Bina, our housekeeper, works from Monday to Saturday cleans the house, prepares breakfast and washes the linen and towels twice a week. For lunch and dinner service, extra charges apply. Grocery expenses are covered by the guests. 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.
Mimio 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 skilfully opening coconuts just harvested from the trees for you. 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 communication with non-Spanish-speaking guests still worked. Some phone apps do a good job to help, we were told (e.g. Google Translate).
There 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.
Chicken creole style with rice and beans
Chicken on creamy white wine sauce
Oven baked pork chops
Thai curry with fish, shrimps or chicken
Oven baked or grilled chicken
Fish with coconut sauce
Eggplant with coconut
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
Paella (seafood, meat or mixed)
Some very typical Dominican dishes
Sancocho,mixed meat stew
Asopao, rice stew with meat or shrimps
Locrio with meat or seafood, it’s a bit like fried rice.
Milk pudding / Flan de leche
Bread pudding / Pudin de pan
Rice pudding / Arroz con leche
Banana or Ananas flambée
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.
We can assist with babysitting as well. It’s 50 USD per day (8 hours) and 50 USD per evening from 7pm to midnight (Spanish speaking only).
Airport transfer by private van
If you need a transfer from or to the airport, please let us know. Airport transfers should be paid cash in USD or DOP directly to the driver. Please note that the smaller vehicle accommodates a maximum of 5 passengers with one suitcase each. For larger parties or more bags, the bigger vehicle is required.
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 6 passengers:
Santo Domingo Airport – Las Terrenas, USD 250
City Santo Domingo – Las Terrenas, USD 270
Puerto Plata – Las Terrenas, USD 250
Punta Cana – Las Terrenas, USD 420
El Catey Airport (Samaná) – Las Terrenas, USD 95
* prices are subject to change
CAR, MOTORBIKE and QUAD RENTAL
If you need a rental car, there are two options. You can book online at Avis or Europcar. They both have an office in town. Or we can assist with a local agency (see prices below). These cars will be delivered to the house. A 50% payment directly to the agency is required at the moment of the reservation. A security deposit will be reserved on your credit card upon reception of the vehicle and will be cancelled at the end of the rental period if everything is fine with the car. We recommend pre-booking your car, especially during high season from November to April.
Jeep for 5 passengers: USD 65 to 80 / day
Jeep for 7-8 passengers: USD 85 to 120 / day
4-wheel motorbike / Quad USD 50 to 60 / day
A Weekly discount may apply upon request. Prices and terms might change without notice. The house owner is not liable for rented vehicles.
There 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.