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AMAZING VILLA WITH AN AMAZING STAFF * * * * *
Kim S. from Cleveland wrote…
Stayed March 2019 / Submitted April 2, 2019:
We spent Spring Break with our adult children and grandchildren at Villa La Palapa and it was the perfect villa for our group of ten. The villa is open, comfortable and beautiful. Irving (butler/house manager) and Melania (housekeeper) are there to make your stay even better.
The villa manager, Stig was incredibly helpful, as well as, Janet in their office. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this villa. One suggestion I do have is to provide very specific grocery lists and menu ideas if you decide to secure the chef. We did this and never regretted having the extra staff and the ease of mealtimes.
Truly a relaxing and wonderful vacation! Highly recommended:)
AMAZING FAMILY VACATION * * * * *
Brian D. from Morristown, NJ wrote…
Stayed March 2019 / Submitted March 31, 2019:
Our family had a wonderful week long vacation at La Palapa! The entire experience was first class from the moment we entered the villa to the day we left. The house and property are beautiful and well kept, and the staff is terrific. We loved the big family meals in the dining room, the infinity edge pool, playing on the sport court, and exploring Punta Cana on the golf carts. We highly recommend this villa and the entire team at Palmera Travel. Thank you to Anders, Stig, Junior, Melania & Irving.
EXCELLENT STAFF, WONDERFUL SET-UP FOR FAMILY WITH CHILDREN WITH POOL, BASKETBALL COURT AND PING PONG * * * *
Susie H. wrote…
Stayed February 2019 / Submitted February 27, 2019:
My only remark is that the pool was clean but milky. My children were not bothered by the color, and swam happily.
BEST OF THE BEST * * * * *
Francois R. wrote…
Stayed August 2018 / Submitted August 31, 2018:
Nothing to add to the others comments, everything was marvelous and the house is just incredible, super clean, spacious and easy to use. we were 2 families (ten in total) and we felt in a Palace with 5* services from Melania, Irving and Stig. Many thks for these dreaming holidays.
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE ALL ENJOYED * * * * *
James J. Dexter wrote…
Stayed June 2018 / Submitted July 10, 2018:
Our two families have such a wonderful stay. We had 4 Adults and 5 Kids 3 18 years old and 1, 17 and 1, 15. Before we arrived we had a great experience with Janet she was in charge of organizing our stay and she was awesome, She responded right away every time I had a question and was on point. Once we arrived we were picked up on time from our flight and a short ride to the house where we met Stig the house Manager, Jr. our Chef for the week, Melania the house keeper and Irwin. Stig was great helped us line up transportation and stopped by each day and felt like a friend helping us out. Jr. our chef was awesome let me just say that the kids had a wake up call when we returned home and there was no Jr. to cook for them. Everything was so well prepared. We did not really ask him to do anything he just made incredible dish one after the other. We tried Dominican Dishes that were out of this world good. Malania and Irwin also took such great care of us everything was clean and well kept we never needed anything more ever. The House was beautiful and clean and perfect for our party of 9 and could have easily had another couple and an additional kid or so with no space issues at all. I highly recommend this property this was a first class vacation and we look forward to returning.
GREAT HOUSE AND STAFF. HAD THE BEST TIME!! * * * * *
Jenn B. wrote…
Stayed June 2018 / Submitted June 18, 2018:
House was fabulous! The pool and the outdoor space was exceptional. All the rooms were extremely clean and well furnished. The staff was extraordinary. We would easily stay at this house and location again.
BEST VACATION EVER!! * * * * *
Melissa M. wrote…
Stayed April 2018 / Submitted August 17, 2018:
This was my first time staying in a villa (I usually stay at all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean) but the experience I had at Villa La Palapa has me never wanting to stay at a resort again! I stayed her with a group of 9 girls for my bachelorette trip and it was everything we could ask for and more.
We chose to the do the all inclusive package and I’m SO GLAD we did. Junior was our chef and anything and everything we requested for him to make, he did, and it was absolutely delicious. Best food we’ve ever had, period.
Erwin was our butler and Iris was our housekeeper. They were both phenomenal as well. We learned that you can request your staff, and I would HIGHLY recommend requesting Junior, Erwin, and Iris.
Now, for the house itself, everything was immaculately clean and up to date. The rooms are spacious and the AC works perfectly. We never had a problem being too hot. You’ll probably end up spending most of your time out by the pool, which is well maintained and the outdoor patio has a table and chairs, so you can have lunch al fresco without even having to change out of your bathing suits.
The villa comes with 2 golf carts, which makes it easy to get around to the different restaurants on the property (it’s located in a gated community) and the beach. The beach is a private beach for the community and it’s about a 10 minute golf cart ride away from the villa.
The staff from pre-booking to departure were all really helpful and attentive. If you’re considering staying here, do yourself a favor and JUST BOOK IT!! You won’t regret it.
WONDERFUL FAMILY STAY * * * * *
Francois R. wrote…
Stayed April 2018 / Submitted April 16, 2018:
Everything was perfect: house is amazing and really crystal clean, the house has been fully renovated to make it new which we appreciated a lot. Maids are really helpful and doing everything to satisfy us. I also very appreciate Anders and Stieg services, it is really an asset to have somebody taking care of us during the stay.The resort is just breathtaking with 3 part-9 golf courses and amazing beaches at a 10 minutes golf carts drive. Our best family vacation ever in a rental home. We will come back before you know!
MODERNA * * * * *
Astrid B. wrote…
Stayed February 2018 / Submitted March 6, 2018:
Nos encanto el diseño de la casa, muy abierta con jardines que le dan una frescura increíble !! Todos nos han atendido muy bien. Felicitaciones 👏🏼👏🏼
FANTASTIC VACATION – TOO SHORT! 🙂 * * * * *
Merel Y. wrote…
Stayed December 2017 / Submitted January 6, 2018:
Had a wonderful time at Villa Palapa during our stay week after Christmas. Melania and Irving were amazing! Stig was fantastic too with checking in all was well daily and completing grocery shopping, even last minute. The villa is spacious and well appointed and very comfortable – Melania and Irving made it perfect! Whatever we needed, they were on hand yet gave us the space and feeling the place was ours alone when needed. Very much enjoyed the chef service as well – food was delicious and always on time. It was also great to have the golf carts handy for our family as we explored the resort further and for golf. The location of the villa is perfect – lots of privacy with hedges, and with a lovely view of the golf course. The kids loved the basketball court and ping pong table – played lots! Thank you Melanie, Irving and Stig – you truly made our first family vacation in Punta Cana a most memorable one we will always cherish! We hope to be back before you know it! 🙂
WE LOVED THE VILLA AND THE STAFF ARE EXCEPTIONAL. MELANIE THE LIVE IN COOK PREPARES DELICIOUS MEALS * * * * *
Gillian M. wrote…
Stayed July 2017 / Submitted August 4, 2017:
We had the most wonderful family holiday at Villa La Palapa!!!! We had our 3 daughters , their husbands and our 3 grandchildren with us and everyone enjoyed the villa , the super food, service and surroundings. The guys played golf one day, we all visited Altos de Chavon, we played tennis twice and visited the stunning lagoons at the Ecological center. Most of all, the wonderful meals made by Melanie and super drinks made by Irwin made our stay super and care free. The villa is spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished and has a Zen like quality. We all enjoyed the pool, garden and table-tennis!!! We will return as this was one of our most memorable vacations!!!!
Property Manager’s response: Hi Gillian, thank you for your kind review of Villa La Palapa and the staff. I’m happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return. I just wanted to clarify (for the sake of future guests and reservations) that Melanie isn’t really a cook – she is the maid. But, as you also write, she cooks really delicious meals and can help guests if necessary. Best regards, Anders.
AMAZING * * * * *
Marquis S. wrote…
Stayed July 2017 / Submitted July 26, 2017:
In the words of my group that went ‘Amazing’! The photos don’t do this place justice. The staff was unbelievably helpful and courteous. Melanie/Irving & Stig : Thumbs up on making this a great experience for us. We enjoyed every bit of the accommodations and hospitality. Actually wishing we would have stayed longer on the last day. (Also our booking and communication back/forth and promptness was appreciated)
One thing I would ask ownership, ensure folks have group passes to the beach/other resort areas for venturing out. The folks at the Golf Resort & Westin were accommodating but made it difficult for us to enter.
Property manager’s response: Hi Marquis, thank you for your review. We’re happy you had an amazing time at La Palapa. Also, thank you for your feedback about the access to the Westin, which is in fact not “included” or permitted as the hotel’s facilities are only for guests staying at the Westin. We do apologize if we weren’t 100% clear about this or if it was somehow miscommunicated from our side. We have taken your comment into our consideration and have modified our written communication so there’s no misunderstanding for any future guests. Best regards, Anders.
AMAZING! * * * * *
Nathalie K. from Chicago, Il. wrote…
Stayed June 2017 / Submitted July 7, 2017:
Rented this Villa with 13 friends and it was absolutely perfect! Slept all 13 people comfortably. Only 2 people had to share a king bed. Definitely recommend getting the Chef, it ended up being extremely cost effective and the food was fantastic! Our grocery bill at the end of 4 days ended up only being $93 per person. We didn’t drink their alcohol, we bought everything at Duty Free when we arrived. We didn’t realize that there were like 4 different resorts all within our gated community until we arrived, so the golf carts were so much fun to ride around to the different resorts in the neighborhood and to beach. Had we just stayed at one of the resorts we wouldn’t have had that and wouldn’t have been able to see as much because everything is pretty spread out. The Butler and Maid were fantastic and they were so sweet. Would recommend this Villa to any family or large group of friends looking to get away. You wont regret it!!!!
AMAZING VACATION HOME!! * * * * *
Beatriz P. wrote…
Stayed March 2017 / Submitted April 11, 2017:
The house is breathtaking, the caretakers are so attentive, the punta cana resort is the perfect place for a family vacation!!
BEAUTIFUL AND IMMACULATELY KEPT! * * * * *
Lynette W. wrote…
Stayed March 2017 / Submitted March 19, 2017:
We had a wonderful experience upon landing in Punta Cana no problems at all at the airport. Upon arrival to the Villa, Irving, Melania, and Steig greeted us graciously. The Villa is beautiful “the pictures” really don’t do it justice. Very open and airy and super comfy with all the conveniences of home. We enjoyed the provided golf carts to get around the community in. The spa, restaurant and beach bar were wonderful and the staff there treated us like royalty. We were traveling with another family and never felt cramped at all. The ping pong table and basketball court was a plus for the kids. This was one of our top family and friend vacations. We will be back!
A FABULOUS STAY IN THE LOVELY, GORGEOUS VILLA LA PALPA, HACIENDA DEL MAR !! * * * * *
Colleen S. wrote…
Stayed February 2017 / Submitted February 15, 2017:
Our seven night stay in the villa was nothing short of perfect. The villa is truly lovely– the decor beautiful, the pool and grounds meticulously kept. Moreover, the help, Melanie and Irvin, were incredibly wonderful, warm, dedicated, honest folks that just made our stay all the better…And Melanie is a fabulous cook!! I would highly recommend the villa and will return as soon as I can. Thanks to all for the perfect vacation!
EXCELLENT STAY! * * * * *
Ana P. wrote…
Stayed November 2016 / Submitted November 30, 2016:
We had a wonderful stay, the house was beautiful, perfectly maintained, Couldn’t have asked for a better staff, I would definitely recommend this home and I expect to be back soon.
LOVED EVERYTHING…….. * * * * *
Susan G. wrote…
Stayed February 2016 / Submitted April 21, 2016:
We loved everything and the help was so helpful and the house amazing. Thinking about doing it again next spring. Thanks for letting us enjoy your home……Susan.
CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE * * * * *
Elaine M. wrote…
Stayed December 2015 / Submitted April 21, 2016:
We are multiple time visitors (4 prior trips before this one) to Punta Cana Resort and Club and have stayed in Multiple homes. This house is very well laid out and tastefully appointed. The Staff Erving and Melania were the best in all our years and all our stays. The golf at Corales, La Cana and Punta Espada all make this a golfers dream vacation. There is so much more though: The private beach club , The resort pool, The ecological preserve with natural spring swimming holes, petting zoo, farm etc. and New Westin Hotel, Restaurants and of course the people. The activities center being removed from the resort property was a change that impacted our stay that we were not aware of but we quickly figured that out. I would recommend this resort and this home to anyone looking for a great vacation.
JANUARY VACATION * * *
Sharon from New York wrote…
Stayed January 2016 / Submitted April 21, 2016:
The villa is nice. Owner very cheap in taking care of the house or the clients. Mosquitos all over, they refused tobbring someone to take care if it. The microwave was broken, couldn’t warm up the fiid and the pool was frozen !!! The staff was somewhat accomodating.
FANTASTIC HOME… FANTASTIC STAFF * * * * *
LJS from Washinton D.C. wrote…
Stayed January 2016 / Submitted January 26, 2016:
I cannot wait to return to this Villa. The setting is beautiful, the house is gorgeous (tastefully decorated and incredibly clean) and I cannot say enough about Erving and Melania… they went above and beyond to make sure our stay was perfect. Although the house is on a golf course, it is very private and blocked from the view of the course. The house is only a five minute golf cart drive from several beaches, golf courses and tennis courts. And less than ten minutes from the airport! By far, my best house rental experience ever. Our group was a girls getaway but highly recommend for any large group (house and amenities would definitely be kid friendly). Also, highly recommend both the chef and the chefs assistant who we used for a few of the days, the food was delicious and they were very accommodating. My one recommendation for any visitors would be to make a stop at Duty Free to purchase wine or liquor on your way in… once you are in the resort, you pay a premium.
TRULY AMAZING * * * * *
Mike M wrote…
Stayed October 2015 / Submitted November 2015:
The pictures perfectly represent this amazing villa and the 2 best features are Melania and Irving, the in-house staff. They are friendly and anxious to serve their house guests and Melania can more than “hold her own” in the kitchen. They made our vacation truly one to remember. We can’t say enough about each of them. The grounds and amenities are perfect and the short (5 min) golf cart ride to the beach was fun and enjoyable. Recommend the beach area and pool at the La Cana Clubhouse and Spa. You must go to the large fresh water lagoon in the ecological reserve for a chilly dip in the clearest water you can imagine. Look into getting a rental car because the taxi service is expensive. Golfers paradise, both of the golf courses in Puntacana Resort are fabulous but a real treat is Punta Espada about 20 minutes away. You’ll love it!! I would highly recommend this villa and look forward to the day we can return.