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Reviewed March 8, 2012

My husband and myself spent 12 days in Feb at the Chalet # 3 for much needed respite care for us. Sarah was amazing from the first phone call and emails sent and received. She made Pickup arrangements at Santo Domingo airport through Marcus who later took us on additional requests. The Chalet was beautiful with all the amenities that you needed. The decoration decor was special and reflected the tropics with a blue and green theme.Sarah offered breakfasts in the morning, gave us all the information we needed for sights to see etc. The village was nice with shops and restaurants and groceries etc.She did so many more extras for us during our stay. Please read these reviews and you can tell that this is a place for rest and relaxation but still have everything else you may need.Her entire family, employees were so nice. Please take the time and stay here you will be blessed. No problem with security also since she has her own employee posted on the grounds at night and we didn't even know it nor felt the need. Yes it is a poor country but the citizens were all nice to us at all times. You will be happy to stay in anyone of her chalets. Rosetta and Thomas

Room Tip: Chalet # 3 has air conditioners in both bedrooms.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank rmz
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

My family of 4 just returned from a fantastic vacation in paradise. We had only a few days to explore the Dominican Republic and choose Samana. Based on TripAdvisor reviews, I booked us for 2 nights at Chalet Tropical Village. (I wish it were for 2 weeks but, alas, our jobs interfere.) Sarah greeted us like family; ushered us to our chalet where she had a second twin bed already set-up; and asked what we would like to do. We told her we wanted to relax on the beach so she walked us to the most beautiful, romantic beach only 10 or so minutes away on-foot. She offered helpful suggestions before we could even think of what to ask. It was as if she could read our minds. We celebrated my husband's birthday while there and Sarah prepared the most beautiful and delicious birthday breakfast; made dinner reservations; and, while we were at dinner, delivered a beautiful cake to our chalet for us to enjoy upon our return from dinner. She offered to prepare a birthday feast for us to enjoy in our chalet but there was a restaurant we wanted to try and since we had such a short time in Las Galeras we elected to go to the restaurant. The chalet was clean, comfortable, fun and Sarah is the best!! I can't wait to return!!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Thank vaughnarkansas
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

My partner and I spent 2 wonderful weeks at Chalet Tropical, Las Galeras in March 2011. It was the trip of a lifetime!! The chalet was cozy and romantic with such a twist from the norm it really made our stay interesting. Our host Sarah was amazing and key in making our vacation a memorable one. Her knowledge of the area and help with site seeing and excursions was such a comfort and reduced our stresses even more. There is much to do in the area: hike to discover deserted beaches close by (Playita, Playa Colorado, Playa Amour), horseback through the jungle with guide Clemente to a picnic at Playa Madame or Playa Colorado where you can play in the waves or lie on the secluded beach, take a boat to Playa Rincon and experience the vastness of the area, rent a quad and drive the countryside to El Valle, take a guagua (local public transit) to Samana City to really experience Samana’s local flavour and take in their bustling market. We recommend booking excursions through Kim Beddall’s Whale Samana tour company; we took both the whale watching and Los Haitises Park tours and were very satisfied. Jim took a picture of a whale breaching right beside our boat worthy of National Geographic publishing www.hawklakestudio.com. Having our own little kitchen we were able to make some wonderful candle-lite dinners on the veranda. We found a nice produce vendor just as you come into Las Galeras with lots of fresh goods to choose from, and there’s a kind local woman selling delicious fresh pan de coco on the road back from Playita beach. The restaurants in town are nice and it's definitely worth a short walk to the edge of town to a small restaurant where you can enjoy a true Dominican meal. There are 2 great beaches to choose from within approx 7 minute walk from Chalet Tropical, one is Playita which was our favourite as it is more secluded and off the beaten path, the other is Playa Las Galeras which is just at the end of the main street. We truly enjoyed our stay and hope to go back some day soon.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sharon_IGatineau
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

My husband and I had the privilege of staying at Chalet Tropical for 8 days in January 2012. We can only echo what has already been said here - everything was fantastic! Sarah will go out of her way to make you feel welcome and attend to your needs and desires. It is a perfect place for the independent traveler who wants to get away from it all and experience the Dominican Republic. We had two of our most memorable dining experiences ever while we were there - first at Mana and then at El Cabito. Don't miss out on those opportunities.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank AnnaMPe
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

On our January 2012 trip to Dominican Republic (our first trip), we booked at the Chalet Tropical Village based on their website. It was in the small fishing town of Las Galeras in the Samana Peninsula part of the country. We couldn't have picked a better spot. Avoiding the big, noisy crowds of a inclusive resort, we had a beautiful little thatched chalet with kitchen, big front porch, comfy beds and delightful hostess, Sarah. She advised us through the transportation to the village, arranged a whale-watching trip and gave us a personal tour of the little village before we settled in, giving us tips on where to shop and eat in the village. The beach was a short 10-minute walk to a beautifull semi-secluded beach (with two good eating places) and an easy "stay-all-day" at the beach experience. The little town is a brief 5-minute walk for great restaurants, some shopping and a market where we could supply ourselves to eat for a week (though her morning breakfasts are really excellent and unique to Domincan Republic. We heartily recommend a week there at least. Prices are so reasonable and, being retired, we actually could have stayed much longer. Sarah is wonderful and will make sure your experience is so lovely. Thank you, Sarah and to your husband too. Jerry & Kathy of Washington State.

Room Tip: I think that Chalet #1 might be the best for a family. #2 and #3 are perfect for a couple.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank KathyBremerton
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