As if taking off to live and volunteer in the Caribbean for a few months wasn’t dreamy enough, you'll basically freak out when you see pictures from this treehouse hotel.
We love our programs in the Caribbean! Volunteers are there teaching English and helping out in a few different humanitarian projects (and get plenty of time off to visit the beach). Another thing to love about this part of the world? The chance to vacation in Samana, in the Dominican Republic. Hands down, staying at the Tree House Village is our favorite part of this vacation.
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There are so, so, so, so many amazing places you lucky Caribbean volunteers get to check out but one spot we can't get enough of is this Tree House Village in Samana, DR. You'll want to check out our guide to Samana here for info on what there is to do nearby, but here's all the information you need about staying in this luxurious Tree House Village.
Wait, An Actual Treehouse?
Yep! The Dominican Treehouse Village is what dreams are made of. Nestled deep in the Dominican jungle in Samana, imagine spending your mornings eating breakfast overlooking the lush tree tops, swinging in hammocks and then climbing down ladders to go spend your afternoon at the beach.
This place is just magical. There are multiple cabins that are connect by rope bridges, there are garden paths to explore, the green trees of the untouched jungle around you, a pool to splash in and fireplace on the grounds, a yoga studio to relax in and a bunch of other lovely ways to spend your time. Just look at the pictures, it’s beautiful. Oh, and there is a cutie treehouse dog named Mocha, which is definitely an added bonus.
Things To Do Nearby
Lots, and lots and lots.
The cost of your stay includes bike rentals so you can ride down to the nearby beach (go for snorkeling, tanning and paddle boarding) there’s also a waterfall that is close by (complete with a rope swing) or you can take to wandering the grounds of the treehouse village ... or visiting the nearby treehouses via rope bridge suspended over the treetops.
There is also a rad zip lining course you can tackle for about $55 and a bunch of other activities.
Interested in saving some money? (Of course you are!) If you bring your ISIC card, you can get a discount, so be sure to pack that up.
Is This Place Super Expensive?
Here’s the catch — this place is a bit pricey. You’ve got to stay for at least two nights, which should cost around $560 — BUT you can split that with someone in your ILP group, because each room can sleep two people.
So it would be $280 for two nights, and the whole thing in all-inclusive — you get a rad atmosphere, breakfast, lunch and dinner, free bikes for the beach and the chance to say you hung out in a Caribbean treehouse for a couple days on your last vacation.
The owner is from Idaho and is pretty familiar with ILP; if you call ahead and say you're visiting as a part of a humanitarian trip, you have get permission to have 4 adults stay in the family cabin which makes the price more affordable.
Is It Worth It?
Most volunteers end up listing this as a major highlight of their semester. Still need a little more convincing?
Here’s what Emily said, a current volunteer: “I would 100% recommend it! It’s hands down my favorite place I’ve even stayed. I just think it was super great because everyone that works there is so amazing and personable and we were only there two nights but were so sad to leave them and made good friends!”
It’s more on the expensive side, but not every vacation is going to be like this. Things in the Caribbean are relatively inexpensive, so it’s not like you are going to be spending this kind of money on every vacation (unless you’re staying at the really ritzy hotels — which you can totally do, but it won’t save you any cash). Part of the cost is for the experience and it’s a really cool experience.
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