This was our second stay in Maureen's beautiful Marbella condo, and we hope to come back again! Both vacations were for 4 people over the Thanksgiving holiday and the following week (2013 & 2014). Maureen is very attentive to any issues that come up during your stay, and works hard to make everything perfect!
This penthouse offers all the amenities you would possibly need: beach chairs/blankets, swimming noodles, coolers, extra sunscreen, all necessary kitchen supplies, new washer/dryer/dishwasher, extra bedding/towels, and a fully stocked bookcase! This made our stay very comfortable & if you find you need anything else that is not provided already - a 24hr Walgreens is right across the street.
We always rent a car when visiting PR, and Maureen's parking space right next to the elevator is perfect for when you're carrying beach chairs to/from the car for day trips to Rincon/Ponce/Fajardo or bringing up groceries from Pueblo. The garage beeper makes the gated condo very secure & we had no worries about leaving things in the car. The entire property is well managed - it was very clean and secure. The doorman was always courteous & was helpful for suggesting restaurants that may be open for Thanksgiving dinner. Personally, I would suggest La Playita at the tip of Isla Verde for burgers right on the oceanfront deck, Piu Bello for a large variety of gelatos, Bistro Café for an amazing breakfast or gyro, & Ferrari Gourmet for a deep dish pizza to bring back for a low-key night at "home".
The beach in front of the condo is groomed each morning, which cleans up any seaweed or sharp shells that wash up on the beach. So, if you want to collect shells, get out there early! The pool at Marbella is usually quite cool since it is in shade for a good portion of the day, but it felt great after sitting in the sun all day! There is also an outdoor shower to wash off any sand that you carry with you from the beach. The beach & pool access are both very secure - you receive a key to get through the revolving doors to access them.
As for the interior of the penthouse, you couldn't ask for a better layout. Downstairs is the kitchen, small bathroom, dining room, living room, & balcony (gorgeous views). Upstairs is the master bedroom (with walk-through closet to an attached bathroom), the second bedroom with large closet, & another bathroom with attached powder room. The space was perfect for 2 couples.
I would definitely recommend this condo to anyone!