The photos need to be updated because this property seems to have gone through a number of renovations/expansions since they were taken.
Before all else - the "lagoon" is the focal point for me. There is a man made reef, 2 beaches, and a shallow lagoon area right in front of the property. That comes along with a boat dock and tiki bar. It felt like we were on our own private resort. After going out on a boat ride, we realized no other property around the area had anything like it (all rocky, no beach access, if beach, no privacy)
Stefano definitely provides a great experience. We did not have to worry about a "ting". Masseuse came to the property to give us all massages, the food prepared was great and always a perfect portion. The staff heard me talk about a particular food I wanted to try and they went out of their way to make it happen.
The kayaks, snorkeling gear, etc were all appreciated. No need to pack a bunch of our own gear.
The shuttle/car service was superb. Nice clean, new van with a great guide/driver, Ray.
I already started planning my second trip to Hillcrest Villa by day 2 of my first trip! We loved it so much, our group actually extended our booking and our flight to stay one extra day because we did not want to leave! I loved the feel of being on our own private resort. I travel extensively and this was better than being at any giant resort any day. I can't wait to return.