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Chalet Tropical Village
Ranked #1 of 21 Las Galeras B&B and Inns
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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
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Reviewed April 23, 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
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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
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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
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Reviewed February 23, 2011

We spent six wonderful days in Galeras at Chalet Tropical. It was a perfect mix of sun and fun with learning about the culture of Samana. Having a small kitchen was a big plus. Sara was incredibly helpful in planning excursions that matched our interests and needs. Snorkeling at Fronton, whale watching, horseback travel to Colorada, short walk to near by beach (Playita) ....all great.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 16, 2011

Well, where do I begin? After having our trip cancelled due to snow in England in December, and after a 24hr delay on our second attempt to fly in January, we finally touched down at Samana Airport on 27th Jan 2011. Was it worth all the disappointment, all the stress, all the days spent camped out on the floor at Gatwick Airport? The answer is yes - 100%!

The people we met will stay in our hearts forever, particulary Sarah - the hostess with the mostest! We were welcomed warmly and instantly felt like part of the family. We didn't arrive at Chalet Tropical Village until the evening, but were still treated to a tour of the area by our lovely host, and filled in on the best places to eat, drink etc. Sarah was also able to advise us on what trips and activites were worth doing, and the advice was faultless. Anything we wanted to do was arranged and paid for by Sarah and we settled the bill at the end of the trip. This made for a hassle-free holiday and meant we knew we were always getting the best price.

We stayed in the biggest of the three Chalets - Chalet 3 - which was actually perfect for the two of us and would probably comfortabley sleep 5. We even had his and hers showers and bathrooms! The bed was actually the most comfortable I have slept in for a long time and I slept like a log every night, lulled to sleep by the sound of the crickets outside. The decor in the chalet was exactly to my taste - quirky and rustic. You wouldn't find another place like it anywhere.

5 minutes walk from the chalet, through beautiful palm trees and vegetation, you'll find La Playta, a gorgeous beach like something out of a brochure. It was lovely to lie on a beach with no beach-sellers and barely any other peaople at all - a real tropical paradise! Unfortunately we only got to spend one day there. We did manage to fit in lunch at Isabel's, a shack right on the beach, which serves the most amazing fresh fish and fried plantains.

5 minutes walk in the opposite direction takes you to the main street through Las Galeras. We instantly fell in love with the place on our first evening. Despite being tired and jetlagged we just couldn't drag ourselves away from the hustle and bustle of the town and the Caribbean beats eminating from bars, restaurants and the local discotheque. What I really love is that the town is not a typical 'resort'. Although there are bars and restaurants to suit every taste, there are no big hotels to spoil the landscape and you really do feel like you are getting a true taste of life in the Dominican Republic. The locals are so friendly and we felt completely at ease in their company. This was a big plus point for us as on our last holiday to Egypt we were sometimes too scared to walk down the street.

In our short 5 days in Las Galeras we managed to fit in an awful lot. I would definitely recommend a trip to Playa Rincon. If you want to relax and be totally alone then I would suggest straying away from the area with sun-beds and venturing round the other side. We didn't see another soul all day.

We hired a quad bike for two days, which was delivered and collected from right outside our front door. It was an amazing way to explore the peninsula! In two days we covered hundreds of kilometres and saw some of the most breath-taking scenery. We befriended a local lad on our way through a very rural village, who showed us the way to Playa El Valle. We were the only people on the beach apart from a fisherman, a donkey and a couple of local kids, who chatted to us and showed us where to pick sugar cane.

We parked the quad and spent some time shopping and having lunch in Samana city centre before heading to see the waterfalls at El Limon. The waterfalls were spectacular, but this was probably my least favourite activity due to the fact that you are shepherded round by a guide, rather than left to explore yourself. I would also avoid this trip if you don't like horse-riding, as that seems to be the only way you can get to the falls.

On our last day we were lucky enough to go whale watching. I couldn't believe how many whales we saw in a few short hours! At one point there were 6 whales swimming along beside our boat - absolutely magical! That evening we watched the sun set as we ate lobster and drank pina colada at El Cabito, a restaurant perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking beautiful turquoise waters.

All in all, it was a wonderful trip. My only regret is that we did not stay for longer. We are already planning our next holiday there. Thanks Sarah!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

Great place for rest! Chic interior design with original architectural solutions. Every part of the villa is hand-crafted using mostly local materials! Manages these chalets Mrs. Sarah - very friendly and helpful! Secluded place, away from all the noisy tourist centers. If you ever decide to relax by savages and do not mind a long way, then come here. None of the hotel is not in comparison with what awaits you. You will never regret that you have chosen holiday at this place. We have experienced true pleasure in this chalet!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle Chalet Tropical | Las Galeras, Samanà, Las Galeras 32000, Dominican Republic
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
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Ranked #1 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Las Galeras
Price Range: $58 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chalet Tropical Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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