From the moment you enter Archie's villa located on the beautiful Wyndham Rio Mar Property about 30 - 35 minutes from San Juan, you feel like you are home.
The home is beautifully decorated and comes with everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. With 2 adults and 2 children (12&15) in the villa, it was more space than we needed. The bunk beds are so comfortable, I slept in one for the entire trip and gave my wife the huge King bed in the Master Bed Room. The rooms are larger than the photos show and the place is super spotless.
Even though it can get very hot in PR, the villa has air conditioners in every room which cool all the rooms in minutes. We visited a local supermarket on our first day and used the kitchen every morning for breakfast. This saved us a ton of money.
We used the passes Archie provides and had a blast at the hotel beach and pool. One day we used the Owners pool and beach access, where it was much more relaxing. The villa even has boogie boards which the kids used to ride some awesome waves.
At the end of our trip, we used the washing and drying machines located a few steps from the villa and did all our laundry before heading home. Coming home with no laundry is a huge time saver.
While there, eat at the local kiosks in Luquillo (trust me, they are really good) on Rt 3, go horseback riding at the Hacienda Carabali (http://www.carabalirainforestpark.com/horsebackriding.php) and definitely, definitely learn to surf with Briand and Eric at La Pared in Luquillo Beach (http://www.kayakingpuertorico.com/pages/surfing-lessons.html).
If you are thinking of visiting PR or the Rio Mar area, don't waste your money and stay at the hotel. For about the same or even less money, you can have your own villa with all the benefits of home.
I highly recommend this property and we all can’t wait to come back!