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    A Cabarete Classic Villa Opens to investors and renters alike

    Cabarete is known for its wide selection of towering apartment buildings bordering its windy bay, where most of its travelers find lodging or retirement living. Private villas are scarce near the bay, and while there`s a few clusters of small villas in the kite beach area ( Bahia de Arena, Nanny`s Beach Houses, Olas De Oro ) those are mostly small scale units and almost always booked up because demand is higher than supply.

    Almost all of the large scale, high end luxury rentals of Cabarete are found in gated communities, like Perla Marina, Sea Horse Ranch, Hideaway Beach, Playa Laguna and Lomas Mironas ( in reality, the best ones are in the second and third option ). It`s rare to find a large, luxury rental villa close to the bay and the night life, because most of the prime land is reserved for buildings.  In late December 2012, a classic beach front house was introduced to the rental and real estate market, opening a new door to those seeking to rent or buy a villa close to the heart of Cabarete:

    http://www.goldenkeymanagement.com/spc1048.htm   as a rental

    http://www.goldenkeymanagement.com/spc1049.htm   for sale

    Once just a family beach house rarely used by its owners, it has now been opened to bidders who can afford its daily rental rate of US$550/night, providing 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms ( the 5th is closed ) and promising great family vacations, wedding venue celebrations by the beach and even corporate retreat and meetings. The sale price is a generous US$1.3 million, low by any standards for a property of more than 600 square meters of construction (over 6,480 sq ft ).

    The house is built on three floors, offering 2 bedrooms in the first level, 2 on the second and a large master suite with a long balcony in the upper level. A set of panoramic windows grace the living room with fine vistas of the ocean, and a modern European kitchen sets the tone to entertain guests and family. The outdoor gazebo attached to the exterior pool side towers on top of the pool terrace and includes a brick BBQ grill and patio furniture. This property has many fine features, and the beach front swimming pool almost next to the golden sand beach is just one of the best.

    The villa was "rediscovered" by Golden Treasures Luxury Rentals, and restored to bring back its grandeur and make it available for its customers. Contact us for more information on booking and visiting this fantastic beach villa in Cabarete.

     

     

    Useful resources on travel to the North Coast:

    Puerto Plata Travel Guide

    Dominican Republic Travel Guide

    Sosua Villa Rentals

    Cabarete Villa Rentals

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    Scratchpad Notes For Private Rental Guests Visiting The Dominican Republic

    Luxury is a global commodity these days, and nowhere does that apply more than in the exclusive world of villa rentals. Traveling to a foreign country involves more than just finding the right accommodation, since you`ll need to deal with currency exchange, transportation, entry visas ( if required ), food, drinks, tours, and other interesting aspects of local culture. Visiting The Dominican Republic is no exception, and in the eyes of rental agents like Golden Treasures, there`s a list taken from the scratchpad that will serve a good purpose to most travelers renting villas within the geographic area of the North coast that spans Sosua, Cabarete and Puerto Plata ( includes Cofresi and Cabrera ).

    IATA has a useful page on Dominican Republic Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details, showing the entry, import and export regulations, along with other useful information:

    Major Airports: When flying to Puerto Plata, the closest airport is Gregorio Luperon ( POP ) which is just 15 minutes away from Puerto Plata, 10 minutes away from Cabarete, and 7 minutes away from Sosua. followed by Santiago ( STI ) which is 1 hour away. There`s a page with full details and all the airport contact numbers at the Sosua villas travel guide. Contacting POP is just a phone call away: The web for the POP airport is http://puerto-plata-airport.com ; Telephone Numbers: 809-291-0000 ext. 221 and 809-586-0175 The airport`s VIP lounge is 809-586-0107 ext. 247 and 302.

    Pets: Cats and dogs: A Health Certificate is required issued within 15 days prior to arrival by a competent veterinarian in country of origin, stating that animals are in good health and coming from an area free from serious diseases during the last 3 months. They must be vaccinated against rabies and parvovirus within a period of more than one month and less than one year prior to arrival. No birds are allowed into the country as pets via the airport.

    Departure Tax of USD 20.- is normally included in the ticket. However, if not included, this must be paid on departure. The tax also increases depending on the length of stay.

    Airport Transfer: getting from the airport to town is fairly easy and cost-effective, since there are many drivers available at every major airport at all times. As of October 2012 the cost for a transfer from POP to Sosua costs $25-30.00 (1-6 ppl ). Add $10.00 for Cabarete or Puerto Plata, though some drivers offer deals like $5 or $10 discount depending on the traveler. Beware if someone asks for an unusually higher rate, and report to base at the airport ( located next to the passenger exit ).

    Normally the rental agency works with a certain number of taxi drivers that are experienced in bringing guests to private villas so they need to be given no directions as they are prepared with information given to them by the agency. Those drivers are designated to pick you up ahead of time, and are very trusted by the rental agency and hence chosen to do the transfer.

    Among the vans used for transporting tourists, there`s the Toyota HiAce, Hyundai Starex and Toyota Sienna.

    Golden Treasures Luxury Rentals selects the driver based on number of passengers and availability, also based on their customer service skills and bilingual prowess. Some offer coolers with free beer and water to passengers, even Wifi inside the van. In the course of transfer and even during the rental process, some groups hire the services of the drivers for the lenght of their stay as a private driver to go anywhere they want in the North Coast ( costs $100-150.00 per day to get such services ).

    The Sosua-Cabarete Taxi Association has 150 drivers, from which we often call the ones with the highest rating in terms of customer service, based on direct feedback from clients. Among the ones we use, here`s a quick list and photos, we are well known among most taxi drivers of the association and can only say these guys do a superb job, every day.

     Rafael Garcia    Tel. 809-986-2387  | Victor Sanchez Tel. 809-228-8689    |  Taxi Wilman  Tel. 809-912-5037

    Domingo Ortiz   Tel. 829-270-6768  | Jose Martinez   Tel. 829-901-8211    |  Taxi Rosario   Tel. 809-399-0427

    Jesus Garcia      Tel. 809-885-5521  | Taxi Peniche     Tel. 829-939-6355    |   Alfredo Taxi  Tel. 809-819-9095

    Taxi Castaño     Tel. 809-357-8708  | Papo Polanco    Tel. 829-820-0435    |   Lilo Reyes     Tel. 809-977-4995

     

    1- Rafael Garcia and his Dodge Grand Caravan      2- Victor Sanchez and his Toyota Sienna

     

    3- Domingo Ortiz and his Hyundai Starex             4- Jose Martinez and his blue Hyundai Starex

     

    5- Javier and his white Toyota Sienna              6- Don Papo Polanco and his black Starex

     

    Rafael Garcia is bilingual, his contact # is 809-986-2387 Taxi Service in Sosua and Cabarete, also other areas.

    Some of the villas that are often rented with driver and van can be seen in the photo below:

    Car Rental:   The other side of transportation in the island is having a car rental, which can prove convenient to some travelers. Local airports have a wide selection of car rental agencies, and POP includes international providers. Savings Car Rental is recommended, based in the Puerto Plata airport, and Ok Motors which is based between Sosua and Cabarete. Prices range from US$20.00 per day to even $80.00 based on model, type and luxury of the vehicle. Local and more informal agencies in town also provide good deals but beware of costs if the car is dented or crashed in any way.

    Chef Service: Travel and food go hand in hand and luxury villa rentals are always associated with private chefs and gourmet foods. Local restaurants provide excellent menus from International cuisine, and topping the charts in Sosua are the Morua Mai ( delicious Primavera pasta and Paellas ), Bologna ( wood oven pizzas and fabulous churrasco ) and The Waterfront ( best fish dishes in a beach front setting ). Casa 21 is a very chic restaurant set in a deluxe B&B run by a Belgian couple, a sort of Bon Vivant atmosphere where cuisine is taken to a higher level.

    Other cafés and bar restaurants recommended in Sosua are Britannia Pub, Oh La Vache, Cubanos Café, Bella Italia, Baileys, Sirloin `n Steak, Merengue Bar, Rumba`s, Piergiorgio`s, Hosteria 24 and Schnitzel`s Paradise. Having a private chef in Sosua or Cabarete means having full service from 8:00am to 8:00pm, and once you meet the chef she will have a schedule where a list of foods will be agreed to go grocery shopping, and a full menu is published online. The cost of a private chef ranges from $75-100.00 but can go lower for luxury villa renters based on lenght of rental period.

    The Morua Mai restaurant is a landmark in Sosua, also the recently remodeled La Roca.

    Grocery Shopping: El playero supermarket is the natural choice for most shoppers, as there`s a big one in the main highway and a smaller second one near the beach entrance. It features a big selection of local and international products, from France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Greece and the United States. Fine steaks, turkey, fish and other gourmet food and ingredients can be purchased there. Another choice is Sosua Supermarket, located in the main Sosua-Cabarete highway. For late night grocery shopping of more simple ingredients, the Los Tipicos supermarket is the option as it closes around midnight.

    Telecommunications: The Dominican Republic has a modern network of providers that include Claro/Codetel ( ex Verizon ), Orange, Tricom and Viva, all major players offering state of the art telecom services in the island. The cost for calling back home is fairly cheap, especially to the USA ( about US$20 cents per minute ). Buying a GSM simcard costs around $5 dollars, and if it includes a low cost phone about $12.00; Luxury Rental clients from Golden Treasures in Sosua and Cabarete can request complimentary mobile phones, that come preloaded with minutes and useful numbers to local resources ( taxi drivers, restaurants, tours, etc ). In the event of a maintenance issue in a rental, clients can directly call the concierge using the mobiles.

    Complimentary phones for villa rental guests save time and effort, keeping guests connected with providers.

    Currency Exchange: The first important piece of advice regarding money, is to never exchange at airports overseas or local, because the rates offered are very low. Foreign currencies such as the US Dollar and Euro are widely accepted, but it is better to use pesos when paying certain vendors ( restaurants, bars, cafes ). As of October 12, 20112, the exchange rates were as such:

    1 US Dollar = RD$42.35 pesos

    1 British Pound = RD$62.00 pesos

    1 Canadian Dollar = RD$39.15

    1 Euro = RD$58.00

    Taken from http://bsc.com.do  the official website for Banco Santa Cruz. Visit the bank website for up to date rates.

    The best places to exchange money in Sosua are Banco Santa Cruz, Vimenca, Playero Supermarket and Casa De Cambio Ortega. There`s guys on the street for afterhour exchange, most are known in the community but it`s always safer to ask before dealing with any of them ( some offer really bad rates ). Among the ones that stay open late and are very trusted are Domingo Ortiz at Pedro Clisante Street, and Winston ( across Domingo`s ). Dominican money is best carried in $100`s and $500`s bills, because the larger $2,000 bills are harder to circulate in some cases. Here`s a photo of local peso currency:

    Tours: The North Coast of the Dominican Republic offers some of the best tours in the island, that can be booked through tour operators and other providers. A full list can be found at http://www.sosua-villas.com/tours-in-sosua and among the best ones there`s horseback riding, golfing, fishing, surfing, dirt bikes, buggies, damajagua waterfalls, paradise island snorkeling, diving, trekking, El Choco national park, paddle surfing in the Cabarete lagoon, kite surfing, zip lining, Monkey jungle, Ocean World and whale watching in Samana. Mel Tours and Iguana Mama are preferred providers of tours in Sosua and Cabarete.

     

     

    Golfing: Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata is the natural choice, since it is located just 20 minutes away from Sosua and Cabarete. 18 holes of challenging, 72 par golf among ocean and mountain view landscaping. Rates start at $50.00 for 9 holes and $75.00 for 18 holes in winter, and $35 / $60 in summer time. Visit the Playa Dorada Golf Course online for full details.

    Language: Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, and many of its inhabitants also speak English, French or German. Learning some words can be fun, and shows a deeper respect to local people in any country. Dominican Spanish is not 100% pure, as it has evolved over decades -if not hundred of years- since the first Spanish settlement discovered the island on October 12, 1492 on the voyage led by Christopher Columbus. There`s an online list of Dominican Slang with very curious words at http://dominicanspanish.com/dominican-expressions.htm

    Security: Tourists are generally safe in most Dominican destinations ( East or North ) but normal precautions should always be followed as in any other country. Local Tourist Police ( Politur ) are always close by in Sosua and Cabarete, and most crime is associated with pickpocket chicas in certain bars and clubs ( seeking out single men ). A safety deposit box is usually provided in all luxury villa rentals, recommended to keep money, jewelry and passports safe. 24hr security is provided in every villa rental as part of the rental cost, including maid service.

    Music: Merengue is the national rythm, although it`s been influenced and partially replaced by other newer rythms such as Salsa, Bachata, Regaetton and North American music. Since most guests bring their own music in their phones or ipods, we keep a stock of cables and adapters in every villa we rent. If the stereo does not include ipod/phone input jacks, we bring a replacement for the duration of the rental at no additional cost.

    Electrical Power: the power grid in the DR supplies 110v and 220V, and in any case we keep a supply of power adapters so guests can use European made appliances, including voltage converters.

    Villa Certification: In order for a villa or condo to make it to the listings at Golden Treasures Luxury Rentals, a visual audit and testing of facilities is carried out, such as swimming pool, air conditioners, kitchen appliances, audio/video equipment, and even electric gate motors. It is understandable that after years of use by renters, any equipment can break down at any time ( water pumps, light bulbs, swimming pool equipment ) so it is in the agency`s best interest to get things fixed as soon as possible in the event that it happens during a rental period. In order to qualify as a luxury rental, there`s a list of minimum standard requirements to be met by the property:


    1- Accesible Location  2- Security in the premises 3- Good condition 4- Daily maid service 5- Wireless Internet  6- Cable TV

    7- Power Back Up System  8- Swimming Pool or Jacuzzi 9- Fully equipped kitchen 10- Air Conditioning in bedrooms.


    Some of the rental listings are already bearing the new certification sign that shows the WiFi, mobile phone, security icon and certified status:

    REAL ESTATE: Golden Treasures also offers one of the largest catalogs of luxury villas, condos and vacation homes in the North Coast, within the five major towns of Sosua, Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Cofresi and Cabrera. With the added benefit of generating rental income, the units are managed by management agencies we closely work with, guaranteeing a trusted circle of cooperation for the benefit of all. Visit http://www.goldenkeymanagement.com for more information on listings for sale.

                          1-809-377-2038   1-829-477-2038

     

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    Long Term Rental Homes and Villas in Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Sosua and Cofresi

    Getting a long term rental is becoming a top priority for many local and foreigners who find their home in the North coast of the Dominican Republic. Since we work with a large number of properties and constantly get new listings for long term rentals, we will be posting the updates in this blog, twitter and Google Plus. Some of the homes have 4 bedrooms, and most 3 or 2. Sosua has the most homes for long term rental with fewers bedrooms, since it is more a vacation destination. 95% of rentals for long term require that renters pay power costs, and some will include pool cleaning and security watchmen. Since this post is of a dynamic nature, we will update it as much as we need to.


    LIST OF AVAILABLE RENTALS:

    This is a lovely home for long term rent in Cabarete. Set in one of the nicest beachfront gated communities of Cabarete, this beautiful 4,304 sq. ft. 4- bedroom, 3.5 bathroom 2 level house stands in a privileged spot surrounded by green gardens:

    The long term rental rate is US$2,500.00 per month but it can be negotiated, never be afraid to ask or make an offer. We`ve seen many owners who refused to lower rates but also others that will consider a good tenant that will take good care of the property. Status: Available from February 5th, 2012.

    This ocean view, mountain top villa can also be rented in Puerto Plata:

    It has 5 air conditioned bedrooms, four bathrooms ( three ensuite ),  a fully stocked gourmet kitchen with three wine fridges, a cigar humidor, ice cream machine and first class appliances. The villa has many more features that will appeal to the most demanding of travelers, such as the disco area with true disco lighting effects, a TIKI hut with a pool table, a 28-meter infinity pool overlooking the horizon, private bar, back up power generator and private security. Long term rental for such a villa ranges between US$4,500-5,000 per month +utilities depending on lenght of rental. Status: available starting January 15th, 2012.

     Another ocean view vista rental in Puerto Plata ( Cofresi ):

    Magnificent, very private retreat for rent long term It has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms,  swimming pool with cascading tanning pool, terrace, patio, balcony and studio room. Cofresi beach can be reached in less than 5 minutes, can even be walked to. This villa can be rented long term for about $4,000.00 per month, plus utilities. Status: available starting February 1st, 2012.

     Vintage Style Country Villa for rent  in Puerto Plata close to Playa Dorada:

    Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, master suite as a mezzanine with ensuite bathroom and a panoramic verandah in the second level. Swimming pool and BBQ grill in the right side complement the Orchid garden in the front, with ornamental country-like wooden fences and bamboo trees in the left perimeter wall. This house is set in a quiet area, excellent for nature lovers. Rents for US$1750.00 per month. Status: available starting January 10th, 2012.

    3 bedroom villa for rent in Sosua:

    This house is set on a gated community near the best schools of Sosua, close to a church and less than a 5 minute drive to the beach in Sosua. With 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, mahogany wood in the doors, kitchen , closets and cabinets. Sliding European windows, Spanish floor tiles, 32mt swimming pool, window frame moldings, 3,000 gls cistern, parking space, and high ceilings. This house rents for US$1300.00 per month and includes gardening and security. Status: Available starting January 8th, 2012 ( unfurnished ).

     Beautiful house in Puerto Plata, for long term rental only:

    This house for rent has 3 1/2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, living room, dining area, full kitchen with mahogany wood, terrace, patio, laundry area and swimming pool in the back of the house with a tree-shaded area for sitting and barbecuing. This house rents for about US$1500.00 plus power usage. Status: Available starting January 15th, 2012.

    Lovely home with swimming pool in Sosua:

    featuring 3 well appointed bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, swimming pool, covered terrace and laundry area. Furnished, This house has many extras such as power generator, electric backup inverter, alarm system, air conditioning, cable TV, satellite TV, and Internet. Rental is US$1600.00 x month plus power bill and cleaning. Status: Available starting January 10th, 2012.

    Elegant house for rent in Puerto Plata

    This home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms; The house has the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom including Jacuzzi and walk in closet in the second level, and two other bedrooms that share a J&J bathroom. Rental is US$1,350.00 per month plus utilities. Call 829-477-2038 for long term rentals as these in the North coast of Dominican Republic. Status: Available starting January 12th, 2012 partially furnished.

    3 bedroom home in Puerto Plata:

    This house is located in a gated community of Puerto Plata with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms ( 1 ensuite ), living room, dining room, ample kitchen in mahogany wood and black granite countertop. A very quiet neighborhoood with paved streets, gated entrance, security and good neighbors. Just a 3 minute drive to the main highway. This house rents for US$1200.00 plus electrical, non furnished. Status: Available starting December 28th, 2011.

    4 Bedroom Rental in gated community of Sosua:

    This long term rental offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Dominican Republic villa rental in Sosua, set on two floors with ocean view. Upstairs; two bedrooms (queen size bed) with A/C, 1 bathroom, dining-living room, full equipped kitchen, TV cable and Internet wireless. Nice terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Downstairs; two bedrooms (queen size bed) with A/C, 2 bathrooms with sitting area at the entrance. Rents for long term at US$2350.00 per month + power. Status: Available starting January 10th, 2012.

    The Ultimate Caribbean Beach villa: between Sosua and Cabarete:

    Set right on the beach, this rental can be a long term home, rates range from $5500-6000 plus utilities. It is fully furnished with 5 bedrooms, 7 1/2 bathrooms, entertainment center with wide screen TV, a fine gourmet kitchen, BBQ, DVD/VCR, Stereo player and wireless DSL. Gated community with guarded entrance, good neighbors.

    NOTICE: the listings shown here are actual short term and real estate for sale properties in the Dominican Republic, so when you click the links you`ll see daily rates and sale prices.Contact us for further details regarding long term rentals for any of these and other properties. Call Edward Rivas at 809-377-2038 / 829-477-2038.

     

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    An overview on location of villas in Sosua and Cabarete

    Having a great vacation in the Dominican Republic might involve renting a private villa or condo for the conveniences it offers. Most travelers contact us requesting beach villas in Sosua and while there`s a lot of villas advertised as beach villas for rent or sale, the reality is that most of the rental ones are not really on the beach, except for a few ultra luxury properties set on the ocean front or in neighboring residential communities. Over 95% of the most demanded villa rentals in Sosua are set on gated communities as seen in the map below showing the main beaches numbered 1 to 6; to keep private villas as such, we`ll classify the villa locations from A to J:

    Location A has the most villas below US$300.00 per day, a 20 min. walk or a 3 min. drive in a car, includes free daily shuttle 5 times per day to Sosua and Cabarete beach. Location B has some small villas too, mostly booked up.  The C has the SPC0575 /SPC0576 which is a top rental for groups, within walking distance to town and can offer a total of 7 bedrooms or rented as a 2, 5, 6 or 4 bedroom villa ( configured with 2 attached villas or 1 ). D has two oceanfront listings: spc0255  and spc0429 which could be available at a deal on low season.

    THESE TWO ARE GREAT OCEANFRONT VILLAS FOR RENT IN SOSUA, IN THE LUXURY LISTINGS.

    CLICK THE SOSUA MAP TO VIEW LARGER IMAGE

    Location E has some condos and villas for rent, best if a rental car is at hand.  F has some of the finest villa rentals in Sosua, starting around US$850.00 per night and much higher for beach front properties. The I has luxury beachfront condos for a low deal, starting around US$145.00 per night, code SPC0591 and frequently used for bachelor parties because it`s a private area within walking distance to town and there`s good availability most of the year.

    THESE ARE SOME OF THE VILLAS IN LOCATION A OF THE MAP ABOVE.

    All the villas we list are certified to be good as a vacation rental, and testimonials attest our dedication for quality. If we ever face an issue with a villa not being up to our standards, we place it in a special list pending re-certification once the issues are corrected. Airport transfers are available for all the rental guests, the current cost is US$30.00 for a van that fits around 10 people.

    Other locations such as H and G in the map below also offer excellent beach front villa rentals, one of them is spc0873 which has 3 bedrooms and located right on the beach. The distance from these two locations is about a 6 minute drive to Sosua`s main center, same for Cabarete beach. Quite easy just to rent a car, there`s drivers available and rates as low as US$34.00 per day. Location J in the map has a magnificent mountain view villa, code spc0661. which has 4 bedrooms and takes just 7 minutes from the center of town to the villa.

    THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF LUXURY OCEAN FRONT AND BEACH VILLAS IS FOUND IN LOCATIONS F, H AND J.  - CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER SIZE

    VILLA SPC0661 HAS AMAZING VISTAS OF THE MOUNTAINS, JUST MINUTES AWAY FROM ALL THE BEACHES.

    There are many good deals available, specially with the one bedroom option rental club that applies to some properties that will let you rent one or two bedrooms for a fraction of the price, letting you rent a luxury villa and just use what you need. Just make sure you ask the rental agent before if you plan to host a bachelor party, so the proper vacation villa is booked, since there`s some properties not fit for parties due to neighbor`s proximity.

    Call Golden Treasures Vacation Rentals for more information at 809-377-2038 / 829-477-2038 or email us.

    SOSUA BEACH, NUMBER 1 IN THE MAP

    WATERFRONT BEACH, NUMBER 2 ON THE MAP

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    Finding deals on villas for rent in Cabarete and Sosua, Dominican Republic

    Welcome to the One Bedroom Option Rentals Club. Renting villas have become a quickly growing trend that has many people traveling to the Caribbean chasing the sun and fun of spending a few days in a beach house instead of the all inclusive resorts. Among several hidden deals most travelers don`t know about is the one bedroom rental option that some villas allow, if you travel in low season. By renting one or two bedrooms only,  the rate of a 4 bedroom villa can drop to even 50 or 40% of the original price, so you could be staying in a $600-1000 per night luxury villa for a fraction of the original rate.

    Most of these super deals on villa rentals are only known to those lucky enough to get the information from the local rental agency ( international rental sites don`t know about such deals ) or be bold enough to try and inquire about it. Not all the villas will offer a one-bedroom deal, though the ones that do are usually good ones. A newly listed beach house for rent in Cabarete has this advantage,  and while the villa charges for 3 bedrooms it also is advertised with the option to rent one or two only at a discounted deal. The villa can be rented as a Sosua rental option, since it is just 5 minutes from Sosua and the beaches ( the gated community is located in the middle of both towns ).

    Another similar deal on a Cabarete luxury beach front penthouse for rent in Ocean One can also be obtained through Golden Treasures Vacation Rentals, just published recently with the one bedroom option for half its original price plus tax. The penthouse is one of the top three in the area, rated five stars and it offers the highest level of comfort as expected in a US$700.00 per night lodging. When rented with 1 bedroom only with 2 guests, it goes down to US$350.00 which is a bargain, but only to qualified renters ( no single men, sorry ). It is more a family oriented rental for discerning travelers and business people who will be good to the expensive furnishings that also include an open VoiP line to make free calls worldwide. A special promotion was including a package deal for the penthouse that includes a discount at world famous Nikki Beach, the posh club restaurant in Cabarete beach.

    Another vacation villa Rental in Cabarete that includes the one bedroom choice and will turn heads is the spc0659, a fantastic 5 bedroom luxury rental in the most prestigious gated beach community of the North coast. The house is decorated entirely as a beach house, with white washed walls and furniture, combining wooden flooring in some bedrooms and light tone decorative artifacts reminiscent of a sailing vessel. Its large garden and swimming pool are private and withing walking distance to a secluded beach in the private community that includes a high end club house with a fine restaurant and 2 more beaches. This villa is simply perfect for the ones seeking to be in a more refined setting where the neighbors are all multimillion dollar villas and access is strictly controlled by guards.

    Although not guaranteed, the option of the one bedroom option rental club can be requested from other villa owners, if the rental agent is savvy enough to know which owners are willing to do so. Many would be surprised at the myriad of choices available in the villa rental market, that most people ignore because the rental agents are not creative enough to connect the dots and take the extra step to match option and client.  Another excellent deal is the Sosua penthouse for rent  coded spc0621, with the most magnificent view of the waterfront beach, and just a few meters from the actual Sosua beach and all the good restaurants in the area. The unit has 3 bedrooms, and originally costs around US$600.00 per night. The owner offered a deal to the agency: rent only the 2 guest suites and make it only US$300.00 a night. The master suite is kept locked, but the renters keep the whole penthouse and the magnificent vistas and its ocean shore swimming pool.

    As the world economic recession lasts for longer than expected, it is only business wise to open more options to renters and keep the market healthy in low season. This opens the property to other markets such as the honeymooners, romantic couples, and other travelers that require much less than the 3 or 4 bedroom villas and condos offered by the vacation rental market in the Dominican Republic. One interesting note is that all the featured listings in the one bedroom option rental club seen here are aiming at the mostly quiet, romantic type of traveler, as opposed to loud parties and single men with bachelor parties ( for that type of rentals just call us and we`ll show you a list of available ones ). All Luxury properties featured here are all valued around a million dollars, so it is expected that the renters be considerate to its good condition. If you ever want to purchase a condo, beach house or villa in the Dominican Republic`s North coast just visit the real estate listings by Golden Treasures and contact us for a visit to the ones you like.

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