WE RENT BY THE NUMBER OF BEDROOMS BOOKED (1 Ensuite and 3 Double Deluxe Bedrooms)
Nestled on a 60 foot cliff, overlooking the Caribbean Sea below, lies the secluded 4 villa compound known as Casa Panoramica. Located on the southern shore of the Dominican Republic you are treated to an amazing Panoramic View of the entire coastline. Become mesmerized by the waves crashing on a small coral island in front of the Villas or watch the clouds roll over the tops of the majestic mountain range.
This location is for the tired or stressed guest who wants only to hear the sounds of the sea. Or if you choose to leave the serenity of the Inn you can tour the cultural flavor of the Province. Barahona offers the greatest biodiversity in the country and is where nature's most marked contrasts occur (tours listed below). Where else can you find yourself in a desert at one point, then drive just 30 minutes to a green pine forest?
The nearest International Airport is in the capital Santo Domingo which is a relaxing scenic drive 2 1/2 hours away. We can offer a taxi pickup at the airport for a reduced rate or you can take a large modern air conditioned bus for 270 pesos / person and enjoy the scenic views through the mountains. Or simply rent a car from the airport.
The Villa compound boasts 24/7 security, back up batteries, A/C, high speed WI-FI, and is quiet, clean and safe. Immediately to the north is a secluded pebble beach with sand patches, accessed directly from the north exit. You can pass the hours swimming in the large pool, sun tanning deck side or just relax in the shade and take in the view under the large pallappa. The compound grounds are meticulously maintained daily by a professional gardener.
The 2800 sq. ft. villa is of newer design with European accents and floor to ceiling windows facing a spectacular expanse of Caribbean Sea. The master bedroom commands the ocean view side of the villa and has a massive walk out deck looking over the grounds. The ensuite bathroom features a large Jacuzzi tub. The other two bedrooms share a centrally located bathroom in the hallway upstairs. The main floor contains the fourth bedroom and the remaining full bathroom. The main floor is open concept design with the spacious, functional kitchen flowing into the large family/living area. All furniture is very comfortable and made of bamboo. The entire house is bathed in natural light during the day thanks to a generous endowment of windows. By opening the right windows you get a perfect natural flow of cool sea breeze throughout the villa. No A/C needed!
Barahona has many ecotourism attractions, ziplining through the mountainous forest and also features several quaint local restaurants within 10 min drive. This region of the Dominican Republic provides the most sun with least amount of precipitation compared to any other region. Finding abundant cactus plants demonstrates the relevant dry climate and you can still enjoy the low humidity and cool gentle breeze off the cobalt blue sea.
Tourist Attractions as follows:
Take a 12.5 mile uphill route where you will discover the cloud forest in the mountains of the Eastern Bahoruco. The route takes you around the Padre Miguel Fuertes natural monument to Cachote. Cachote is a town with less than 50 inhabitants and three rustic cabins for visitors that operate at about 4265 feet above sea level and include a nature center and walking tours.
Pit of Pelempito
Imagine a great pit, about 4.5 miles deep, resting between the mountains. Its bottom is 1150 feet above sea level, while the massifs which surround it reach up to 1186 meters. There is a visitors' center on its peak, at a height of 3891 feet.
At 138 feet below sea level and 186 square miles wide, this is the Caribbean's largest lake, and home to crocodiles, iguanas and flamingos
To visit the mines, take a detour off the Sierra de Bahoruco road that goes from Barahona to Pedernales to reach Los Checheses and Las Filipinas, which are right next to each other. Remember that only 4-wheel drive vehicles can transit through here.
The famous Oviedo Lagoon is a great choice for the observation of species such as the royal heron, blue heron, spoonbill, many seagulls, the white-crowned pigeon, flamingos and other aquatic birds.
The Magnetic Pole is located west of the town of Cabral. This is certainly the area where the best Dominican coffee is produced. Here, nature has some surprises. You can stop on the road to observe the magnetic hill phenomenon. This is a strange phenomenon that makes vehicles which have stopped at a neutral point slide upwards on the hill.
A private house with a waterfall that is channeled to form several pools and whose cold waters serve to relax the body. Some say that they also relax the soul....Read more
"A completely different experience from your typical all inclusi"
Left on 03/24/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 24, 2014Stayed Jan 2014
The villa is located in a secluded enclosed area of three villas on a
60 ft cliff over looking the Caribbean ocean. There is a sizeable
pebble beach to the north and large mountains to the west to complete
the 360 degree view. The grounds are well kept and shade was readily
available under the main veranda and at the palapa. You also have
access to the large pool at the centre of the grounds. Being right on
the ocean, the breeze and sounds of the crashing waves are a constant
reminder that you are now in paradise. It is impossible to overheat in the sun with the constant breeze afforded by this location. It is 30 C and sunny nearly everyday in Barahona.
There is a total of 4 bedrooms in the villa. Exclusive! I had the
'presidential' suite during my stay which has a commanding view of the ocean and floor to ceiling windows looking out onto a massive balcony.
The included breakfast was served where you liked. My favourite place
was the balcony adjacent to my room. The breakfast was English style,
with eggs how you like it et al, fresh juices, fruit and tasty coffee. For the rest of your meals, you can order/send staff to pick up and serve your meal from a menu for a small fee. There are numerous small cafes/restaurants/hotels in the area where you can go and eat as well. I typically walked 10 min west to the nearest hotel for good value food and drink.
The staff are friendly and patient. I would certainly stay here again. Norm and Joyce, you really have a great gem and I look forward to coming back. Overall I had a great stay at Hotel Panoramica. It is a completely different experience from your typical all inclusive cookie cutter vacation that you share with thousands of others.
Kevin, thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review of Barahona and our piece of paradise. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and remember you are always welcome to come visit us again. This time we will take you out on our new deep sea fishing for Marlin. I went after you had left and it was amazing. Going to load it up on our website soon.
Cheers Norm and Joyce
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