Just finished one of the great vacations of my life at this Hispaniola Beach condo. Fuller context: I initially tried to book a 2-bed place at same complex with this agent, that was full, and was offered a 3-bed at a slightly higher rate, which I ended up accepting.
--The view from living room/master bedroom/balcony is fairly awesome (California-ism). You have a line of sight from the ocean reaching back to an empty lot filled with trees. My friend said something like, “this is the perfect view”. I have stayed at Hispaniola Beach before, on the other side of the compound. While that ground floor place also had an ocean view, this was superior.
--Ocean wave sounds to fall asleep to. Master bedroom opens onto balcony and ocean view. I slept in the second bedroom on the opposite side of the condo from the ocean and could still hear the ocean at night.
--We left the windows and balcony doors open all day/night and never had any insect problem in February. Zero mosquitoes. Of course, in regard to the crawling insects and this being the tropics, that probably tells you they are probably spraying the heck out of the compound (good/bad).
--Wine cooler: large capacity (24 plus bottles?). Very big new refrigerator, excellent cooktop, microwave and oven, which I actually used to do a bit of baking. It worked well but registered temperature in Centigrade so be aware. Quite complete set of kitchenware, including small and medium sized ice chests.
--Super-high ceilings: This seems to be unique to the 3rd-floor condos at the compound. Master bedroom ceiling is probably 16-20 feet high, which is part of the reason why we didn’t use any air conditioning the whole time we were there.
--The 3 bed/3.5 bath condo is on the third floor which is two flights of stairs. I think the 2 bed/2.5 bath place we initially booked is on the second floor. That said, the 3rd floor view is really, really nice. Probably either are preferable to a ground floor unit with people walking by and looking in, although that’s not a huge issue at this complex.
--Some construction going on in building next door. This didn’t bother us, as it was low-key and not all day.
--Security is tight. In the DR, that means security guards with shotguns on the premises. I live in the DR and that’s the reality everywhere here. Guards were courteous and professional. It doesn’t mean there’s a huge crime scene. I’ve never had a problem on the north coast. It’s because the security is good.
Finally, the larger scene – dining: We ate the following places and thought they were all excellent:
--Casa Viente Uno (Sosua)
--La Casa de Pescador (Cabarete)
--Casita de Papi (Cabarete)
--Le Papillion (Puerto Plata)
--Hotel Casa Valeria “Bring Your Own Wine” Restaurant (Sosua)