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Massive zero entry pool, swim thru tunnel and spa
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8 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 20
Cabrera, Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province, Dominican Republic

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Jennifer...
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Pure paradise”
Reviewed 20 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016
1
person found this review helpful

This is the second time we have come to stay at Villa Castellamonte. We visited in 2011 and loved it so much, we came back again this year. We were 5 couples with a total of 9 kids - aged 5 - 11. Everybody had an amazing time.
First - the home is spectacular. It sits on a quiet part of the island with a private beach and gorgeous views. You can choose to stay at the home and relax - or go and explore the gorgeous beaches and amenities the area has to offer. The layout - bedrooms w/ en-suite baths, and outdoor space accommodate a large group very comfortably.
Next - the staff is wonderful. From 3 meals a day - and some snacks and drinks (smoothies for kids) all day / night long - you are not wanting for a thing. It was depressing to come home and have to do things for ourselves after being pampered for a week by Felix and Amy!
This ended up being an incredibly fun and relaxing vacation and we would come back again in a second. Highly recommend!

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Liked best: beautiful surroundings, private, great outdoor areas
Liked least: wished we could do a load of laundry at the house
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Jaime M
Austin, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Back after 10 years, and we'll be back in another 10!”
Reviewed 12 June 2015 for a stay in April 2015

My husband and I got married here in 2005 and loved it so much that we came back for our 10th anniversary. Both times, 10-14 people stayed in the villa with us. The villa is so expansive that it easily houses a big group without feeling cramped.
We loved our group meals and everyone was blown away by the food. The staff was fantastic and made us fabulous cocktails all day and night.
There's plenty to do around the villa, including lazing in the pool or playing pool, ping pong, etc. We also took nice walks into town along the coast and down to the beach. The beach bonfires were awesome, especially since the staff brings the bar down too! One night we had a dance party with the staff and we also had a couple Karaoke parties.
The staff helped us arrange day trips and transportation, making everything so easy. We loved Monkey Jungle!
One of our well-traveled guests said it was the best vacation he had ever had!

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Liked best: The staff, the design and decoration of the house, the meals, THE DRINKS, everything!
Liked least: The villa is showing some signs of wear such as corrosion on the fixtures and mirrors.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
12 Jun 2015
Thank you for coming back for your 10th wedding anniversary! We hope we don't have to wait another 10 years to see you again...but we will be here!
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nikkiberr...
1 review
“Villa castellamonte is amazing!”
Reviewed 25 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Absolutely beautiful! Felt like we were in a dream! The rooks are spacious and clean. The house is huge! So much to do, swim, ping pong, pool, shuffleboard. speakers to hear music throughout the house and outside. Volleyball net in the pool. Quick walk to the beach. couple different beach entries to get to one below the house and one right down the road. Short walk to town. Amazing service- Felix is the best!! He is so helpful! along with Ruperto and Yamile. They were wonderful to us and made sure we always had everything we needed. So much fun to do bonfire at the beach or bbq outside. The chef was amazing food was outstanding. Everything tasted amazing the presentation was wonderfuL. 5 stars. Must go to!! Hope to be back soon! Thanks Jason Michelle and Sam!

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ThalseyBi...
Big Canoe
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Gorgeous place but staff doesn't get gratuities”
Reviewed 25 February 2015 for a stay in October 2014
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people found this review helpful

Beautiful place, excellent staff,....BUT part of the rate we paid was to include 12% gratuities for staff. We found out that the 3 servers who did all the work in serving us night and day, only got $100 to $150 each from the $2,000 or so that was supposedly included in our weekly rate. Owner may say its distributed among all the staff, but that is not how gratuities should be disbursed. The guests should decide who gets what. I suspect owner pays the entire staff from the 12% gratuity, which shortchanges the front of house people who work the hardest. How about paying the back of the house from the weekly rate? So I recommend that you bring cash to give the 3 servers $200 to $400 each...they are truly exceptional.

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Liked best: Pool area
Liked least: Owners daughter who was an incompetent manager
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
27 Feb 2015
I am delighted that you appreciated our vacation home and most of all our staff, who are truly remarkable people we treat as close as family. Unfortunately your assumption about the gratuity is incorrect, however. We pay each employee an hourly wage plus the gratuity guests provide. We distribute the gratuity to the entire staff using a formula which weights those 'nearest' the guest and those 'furthest'. There are often staff who never see or meet the guests yet are crucial to the overall smooth operation. I hope this allays your concerns with the employees compensation. Thank you again for sharing your concern and your wonderful complements of the staff and property.
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phay1971
Decatur, GA
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Unbelievable”
Reviewed 2 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014
1
person found this review helpful

I stayed here for a week with 17 members of my family the week of Thanksgiving 2014. We had an amazing stay. The house and property are incredible but the staff is even better. We had our every whim catered to. The property has butlers, maids, gardeners, security and full kitchen staff. All of the staff were super friendly and very accommodating. I promise you will not lift a finger during your stay. If you want to venture out, there is an incredible beach about a 10 minute walk from the house. The property has their own private beach but it's not very good for swimming as it's a little rocky but the beach area is nice. We even had a bonfire on the beach one night. The staff can also hook you up with local adventures as well. When the A/C stopped working in our room, the maintenance staff had it repaired in one hour. If you are looking for a house with a big group, you owe it to yourself to seriously consider this property. You will not regret it!

Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Cathy H
Miramar Beach
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Family Vacation Ever!”
Reviewed 2 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Our family of 17 described our stay at the villa as "The Best Family Vacation Ever." The staff was friendly and attentive and couldn't do enough for us. Available nannies added even more enjoyment for our children with infants. We all loved the many activities on site plus the lovely pool where we spent lots of time. Would recommend this for large families.

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Liked best: Pool area and local beach
Liked least: Exterior of the villa needed painting/pressure washing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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JBHJasper
Jasper
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The staff made this vacation special!!”
Reviewed 17 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014
1
person found this review helpful

From the moment we arrived, the staff at this villa welcomed us with open arms. Their sole purpose was to make our stay the best vacation ever, and they succeeded. Our glasses were never empty, and neither were our stomachs! The chef was amazing, but the service from Felix, Yamali and Rupert was top notch. We had so much fun floating in the pool, playing shuffleboard before dinner, shooting pool and some serious games of LCR. Music was piped outside every day while we lounged. The most relaxing vacation we've ever been on.

There are a couple of things that need to be said. Make sure to bring plenty of money!!!!!! The excursions are NOT on the bill. You must pay for these in cash. Even though the contract states that you can pay with a personal check, the villa manager would rather process a credit card which incurs a 4% upcharge. Trying to get money from the bank is more hassle than it's worth. Also, bring extra cash to tip the staff. They are worth it, and they deserve it. Average wage in the Dominican is less than $12 USD per day.

The inside of the villa is immaculate and in perfect condition, but the outside does need a bit of upkeep. The pool is missing some concrete, and the pool furniture and floats need to be replaced. The gardens are amazing. Those guys work non stop the entire time.

We managed to plan our own wedding for some very special friends. The flowers were from the gardens, and we used our own iPads for the music. Couldn't have been lovelier if we had planned for 6 months instead of 6 days!

Once again the staff jumped into high gear, place flowers on all the tables for dinner, and the chef even baked a cake for the occasion!

Villa Castellamonte is truly a special place made that way by the friendly Dominican people.

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Liked best: The staff and the food
Liked least: The villa manager
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Large groups
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