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Hotel Villas Del Mar Hotel 1 star
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Cacique Enriquillo No. 2 Urb Villas del Mar Pedernales Pedernales, Dominican Republic -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Just next to the Haitian border in Pedernales, a remote city in the extreme southwestern part of the country, the Villas del Mar is indeed next to the sea but does not exactly consist of villas. The comfort of the rooms, where you wash yourself with cold water or from a bucket when there isn't enough water, is basic. However, there is a swimming pool and a restaurant. A bit of adventure awaits you: you are in Pedernales, after all, and not in Punta Cana!

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Villas de Mar is located next to Pedernales, a charming fishing village in the extreme southwestern part of the country on the border with Haiti, 74 miles from Barahona and 198 miles from the airport of Santo Domingo. A footbridge crosses the river to Anse-à-Pitres, marking the border with Haiti. This small town with a Wild West feel is the ideal starting point for setting off to explore the region, especially the superb beach of Bahia de las Aguilas and the high mountains of the Sierra de Bahoruco, which rise 2,350m.

    Accommodation 5.45 /10

    Measuring just 10m², the guest rooms, with white floor tiling and white and green walls, are tiny and the comfort is limited, with no fridge, balcony, telephone, Internet, safe, hair-dryer, telephone, and most importantly, no hot water. During our stay, the water was cut and we had to wash ourselves using a large bucket! However, given the nature of a stay in a place as unusual as Pedernales, this all makes for good memories for those who prefer an adventure rather than the comfort of an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. And with all that being said, you will be surprised to find a plasma-screen television! Not to mention central air-conditioning and a fan. The soundproofing does leave something to be desired, though, especially when guests decide to go for a swim in the pool at midnight... The very small bathroom includes a mini bathtub (or shower), a tiny toilet and a pocket-sized wash basin.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    This one-storey yellow house has been welcoming guests into its 14 guest rooms since 2004. This hotel's strong point is the large garden which stretches right out to the beach (you have to ask for the key to pass through the gate). In the middle of this is a 1m40 deep swimming pool surrounded by four white plastic deckchairs, showers, toilets and a changing room. The garden is comprised of lawns, palm trees and coconut trees. You can take a nap in a hammock. The barbed wire marking off the property is a little unfortunate. Merengue music plays from the swimming pool bar to create a bit of atmosphere. The lobby is very original, with its Christmas tree present all year round, its columns, its splendid paintings and its seashells.

    Food and drink 6.45 /10

    Meals are served à la carte or buffet-style (depending on the number of guests) under the airy thatched roof next to the swimming pool where up to 50 people can be seated. You can enjoy Dominican cuisine here to the sound of merengue music, from 7:00am to 10:00am, 12:00pm to 2:00pm and 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

    To know

    If you have your laptop with you, the Wi-Fi is free in the restaurant. Keep in mind that there is no hot water here (although it's not glacial either) but you get used to it quickly and might even find it refreshing, since the temperature often hovers around 30°C.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Swimming pool

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