Villa, 6 Bedrooms + Crib and Futon, 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 18)
Cindy & John Charters
- english, limited Spanish
About Cindy & John Charters
My husband and I are beach bums... we grew up vacationing at seaside beaches. I spent summers at the (New) Jersey shore and my husband at Cape Cod MA. Although we constantly debate over which is the better place in the States (NJ shore or Cape Cod), one thing we both agree on is that Playa Cofresi, Dominican Republic is always the most relaxing and most unique place to vacation. Whether we are looking for quiet time floating in the pool or dozing in the hammock; or getting involved in a competitive lawn games, looking to snorkel at local beaches, or want to venture off on exciting adventures in the countryside there are always plenty of options. Of course having an attentive maid serving non-stop drinks and food is a big plus! Our 3 adult children ( plus grandchildren) have grown up at Cofresi and think of it as their 2nd home. They certainly benefited from the fun aspects-- the enjoyment of staff catering to their every need...but they also had the opportunity to live a different culture. They have learned to understand that there are many different ways to enjoy life despite economic status, and this education has been priceless. In 2006, Donald Smith (Cindy's father) passed away and the property & rental management transferred to Cindy. In memory of Don's passion for his beloved Cofresi home, for his devotion to his Dominican family, and for his love of this colorful country we will continue to cultivate his dream. We hope you will stay at our beautiful family home so that you can share our enthusiasm for this wonderful vacation destination.
Cindy & John Charters purchased this Villa in 1982
Why Cindy & John Charters chose Cofresi
Villa Vista del Mar at Playa Cofresi has been our family's second home since 1982. We first traveled to this secluded unspoiled area back in the days when there were few tourists, supermarkets did not exist in town, horse-drawn carts were a common sight, and cows wandered about on our dirt roads. This all began when Lenore and Donald Smith, Cindy's parents, went on a business trip to the Dominican Republic in 1981 and visited the North Coast where they were told they would find some of the Caribbean's prettiest beaches. They became enchanted with Playa Cofresi and on the 'spur of the moment' decided to buy property. The original house was built in 1982 when there were just a handful of homes in this pastoral ocean-side community. When they retired in 1995, they spent more time in Cofesi made major additions and improvements to the villa to provide more spacious accommodations for their extended family. The property continues to grow and change with the needs of our family and guests.
What makes this Villa unique
If you are looking for a relaxing, comfortable and affordable vacation... maybe something slightly off the beaten path you have come to right place. Villa Vista del Mar was built for comfort, fun and safety; and with expansive yards on all sides you will not feel the intrusion of neighboring homes. We have been in the hospitality business for over 30 years and have tried to think of everything to make your vacation run as smoothly and as carefree as possible. Our experienced extensive full time staff will pamper you to no end, but will also retreat to their quarters to allow you to have privacy. The maids will attend to all cooking, serving, cleaning and laundry starting in the morning with made-to-order breakfast and freshly squeezed orange juice. Throughout the day they will 'twist your arm' asking you if you'd like another pina colada while you are floating in the pool. Your most difficult decisions will be to decide what to eat and when to eat... The pampering does not end until they leave for the day... Or until your vacation ends Our full time houseman is available for airport transfer service, to run errands, to go food shopping and more. We have a manager available 24/ 7 for those “just in case” scenarios, and a local tour operator who will come to the house to help you with the multitude of activities, tours and adventures. You will be well taken care of by the many people who have become our 2nd family. There is a detailed Villa Orientation Book, Suggested Meal Planning Guide, Local Restaurant recommendations, Descriptions of Tours & Activities and more. When you arrive at the villa all you have to do is unpack and relax. Slow down. Go with the flow. Listen to the waves and songbirds. Admire the panoramic ocean and mountain views. Life is different, more relaxed. You will become quickly acclimated to the phrase 'no problema'. Hopefully you will enjoy every moment at your own private Caribbean home away from home.
Check-in: 1:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
with prior approval
Outside smoking only
Non refundable pet fee of $200
Security Gate for pool area
Minimum age of primary renter:22
Cancellation Policy: 50% to secure a reservation with balance due 30 Days prior to vacation start. Deposits are refunded IF the villa is re-rented
Maids tip of $5 per person per day is collected in advance
No Local 'Entertainers' are allowed in the villa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
New York & Virginia
We were a group of 6 couples, 4 from Virginia and 2 from New York. The owner Cindy could not have been any more helpful from the start . The house was as beautiful as the pictures and we were thrilled with the staff. The staff are a family and the care they take with all your needs is top notch!!! The food was endless and delicious! Our excursions were great and well organized. Gus will come to your house and you can decide what you would like to do ! We all got messages which were also fabulous! The house is perfect. The only reason we rated the house a 4 was due to the surrounding area , but due to the security provided and common sense we felt secure at all times. We made friends with some of the locals too! I have to say that if we are to return to the DR, we wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again. Julio and his family made our trip unforgettable!! They go the extra mile to make sure all your needs are met! We rate this house a 5 and thank you Cindy and John for sharing your beautiful home with us !!
Everything was great from the booking process, speaking with the owner, the housekeeper and property manager. They even went beyond on the level of service having my daughter's pillow shipped back to us that was left behind.
I really love it ... Everything was as it looked in the picture, clean, organized and the workers were very nice.
Wonderful Family Vacation
I must admit our family was a little nervous about going due to the recent issues in other parts of the DR, however we are glad we didn’t cancel! We had a great time, the house is just as described and the entire family always felt safe and secure. Everything was as advertised and the family really felt at ease and at home. We were greeted with a nice drink and the food was great. I would recommend rhis property over and over to all my friends. The staff is top notch! Julio the handiman is a pleasure especially!
Better than expected
Everything that prior visitors have said is true. However our week exceed everything we had read. We had a problem with the airlines and part of our group arrived at another airport. Julio had a van waiting for them when they arrived. From that event until the time we left everything was perfection! Wonderful time for our family reunion.
The accommodations were absolutely amazing. Every bedroom had a great view and bath!
The staff made us feel like we were royalty, catering to our every need! The place was spotless and the decor was amazing and so very comfortable. Macie and Ingred made and served the most delicious meals and drinks. I am sure we all gained some vacation weight, well worth it.. Julio was a tremendous help in driving us to the local restaurants, attractions and shopping.. His service to and from the airport was just perfect, we were even able to squeeze in one more trip to the cable car before our return flight. The house was truly a resort, the pool was warm and crystal clear, great lounge chairs for suntanning or napping and also several hammocks! We made arrangements for some side trips, diving, waterfall excursion and even 4 wheeling on the beach and rivers.. We were amazed at how much we did in one week. One member of our party got ill and was able to get excellent medical care in a short time and was able to join back in the vacation fun. We have been to this villa in the past and upon returning it was even better than we remembered, so many new updates and improvements. All the bedrooms had king size beds and the ceiling fans kept you so cool, and if you really like it cold there are even airconditioners! The hosts were very helpful in suggesting excursions , shopping and restaurants. The best part was the service, they just seemed to know when to pour you another cup of coffee or refresh your pina colada. We all really missed the stall when we got home, they definately spoiled us. We only had 6 in our group but the house could accommodate many more, we are planning for a larger group on our next visit. We would like to thank our hosts Cindy and John Charters and the magnificent staff Julio, Merci and Ingred. Thanks again for a fabulous vacation.
Our charming seaside community is home to Ocean World, the Caribbean's largest and newest interactive marine aquatic park where you swim with dolphins, snorkel in a huge salt water aquarium, watch sea lions perform or enjoy a wide variety of other activities, A Casino, oceanside restaurant, disco, entertainment clubhouse with Las Vegas style shows and marina with dive shop is also open
If you desire a more active vacation, talk to the local tour operator about abundant adventures. Choose from a horseback ride into the mountains, a jeep safari to amazing waterfalls, a catamaran snorkeling trip along the ocean, try white water rafting, ride a cable car up the mountain, take the kids to a go cart park, play tennis and much more, There is a Robert Trent Jones golf course and additional casinos about 6 miles away.
Detailed Orientation Books at the Villa provide additional information on Meal Planning, Restaurant Guides, Activities & Tours