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“Outstanding vacation at Monte Placido in Samana!”
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FALCONA is our second floor apartment with a bird's eye view of the ocean. Our residence has a spacious pool area with lounge chairs and barbeque,
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Living Room and kitchen in the background.
FALCONA is our second floor apartment with a bird's eye view of the ocean.
Our residence has a spacious pool area with lounge chairs and barbeque,
Living room & dining area which seats six.
Ocean view from the dining table.
Fully equipped kitchen.
Master with a King bed and mountain view.
Master bedroom opens to the bathroom.
Second bedroom has a Queen that can come apart for two singles.
Second room with beds apart. We can add a cot to sleep a total of three children.
Pool area by day.
Pool area at sunset.
The infinity pool virtually cascading into the ocean in the distance.
Monte Placido Central Savannah.
We have lovely gardens.
Let us reserve a relaxing massage for you.
Shiva's Cave Yoga Studio on site and open to guests.
Workout area with sea view.
Stairs leading to upper cave chamber.
Inner chamber, quiet and cool for meditation.
Amazing rock formations.
Monte Placido on a hill above the sea
Drive up to our hilltop residence
Rental vehicles on site or our guests.
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Villa -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Las Terrenas, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

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Marc D
Toronto, Canada
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“Outstanding vacation at Monte Placido in Samana!”
Reviewed 19 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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After the never-ending winter of 2014 - my partner and I needed to get away to restore ourselves back to sanity and didn't know where to go. We had never been to the Dominican Republic, as whenever we'd hear about it were about the all-inclusive resorts of Punta Cana or Puerto Plata. When we travel, we prefer to take in a bit more of the culture and not follow the masses and do our own thing. AND I'm happy to say, we found it at Monte Placido, located on an idealic hilltop on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic.

Where to begin. If you can fly into El Catey, do it! It's only about 40 minutes- mostly beautiful scenic drive along the coast of the azure-colored Atlantic Ocean on a brand new highway (with barely any cars on the road!). Once you get to Monte Placido, (yes, as we had read - it's a steep hill, but after going up once and tackling a couple of sharp turns - you'll get the hang of it) put it in the low-gear, take it steady and you'll be compensated by a breathtaking view. Photos do not do justice to this hilltop haven.

To start, you are welcomed by about 5 Spanish-style ochre-colored houses surrounded by a smartly landscaped garden with a kaleidoscope of tropical flowers with strategic lush trees to give each unit their own sense of privacy - juxtaposed by an infinity pool at the centre of the property with ample seating for larger groups, if need be. While you're obviously not on the beach - you are surrounded in the foreground by a 180 degree view of the Atlantic coastline with a constant warm ocean breeze. Each of the six units are charmingly decorated in their own style - kept immaculately clean with all that you would require (Flat screen Satellite TV with a few English channels) WiFi if you need to be connected, fully equipped kitchens with all necessary dishware, pot&pans, etc... Some of the units are surrounded by a fence, making them dog-friendly should you decide to bring Fido along!

Owners Don and Diana, who live on-site in the center villa, are very conscientious of guest privacy. We barely saw them unless we rang their bell. The groundskeeper Jean-Claude, along with the rest of the crew are extremely polite and are mindful of any noise. Cleaning service is only every other day - but if you require any extra items, they will make it available for you. If you wish to use the grill, there's a large bbq grill just off the pool area along with seating for up to 10-12 guests under the canopy.

The Location is great as you can discover so much of the region as Monte Placido is located at the centre of the Samana Peninsula making most attraction nearby (we were at secluded world-class beaches in 15 minutes) and most others within 1 hour away at the most. Truth be told, over 12 days, we only went to 5 of the 12 recommended beaches as we opted for the pool, hilltop vistas and ocean breeze! The town of Las Terranas is nothing special, but there are countless of great dinning options.

IN short - if you have a penchant for the standard all-inclusive experience then this is not the place for you. BUT, if you're in for something unique and a little different and special with lots of local charm and a priceless setting that you will never forget, then, be sure to put Monte Placido on your Caribbean 'bucket list'. You will not regret it. We can't wait to go back!

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Liked best: The view and the pool
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Management Response
15 Dec 2014
Wow! I have no comment this reviews says it all. Thank you it will really help future guests. Diana and i are waiting for you on top of our little mountain over looking the ocean..
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“Extraordinary, Don't Stay Anywhere Else!!!”
Reviewed 5 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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The pictures of Monte Placido can't do it justice! Don't go to some all-inclusive cookie cutter resort, don't do it! Rent a car, and let these folks help you arrange your adventures. Don and Diana make everything so easy, they are so very good at what they do. This magical place sits high above the village of Barbacoa right outside Las Terrenas. The views are sweeping ocean and rural pastures, and you sit above a huge expanse of coconut trees. We stayed in Falcona, and the balcony there is one of my favorite places on the planet, and I have been to a lot of places! Every morning flocks of white birds fly underneath you up towards the mtns. behind and every evening they return to a stand of trees by the sea. The vultures soar beneath you, the village children play baseball in the horse pasture below, and you feel the pulse of the people and the land. The local fisherman brings his catch of the day for you to select (we had the langoustine, oh baby), and grill by the infinity pool. The landscaping is just gorgeous, and the people who work there are wonderful. Get out of your comfort zone, don't endure another boring buffet, and head to Monte Placido!

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Liked best: Customer Service!
Liked least: Having to leave.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
15 Dec 2014
If you don't want to eat in and enjoy Freddy's catch of the day. Don't worry all the restaurants in Las Terrenas are only a short drive away. Also enjoy the fish shacks on the beaches of Playa Valle or Playa Rincon like as did Anthony Bourdain from Travel and CNN channels. We will show you how to get to these most pristine beaches.
As our guest mentioned FALCONA is just 1 of 6 properties on MONTE PLACIDO. Our budget friendly studio for a single or just two. Or our other spacious villas for up to 8 or evem more if rented together as we do for yoga retreats.
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NYC
Reviewed 13 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014

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Management Response
8 Apr 2015
Yes JET BLUE through JFK but the many coonect there coming form new England and elsewhere. Alos for the Canadians Samana is also served by Air Canana and Westjet from Toronto and Montreal....Samana only 40 minute drive form us.. we will organize airport transfer for you be it with local rental car agency (like Enterprisee0 or with a taxi..
See you soon
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Stockholm
Reviewed 6 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014

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Management Response
8 Apr 2015
Short and ot he point- see other reviews that will give you much more information
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Denmark
Reviewed 5 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014

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Management Response
6 Jun 2015
Thank you. your review is short but to the point.
As our guest mentions we have 6 villas to choose from to stay on MONTE PLACIDO our little mountain gated residence. We can accommodate from 1 up to 23 guests (if group)
5055533 Villa Magnolia up up to 6 guests
4975181 Villa Lilka for 1 to 2 guests with a/c
3479406 Villa Rosa for 1 to 2 guests our budget friendly unit
5025554 Villa Gardenia from 2 to 7 our budget friendly unit
4977305 Villa Jasmin from 2 to 7 great ocean view
3759618 Villa Falcona from 2 to 6 great ocean view
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St. Louis
Reviewed 19 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

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Management Response
19 Jan 2014
Thank You Kathy,
Such detailed reviews really help future guests to know what to expect.
Dining, touring, beaches, facilities, location services, environment ... you said it all... Thank you!
You are right a 4x4 is a PLUS but standard 2x2s will be more economical and get you everywhere. The latest roads that needed help (Playas Rincon and Valle) have just been fixed. If it just rained a 4x4 is more practical to come up but then again we have plenty of sunshine to dry things off. In any case, we have our own two 4x4s that we rent exclusively to our guests and an ATV and motorbikes for those that are more adventurous.
For future guests. Kathy and her family used a shuttle from Punta Cana to Samana. It is quite practical.
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North Shore of Lake Tahoe
Reviewed 1 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013

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Management Response
1 Dec 2013
Yoga retreats centers are many but MONTE PLACIDO offers a unique cave. We call it Shiva's Cave. Pls. go to our website click on yoga tab for more information.
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