The Peninsula House is a place you will not want to leave, except maybe to just grab some dinner in town.
The house is perched high on a hill that faces the ocean. Once you manage to find the entrance, you'll drive up the steep hill and arrive at the gorgeous house, a blend of colonial, spanish, and asian architecture, with even more diverse and tasteful interior decor and gorgeously serene views of the ocean and Las Terrenas coast.
NOTE: The hotel instructions can be somewhat vague, unless you are used to navigation to the tune of "go past three hills, then tun left at a white house and continue on the road until you come across a gate." So ASK for very clear instructions when you go.
The rooms are big and beautifully decorated, as is the rest of the house. What we loved about The Peninsula House, is that you are made to feel at home immediately! Jerome, one of the hosts, is just wonderful and goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable immediately. Because the hotel has only 6 rooms, it is very easy to feel like this really is your personal tropical abode.
We were concerned of not being 'ocean front'. But this in fact worked better. The hotel has a great beach house less than 7 minutes away. And the beach with its crystal clear blue water is amazing! It goes on and on with few people in sight. You can drive there yourself, or the hotel staff will be happy to drive you. It was so much nicer to spend the day at the beach and then retreat to the house in the evening; it gave us a good opportunity to engage in other things and visit the town and feel like we actually lived in Coson/Las Terrenas.
The town is not far away either--about a 10 minute drive from the hotel. It is buzzing and full of wonderful and fun people. Great restaurants as well. Which leads me to the only downside fo the Peninsula House: The food is not great. Everything seemed deeply cooked in butter, butter, and more butter. The food was not typical Caribbean food. And that is fine, but I believe they aimed for a French style of preparation and it just was not working (unless you like butter). Also, you would think that they would serve local tropical fruits given they are in a tropical country. The fruit at breakfast left something to be desired. It did not taste fresh or local. Beautiful China, though.
Overall, a magical place. Just go enjoy dinner in town.
- Also Known As:
- The Peninsula House Hotel Las Terrenas
- Peninsula Las Terrenas
- Las Terrenas Peninsula
- The Peninsula House Dominican Republic/Samana - Las Terrenas