We had a wonderful stay at the Garden Villas. Mel was a dream--and makes great fish and chips. The apartment was spacious and clean. We loved having the porch.
Thanks for the tomatoes Mel, they were so good.
A really good beach was right down the road.
Comfortable is the one word that keeps coming to mind when I think of our recent two week stay at Garden Villa. The apartment was "as described" and comfortable. The location was a comfortable walking distance from the village centre and both Playa Grande and Playa Playita and most importantly, the property manager (Mel) made us feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment we arrived. He has a wealth of local information and while always ready to be of assistance, he never intruded on our privacy. The ability to pick fresh tomatoes, kale and bananas whenever we felt like preparing our own meals was an added bonus. For anyone wishing to bypass the "all-inclusive" option and get a feel for the real Dominican Republic, I would highly recommend considering a stay at Garden Villa.
Mel, the resident host was a fountain of knowledge. Not only did he provide info about restaurants and activities but he helped with public transportation.
Visit Ruby's for a great dinner. We found that most restaurants provided a good to excellent meal and great service. Visit playa Colorado. You may want to hire a local guide. Ask the locals at playita for Johnnie. He is reliable and trustworthy.
This place is appart from all the massives tourists clubs. This is a peace of heaven. The garden is nice, the barbecue awesome, the unit was perfect as well and fully equipped. Thank you so much Mel for your help. Mel is such a great owner, he helped us organising tour , organising the way back by bus. He is not intrusive at all but he is here as soon as you need anything. The unit is clean and Mel even bought an extra bed for us as we were 3 ! This was a perfect stay and we regretted that we had to leave ☺
We would definitely recommend him to anyone going to samana !
Thank you, Mel! Mel and his beautiful property Garden Villa literally transformed our slightly bumpy initial intro to Las Galeras into a perfect and magical stay. We had reserved to stay at the Bungalows of Las Galeras (we actually would have booked at Mel's had we even seen it as an option, but we were traveling Christmas week and everything, including Mel's two currently available units, were fully booked). At the last minute, the Bungalows let us know they had overbooked and would not have room for us. We scrambled given a paucity of last-minute options, and reserved at a place that once we arrived was extremely uncomfortable with an unpleasant owner :( Through a series of beautiful Universal synchronicities (initiated by Diane, the awesome owner of the End of the Road Cafe), we were introduced to Mel, who had what he called an "emergency" apartment at Garden Villas. He said it was unfinished, and while it's true that the downstairs unit was not yet polished to the condition of the two upstairs units (which are even more fabulous), for us, it was literally perfect. We really really loved staying here. The units are open and airy, have a nice porch/balcony area overlooking a lush tropical garden with fruits and vegetables, are in a great location just off the main strip (which substantially reduced the December music transmission from the main strip), a perfect walking distance to Playita beach, and even come with (if you like!) the most sweet and well-behaved dog in the world. (We enjoyed Dani greatly, so she spent some time with us, but she is so well-behaved that she wouldn't bother you at all if you don't call her over). There is wifi, hot water, a fully equipped kitchen, and ceiling fan over the bed to keep the temperature nice during the evening. And Mel is just an awesome laid back guy. He is not at all intrusive, yet totally available for anything you need during your stay. We actually ended up getting engaged on the patio on Christmas morning, and we both honestly couldn't have asked for anything more magical than this place, the people, and all the days and events that surrounded it. We have beautiful forever memories, are eternally appreciative of Mel and recommend Garden Villa without hesitation. Thank you so much, Mel. May you always have lots of wonderful clients who appreciate you as we do :)
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