WHO WE ARE 

Ms. Ortega is the President of VAO Associates, an event and experience company catering to personalized destination treks. She grew up living in both the US and the DR. In fact, her first language was Spanish. After graduating from college with a degree in communication, a minor in marketing and a competitive internship with The Tuscan Wedding in Italy, her entrepreneurial inner spirit called to her and she launched her business with the management and re-branding of Villa Costa Norte. Ms. Ortega loves to travel with family and friends and is always looking for a new adventure. 

Noel Acosta is the Villa’s host. He grew up in the town of Cabrera and belongs to the second generation of staff at Villa Costa Norte. His mother served as a nanny for many years at the Villa. Noel’s inquisitive spirit has led him to learn how to speak English and French, in addition to Spanish. He is knowledgeable on all the local activities and has dedicated himself to assuring every guest has the ultimate experience at Villa Costa Norte. In his free time Noel loves playing a game of basketball or listening to some good music. 

Chef Jose is the newest member to the Villa Costa Norte team. He is a dedicated chef whose sole purpose is creating unique and savory meals for our guest. Chef Jose learned his trade cooking for many of the large villas in the area and quickly became one of the top chefs on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. His attention to detail, fresh and tasty ingredients are what makes him truly stand out. He offers expertise for varying diets and we guarantee you will not leave the table unsatisfied or hungry! When Chef Jose isn't in the kitchen, you can catch him reading a good book on the beach.

Ana is our head housekeeper. She is in charge of making sure the villa and suites are in top notch condition upon arrival and throughout your stay. In addition to her housekeeping duties she assists Chef Jose in the kitchen. Ana has been on staff in the Villa since 2006 and is dedicated to each guest, making sure their stay is spectacular. When Ana isn't at the Villa, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

Along with our daily onsite staff, we have a strong, experienced management team who are located minutes from the Villa. Victoria, our on island Administrative Director, handles all Villa business and on island guest services. Dulce is the Villa’s Operation Manager, overseeing the smooth daily management of the Villa. Victoria and Dulce pride themselves on their attention to detail and flawless delivery of your vacation experience. Both women work alongside VAO Associates’ President to ensure your stay is personalized, exceptional and unforgettable.

The VCN team looks forward to welcoming you to Villa Costa Norte, your vacation destination on the North Shore of the Dominican Republic.

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