If you are looking to get away from the madding crowd and the cattle call of the all-inclusive hotel, this the place for you. This condo complex that rents out its units when the owners aren't there is a perfect, quiet getaway in a great location. Each room has a view of the ocean. Some have kitchenettes, some don't. Manager Diane Tremblay does an outstanding job keeping the place in tip top shape. She surveys the place ceaselessly and makes sure everything is running smoothly and is immaculate. I would like to thank her for her wonderful hospitality, as well as that of all of the staff. The place has 24-hour security, which is reassuring, and the guards are friendly. The front desk staff are kind, particularly the night clerk, Wilson Sims who was especially helpful. The rooms are clean and comfortable and our kitchenette was well appointed (except no oven) with a gas cook top, toaster oven, coffee maker, microwave, pots, pans, bowls, etc., and enough dishes and cutlery for four. The bed was very comfortable. We had three people cleaning our room every day, including doing our dishes when we "cooked in." Even cooking on a holiday is a breeze when you have Janet's supermarket literally a two-minute walk away, with everything you need from beer and vino, to soup, to nuts (even Stacey's Pita Chips and Tostitos), and then the hotel staff does your dishes for you to boot. The infinity pool is pretty, clean and cool (they plan to repaint the bottom soon, so don't let that dissuade you). The grounds are well maintained. Just watch out for the mosquitoes in the shade and at dusk. It was fun meeting some of the condo owners and getting the skinny on the life in the neighborhood, and a taste of the retired life in paradise (something to aspire to). It gave it a more "homey" feeling than a hotel feeling. Cabarete is not too overdeveloped yet, and it is the mecca for kite sailing and windsurfing. The constant breeze makes the hot sun and humidity easy to take. If you want a multitude of restaurants and a very lively night life, it's only a short walk up the beach. We didn't eat at the hotel much, except breakfasts which were good, but not outstanding. Apparently, they are working on improving the restaurant, which is good because the site and view is the best on the beach. We ate out every evening, and we particularly enjoyed the Casanova restaurant, that has everything on the menu 1/2 price from 4 to 6 PM, even the lobster which was tender and succulent. Try to get Stephanie as your waitress because she is a sweetie. We didn't do a lot of sight seeing, just took a moto-concho or the local bus (a crowded van actually, but at 25 pesos per person, who cares) to Sosua a couple of times to snorkel and hang out at the beach for the day. Shopping in Cabarete is good, if you care to do so. There is one store called Kana Rapai Bazar that makes funky handbags and other cute things from recycled materials and they package things in quaint brown paper bags; a twist on the typical tourist fare, with an authentic local touch. It's just too bad that the locals don't use more pollution-friendly bikes and cars, because the air is blue with exhaust on the street. The other thing some people might not appreciate is the dogs that wander into the restaurants, but I didn't really mind because I love dogs. Also, it would be good if the vendors didn't bug you to buy things all the time, but especially when you're eating. That got tiresome pretty quick. You just have to be really firm with your no, gracias, and they'll move on. The weather kept threatening, but the wind blew the clouds away. You can play Cleopatra or King Tut on the canopy beds at the Velero and watch the sunset while sipping the Spanish champagne you picked up at Janet's market. The beach right in front of the hotel is not great at all, but you can walk up the beach a few hundred yards and rent a chair with full service for 100 pesos per chair per day. The beach is plenty long in both directions for good walking and/or jogging. For Canadians, there's a Scotia Bank in Cabarate, so you can get your pesos there instead of getting American money first and converting it. You just need to take your passport to the bank. The hotel front desk exchanged US money for us into pesos for a very good rate, so we appreciated that. The gym is small, but functional. The hotel arranged for a taxi for us to and from the airport ($35 US per person each way) with a clean, recent model minivan with a driver called Junior. Super nice. All and all, it's hard to beat the Velero Beach Resort Hotel in Cabarete. Thanks to Diane and her staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Velero Beach Resort was the first luxury Cabarete hotel to be built and the visionary architect chose the best location on the entire beach to build. Our grounds are sheltered from the wind for the non-windsurfers, but 5 meters into the water the windsurfer or kiter will have access to the trade winds. Velero Beach Resort is the only one of the Cabarete hotels to have a small reef right out front that forms shallow tidal pools at low tide. These are perfect for the toddlers to play in protected from the waves. Our restaurant is also the only one in Cabarete that is directly on the water for perfect sunsets! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Velero Beach Hotel Cabarete
- Velero Beach Cabarete