guy and went out of his way with all the food & booze shopping. The fridge was always stocked.
The pictures don't do your villa justice, and your staff was superb. We had a bunch of great dinners at all the nearby restaurants; too many to choose from even. It's awesome that the Casino walking distance, a fun evening close by.
Besides floating in the pool & sleeping in the hammock we had great massages on the terrace and went on the Catamaran tour. We both wish we could be back there right now. We wouldn't change a thing!
Thanks for everything,
Dec 6, 2008
I keep wanting to send you a proper THANK YOU card in the mail but alas have not done so yet so I hope this email will suffice:) We had an amazing time at your house which is lovely, as were everyone who worked there and all of their friends. I can honestly not think of anything that needs updating.
The food was fantastic and the best part of it was we did not have to make any of it!!
We read many books, we watched DVDs, went out to dinner and one of my friends was smart enough to bring her portable Ipod player so we had music by the pool for our massages. OK remembering all of this makes me want to go back asap!
I am sure you have had so many wonderful family and friends vacations there, you are very lucky to have such a getaway. And we are lucky you shared it with us
Many, many thanks,
Sept 11, 2008,
In a fit of nostalgia, we looked up your villa to see if it was still being rented. We stayed there in 2001 and 2002 and couldn't imagine a place closer to paradise. Although we are experienced travelers and visited many spectacular places in the world, our stays at your villa remain among our fondest travel memories. The location is beautiful (what amazing sunrises viewed from the balcony!) and so wonderfully relaxing and amusing (the chickens running through the back yard and the horses wandering loose along the front drive were always good for a chuckle), but more impressive were the people -- both staff and other locals -- who quickly made us feel like part of their family. In fact, we had the pleasure of having a pleasant afternoon sipping drinks and talking by the pool with Lenore and Don on our first trip because we began our stay in Playa Cofresi at a neighboring villa before moving into "the big house." We were saddened to read that Don is no longer with you, but clearly remember how proudly he spoke of his daughter Cindy. How wonderful that you are continuing his dream! As for the villa, we can't recommend it highly enough. If we hadn't spent the last 6 years rapidly expanding our family, we would have definitely continued to return. Once our children are a bit older and better equipped to endure air travel, we'll be looking up you and your villa again! Warmest regards to Lenore.
Shelley and Martin, Cleveland, OH
Hi Cindy -
Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time at Villa Del Mar. Your Villa is beautiful and Nelsida, Julio and Merci could not have taken better care of us. It was truly the most relaxing vacations we have ever taken - despite Tropical Storm Fay arriving late in the week. We hunkered down in the game room and played scrabble and cards. We most certainly enjoyed being able to watch the Red Sox games while we were there as well.
My birthday occurred while we were there and Nelsida and Merci baked a chocolate cake for the occasion. That was greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for all of your help, advice and assistance. We had a ball.
P.S. Please feel free to use our comments as a reference in the event that any future clients request one.
You can tell it was a restful vacation.....went back to the office today and I still have my vacation glow.
You have such a special place - it was the best vacation we have ever had. Julio and Nelsida are like family who take care of you and love you no matter what dumb things you do.
Food was great, we also loved Los Dos, we had fish, loved the beach (and decided Cofresi is the best of all beaches on the north coast).
We loved Hector (the massuesse) - thank your mom especially for him. He fixed up my leg after I slipped doing something pretty stupid, and he is the absolute best massage I've had (and I have been to a lot of spas).
I wrote some in the guest book (at the villa), but cannot write enough or express our thanks to you and the wonderful people who took care of us.
Helene (Potamac Falls, VA)
Thank you so much for the use of the Villa. We had a wonderful time.
I knew that having a cook and maid would be a bonus, but I didn't realize just how much I would come to appreciate it. It truly made this a vacation like one I've never had before. It was like going out to a restaurant every morning, afternoon and evening but never having to choose where to go, never having to primp to go out, or having to be drill sergeant to get everyone moving and out the door. Nelsida and Mercy worked so hard to make this relaxing for us.
While I enjoyed the white water rafting, beaching, and horseback riding, the service from Nelsida and Mercy is considered my favorite thing. We are deeply greatful to them. And Julio is most knowledgeable, dependable and personable. They are all great people and we all truly enjoyed them. You are fortunate to have such a dedicated, hardworking staff. But then I am sure you take care of them well and that is why they are such.
The villa is beautiful! And it fit our family and our lifestyle perfectly. The outside patio and pool were
our favorite spots. We also found the Dominican people to be very lively and happy. They always made us feel comfortable. It is very obvious how much they appreciate tourists.
Thank you again for such a wonderful stay! We hope we may be back again soon. Or at the least, may have some referrals to give you for some friends.
Take care! It's back to reality for us now!
I just wanted to let you know what a great time we had in the DR. Your home is beautiful, and Julio, Nelsida, Mercy and Gabino couldn't have been more gracious and attentive. Both my sister-in-law and I agreed that it is the most relaxing vacation that we have ever been on!
I would like to rent the villa next year again for Thanksgiving week 2008 (Sat Nov 22 through Sat Nov 29th, 2008.) Can you let me know if
it is available, and what the rental fee for 8 guests would be?
Thanks...please feel free to use my as a reference for your villa, especially for any families that are wondering or concerned about bringing kids. Our kids had a blast and I felt incredibly comfortable at all times with them in all the places that we went.
Thanks.. looking forward to your reply regarding next year.
Laura (Woodbury MN)
I will send you a longer email in a few days. We loved our vacation in your beautiful home, and your staff was everything you had promised! Our week together was everything we hoped for - hanging out, enjoying the pool, evening card games, enjoying the pool, reading multiple books, the beach close by, time with the grandchildren, and the good food from Nelsida and Mercey.
Your Villa is five stars; it made our vacation,
I will like to let it be known that this was the best vacation i've been on. The staff was so good to me and my friends that we all agreed that it would be nice to take them home with us. I would recomend this trip to anyone who is looking to relax and enjoy very good cooking.
I will say that the pictures don't do justice to the home. I realize that when letting a house be used by so many strangers, one must leave this rather child-proof, but your home delivers just enough warmth to feel comfortable yet an astute sensitivity to ruffians that relieved me of a vigilant eye on the kids for fear of them damaging things. I especially appreciated much of the art that adorned the walls. Obviously, someone in your family has a discerning eye and some good local contacts. By the way I love your Villa Orientation Books
As for Julio's absence (due to illness) I'm not really sure what he would have done that wasn't attended to. I'm assuming that the handsome young man who cleaned the pool was his son. Admittedly, I was a bit concerned about your property on the night of the storm. (Hurricane Dean) Oddly, I was kind of hoping that we might get hit with the hurricane just for the excitement and experience. I didn't know if I should make some effort to bring in furniture. But as it turned out, the winds were not too disruptive and your property was fine, except for some rain coming in the north side windows, which Nelsida promptly tidied up anyway. At 53, I do look at many of the places we travel to as possible second homes to spend some quality time, and obviously the DR is certainly one of them, although I think I might still be a bit partial to Panama or Costa Rica and they don't seem to have much hurricane issues at all.
John went shopping with Nelsida a few times and I fear he may have given her a bit too much instruction. It seemed to me that the few times she was left to her own devises, things were much more to my liking. I suppose that was one shortcoming of bringing a native chauvinistic Dominican along for the ride. Something tells me I may have enjoyed her fried-yucca delectables a bit too much, and needed to have them taken away from me before I needed an extra airplane seat for the trip home.
Both of the women (Nelsida and Mercy) were so lovely and attentive, and ever so professional and discreet. Even though I well understand the roles of domestic help, I found myself embarrassed watching the children quickly adapting to being waited on like spoiled brats. And I must admit that having someone clamoring to fill my coffee cup was even a tad unsettling for me. Clearly, they know what a great position they have with you. Cindy, to be sure, they both serve you well.
Like the words that are constantly repeated in your letters of appreciation, I too, wished I could have stowed Nelsida, Mercy and Julio Jr. into my luggage.
One of my favorite moments was upon arrival, when Gabino greeted us with his tried-and-true line "Welcome Home"; what a wonderful touch. Clearly, my saddest moment was departing. Thanks again for the use of your home. Of course, I am happy to be an indisputably positive reference if you should ever choose.
Ralph Oyster Bay Cove, NY
I wanted to send you an email to tell you how much we LOVED your home. I cannot tell you enough how wonderful your extended family is at the house. Julio, Mercy and Nelsida are just the most wonderful people and it was sad to leave them yesterday, it felt like they were a part of our family. They were so good to us and the food that they cooked was the most wonderful in the world. I have a request for a couple of the recipes if you don't mind. The fried yucca, how they made the beans so tasty and the paella.
I also wanted you to know that Gus was awesome! He set us up on a horseback trip, jeep safari so we could see Dominica life and climb the waterfall and we also went snorkeling and to Ocean World. He was terrific and most pleasant with all of us. I can tell how you Daddy fell in love with the place, this will definitely be somewhere we come back to again and again.
If anyone ever needs a reference for your home, please feel free to contact me as I will give you a reference. We are all trying to figure out how to come back next year. I also would like for you to know that we thought the paintings in the house were stunning, the ones done by your Mother are beautiful. We had asked Julio where we might go to buy one and he told us that it was your Mom :-)
Thank you again for sharing your home with us and allowing us to be a part of the Dominican life and meet Julio, Nelsida and Mercy. If you are talking to them, please, please tell them again that we appreciated everything that they did for us and made us feel at home in their country.
Dawn, (Cumming Georgia)
I have been meaning to send you an e-mail about our trip. We had a fabulous time! I wish I could be back there right now. Thanks so much for everything on your end. Julio, Nelsida and Mercey took such great care of us--they're truly wonderful people.
Having been to the house before, I cannot really think of anything that didn't meet our expectations. Here are a few random thoughts I had meant to share with you...
--Good call on the new air conditioning! Our week was pretty hot--and we used them. And we were happy with the improvements to the house!
--Did I mention that Nelsida, Julio and Mercey are FABULOUS. And Gabino came by to check up on things, he is so nice.
-As for the food shopping situation, I am not sure how most of your guests work it, but we really had Julio do almost all the shopping. We did do one stop by the market almost for fun (and bought junk food!) but I think that's the way to go. We paid him for each trip and had everything we needed.
--We went to dinner and played a few rounds of blackjack at the casino. Nice place!
--We did the tour of the Gri Gri Lagoon, and we didn't like it. We LOVED the Playa Grande part--it was so beautiful--but the van ride was really uncomfortable (very hot and slow) and the lagoon and boat ride was nothing great.
--We went horseback riding, per your recommendation in the mountains, and it was a blast!
Cindy, thanks a million! Your house has now hosted two of our best vacations ever. Feel free to use me as a reference--I just LOVE the
house, and I think it's a fabulous vacation. I am telling MY friends and
Thanks for everything,
Keith, New York, NY
Dear Cindy, Lenore and Family,
Our vacation was beyond amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful and comfortable home with our family. Cofresi villa is beautiful on so many levels. Not just because its a beautiful home but the energy and spirit in that house is one of love and peace and togetherness!
Your staff treated us like family, leaving us with the desire to go back to the DR, not only to vacation, but to see them again. Our family will never forget this vacation.
My parents loved the country and the people, just as I thought they would.
My niece had the best birthday party she could dream of. We were fortunate enough to be able to share her day with some of Gabino's and Nelsida and Julio's children who were so thankful to be invited to share her birthday -- they even bought my niece a gift!!! Amazing people.
Cindy, EVERYTHING, was perfect. The birthday cake was HUGE and beautiful, with tons of Pony's on it. The piñata was a hit, the horses they brought, WOW. The band became friends with my Father who had them over on another night to play again.
The baptism was really beautiful too. Everyone in the church treated us like family. The genuinely showed joy for my niece and nephew to be baptised.
Julio, Gabino, Nelsida, Mercy, Jose and everyone who was there, was kind, generous, loving and very, very courteous. My Mom, as I predicted, enjoyed getting in the kitchen with Nelsida and Mercy to talk to them and help. She took it upon herself to take care of Jose. Everynight, she would serve his dinner and would give him water and fruit.
Nelsida's scooter was missing a light and my Mom had the pleasure of giving her money to fix it. These are the little things that truly added joy to our trip.
I went there with 2 suitcases and returned with one little one. It was my pleasure to give some of my clothes to Nelsida and Mercy and her kids.
What a trip! Ocean World was a blast, we were there early and were the last to leave. We spent countless hours in your lovely pool and enjoyed every day, every moment.
Once again, thank you for your willingness to share the love of your home and your staff! We cant wait to come back.