RIGHT ON THE OCEAN, Villa Las Ballenas, between Samana and Las Galeras, has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a fabulous pool, and an open floor plan with several seating areas inside and out, including an ocean view gazebo and cooking area. Whale watch while eating breakfast, lunch or dinner.
After entering the gated property, a long driveway lined with tropical flowers and fruit trees takes you to the caretaker's home. The housekeeper keeps fresh flower arrangements on the tables and guests are encouraged to help themselves to the papayas, bananas, limes, avocados, etc. Just past the caretaker's home, you spot the ocean and the beautiful Spanish style villa, which has been designed to make good use of the natural cooling affect of the ocean breeze. From the front door, you see through the villa to the swimming pool, and beyond to the ocean, gazebo and barbeque area.
There is an enormous master bedroom with an ocean view and large French doors which open to the pool. There are three more modestly sized bedrooms that share the two additional full baths and there are bunk beds in the master bedroom.
The large, well-equipped kitchen opens to a dining room with a table for 8. Just outside the dining room, near the pool, there is another table (with an umbrella) which seats 8 or more. Additional seating under the gazebo near the barbeque area also seats 8 or more. From the thatch roofed gazebo, you can watch whales, cruise ships, and fishing and sailboats. There is a spacious indoor living area adjacent to the dining room.
Located on a large property, the villa has an enormous master bedroom and three additional bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, fabulous pool, seating for large groups inside or out, ocean front gazebo and cooking area, WiFi, washing machine and a large, beautiful garden.
Interaction with guests
I am there on check-in to familiarize guests with the home and its amenities and am available 24/7 for questions, or to help you organize your stay.
Caretakers Geronimo and Nana live on the property, but far enough away that your privacy is maintained. They are available 24/7 to help you.
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Cindy, really. No one calls me Cynthia.
My life motto, which seems to work MOST of the time: Que el viento se lleve tus problemas. (Let the wind take your troubles away.)
I'm fairly well-traveled and had never stayed in the same place for more than 2 or 3 days during any of my travels, though I was often gone from my northern California home for months at a time. Then, because I’ve always been drawn to “end of the road” places, I “ended up” in Las Galeras. I moved here a year later to try it out and never went “home”. I’ve explored most of the DR, but I’ve lived on the Samana Peninsula for almost 10 years and now know it quite well.
Though I have a full time job, the ocean, sun and coconut trees make me feel like I'm still on vacation. Sure, I miss some things about life in the good ole USA. Flying, live music (blues, bluegrass, alternative, jazz), backpacking, my fellow volunteers at Sonoma Land Trust, downhill skiing, high speed internet, wine tasting, second hand book stores, Home Depot, The Golden Gate Bridge, Sierra Club "dog hikes", and my granola-crunching, tree-hugging friends, but I love it here.
My Promise: If you come here as my guest, I promise to do whatever I can to make sure you have a great time. I want you to go home thinking that working, saving, planning, organizing and packing (passport, sunscreen, insect repellent, iPhone charger, swim suit, camera, flip flops, iPod, paperback book/s, umbrella).......and then hauling it all to the Dominican Republic and back was worth it. (And that maybe you’d even recommend it to a friend.)
Hope to see you soon.