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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Las Terrenas, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

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Omar A
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3 reviews
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed April 21, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
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Very Beautiful! incredible accommodations and the attention was perfect. Although we went on "Semana Santa" and Terrenas was full! Very noisy neighbors. So I recommend to go any other dates if you are looking for a beautiful beach and a calm place. We will definitely visit again!

Your age range 25-34
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brionm314
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Book this villa . . . you won't regret it!!!”
Reviewed December 16, 2016 for a stay in December 2016
3
people found this review helpful

Where do I start . . . if you've never been to Las Terrenas, you really need to go!! If you love palm trees, this is certainly the place to go!!! The beaches are filled with beautiful palm trees and you can sit in the sun or shade! There is so much to do if you want to, or you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches! We love the VRBO experience, and Villa Ribera Mar exceeds in all areas!!! Emma, the owner was so helpful during our booking, and upon arrival Mikael met us at the Villa and got us situated and was available to assist with excursions or any time we needed him. We asked Danny the Villa Ribera Mar chef to prepare a meal the first evening for our late arrival, and loved him so much, we booked him 5 more times!!! $35.00 for the service, plus the cost of groceries, and a tip . . . you can't go wrong!! The daily cleaning service was wonderful as well, and it really allowed all of us to totally relax and just enjoy our trip. The pictures are a bit deceiving as they do not show the building directly in front of the villa. However, it doesn't block your view of the beach and there is easy access to the complex's swimming pool. We enjoyed using the bicycles provided free of charge, and we also rented the 4 wheelers for a fun afternoon of exploring the area around Las Terrenas. We also hired a fishing charter and caught 7 Dorado! The unit does have a washer, but no dryer. They provide a very large hanging rack, but if the weather is humid, keep in mind it may take awhile for clothes to dry. The hot tub is a very nice feature also and we enjoyed the upper deck every evening before dinner. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would definitely stay here again!! And even though we couldn't find our beers of choice . . . Bud Light and Miller Light . . . we loved the Presidente Light beer!!!

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pastorjra...
Nutley, New Jersey
1 review
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“Better than expected.”
Reviewed August 26, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Our overall experience with the Ribera Mar Rental 3608984 was better than expected. The unit was lovely, clean, well equipped with all needed amenitites, spacious. The complex and location were beautiful and save.
The owner, Emma, manager, Stephanie and all the staff were friendly and attentive to every need.

An overall great experience that we would definitely consider for future trips and recommend to others.

J.Ramos

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Liked best: Beauty and cleanliness of the property and attentiveness of staff.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
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irmapimen...
Chino Hills, California
2 reviews
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“Paradise!!!”
Reviewed August 16, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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people found this review helpful

We found the condo on TripAdvisor.com and fell in love with the pictures. The ocean view and pictures of the living room, kitchen and bedrooms were exactly as posted on the site. Our initial contact and booking was with Emma. If I had a question, Emma would answer me quickly via email, which made me feel comfortable and confident in booking the vacation through the website. Our family arrived through Santo Domingo Airport (capital). We did this to have dinner with family and get some rest before heading out the next day. Our chauffeur, Guirito, (sent by Emma) came exactly at the time he said he would. The van was ample, comfortable and equipped with an excellent a/c!!! We were eager to taste the local food so Guirito obliged us and stopped along the highway and we had a terrific Dominican lunch. The trip from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas was about 2 hours but once we arrived we knew we were at the best location we could have possibly rented. Stephany was there to greet us and to review all the essentials of the condo. She gave us an overview of the town and eateries in the area. As soon as we arrived, Franco took all of our luggage to our condo and made it back down the stairs before we walked through the condo doors! The view was beautiful and the rooms were very nice. The restrooms had all the ammenities you see at a fine hotel. We had daily maid service and they made sure to come by when we were not at home so as to never interrupt our stay. This was very convenient for us. We were given a cell phone by Stephany to use our entire stay. She was always a phone call away but she made sure to check in on us. Stephany is the most sweetest person and very professional. She definitely had our best interest in mind at all times and wanted to make sure that we had everything we needed. She made us feel that our vacation was her top priority! This type of attention is very rare but we were so happy to have such a knowledgeable and caring person advise us on our trip. Donny was our chef and he cooked for us the most amazing Dominican breakfasts and dinners!! He is a superb chef!!! Our family enjoyed this trip so much! The beach was a quick stroll away and the ocean was absolutely gorgeous and it was never crowded! During our stay, we took the El Limon Cascade excursion and it was the best choice. We rode horses through the countryside and walked down 250 steps but it was well worth it because we were able to enjoy the magnificient cascade!!! The excursion also provided a delicious Dominican meal. The ATV's were fun to rent and my 11-year-old son learned how to ride them instantly, making it a super exciting experience for him. We were definitley sad to leave but our stay was one of the best family trips we have ever experienced thanks to Stephany and her team!!!

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Liked best: Having Stephany and her team guide us through our trip
Liked least: The pillows were a little flat and gave 2 of my children a stiff neck
Travelling group: Extended Family
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helenssig...
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
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“Experiencing the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”
Reviewed June 21, 2016 for a stay in June 2016
1
person found this review helpful

I first found Villa Ribera Mar online and was amazed by the photos and how wonderful everything was. I have stayed in the Dominican Republic before, but it was closer to the airport. This place was a bit farther (we flew to SDQ) but it was more of an authentic experience with real dominican life. I chose this place because we had a wonderful jacuzzi, and there was a beach and pool within like a 1 minute walk. We stayed in the apartment. First off, communications with Emma prior to the booking the stay were amazing. She responded always immediately or within a few hours. She arranged for our transportation from the airport. It was wonderful once we finally arrived, our driver Jeffrey was waiting at the airport with a sign with my name! I felt like real royalty or an executive or something. He was really nice and told us about the DR and even stopped along the way for us to take photos by some beautiful landscapes. Once we arrived we had a wonderful meal of calamari and red snapper prepared by Donny. I really suggest this because you might not want to cook or go out to dinner the first night there. We also had our groceries there on arrival because its nice to come to the villa and not have to worry about doing anything the first night. Stephanie, our concierge was amazing, we had our own cell phone to use to call her and she checked in on us everyday. We got to even choose when the housekeeping came which was amazing, we could stay in our bedroom if we wanted to take a nap with the do not disturb sign, while they would clean the kitchen you wouldnt even know they were there sometimes! And Stephanie even went grocery shopping a second time for us! By the way the food in the DR is way better tasting and healthier than in the states. My fiance is kind of chef so we cooked a LOT on this vacation and the grill upstairs was great. We grilled every night and afterwards would spend an hour or two in the jacuzzi. The beach was beautiful, the water felt like stepping into a bath. The garden by the pool was amazing and beautiful. We had Donny order us some langustas and my fiance prepared them on the grill. I am telling you they were better than lobsters! We bought like 8 filet mignons at the grocery store and it was less than 20 bucks and the best steak I ever had! We rented an ATV too for the day, and let me tell you, it makes everything so much fun. The villa itself was spectacular and beautiful. If I could afford to, I would retire there and buy that apartment! Everything you want is at your fingertips! The service was great the place was great! It was the best vacation I have ever taken in my life, and after this experience I will never stay at an all inclusive again! It's much more of an adventure this way and we were treated like ROYALTY! thank you emma, stephanie, donny, franco, and the housecleaning staff! Also I think the price here was fantastic and affordable. We paid more money to stay at a 4 star resort for 5 days last year in mexico, and here it was a 5 star luxury villa for 7 days and it cost LESS! this is the place to vacation! I just wish we could stay even longer!

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Liked best: the food and stephanie and the atv and the penthouse jacuzzi
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Peter-YVR
Vancouver, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Excellent stay, awesome place, beautiful location, great hosts”
Reviewed March 26, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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people found this review helpful

We booked a week long vacation with Emma at her Penthouse Villa on Playa Balenas in Las Terrenas. This was our first time in the DR and we were looking for a nice quiet, quaint getaway and this place was excellent. Booking and communication with Emma was smooth, she answered all our questions and provided lots of help. Stephany, our concierge/hostess, was fantastic, always super helpful and accessible. She went way out of her way to make us comfortable and pampered. She did everything from ensuring we had a meal at our late arrival, giving us a lift to grab groceries, arranging our chef meals, transportation, etc... authentic and so helpful. Franco and the rest of the staff were also extremely friendly and always helpful. We had Denny, the chef, prepare a few meals for us and I would highly recommend you do the same. His skewers and grilled prawns were awesome. The daily housekeeping was so nice to have and they did a great job.

The penthouse itself was a nice modern design. We used the rooftop deck a ton - great private space for listening to music, reading, lounging and hot-tubbing. Beds were comfortable and the AC in the bedrooms was very comfortable. The living/dining area has a wonderful wall of windows that completely open to face the ocean view and enjoy a nice cross breeze.

Thanks for a great stay! Highly recommended.

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Kathrin64...
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
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“We have spent three marvellous weeks and enjoyed every single day.”
Reviewed January 30, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

A very good place for relaxing days. The contact person Stefanie is highly qualified, the high standards of the home funishing, the sandy beach within 3 minutes on foot, the village Terrenas with so many good Restaurants, the local people friendly and helpful - just everything made our stay perfect.

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Liked best: Hospitality, weather, high quality of the standard
Liked least: the last five minutes of the road to the property
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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