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.
Our stay was wonderful and lived up to our high expectations. Don and Diana were friendly, approachable, and helpful hosts. Highly recommended for an authentic, relaxing, and value stay in an absolutely gorgeous area of the DR.
Thank you Evan. Very true Samama Peninsula with it's mountain range, numerous undeveloped pristine beaches, whales in the Winter, water falls, Las Terrenas Restaurants and night life and much more ... is the nicest region of the the DR.
Yes, up here on top of our little pastoral mountain top we are away from the hustle bustle of town but yet close enough.
Unlike other rentals, we live on site and make it a point to attend to our guests and make sure all is care free. Just come and relax!
Amazing!!!!! We loved the location and the help from Don and Diana for anything we needed was MUCH appreciated!! We would recommend this place to anyone going to the samana peninsula!
Thank you. In ref to Samana Peninsula. Monte Placido and its 6 rental homes that can accommodate from 1 up to 8 per home is strategically located to reach all the pristine beaches, only 10 minutes form the El Limon waterfalls, easy drive to see the whales, go zip lining and more.
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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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!