Guest Services

Houskeeper & Gardener

Housekeeper

Bina - HousekeeperBina, our housekeeper, works daily from 8am to 4pm, she cleans the house, prepares breakfast and lunch and washes the linen twice a week. For dinner service and babysitting an extra charge does apply (see further down). Bina is a great cook and mixes a couple of divine tropical cocktails like Cuba Libre, Santo Libre, Piña Colada, Caipirinha, Mojito, Daiquiri or Margarita.

GardenerMimio takes care of the garden for more than 20 years. He just planted an avocado tree in the back of the house. Mimio is a lovely person and part of the Estrella del Mar family. You will appreciate him for taking care of the pool, cleaning the grill after usage and for skillfully opening coconuts just harvested from the trees for you to enjoy the water and the meat. He also helps in many other ways. Some of our guests give him a few pesos and send him off on a motorbike taxi to buy some fruits, vegetables or drinks. Mimio works from Monday to Saturday noon and stays in an independent room next to the house.

Mimio and Bina speak Spanish only. However, we found that the communication with non Spanish speaking guests still worked. Some phone apps do a good job to help, we were told (e.g. Google Translate).

Cooking Service

Chef CookingThere is a big variety of restaurants in Las Terrenas, but you may like to stay at home to enjoy the pool, the beach and the privacy of your own temporary home. Bina would be happy to prepare some dishes for you – and she does it well.

Main dishes

  • Chicken creole style with rice and beans
  • Thai curry with fish, shrimps or chicken
  • Oven baked or grilled chicken
  • Fish with coconut sauce
  • Eggplant with coconut
  • Eggplant lasagna
  • Ceviche (lemon marinated raw fish with onion and coriander)
  • Meatballs and rice with green peas on a coconut sauce
  • Crab meat creole style with fried plantains
  • Shrimps (garlic sauce, creole style)
  • Seafood salad / Green salad / Tomato, Mozzarella Salad
  • Spaghetti bolognesa / carbonara / seafood
  • Quinoa salad with feta

Deserts

  • Milk pudding / Flan de leche
  • Bread pudding / Pudin de pan
  • Rice pudding / Arroz con leche
  • Banana or Ananas flambée
  • Fruit salad
  • Chocolate cake
  • Brownies
  • Apple pie

If you like to cook yourself, Bina is happy to assist with the preparation and/or the cleaning. Enjoy this help! I had to get used to it when I first moved to the Dominican Republic, but now I appreciate it very much.

Some guests even liked to cook with Bina

Charges for cooking services (per dinner party, not per person)
Dinner parties up to 6 persons: USD 35
Dinner parties for 7-10 persons: USD 50
*Groceries are not included, but Bina may buy them for you if you wish. Christmas and New Years Eve services are charged double.

BABYSITTING

BabysittingBina can assist with babysitting or dinner. For these services an extra charge does apply. This extra charge should be paid to Bina directly.

Charges for babysitting till 12am: USD 35 (Spanish speaking only) 

Airport transfer by private van

Contact us to arrange your pick-up. For up to 5 passengers, the prices are:

  • Santo Domingo Airport – Las Terrenas, USD 180
  • City Santo Domingo – Las Terrenas, USD 200
  • Puerto Plata – Las Terrenas, USD 195
  • Punta Cana – Las Terrenas, USD 370
  • El Catey Airport (Samaná) – Las Terrenas, USD 75

For more than 5 passengers, please request a quote.
* prices are subject to change

CAR, MOTORBIKE and QUAD RENTAL

Car RentalIf you need a car for a few days or the whole stay, please let us know. The car will be delivered to the house. A security deposit must be paid by credit card upon reception of the vehicle and will be returned at the end of the rental period if everything is ok. We recommend pre-booking your car, especially during high season from November to March.

Approximate pricing:

  • Small car – USD 50/day, 315/week
  • Jeep for 5 pers. – USD 70/day, USD 455/week
  • Jeep for 7 pers. – USD 80/day, USD 525/week
  • Mini-Van – USD 100/day, USD 630/week
  • 4-wheel quad – USD 50/day, USD 315/week
  • Motorbike – USD 25/day, USD 140/week

If you prefer an international rental company – with international standards and prices, Avis has newly opened an office in Las Terrenas. You can book through your usual channels.

ORGANIZED EXCURSIONS

Zipline Activities ExcursionsThere are many different option to explorer the Samana peninsula.

  • Whale watching in the bay of Samana from end of January to mid March. The arrival date of the whales can varies, but in February they tend to be here and are easy to watch.
  • National Park Los Haitises
  • Jeep Safari
  • Limon Waterfall
  • Quad (Bike) Safari
  • Samaná and Cayo Levantado
  • Zip-Line Samana

MASSAGE

MassageMarie is French and works at the hotel Costa Las Ballenas (right next door), she is certified for Balinese and Hawaian Lomi-Lomi massage. She charges 45 USD for 1h15minutes at the hotel or 55 USD if she comes to the house. Phone & WhatsApp +1 (829) 714 7344

Rosemary is Dominican and will come to Estrella del Mar for massages. She charges 45 USD per hour. Phone +1 (809) 868-3336.

YOGA & FITNESS CLASSES

Yoga, PilatesPatrick is American and a certified fitness and yoga teacher. He teaches regular classes at his place just a few houses away from the Estrella del Mar. He also does private classes at your place for 40 USD. Check with him to know what’s on schedule. Phone & WhatsApp : +1 (443) 653-5255.

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