Jazmin is a set of 1-story "villas"/condos located in the gated small community of Costambar. Most people get here by trading in through RCI; we booked through Armed Forces Vacation Club. They offer excursions, including visits to their organic farming operation. They offer an optional dinner/breakfast meal plan (about $40 per day at New Year's time) that includes some meal/show visits to the nearby huge Lifestyle Vacation Club. We were first shepherded to a Welcome Breakfast that turned out to be a lovely buffet at Lifestyle, and then the sales spiel, which felt coerced, because we hadn't been told the agenda of that meal location change. Lifestyle is HUGE and a different way to manage vacation time than regular timeshare, so that talk was interesting.. and the NEW YEAR's party there, as our dinner plan from Jazmin for that night, was the most amazing spectacle we've ever attended, with a HUGE buffet and various bands and awesome fireworks. But... it was great to come home to our quiet little resort. The food was delicious and served by staff we came to know well throughout the week. The beach is 2 blocks walk away, and very shallow for a great distance out. We came New Year's week, and the weather was in the 70's-80's, and the sea water was comfortable to swim in. Housekeeping was very thorough, daily. Our newly remodelled 2 BR unit had a living room, dining room, 2 bathrooms, and a full kitchen. Giles, the owner, has recently moved toward a more green operation, with wonderful small A/C units in each room, and a battery back-up system that provide lights, fans, and in-room wi-fi when the power goes out, which it does in the DR several times a day for hours at a time. Plan for a beachy look, with extremely limited blowdryer/curling iron options. People in the DR are friendly and helpful. Do follow the Jazmin website's strong suggestion to use taxis rather than risk your life with a rental car. Taxes on purchases are high (seem to be 6-18-26%) but you can save by using cash, and changing dollars for pesos at the Jazmin at a better rate than the airport. Consider calling Giles for any updates before you book/travel. We have very much enjoyed our weeklong stay here.
- Also Known As:
- Club Villas Jazmin Hotel Costambar