What a magical location and a wonderful villa!
We had a really wonderful stay at Villa Shacks - we were visiting my husband's family in San Juan and wanted a beach getaway that was not too far to get to yet provided a different feel and vibe from the "urban beach experience" of the Condado. We were traveling with our 2 kids (aged 3 and <1), my husband's sister's family of 4 (2 kids, aged 10 and 6) and my mother-in-law and we rented 2 units at Villa Shacks. When we arrived at the property, the 2 older girls were beyond themselves with excitement and who could blame them! The views from the villa were just simply staggering - beautiful turquoise-blue waters of the Atlantic right before us, teeming with kitesurfers! The beach-side gate of the villa led you right down to the beach. The villa itself had such a pleasing aesthetic - it was tastefully furnished, well-equipped, and well-maintained by Rosita, the housekeeper, who was so friendly and caring towards the guests.
You are away from it all, sleeping to the dramatic-sounding ocean waves and ocean breezes, yet steps away from easy amenities like a great restaurant right next door (Eclipse at Villa Montana with its own wood-fired oven), water activities equipment rental, horseback rides, etc. The girls chose to do a 2-hour horseback ride with Tropical Trail Rides (a recommendation from the owner), which they appreciated very much!
The owner, Mark, was incredibly responsive. We had only decided to take this trip on New Year's Eve, and I called the owner on New Year's Day morning, inquiring of availability and received a response within the same day, despite it clearly being a holiday. He quickly confirmed the days the villa was available and the rate, provided the payment information and villa information (with detailed directions for the villa and reviews of local restaurants that he recommended) and we were able to check into the villa by Jan 4th. Perhaps we had lucked out, but I don't think every owner would be as responsive!
Thank you, Villa Shacks! We will definitely be back!
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