The Villa Serena is something out of a time-warp -- what I imagine top-flight Caribbean hotels were like in the Caribbean 30 years ago. This does not mean that the VS is at all run-down; the grounds are meticulously maintained, everything is pristine, and the overall experience is delightful. Most rooms have a view of the sea and are very spacious. There is a pool, and access to the sea (to call the few steps that lead to a patch of sand a beach would be stretching the truth), bicycles, kayaks, and pleasant grounds. The breakfasts include fresh fruit, juice, stale bread, and omelets/eggs. Dinner was quite pedestrian -- the kitchen definitely needs some livening up. The hotel is a five minute walk from downtown (such as it is!) Las Galeras and within walking distance to several beaches. The hotel is also very reasonably priced. Overall impression: if you want an ultra-modern resort with cable TV, AC in every room, gourmet restaurants, a large sandy beach on the premises, an air-conditioned lobby and tons of gift shops and organized activities, VS is not for you. If you want a pleasant, gracious stay in a Caribbean time warp for a bargain price, in a spot not yet flooded with tourists, this is the place for you! Final observation: the employees are uniformly polite and helpful; the owners/administration less so.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Serena Hotel Samana, Dominican Republic