When we arrived at Las Terrenas Paradise villa, we were absolutely overwhelmed! Wow! Look at that (infinity) pool! Wow! Look at this view! The villa is cleverly designed so as to have a tall, open togetherness area in the center and the bedrooms off to the sides. The location is ideal for a tropical get-away: off a semi-private road, on a hill overlooking the ocean, but only 10-15 minutes from town. We couldn't get enough of floating in the pool, well kept up by Rafael. For dinner Bien fixed yummy local dishes for us, or we dug our toes into the sand at a nearby beach, drank local beer, and ate huge grilled lobsters as the waves roared next to us -- Aaaah! Can't wait to go back!
This villa is absolutely amazing!!!! My family and I visited a few cities in the Dominican Republic during our 2 week stay and the time we spent in Las Terrenas was the best. I have been to the Dominican Republic many times (since my parents are Dominican) and this by far was one of our favorite and most memorable stays. The villa is very clean, the views are spectacular and the location is perfect. The in house service (Bienvenida and her husband) are so helpful, friendly and were willing to answer all of our questions. The owners (Mr and Mrs Mashek) provide a substantial amount of information and great directions. The best part of the entire trip was returning to the villa after sightseeing and going for a swim while taking in the amazing views. We look forward to returning very soon!
This is a beautiful home in paradise with an amazing view which you will not tire of. The owner Scott was extremely helpful with any questions we had before and during the trip. He has many recommendations on restaurants and activities. As others pointed out, we didn't do as much exploring as we thought we would as we were so comfortable at the home (and it did rain quite a bit!).
Bien and Rafael helped make our stay comfortable, cleaning the pool and bedrooms each day, changing linens when needed. Bien is also a great cook and was happy to go buy the food and have dinner waiting for us at a very reasonable price.
Walking to the beach is easy and you can walk for miles once you get there, stopping for lunch at several restaurants. Las Terrenas is a little busy for our liking but has two good supermarkets and many restaurants/bars. Walking through town during the day is a fun experience. Hiring a quad and going along the coffee and cocoa trail is a must for the more adventurous - ask Scott for details!
Can't recommend this place enough, unless you want 5 star luxury service with no insects to be seen! There are critters (geckos, lizards, mosquitos, bats) but that is all part of the ambiance of the tropics.
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We had the vacation of a lifetime at Villa Mashek! When we walked through the front door, it literally took our breath away! The home is right out of a movie. Gorgeous sweeping views from the open living room over the infinity pool. The staff was beyond gracious and accommodating and very patient with our limited/creative attempt to speak in Spanish. We were able to communicate everything we needed and never had a problem! Everything is close by, the lovely town of Las Terrenas as well as all the exciting activities in Samana. Scott and Jan gave us great ideas for horseback riding, hiking, local excursions...even zip lining! It was an extraordinary vacation! I look forward to coming back and will tell all my friends to visit Villa Mashek as well! Thank you for your gracious hospitality!
On a side note...when I went to post this, I saw the review by Heather and I must say that we felt completely safe and comfortable here. It always amazes me when people travel to a foreign country and expect that the entire world speaks English and has fences around pools. I would agree that it is always a good idea that your children can swim if you are staying ANYwhere there is a pool.
We did our homework and were super excited to travel to Mashek Villa in Las Terrances. However, our discomfort began on night one. We arrived late, but were greeted at the airport by a friendly driver which would have put us at ease if he spoke one word of English. He did not. When we arrived, after a long, dark drive with no sense where we were going, we were greeted by Bien, a warm, friendly housekeeper who again spoke VERY LITTLE English. Trying to use Google translate was a fail as well. The house was indeed lovely and looked exactly like the photos; however, what I didn't realize, is that the house is basically outdoor living. In addition to this being a little dangerous with the pool in the living room (or nothing to prevent the little children in our group from falling/swimming), we realized the only parts that can be locked up tight were the bedrooms. Each room individually by key or from the inside. With small children, we'd have to lock them in from the outside with the key, but then they wouldn't be able to get out if they needed us. So they would need the key inside with them, locking us out. Our stress was further heightened by a review of the welcome log, where one traveler described in detail how the home had been broken into and robbed by gun point while they were there. We spent two restless days and nights and finally decided we couldn't stay for the week. Our plight was further complicated by the fact that the vehicle we rented from Scott was broken down, which no one communicated to us until well into our second day. We were quite literally trapped in what should have been paradise. If we had been a large group, with teenagers or adults, this *might* have been okay as there is a sense of safety in numbers. But as a family traveling with three young children, it was unbearable. We moved on. The owner did NOT reimburse our rental fees. It is a lovely home, but not suitable for a family with young children. Be sure you speak the language and bring lots of bug spray!