A friend and I went to Cabarete in January 2012. I did extensive reading about the town, the people and customs and accommodations available prior to leaving. We decided on the Nanny Estates.
I would not necessarily choose this location if I had children that might fall through the spiral staircase by running up or down. They could potentially drop through to the living room. Also the pool would only be useful to a child that could swim well or always wore water wings as it has quite a depth from its starting point. There are also strong undertows in the ocean adjacent to the dwellings.
Having said that, and I am reluctant to continue, for others have commented in a similar way - you are almost afraid to speak as highly of these condos as they deserve due to the fear of never finding one available in the future.
I would like to comment on Maria who manages the office as she has received some poor press from a previous poster.This woman could not have been more helpful if she had tried. We ran into problems with our flight and ended up showing up a day late. The driver from Nanny ( Ramon) waited for four hours for us because we could not contact them on a Sunday to give updates. She sent him again the next day and we were stunned to see him there waiting for us with a little sign. He spoke English well and provided some narrative in the ride to Cabarette as was true in the return trip. Maria was open to any question we fielded and Lourdes immediately had our tv replaced when we advised her that the one we had did not work.
The cleaning staff were excellent and my only regret is that we left tips suggested by a tourist book, They deserved more and had I understood the money better I would have left more than 20 pesos a day. We had taken some small gift like things with us and on our last day left it and clothes for them .We expect that they would sell it and end up with a top up anyway. Just looks cheap on our part though.
The scenery is beautiful from the bedroom balcony, patio and roof top garden space. There is also a small outdoor enclave facing the ocean where two chaise lounges were separated from everyone else around. We spent some sweet time just sitting watching kite surfers etc,
Nanny Estates is the perfect distance from Cabarette central. By the time you get to the condos there are seldom hawkers selling jewelry or wanting to braid your hair or give you a massage. It is probably much quieter than the hotels closer to the middle of town which have a lively night life.
For twenty pesos ( it varies sometimes, lol) you can take a bus to the center of town or to Janet's Grocery Store if you intend to cook. Rosa's is much closer but void of fresh veg or perhaps it was void of veg that I recognized as veg. We ate out quite a bit because we wanted to try the local food. The buses are hilarious and not for shy people at all. You might have to sit on someone's knee or with your derriere in a stranger's face. It does not take on an overly familiar flavor though, no one pinches you or anything like that. It is just the way it is. You can also take the bus ( guagua) to the town of Sousa nearby for the same amount of money if you want a change of scene.
The office would help you to arrange tours if asked. We were only there for a week and really wanted to be a part of the village even if it was as tourists. We had many wonderful experiences and that included with Dominican people.It reminded me of small town life in Canada in the 1950's in many ways.
It is a foreign country - don't take stupid chances you are with strangers and some of the strangers may be experiencing very hard times and feel desperately in need of money. It is an island that has experienced some hardship. It seems like everyone tries to work at something but sometimes there are too many motoconchos, or hair braiders to be able to put food on their tables..My view is that it would be as much my fault if I was robbed as the robbers.
Wonderful country and people, had great weather, healthy food and no problems when following traveler's rules for eating in lands other than your own.
Upon leaving my friend said that she was already grieving for our place at Nanny Estates, our pleasant neighbors and the depth of relaxation that we had achieved in such short order.Wah, I want to go back tomorrow.
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- Our Caribbean two story two bedroom townhouses are surrounded by beautiful tropical landscaping on private oceanfront property overlooking Cabarete Bay . Our property offers a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, tennis court and free parking ... more less
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