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The Garden Bungalow - Beachside Tropical Oasis, Saltwater Pool, Walk to Beach

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

A three bedroom bungalow with all the comforts to make it your resort for a week

The GARDEN BUNGALOW is newly renovated and offers a chic and modern beach house vibe that is a perfect place to relax after a day exploring the stunning beaches that Vieques has to offer. This fresh and comfortable unit offers exceptional value and is located just a five minute stroll from La Chata beach where you can do a bit of beach combing or for the more adventurous, surfing when the waves are at their best.

This unit offers sleeping for six adults with three bedrooms; the master bedroom has a king bed with a private sitting area for reading, two with queen beds and two and one half baths. The beds offer high thread count linens and our baths are stocked with Egyptian cotton spa towels. The kitchen is fully equipped with new appliances including a refrigerator with an ice dispenser convenient for blending yourself tropical fruit drinks as well as all of the fittings to easily prepare a beach picnic or a gourmet meal served indoors in the dining room or al fresco on the expansive verandah. The kitchen and bathrooms are fitted with concrete countertops and sinks and the floors throughout are honed concrete that reveal an architectural finish. If you feel a night off from cooking is in order the Bravos Boyz can facilitate provisioning or assistance with catering if requested.

The GARDEN BUNGALOW shares a beautiful 14 x 28 foot crystal clear salt water pool with a dramatic water feature surrounded by tropical plantings and fruit grove. The Garden bungalow has its own expansive pool deck with chaise lounges and a shady poolside cabana with a powder room that allows maximum privacy and comfort for your poolside relaxation. This unit provides ample indoor living and dining areas and expansive outdoor spaces, making it ideal for larger groups.

The surrounding walled tropical gardens create a tranquil haven after a day enjoying the beautiful beaches of Vieques. The gardens boast a wide variety of tropical plantings including; spectacular Royal, Fishtail, Areca and Fan palms, showy Hibiscus, fragrant Ylang Ylang and Damas de le Noche, vibrant Crotons, delicate pink and red Ginger, stunning Giant Lily as well as Citrus, Avocado, Papaya, Pomegranate, Banana and Mango in the fruit grove.

This GARDEN BUNGALOW provides all the comforts of home including Satellite HD Television and Wi-Fi. All bedrooms are air conditioned for maximum comfort. Beach chairs, hair dryer, cooler, safe, and BBQ are also provided as well as ample off street parking .

The GARDEN BUNGALOW is professionally managed and you will be met by our local team to pick up your car and get a tour of the bungalows, and they will be on call for your entire stay.

More Details

Owner
Murray Skinner
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Murray Skinner

Avid Travelers currently living in Canada who have visited virtually every Caribbean Island. After spending a week in Vieques, we said this is it. The rest is history. Come and enjoy our property while visiting this amazing island.

Murray Skinner purchased this house in 2011

Why Murray Skinner chose Vieques Island

What our guests have said;

*Our Christmas week at the Bravos Bungalows-The Compound was everything we hoped for and more. The property was perfect for our large group and had everything we needed. Thanks again. Can’t wait to return

* Great week for a group of 9 – 83 years to 8 months old. Stayed at the Bravos Bungalows compound for over two weeks and loved it. Tons of space for solitude as well as public areas for the whole gang. Clean and well equipped. We were pleased with this place and and all the well thought out amenities, Hdtv, A/C, pool, security, furnishings, gardens, location. We will definitely be back.

*My husband and I can’t say enough about this rental. From the moment we landed in Vieques we knew we had found a true Carribean gem. Then, we opened the gates of Bravos Bungalows and we knew we had chosen the right place to stay. Conveniently located we felt at ease and they promptly answered all out questions. The house was beautifully decorated, very clean, well equipped and felt just like home. The kitchen was so well equipped we enjoyed dining in most nights so we could enjoy the beautiful outdoor space and swim under the stars. The air conditioner units in the bedrooms are terrific and cooled them in minutes while you brush your teeth! Having la Chata beach a couple doors down made for memorable morning walks with our coffee and the best sunset view with the main island in the distance. The rental was so comfortable and relaxing that we even spent 3 days there by the pool. Just what the doctor ordered! We will be going back to Vieques again and will stay here again!

*Island vibe” as they say in america met all expectations and more.

What makes this house unique

Having two living rooms, two full kitchens, 4 different outdoor spaces, and five bedrroms and bathrooms make this very family friendly and conducive for larger groups.

Located in the Garden District it is in the best neighbourhood in Vieques and is only steps from the beach which is not very common for many Vieques rentals.

FAQ's

How long have you owned a house on Vieques?

We first visited Vieques in February 2011 and bought the bungalows in November 2011. The property underwent a 13 month renovation which retrofitted the main house and creating the second bungalow. The renovation included new furniture, appliances and bathrooms and was finished in December 2012.

Do you have air conditioning?

Yes, the bedrooms have A/C Units and each room has a ceiling fan.

How many bathrooms do you have?

Four full bathrooms plus a powder room.

How many does the guesthouse sleep?

10 comfortably, 12 if using the screened in terrace. The house has 5 bedrooms, two with a king sized beds, three with queen sized beds and the screened in room has two twin beds.

Are there beach chairs?

Yes, we have beach chairs for you to take to the beach.

Is there a cooler to take to the beach?

Yes! There are two large coolers with wheels.

Is there a Washing Machine and Dryer?

Yes!

Is there a dishwasher?

Yes, each kitchen has a dishwasher.

Do you have a TV?

We have two HD TVs one in each bungalow, both with satellite TV (dish network).

Do you have a telephones?

Yes, the plan includes free calls to the U.S. mainland.

Will my cellphone work?

There is coverage throughout the island but the signal may be weaker at some of the beaches.

Are there roosters in Vieques?

Yes, like them or not they are all over Vieques and In Bravos de Boston. They are part of the culture and the island's charm.

Is there parking available for a car?

Yes! We have offstreet parking spots for three vehicles

Do you have wifi or internet access?

Yes, we will provide the access credentials when you check in.

Amenities

Bravos de Boston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Ceiling fan and AC
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

Reviews

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5

The perfect island retreat!!!

  • 5 of 5

Bravos Bungalows offers a tropical paradise nestled within its gated property. From the moment you walk through its garden gate you enter into a lush tropical retreat that surrounds the warm salt water pool. Irresistible!!!

The Garden Bungalow with its three spacious bedrooms, fully appointed kitchen, living and dining area (indoor and out) was perfect in every way. The modern design of the house and tasteful décor exceeded our expectations. The house and property was immaculately clean and well groomed.

If you are lucky enough to meet the owners Laurel and Murray you are in for a treat, they are a lovely, lovely couple!! They offered a plethora of information regarding the islands many beaches, shops, great restaurants, wild horses and the best place to buy the perfect sun hat.

I would definitely recommend the Garden Bungalow to anyone looking a tropical getaway on the beautiful island of Vieques offering the privacy of your own home to share with friends and family.

On a side note I understand that if you looking to have a evening in at the Bungalows their is a local chef on the island the you can hire to cook a special meal!!! Perfect, right......

Cheers, enjoy!!

Rick

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you and we hope to see you back on Vieques soon. Murray and Laurel
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5

Outstanding, comfortable, and gorgeous garden

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four could not have been happier with our stay. The home was so clean, lovely decorations, and lovely hosts. We were always delighted to arrive back at the home to its comfort and beauty. One afternoon we just napped and enjoyed the pool and porches. We could have done that for the entire week and been in peace. If anything we wish we had more time at the home but there was so much to see on the island....all of the pristine beaches, animals, birds, fish... We were in heaven. Quirky island with personality and demanding your flexibility and roll will with it attitude. Absolutely a dream for us. We made friends in our hosts. Feeling very fortunate.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

One helluva retreat!

  • 5 of 5

The grounds are gorgeous. The facilities are like a retreat. The overall aesthetics are 100% complete, like an oasis, and this is especially noteworthy b/c the owners, Laurel and Murray, did all the floor planning on their own. I've never been partial to pools, but this one is is spa-worthy! Bravos Bungalows worked wonders on my ability to unwind from the daily grind, but the owners, Laurel and Murray, made my stay noteworthy. Any questions I had about the area were answered, and then some. Need a suggestion on what to do on a limited time budget? Ask the Skinners. Can't find what you're looking for in the grocery store? Ask the Skinners. Need a little extra friendship? Pet their loving, rescued dog, Elliot, for some lovin'. Can't ask for more from a single haven on Vieques. The only thing I was longing for was more time at Bravos Bungalows. Until next time...

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joanne Thanks for the kind words. Elliot is begging for more attention Until next time. Glad you had fun. Murray and Laurel.
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5

A Perfect Escape!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second and not my last stay at Laurel and Murray’s beautiful villa, I hope! The design of Bravos Bungalows (a.k.a. Casa del Skinner) is great and so was this visit. Each unit has it’s own private areas which look out onto the pool deck. Everything continues to be beautifully maintained and updated amidst the amazing maturing and greening of the grounds.

Poolside cocktails after a day at one of the island’s many incredible beaches led the way to fabulous meals on the patio. The kitchen was well equipped and made dinner preps a breeze.

Provisioning in town is fun and inspires every home-chef’s creative juices. Keeping in mind that everything must be imported and market days occur only twice a week, we built our agenda around the access to great fresh fruit and veggies.

From this convenient location, we took advantage of a number of area activities - Bio-bay tours, snorkelling, swimming, hiking the Pier, visiting the Fort, sunset parties, post-sunset parties and post-post sunset parties at local eateries and watering holes, beach glass hunts, art gallery shopping and just plain ol’ relaxing. On this trip, however, several of us needed to just ‘unplug'. The six seater rental golf cart was perfect for our daily runs to the beaches. With beautiful horses wandering freely everywhere on the island, roosters to nudge us awake each day and frogs singing us to sleep, everything was perfect.

Thank you, Laurel and Murray, for continuing to share your beautiful home! Hard to leave !!!

RJ

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your very kind words Randy. We are always so happy when our guests enjoy Vieques and the Bungalows as much as we do. We look forward to having you back soon!
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5

Wonderful place to stay and enjoy

  • 5 of 5

The garden bungalows are a great place to stay while in Vieques. The pool is beautiful and refreshing after a long day at the beach! The bungalow has lots of outdoor spaces to choose from so you can either sunbath or relax in the shade.

The inside of the house was great for my family of four. The kitchen is well equipped to make all of your meals. The bedrooms were comfortable with AC and nice linens. The house was relatively quiet except for the chickens and dogs (which is just part of island life).

Murray and Laurel were gracious hosts and gave tons of local information to us. There were nice beach towels for us to use and they have beach chairs, an umbrella and a cooler at the house. We only met Miles (the caretaker) but he was so nice and friendly.

This is a two unit bungalow. It is a great set up for two families to have private space but still be together. Note that you may be with another renter depending on whether it is rented. The owner was using the pool bungalow while we were there and as mentioned, they were great people!

The bungalow is in a great location- very close to Isabel II in the Bravos de Boston section of the island. In the afternoons, you can catch the "ice cream man" which is a golf cart with homemade icee (shaved ice with fruit). Or walk to the beach at the end of the street and look for sea glass.

We loved everything about the house and would certainly rent again.

Only one note which is make sure you bring (or buy) what you need for spices, plastic (bags, tinfoil or plastic wrap) and condiments as the kitchen is very clean. It isn't a problem but in hindsight I would have brought less clothing (as the washer/dryer are conveniently located) and more provisions as they are expensive to buy and large sizes. At Morales, there are no small sizes of mustard or mayonnaise so it makes it hard to "dress" sandwiches. This is no reflection on the bungalow but more of a "know before you go" advice.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the review and we are glad you enjoyed the Garden Bungalow while exploring our beautiful island. We hope to see you again. Happy Travels Murray and Laurel.
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Gorgeous gardens and pool!!

  • 5 of 5

Just spent 6 days at the Garden Bungalow and could not have dreamed of a better vacation. The house, pool, and gardens were fabulous and very well maintained. We were lucky enough to have the owners, Murray and Laurel in residence while we were there. They were a wealth of information and made us feel like locals right away. Very short walk to the beach and also short drive to shopping and more beaches. We rented a 6 person golf cart to travel around the island which was perfect for our group. We visited several different beaches (all were gorgeous!) and did the Bio-Bay kayaking trip. Managers Miles and Betty were also very accommodating and helpful. Owners and managers went way beyond good customer service! We would highly recommend this property! We loved it and plan to visit again next year. Thanks again Murray, Laurel, Miles and Betty!!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Vieques Airport. VQS
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Als Mar Azul
Nearest Ferry
0.4 Miles
Vieques Ferry
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
La Chata
Car: recommended

The Bungalow is located 120 yards from La Chata beach in the Garden District in Bravos de Boston. Vieques has been rated the number one Caribbean Island by Conde Naste magazine. It's unspoilt beauty and incredible beaches are the draw. This property is a perfect place to explore this incredible destination.

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Rates & Availability

Bravos de Boston House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$275
$1,550
 
 
Fall 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 16 2017
5 night minimum stay
$260
$1,650
 
 
Christmas/New Years 2017
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
$2,450
 
 
Season 2018
Jan 7 2018 - May 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
$275
$1,650
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,800
$5,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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