“Villa Noria Christmas 2014” – Tara
My family (one couple/with teenager) spent 10 days at the Villa Noria over the Christmas holidays 2014. From the moment I started the process of booking the Villa over the internet, to the end of our too-short vacation, Hans and his wife Carolina helped us manage our arrival, the language barriers of the DR, located the grocery stores, beaches, etc. for us, booked car rental and gave us the best advice on where to eat and what activities to pursue. The villa itself was perfect, the views are breathtaking. We would spend our days out and about exploring, come back to the Villa for a blender margarita and a quick dip in the pool and shower, then back out for a dinner [unlike other Carribean vacation rentals that we have booked, the shower pressure in the Villa is great!]. The few afternoons we spent at ‘home’ for quiet time were spent lounging around the pool and practising yoga on the large deck. The gardens are lovely and the birds sing non-stop. Recommend dinners at El Lugar and Mojitos – we went to both several times (and if you are a Canadian, One Love shack for burgers and beer in the afternoon!). The Villa location was perfect for our family, the best beach Playa Coson is only 5 minutes away, and with downtown LT only 10 minutes away, we had the best of both worlds. On days when the husband negotiated the purchase of fresh fish in town from the fishermen, Sandy set up the coal bbq so we could grill. The staff that Hans has employed are courteous and professional, Sandy is a true delight. Our experience at the Villa was everything we could have asked for, and more. We are already checking our calendars to see if we can return to the Villa yet again this spring; if not, we will most definitely return next winter. Thank you Hans and Carolina for helping make our vacation a wonderful experience,
“The location is secluded yet close to main town of the Terrenas. the grounds where perfect and we felt safe. I would definitely stay here again.”
We were lucky enough to spend ten days at Villa Noria during our recent couples trip. What a wonderful place! The spaces are clean, tastefully decorated, and well-appointed. The owner, Hans, and his wife recently renovated the property. Each villa has two identical bedrooms with en-suite baths which fit our needs perfectly. Staying up in the hills not just afforded us breathtaking views, but provided cool breezes and some quiet away from town. We hung out on the deck or by the pool whenever we stayed in. The bugs were barely noticeable too, as we learned that the owner sprays to keep them at bay. The daily cleaning service was much appreciated and the staff will even go so far as to cook meals for you if you so choose. We were grateful for the nightly watchman, which the owners kindly provides, though we found the area so safe and friendly it didn’t seem necessary. The owners live up the hill and are there to answer any questions. On the days that they were not in town, they provided the number of their nice neighbor to assist us.
The Samana peninsula is an easy area to navigate, safe, and hospitable. Villa Noria is about a ten minute drive from Las Terrenas, a town with a lively mix of ex-Pats and friendly locals. There is good shopping, especially if you’re looking to purchase artwork, as well as delicious restaurants. (We highly recommend Mojitos just east of town and Restaurant Luis on Playa Coson.) The nightlife is also abuzz, especially at Pueblo de Los Pescadores, a strip of restaurants and bars on the beach. Though just laying on the beach and watching the kite surfers is entertaining, there are many excursions one could do. Consider taking a dip in the Limon waterfall, renting quads for the day, or discovering the beaches around Las Galeras.
Thank you to Hans, his wife, and their staff for a lovely vacation. We hope to be back someday.
At first we want to say thank you to Hans and the service. The Villa Noria is very beautiful and clean. The Villa is very tasteful furnishings. Everything is very clean and modern. At first we wanted to rent a place near the beach but now we are really happy that we didn´t done that. On top of the hills the air is just fantastic and the view is indescribable. Sandy and his family is very nice and it feels like home. Hans and his wife were very friendly and courteous. The Villas are very safe there is also a watchman who works there the whole night.
The village Las Terrenas is not so big but you can find everything you need. Allmost all of the beaches are very beauiful, especially Playa Bonita. But there are also some other beaches like Playa Coson or Playa Las Terrenas. All of these beaches are reachable by car in about ten minutes.
All in all we are very satisfied with the place and we recommend Villa Noria.
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