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“Paradise, Excellent Location in Las Galeras!”
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A large table just outside the dining room looks out toward the pool and on to the ocean.
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A large table just outside the dining room looks out toward the pool and on to the ocean.
There are several seating areas around the pool, some shaded and some in the sun. The caretaker's cottage is just outside the sliding gate at the entrance to the villa.
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A large table just outside the dining room looks out toward the pool and on to the ocean.
There are several seating areas around the pool, some shaded and some in the sun.
The caretaker's cottage is just outside the sliding gate at the entrance to the villa.
A long driveway leads from the gate near the caretaker's house to the front door of the villa.
With the front door and the French doors to the patio open, you can see thru to the pool and ocean.
The view when first entering the villa is pretty spectacular!
French doors to the swimming pool allow the ocean breeze to enter, cooling the the living room.
The dining room also opens to the breeze and pool and looks out toward the ocean.
The dining room opens to  kitchen (right), pool (left). In the background-the master bedroom wing.
The kitchen has a breakfast bar, large refrigerator and plenty of counter and cupboard space.
The master bedroom, with a queen and two single beds, is just a few steps from the pool.
Bedroom 2: Has a very good quality queen sized mattress, soft bedding and is air conditioned.
Bedroom 3: Queen sized mattress, great, soft bedding, A/C and opens to the ocean breeze.
Bedroom 4: is also air conditioned and has a good quality queen-sized  mattress and good bedding,
In addition to the queen sized bed in the master bedroom, there are 2 twin beds.
The foyer opens to the kitchen (right), bedroom 2 (left) and thru to the pool and ocean.
A lighted walkway leads from the pool to the covered gazebo and BBQ grill right at the ocean.
Imagine sitting under the gazebo, sipping your morning tea, watching humpback whales pass by !
Enjoy an oceanfront breakfast, lunch or dinner under the gazebo (with electricity) and BBQ grill.
A lighted pathway leads back from the ocean to the pool and villa.
The villa has a main wing with the living areas and two bedroom wings for great air circulation.
Mature trees provide some shade around the pool.
A table just outside the dining room is a great spot to enjoy a drink before or after taking a swim.
The villa is dog friendly. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to share the property with Lucy and Toby.
Looking into the living room from the swimming pool, with the French doors open.
From the French doors looking into the foyer, with a peek into the dining room. Kitchen back right.
Bedroom 2.
Bedroom 2 is large enough to have its own seating area.
Bedroom 3.
Bedroom 3 opens to the ocean but also has air conditioning.
The master bedroom has a full bath with shower and bidet.
One of the three full bathrooms in the villa.
This is looking off toward the north, toward Fronton Beach. You will often see whales here.
The waves crashing into the shoreline are pretty and can be very dramatic when it's windy.
The kitchen is well equipped with everything you'll want to set a beautiful table.
This could be YOU, relaxing near the pool!
From the pool looking at the entrance. The villa was designed to take advantage of the ocean breeze.
A lighted walkway through natural vegetation leads to the ocean front gazebo and BBQ grill.
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Las Galeras, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

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taylorj99
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Paradise, Excellent Location in Las Galeras!”
Reviewed April 28, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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We stayed at this beautiful villa in March and it was unbelievable, just what the doctor ordered!

The villa is a combination Mediterranean look with Caribbean accents on a 4 acre property. The villa has everything you need so you don't need to leave if you don't want to. We spent time driving throughout the Samana area and thought this location was "heaven on earth."

The town is a 10 min drive and world class beaches are not far away. The Dominican people are so warm and friendly we felt very safe staying in this villa. Private but not remote. We have traveled throughout the Caribbean, the people, beaches and town (L.G.) are fantastic.
We will definitely be returning and staying at the same villa.

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Marcos M
Gardner, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“2015- held at gunpoint inside the villa”
Reviewed July 6, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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If you want to be safe during your vacation then I don't recommend you this villa. We rented the Ballenas Villa in las Galeras away from the city thinking that it was safe from June 22 thru June 27 to have a relax vacation with my family but the night before our departure around 9pm we got rob by two gunmen inside the house. We were having dinner with my young kids(5 young kids and 2 mothers and 1 husband), my wife and another family when these armed guys went inside the house and grab the kids by gunpoint and puts us all inside a room. We were defenseless and scare. They took money and valuables and marked our family for live with this horrible experience.
We called Cindy the next day to provide us with at least a day of the rent, in order for my family to move away from the Galeras and she refused to give us any money and neither she show up at the place to support us. We left the place as soon the sun came up. I'm not sharing the entire experience here but we just wanted to make the renters aware of the situation so you guys don't go thru the same thing or even worst.
WE'LL NOT RENT AGAIN FROM CINDY EVER AGAIN.
The place is beatiful and we were planning to come back but not after this problem. If you're looking to rent a villa, make sure that it has its own arm guards and don't rely on dogs either.

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Liked best: The location and the property next to the ocean
Liked least: no security and the rental person
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jul 17, 2015
This incident is completely unsubstantiated. The guests did not report this "alleged incident" to the on-site security/caretaker, until the next morning after spending the night in the villa. The on site security lives in a home 150 feet from the villa and was home during the time of the alleged incident. The villa is gated at the street and again at the entrance to the villa and that gate can only be opened by security. No such entry was made by anyone during this time. When asked by the caretaker, the next morning, if they wanted to report the incident to the police they declined. Cindy , the property manager, did report this to the police, when made aware of it, by the caretaker. Repeated attempts were made by Cindy to contact the guests. She left her contact information via e-mail and phone and was never called back or emailed. According to the caretaker, the guests wanted to be "compensated 8,000 pesos" for the alleged incident. This demand was made on the day they were scheduled to leave at the end of their stay. I believe the whole incident was fabricated to extract a partial refund from the property manager. Cindy has been given glowing reviews from the many other guests and has always been very responsive to the needs of the guests. It seems very odd that these so called "victims" made no attempt to contact Cindy the night of the incident. Future guests should completely disregard this review. It is completely invalidated. Feel free to contact Cindy or me directly if you have any concerns or questions. PS. Does it seem reasonable that 2 gunmen would confront 2 families, with perhaps 15 or more people, no one leaves, calls the police, or reports anything taken, then spends the night there.
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Chelan, Washington
Reviewed February 27, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Feb 28, 2015
Jennifer, Thanks for staying with us, and thanks for taking the time to review Villa Las Ballenas. The owner has worked very hard to make it comfortable and welcoming and will be thrilled to know you and your friends enjoyed your time there so much. Please keep it in mind for a future visit. P.S. Thanks for your recommendation on National Car Rental. Very helpful.
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St Paul
Reviewed October 12, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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Management Response
Oct 15, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed Villa Las Ballenas so much! And we hope you will choose to stay at Villa Las Ballenas the next time you visit the area. It's breathtaking during whale watching season, around January 25 through March 25. Happy trails.
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