Gardenia is great for guests on a budget. The two bedroom, two loft, two bathroom unit is one of six Villas for rent on Monte Placido. We are a gated residence in a pastoral setting, minutes away from spectacular beaches and the town of Las Terrenas.
GARDENIA is a cozy garden apartment. With a fenced yard, Gardenia is pet friendly and our best value for two adult couples or large families with children. The outside terrace features a large dining table and lounge area. Relax with the soothing pond fountain and view of the lush mountains. The bedroom has a comfortable Queen size bed (sleeps 2), The living room has a sofa sleeper (sleeps 1-2) and is open to a full kitchen. Upstairs, there are two loft areas for CHILDREN with Double bed (sleeps 1-2). From the outdoor terrace you enter a second bedroom with a Queen bed (sleeps 2) and its own private bathroom.
In the center of our residence is a beautiful infinity pool with lounge chairs, a barbeque and dining area. There is a massage room and we can arrange for a massage or manicure. We have Shiva's Cave Yoga Studio on site which is open for use and fully equipped with mats and blocks. Guests will also enjoy free membership at the Las Terrenas Sailing Club.
Interaction with Guests
Don and Diana live on site. We are available to help you arrange for a rental car, make reservations, give advise, directions and share our stories and experience.
Monte Placido is on a hill top, about 15 minutes from the town of Las Terrenas and 5 minutes to the nearest beach. The residence is gated and in a pastoral setting. We love it because you get the feel of being in the Dominican Republic and among the charming and friendly people.
There is a bus stop in walking distance, at the bottom of our hill where it intersects the main road. You can get public transportation to the town of Las Terrenas. You can also get a bus,
Transporte Las Terrenas, three times a day that travels to and from Santo Domingo. The bus stop in Santo Domingo is only a 10 minute taxi ride to the airport.
Other Things to Note
We have a caretaker and his wife that live on site. Jeanette is available for hire to do some basic cooking, your laundry, and babysitting. Jean Claude speaks some English and is happy to help with whatever you need.
Your home rental includes basic maid service three times a week. Inquire if you want to upgrade to daily maid service. Pets are allowed in Villa Magnolia and Gardenia because they have a fenced in yard.
I had a great time in Monte Placido, it was everything I was looking for and more. The drive from Santo Domingo was easy and once in town I was able to find the place without much difficulty... Don and his staff were very friendly and helpful. They answered all my questions and made sure I had everything I needed...The home is amazing! Its a beautiful house on the hill with amazing views. Its going to be difficult going back home haha
Yes, it is a scenic, safe 2 hour drive from Santo Dominigo. For those that can connect through JFK on Jetblue to our local airport SAMANA (code SDQ) (only 40 minutes). The same from Toronto and Montreal on Air Canada and Westjet...
Fly out from JFK or Toronto or Montreal in the AM and you are on the beach by early afterrnoon
Monte Placido is perfect place to stay to relax and to be away from everything , also if you need some "action" it takes 10 min to get to the town. The views around are stunning and Monte Placido is closely located to the beaches and waterfalls. Don is very friendly host, he gave us some tips about beaches, food and transportation around. It was also great to practice yoga in morning in yoga Shiva cave. We highly recommend this place to stay!
Thank Anna, As she mentions people have the misconception that they have to rent on the beach. Samana Peninsula is reknowned for its beache(s) not just the one down town which is overdevelopped. We have 1/2 dozen beaches within an easy reach going East or West from us.
Yes, Monte Placiod is set in a pastoral setting only 10 minutes from lively Las Terrenas for shopping, dinning, dancing etc...
The house is great, although not as big as they seem in the pictures. There was no tour (as the person that opened the door for us was really not interested?), nor welcoming meal as stated in the listing. Nonetheless; the location, the house and the beaches are awesome. My country is a beauty and you really get to see it and enjoy it. We had an issue with the wifi and the hosts were a little annoyed.
Beautiful deco, the pool is awesome and the beaches are quite amazing.
If you are looking for a place to relax, stay indoors and be away from everything, I would recommend this listing. If you'd like to eat out, there are many places (15-20 minute drive away). At night, it's extremely dark although not dangerous at all.
Thank You Leandro,
Yes, we are happy to offer a welcome meals but it cleary states that with a reservation only. Not all our guests wish to have lunch or dinner ready for them. In any case we can also have pizza delivered at the last minute
We also offer on the 1st day a welcome breakfast. So come and just relax! No need to go rush and go shopping.
Yes, the wifi issues are always annoying when one can't figure out what was wrong. We have many professionals that come on "working" vacations and our wifi system usually works great.
Lighting. the Dom Rep has one expensive enegy cost in the world so we try to conserve energy. FYI we are going solar next year.
Wow.... you have to visit this place to truly appreciate how beautiful, peaceful and utterly relaxing it is. The views around the property are stupendous with so much greenery to be admired. I loved the open spaces of the property and it's blend with the natural surroundings. Don was very welcoming and pleasant to deal with and kindly showed me how to get my car up the very steep drive to the property which is an adventure in itself. My only regret was that I wasn't able to stay much longer but on my next return to the Samana Peninsular, this is the only place I can imagine to stay in and I can't wait to get back.
Don and Diana have an absolutely amazing home and property in the great little village of La Barbacoa. It is truly even more beautiful than the pictures suggest and it's clear that Don and Diana put a lot of work into making the property as welcoming and beautiful as possible.
While located a bit outside of Las Terrenas (which we enjoyed), it was still very easy to get around as there are regular public transportation options right from their street. The staff was also very friendly and one of the ladies made my girlfriend and I an amazing meal, which was nice after a long day. They were also very helpful our last night in making sure our bus trip back to Santo Domingo went as smoothly as possible.
We would highly recommend staying here to any and all travelers.
Yes Brandon, it easy and quick to get to and from town and ot the beaches . The local communal taxis called "guagua" are quite typical and very economical . The other mode of "public " transportation are the motorbike taxis called " motoconcho" they run 24/7
Yes we are in a pastoral setting and our guests greatly appreciate it being away from the hustle bustle of town.
Un logements très complet, des paysages merveilleux sur la vallée, les montagnes et la mer.
Le soir vous pouvez aller à la piscine, l'allumer et vous baigner ou la laisser éteinte et contempler la multitude d'étoiles.
Merci encore à Diana et Donald pour ce lieu magique. La plage de Las Terrenas et El Salto Del Limon se trouvent à 5 minutes en voiture, Samana à 30 minutes. L'endroit idéal pour découvrir la péninsule et le soir se reposer.
Merci Miguel. En effet, MONTE PLACIDO est situé strategiquement pour visiter la péninsule de Samana. Les plus belles plages sont facillement accessibles, Las Terrenas est a quelques minutes en voiture, en bus ou en moto.
Tu es resté dand notre Villa Gardenia qui est seulement 1 des 6 autres logements avec vue sur mer que nous offorns.
Merci et nous vous attendons pour la prochaine foir
Our garden villa was exactly as described, actually, much spacious than expected. We were provided step by step directions, which was very helpful. It is about 10 minute drive from Las Terrenas beach. Don gave us a warm welcome and showed us around the place. He also sat down with us and helped us plan our day.
Villa itself was spot clean, bed was super comfortable. We were provided coconut bread, butter, coffee and mineral water dispenser. Would definitely recommend this place.
It is a pleasure and it is the least we can do to make sure our guests enjoy their stay. We also rent our own vehicles exclusively for our guests, can provide a cook on demand, massages on site, have local fishermen deliver the catch of the day, we provide beach chairs and towels, lend snorkeling equipment....just in case generator back up, on site staff 24/7
WELOCOME to MONTE PLACIDO
PS we also have 2 and 3 bedroom villas on MONTE PLACIDO
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Don and Diana moved to the Dominican Republic 12 years ago. Don grew up in Paris, France and Diana on Long Island, New York. We married in 1999 and moved to the Dominican Republic in 2002. We built Monte Placido and the six houses as a family residence. In 2011 we began our rental home business. Diana enjoys yoga. She organizes yoga retreats in what we call SHIVAS's CAVE. When Don is not gardening he goes sailing.
Come and join us, relax and enjoy!