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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Las Terrenas, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

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GigiaB
Kitchener, Ontario
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Perfect for our family vacation”
Reviewed September 4, 2017 for a stay in August 2017
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people found this review helpful

The penthouse was beautiful, modern, clean and the perfect size for our family of four. The view from the terrace and living/dinning room was amazing. The unit was cleaned very well on a daily basis. We felt well taken care of by the concierge, Stephanie, she was always available to help us with anything we needed. The villa had everything we needed, only thing missing was a clothes dryer or drying rack. We had the chef come and cook breakfast and dinner and the food was excellent. We had him come every other day as he cooked enough food to last two days.

The pool and gardens at Bonita Village were beautiful, although, the pool and chairs around the pool could use some cleaning. The beach is very close, just on the other side of the pool, as well as a couple of beach restaurants. We rented ATVs for two days and had so much fun driving around town. The villa is just a short drive to town (you could walk but it was too far for our kids), where you can find great restaurants and anything else you might need. Everyday went to visit a beautiful beach, either in a taxi or ATV, and ate lunch beach side.

Overall, we had a great vacation. We loved villa Ribera Mar and Las Terrenas. We would be very happy to return.

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ehogsnes
Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The perfect spot”
Reviewed August 4, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Excellent location on the beach, wonderful flat, first class service. Extremely friendly staff.
30 minutes by foot from town, along a very nice road by the beach.
What you see is what you get.
Expensive, but worth it. We´ll come back.

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SDQ809
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“OUTSTADING PLACE!!!”
Reviewed August 1, 2017 for a stay in July 2017
2
people found this review helpful

Let me start by saying I don't usually write reviews, but I feel this one deserve a review.
Also, let me begin by saying thank you to all the people that make our stay unforgettable and always leaving us with the desire of going back. Emma always try to accommodate me with the availability and keeping a constant communication. Stephanie always available for whatever we need and making sure we spent a pleasant vacation. Franco is very attentive and always available if you need him and never upset or angry, always smiling. Maribel and the maintenance crew always making sure that our place is spotless. We always have clean towels, never run out of drinking water, toilet paper or hand/dishwasher soap. Pool always clean and whenever it had tree leaves, Franco will bring the nest and clean it. They have ATV’s available for rent, which is very convenient if have to go out to the town and you don’t want to drive your rental vehicle as the streets are a little narrow in certain areas and that's where the ATV’s comes handy. We use the chef in our first trip to Ribera Mar and it was outstanding, but we decided to go to the supermercado Pola and buy groceries instead. In our first trip we went to Las Palmeras Restaurante and met Rene (Owner), to make the story short this was our second time in Ribera Mar and we ate everyday in Las Palmeras, because we were treated like family and food is delicious. Tell Rene that Carlos send you and that you want to try the “CHUPITOS” and the “CHILLO AL COCO” you will not be disappointed. Don’t get me wrong the cost of the chef is not bad, because he/she will cook 3 meals for you, except you have to buy the food the chef will cook for you. But we love the CHUPITOS!

You should book a ZipLine adventure and you will not regret it.

Security is paramount to me and my family, and Bonita Village is a very secure place. There are armed security guards all around the perimeter of the village from the main gate to the community pool. We felt very secure in the village. Keep in mind that if security guard doesn’t have your name or your visitors on his list, you are not getting inside the village.

To conclude, I would like to see privacy glass and window screen in all the bathrooms, because we stayed on the Duplex and the Penthouse and there was none. Also, update some cooking equipment such as pans, coffee maker and utensils. Maybe a washer and dryer, instead of washer only. Add the TV that was on the Penthouse living room, like it was on our first trip. Wish you will have rental vehicles available as well to make a complete package. Ask community officials to reopen El Catey Airport Plzzzzzzz, so we don’t have to travel from Santo Domingo or Puerto Plata.

IF YOU ARE READING THIS LINE, HOPE YOU HAVE ALREADY BOOK YOUR TRIP TO RIBERA MAR. THANK YOU AND ENJOY YOUR VACATION……...WE ARE GOING BACK SOOOOONNNNNN!!!!!

Your age range 35-49
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Omar A
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing!”
Reviewed April 21, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
1
person found this review helpful

Very Beautiful! incredible accommodations and the attention was perfect. Although we went on "Semana Santa" and Terrenas was full! Very noisy neighbors. So I recommend to go any other dates if you are looking for a beautiful beach and a calm place. We will definitely visit again!

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brionm314
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Book this villa . . . you won't regret it!!!”
Reviewed December 16, 2016 for a stay in December 2016
3
people found this review helpful

Where do I start . . . if you've never been to Las Terrenas, you really need to go!! If you love palm trees, this is certainly the place to go!!! The beaches are filled with beautiful palm trees and you can sit in the sun or shade! There is so much to do if you want to, or you can just relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches! We love the VRBO experience, and Villa Ribera Mar exceeds in all areas!!! Emma, the owner was so helpful during our booking, and upon arrival Mikael met us at the Villa and got us situated and was available to assist with excursions or any time we needed him. We asked Danny the Villa Ribera Mar chef to prepare a meal the first evening for our late arrival, and loved him so much, we booked him 5 more times!!! $35.00 for the service, plus the cost of groceries, and a tip . . . you can't go wrong!! The daily cleaning service was wonderful as well, and it really allowed all of us to totally relax and just enjoy our trip. The pictures are a bit deceiving as they do not show the building directly in front of the villa. However, it doesn't block your view of the beach and there is easy access to the complex's swimming pool. We enjoyed using the bicycles provided free of charge, and we also rented the 4 wheelers for a fun afternoon of exploring the area around Las Terrenas. We also hired a fishing charter and caught 7 Dorado! The unit does have a washer, but no dryer. They provide a very large hanging rack, but if the weather is humid, keep in mind it may take awhile for clothes to dry. The hot tub is a very nice feature also and we enjoyed the upper deck every evening before dinner. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would definitely stay here again!! And even though we couldn't find our beers of choice . . . Bud Light and Miller Light . . . we loved the Presidente Light beer!!!

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pastorjra...
Nutley, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Better than expected.”
Reviewed August 26, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Our overall experience with the Ribera Mar Rental 3608984 was better than expected. The unit was lovely, clean, well equipped with all needed amenitites, spacious. The complex and location were beautiful and save.
The owner, Emma, manager, Stephanie and all the staff were friendly and attentive to every need.

An overall great experience that we would definitely consider for future trips and recommend to others.

J.Ramos

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Liked best: Beauty and cleanliness of the property and attentiveness of staff.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Teenagers
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irmapimen...
Chino Hills, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Paradise!!!”
Reviewed August 16, 2016 for a stay in July 2016
2
people found this review helpful

We found the condo on TripAdvisor.com and fell in love with the pictures. The ocean view and pictures of the living room, kitchen and bedrooms were exactly as posted on the site. Our initial contact and booking was with Emma. If I had a question, Emma would answer me quickly via email, which made me feel comfortable and confident in booking the vacation through the website. Our family arrived through Santo Domingo Airport (capital). We did this to have dinner with family and get some rest before heading out the next day. Our chauffeur, Guirito, (sent by Emma) came exactly at the time he said he would. The van was ample, comfortable and equipped with an excellent a/c!!! We were eager to taste the local food so Guirito obliged us and stopped along the highway and we had a terrific Dominican lunch. The trip from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas was about 2 hours but once we arrived we knew we were at the best location we could have possibly rented. Stephany was there to greet us and to review all the essentials of the condo. She gave us an overview of the town and eateries in the area. As soon as we arrived, Franco took all of our luggage to our condo and made it back down the stairs before we walked through the condo doors! The view was beautiful and the rooms were very nice. The restrooms had all the ammenities you see at a fine hotel. We had daily maid service and they made sure to come by when we were not at home so as to never interrupt our stay. This was very convenient for us. We were given a cell phone by Stephany to use our entire stay. She was always a phone call away but she made sure to check in on us. Stephany is the most sweetest person and very professional. She definitely had our best interest in mind at all times and wanted to make sure that we had everything we needed. She made us feel that our vacation was her top priority! This type of attention is very rare but we were so happy to have such a knowledgeable and caring person advise us on our trip. Donny was our chef and he cooked for us the most amazing Dominican breakfasts and dinners!! He is a superb chef!!! Our family enjoyed this trip so much! The beach was a quick stroll away and the ocean was absolutely gorgeous and it was never crowded! During our stay, we took the El Limon Cascade excursion and it was the best choice. We rode horses through the countryside and walked down 250 steps but it was well worth it because we were able to enjoy the magnificient cascade!!! The excursion also provided a delicious Dominican meal. The ATV's were fun to rent and my 11-year-old son learned how to ride them instantly, making it a super exciting experience for him. We were definitley sad to leave but our stay was one of the best family trips we have ever experienced thanks to Stephany and her team!!!

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Liked best: Having Stephany and her team guide us through our trip
Liked least: The pillows were a little flat and gave 2 of my children a stiff neck
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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