Absolutely the most stunning hotel I have ever stayed in: the endless ocean view, the generous and thoughtfully decorated rooms, the expansive private decks with hammocks or loungers, the beautifully cultivated garden, the vaulted European architecture of the main "lobby" spilling out onto the terra cotta patio. Every artistic, refined detail of VS is a testament to the care taken by the management here.
Service was excellent with crisp white towels and linens generously replenished, fresh-cut flowers adorning every surface, delicious food and drink readily available. The hotel was absolutely sparkling-CLEAN and well-maintained. I'll concede that the staff is not overly "friendly" (but always pleasant!) but I'm not sure that should really bother anyone, assuming you bring your own friends/ family on vacation with you.
-Men: if you need to light (or reignite) the spark of romance, this is the place to do it!! Your woman will absolutely swoon when she sees/ experiences this place.
-We actually preferred the lawn to the beach. The ocean is totally swimmable right in front of VS -- just down a couple stairs. You don't have to worry about getting sand in every crack and crevice and it's almost completely private. Besides, big white-sand beaches are a short walk/ boat ride away if you want to change it up.
-This is an EXCELLENT value for the money -- this place would easily cost $400-500/ night in Europe or US.
-The location is excellent. 5 minute walk into "downtown" Cabarete and yet totally remote and serene. 10 minute walk to Playita beach.
-Lastly, if you want a party scene with loud music and crazy-fun or the latest big-screen TV with a million channels or a high-tech hot tub with jets, this place is definitely NOT for you. Stay away. If you loved "A Room with a View" then you will love this place!!