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

House Hunting Cabrera Villa in …. the Dominican Republic

The New York Times presents some interesting information for those who are house hunting in Cabrera in the Dominican Republic – SOLD

In a recent article, “House Hunting in…The Dominican Republic”, Roxana Popescu drew attention to the opportunities that are available in real estate right now.

In particular, we at Select Caribbean Properties are excited to have one of our listed properties highlighted in her article: Casa de Caña. The property is naturally beautiful and has been thoughtfully laid out, including solar powered electricity, a detached garage, a swimming pool and stairs down to the shoreline. It is currently being managed by a staff of six people and has a robust rental schedule.

Casa de Caña is located in a lush, secluded area just outside of Cabrera, a charming small town on the north coast. Cabrera has about 25,000 people and has all the basic, modern amenities such as banks, restaurants, supermarkets and medical facilities.

In particular, Ms. Popescu’s article highlighted four reasons why the Dominican Republic market is hot right now for property investment:

1. The prices per square foot of luxury homes in the Dominican Republic are among the lowest in the Caribbean. Beginning at around $100 per square foot and maxing out at around $420 per square foot for prime ocean front properties.

2. Parties can choose their preferred currency. This proves to be very useful for those whose native currency is something other than USD.

3. In the luxury real estate market, houses typically top out at $5 million on the north coast. Compared to other Caribbean locations, this price is modest and provides incredible value.

4. For properties priced between the $1 million and $5 million dollar range, it is a buyer’s market right now in the country. The prices are stable and often negotiable.

The featured property in the article is part of our portfolio at Select Caribbean. Her description of the property is perfect and very accurate. We are proud to feature this property along with our other properties.

If you would like to find out more about Casa de Caña or any of our other exclusive properties, contact us today and let’s talk about how we can help you make your dreams a reality.

Home Buyers Questions, Dom.Rep.

House Hunting in … the Dominican Republic

Casa de Cana in Cabrera - Oceanfront - Dom.Rep.

Pool & views at Casa de Cana

Casa de Cana in Cabrera - Oceanfront - Dom.Rep.

Living room at Casa de Cana

Casa de Cana in Cabrera - Oceanfront - Dom.Rep.

Outdoor terrace at Casa de Cana

Dominican Republic Real Estate Market is Picking up

Dominican Republic Real Estate Market

Many positive changes have happened to the north coast of the island and for that reason, the Domincan Republic real estate market is picking up.

Flights from the US, Canada, and Europe are bringing thousands of tourists to the north coast resort communities of the Dominican Republic. Real estate professionals, including the dedicated agents at Select Caribbean Properties, noted a distinct uptick in inquiries and showings as the “high season” of Dominican Republic Real Estate in Cabarete and Sosua appeared to be off to an early start.

View of Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The long-anticipated opening of Amber Cove, the luxurious new Carnival Cruise Lines port and tourist village at Maimon, just west of Puerto Plata, kicked off in early October with the arrival of the first ship of the 2015-16 season. The Carnival Victory arrived on October 6, carrying nearly 3000 guests, and hundreds fanned out into Puerto Plata and nearby North Coast towns wanting to experience the beauty of the Dominican Republic’s historic North Coast. A second ship, Carnival Fantasy, tied up at Amber Cove on the 15th of October. Dozens more arrivals are scheduled between now and April of 2016, and the exciting new Dominican Republic destination is proving to be a huge success, according to Carnival.

Promenade of the Amber Cove Cruise Port

Carnival Cruise Port near Puerto Plata

At the moment, Carnival Cruise Lines and associated companies, plan only 1-day stops at Amber Cove as part of 1-week cruises originating in Miami. But in years to come, Carnival will offer 2-week packages that include a week aboard ship and a week ashore in the beautiful North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Many view this as a potential boom to

Many view this as a potential boom to the Dominican Republic Real Estate market as Cruise Line guests seek Rental Villas and Rental Condos in Cabarete, Sosua and greater Puerto Plata. Real estate professionals agree that some of these visitors will end up as buyers in the quickly-expanding North Coast Dominican Republic luxury real estate market.

Those of us who live here see excitement and action in coming years as more and more visitors explore the beautiful North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Aside from Carnival Cruise Lines’ newly-opened facility, Royal Caribbean is planning a port near Playa Dorada, between Puerto Plata and Sosua. Airlines have begun increasing service into Puerto Plata (POP) International Airport as well as nearby Santiago (STI) International Airport. A wave is coming, and now is the time to invest in everything from luxury villas to beachfront condos in the expanding real estate market on the Dominican Republic’s North Coast.

Sosua Beach with view to Puerto Plata

Sosua Bay with mountain Torre de Isabella in Puerto Plata


Book Your Dream Beachfront Rental Villa Now!

Book Your Dream Rental Villa On The North Shore Now!

This magnificent 6-bedroom dream beachfront villa is located in an exclusive residential oceanfront development between Sosua and Cabarete on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.

The villa was built with carefree, elegant Caribbean living in mind. The U-shaped villa with its louvered doors and windows, vaulted ceilings and rustic beams reminds one of the elegant Caribbean plantation houses of a century ago.

Backside of the Villa With Pool

Dream Rental Villa by the beach

Imagine having a nice cool lemonade lounging by the large pool only steps away from the sandy beach! Enjoy the beach walk when the sun goes down!

Imagine having a cocktail sitting on the broad wooden veranda!

Imagine your dinner, fresh saltwater shrimps from Sanchez, sitting in the alfresco dining area surrounded by a reflecting pond!

Make sure that your next vacation will offer you all this.

Book your dream vacation now. Rental prices on request, depending on the season. For more info contact sales@selectcaribbean.com

Luxury Rental Villa

Master Bedroom