This place is fantastic. The rooms are quiet, super large and the beds truly comfortable. Everything is very clean. Everything works (including the wifi)! Everything is close by, including restaurants, beaches, bars, and country hikes.
But what makes this place super special is Mel, the manager of the place. He is fantastic, kind and generous. Super helpful, he goes out of his way to make you comfortable, relaxed and have fun.
I can't recommend this place (or Mel) enough. Also, we loved the town - a sleepy-ish fishing village with tourist amendities, great hikes and fantastic beaches. What is not to like? We are coming back!
Wonderful place to stay. Mel, the owner, is a very kind man. He offered us fresh fruit from the garden and really good advise about the places to eat, drink and visit around.
We found the perfect time-out at Garden Villas. What a great location! When we stepped outside the front gate we had the choice of going right or left and taking a short stroll to one of two beautiful beaches. Owners Bill and Gina could not have been more accommodating and helpful. Our upstairs room was airy and inviting with a balcony over- looking the gardens. A great place for morning coffee and an evening cocktail. While we enjoyed the nearby local restaraunts, we cooked a few memorable meals with locally sourced ingredients from the produce truck which comes to town on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Basically we unplugged and restored our souls. We are leaving, but look forward to our return.
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 !