What Our Clients & Guests Say About Villa Wind Song
The Wind Song team takes great pride in delivering beyond the expectations of our guests. Below are a comments from a few of our recent visitors.
"so pleased with our choice"★ ★ ★ ★ ★Vacation Date - New Years Week December 20129 From: Sandy A. - Ohio USA We had 13 people (6 adults and 7 children ranging from ages 12-18) at Villa Windsong in December 2019/January 2020. We had a great time and were so pleased with our choice. During our booking process, Michael was extremely helpful and responsive. Our trip was for a group of three unrelated families who are good friends and our kids have grown up together. There was plenty of room for everyone between indoor and outdoor spaces, beautiful views and a lovely breeze coming off the ocean throughout the villa. There were plenty of gathering spaces for people who wanted to sit together and plenty of space choices if someone wanted some alone time to catch up on a good book. The same was true for all the teens.
The staff who look after the house and grounds are lovely people who work hard to keep things not only meticulous but warm and inviting and we felt their presence in everything they worked hard to keep nice for us but never in an obtrusive way. We took the opportunity to have 5 prepared meals for dinner and they were truly fantastic. The chef and sous chef were very talented and prepared more than enough food of a wonderful variety so that everyone in our party enjoyed every meal. We all enjoyed the pool and the beach and took advantage of beautiful weather to both soak in the sun and relax in the shade.
All the bedrooms, bathrooms and closets provided ample space for everyone and with every bedroom having access to the outdoor seating and pool area, everyone had a great location to enjoy the villa. To say it is well kept is an understatement. It is truly beautifully maintained and cared for.
We opted not to rent a car (first time ever doing that on a vacation) and instead rented two golf carts for getting around SeaHorse Ranch. They proved handy for visits to the nearby Beach Club (really beautiful as well) and for a game of tennis and visiting the horses nearby. The kids in particular appreciated being able to use them. In terms of venturing out for some local tourist activities, we did both the ½ day kayak tour and the 6 Falls canyoning adventure with Kayak River Adventures (link on Villa Windsong website) and they provided transportation for all of us for those activities. They were fantastic, professionally run and a great time for all of us. To get around locally for grocery shopping and a day trip into Puerto Plata, we used the drivers recommended by Michael and they were absolutely fantastic, responsive, on time and helpful. So don’t rent a car – you don’t need it. Coming from someone who appreciates their independence on vacation, that was a little tough for me to do but I’m so glad we left the driving to others and had no problems whatsoever.
My recommendation would be to bring plenty of cash to cover the cost of groceries for the chef to purchase for his prepared meals (at cost and SO worth it), for golf cart rental, tipping as you see fit and taxi rides. If you don’t feel comfortable traveling with cash, plan to seek out a local bank ATM to have Dominican Pesos on hand. We used US dollars for everything and that worked very well. I hope you love it as much as we all did!
"the house and entire staff were fabulous"Vacation Date - December, 2019 From: Abigail S. -Dallas Texas, USA Michael- the house and the entire staff were fabulous! Thank you very much for welcoming us into your home. Lucci and everyone went to such great lengths to make us feel very welcome. We are realizing as we sit at the airport that we owe you some money. Andrew signed for some tennis charges and needs to repay you for them. Please let me know how best to do that. As you observed, we are not advance planners(!) but we would love to rent your home again in the future. We will stay in touch. Many many thanks again. And when you have a chance, we would love to hear the background on Seahorse Ranch. We feel like we stumbled into something really special!
All the best, and Happy 2020- Abigail
"One of The Best Vacation Experiences of Our Lives"★ ★ ★ ★ ★Vacation Date - December 1-10, 2019 From: Phil Skowron -Chicago IL. USA Hi Michael,
This trip was one of the best vacation experiences of our lives. My family had such an amazing time at Villa Wind Song! The home, beach, pool, community... everything was better than advertised! The best part was truly the staff, starting with the booking/planning process with you and ending with the first class service and care of the daily house staff. They were all such caring, kind, and hardworking people! It was great getting to know them and it was such a treat to be spoiled by them for 10 days!
Thanks again for everything! We will be back!
Phil, Kirsten, and Family
Thank you Phil for booking another 9 night stay at Villa Wind Song for November 2020.
"An Amazing Oasis" Vacation Date - November, 2019 From: Michelle B. - Georgia & Louisiana Thankful For Villa Wind Song Our extended family of eleven enjoyed a fabulous 7 night stay at Villa Wind Song celebrating Thanksgiving. Villa Wind Song is an amazing oasis for which we are extremely thankful to have visited! Michael’s responsiveness and helpfulness throughout our planning process and during our stay was appreciated as we coordinated varying arrivals, transfers, vacation details and the unexpected illness of our 5 year old. Villa Wind Song’s thoughtful layout, amenities, and attentive staff were absolutely amazing. The beautiful grounds and service-oriented staff sincerely exceeded our expectations. Also of unanimous opinion is that the Chef’s Package is undoubtedly the way to go! During our final meal at the Villa, the group agreed that Jesus’ prepared meals were superb “culinary experiences”. Having returned home, we are all enjoying bittersweet memories of being lulled to sleep by crashing waves, waking to a prepared breakfast with coffee in a scenic wonderland, a festive night making s’mores by the fire pit, and unparalled service by each of Villa Wind Song’s service providers & staff. It’s hard coming back to “reality”; however, our memories of Villa Wind Song will be of a cherished Thanksgiving holiday and filled with hopes of returning once again. (Hints: The House Call Doctor was worth the call and is recommended, if needed. The blender makes the smoothest Margaritas we’ve ever had so be sure to buy plenty of ice!) Gracias!
"A Very Special Place" Vacation Date - Sept 11, 2019 From: Dana H. - New Orleans, Louisiana Let me say that the Villa is a very special place. It's interesting that you use the word "tranquility" in the previous thread, because as we experienced the magic of the Villa, I thought that "The Sanctuary" would be a more appropriate name. You've definitely created something special in Sea Horse Ranch.
The entire staff (Mama Lucci, Sol, the pool guy, Cesar, Jesus, and Juanita) treated all of us like family during our stay. Their "distance" to us was really interesting because we never really saw or heard them, yet every amenity, meal, and perk was made available to us in a timely manner and to perfection! So kudos to them as well . . .
I will stronglyrecommend your Villa to my family members and friends. Peace and blessings to you and your family and continued success at Villa Windsong . . .
"Five Stars - It was Like Being on a Private Island"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - July 3, 2019 From: Tony C. From St. Louis MO From the minute I first contacted Michael via email on December 17th of 2018 until we had to check out on July 9, 2019, our experience was nothing short of impeccable. Michael’s attention to detail, responsiveness to any inquiry, questions or request in advance had me thinking we were in store for an amazing experience at Villa Wind Song. During the planning stages he worked thru our group size (20 in total, 17 over the age of 16) with thoughtfulness and patience, connected us with amazing local resources (Canyoning the Magic Mushroom with Kayak River Adventures is a MUST!), gave us a preview of the Chef package, asked us what we wanted to have at the house waiting for us when we arrived, provided thorough detail of the pick up transportation at the airport, and provided us all sorts of other advance details for our group to consider before we arrived. To say our anticipation and expectations were high are an understatement.
We arrived at Villa Wind Song on July 3rd , and from the minute we stepped onto the front porch until we left, our expectations were BLOWN Away by the staff, the setting , the amenities, the home and all that goes with what feels like being on a 2 mile private beach front property. Lucci runs the house, and she is amazing!. We had a great time learning how to communicate with her, Sol (another one of the amazing house hosts), Victor the Chef, Juanita the chef’s assistant, and the rest of the staff. This crew has one mission – make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. We arrived to all the advance provisions we requested to make ourselves a quick lunch, open a cocktail and begin our vacation.
The guest rooms are impeccable, and perfectly sized for families of 4, or luxuriously sized for couples. We had at least 4 people in each room, and everyone was immensely comfortable. If you like luxury bathroom accommodations, this is the place for you!. We were in the West Master with the dual indoor/outdoor shower, and it was fantastic. The pool setting that rolls into the yard/gardens and beach are literally intoxicating. It is a view I do not think you could ever grow tired of. We were at Villa Wind Song for 6 days, walked the beach as far as we could each day, and during that time we saw 5 other people in total! When we say “Like Private Island” we literally mean it! There is ALWAYS a breeze……ALWAYS! The best spot to sit and enjoy the ocean breeze if you also want shade is the CoCo Bar. A few of our group needed breaks from the sun, they would set up at the CoCo bar for hours each day!. Most comfortable spot on the property. The beachside firepit in the evening was a great way to end our day with a glass of bourbon, some music and a view of the endless sky of stars.
We spent a day in Cabarete for lunch and shopping. Michael coordinated lunch for us at Villa Tianna where we were greeted personally by the owner Stephanie. We had an amazing ocean side lunch and did some shopping all while watching the kite Surfers in the bay. If you want a great efficient shopping trip with lunch with a great view, this is the spot!
All of our commuting needs while we were there were handled by Cesar. It was an easy call or text and he would be there in 15 minutes. With a group our size, a few of us went to the supermarket every day, and Cesar accompanied us in to help each day. The supermarket had EVERYTHING we needed, was super clean and had a great fresh meat and vegetable selection along with a vast selection of ocean caught fish, great wine/liquor and beer selection, and a staff that was always willing to help.
Now the meals – Lucci and Sol prepared an amazing breakfast spread each morning from 7:30 – 9:00. It was a great incentive to get our “teens” out of bed and get their day going! We made our own lunches and one dinner. I love to cook, and it was a blast to use the amazing kitchen as well as the grill area which was conveniently located just behind the kitchen. Going back and forth was super easy. We had Victor for 5 dinners, and every meal was off the charts great, made with fresh meats and vegetables and always had a great dessert to accompany it. Victor and I set the menu each evening for the next day, and he was very accommodating in altering preparations slightly to present the entrée’s with sauces on the side, only cooking with olive oil vs butter, etc.. We ate great “good for us” food each night. We always tried to “clean our own dishes (this is what we expect at home) but Lucci, Sol and Juanita would not allow this, period! This group of 20 vacations together regularly, and thus we are “doers”. It was an amazing experience to have unbelievable breakfast each morning and dinner each night with no clean up! This was a first and only for us and we enjoyed it.
This was hands down the best vacation we have ever taken, and we have been to some really nice places in the Caribbean, Florida, Southern California and Europe. We hi-fived Victor his last night, and hugged Lucci as we loaded the vans to head back to the airport.
We will be back……hopefully many times Thanks Michael for the Best Vacation Ever
"On a scale of 1-5...this is a 10!""★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - March, 2019 From: Elizabeth from NY,NY We are really enjoying our time in your lovely villa. Everyone remarked upon arriving that it is even better than the photos. While most places are smaller and less grand than they appear, Wind Song exceeded our expectations. The staff - Luci, Sol, Victor, Cesar - are all marvelous. Date of arrival - June 22, 2019
"On a scale of 1-5...this is a 10!""★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - March, 2019 From: Guest from MN From the moment we were picked up by Cesar at the airport to the melancholic ride back to the airport...knowing we we leaving, our entire group was feeling totally spoiled in what all of us were calling "the vacation of a lifetime". Having viewed the photos and video, we were all headed into this vacation with very high expectations. I can easily say that our expectations were exceeded. The home, an architectural masterpiece, was absolutely beautiful and only matched by the incredible location. We truly felt like we were in our very own private paradise! The property was impeccably maintained (inside & out) and the staff was extremely friendly and attentive to our every wish. Waking up every morning to the sounds of the surf, the smell of fresh brewed coffee and the beautiful smiles on Lucci & Sol's faces, was an incredible way to start our day. The food prepared for us....from the breakfast spread to the incredible family style dinners prepared by Fransisco was amazing...my only complaint being the few extra pounds I brought back with me. It is very rare traveling with a group of 11, that everyone's needs are met and that there were no "hiccups" along the way. I would have to say that everyone was blown away by the experience and everything went like clockwork. Thank you Michael and Wendy for your incredible attention to details....we will be back! On a scale of 1 to 5....this is a 10! FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY! Date of arrival - March 24, 2019
"absolutely stunning"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - April 20-27, 2019 From: Patrick This property is absolutely stunning. The photos do not do it justice and cannot capture the scale of this estate. My family and I recently spent 7 unbelievable days at Villa Windsong with 3 other families. The layout of the property and home is so extremely well thought out that you still feel like you have tons of privacy, even with a large group. The positioning of the property and the rooms gives everyone fabulous views. The staff (Luci and Sol) could not have been nicer and more helpful during our stay. The security and the amenities is Sea Horse Ranch are also fantastic. This property truly checks all of the boxes.
Beach Club Review - "Fabulous Spot" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - April 2019 From: Mark Lunch and hanging out at the beach club was fabulous yesterday. We had a great time (maybe too good) and the food and service was great. I did however screw up on not realizing the tip was included and tip him again...explains the hug he gave me on the way out. Fabulous spot to have lunch and swim in the pools and the ocean afterwards. Everyone loved it. We are absolutely loving our time here and everyone is blown away by your home and amazing staff. The service has been second-to-none! Just finished my massage by the beach....very relaxed! Thanks again for your consideration in accommodating our group. It will be hard to leave on Sunday. Regards, Mark
"Incredible Week! " - A Happy Luxury Retreats Client..... ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - March 2019 From: Kyle - Luxury Retreats Client Hi Michael, I can’t believe it’s been just two weeks since our vacation! Our entire family had such an incredible week at Villa Windsong. Your property is so beautiful and really a very special place, with special attention to many details. The kids enjoyed the many amenities and enjoyed just exploring the property. They took surf lessons two days, thank you for the recommendation. We also enjoyed the beach club on several occasions. We were never at a want for anything because the staff was so friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed every day in paradise, and would love to return vacation again. Thank you for everything!
"Excellent Villa - Almost above wildest expectations! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - February 2019 From: Jonathan Helsinki Excellent villa almost above wildest expectations. Very nice interiors. 4 bedrooms that easily fit 12-16 people (we were 10 adults and 8 pre-teens/teens and used the TV room as well as a bed room). Best pool we have ever had, clean water and no red eyes, and the tap water is safe to drink!
Very nice and beautiful big garden. Fantastic private beach. Nice for swimming if you do not mind the waves (we definitely did not). Very nice beach walk (you can walk 5 km along a very beautiful beach almost alone all the way to Playa Encuentro, the most famous place for wave surfing in DR). Sea Horse Ranch offers very nice horseback riding, tennis and a nice beach restaurant (which however is quite far from the villa (about 2km). The area is extremely safe with guards everywhere. Only minus was that there is no local restaurants at walking distance.
Michael is a very good host and responds very fast to whatever request we had. The service at the villa was good (helps if you speak a bit of Spanish). Very clean place and the food was also good. There was a menu with a lot of different choices, this was a great idea. We could plan ahead what to have for dinner, and Chef Fransisco worked his magic. For those in need of wi-fi, this was far most the fastest we ran into during our stay in DR.
We have rented villas via Homeway/ VRBO many times, all around the world, always trying to find something new and if possible better. This one is going to be hard to beat, so villa Windsong maybe we meet again!
" The staff was incredible." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - January 2019 From: Aviva New Jersey We had a glorious week at the villa. The staff was incredible. Lucci and Sol were lovely and Francisco and his food were delicious. They were all respectful and careful about our dietary restrictions.
" the most amazing trip" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - December 2018 From: Linda NC We all had the most amazing trip! In fact, We adored your staff and they were so kind to us. We have discussed the trip over and over and we don't believe you should do anything different! Thanks, Linda
"Relaxing, beautiful, luxurious, and secluded " ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vacation Date - September 2018 From: Kenzie & Ian Hackett Salt Lake City Utah The house is impeccable. Everything is spacious with open views to the ocean and pool from every room. The bathrooms are massive, the beds are comfy, and the kitchen is fully equipped for cooking or entertaining. The pool is pristine and feels like bathwater. We spent many afternoons on the comfortable lounges poolside. The private beach was one of our favorite parts of the rental. We took miles-long walks down the beach every day and never saw anyone else. We visited in late September and were able to swim off the beach every day.
The chef, Francisco, prepared delicious meals that were better than most restaurants. And his desserts were even better! The service at the house is incredibly helpful and ensures you don’t have to worry about a thing. Even laundry is taken care of daily.
There isn’t much reason to leave the house but it is located central to Cabarete and Sosua beaches in case you do want to explore. The Beach Club is also a short walk away and provides secluded cliff top loungers and another pool in case you want a change of scenery without traveling very far. We enjoyed the food and service at the Beach Club as well.
Overall, a beautiful and relaxing getaway that feels incredibly private and luxurious. We visited for our honeymoon. It would be great for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a big group vacation.
"the most incredible vacation experience we've collectively ever had." Vacation Date - August, 2018 From: Rob P. New York My family of 8 stayed at Villa Wind Song for the past week and had undoubtedly the most incredible vacation experience we've collectively ever had. Being a picky traveler and having extensive travel experiences, I wondered if the villa and its staff could deliver on the once-in-a-lifetime experience I was hoping for and had read about in the reviews. I can honestly say that our week at Wind Song delivered on its promises, in more ways than I could imagine. For starters, the pictures while accurate, don't do the view justice. When we stepped in to the villa, our collective jaws dropped. The layout of the house and its position overlooking the pool and the ocean were breathtaking. The house is so well laid out that it felt massive yet cozy at the same time.
The local surf instructor, who came to the villa to give my children surf lessons noted that Michael (the owner) paid meticulous attention to every detail to make sure each bedroom had incredible views, while being in close proximity and accessible to the other bedrooms and common areas. The kitchen is massive, allowing Francisco (the chef) to work his magic at each dinner. We ate our meals at a large round table right next to the pool, which was just perfect for our large group. One night, we requested to eat dinner closer to the beach to celebrate my son’s birthday. The staff moved a table from the Coco Bar (a separate casita on the property) directly in front of the fire pit (which we used twice for s'mores) and inches from the private beach. They even hung balloons and put a sparkler in the birthday cake for my son, making the night extra special.
Speaking of the staff, Lucy and her assistant Sol were wonderful, gracious and super helpful during the days. They made sure all of our laundry was done on a daily basis, prepared an amazing breakfast each morning and made sure there was a pot of coffee ready when we all woke up. I can't say enough about how comfortable and at home they made us feel. No task was too small for them to handle effortlessly. We ate out of the house only for one meal and Lucy was kind enough to help make the reservation for us, as my Spanish was passable but still created a small language gap.
Cesar the driver, picked us up at the airport right on time and was available at a moment’s notice to take us to any activities we had planned. We went zip lining, surfing, snorkeling and did the magic mushroom waterfall experience with Helmut from Kayak River Adventures. Each of the activities, Michael had recommended in advance and was spot on each time. The excursions were all challenging but safe, unique, family appropriate and extremely memorable.
While we were certainly sad to leave, we know we'll be back. In sum, this was by far the most meaningful, memorable and amazing vacation I've ever taken. We owe that in no small part to Michael's efforts prior to the trip (extremely helpful and available, answering even my smallest questions in advance), the stunning villa itself, the warm and helpful staff and the property location being literally right on the beach.
"Peace, Tranquility & Hospitality" Vacation Date - May, 2018 From: Dr, John K. - CO. "We live in paradise in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado so our expectations are high. Villa Wind Song exceeds all expectations; emaculate, safe, friendly. An easy 10 minute drive to the airport. If you are in Aspen, Basalt or Carbondale this is just the place to escape to RELAX. If you are a cook the kitchen rivals any and there'splenty of fresh local food to choose from. The pool is perfect for kids and adults. The beach is 50 steps away and provides the perfect white noise to fall asleep to. Would visit again and again."
"Absolutly Perfect, A Flawless Villa In The Caribbean" Vacation Date - April 2018 From: Tushna - Miami FL This property was immaculate when we arrived. Jaws dropped when we entered (our group was 16 large.) It's a paradise and we hardly left during the course of the week. All rooms are spacious and well designed with views to the ocean and pool. Plenty of on site activities but the private beach is the biggest bonus. The staff operate like worker bees each morning to see the villa is kept just as if you arrived on day one. This place is run like a tight ship and the owner sent our deposit back swiftly after return. Michael is honest and transparent about the booking, offering unparalleled hospitality and concierge prep. Food was on point with exactly what we requested and the suggested driver was our personal guide for when we wanted to tour the town. Overall in all it was a slice of heaven and throughout all my years in renting scenic properties in the D.R. I'd say this one is my favorite.
"Stunning & Immaculate Property" Vacation Date - December 2017 From: Anonymous "We had an amazing week staying at Villa Wind Song. The location was simply gorgeous. The layout and design of the house, the pool, & the garden was really stunning. The private beach is a few steps away. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I could not recommend it more. Hopefully we will return one day."
"Very Impressive" Vacation Date - December 2017 From: Scott "Michael did an excellent job capturing the essence of the DR. The sprawling layout, open-air rooms, extra large bedrooms, out-door showers and private patios are all very inviting and comfortable. His staff was very friendly and took great care of our group. The pool is a good size and the beach was boasting big waves which equaled big fun for all (sand was perfect and didn't need water shoes). We did some snorkeling (not the best due to big surf), went 2 1/2 miles down the beach and surfed (very much recommend) and went horseback ridding on the beach (so much fun I did it twice). Had a bonfire and watched the stars and listened to the surf. Read in the hammocks and played on the play-set. Plenty of room for lounging (mostly of what our group did) in or out of the sun while listen to his sound system. Highly recommend his retreat as we returned well-fed, relaxed and ready for the Michigan winter. Thank you Michael!"
"Wonderful Stay!" Vacation Date - November 2017 From: Vivek - Midwest USA "Absolutely an amazing property. Steps to the ocean, large pool for games and swimming and beautiful resort feel house. Private chef to cook meals every night and grocery shop. Friendly maids who come daily and clean all dishes and wash the clothes. True paradise!"
"Simply Perfect!" Vacation Stay - July 2017 From: Mike from UK "Our party of eight stayed at Villa Wind Song for a week and all agreed it was one of the best, if not the best, holidays we have ever had. Everything about Villa Wind Song is just right. The staff could not be more helpful or more welcoming. Their attention to detail is incredible and not even a fallen leaf stayed in place long before being removed! The location is supreme, offering both seclusion and privacy with the benefit of fabulous views, deserted beaches and seas of every blue imaginable. And when it comes to the design, furnishing and equipping of the villa, every detail has been considered. You literally want for nothing. The owner himself was responsive and attentive through the booking process. Most visitors fly into Puerto Plata, just a few miles from the villa, but being from Europe we had to fly to Punta Cana and then make a six hour journey by road. The owner arranged the transport for us both ways, making the only painful part of the holiday as smooth as possible. Would I recommend Villa Wind Song? Without hesitation but with the only reservation that the more people who discover this slide of paradise, the harder it will become to find availability for our return trip!"
"Amazing!" Vacation Date - March 2017 From Laura - Multi-Family Visit from Chicago "Hi Michael, Sorry I didn't touch base after we returned. I was on trial right after our trip and between that and end of year at school for my kids, the last few months flew by! We loved our trip and the house. Staff was awesome and the house couldn't have been more amazing. In fact, I just sent your contact info and the link to the house to some family members of ours.. So you may be hearing from them. Hope all is well! Laura"