Very Nice Villa/ Great beaches close by
Submitted: April 11, 2012
Stayed: March 2012
We just returned from a wonderful week at Villa Gallega. We were a group of 2 families ( late thirties/ early forties) with small children ( ages 3,5 and 6). Over the past 3 years we have stayed at 3 houses on VRBO and this property was equal to our other rentals and similarly priced.
The house is quite beautiful, situated on the top of a mountain. The house was delivered clean, The pool and jacuzzi were clean and worked well. The house manager was quite helpful with maps and local info and various troubleshooting. In my opinion, Vieques' strongest selling points are the beaches. There are many small beaches within a 8-20 minute drive and you could go to a different beach everyday. There are a few upscale restaurants, however if you are a "foodie" this island is not for you. Most restaurants serve american pub style food and the grocery stores are quite limited in their selection. There are 1 or 2 gourmet/organic stores where you can find produce but they are limited and quite expensive.
This Villa is not really suited for small children. There are many balconies and steps with "wire" railings. Also, a major issue was that the internet did not work the entire time of our visit. Though the property manager and IT guy tried to fix it, it never really worked and we needed it for various work projects that we planned on accomplishing during our stay. The housekeepers came once during our weekly stay. In past houses, we had daily maid service which was nice, not having having to do the dishes and having the beds and linens turned over frequently was something that we missed from this rental. Finally, most houses offer some sort of "chef" that can cook for guests, this was not an option at Villa Gallega.
Theses might not be issues for many, but for those in a large group or used to these services just a heads up.
Overall we had a very pleasurable experience and not withstanding the internet issue, I would highly recommend this rental.
Families with Teenagers,
Owner's Response: Thank you for your suggestions and to offer the opportunity to clarify some points. Vieques has a very limited phone and internet service. The internet depends from a third party vendor (only 2 vendors are quite reliable). Joey came with the IT person and addressed the problem, the internet was back on monday. Your next concern was that it was too slow, that is right. You are absolutely correct, those friends, guests and educated travelers, like you, that must run their business while on vacation, normally bring their (or ask us for) internet card. We customary offer the internet for free and fun, sorry for the misunderstanding, we honestly though you needed to only enjoy some time off the BIg Apple. We do offer complimentary maid service to those that request the service. Again, we try to be respectful and not sending housekeepers every morning, most of our guests rent this home to enjoy that total privacy we are well known for. We welcome children and advice that they need to be supervised at all time. It would be discriminatory to claim that a hone is not suitable for children. I am sure you are well aware of these obligations, being a respected professional here in Manhattan. We can't thank you enough for your review, and valuable advice. Those new guests reading this will know that we do offer Daily maid service to those that wish for this service, an internet card to those that let us know on time, they need to conduct business while vacationing, and gladly even make arrangements for a personal chef, that we normally fly to Vieques from New York City or Rome, as the only chefs in Vieques, as per your words, can only cook 'pub-style' meals. We have guests that rent the Villa in the summer and bring their own chef along. It's a matter of preference and we are happy to please anyone. Cheers.
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