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Cabarete Beach House at Nanny Estates
New York, NY
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“Overrated”
Reviewed March 21, 2012

An excellent location with a nice beachfront at a reasonable place is the best I have to say about this place. Our apartment's condition was good though a little frayed, nothing great. Amenities are bare bones. The pool is just acceptable. We've stayed at other properties in Cabarete that offered much more for not much more money. I'd keep looking.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Montpelier, Vermont
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

What a "welcoming, pretty and yet affordable" place to stay with our family. The staff and locals really went out of their way to help us enjoy and feel like we were part of the community! OUr family of 5 stayed for a month and this warm spirit never changed!!

We would recommend the Nanny Estates 100%.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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winnipeg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2012

A friend and I went to Cabarete in January 2012. I did extensive reading about the town, the people and customs and accommodations available prior to leaving. We decided on the Nanny Estates.
I would not necessarily choose this location if I had children that might fall through the spiral staircase by running up or down. They could potentially drop through to the living room. Also the pool would only be useful to a child that could swim well or always wore water wings as it has quite a depth from its starting point. There are also strong undertows in the ocean adjacent to the dwellings.
Having said that, and I am reluctant to continue, for others have commented in a similar way - you are almost afraid to speak as highly of these condos as they deserve due to the fear of never finding one available in the future.
I would like to comment on Maria who manages the office as she has received some poor press from a previous poster.This woman could not have been more helpful if she had tried. We ran into problems with our flight and ended up showing up a day late. The driver from Nanny ( Ramon) waited for four hours for us because we could not contact them on a Sunday to give updates. She sent him again the next day and we were stunned to see him there waiting for us with a little sign. He spoke English well and provided some narrative in the ride to Cabarette as was true in the return trip. Maria was open to any question we fielded and Lourdes immediately had our tv replaced when we advised her that the one we had did not work.
The cleaning staff were excellent and my only regret is that we left tips suggested by a tourist book, They deserved more and had I understood the money better I would have left more than 20 pesos a day. We had taken some small gift like things with us and on our last day left it and clothes for them .We expect that they would sell it and end up with a top up anyway. Just looks cheap on our part though.
The scenery is beautiful from the bedroom balcony, patio and roof top garden space. There is also a small outdoor enclave facing the ocean where two chaise lounges were separated from everyone else around. We spent some sweet time just sitting watching kite surfers etc,
Nanny Estates is the perfect distance from Cabarette central. By the time you get to the condos there are seldom hawkers selling jewelry or wanting to braid your hair or give you a massage. It is probably much quieter than the hotels closer to the middle of town which have a lively night life.
For twenty pesos ( it varies sometimes, lol) you can take a bus to the center of town or to Janet's Grocery Store if you intend to cook. Rosa's is much closer but void of fresh veg or perhaps it was void of veg that I recognized as veg. We ate out quite a bit because we wanted to try the local food. The buses are hilarious and not for shy people at all. You might have to sit on someone's knee or with your derriere in a stranger's face. It does not take on an overly familiar flavor though, no one pinches you or anything like that. It is just the way it is. You can also take the bus ( guagua) to the town of Sousa nearby for the same amount of money if you want a change of scene.
The office would help you to arrange tours if asked. We were only there for a week and really wanted to be a part of the village even if it was as tourists. We had many wonderful experiences and that included with Dominican people.It reminded me of small town life in Canada in the 1950's in many ways.
It is a foreign country - don't take stupid chances you are with strangers and some of the strangers may be experiencing very hard times and feel desperately in need of money. It is an island that has experienced some hardship. It seems like everyone tries to work at something but sometimes there are too many motoconchos, or hair braiders to be able to put food on their tables..My view is that it would be as much my fault if I was robbed as the robbers.
Wonderful country and people, had great weather, healthy food and no problems when following traveler's rules for eating in lands other than your own.
Upon leaving my friend said that she was already grieving for our place at Nanny Estates, our pleasant neighbors and the depth of relaxation that we had achieved in such short order.Wah, I want to go back tomorrow.

Room Tip: Large front bedrooms are probably quieter. All you would hear is the ocean but back bedrooms tend to...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

After a little more than two weeks in Cabarete we have returned with fantastic experiences and a nice tan. Nanny Estates was the perfect place for our kite surf vacation. From the front door we had approximately 20 meters to the beach which is wide with the softest sand. The wind is good and the ocean is warm so there is no need for wetsuits.
Four people in a unit with three floors sound luxurious and it is (plenty of room for kite equipment). Our unit was incredibly cosy and the employees at Nanny Estates are incredible nice and helpful.
The centre is approximately 5 minutes in taxi or moto from Nanny Estates and once we got accustomed with the area and norms it was no problem getting around in the city.

I will recommend Nanny Estates to anyone but it is especially good for kite surfers.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed December 16, 2011

This was our second visit and we were once again, delighted. It keeps getting better. 2 Bdrm townhouse Unit was lovely and they all are fully outfitted with quality products. You will have an ocean view from whatever unit you are - this project was thoughtfully planned to take full advantage of the coveted location. Close enough but far enough away from Town to be quiet and private enough. Grounds are impressive - Estate like & location is right on Kite Beach, an easy (15 minute) beach stroll to the many restaurants in Cabarete. Professionally run (on site staff), security is never an issue or concern. Overall, the staff is simply amazing you will want for nothing. Don't want to cook or go out? A talented, reasonably priced chef is available (they clean up too) or pick up the house phone in your unit and call one of the many restaurants that deliver. Whether you are an extreme sports enthusiast or just want to relax there is no finer spot than the Nanny Estates. Clientele seems to be couples, young families - many of which are returning guests. A very nice mix. We travel to the DR twice yearly and can't believe our good fortunate to have discovered this gem.

Room Tip: All pictures on their website are ACCURATE! No surprises.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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108 Mile Ranch, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

We rented a hacienda on the beach for 3 couples, this was the best idea ever, we were close to all amenities, just a beautiful walk down the beach, the staff was fabulous....watch the waves thought they do get dangerous.
My friend dislocated her shoulder and all the staff came running and called an english speaking cab driver for her that spent the whole 4 hours in emergency room with them and translated for them....AMAZING !!!!
The place is gorgeous, lots of room, grocery store at entrance with everything you need and fully stocked house with all your needs!!! Iw ill be back with kids someday !!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

This place is perfect for larger groups of people, be it families or couples or friends. I traveled here with my family.

The 2 bedroom units are fully air conditioned. There is a full kitchen, 2.5 baths, living room, roof deck, front deck and more. It is completely outfitted and well maintained.

The grounds are safe. There are lounge chairs and a pool with seat around it. The Estates are positioned on top of a dune overlooking Cabarete Bay. With a location right on the water you can kiteboard, play in the ocean or walk to Kite Beach or downtown Cabarete. The location is the best in all of Cabarete. You are in the town, but not directly in the mayhem. It is quiet and relaxing. The beach is beautiful.

Be sure to get a unit as close to the water as possible. The units that a further back are nice, but you are further from the water and closer to the busy and noisy road.

Maid service is provided and the management is great and friendly.

Room Tip: Get a unit as close to the water as possible. Stay away from the back units.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Cabarete Beach House at Nanny Estates
Address: Calle Principal - Area Bahia De Arena | Cabarete, Cabarete 11111, Dominican Republic
Location: Caribbean > Dominican Republic > Puerto Plata Province > Cabarete
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Ranked #11 of 44 Specialty Lodging in Cabarete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
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Our Caribbean two story two bedroom townhouses are surrounded by beautiful tropical landscaping on private oceanfront property overlooking Cabarete Bay . Our property offers a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, tennis court and free parking ... more   less 
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