I'm looking for any reviews of Villa Harty listed here under Vacation rentals. We have booked for a week with Shirley. Place looks beautiful.
I just wanted to give everyone a quick review on the villa. We stayed here for 8 nights end of January, beginning of February. You will find it listed under Vacation Rentals here. There were 4 of us in our late 30's early 40's staying here.
First thing, make sure you book through Shirley directly and not some other site. I orginally was working with a website called dominicanvacationproperties.com. Something was not right about the deal and to make a long story short it was a scam and I almost gave a deposit before I got in touch with Shirley directly.
The home and yard are great. The home is getting older but if you are self sufficient, and don't need 5 star, this place is for you. The kids would love the pool and the whole yard is protected from the ocean winds in the evening by a small forest in front with a short 1 minute trail right to the ocean.
Luis the gardener was great and very attentive to anything we needed fixed. The house was kept clean by Lile and I even came home to clean laundry a few times which was unexpected. We were always safe with security all night and Luis there all day! Everyone in the entire area knew Luis!
It is right next door to the paradisio Hotel so you have access to any of the tours available. The villa is located about 10 minutes east of Cabarete.
This is the DR so remember some mosquito spray. I did not find them bad but during the night you would get the odd one so a bit of spray in your room at night would always help.
Every morning you would wake up to the sounds of the ocean, grab a coffee and go relax in the lanai! Then eat some breakfast and head down to the beach before the trade winds pickup later in the afternoon. Once the wind gets up the waters are busy with surfing and kite boarding.
Make sure you negotiate hard with the vendors (#1 and Elvis) on thier goods and you WILL run into them...everywhere! They GOT me!!! The local excursion guy Andy was great and helpful but again, shop his prices!! We found all of the excursions, cigars, and jewelery cheaper in Cabarete so it was a learning experience and of course they are always "give you the best deal today".
All in all we would stay there again and I would reccommend the place for sure. Thanks Shirley!
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