So, I changed my mind about which RH I'm staying at.
I've gone through a bunch of them, and in the end settled on the most expensive option, Armania, because quality of care is more important to me than saving some money. I mean, money's an issue, a big issue, but I'm going alone, and I need to return healthy and in one-piece, if for no other reason, then for my sister, who has stage 4 breast cancer (mom's stepping in while I'm in DR, but I'm the primary caregiver. And if anyone is wondering why I'm doing such an unnecessary procedure in this kind of situation, I'm doing it for both of us; I wasn't planning to do it this soon, but under the circumstances, it needs to happen sooner rather than later). So, top quality care was super-important to me.
Anyhow, a few nights ago, I read on one of the blogs (bsugirl) about RH owned by another RS sister, Camellia Recovery House; figuring I'd rather support one of our own, I messaged bsugirl, who was very helpful with the contact info (props girl, you rock!).
Well, let me tell you, I cannot believe that Camellia is not better known already!
Carli, the owner, is absolutely fabulous! She is very professional, responds to emails very promptly, answers all questions, sends more pictures on request (there are not many on the website), the home is new and looks very nice, and it's located in a good area, near US Embassy, and all that jazz. But, most importantly, you can really tell Carli's committed to giving top quality service, and that she cares about your post-op well-being. As a matter of fact, corresponding with her was such a positive experience that I don't mind making a deposit ($100) to confirm the reservation - some of you know that this was a deal-breaker for me with some other places, I'm not sending even $25 to another country sight-unseen (it's a matter of principle), but with Carli, I'm all, no problem, here's my deposit, let's confirm it.
(ok, let me elaborate on the 'matter of principle' - we all know that there are more beds in those RHs than the bodies to put in them... I think if we all went together at the same time, there'd still be some empty beds, right? So, while making a deposit to confirm, or giving a credit card number to hold a reservation (and charging one night stay for no-shows) would be totally acceptable, and especially if they are coming to pick you up at the airport, I object to the whole feeling of 'if you don't make a deposit, we might not have room for you' I've gotten from some others - not all, but some straight up told me that and others were more of a 'between the lines' thing.
Carli straight up told me she is very sparsely booked in November and has plenty of space for my dates (lol, basically told me I could probably pick which room I'd like to stay at), and that she requires a $100 deposit to confirm the reservation. No games, no pressure, no manipulations, it was straight up transparency and honesty, and so I'm happy to make a deposit because of it. I mean, we make deposits for our own piece of mind too (I'm actually still a little uneasy about Baez not requiring a deposit to confirm, but will just go with it), but I do object to feeling under pressure to confirm, and that there might not be space for me if I don't. Not so with Carli, and that honesty and transparency tells me a lot!)
It would have enjoyed the water-view over at Armenia, and the prices are the same, but, seriously, I'm going to DR for a major attack on my body, and to recover from it, not for the view, and everything about Carli and Camellia RH just feels right. I already feel well-taken care of, and I haven't even arrived yet :)
Anyhow, her website is CamelliaRecoveryHouse.com, check her out if you're still looking around/undecided. You can contact her from the website, or message me for email.
I'm sure I'll be reviewing/posting photos once I'm there, but for now, so far, seriously, highly recommended!