The villa is in a perfect location. I stayed for 2 nights and I was walking distance from the beach and the action. It is a good place to relax by the pool . Also great price :)
This was our first time visiting Las Terrenas and I must say my wife and I could not have picked a better place to stay! Villa El Secreto is cozy, clean and spacious. The rooms are nicely decorated; the beds have fresh linens and for those traveling with family, there is a detached guesthouse. A beautiful garden surrounds the outdoor deck and private pool providing a nice tranquil atmosphere. The villa is walking distance to the gorgeous beaches and various restaurants. We hope to return soon, and would definitely recommend Villa El Secreto!
We really enjoyed our stay at El Secreto in Las Terrenas. The location is easy walking to the most perfect and beautiful beach spot for families. The house suited our needs with the guest house and pool. It’s quiet, safe and secure with a locked gated entrance. The garden is very beautiful and well maintained.
Being our first time in Las Terrenas we had a lot of trouble locating El Secreto. Specific directions with landmarks should be included in the house manual. We drove around lost for 2 hours then was able to get the owner on the phone for step by step directions. Then we were nicely greeted by the owner’s local property manager Kelvin.
We were only staying for 3 nights and I misunderstood that breakfast is only included on weekly bookings, which was a bummer after a long day of travel with two kids.
Power goes out quite a bit, and they charge each renter for usage, so be careful how much power you use and bring a flashlight.
I would recommend this property to renters because of the walking distance to the beach and the beautiful pool.
I concur with the positive reviews here. This secure, comfortable, well-located rental was perfect for our family of four plus two friends. The owner went out of her way to accommodate my special-needs son, and the property manager was very helpful to us.
Las Terrenas is a fascinating mix of beautiful beaches and cultural cross-currents--particularly when it comes to cuisine. We greatly enjoyed our stay.
We stayed at this lovely Villa for 2 days in April 2016. 2 adults 3 girls. We had an incredible time at this place we wish we had stayed more time. This place is very cozy, and it has everything you need for a Comfortable stay.The place is a bit removed from the town and the beach if you don't have transportation. You can get to and from the villa via a residential dirt road that has not lighting at night. So I think transportation is a must. The driveway and gate to the property is very narrow (Picture attached) our small car was ok. Anything larger might pose a problem.
Completely private property far from bars and roads.
The private pool is large, clean, and lots of fun.
The rooms and bedding are clean and comfortable
The bathroom clean and roomy (could use a little more lighting)
The kitchen well stocked, coffee maker, microwave, fridge, a 5 gallon bottle of drinking water, plenty of dishes and utensils.
The entire area and property feels safe and relaxing
No noise from bars, neighbors or cars
TV with cable and plenty of channels
WIFI that works in the whole property. Not the fastest but enough to make wifi calls on our cell phone and do basic browsing etc.
Kelvin the property manager was extremely friendly, courteous, and attentive.
The not so good or improvements:
The tap water has a foul smell and taste. It was strong enough that we could not use it even to brush our teeth. It is well described by the owners in the property add and it is due to the well water being used. I don't think there is anything the owners can do about this. They do have plenty of purified water to use for drinking and cooking. This, however, will not discourage us from staying again. The taste of the water was also present on the pool water. But this is not only on this property, we stated in another place in the are that had similar issues with tap water and pool.
There are bugs, this is a very remote area of the DR with a lot of vegetation. There are bugs. You can tell they take care of fumigating the interior and perimeter of the house, but there are still some mosquitoes, spiders, centipedes, ants and lots more. Please take repellent. We took our own bed netting and we slept very comfortable zero bites inside the house. We did get one or two while outside.
The last item is the check out time is at 10:00 am. There was somebody scheduled to go in the same day we left and Kelvin asked us if he could start cleaning up at 8am. I was not too trilled about that and I understand they have to clean it up for the next guests but they started cleaning the outside first and were as quiet as they could to allow us to sleep in a little late. Still a later check out time would be nice.
Overall, we are very very very satisfied with our stay. The owners were phenomenal, great communicators. The deposit was returned on time and I fully recommend them for anyone that plans to stay at this location. I hope our travels brings us to this part of the world again so we could plan for another stay at this villa.
Thank you guys for a great stay.
|How easy was it to book the property?||How helpful were the directions to the property?|
|How easy was key pickup/access to the property?||Overall condition of the property|
|Bedding & mattresses||Kitchen & utensils|
|Bathroom cleanliness||Other facilities & amenities|
|Friends getaway||Older travelers|
|Families with young children|