About the property
- Villa2100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)
As low as $150 per night. Pet Friendly. Baby Gear. The Villa received minimal damage ( one window damaged and replaced). The Villa was occupied by an electric contractor the last two months. This party seemed very happy with the space and I know that you will feel the same. There is new furniture throughout and you will not find a better view for the price. Please contact me directly for the lowest price and to answer any questions you might have. There are two negative reviews out of thirty three which I feel are not fair I am happy to address those points.
Baby Gear included! 3 PacknPlays, strollers, high chairs, and beach toys and chairs.
UPDATE: Brand new living room sofa, love seat, leather recliner, ottoman( 3rd floor). Suede reclining chair and outdoor patio furniture( 2nd floor). Dressers, linens, towels, pillows on bedroom floor. Annual cleaning and touch ups completed in August 2017. The Villa has never looked better and brighter!
After traveling to many carribean destinations, Palmas del Mar is like no other vacation getaway. Palmas embraces the island lifestyle in a relaxed setting with a multitude of activities. The people are truly the most friendly in the carribean. It is easy "in and out" traveling since there is NO customs and an expressway from the airport to the beach in less than an hour.
I began this journey eight years ago. Palma Nova Village was the end of my search for an island home. Owning this Villa is my lifelong dream. It is my hope to share this dream with you. This is my only rental unit which means I am available 24/7 to create your dream vacation. WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS LOCATION IN PALMAS? The Villa sits on a hill which gives you mesmerizing ocean views from all three levels. My unit is 5-10 feet higher than the other units in the complex. There is a difference( especially from the bedroom level). The constant trade wind breeze brings the temperature down which will be appreciated during the summer season. On an island vacation, we spend all day at sea level. It is nice to start and end the day with a view and cool breeze. During the evening, imagine that you are on one of the three terraces with a cold beverage listening to the coqui frogs and enjoying the "soft air" that Puerto Rico is famous for. The moon is rising over Vieques and you let out a quiet sigh of satisfaction. This is the vacation that you worked so hard for. When it is time to start your daily activity, you will love the location of the Villa. The Plaza which is the "town center" in the community is just a five minute walk. There are restaurants, a market and concerts during the weekend. The beach and marina are just a few minutes walk beyond the Plaza. You will find that the Villa is close to everything, but very peaceful and tranquil where it is situated.
My staff includes a House Manager, Handyman, Maid, and Concierge that are all fluent in english and spanish. The House Manager is also available 24/7 during your stay. If something breaks, we will address the issue immediately. As a member of the Palmas Athletic Club, I am able to get you into the Palmas pool, tennis club, golf courses, and fitness center. There is also a pool, sauna, and gym( free internet and cable)within the complex. I hope you read the reviews and feel free contact me with any questions. Also, linens, towels, and beach chairs provided.
PS Baby Gear!!! Our family has recently grown with the birth of our twins. If you have small children, the condo is equipped with three pack and plays, two booster seats, fences, toddler beach chairs, and toys for the beach. We also have a babysitter that you you can contact whom we trust and highly recommend. The Baby Gear is stored out of sight if you are on an adult holiday.
Keywords: condo, villa, new, ocean view, beach access, rainforest view. multi-level, close to shopping, walk to restaurants, marina, pool, gym, secure, private, gated, access to Palmas Athletic Club Beach, Tennis, Golf, and Fitness Center.
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- May 22, 2018
About Matthew Sorensen
I am a Captain at a major airline. I am based in Boston, Ma. and live in Portsmouth NH. I have the ability to travel and have done so to many island destinations. This is the BEST!!
Matthew Sorensen purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Matthew Sorensen chose Candelero Abajo
This location is five minutes from the beach, shopping, marina, and restaurants in a thriving resort community. Being a PAC member gives myself and my guests access to the pool, golf and tennis in Palmas.
What makes this Villa unique
My Villa is like no other in Palmas del Mar since it is at the highest point in the community. It lends spectacular views of the ocean, rainforest, and Vieques from 3 balconies. The tradewinds add a constant cool breeze over the sound of surf. There is tranquility with a location that has easy access to all the amenities Palmas has to offer. As seen on House Hunters International, Puerto Rico. I am a PAC member which gives you access to the Palmas pool, golf, tennis , and fitness facilities.
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One of the best. Ever.
This is one of the best VRBOs we have ever stayed at - hands down. The villa has really fantastic views and the cross breeze is perfect. The 3 levels are fun - bedrooms on bottom, kitchen/dining in the middle, and a truly amazing family room on top.The 3 decks are dreamy, very private for sun tanning, shade, or resting. We liked the design and decor. The amenities at Palmas Del Mar that Matt has access to are top-notch. You can take the golf cart all around the resort. His communication is prompt and informative as are his financial transactions. We only stayed 3 days, and wished it were a week.
There is a local grocery store nearby in Hamacao - Ralph's Food Warehouse - that we preferred to support rather than the Walmart there. The produce was fantastic - way better fruits than we can get in Minnesota this time of year. It is as large and full of options as stores in the States.
There is also a tiny grocery within the Palmas Del Mar resort that has almost everything you need. The same courtyard has a couple of restaurants, bar, shops, frozen yogurt and pretty good pizza at Flying Pizza. Fun place for kids. Beach Bohio is a must eat - casual dining with fantastic hamburgers and strong drinks literally RIGHT next to the ocean. It is on the beach behind the Waldorf Garden in Palmas Del Mar - which also has a casino and a cute sweets shop - David's Cookies.
We had a car so we left the resort to take a drive South along highway 3 - a fun, curvy road that follows along the ocean. Through several towns along the way there are great local, open-air bars with some darn good empanadas. The hills make for some amazing ocean views. We rented the car from Enterprise in San Juan and paid a small fee to return it near Fajardo - stopping first to get ferry tickets to Culebra Island and then having lunch at the amazing El Conquistador Resort where the car rental office is. They drive you back to the ferry dock. We found the ferry was a pleasant experience, no issues at all - but we made the trip on a Thursday to avoid any weekend hassles.
There are not many places we would return to - preferring the adventure of traveling to new Caribbean islands. But we'd reconsider returning to Puerto Rico - Matt's condo is that amazing.
Thanks for letting me and my family stay here and I will love to do it again in the future
COMPLETE DISSAPPOINTMENT! If looking for a relaxing, enjoyable vacation....seek elsewhere
Would not stay here again, was a complete disappointment and took away from a true vacation experience.After flying all day, drove approx. and hour to meet house manager at property and get keys. Was briefly walked thru home, and shown the layout. Starving, having not having had a real meal all day my family and I headed to the Plaza for dinner. Bellies full, we returned back to property desiring to relax on the balcony, enjoy a cold beverage, and begin making memories. At least that's what I envisioned when planning this trip. Far from reality..Instead I spent the evening washing bedding for all 4 beds because they all had stains and did not look washed. While stripping bed in master noticed dime sized dust bunnies on top of ac which is placed directly over headboard blowing out above your head. Showers were dingy and gross in all bathrooms and needed a good cleaning. Toilet leaking, but was fixed I sprayed with bleach and wore my flip flops. The kitchen seriously made me want to cry at this point of annoyance and exhaustion after traveling all day. Dishes in sink, only surface that looked cleaned was counters. When you turned sink on handle fell off. Water would turn on by itself randomly in kitchen followed by a horrible noise. Fridge was not cool, dirty, and we saw a roach when we opened door and other places throughout home. We have photos to validate all statements. Needless to say we ate out ALL meals out which was a big unexpected expense. Used mini fridge for drinks. Size limit of this review is is prohibiting all details see Also, previous review August 2017 . I mistakenly thought was over exaggerated after reading owners reply. Outdoor pub table, and hammock that looked so inviting in pic. No relaxation there either, hammock had large hole and was unusable. Pub chairs broke. Kids went to watch TV upstairs and that was broken also. They did replace the TV the night before we left, and sent a guy out that sprayed for bugs on our second day, which actually made them worse as they came out running everywhere. Wifi/internet was not working entire stay either. Spoke to owner 2 days prior to arrival as he had just checked on it. Was reassured all was up to par. Property owner did reimburse one night of the stay, hardly worth the aggravation. Look elsewhere until this place has an overhaul..
I addressed every issue with the guests personally and reimbursed them for one night's stay. Three other parties stayed at the condo that month with no complaints. I strongly feel that these complaints are exagerrated and unfair.
I would like to respond to the bigger items here. The cleaning service was contacted right away to have these issues addressed and they were. As far as insects, I have never had an issue unless food is left out( it is the tropics). Regardless, professionals were brought in to the property to fix the problem. The issues with the TV and refrigerator were due to power surges from ongoing repairs on the island. A new TV and refrigerator were ordered immediately. The pub stool is missing a foot rest ( chair is not broke) and the hammock has a small rip the size of a hand. The AC units are cleaned every six months. The linens were all replaced recently.
In the last year, the condo has received over $6000 in upgrades which include new living room furniture, patio furniture, two lazy boy chairs, dressers, linens, tv, and kitchen refrigerator.
I would kindly ask that you read the majority of the reviews on my site which portray a more accurate picture.
Don't get the perfect reviews...Property needs many repairs and upgrades.
Arrived early and cleaning lady was still there so we quickly changed clothes and left (returned approx 4 hours later). Cleaning job very sub par. Food from refrigerator/freezer was discarded, but neither had been truly cleaned in a long time. Silverware tray was filthy, cabinets need to be cleaned. Good quality of pots but all the frying pans are seriously warped. Many of the drawer pulls were hanging on one side - needing screws. Towel bar in main floor bathroom was hanging. All the window sills were filthy. Hand rails on steps appear to have never been wiped.
The towels and sheets (white) were very worn and stained - gross! We washed them but still
stains... Pillows needed to be folded about 4 times to get a good pad. All the furniture is stained and the arms of most the sofas and chairs are ripped and thus, are covered with a piece of fabric. I mean, it doesn't look bad with the arm covers, but still! The table and chair set on the deck were pretty raggedy so we didn't use them. Jetted tub in master bedroom does not work and the grout was disgusting. Wouldn't have even used the tub but I have a 3 year old. Ceiling over shower was peeling
Also, was told that renting a golf cart would be around $20 per day, then upon arrival, property manager told us $35, we called to reserve one and it was actually $65 - about the same as our rental car. We opted to not get a cart and just paid to park at the lot across from the resort (about $3 per hour or $20 valet).
The wifi was iffy, and only worked if we were sitting right next to the router (3rd/top level). Which sucked because while I was on vacation from work, I was not on vacation from school and had several assignments to complete. So, I had to sit in that one precise spot and make sure not to move my laptop around too much.
All in all, the property itself was not very inviting and we spent very little time there. The pool area is lovely though so when we were at the property, we pretty much stayed in the pool/hot tub. We opted to not pay $15 to use the resort amenities as the pool over there isn't that big and the beach is pretty rough.
So property met our needs as far as location, but needs many repairs and a more thorough and professional cleaning (AFTER EACH GUEST!) , new furniture with stain guard, new sheets & towels. Spend a couple thou and bring the property up to par!
We ended up forfeiting our last two days and moved to a hotel in San Juan. I do have pics to support this review
Being that this is the first negative review, I am personally going to visit the condo and immediately make sure that all of these issues are addressed. I will be in contact with the House Manager and maid.
Unfortunately, golf carts vary in price and that is the highest number that I have seen.
The wifi is not as fast as the states, but should work fine.
It seems that all of my guests in the last month( and recent months prior) since this review have been very satisfied. Regardless, I am getting on a airplane today to take care of this.
Update: I take every review to heart. After reading this, I was on a flight less than twelve hours later. In fairness, it was an excuse to complete my biannual check on the Villa to make sure everything is above par.
One arm on each sofa was worn from people putting their feet up. These items were slated to be replaced in the off season( sep-oct). The outdoor furniture downstairs was showing minor rust on the legs from the salt air, but in good condition. Regardless, all were replaced with a few additions:)
The other issues were grossly exaggerated and untrue. However, the towels, linens, and pillows were all replaced. This is also done annually.
Touch up paint was completed over a very small area, but not necessary in the master bathroom. This is due to the high humidity in this part of the world.
I urge all my guests to contact me immediately if any issues arise. The House Manager lives in Palmas and takes care of it right away. If this guest had just called me, I would have gladly offered my help and given some form of reimbursement. This did not take place.
I believe that the other reviews on this page have a more accurate reflection of my Villa, Any future issues that may arise will be taken care with no questions asked. Which is and will always be my policy in order that you and your family have a memorable experience.
beautiful home, beautiful views and more than enough room & comfort for my family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers!
The house is beautiful, the pictures do not do the house justice!
Matt is very professional from beginning to end, the place is beautiful, and I had ZERO complaints!
30 minute drive to Rainforest, 20 minute drive to ferries to islands of Vieques and Culebra, 20 minute drive to Bioluminescent bay, 10 minute drive to local shopping center. Check out a similar property on House Hunters International, Puerto Rico.
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