Luxury beachfront family hideaway at quiet and beautiful Playa Bonita
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About Nicole Glur
We are a Swiss Dominican couple with 5 children living in Santo Domingo. My wife and I met in Mexico working for the same hotel chain and moved to Santo Domingo together. We spend as much time as we can in Las Terrenas and love traveling.
Nicole Glur purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Nicole Glur chose Playa Bonita
When we spent our first family vacation in Las Terrenas in 2004, we knew this was our place. We checked many buying options and found our "Estrella del Mar" during Christmas holidays 2005. The owners were Swiss too and coming from the same small Swiss village than my wive's father. This house was meant to be ours.
What makes this Villa unique
"La Estrella del Mar", a beautiful tropical ocean front villa, designed by a French architect, is the perfect family hideaway. The private pool, big terrace, integrated kitchen with ocean view and the waves in front of the house for surfing and boogie boarding are definitely worth a stay. The calm beaches with no waves are only 5 walking minutes away. During your stay, Bina our wonderful maid and great cook will make your stay even more comfortable. She works daily from 8am to 4pm and can, prepares breakfast and lunch, cleans the house and washes the linen. For dinner service or babysitting an extra charge applies. The fisherman village Las Terrenas is very different from many Caribbean and Dominican destinations. It existed already long before tourism started in this area of the island. You will find a combination of Dominican happiness, European gastronomy and beautiful nature. Playa Bonita is just next to the village but very quiet and residential. You have great waves for surfers in the center of the bay and no waves walking 5 minutes to the right or to the left. You can take long beach walks to Coson (next beach) where you find some very nice restaurants.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking only in the garden
Minimum age of primary renter:25
We have a strict no illegal drug use policy. The Dominican law is very strict. Unruly behavior will unfortunately result in you being asked to leave.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The pictures truly don't do it justice. After looking at some of the aerial shots as well as Google Earth, I was concerned about privacy from neighboring properties. It was not an issue at all. The landscaping near the house and pool are large and lush (Mimio does a great job).
The house itself was just stunning with all the open air areas and great places for games and conversation. My wife and I went with our 2 daughters and their husbands and all agree it was one of the best vacations we have ever taken. Bina is a wonderful cook but there are also 7 or 8 great restaurants within a 10 minute walk each way down the beach. You don't ever have to leave your little slice of heaven there on the beach if you don't want to.
I can't say enough about Nicole the Property Owner. She was wonderful in helping and answering my questions both before and during the trip. As soon as you book, she will send you a link and a pdf with great instructions about what to expect and what was nearby. It proved to be a great resource that we referred to often. Word to the wise, follow Nicole's recommendations. The only time we had any stress on the trip was when we veered from what she had recommended, such as when we set up our own airport transfer. Overall, we had a wonderful time playing in the sand and surf, lounging by the pool and exploring the beautiful beaches that were right at our doorstep. Will most definitely be back. We have to, we already promised Mimio that we would! ;)
Dear Don, thank you very much for taking your time to review your stay. We are happy you enjoyed so much and would love to welcome you back soon. You are wonderful guests.
I don’t need to add to what the others reviewers have said about the villa. It really is the the amazing place. The most stunning location, unbelievably stylish, so well looked after by Bina and Mimio (and Bina’s daughter Iandra who looked after our toddler). However, it was Nicole who really ended up being our guardian angel. After a quite serious accident involving my wife and son, Nicole really saved us from a much worse fate, finding us the best consultant in Santo Domingo and allowing us to get back to the UK for surgery as quickly as possible.
We cannot wait to return to Estrella del Mar in future and pick up our amazing holiday from where we unfortunately had to leave it.
Thank you Ed for taking your time reviewing our Estrella del Mar. You are wonderful guests and we hope to welcome back soon.
Great Home on an enjoyable beach. The house and property is well maintained. Nicole, the owner, is amazing to work with. She helped coordinate everything we needed. Bina, the caretaker, is extremely helpful. This is the first family vacation we have taken in years without bringing our nanny and because of Bina it was not necessary. Our kids learned how to surf on the beach. There are calm beach areas and areas with waves (we spent most of the time in the area with waves). There are several great restaurants within 3 minute walk from the house. In front of the home the beach is a little rocky but its easy to walk a few minutes to soft, sandy beach to enter the warm water. The town of Las Terrenas, which also has several great restaurants, is about a 15 minute taxi ride away. For a town of this size, the quality of the restaurants is extremely impressive. Overall, it was a great home and vacation.
The beautiful pictures you’ve just scrolled through can’t begin to convey how lovely and easy this rental will make your stay. We were two families with teenagers, and despite flight delays leading to a very late arrival, many questions and demands on our part, and it being Christmas week, we were beautifully taken care of for eight perfect days. The house is large, comfortable, clean and gracious. The beach and many pleasant restaurants are steps away, and adventures on this gorgeous island were easy to arrange, too. Bina and Mimio were incredibly friendly and helpful, and both Bina’s cooking and drinks were fantastic. Our host was responsive and comprehensively helpful throughout the week. It’s hard to leave after a week like this!
Thank you very much Amy for this wonderful review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay so much. It was a pleasure hosting you and we would love to welcome you back soon.
Lovely villa. Lovely hosts. Lovely settings. Lovely stay
Home away from home
We just got back from 10 days in this wonderful home away from home. There were 9 of us - my wife and I, our two daughters, their husbands, and three grandchildren ( ages 5 months, 15 months, and 4 1/2 years).
I don’t know that I can add anything new to what other reviews have already said, but this is a little piece of heaven on earth.
The location is perfect, with the backyard almost on the beach. The house is extremely comfortable, and very nicely decorated. Every bedroom has air conditioning and attached bathrooms. The beds are very comfortable, and have mosquito nets on them. Plenty of towels and linens provided.
Nicole is extremely quick to respond, and makes sure to take care of anything one needs - van pickup from the airport, arranging for massages, etc. She checked in regularly to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Bina, the housekeeper, made us the most delicious meals. Her cooking was so good (and varied), we only ate dinner out three of our 9 nights here. We were fortunate to have Bina’s daughter, Marianny, home from the University and Nicole arranged for her to be a nanny every day. She was great, and the kids loved her! We did not interact with Mimio, the gardener much, but he is friendly, keeps the pool and yards well maintained, and ready to run errands if needed. He was kind enough to make a run for some hydrocortisone ointment one day.
There are some nice restaurants to eat very close by, and a surf school next door. Don’t miss the great pizzas at the Mosquito bar, or the great food at Ney’s.
Do watch out for the mosquitoes as soon as it gets dark. Bring plenty of repellent, and tuck the mosquito net in your bed early. The number of flies seemed to increase in number as the days went by, and we did spot an occasional cockroach.
This was the best holiday with our extended family we could have hoped for. We are already missing it and can’t wait to go back!
Dear Mukesh, thank you very much for you wonderful and detailed review. Happy guests is what we are working for. It was a pleasure hosting you and we would love to be your host agains soon!