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“One month wonderful stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Chalet Tropical Village
3.5 of 5 Guest house   |   Calle Chalet Tropical, Las Galeras 32000, Dominican Republic   |  
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Ranked #1 of 16 Las Galeras B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One month wonderful stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

We just got back from a one-month stay at Chalet Tropical and had a terrific time.

1. We went in July, and the weather was lovely. No need to think of this as "rainy season". Sure, it rained a few times, but mostly at night. During the day it was hot and breezy and the water was warm. There are hardly any tourists at that time, so restaurants were happy to have us and the beaches were nearly empty.

2. Our favorite place for typical fish meal is at Isabella's on the beach at La Playita. Favorite pizza is El Pescador. Favorite pasta is Pirata. Favorite drinks and ice cream (homemade) is Le Tainos. Favorite fanciest meals are at a private Italian house (ask Sarah to make you reservations, it is unbelievable!), and El Cabito (reservations) which has the most spectacular views at sunset!

3. Bring your own snorkel gear for sure, and go to Playa Fronton to explore. Take an easy kayak ride to Playa Colorado. Take a super fun quad to Playa Rincon.

4. The most beautiful, serene beach is Playa Rincon. The best beach to hang out all day (and not have anyone try to sell you jewelry), is La Playita.

5. Drink Coke, it's better there than in the States.

6. Expect prices to be somewhat comparable to home. As a tourist, you will pay as one. But it's all very fair.

7. Internet is just OK for email. So pre-download movies and books to your laptop or itouch before you leave home.

8. All you need is flip flops and shorts/sundress. It doesn't get much fancier than that.

9. In the chalet area, we felt very safe and secure. There are locks on your doors, a locked front gate, and a guard, plus 2 alert Great Danes.

10. Bring a waterproof case for your camera and a waterproof case to put your wallet in. We are SO glad we did that. We could bring them with us into the water so we never had to leave anything valuable on the sand when we went swimming.

11. It would be best if you speak some Spanish or French because English is a (very) foreign language here. We knew just enough Spanish to get by with the basics.

11. Most importantly: Sarah is the BEST host you will ever have. We are so grateful to her kindness and humor and suggestions. She's the top. Talk to her before you plan any trips or make any purchases. She will make sure that you go to the best people and she will get you the best prices.

In summary, our long stay at Chalet Tropical (for our honeymoon!) felt incredibly special, unique, fun, relaxing, and cultural. It's hard to come by a trip that has it all like that. You definitely feel very far from home, in a culture so different from what we're used to, and we loved that. There is a lot to explore and taste and see, but it is also so laid-back and calm and low-key. It's a real relief from American sensibility.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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new york
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

I've been to the DR quite a few times...and I really enjoyed this place. I did not stay in the chalet but in the house "Casa Taina". It was an EXCELLENT deal! It was comfy, relaxing and quiet. You can easily have 6-7 persons in that house...The property is a short walk from to the beach. There are some good places to eat in town...local food and great freshly made pizzas (which I loved...as well as grilled fish). It's about 1/2 hour bus ride to Samana if you want a change of pace (buses are frequent). Sarah was an excellent host and very helpful. It rained during my 1 week stay...but I still enjoyed myself and the beach! Great food, great hospitality and the best part....low tourist area...yay!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

We found Chalet Tropical right here on Trip Advisor. The reviews were outstanding and the place looked enticing. We did not want the whole resort feel. We wanted to have an experience that reflected life on the island. My wife is Dominican and she wanted me to experience her roots. Sarah and Danilo were just the ticket! The 'huts' give a wonderful Gilligan's Island feel in that they were hand crafted from all indigenous materials, stones, palm branches, driftwood, shells, etc, etc... Wonderful! The huts had everything you could possibly need from kitchen ware, grill and linen. We especially enjoyed the delicious house warming tray of food/snacks from the island prepared and hand delivered by Sarah on our first day.
Even before we arrived, we felt at peace with Sarah. She made us feel welcomed and was very accommodating to our needs. She told us she would guide us, and that we would be very safe on her property. She pointed us in the right direction for sites, tours and experiences. Every day we had many options, from dining to beaches to excursions. We like the fact that we could walk to the beach- Playita- from our Chalet, less than 5 minutes. The highlights for us were the pristine beaches, our favorite – Playa Rincon, horseback riding to El Salto de Limon waterfall, and the PRIVATE dining experience at MANÁ, an exclusive restaurant run by a master chef from Italy. Our dinner menu for MANÁ was selected early in the day then custom crafted for us, in a remarkable private villa setting with perfect Italian dinner music filling our hearts as we dined alone under the star lit night. The ambience was superb as we enjoyed a wonderful romantic candlelight dinner. We highly recommend this dining experience! We also enjoyed a delicious wedding anniversary dinner at El Cabito, a cliff side restaurant, while viewing the beautiful sunset. Thanks to Sarah for the great recommendations and for facilitating all our outings. The grounds at the Chalet Tropical were kept very well and the guards and maids were very friendly. We liked the owner’s pets, the Great Danes and Garfield the cat, so we invited them to visit us and they gladly obliged. Sarah and her family are wonderful hosts and are full of warmth.
Overall, an A+ experience in every aspect. We hope to plan another trip to the Chalet Tropical with friends just to show it off, and to watch the whales during their mating season in Samana.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nelson, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

This place and everything about it is great! Sarah as mentioned in other reviews is fantastic, anything she can do for you she will do, and do not hesitate to ask! Would recommend going to Sarah's friends for dinner best food I have ever had. Also if you can go to the playata just down the road and ask for Paul and Diane to do a try dive or a dive course with. Fantastic people and a fantastic course. Will hopefully going back as soon as possible!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

We've been at the Chalet for a week in October 2010. Expectations were really flat as that was the first time for us to go to Dominican Republic and the Caribbeans. Mood started picking up from the moment the dedicated taxi picked us up at the bus station (we were coming from Santo Domingo). Once at the Chalet ,we realised that the place is just a dream! Sarah is the perfect host, setting up everything you may need to concentrate on your relax only! Chalets are clean and neet and towels changed every two/three days. La Playta is the place to be, but there's a bunch of different playas and spots to visit; you'd like to stay two or three weeks to visit them all. Anything you need, just ask her. Boats to quads, bars to restaurants to go, tours to sunsets, she'll be organising all in 5 mins. The other folks at the Chalet are simply great, from her husband to her father in law. As she always reminds it's an undevelop country, but once you keep this in mind then your vacation will be awesome!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Romana, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

Las Galeras alone is just gorgeous, but if you are visiting the town and staying at the Chalet, you are in for a treat. The small houses are comfortable, well-decorated, and close to both the beach and the town. Good price, great value. Sarah in particular was very helpful with both planning the trip and organizing activities and meals while we were there. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2011

Since the first enquiry via email I got the impression that Chalet Tropical was run by enthusiastic, professional people. I don't trust online reviews too much but I trust my instinct: the speed in replying; the friendly tone of the messages and the amount of information given made me decide to book it. In the end the whole experience of a week stay exceded my expectations.
I have just spent a week with my partner at Casa Taina (part of Chalet Tropical) as the traditional "cabanas" were fully booked. Casa Taina has maybe less character than the "cabanas" but has the advantage to feel like a proper house, big, with large kitchen and very comfortable, also the price was inviting.
The purpose of my holiday was to relax and be within easy reach to a proper tropical beach and, yes, I succeded! 5 minutes walk took me from Chalet Tropical to Playta, a gorgeous beach where I spent plenty of time. I was even very pleased to find out, after a few excursions, that Playta was the best beach in the area, amazing clear waters, palms and 2 little places were to have a drink a some food with my feet on the sand.
Also the little town of Las Galeras, with its little shops and bars and restaurants, is 5 minutes walk from Chalet Tropical
A very special mention goes to Sarah, who owns the place with her partner, her passion, professionalism and willingness to help were just incredible. Everything, from booking a restaurant out of town, to organise an excursion or boking a taxy, was done straight away and with a smile, nothing seemed to be a problem. She even provided a mobile phone so that she could be contacted easily and offered lovely fresh fruit and eggs at the beginning of the stay.
Also a mention to Fulvio, Sarah's father in low, who kindly provided basil from his garden to make our pasta sauce tastier. I felt at home.
Lovely place, lovely hosts, lovely holiday!
Mauriz

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Calle Chalet Tropical, Las Galeras 32000, Dominican Republic
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Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Samana Province > Las Galeras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Las Galeras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chalet Tropical Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is a nice complex of 5 unique cottages, done of 5 independent villas, some rentable in an exclusive way some rentable just per room, in a Guest House solution. Recently built with precious rustic details, all made in wood and stone, all placed into a private garden, immersed in the tropical nature, in the calmest place of Dominican Republic, with the most wonderful and loneliest beaches. Sarah offers a friendly support for any info, transfer, excursion to enjoy a true, secure, independent and unique holiday, in your own way. ... more   less 
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Chalet Tropical Village Samana, Dominican Republic

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