My BF and I stayed at Villa Serena for three days in May 2013 as part of a 10 Day trip in DR. We had originally planned to stay two but as soon as we arrived and looked out to the ocean, we knew that two nights would not be enough. When we arrived the front desk staff was welcoming in a quiet manner. May is low season and there was only one other guest at the hotel when we arrived so everything was very low key. The staff did seem to warm up and became a little friendlier each day. I think by American standards, they just seemed a little shy, especially the housekeepers and wait staff in the restaurant. I think some of them were not very confident in their English skills. We also tried our best in Spanish.
Our first night we had a delicious dinner at the restaurant. I remember my BF enjoying a Caribbean shrimp dish. The menu is fairly limited and a little pricey for DR, but American wines are cheap. We enjoyed omelets every day for breakfast and the delicious fresh juices
The grounds and gardens are absolutely breathtaking. Everyday the housekeepers would put fresh flowers in our room. Our room was on the second floor with a lovely queen size bed and a balcony with an amazing view of the grounds and the ocean. The room was very clean as well. We also enjoyed the pool everyday as the sun was setting. It was very refreshing after the beach.
To complain about the beach at Villa Serena is ridiculous because there are so many incredible beaches nearby. To make the most of a trip to Las Galeras, everyone needs to take a boat out to Playa Ricon, which is an amazing and pristine beach. It is a short boat trip which the front desk can arrange for you. We checked and the price was about the same if a boat captain picks you up at the hotel or you get a boat at the main beach in town. There are also great little restaurants run by locals who will cook you freshly caught fish for a great beach lunch. Take a boat, not an ATV so you can see the amazing cliffs and shoreline. We didn't visit Fronton on this trip (we will next time), but we heard that it is an even more spectacular and remote beach. Also Playita is a wonderful little beach which is just a short walk from Villa Serena.
Overall, we can't wait to go back and we would definitely stay at Villa Serena again. As it was low season many of the area restaurants were closed, but we did find some really memorable places. Make sure you check out El Cabito for cocktails and dinner at sunset. The views of the ocean and the cliffs are stunning. We also had an incredible lunch of freshly caught shrimp with a lovely fresh mushroom sauce at Yoni and Yes Papa! Yoni the chef is very talented. He made the best frites that I have ever had. Michele the proprietor is quite a character. We had a lively conversation in English, Spanish and French about Michele's former occupation as a stuntman. He will break out his scrapbook. The gelato at Plaza Lusitania is also a real treat. Get chocolate and coconut.
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