by Stephen Jermanok
When you’re not zipping across the waves of Cabarete while windsurfing or climbing the hills on a mountain bike, cuddle in one of the hammocks at the Velero Beach Resort. Smack dab on the beach, all junior suites are equipped with full kitchens. It’s good to know you can grab a cool beverage from the fridge at any time. You’ll also be happy to hear that the German engineer who designed the hotel used barriers to keep the beach from eroding.
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- Water sports and activities available
- Beachfront resort
- Full kitchens available
I have been coming to Velero on and off since 2002. I never tire of that stunning view from the lobby straight out to the infinity pool. I have always found the staff to be welcoming. Because I'm usually there in October it's always pretty quite. Breakfast is wonderful and the few dinners I've had were fine. Grounds are impeccable. The reason I am giving only 3 stars is because velero is beginning to show its age. I've only stayed in the lockout part of the apartment so I can't speak about the larger apartment, but aside from maybe some new art and new bed covers it looks pretty much the way it did 15 years ago. The Wi-Fi connection in the room is iffy at best and unless they made drastic changes the "gym" is a joke. One old bike, one treadmill and very questionable mats. It's a dark airless room. Shame on them for advertising a gym.
I'm not sure if I will go back to Velero. Although it has the best views, which will never change because it is on the beach it does need a lot of sprucing.up. However if you are not a particularly demanding traveler I think Velero is still one of the best values.
One more thing - great market at end of road. You will find everything you need.
by Jonathan C
At any given time there are 10-20 people around the pool. You will recognize your fellow guests in just a day. Beautiful crystal clear pool. As the facility is on the east point of Cabarete, the view of the ocean is unobstructed. But just a few hundred yards from the main mayhem of Cabarete beach if you want a taste of that. The walk on firm sand to the far end is about 1.25 hours round trip. In just a few minutes you are past the hub-bub with just other beach walkers, folks learning to kiteboard, and a few gatherings in front of the newer facilities. Their restaurant is under a palapa. Included breakfast is just fine and the dinner food is very good too. Virtually all the rooms face onto the central courtyard with a pool and ocean view.