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CASA PHIL - Ocean View Modern, Contemporary Luxury - Walk to the beach

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Space 700 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Ocean View, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms

Caribbean luxury awaits you at Casa Phil, where modern European design is customized into an idyllic oasis. Whether you are lounging by the infinity pool or taking in the breathtaking views of the ocean, relaxation abounds.

Perched atop the exclusive Loma Bonita, the only hill in front of the ocean in Las Terrenas, the family-friendly villa comfortably sleeps ten. Amenities like Wi-Fi, filtered water, HD satellite TV and surround sound ensure that you will be kicking back in the highest comfort. All of the bedrooms boast air conditioning, private bathrooms with bathroom amenities and well-appointed furnishings that mix antique with modern for an eclectic, stylized feel.

In addition to a 24-hour guard, daily cleaning services, and laundry twice a week, all breakfasts and lunches are prepared for you during your stay and are included, making your vacation a REAL vacation!

The contemporary kitchen is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including a 'Ilve' 4 burner with grill; dishwasher; and a filtered water and ice dispensing refrigerator. Aesthetic touches like an apron sink or marbola countertops add to the sleek, urban theme. The versatile kitchen is fully-functional, at ease hosting large parties or preparing intimate, gourmet meals.

In one of the many outdoor spaces, hand-wrought metal work and stone tiles surround the Balinese-style infinity pool and heated jacuzzi. Coupled with jaw-dropping views of the Atlantic, this terrace is perfect for daytime lounging. A full bar and outdoor grill help transition the space for night time entertainment.

Casa Phil is a three-minute walk from the beach, located in the quiet, exclusive neighborhood of Loma Bonita. A five-minute drive to the city center, there are a few bars and restaurants within walking distance if you would prefer to stay close to home.

A mobile phone with a local SIM card is available up on request, and all outlets are fitted for both American 110v and European 220v electronics.

More Details

Owner
Philippe
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

About Philippe

I'm born and grew up in Italy. I lived in many countries, from Varese in Italy to New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and finally now in Las Terrenas. I'm an environmental engineer graduated from NYU Polytechnic University in NYC and the University of Pavia in Italy. My passions: my son, dune buggies (that I build, sell and rent: contact me if you wish to have one during your stay) and surfing.

Philippe purchased this villa in 2011

Why Philippe chose Dominican Republic North Coast

If you've never been to Las Terrenas before it might be difficult to explain this but this town is a unique place on earth, where sometimes time seems to stop and all the issues that make your daily life dissipate and to start living in harmony with nature and the elements surrounding you. I discovered Las Terrenas thanks to my mom in 2003 and then during a vacation here I had the opportunity to purchase a plot of land and this is how the story began...

What makes this villa unique

Casa Phil is a dream house. It was built with care, love and sacrifice. We built it for our family and hence looked and though of all details during the planning and building process.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Casa Phil sits high on a point between playa Ballenas and playas Perdida /Bonita. To us this is the best location in the area, because it is close and easy to walk along the beach or road to the main town of Las Terrenas and its many restaurants (and easy to get a taxi back). But it is also very private and quiet if you want to feel you have gotten away from it all. The more pristine beach of Playa Bonita is a 15 minute walk through a jungle trail (Victor showed us the way). The house is modern, sleek and luxurious and the pictures on tripadvisor do not do justice to the view. There are large porches and open areas on 3 levels and gorgeous views from all. We kept the house open all day, but it always stayed cool from the ocean breeze. And we never had a problem with mosquitos! It is easy to book the excursions from here with Flora Tours (nice trip to the national park!) because they will pick you up from the house. One of the very best things about the house is the staff! Victor did all of the grocery shopping and even bought fresh fish on the beach and cleaned the fish for our dinner. Andrea is amazing! She made us fabulous breakfasts every day (omelletes, pancakes, bacon) that we ate in the al fresco dining room with the best view in town. Sometimes we ate lunch in and dinner out, and sometimes we chose to eat lunch out and dinner in (for a small fee), which was wonderful after a long day at the beach. And at the perfect time in the afternoon she would ask, "piña coladas?" She would make up a batch in the blender with fresh pineapples. Overall everything was perfect and Philippe always available to help with anything. We wouldn't stay any where else!
Mar 2016
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on the Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 700 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • smoking allowed
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master Bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    2nd Master Bedroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Living Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Swimming Pool - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom Suite (Ocean View) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Storage area, master shower suite w. 2 basins & separate WC
    2nd Master Bedroom Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Is located on the main floor with large built in wardrobes
    Guests Bedroom Suite (Ocean View) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can also be setup with 2 single beds instead.
    Children Bedroom Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , 1 Cot , King bed can be setup to make 2 singles. Baby crib available
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • forests
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Breakfast and lunch are cooked by the housekeeper. Catering and chef are available upon request

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(38 traveller reviews)

CASA PHIL - Ocean View Modern, Contemporary Luxury - Walk to the beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 41 reviews
5

Much better experience than an all-inclusive!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in Las Terrenas, particularly while staying at Casa Phil. Our family of 7 rented this property for a week. We've done a lot of traveling, but we've never had an experience like this. The description is completely accurate. We snorkelled and paddle boarded right down the road from the Villa. The accommodations are very new and luxurious. The beds are very comfortable. It was incredible to watch the sunset from the pool deck. We have two teenaged sons and it was the perfect compromise for our family. We were able to relax in seclusion, but also go on fun day trips into town, nearby beaches, and deep sea fishing.

The first week we were in Las Terrenas we stayed at an all-inclusive resort, and while everything was convenient (but expensive nonethelss), it didn't compare to an experience like this. My family and I love adventure and being close to nature, so we're willing to sacrifice a few conveniences.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Home with amazing view!!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Phil is a beautiful property with an amazing view. The home comes equip with all the amenities of being at home. The service and cleanliness at Casa Phil was beyond expectation. The view from the pool deck to the ocean is amazing and the sound of the waves is so relaxing. Las Terrenas is very close by if you want to go to town for dinner, drinks or shopping. Also a short drive away are many fun things to do such as Los Haitesis, zip lining, and El Limon waterfall. We had a wonderful time at this magnificent home and will be returning!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: James, thanks so much for taking time to leave such a nice feedback. I am so glad your vacation was success.
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5

Spectacular villa overlooking the ocean!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled extensively around the world, staying at both resorts as well as homes/villas. I would have to say this is probably the most unique, beautiful villa we've stayed at. The villa has a wonderful setting, overlooking the ocean, and we especially enjoyed hanging out at the pool and watching some beautiful sunsets. Andrea the lady who helps around the house was very helpful in giving us suggestions for local restaurants, as well as things to do. One evening we arranged for a chef to come in and cook dinner, and it was a very memorable evening. The location was very convenient, just outside the town of Las Terrenas, yet very private and removed from the noises of the town. The villa was beautifully furnished, extremely comfortable, and what we loved was the indoor/outdoor flow to the villa. We were mostly outdoors, under the large covered areas, enjoying the beautiful weather. We hope to return some point to enjoy this beautiful property once again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review! We always put a lot of effort in keeping the property in mint conditions and making sure that our guests have a great time. It was very nice to have you as guest and hope to see you soon. Warm regards Philippe
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5

Hidden Oasis - Casa Phil

  • 5 of 5

This review is long overdue and I must apologize for being so tardy. But if that says anything, it's that we still talk about our vacation to Las Terrenas/Casa Phil and the incredible memories that were made there. The fact that I still feel compelled to write this review 6 months later means that the entire trip is still imprinted in my heart and head long after we left.

As for the house - spotless and gorgeous! It was perfect for our family of 6 plus my Mom. Plenty of space and so many options as to where to relax and enjoy your downtime. MY favorite spot to relax was up on the top floor in the swings – lazy ocean breeze, never ending views and peacefulness. We spent much time by the pool playing pool. When we weren't there, we were gathered around the huge dining table, feeling the ocean breeze and being fed by the amazing Andrea. Breakfast, lunch and dinner – we never left the casa hungry.

We rented 4 wheelers for a couple days so that we could zip into town quickly, or explore the small village. These were great to have and Philippe helped us with the rental. We also talked Philippe into renting buggies and he was able to carve out some time to take us to 3 different and very secluded beaches. Each beach was unique and charming in its own way. It was a very special day - Philippe was an incredible host and made sure we were always taken care of.

Safety at the house was never a concern, it feels like a fortress. It is very open but never did we feel exposed or vulnerable. We did explore downtown one of the evenings and my kids were a little bit anxious and ready to get back to Casa Phil, but during the day we walked the streets and shopped with no worries. Downtown is bit more chaotic and not as tranquil as the end of the road where the house is located. The stretch between downtown and the house is lovely and we walked the span of beach daily. The beach is a short walk down a bumpy road, but your feet are in the sand within 5 minutes. It is very clean and wasn’t crowded at all.

Our trip took place at the end of June - according to the weather app (don’t trust it) it looked like it was suppose to storm every day - we had one day of rain and the rest of the time it was a perfect 85 degrees and sunny. But the house is located on a gorgeous hill where the breeze is constant and comfortable.

We would love to go back, and if we do there is no other place I would rather be than with Philippe, Andrea and Casa Phil! Thank you for the memories!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Andrea for such a raving and heartfelt review. I cannot thank you enough for staying at Casa Phil. I really enjoyed meeting your family and Nana and sincerely hope you can make it back to visit us soon. Warm regards Philippe
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5

Wish I'd stayed in THAT house

  • 5 of 5

We had a big crew—four families, 14 people in tow for our stay in Las Terranas. We'd rented two houses. The one up on the top of the hill and Casa Phil. While the house I stayed in with my family was great, Casa Phil was better. More modern, more family friendly and able to be closed off if it rained (it didn't, but how nice to have the option). So the house was cool, and when I discovered the unanticipated need to get signatures to New York so my son wouldn't lose his new apartment, the house's owner—that would be Phil—saved the day, arranging for his attorney to notarize my signature and send the package via scooter, bus and personal courier to the DHL office on the other side of the island, where it arrived safely and made its way to New York, just in time.

So, Casa Phil is a great house, Phil is a great guy and I can assure you, you'll have the time of your life in this beautiful part of the Dominican Republic. We'll definitely be back—and next time, I'll be staying in THAT house.

Eric

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect weekend with friends

  • 5 of 5

I could not have asked for a better Bachelorette weekend at Casa Phil! From the moment of booking to the minute we got to the house, Philippe was responsive and answered all of our questions/concerns. From the second we arrived at the house Philippe and his staff were there to help us, from grocery shopping to making dinner reservations and organizing cab rides for us. We did not have to worry about a thing the entire time we were there. Andrea prepared our breakfast, lunch and dinner and it was better than any restaurant food we could have had in the area! Fruit platters, banana pancakes, fresh juice. YUM! I am still dreaming about the fried chicken and rice and beans! She was a joy to be around and always had a smile on her face.

The house itself is beautiful and we had no desire to leave it! Each room and every corner is decorated perfectly with amazing attention to detail. I think the house itself is better than the photos. Watching the sunset while in the pool overlooking the ocean is something I will never forget.

We wandered to the beach which is a 5 minute walk and to a local restaurant one night for appetizers and drinks. We really did not feel the need to leave the house and I am looking forward to my next stay at Casa Phil! Already recommended Las Terrenas/Casa Phil to my family and friends!

Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely words :) It was an absolute pleasure having you for the bachelorette stay with us and you know you are more than welcome back any time at all. (We also do honeymoons and baby showers btw ;-)) Thanks a million. Philippe
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on the Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High Season 2017
13 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,993
for 4 nights
£3,338
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter Holiday
8 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
6 night minimum stay
£4,252
for 6 nights
£4,928
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season Spring 2017
17 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,993
for 4 nights
£3,338
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season Spring 2017
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,539
for 4 nights
£2,543
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,993
for 4 nights
£3,338
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Fall 2017
4 Sep 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,811
for 4 nights
£3,020
 
 
Thanksgiving 2017
19 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
6 night minimum stay
£2,617
for 6 nights
£3,020
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Fall 2017
27 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,811
for 4 nights
£3,020
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£4,968
for 7 nights
£4,968
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£2,090
for 4 nights
From
£473
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Deductible deposit £199

Rates incl. daily maid service, gardener, 24/7 night guardians, pool attendant, on-site manager. House, swimming pool and beach towels are included.

Towel changes mid and end week, sheets end week. Extra towel/sheet changes, professional chef, baby-sitting, personal laundry can be arranged at a modest fee.

Gourmet quality breakfast & lunch are prepared by our amazing housekeeper and is included. You only pay for the grocery and beverages. Dinner service is available upon request for an additional cost of 20$ per night.

ELECTRICITY and GAS CONSUMPTION
Electricity and gas consumption are charged separate and a deposit of 250$ is required prior to check-in to be used to deduct the electric and gas consumption and the left over returned.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
3 payment options are offered:
Credit card thru Homeaway: 3.5% fee
Transfer to US bank account :100$ fee
Transfer to DR bank account : no fee

DAMAGE DEPOSIT
59$ Damage insurance offered by www.vacationprotection.com is to be purchased by guest prior to check-in

RESERVATION
As of February 2016 Homeaway/VRBO is charging a service fee to renters. If you wish to avoid that fee and for correct rating of the period you are interested in please contact us directly at: www.casaphil.com.

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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Samana (AZS)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Playa Las Ballenas

About las terrenas

Anywhere you look, one beach is more beautiful than the next one. Playa cosón heads up the list with its turquoise, pristine waters and its three miles of white sand shore. You can actually walk along the sea from the end of playa cosón to playa la bonita (which literally means the beautiful beach,) then playa escondida; cross the hill and you are in playa las ballenas (just nearby Casa Phil), playa punta popi and playa portillo. Over ten miles of a continuous incredible paradise ready for you to discover.

Watch the whale!

Whale watching in the bay of samaná will be one of the highlights of your visit. Between the months of january to march, humpback whales come from distant oceans to the waters of samaná to perform their courting songs and impress us with fascinating shows of flippering and jumping. These whales have chosen our area to mate and come back every year with their newborns and male companions to start anew their cycle of life.

Excursions and day trips

Whether on a horse, on an atv, by car or on a boat, there are wonderful excursions and day trips you can enjoy in the area. From el salto de el limón - el limón falls, fishing trips, snorkeling and scuba diving, or just a walking tour of las terrenas, your days can be filled with activity and emotions. Zip-lining and eco tours through this wonderful tropical forests are an incomparable adventure and a total must. My dear friend Francis is the captain of the 45ft catamaran named 'Califa' and you may contact him for a day trip in the Samana bay to the beautiful 'Cayo Levantado' island (my favorite hang out for snorkeling) or to the 'Haites' national park.

Fine dining and wining in las terrrenas

If you just want to sit back and and enjoy fine drinking and dining, las terrenas and samaná offer you a wide range of international restaurants. From mexican fajitas to an ukranian borscht to a french ratatouille, the cosmopolitan flavor of this town is reflected not only in its population but also in its cuisine. A café au lait and a croissant for breakfast, a cuban sandwich and a mojito for lunch and a paella for dinner is not an unthinkable menu in your culinary journey of las terrenas and samaná. Our favorite hangouts in town (and defenitely 'must do' during your stay) are the 'spoon beach restaurant bar' just 1 minute walk for casa phil owned by willy a cooking gem in town, 'le tre caravelle' owned by the friendly simone for a refined italian fish based dinner (don't leave without trying the risotto tre caravelle), 'la serviette' if you crave for modern french caribbean cuisine, 'la salsa' in the 'fisherman's village with the best price/quality 200 pesos mid day menu.

Sports events and sport tours

Nothing prevents you from continuing practicing your favorite sports and keeping in shape while vacationing in las terrenas or samaná. You can even participate in a 10k road race, a cross country run, a mountain bike competition, sailing, going to a gym, swimming, kite surfing and surfing in our beaches. There are annual events such as las terrenas 10k and the cross country @ playa morón which are internationally accredited athletic events which promote our area as a main sport tourism destination in the dominican republic. If you are into surfing or have always wanted to try it, here is you chance, visit 'nalu surfshop' owned by my friend and surf instructor william.

Nightlife in las terrenas

Certainly, one of the most popular social activities for entertainment in las terrenas, dancing and 'clubbing' is a favorite for both national and international tourists visiting the area. Our 'fisherman's village' is a popular spot concentrating most of the discos and bars in las terrenas, but it is not the only area where to have fun. Nightlife is vibrant in this town offering a new world for the visitors to discover. My favorite's hangouts in the 'fisherman's village' are the replay with Nicholas and Enzo for a mix of contemporary and latin music often animated by one of the local dance schools (to practice your bachata and salsa moves), gaia disco owned by sergio our neighbour on loma bonita.

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