Our family has had the privilege of living int he DR for almost 17 years. We've stayed in some really nice places,and then other times have been tremendously disappointed because they weren't anything like the photos. You know how that goes! I was actually looking for different information and just happed to see Johanne & Fred's condo come up. We were looking for a special place to go with our son, who was coming home from college in the US. We wanted something different from a resort. On the way up to Puerto Plata, my family asked me, "What are your expectations, mom?" I said, "I would just like it to be as nice as the photos." We walked in and said, "WOW!!! It's gorgeous!" Johanne has entrusted her guests with beautiful furniture, decorations, linens, huge TV and accessories, and a condo that will sweep you away from your stressful life, if only for a few days. We had an awesome, restful time. The condo complex is unusual, in that there is no/little noise at all. Just down the road at the hotels the music is blaring and there is a lot of commotion. Except for one night's celebration of the holidays next door, there was a silence unlike you ever hear in the DR. (Dominicans love a good party and love to laugh, which is great, but it can get noisy, too. The office manager, Luis, treats you like family, and he and the repairman on site are available any time you need them...with a smile! Yurbi, the lady who is available to clean and cook, has a wonderful personality and makes a person feel super special. She serves meals with a flare and the food is delicious. (We joked we were going to take her back home with us!) She is available if you need her, but will not come if you do not wish her services. The beach is just steps from the condo, and while it is not one of the country's better beaches, it is kept very clean and is very safe. It is nice for walking, sunbathing, kids, and snorkeling.
Don't leave Cofresi without eating at Los Charros. It is nicely decorated, comfortable, clean, and the owner's wife is Mexican. The food is awesome and authentic. We have also eaten at Chris & Maddy's on several visits, and they have good traditional food.
Thanks, Johanne, for allowing us to have a fantastic holiday with our son.
J & C
Helpful votes: 4/4
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