3 Advantages Of Luxury Villas Over A Hotel

It’s not a surprise that luxury villas have become the trend, tempting travelers with offers of exotic locations, private beach access, and personal chefs.

Luxury villas are now the places where tourists stay for the period of their vacations, whenever they travel to the world to have a royalty treatment and a lifetime experience.

5-star hotels were once the ‘luxury experience’ most people craved. However, experiences are now edging towards more relaxed vacations where wellness, independence, and privacy are prioritized.

Luxury Villas - Dominican Republic

Private Pool


Luxury Villas are derived from the word “luxury” meaning a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense. “Villa” is a large and luxurious country house in its own grounds.
According to Trip Advisor, Luxury Villa means a great comfort or elegance especially when
involving great expenses. More people prefer luxury villa than a hotel because the luxury villa is secured in terms of privacy and security.
Luxury villas are usually located at Green Islands like Bali in Indonesia, where people travel from around the world to explore to have a lifetime experience. In terms of Property Management luxury villas are eco-friendly and have a conducive environment for living.
Luxury villas located in the outskirts of the city and get more patronized by International
tourists. They usually found on an island to attract tourists coming to spend some couple of months on vacations, annual leave from work or during holidays.

According to Wikipedia, the term hotel is an establishment that provides a paid lodging on a short-term basis.
Hotel is made inside the city for people that come to attend workshops, seminars or any other thing happening in a short period of time, not for long stay.
Hotels are not that secured because of security issues CCTV camera captures all footage of everyone that walks into the premises on daily basis.
For the traveler eager to avoid crowded swimming pools, expensive food, and the general
busyness that a hotel atmosphere brings, here are 3 advantages that should convince you to choose a luxury villa rental for your next trip.

Advantages of Luxury Villas over Hotels

1. Luxury Villas have more Privacy.
One of the biggest advantages of staying in a luxury villa is privacy. And it’s offered at a level that even 5-star hotels can’t beat.
When you choose to stay in a villa you have a whole property to yourself, for guaranteed peace and serenity. The exclusivity plan of your own residence means that there are no obnoxious neighbors, and no other travelers to share your space with.
If you secure a villa with a gym, you can sweat without anyone looking; villas are so private that you can swim naked if that’s your thing!

2. More Reasons to stay in a villa over a hotel.
One of the biggest misconceptions about travel is the assumption that hotels offer the best rates. But if you are traveling with a group of people, or booking an extended stay, you’ll probably find that few hotels can compete with the value of money you get from renting a luxury villa.
Whether you are looking for two bedrooms or twelve, the room rates are often more affordable than a 5-star hotel. And with self-contained facilities, like a full kitchen, laundry, and other amenities like a swimming pool and gym, you’ll also save significantly on expensive charges for food, drink, and activities.
Depending on the size of your family or group, a villa could cost as little as $100 per person or couple per night. And that is for an exclusive property, often with a private pool, beach access, and separate pavilions.
From all this researched and analysis Luxury Villas are more secured in terms of privacy, fast internet, good food, eco-friendly environmental, royal experience, best tourist experience and much more while Hotels are usually for local travelers which usually lodge for a short period of time.

3. Luxury Etcetera
Most of the best luxury villas are actually holiday homes of the rich and the passionate. Here are some of the perks you can expect in the villas. Mostly, owners guide the design of the villas and themselves stay in the villa; hence, villas are usually more lavish, grand and at the same time exude a homely feel. Antique and reclaimed wood furniture, elegant interiors with collectible paintings, tropical gardens with day beds, balconies facing the beach and the setting sun, spacious bathrooms with baths overlooking nature are some of the common features.
The owners usually use the service of an expert in Property Management, staff, facilities and comfort features of the villa, hence when its available for rent you can expect the same high quality of service and sense of loyalty from the staff. Special Gardens, fully equipped kitchen with oven and barbecue, big bathrooms and cinema rooms are some features hard to match, even from some of the best five-star hotels.

Luxury Villas - Dominican Republic

Outdoor Terrace

Sea Horse Ranch, a lovely residential villa resort on the north shore of the Dominican Republic

Check out this neighborhood, Sea Horse Ranch!

Sea Horse Ranch near Cabarete, on the north shore of Dominican Republic, is a lovely residential villa resort to own a second home or rent a vacation villa for your next holiday. What a great place to spend your time!

Today I took a bike ride around the area and checked out the beautiful Equestrian Center and the beach club restaurant. These two facilities are most impressive!

Beach Club Restaurant

Sea Horse Ranch Beach Club Restaurant

Residential gated communities, DR

Beach Club Outdoor Terraces

Equestrian Center

Equestrian Center

The horses at the barn are very well cared for. Most are privately owned and there are also horses owned by the ranch which is used for their trail riding business. I would recommend this outfit over any other I have yet seen in the Dominican Republic.

There are many beautiful private homes in this gated community, like this one below in the photo, Villa Windward. Each of them has well maintained, tropically landscaped yards and the streets are lined with palms and meandering sidewalks which invite one to take a casual saunter down to the beach area.

Villa Windward in Sea Horse Ranch

Villa Windward in Sea Horse Ranch

Here I found the most picturesque ocean overlook, complete with lounge chairs on small and private peninsula overlooks and a pool with a landscaped waterfall effect.

Next, I took the meandering walkway through the woods and found my way to the restaurant which sits in the most spectacular location. Perched upon the limestone cliff above the ocean with turquoise waves breaking below, it is an open-air dining room with glass walls which makes for a breathtaking view from any table. They serve lunch and dinner daily.

Sea Horse Ranch Restaurant

Sea Horse Ranch Beach Club dining

For anyone looking for a prime real estate in the Dominican Republic, be it a home or empty lot on which to build your dream house, Sea Horse Ranch is the perfect location.

Call us at 809-885-2260 and or send us an email: sabine@selectcaribbean.com

Residential gated communities, DR

Aerial View

Frequent Dominican Republic Home Buyer Questions

Buying a new home or property in the Dominican Republic is an important decision and wise buyers ask lots of questions.

Those questions help give them clarity and assurance about the decisions they are making.

However, some of the answers to those questions may seem elusive when you are first looking into property in another country. Over the years, I have had many clients ask many of the same questions that you might be wondering about as well.

Here are the 11 Most Common Home Buyer Questions I am asked:

1. What is the first step to buying a property in the Dominican Republic?

The very first step is to begin to look at properties with your realtor. This can be done in its initial stages online, but you will eventually want to arrive here in person and get a feel for what you like and desire in your home. It all depends on what you like. Owning a home in a residential villa development, purchasing a beachfront condo or buying a farm to raise cattle.

2. How long does the process take?

Property closings are generally 30­ – 60 days but are subject to the agreement between the buyer and the seller. On a closing day, an agreement is signed between the buyer and the seller, or someone can act on our “power of attorney” to sign for you. You can find a more detailed explanation here.

3. What can I expect the realtor to do?

You should first expect your realtor to walk through the properties with you and answer all of your questions. If they don’t know the answers, your realtor should be able to assure you that they will do their best to find out for you. When you decide to buy a property, your realtor will arrange a meeting with a lawyer to discuss further details that need to be determined.

4. What’s your best advice for first-time buyers in the Dominican Republic?

My best advice for first-time buyers here is to have an open discussion with your realtor to gain the most clarity on what you want for a property purchase. Know what you are willing to compromise on in terms of size, rooms, etc. and what you are NOT willing to compromise. This simple step will help you also get clear on what you don’t want to spend time looking at. Time is valuable. By working together, we can make the most of it for both of us. We also have a wide variety of gated residential communities that we recommend. You can find those here.

Frequent Dominican Republic Home Buyer Questions

Sea Horse Ranch Beachclub

5. How do I finance a home purchase in the Dominican Republic?

Generally speaking, financing is not recommended here. There are, however, some residential communities that are now offering to finance. To find out more about this, we have an article here to help you.

6. Are there any special types of taxes I need to know about?

  • Most properties are held in Dominican Corporation names, which give you two major advantages. One is not having to pay any transfer taxes.
  • You simply transfer the Corporation which contains the only asset: the property you are buying. The second is the avoidance of any inheritance issues. If the property is not held in a Dominican corporation, you will need to pay a land transfer tax.

7. Do I need to be a resident to purchase a home in the Dominican Republic?

No, you do not. This is yet another reason that makes it such a favourable place to buy property.

8. I want to live close to the beach! What do I need to know?

The beach is a beautiful place to call home. However, wise homeowners will be mindful of the fact that electronics and devices are easily susceptible to salt and rust. If you plan on building on the beach, we recommend you take this into consideration with the initial plans of the house to avoid future frustrations.

9. Will health care be an issue?

Dependable, private medical care is available in every town and city on the north coast. Comprehensive medical care offered in the bigger cities on the island, including Puerto Plata. We also have a private nationwide ambulance service. You can find a list of services here.

10. Our kids will need to go to school! Where can we look?

We have many great private schools in the Dominican Republic. Prices vary, but to find a list, please go here.

Frequent Dominican Republic Home Buyer Questions

International School of Sosua

11. How easy is it to get to the supermarket?

We have many supermarkets along the north coast. With a growing international population, our supermarkets often delight and surprise visitors with their variety of available international specialities. Our top choices in Sosua can be found here.

Frequent Dominican Republic Home Buyer Questions

Supermarket Playero

Those of us who live here in the Dominican Republic love it. Our quality of life is wonderful and our warm local culture and community reflect that reality.

Contact me today to find out how you can begin to make your lifestyle dreams a reality.

Cabarete Beachfront Condo in Cabarete Bay

Imagine yourself in Kiting Paradise surrounded by gorgeous ocean views while breathing in the fresh air. This Cabarete Beachfront Condo in Cabarete Bay is one of the best to rent or to buy.

Pool with ocean view

Beachfront Rental Condo in Cabarete

This Cabarete Beachfront Condo has one of the best locations! Some of the strongest ocean winds we have in Cabarete and that is why this has been always a special spot for Kite Surfers, Surfers, and other extreme sports activist. Though their little secret has become increasingly popular, but it still remains a well-protected gem of the Dominican Republic.

We have some of the strongest ocean winds in Cabarete and that is why this has been always a special spot for Kite Surfers, Surfers, and other extreme sports activist. This little secret has become increasingly popular, but it still remains a well-protected gem of the Dominican Republic.

Recently the Dominican Republic has been named the Caribbean’s “Next Best Thing” and one of the top travel destinations by Lonely Planet for activities, value for money, and events held in the country. With investors such as (EBAY and Google owners,) Cabarete properties, especially beachfront condos are high in demand. In even higher demand are oceanfront properties at a competitive price, since there are very few of these left.

With increased interest in ocean front apartments, the Select Caribbean Properties team is pleased to introduce one of the newest properties available which is for rent and for sale. The Cabarete Beachfront Condo comes fully furnished and is ready to move in.

Only US$ 280.00 per night. Located in a secure gated community with 24 hours electricity and private parking. Don’t let this deal slip out of your hands. For US$ 840,000 it is yours!

Contact Select Caribbean Properties for more details and reserve your vacation today.

Pathway of condo complex Cabarete

Pathway between condo building and the ocean, Cabarete beach

View from terrace

View from beachfront condo at Cabarete beach

Private, Peaceful & Sensational Location

Beautiful Hacienda El Choco Home is now finished and for sale for US$ 595,000

This very beautiful 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom Hacienda El Choco Home has, in addition,  2 powder rooms and 2 outdoor showers and is located in the residential gated community in Haciendas El Choco. The home is now finished and occupied by its satisfied owners who decided to move to the Dominican Republic.

The 325 square meter big house features a generous infinity-edge pool, Coraline pool terrace, a kiosk with bar, half bath, and outdoor shower and 2.000 square meters of landscaping. The house boasts some really unusual features such as polished Coraline and oak floors, stone wall finishes, custom kitchen and mahogany windows & doors. A few extras, specified by the owner, were a 12-panel solar array with inverter and batteries, solar hot water heater and extensive additional landscaping that included a dozen large palms, hedges and specimen beds. The total construction time was 7 1/2 month.

Select Caribbean Properties still has a few lots for sale in this beautiful residential gated community which is located between Sosua and Cabarete on the north shore of the Dominican Republic only a few minutes drive from supermarkets, restaurants, and beaches.

We are offering real estate, architecture, construction, landscaping, and decoration service. We would like to give you a tour for your convenience. Send us an email to arrange a viewing or call us at 809-885-2260.


Kitchen of the 3 bedroom home in Hacienda El Choco

Dining & Living area with stone wall

Home Villa Real Estate Hacienda El Choco Sosua-Cabarete DR

Living Room with beautiful stone wall

Home Real Estate Bathroom Cabarete


New home pool real estate Cabarete Dominican Republic

Backyard with infinity pool

Cabarete, Hacienda El Choco, Terrace

Terrace with wood beams


Main Entrance

Backyard of the villa

Backyard with pool

Kiosk and pool

Pool with kiosk