We stayed at Annie's house over Feb School Break with our 3 children (18,8 and 4) and had fantastic time. The house is beautiful and was a perfect size for everyone to have their own space. It had everything we needed and the yard was great to have to sit outside and let the kids run around in the morning or after a day at the beach.
The house is in a beautiful very up-scale 'residential' area of the Reserve but the golf cart allowed us easy access to all the facilities. By golf cart, 2 min to Livingston Park which was a great fun, play pool with slide and sand park for the kids, 5 minutes to the Watermill (water park open only weekends), 6 minutes to Encanto which was a beautiful kid-friendly pool right at the Wast Beach. The beach was beautiful and large rocks about 100 yards out allowed the waves to break and the water to be very calm for swimming. We also swam and used the boogie boards (provided at house) on the East beach away from the hotel. The waves were bigger here and the kids loved it.
We did get the Beach Club Membership and I would HIGHLY recommend this as it allowed us total access to everything in Dorado Beach East & The Ritz Carlton.
The Reserve is beyond beautiful and extremely safe, completely gated with security patrolling frequently. I ran along the walking trails every morning and it was heaven. The Reserve is < 5 min away from the supermarket, drugstores, Starbucks, Cold Stone etc so we were able to easily shop for anything we needed. There is really no place to buy food, sun screen, etc.. on the property so being close to stores was ideal.
My husband golfed 2x. Once on the Pineapple and once on the East Course. He said both were fantastic and the play was very fast.
We ate at Encanto 2 nights and the food was excellent. We also had 2 lunches at the Watermill and while the food was good, the service was extremely slow. We grilled one night at the house but otherwise ate dinners out - once to San Juan to Ruth Chris and otherwise places in the area. We came back to the house for a 'sun-break' most days and had lunch at the house.
Annie was AMAZING!!! Detailed emails were sent prior to the trip and any questions we had were promptly answered via email or text. The house was exactly as described/pictured.
Overall one of our top family vacations and a place we hope to return to in the future! You will not be disappointed with this rental!