The balcony is the key feature to this property and the setting outside the balcony is beautiful. This is on the epicenter of kite beach and there is a ton of activity when the wind is on. The kite surf instructor that John referred me to was excellent as well. It was nice also having the restaurant/bar right on the beach.
Downsides: There was no AC in the main living area. Only the bedrooms. This was not apparent to me when booking. Generally it is not needed, but it can get hot in there in the morning when you are drinking your coffee before you can open up when the breeze starts blowing.
Most all furniture, except the beds, is plastic. This is evident from the pictures but I didn't really seem to notice until there. It would also be nice to have a couple of chairs on the balcony where you could lay down.
There was also some difficulty booking and my paid price on the 2nd quote was more than the first quote. This was partly my fault because I paid the deposit but did not complete the final payment in time, and I had to re-book. It took a few phone calls to get this straightened out, and part of the issue may had to do with how Trip advisor handled the deposit. I paid the higher price rather than re-quote again because time was running out and I needed to lock in a place for vacation.
One of the double beds was small, but it didn't affect us since we were only three people.
I would recommend this place with the above caveats.
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My only reservation for giving this review is that I want it to be available next time I visit. The place is beautiful. It is the penthouse of the building. The balcony was as advertised. I spent so much time sitting, eating guacamole, and watching the sunsets. AMAZING!!!!! Amanda was great. The complex was considerate of my needs.
I didn't plan on kite surfing when I arrived, I just wanted to be close to the beach, that lasted about 30 minutes. There is opportunity to learn(find Bianca on the beach) and the community of people that are attracted to this beach were amazing.
The owner Jean and his assistant Amanda did a wonderful job in making this holiday a wonderful experience. Whenever we had questions, we had an answer that day, if not it was the following day. The vacation rental was clean and the view from the balcony was great. The pool and beach were just a few feet away. Kitebeach is just outside Cabarete but you had taxi service or scooter service right outside the rental. Just one half hour walk to Cabarete for groceries, bank and fabulous restaurants along the beach. I have to mention this one particular tour we took which was called the Dragonboat tour. I recommend this tour with Marcus and crew. You paddle down this river which meets up with the Atlantic. Beautiful scenery and exceptional native lunch. Great time.