Pros: Beautiful pools (at times we were the only people using), one with direct access to ocean. Amazing view and no neighbor noise. Excellent communication with owner-wifi issue when we got in and fixed in less then 24hrs. Great value compared to many other properties we looked at. If you are planning on venturing out during the day and need a great place to relax, highly recommend. Don't book this unless you have a car as there is no onsite restaurant or store.
Cons: loud air conditioner (prevented from sleeping even with ear plugs), opened windows at night and ran while we were out during the day which worked most evenings. Bathroom door needs to be fixed-locked occupants in. Kitchen needs a drying rack for dishes and silverware (only 3 spoons and they were tablespoons). All easy fixes. No outdoor balcony/sitting area attached to unit. I would have rated 4.5 but couldn't.
In a nutshell. This unit is a great value and worked fantastic for our family vacation but could use a few improvements.
The villa is located in a gated and secure vacation rental community on the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort. The villa has a studio loft where two individuals can sleep (perfect for older/teenage children), a queen sized bed (very comfortable!), pull out couch, small kitchen and eating area. It has two air conditioning units that work great to keep the villa cool. The windows can also be opened to create a wonderful ocean cross breeze through the unit. The kitchen is fully stocked with pots, pans and utensils that you will require. There are plenty of towels (both bathroom and beach) as well as some beach toys that you can use.
As a resident, you have full use of the beach club on the resort. You can walk there (10 minutes) or drive and park in the free parking. The water is beautiful and shallow and the beach is wide, clean and lined with palm trees. There are plenty of beach loungers and a bar on weekends. We took a long walk on the beach and found that you can continue for quite sometime in both directions. There are two pools that you have access to: one right beside the beach and the other right outside the villa doorsteps! Both are well maintained and beautiful. The pools and beach club have very convenient washroom and shower facilities.
Also, you have access to the rest of the Wyndham Rio Mar resort. The main resort has several restaurants, bars and a casino. It was a pleasant 20 minute stroll which was particularly nice at night. There is also paid parking at the resort if you prefer to drive. The resort gave excellent nightly entertainment options on those evenings that we didn't have anything planned.
Perhaps one of the best features of the resort was its location. It is just across the street from the entrance to the El Yunque Rainforest and Palmer (town with delicious coffee and great art for sale). Since the resort is located just off of Highway 3, it is about 30 minutes to Old San Juan, 30 minutes to Fajardo and the ferries and just 10 minutes to Luquillo and the kiosks (great place for a delicious lunch).
Another positive about the villa is how easy it was to communicate with the owner. I had a few questions regarding check in and internet use and the owner was very fast to respond and helpful throughout.
There are a few things to consider if you are thinking of renting the villa, however. There are quite a few steps leading into the villa itself so it may be a consideration if you have mobility issues or are travelling with small children. Also, I think this place is great for 2-4 individuals but I think that it would be quite tight with 6 individuals, although there is enough room for everyone to sleep.
This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a great home base from which to explore Puerto Rico or a beautiful place to relax by the pool or on the beach. I would highly recommend this vacation rental!
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