All reviews from VRBO www.vrbo.com/621915
AWESOME * * * *
Todd R. wrote…
Stayed November 2018 / Submitted November 27, 2018:
Home away from Home…Maxima’s service is best in class!!!
BEAUTIFUL PROPERTY! * * * *
Stayed October 2018 / Submitted October 24, 2018:
Our trip started off a little rough The Villa had an AC unit not working in the main room and no hot water in all of the bedroom bathrooms. Our host was very attentive to our needs and recovered quickly I am only giving 4 stars because the house lighting was very dim in all of the rooms so applying make-up and getting dressed in the afternoon or evening with a house full of ladies was a challenge. Also entering into the community security guard gate was an issue every time. Upside it’s very safe. I would definitely recommend renting a car because everything is a few miles out, not walking distance like the description says-including the beaches-If you are not an owner, you cannot use the club amenities and I was under the impression that we would have a golf cart accessible.
AMAZING PROPERTY! * * * *
Monique E. from Atlanta wrote…
Stayed August 2018 / Submitted August 24, 2018:
This was my second time staying at the Villa Wyss; which says a lot. The maid and chef is absolutely the best and accommodating. The property is well maintained. This is my home when I visit Punta Cana. I will be returning again.
GREAT PLACE TO STAY!! * * * * *
Daniel R. wrote…
Stayed July 2018 / Submitted July 22, 2018:
We really enjoyed this house. What you see in the pictures is exactly what you get. Maxima (the maid) is an absolute sweetheart and makes a great breakfast! Piero made sure that we were well taken care of and had great suggestions for food and excursions and was a very fun and wonderful man. We had a chef 2 different nights and both dinners were fantastic. As far as the electricity bill, ours was $348 USD for 8 days, so that was exactly the range we were told before going. If you are going to the Dominican I highly recommend this place!
SUPER VALUE * * * * *
Todd R. wrote…
Stayed May 2018 / Submitted May 31, 2018:
The Villa is spectacular, well maintained and perfect getaway. Our host Piero, is aces…always available and eager to accommodate. The onsite staff Maxima, is very sweet and moves with the skill of a ninja. (precise). You must try her Dominican style spaghetti…( muy delicioso)
I highly recommend this space !!!!
WOW! PERFECTION AT BEST! * * * * *
Monet O. wrote…
Stayed September 2017 / Submitted October 12, 2017:
This was my 2nd time returning back to DR and just like the first time, my family and I were in awe. Not only is the staff amazing, but everyone from the management on down were hands on. It’s no wonder why my family wanted to come right back after the amazing time we had in 2016! And our party grew, we ended up getting 2 villas, why? Because they are just that amazing! Last year, Anders, introduced me to Villa Wyss, and I knew then, I had to stay here too! Not only is the decor fascinating, but the backyard pool was made for a party…and we had us a pool party which was indeed one of the highlights of our trip. Our housekeeper was thee sweetest and she kept our rooms clean and inviting. Of course her welcoming spirit was always a plus and she even helped me with my spanish too! At this point, the people of Palmera Villas are family…and I will always come back again and again! Thank you Villa Wyss for an amazing stay….
THIS PROPERTY WAS GORGEOUS AND VERY WELL MAINTAINED * * * *
Kelly B. wrote…
Stayed August 2017 / Submitted August 22, 2017:
The electricity bill was SHOCKING! Beware of the the CoCo Bungo excursion, it is not as it is described, at all! Piero and Maxima were great. The chef was superb! We enjoyed celebrating our friends 50th birthday there. Relaxing.
Property Manager’s response: Hi Kelly Thank you for your nice feedback. We try to maintain the property as well as we can, and I am happy that you enjoyed the staff. However I am surprised to hear that you feel the electricity was shocking. It is below what we told you it would be. We told you to calculate USD 10-20 per bedroom per day. Your electricity bill after 5 nights was USD 298.50. We wold you to expect between 200-400 depending on how much you run the A/C in the villa, so I am surprised to hear that you found this shocking. Please also let me know what the issue with the CocoBongo night club was. I would love to follow up on that. Best regards, Anders.
A PRIVATE OASIS INSIDE PARADISE * * * * *
Lauren S. wrote…
Stayed July 2017 / Submitted July 19, 2017:
We took advantage of most of the extras available to us on this stay – and we were happy that we did! Piero, our property manager, was very helpful and really went the extra mile to help us plan activities and enhance our stay. “Maxima” was fantastic and she was a excellent chef in her own right (She helped prepared breakfast for us on several days) and we hired the chef for two days and wow – “Bertrand” was incredible! The food was fantastic and the house was beautiful. The only negative for us was a bug problem in the far bedroom closest to the kitchen. Our daughter wound up getting very sick on this trip (not traceable to anything she ate that her siblings didn’t also eat) and I don’t think it helped that she emptied an entire can of bug spray around the perimeter of her room to try and ward off several different kinds of insects. I think this was because their room was next to the connecting screen door to outside area so it was an easy point of entry for insects. I think the price point for this villa and the fact that the tenant pays the electricity should absolutely translate to a bug free bedroom and closed doors to keep the insects out and the AC (which was ridiculously expensive) in. Like over $427 US for the week – so add that to your budget as you plan if you stay here. I was concerned about being so far from the beach at first but the backyard here was more enjoyable than a few of the beaches we visited with the exception of Macao. It was easy to walk to the mall and grocery store and a few restaurants. Overall a beautiful home in a very secure community with an excellent staff! We would highly recommend! (Just keep the back door closed!)
Property manager’s response: Hi Lauren, Thank you for your feedback from your stay at Villa Wyss! We’re happy that you had a nice stay and enjoyed the facilities, the food and the service from our staff. We’re really sorry to hear about your trouble with the insects and only wish you had informed us of this immediately so we could’ve taken care of it for you and your daughter could’ve avoided getting sick. As you know, the villa manager (Piero) came by every day but he was not aware of the insect issue as no one ever told him of this. We do appreciate the information and have taken steps to solve the issue as best as we can for any future guests. You are absolutely right that the electricity is ridiculously expensive, which is why we always inform guests of the cost beforehand and do our best to advise on how to keep the consumption and expense to a minimum. In the end, the cost is calculated according to the guests’ consumption, which is entirely up to each individual and/or family/group. Again, thank you for your feedback and for your visit. We do hope to see you again!
BEAUTIFUL!! * * * * *
Monique E. from Atlanta wrote…
Stayed June 2017 / Submitted June 26, 2017:
The villa was absolutely amazing. The location was perfect. The service received was hands down impeccable. I will highly recommend the Villa Wyss for a place to reside while vacationing.
FANTASTIC HOME FOR OUR FAMILY! * * * * *
Karin P. from Southern Pines, NC wrote…
Stayed May 2017 / Submitted May 30, 2017:
We stayed at Villa Wyss 17-May to 24-May 2017. My husband and I took our three adult children with us and we had a great time. We rented a car and I would highly recommend that. From the minute we walked in, we loved it! The pool was our absolute favorite place to be. Pictures cannot do justice to just how beautiful and relaxing the outdoor areas really are. The home itself is spacious and clean. Plenty of room for everyone to stretch out. We are used to central air conditioning but we quickly adjusted to the individual room units and they provided much relief from the warm afternoons. The house is located very near to a mall, many restaurants and a grocery store. We went to the Punta Cana Resort for a couple of excursions and, while very beautiful, we much preferred the Bavaro area where the home was located. Janet assisted us with two excursions – Terracross and a Segway EcoTour. They were BOTH absolutely fantastic. We had so much fun and they were well worth the money. We also ate at the Marina at the Aqua Mare restaurant – the food was wonderful! We went to the Pearl Beach Club (loved it) and to Juanillo Beach (ate at Little John’s – also great!). I highly recommend both of those locations. Maxima and Jose Antonio were wonderful hosts and took care of any additional request that we had. Maxima is also an outstanding cook! Everyone we came in contact with was so nice and kind – we had never been to the DR before but we will definitely return! When we got home, everyone agreed that was the most relaxing vacation we have ever taken – after 26 years I finally got it right! Thank you to all of the staff that helped us enjoy our wonderful vacation.
EXCELLENT MANAGEMENT STAFF – BEAUTIFUL HOUSE * * * *
Kelly L. wrote…
Stayed March 2017 / Submitted April 3, 2017:
My family of five, plus three friends (eight total) stayed at this beautiful property. It was clean, well staffed (Maxima was incredibly nice and helpful) and decorated nicely. Lots of room. Nice pool. Good proximity to shopping and beaches. The management staff, Jose and Piero were fabulous. They were personal concierges–always available to help with a ride, recommendation or reservation. We didn’t experience any unexpected charges or fees–Anders, from Palmera rentals was honest and upfront.
One complaint was that we had a portable speaker stolen from our patio–it is suspected the grounds keepers from the adjacent golf course took it. Theft always puts a downer on things. Next (not necessarily a complaint), is that the house is located in a gated golf community that is largely populated by the locals. If you want a true Dominican experience, this is for you. We had no problems (except for stolen speaker), but it was not what we envisioned from the photos. In the end, it was worth it. Again, the management company was great. And the staff at the house was too! In my opinion, you must rent a car if you want to stay here. Makes life so much easier. Also, eat in the nicer restaurants. My son & I got a touch of the stomach bug from a seafood place. Not fun.
Owner response: Hi Kelly, I am very happy to hear that you had a great stay. It was also our pleasure to have you come and stay with us. I am very sad to hear that you lost a speaker. As you know we informed the head of security right away. Every employ leaving the property are always subject to a full search and they would never be able to get a speaker out. We are doing what we can to recover this speaker and we will keep you posted. This is the first time ever that we have and anything stolen in this property or in any of our properties within the Cocotal golf & Country Club. I am also a little confused when you say that the villa and Cocotal is a TRUE Dominican Experience. It is in fact anything BUT a true Dominican Experience. The community had over 30 different nationalities living there, and it is considered one of the upscale and SAFE gated communities, where there is in fact very few Dominicans living. I personally live 300 yards away from this villa and I have lived in this community since 2007, and I love it because it is in fact one of the best gated residential area with mainly expats living there. Anyway we are happy to hear that you had a great stay and we hope to see you again in the future. Best regards, Anders.
PUNTA CANA PARADISE * * * * *
Jeff F. wrote…
Stayed March 2017 / Submitted March 25, 2017:
We recently ventured to Punta Cana to enjoy spring break with our two college age children. We decided against all inclusive to avoid typical spring break activities, and instead truly relax. We could not have found a better place to relax than Villa Wyss.
Although the pictures on VRBO look impressive, they do not do the property justice. The backyard is completely secluded even though the home is surrounded by other homes and condos. The pool is beautiful, and very well maintained. It was cleaned twice during our visit. Additionally, the outdoor kitchen / grill area is wonderful. We enjoyed several dinners made on the large outdoor barbeque, and ate a leisurely dinner under the gazebo area. There are multiple areas to relax and read a book. If you like sun, great. There are lounge chairs in the yard. If you like shade, there is a very nice veranda on the back of the home, and then the gazebo area in the center of the pool.
The home itself is very spacious, and well appointed. Everything you need is on hand. The beds are comfortable, but maybe not the most comfortable you’ve ever slept on. Each bedroom has its own bathroom which is sufficient, but not luxurious. The kitchen has everything on hand you’ll need to prepare your meals. Shopping for groceries is easy as the Super Lama is just a 10 minute walk to the mall that sits across the road from the Cocotal property. We did book the chef for one day as we were celebrating a milestone anniversary. Bertrand, the chef, cooked breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was good, but dinner was out of this world. The price was also reasonable in comparison to eating at one of the local places.
Two of the best things about the property are Maxima, the housekeeper, and Jose Anotonio, the property manager. Maxima is very attentive, and very sweet. If possible, get her to make you some “torta de maiz”. Jose was very helpful in arranging transportation to the excursions we had booked through the Palmera Group. Although expensive, the Samana excursion was wonderful. Also, do try Captain Cook’s restaurant. Definitely allow Jose to arrange for transportation as it is in an area that tourists may not frequent as often. However, it is well worth it.
The only issue we had was getting access to the all inclusive property that is supposed to be included with the rental. However, it was not a huge deal for us as the villa itself is so nice. We absolutely enjoyed our time at Villa Wyss.
Owner response: Hi Jeff, Thank you for your nice words. We enjoyed having you here in Punta Cana and hope to see you soon again. I am a bit confused about the access to the All Inclusive resort. I assume you are talking about Melia Caribe Tropical, across the street. I don’t know who told you that you would have access to that, as it is no-where in any of our communication. The access to that resort is ONLY for property owners, and we still have to buy a DAYPASS to use the hotel. As a rental client you can buy a daypass to use the facilities there and the price is around USD 75-100 per person per 1/2 day. But you can do this at any of the all inclusive properties. Best regards, Anders
AMAZING * * * * *
Brian C. wrote…
Stayed March 2017 / Submitted March 17, 2017:
amazing property & staff. Outstanding stay
AMAZING PROPERTY IN A GREAT LOCATION! * * * * *
Mike S. wrote…
Stayed February 2017 / Submitted February 22, 2017:
This house is absolutely amazing. It looks exactly like the pictures–even better. Each bedroom is fantastic and has its own bathroom. There is a large kitchen and a lot of common area. The pool is amazing and large for this type of rental. There is a full time maid at the house. She was so great to us. We did not expect this. She helped us with everything and even cooked for us. (She does not speak English). We also had a house manager who checked on us a couple times a day and took us a few places where we needed to go. He was amazing as well. He also made some restaurant reservations for us. Also–do not miss the beach club! They will transport you for free. We spent a whole day there. It was amazing. We had 5 adults and there was plenty of space for a couple more. The property is gated and we felt very safe. We walked to down town a couple of times. We did not know we had to pay the electric bill at the end but it was not expensive and we had no problem paying it. I would highly recommend this place! I would rent it again for sure.
EXCELLENT STAY WITH EXCELLENT SERVICE * * * * *
Bekah Q. wrote…
Stayed December 2016 / Submitted December 8, 2016:
A group of us 8 friends (a few us couples) stayed here three nights and had an absolutely amazing time. The house had every amenity we could think of and more. We were able to enjoy the pool in the mornings and the private beach in the afternoons. Jose, the host, and Maxima, the housekeeper were so helpful with anything we needed and made every request feel like no trouble. They had had the recommendations for activities, restaurants, and shopping that we may not have known about otherwise. The decor was beautiful. My favorite being all the dark woods used throughout the house and the Christmas decorations. The beds were incredibly comfortable and all the A/C units worked perfectly. Chef Bernard’s BBQ is highly recommended. We were able to relax and also enjoy each other’s company to the fullest.
3RD STAY IN THIS VILLA, AND I WILL BE BACK * * * * *
Andrew T. from Miami, USA wrote…
Stayed August 2016 / Submitted October 29, 2016:
I travel to Punta Cana with my friends and family 2 – 3 times per year, and for the past 3 trips we have stayed at Villa Wyss. The villa is spacious, cozy and beautifully decorated. But best of all is the BIG back yard and the fantastic pool area. When we are here we have the music going and hang out in the pool with drinks poolside.. That is what I consider a great and relaxing vacation. Food is being prepared by our chef Junior, who is always smiling and ready to prepare what ever we want Jose Antonio organizes our excursions, boat rentals and if we want to go party one night, he will organize VIP service for us in the nightclubs. Last time we went to Coco Bongo, and what a blast we had. I have already booked my next stay in this villa, where I will host my wedding, so we have rented both Villa Wyss and Lake View Villa next door (with 8 bedrooms) so we can have most of our guests stay here with us. Thank you to the whole team for all you do for us… we can’t wait to come back.