Wow, this place is absolutely stunning!! We had 7 girls stay at this beautiful villa and it was plenty of room for us all! Most days were spent on the lawn in the backyard enjoying the breeze and taking a dip in the pool, while other kite boarded or roamed the beaches! The villa is a short walk to restaurants and bars on the beach. The rooms were spacious and the villa also has a full kitchen which was perfect for cooking breakfast and lunch. I can't say enough about how amazing the place was! 24 hour security and amazing views made this a fabulous vacation for us all!
This was the perfect location in Cabarete! It's a kiter's or windsurfers paradise right next door to Millenium with LEK and AGK kiting at your fingertips. The access to Millennium 25 yard pool and gym was an added bonus. Less than half mile walk and you are at the center of the nightlife. In the morning, the water is calm for paddle boarding or swimming. The views from the property are absolutely stunning. We were a group of 7 ladies and the bedrooms/living space were perfect and clean. There is a roof deck to lounge on as well! Property management checked in everyday to make sure all of our needs were met. We couldn't ask for a better place to get the girls together! Thanks Mark!
Our group consisted of three couples that shared both sides of Casa Velada. Our ages ranged from mid 30s to mid-50s. Amongst the group were two very avid kite surfers.
This IS a kiter's dream location. By 2 p.m. every day, the guys would set up, kite...come in for a break and then head back out for one or two more sessions without needing to break down. You can leave your gear right there on the beach by the gate when taking a break and not have to worry about passersby. At the end of the day, you can even do a minimum break down and if comfortable leave your gear in the yard overnight. There's an outdoor shower to rinse yourself and your gear off.
We loved knowing the security staff was regularly making the rounds on the beach and on the actual property. They were amazingly discrete, respectful and efficient.
The units themselves were fairly basic and could use some basic upgrades - faucet hardware, door hardware, pillows, etc. However, any issues we had were immediately addressed. We didn't realize how HOT the Dom Rep is in July. Once all the bedroom A/C units were working properly, bedroom temps were perfect for an exhausted night's sleep. We rarely spent time in the actual kitchen/living area as 1) it was very warm during the day and 2) the backyard was so amazing! The pool and palapa areas were perfect.
Folks on this rental, you essentially are paying for an amazing PRIVATE outdoor living area and the perfect kite surfing spot. To be honest, the guys preferred kiting from the beach directly in front of the house than actually walking down to Kite Beach. Much more beach area for self-launching and landing if needed. By 2 p.m., the entire horizon is filled with kiters. It's really a bit surreal to see hundreds of kites (and the occasional wind surfer) out there.
The Millenium resort is next door if you need spa time. The hot stone massage was lovely. They do price their beer ridiculously high ($4 for a Bud? Really?) so you're better off picking up some brew at a local convenience store or supermarket. Eating venues are all in easy walking (or scooter ride) distance of the beach or street - BOTH ways. Our fav restaurant was Bliss. Just remember that you are on island time and so is everyone else so service may be slow. We did ride the motoconchos. Truly, it was more out of necessity as 94F when your walking down the street during the day in that humidity is a bit brutal. Nothing like 3 people to a scooter. Hah! Just be sure to watch the muffler as it would really hurt to get a calf burn.
The driver suggestion (Sergio Joel) worked out perfect. If he wasn't available, he would send someone else. Sergio took great care of us, provided us with a phone, and even came by at 7:15 a.m. the day we were scheduled to leave to take one of us to the ER in Sosua for treatment of strep throat. $100 covered the ER visit, a shot in each butt cheek (antibiotic and painkiller) and 5-days worth of prescriptions. What an awesome deal!
Pretty sure we'll be back again. We're already missing that amazing backyard.
Thank you Mark and Ghislaine!!!
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