Villa Serena, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
|Playa Las Galeras, Las Galeras, Samaná, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.|
Description: Villa SerenaVilla Serena is a 21 room hotel, built in old Victorian Style and fully integrated into its Caribbean setting it provides hospitality, comfort and retreat to a wide range of international guests. It is located in the wide Bay of Las Galeras, where Nature has been preserved and coconut forests turn into white sandy beaches. The views from the hotel are irresistable. The swimming pool is perched on a mound in the garden between the hotel and the ocean, it is lined with natural stone.
They have two acres (8000m2) of lush tropical garden with native stone walk-ways. You can stroll around and discover plants whose beauty and fragrance join with the Neptunic orchestra of the ocean waves and bird song. Lift your eyes and you will see pelicans fishing in front of you. There is excellent snorkeling right in the front yard ocean and its reefs. The hotel has a good relationship with the fishermen and they will show you humpback whales, take you diving in reefs or simply take you to other empty beaches. A few hours on their colorful boats costs around $30 (for up to four people). There are lots of wonderful beaches within walking distance from the hotel. Also a hiking party can be arranged along the coast or to the villages and highlands of the interior. You can visit the Bacardi Island (Cayo Levantado), go fishing with the locals, but most of all, this is the place where you can be totally surrounded by no telephones, no computers and no stress - just come and be.
A subject that brings a warm smile to everyone is the hotel restaurant where the food is excellent. The chef is an inventor who is in constant celebration of the Caribbean spices and raw materials. Close your eyes and imagine this: shrimp in papaya sauce, lamb with honey, caramelised langostine and then chocoate with lemon grass dressing.
Type of rooms: Villa Serena21 elegant, spacious and comfortable rooms: 9 on the ground floor and 12 rooms higher up in the cooling sea breeze.
Some are equipped with air-conditioning and others with ceiling fans. Some rooms have a king size bed and others have two queen size beds. All the rooms are individually and tastefully decorated with meticulous attention to detail. Every room faces the ocean and has a private terrace with rocking chair or a chaise longue.
Additional information: Villa Serena
No disabled facilities, no tv and no telephone in rooms. Children under 3 stay free in parents bed or cots can be provided, age 4-12 half price in parents room with spare bed.
Small beach infront of hotel and plenty more in walking distance, free pool chairs and towels, free kayaks, bycicles, snorkelling equipment for rent. They can organise any type of excursions, horse riding, boat rides, 4 wheel drive hire and transfers.
Number of rooms: 21
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1993.
Period of closure: Open all year.
Languages spoken: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish.Smoking policy: This property has smoking and non-smoking rooms.
Credit cards accepted: Mastercard, Visa.
Restaurant closed: Monday to Sunday from 7.30am. to 11.00pm.
GPS Coordinates: 19° 17' 37.07'' N 69° 12' 2.90'' W
Nearest airport: Puerto Plata - 3 hr.