About This Listing
Lilka is our charming studio apartment perfect for a single or couple on a budget. It 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.
Rosa is a very comfortable studio. The main area has a king size bed (can be separated to make two singles). The flat screen TV can be viewed from the bed. The bathroom in Rosa is large and bright. The main area has a kitchenette and a small café table.
Outside you will find a comfortable terrace with sofa and dining table. There is also an outdoor kitchen with oven and sink. From the small patio in front of the house, you can sit and relax with a marvelous view of the ocean and flower gardens.
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.
Monte Placido was more amazing that we have expected. Don, Diana, Jeannette and Jean made us welcome from the moment we set foot there. The complex is so beautiful and relaxing. Our little studio (Rosa) was very charming, super clean, very comfortable and just what we needed. The views are breathtaking and they have done a really good job blending the architecture with nature. We were very pleased with our stay there and will come back for sure. I have been telling all my friends about them :-). Thank you for letting us stay in your little corner of paradise!
Ah! Jeannette's meal was delicious!
Great review and it will help future guests... Just one note, you forgot to mention our beaches which are an easy reach from us.
I will let our Staff know that you were very happy with their services.
As Betsy mentioned, they stayed in our studio but for those that want something bigger and for more guests we have 5 other properties on MONTE PLACIDO VACATION RENTALS.
Excelente experiencia en un lugar definitivamente muy relajante a unos minutos del centro ciudad. Hosts cordiales y respecutosos.
" Excelente experiencia en un lugar definitivamente muy relajante a unos minutos del centro ciudad. Hosts cordiales y respecutosos" .
We translated for you
"Excellent experience, definitely in a very relaxing location, minutes from downtown locations. Hosts friendly and respectful"
Let us remind future guests that they will appreciate the tranquility of MONTE PLACIDO and not the hustle bustle of town its two busy beaches
I spent a week in "Rosa" at Monte Placido, and it was great! Exactly as described, spacious studio with a lovely outdoor patio, gorgeous views over the mountains and down to the ocean. Really beautifully designed and maintained premises (the landscaping is wonderful!). What I especially appreciated, as I was on a working holiday, was the complete quiet and privacy of the studio itself. And when you want a change of scene from your private apartment, there is a fantastic and spacious terrace area with swimming pool, lounge chairs, cafe table, and barbeque. Don and Diana were great hosts: very friendly, available to answer any questions. They have built a magnificent complex and I highly recommend it!
Bring earplugs if the sound of the fridge at night will bother you. Monte Placido is on a very steep hill, which is what gives it such great views! Highly recommend having a car/SUV. I had a rather large SUV so mastering the tight, steep turn up took some practice. But driving around was otherwise very easy; be sure to visit Playa Rincon and Luis fish shack at Coson.
Thank you. your comments will help future guests. Yes ,Luis fish shack on Coson beach is a must when in Las Terrenas but also worth the drive to go to Playa Rincon which is listed as 1 of top 10 beaches in the world. There too fish shacks.. as a matter of fact Anthony Bourdain travel channel and CNN was there. Also worth going to is Playa Valle also "pristine" no development also with fish shacks and also a ZIP LINE up the valley from the beach. Great day outing.
Yes Maya is right quite a climb to make it up ... but our guests never have any (website hidden) gardens. Last count 250 different plants and 18 different palm species a real botanical garden (per one of our botanist guest who kindly made the inventory for us.
This is a fantastic place. What you see is the way it really looks. We had some reservations at first, staying in a place out in the country, but have never felt safer. Don and Diane are conscientious on site hosts, and will help you in any way you desire. Be prepared, it is up on a very steep windy hill, but with the directions provided on their web site, easy to find. It is a 20 drive into Las Terranas and maybe 10 minutes to the closet beach. We stayed 3 nights, but there was a couple there that had stayed 5 weeks. Can see why. Why anyone would go to the all inclusive's when they have a place like this is beyond me. We prepared all our meals in the apartment so leaving for evening meals was not a problem, but other guests ate out, and I think a cook can be arranged to cook for you. We had two massages a total of 3,000 pesos. Great. The yogo cave is amazing if you are into that, but if not ,it's just a neat area. The infinity pool is the crowning jewel They are apparently pretty busy, so don't wait to book. Mickey and Carol
For other guest the cost of a massage is $35 for 1 hour. Also pedicure and manicure are avail.
Our cook will prepare a typical creole meal for two at $26 ( you need to reserve)
Many guest also enjoy hiking in the mountains behind our residence. One of our local villagers will take you for a 2:30 or 4:00 hike for less than $10. He will point out the birds, pick fruit for you show different plants...
Monte Placido was exactly as described, yet we were still awestruck by its beauty. It's a truly one-of-a-kind place with breathtaking views, and the plant life alone up there is incredible. It's removed enough that it feels peaceful and relaxing, but only a ten-minute or so drive to beaches, restaurants, etc. (We highly recommend acquiring some sort of vehicle.)
Diana and Don were very helpful, providing us with everything from advice on restaurants and excursions to hooking us up with free snorkel gear and paddle boards. They even put us in contact with nice and reliable drivers to and from buses and airports. We could not have been happier with our decision to stay at Monte Placido.
Thanks for your review and comments. Will follow up your suggestions to make things even better up here on our little mountain top.
For all we do provide snorkling gear and alos as guests of Monte Placido you are also members of the Las Terrenas Sailing and Beach Club
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This is a beautiful spot accurately represented by the photos. Don and Diana came by regularly to check on us and provided very useful information when we asked for it. They are lovely hosts and are there when you need them and otherwise leave you to explore and enjoy.
Monte Placido is a very special place. The views and grounds are quite spectacular. It was very quite and peaceful. Perfect place to relax and recharge. Don and Diana were great hosts. Very helpful with suggestions and made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. The yoga cave and its views were breathtaking. We would definitely go back. Can't say enough good things about this amazing place and hosts.
Thank you Debra. we have been on site 13 years and we have been constantly making improvements on the homes and the landscape to make Monte Placido feel the most enjoyable for our guests. We live on site and we are always available to share our insight on beautiful Samana Peninsula
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About the Host, Diana And Don
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!
Portillo beach is only minutes away from us right down the road. To the East of Portillo also Barbacoa beach. Portillo is what Kite Surfers call the SPOT. It is the best SPOT in Las Terrenas for kiSamana
Let the European expats cook their specialities blended with local creole cuisine. Las Terre is unique with numerous quality restaurants.Las Terrenas Samana
We are located next to Playa Portillo which is the kite SURF spot27 de Febrero Las Terrenas Samana 32000
Both El Limon river with its water falls and El Limon beach. Go and buy your fish off the fishermens boats when they get back arounfd 11am. The water falls are further up the river and a 45 minuteEl Limón
Another pristine down the road to the East of us. Also walk to playa El Limon from Moron and welcome fishermen when they come back mid day with catch of the day.El Limón 32000
Las Terrenas was only a small fishing village back in the late 80s. The original fishermen huts became restaurants and bars. All located directly on the beach with great view of the the lagoon.Las Terrenas Samana 32000
IN my opinion even nicer than Playa Rincon. On the same day also go ZIP lining google Walk the plank zip lining..Playa El Valle Samana 32000
The whales come in from enf of Jan to April come and watch them frolic and jump.
Listed as as 1 of top 10 in the world. PRISTINE !!!!!Samana 32000
Unique lime stone formations visited by boat. It is a 1 day excursion well worth it.Samana