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Reviewed August 3, 2010

Chalet Tropical Village more than exceeded our expectations. The chalet was lovingly designed and featured a lovely front porch for family meals. All the touches - the hammock, ceiling fans, swan-shaped towels - all added up to a lovely experience. Sarah couldn't have been more accommodating. She was extremely helpful and friendly and quickly gave us the lay of the land. The beaches, the food, the adventures and most of all the people all made us feel like we had a home away from home.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank jdubose
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Reviewed July 4, 2010

I absolutely loved staying at Chalet Tropical!
It was incredibly beautiful. I love things off the beaten track and this was it.
The walk to the beach… about 10 minutes from the chalet was my favorite.- You follow a path through farmland and open a fence so the few cows don’t escape. The path then it opens up to a field of tall Palm trees and mountains across the water – it looks like a Gauguin painting of Tahiti!
The beach, which was never crowded during the week. Breathtaking at sunset. Locals fishing
Delicious grilled fish and Pina Coladas served on the beach.
Idyllic. Simple. Not fancy. Friendly. Casual.

Sarah, the proprietor arranged a couple trips for us-. And she had no problem accommodating our last minute plans to do something fun. We were interested in seeing the surrounding beaches. Someone came to pick us up at the Chalet and brought us to a nearby beach 10-minute drive. Where some kids took you on a bumpy motorboat ride with a couple other passengers. Gorgeous!

The Chalet is very arty and funky and was lovingly built by Sarah and her husband. This is no cookie cutter hotel! Each one is unique. Sarah and her husband live on the property- so she’s never to far away to answer any questions or help with anything. They have two gigantic Great Danes, a monkey and a fluffy cat, who make occasional appearances.

The grounds have I think 3 “chalets” all built in a beautifully kept yard with flowering tropical shrubs. There’s a fence around the property. It’s away from the main road, where the restaurants are. So it’s nice and quiet, but only a 15-minute walk to the village.
When we first arrived Sarah took us on a ride into the village in her car, and pointed out the restaurants she liked best. There is an ATM and grocery store and restaurants. Lively local scene at night not touristy.
A few tourists’ shops that have Haitian paintings and sculptures. A bunch of restaurants.
We made breakfast at home and dinner sometimes too with fresh fruit. & groceries we had gotten in the village. There is a local bakery with fresh bread. The kitchen is very simple but workable. And there’s a built in BBQ grill outside.

The last night Sarah invited us to a party on the beach with some of the other guests from another property she manages.
It was a kind of rainy night and the wind was blowing. We had a FABULOUS seafood feast under the palm frond roof. Sarah was so welcoming and generous and funny, we felt like old friends.
I went with a girlfriend- we had a wonderful time. I wouldn’t hesitate to come again with my husband. The chalet next to us a friendly couple from Canada with two kids said it was perfect for them too.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank rednilo
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

My husband and I chose Chalet Tropical for the first week of our honeymoon last June. We were looking for an unspoiled, non resort, Caribbean vacation with a lot of privacy. Chalet Tropical was a perfect fit. This vacation location is for those who are interested in immersing themselves in the island culture and lifestyle. The roads to the area are unpaved and most ideal for a four-wheeler or motorbike type vehicle which is not hard to come by in Las Galeras. There is a short scenic walk to a beautiful beach with snorkeling reefs which is maybe 5-10 minutes depending on your walking pace.
Sarah, the hostess who lives next door to the property was remarkable to work with from the moment we inquired about her Chalet. She was available by phone from the States and was very efficient responding to e-mails. She set up every step of our trip from SDQ to the Chalet according to our preferred method of travel (2 cab rides and a bus trip). When we got to the Chalet she gave us a ride to a fabulous Italian place in town and arranged for the owner to bring us back after our meal. She was eager to make any excursion arrangements needed from renting a vehicle for a day to a boat trip to nearby picturesque beaches. I could go on and on about how above and beyond her hospitality was. We really missed her after leaving the Chalet for the rest of our trip.
I gave sleep quality 4 stars only because there are mosquitoes in the area which I happen to be a magnet for and since the Chalet is a rustic A-frame, it is not mosquito proof. The ceiling fan and bug spray are necessities. It was definitely quiet enough to get a good night sleep regardless.
If you do visit Las Galeras be SURE to try Tubart cafe in town. My husband (a chef by profession) and I had many fabulous, gourmet meals there including some of the best coffee we've ever had in the mornings before our diving excursions. The staff is astoundingly friendly and hospitable and the atmosphere is wonderful.
If you are looking to truly get away from it all and enjoy the peaceful island lifestyle for a while Chalet Tropical is the place to go!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank gocaribbe
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Reviewed April 7, 2010

Chalet Tropical was a lovely home base for my wife and me while in Las Galeras for eight nights. Sarah, as you will read in every review here, is a tremendous hostess. From the moment we arrived, Sarah did everything she possibly could to make us feel welcome and at home. She booked boat trips for us, arranged deliveries of local seafood, lent us snorkeling gear, gave us tips on the local sights. The huts themselves are very cool two-story A-frame structures packed with details and charm. It is rustic—salty tap water and a water heater that takes a half hour to ramp up—but in a quaint and very comfortable way. The kitchen was surprisingly well outfitted, and we did a lot of cooking in. The hut was cleaned three times in the eight days we were there, and we were twice given fresh beach towels.

Unfortunately on our second day, our bag (including camera, shoes, books, sunscreen, glasses, etc.) was stolen while were at the stunning and undeveloped Playa Rincon. So, a word of advice upfront: Don't take more than you need when you leave your hut, and be cautious.

Ironically we had chosen Las Galeras in part precisely because we'd read about these gorgeous beaches where you could be alone or nearly alone. But after the theft of our bag we were sufficiently jittery not to want to be alone. I feel bad mentioning all of this in our review of Chalet Tropical, because it has nothing to do with Chalet Tropical. Though it did have a lot to do with how we felt about our stay in Las Galeras overall.

But even after that unpleasant experience, Sarah helped us turn it around, and even lent us a camera, flip flops, and a cel phone for the remainder of our stay.

To paint a picture of the larger setting, the three huts of Chalet Tropical are in a sort of compound with the home of Sarah and her husband, and the home of her father in law. The place is protected by two great Danes and, at night, a couple of guards. So, for as rattled as we were about having our bag stolen, we always felt secure at the hut.

One note about payment: We agreed to pay through Paypal, unclear about the fact that there would be a 6% fee. Which on a week's stay was substantial and would have been nice to avoid. In general in the area there is a strong whiff of tourist dollars, and you feel that people are trying to squeeze as much out of you as possible at every transaction. Which does get annoying. But while the tourist prices are very much there in Las Galeras, the commercialism has not yet caught up.

Las Galeras is basically a shanty town—complete with corrugated metal shacks, chickens running around, etc.—not at all a resort area, in ways good and less good. Chalet Tropical is about a quarter mile off the main road, down a rather intimidating unlit dirt road through the town. Bring a flashlight for finding Chalet Tropical at night, or plan to rent a motorbike or just get a lift from a motorbike taxi for a couple hundred pesos.

The region is absolutely beautiful. We caught the tail end of whale-watching season, and hired a guy with a skiff to take us out, and saw plenty of whales. And the beaches are truly dreamy. If you do go to Las Galeras, be sure to walk up the coast to El Cabito, an outpost hanging over the bay. Call ahead for a reservation for dinner or just go for drinks at sunset. The place is run by a charismatic expat Dutchman and his charming German wife, who run excursions as well. Not to miss.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Tomandsvenja
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

My four year old daughter and I stayed in the Casa Taina (also located on the same grounds as the traditional chalet's. It was lovely! Number one - Sarah, the hostess is wonderful, friendly, and caring. Take her advice about everything! We went to the beaches she recommended (the best I've seen...and I've seen quite a few), horseback riding, whale-watching, and eating out. Besides being warm and caring, she is very knowledgeable about Las Galeras. We will be bringing our entire extended family back to vacation in the future. I've never had a more beautiful, relaxing vacation....and that includes places such as Tulum, Kauai, Micronesia, PNG, and more. I added room service to my review because Sarah can order from a restaurant in town and have food delivered. :) Although, there is not a restaurant connected to the Chalet Tropical.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Loribethlarsen
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