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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Las Terrenas, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

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Jennifer1...
New York City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Gorgeous, spacious, immaculate getaway”
Reviewed 1 November 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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I stayed at Casa Phil in September 2015 and it was a wonderful getaway. The villa is gorgeous with tons of space (I was there with 10 adults), amazing views, and all the amenities you dream of from the infinity pool to a bar, views of and easy access to the beach, spacious rooms, large kitchen, elegant décor, and tons of privacy.

It is supported by very helpful people - everything from start to finish was very well organized and taken care beginning at the airport. The staff took wonderful care of us – Andrea prepared our breakfast and lunch each day and her cooking is divine. You must have her make her local Dominican specialty as amazing. Her husband helped take care of errands to ensure we were well taken care of, plus the house, which is mostly all white, is kept spotless by the housekeeper. Villa owner Philippe was always a phone call away to help as needed, plus we talked him into making us an authentic Italian dinner one evening.

Every bathroom is large with big showers making it easy to accommodate many adults, or kids if a family vacation. I like to work out and therefore appreciated the close access to the main road in Las Terrenas which is next to the beach for running and walking. It has gorgeous views, you get to see local culture, and it felt very safe.

As part of a large party, we spent most of our time at the villa and with the pool, outdoor couches, and outdoor dining, it was easy to enjoy all day for maximum relaxation. We went to a nearby restaurant and bar for some off-site nightlife entertaining, and both were in easy walking distance for night life.

Overall, I would highly recommend this villa to anyone looking for a relaxing retreat while feeling at home!

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Claire B
Tampa, United States
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful view, lovely house, great experience!”
Reviewed 1 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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We enjoyed our stay at Casa Phil so much -- we were part of a group of 10 adults who stayed there -- and we all had a wonderful time. There was plenty of room for all of us to feel like we had plenty of space. My husband and I were on the top floor in a room that faced the water -- absolutely gorgeous views!!! The house is modern -- with an expansive kitchen -- and everything worked perfectly for us. The pool was a particular treat -- allowing us to enjoy the view and beat the heat. Our bedroom was air conditioned and we were very comfortable. Andrea, the housekeeper and chef, was a special treat -- her cooking was wonderful -- it may sound silly, but I could eat her beans and rice every day and be completely satisfied. We would definitely encourage friends to stay here -- we had such a lovely time. It was perfect.

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femmealta
Boston, MA
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“You MUST stay here.”
Reviewed 14 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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I don't even know where to begin... we have annual trip that consists of 8 friends/4 couples from all over the United States and we come together once a year for a 2 week vacation. We pick a different location every year and this year, we decided on staying at Casa Phil. Everything you see in the photos is spot on and there is SO much more. We have traveled the world and this is hands down the absolute best place we have ever stayed in. This is paradise on earth and we are seriously thinking about coming back each and every year. Philippe, the owner, met us when we arrived and was (easily) accessible throughout the entire week if we ever had any questions or needed anything. Andrea works at the house each day and she made our stay. She's one of our favorite memories from our stay and after 10 days we felt as though we became very good friends with her and her husband. The house was so beautiful and comfortable, the pool amazing. The memories we had over the giant dining room table, laughing all night with the gentle breeze floating through. The location is perfect because you get a beautiful natural breeze floating through in the evening. You can enjoy the pool and then take in the most beautiful vista and see the ocean all at the same time. And if you want to enjoy the beach it is a 2 minute walk down a hill to a beautifully pristine beach with a great bar just across the sand with fabulously affordable drinks and food. If you want a night out, the "main street" is only a 2 minute drive or a 30 minute walk. On our last night we went restaurant/bar hopping and every restaurant was better than the last one. I feel as though I'm rambling and the truth is, it took me a month to write this review because I didn't know how to express how wonderful it was to stay at this house. Just please take my word for it - you will NOT regret it! Our sincere hope is that we can come back every year because I don't really think anything else will compare.

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Management Response
16 Nov 2015
Thank you so much for your wonderful appreciation of Casa Phil and the team. I am so thankful that my little slice of paradise was what you needed. Please return again soon you will be most welcome.
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Matt P
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Excellent house with the potential for five stars”
Reviewed 24 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Let me start by saying that we loved this house and had a great time here and wish that we never had to leave. It is a beautiful home in an insanely scenic spot in a great town in a wonderful country and we will remember the week we spent there fondly for the rest of our lives.

Pluses: The house is beautiful with a mixture of eclectic and modern design with enough personal touches to make it feel like a home instead of a hotel. The two main floors of the house have walls that roll up so that the entire house is essentially a big balcony. The pool area was wonderful and is where we spent most of our time. THE VIEW!!! The view is breath taking and if you are lucky you may just get to see a rainbow over the ocean while you eat your breakfast like we did. The only thing that may beat the view is the amazing staff of the house. Andrea is a wonderful cook (as long as you ask for Dominican dishes which we did... ask her to make sancocho and you won't be disappointed) and so friendly and even watched our baby for a while for us. Victor was extremely helpful getting around town and even took his trusted machete and hacked his way through the overgrowth to get us to the undeveloped Playa Perdida (turns out that it is perdida "lost" for a reason. Though the beach is sandy, about 20 feet out is nothing but a shelf of rocks and we kept getting smashed on the rocks with every wave. Though it sounds awesome to have a Caribbean beach all to yourself, I would say not to bother with this one and just go to the good beaches with everyone else, they aren't that busy anyway).

The minuses: It is advertised as sleeping 12 but there are three essentially master bedrooms with their own bathrooms and then a children's bunk room with four more twin beds. I don't know where the other two beds are. Not that there isn't more than enough room to fit many more people, but that would involve some air mattresses and blankets on the floor I think. The jacuzzi and pool table were both broken so we didn't get to use them at all. There was also some electrical issues going on so some of the lights didn't work and some of the fans as well. The main door to the street sometimes wouldn't open or close so I had to get out and do it manually. Finding it can be a little tricky the first time. The biggest problem we had was with mosquitoes. some people were bit quite a bit and it definitely got pretty uncomfortable. Make sure to bring some bug spray and to close the doors before all the bugs come out.

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Liked best: The view and the staff
Liked least: the mosquitoes
Travelling group: Extended Family
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thejart
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
“I beautiful house and view with a gracious host and staff”
Reviewed 12 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014

I truly have a hard time imagining a better overall experience anywhere. Philippe was quick to respond to my many inquires leading up to the trip, and was very gracious once we were there. The pictures of the house hardly do it justice; this place is beautiful! And I can't write a review of this place without mentioning the amazingly helpful and kind staff. Every morning we were treated with a deliciously prepared breakfast. Thank you Philippe, Andrea, and Victor!

Ask about the dune buggy tour!

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Liked best: The view, the house, the staff (hard to decide)
Liked least: Didn't spend enough time there
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
13 Nov 2015
Thank you for your kind words. It always makes me happy when people enjoy Casa Phil. I also am touched that you loved the service so much as everyone in the team make a lot of efforts for everything being perfect. I am glad your vacation was such a success. Hope to see you back at Casa Phil in the future!
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