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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chalet Tropical Village Hotel Las Galeras
- Chalet Tropical Village Samana, Dominican Republic