Wow! This is a once in a lifetime Experience! The Property is an absolutely beautiful charming Old World Villa. Go back in time to the Golden Years of Caberete Luxury and Style. Dance on the huge Patio overlooking the pool and gardens. Enjoy your private pathway to the huge private beach and just steps from your Swimming Pool. The Villa Staff is outstanding and does everything you need from cooking to shopping and more! We will definitely come back next year to this Paradise on Earth and Stay for Longer! Thank you!
This is our second time staying at this property. The first time was nine years ago and it is even nicer now. It is comfortable, quiet and conveniently located. My wife and I look forward to our next stay there.
This was our second stay at Villa Harty. After our first stay we knew we'd be back. The owner is wonderful to work with and responds very quick. Also there are 2 local property managers a few minutes away to help. Both speak English. The Villa staff are very welcoming. Lile the housekeeper is a gem. She cooked us a fantastic Dominican dinner one evening. She even stopped at the store for the meals ingredients. Of course we paid her for the groceries and to prepare the meal. The grounds keeper(Luis) and security (Francisco) did an outstanding job making us feel extra safe in a foreign country. Their English is very limited. We used our limited Spanish and also a speaking phone translator. We had no problem communicating. I believe they welcomed our attempts to speak their language.
As for the accommodations ,I love the house,it is an older beach house with a Beautiful Carribean feel to it, high wooden vaulted ceilings, tile, lots of windows for light, and floor to ceiling closets. The yard is full of tropical plants and lovely palms.The kitchen is well equipped for cooking, has everything you need. Nice granite top workplace/breakfast bar. There is an outside built in grill. Bdrms have air-conditioning and ceiling fans throughout and an extra stand fan in living area.Each bdrm ,2 queens upstairs, are quite large and the showers in the bath are also big. The 2 bdrms , twins and King bed, on ground floor only have access from outside and both have bathrooms with showers. Worked out well for us. The pool is huge and kept clean. What we enjoyed most was the expanse covered terrace, overlooking the pool. (spent very little time inside) it has a sitting area for 4 and dining area for 5/6. We had all meals outside and it was our favorite, sitting outside listening and watching the ocean. Second favorite is the beach, walk down a very short path and you're there and there are NO crowds.
Taxis are very reliable, we used Jose (I think his # is there) or ask when u check in. Our 2nd time there we rented a car ,which I would Not recommend for everyone, it is not US highway driving.The closest grocery store is Janets, went to 2 others , janets first choice, super polo is second but is in Sousa.
This Villa is very private and in a quite area, super reIaxing walks on the beach or a float in the pool. I can't wait for our next stay at Villa Harty.
Our two families stayed here at spring break for a week. With 2 separate living areas it accommodated us quite nicely. Shirley was exceptional in answering emails and questions we had regarding the rental. When there was a slight mix-up with the booking and the price changed, she was willing to cover the small difference by having Lile the maid cook for us. Speaking of Lile, she was amazing. She came every day and cleaned, did all of our dishes from the night before, did laundry and shopped for groceries. In fact the house was stocked up with the food we requested, beer and rum upon arrival. A big bonus. She even came on one of the rainiest days we've ever seen. We had her cook dinner for us 4 times in our week. I highly recommend you ask her to do this. She will shop for the ingredients and for the small fee it is totally worth it. Authentic Dominican food. We were quite simply amazed at how she was able to put together such tasty meals with what appeared to be minimal ingredients.
The villa itself is older as it states, but the architecture is quite amazing on the upper floor. The location with easy beach access is excellent. The beach is a ways out from Cabarete, so if you want privacy you will get it. The pool is also quite large and our 3 boys had a lot of fun playing in it and jumping off the bridge that goes over it. We loved sitting outside on the large deck, listening to the ocean and simply enjoying the tropical feel. Luis the daytime caretaker was also very helpful and was always there to open the gate for us when we returned home for our adventures. Anna and Nicauly were very helpful in organizing whatever we needed, and the driver they provided for us (Manolo) was awesome. He took us on a day tour into Puerto Plata and took all 7 of us for all day for $70US. Highly recommend using him, as he was also the one who picked us up at the airport and was willing to stop and let us buy beer for the adults and pop for the kids.
All in all, if you want a unique experience which is slightly off the beaten path, consider renting from Shirley. For what you get the price is very reasonable.
We enjoyed absolutely EVERYTHING about our stay at the Villa Harty! To begin with, we were fortunate enough to speak with Shirly in person before booking our stay! She was very kind, easy-going, and we are so grateful for her willingness to go overboard to make our stay perfect! We have a daughter with special needs, and Shirly arranged to have an extra bed in the Master Bedroom for her to sleep in and made sure that there was a new TV for our daughter to watch when she needed some down time. HUGE THANK YOU!!!
I had read excellent reviews about the house staff and they were 100% spot-on!!! We were greeted by Anna and Nicauly and we knew instantly that our stay was going to be AMAZING! They were so sweet and friendly and were able to answer any questions we had! (As a side note: total fluke that we had happened to book a SUPREME Canyoneering experience through Matt at Kayak River Adventures which turned out to be Nicauly's husband! EXCELLENT excursion which we highly recommend for those who are up to a physical and adrenaline pumping experience! My teenagers loved it!!!) We also loved the little information booklet which they had put together about places to eat, shop and visit while staying at the Villa! The maid Lilly was incredible! She was there every day mopping, cleaning, washing dishes and completing any task that needed to be accomplished! I placed a load of laundry in the washer before I left to go to town and I came home to it all folded and placed neatly on the kitchen table! We were sad that we never had the opportunity to have her cook for us! I wanted to take her home with me! :) The night watch-man and the maintenance gentleman were also extremely friendly and were always there to help open and close the gate! We also felt VERY safe!!! They all made sure we felt right at home!
The home itself was beautiful! It states that it is an older villa...but in my opinion, the pictures do not do this place justice!!! Since we were traveling with teenagers they totally loved the idea of having their own "separate" part of the house as they chose to occupy the 2 bedrooms downstairs! Also, there are bathrooms galore!!! However, my kids will tell you their favorite part was the pool!!! It is much LARGER than we anticipated and they spent hours swimming in it! We spent 3 weeks traveling around the country, and this was probably our favorite place to stay! The home is also located literally right on the beach! We woke up early one morning and had the entire beach to ourselves to enjoy the morning sunrise!!!
Everything about this place was AMAZING!!! We have already said that one day we hope to come back...possibly even as a couple's retreat with some of our friends...and this will definitely be a place that we will come back to visit! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!