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VILLA DELFINA A Destination for the Discerning Guest

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Rio Mar Cluster 2 Villa Rental Photos and Description

A distinguished and refined 2 bed/ 2 bath villa in Rio Mar

Named after Rodrigo's grandmother, a beautiful Puerto Rican woman known for her rich, flowing hair, as well as the pistol she packed in her purse, Villa Delfina takes its inspiration from a simpler, romantic era in Puerto Rico. Like its namesake, Villa Delfina is defined by a refined, rare elegance, but provides many surprises around every corner.

When we first encountered this villa, it had been long neglected for many years, but we loved its bones and soon became enchanted by its quiet, romantic garden view, one that all visitors have characterized as quintessentially Puerto Rican. As we are architectural purists, we have restored it within the framework of the original architectural vision of Rio Mar, and have updated all systems and appliances in a way that discerning guests expect. It is now a handsome home where one can imagine hosting both a sumptuous cocktail party or a group of friends and family who have just returned from the beach ready to kick back and watch a movie as the catch of the day grills on the outdoor barbecue.

Villa Delfina is best suited for families of four or two discerning couples looking for a rare taste of Puerto Rico at its finest. One bedroom downstairs has a queen bed and ensuite bath, and one bedroom upstairs has a king bed and also has an ensuite bath. As with all of our Villas in Rio Mar, the kitchen is appointed with highest quality cookware, and all bedding features high thread count cotton linens. The villa is cooled naturally by Puerto Rico's tradewinds; all rooms have ceiling fans and the bedrooms are outfitted with A/Cs. High speed wifi and cable are also included.


Please see our other properties in Rio Mar's Cluster II:

VILLA FORTUNA. A beautiful 2 bedroom villa overlooking the Cluster II pool:

VILLA PADILLA TRICE A stunning 3 bedroom villa with two terraces and gorgeous views:

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Rodrigo and Elliott
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Rodrigo and Elliott

Professionals in the design and beauty industries, Rodrigo and Elliott spend their time between New York City and Rio Mar.

Rodrigo and Elliott purchased this villa in 2014

Why Rodrigo and Elliott chose Rio Grande

Historically the second home community of Puerto Rican families, Rio Mar has always been known across the island as an exclusive retreat for Puerto Rican professionals that resorts built later have tried to replicate. The architecture of the villas across the property conforms to the rolling shape of the hills, making each villa unique and the grounds feel organic. A native of Puerto Rico, Rodrigo spent his teenage years at Rio Mar, and dreamed of owning a property here while growing up. Living in New York City crystallized the need to have a retreat to relax and recharge. At Rio Mar, we've found the perfect villa to do just that.

Guestbook comments from the owner

After attempting to post his review of his two week stay with his wife at Villa Delfina, and receiving an error message from the Homeaway website on both attempts, our guest Michael B. sent us the following review via email. A special thank you to Michael for taking the time to write this review 3 times.


The chilled wine and gentle music that greeted our arrival at Villa Delfina set the tone for our stay there. It is ‘High End’ from the features and fittings (just love those elegant chandeliers), to the most comfortable beds, the fluffy white towels, the décor (we loved Don Quixote, too)….we could go on, but suffice it to say that the Villa’s features made for a most amenable stay . We have not visited Puerto Rico before, so there were lots of trips out-and-about; and how nice it was to return to the comforts of the Villa. Had we wanted a more ‘chilled out’ holiday, all the elements are there in Rio Mar Cluster 2. The impressive private pool, which we had almost to ourselves, the private beach with its own private, adjacent pool ….and if you’re feeling energetic it’s a stroll along the beach to the Wyndham hotel with its pool bar – and, of course, rum and coke! We can’t comment sensibly on eating-out as we’re foodies who love cooking, so we ate in or BBQ’d for most of the time; the Villa’s kitchen is well equipped and had everything we needed – not least a corkscrew! How nice to enjoy a BBQ on the balcony overlooking the adjacent gardens. (The whole of the Rio Mar real estate with its gardens is a well-manicured delight). Coming from UK there were lots of new and attractive recipe ingredients at Ralph’s supermarket (about 15 minute’s drive away along Route 3) and if you run out of anything there’s a mini-market at the bottom of the hill. It’s all so convenient.

So, a really special holiday for us, but this review would not be complete without mention of Lydia who manages Villa Delfina for Elliott and Rodrigo. She is both efficient and charming, and nothing was too much trouble to make our holiday the success that it was. Thank you Lydia; thank you Elliott and Rodrigo.
Mar 2016
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VILLA DELFINA A Destination for the Discerning Guest
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 18 reviews

Beautiful high end villa with great customer service

  • 4 of 5

We just got back from a week long stay at Villa Delfina. The villa looks exactly like the pictures online: Beautiful! Elliot and Rodrigo have great taste! Nothing cheap or shoddy. High end all the way! We had a few glitches and Lydia was SUPER responsive. Wine was chilling in the fridge and jazz music was playing when we arrived!!! A few staples were provided (mangoes, oranges, coffee) to get us started before we could make it to the market. I recommend SELECTIOS Supermarket just a few blocks West on Route 3 behind the KFC and Burger King. There is a Walgreens in that shopping center also. We also went to Ralphs and Super Wal-Mart a bit further west on Route 3. We had a rental car (which I highly recommend). The area is relatively easy to navigate.

The pool in cluster 2, a few steps from the villa, was lovely, as were the facilities at the private beach club. This villa is located on the property of the Wyndham Rio Mar. You can drive over to the Wyndham (but have to pay to park there) and use the casino, restaurants, beach (just not the pool). We rented jet skies one day on the beach just outside the Wyndham. The waves are a bit rough here, but if you go to Luquillo Beach the water is very calm (although Luquillo Beach is very crowded on the weekends). The road to the El Yunque Rainforest is directly across the street at the light on Route 3 where you turn to go to the Wyndham property/villas. Once you cross the street the road curves to the right. There is a FANTASTIC Bakery on your right (Puerto Rican Bakery). They serve hot meals, sandwiches, pastries, etc. The daily special on the weekend is super cheap and tasty. The food was cheap and delish! We went there at least 3-4 times. A little past the bakery are two neat little gift shops off the beaten path.

Having a car made it easy to travel into San Juan on the highway (66). A day in old San Juan is a must!

Overall, we loved the villa and location. We have a few recommendations for the hosts:

1. Since there is no A/C in the living room (A/C in the bedrooms work very well) and the front and back doors are entirely made of glass, we thought it might be good to have curtains on the front and back doors that can be drawn shut for privacy and to block the sun in the afternoon.

2. While you do have all of the appliances needed to cook (pots, pans, BBQ) , there is no microwave. It would have been great to have a small counter microwave to re-heat leftovers.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing our villa for your stay in Rio Mar! And thank you for all of the compliments and recommendations--very much appreciated! We hope to see you again soon!
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Perfect villa, perfect location, perfect vacation (April 2016)

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (kids 12, 14) spent a week at the Villa Delfina. It was a fantastic vacation in large part thanks to this wonderful villa, the location, and the suggestions and help from Elliott and Lydia. Rio Mar was the perfect base for us - close to the beach, easy access to El Yunque, Luquillo/surfing, Fajardo, OSJ, etc. There were many great dining options within easy driving distance.

The Villa itself was absolutely wonderful. It looks just like the pictures- beautifully restored, retaining the character of the villa. It's nestled into a small cluster of villas. Parking is easy. The area was quiet during our stay, but not deserted feeling. The villa is very comfortable, clean, stylish, with plenty of space for the 4 of us. As others have said - the furnishings, towels, toiletries, cooking utensils are all of great quality. What the pictures can't capture is the wonderful breeze that blows through the villa, the sound of the coquis at night, the pleasure of having morning coffee and an evening glass of wine on the balcony looking out over the treetops. We fit in lots of activities - but it was a vacation just being at the villa!

Elliott was very responsive and helpful in answering my many questions before we rented. His instructions and suggestions for activities, restaurants were great. We tried and enjoyed a number of the restaurants. (Our whole family enthusiastically seconds L'Estacion in Fajardo. We returned there our last night - great atmosphere & food!). Lydia (house mgr) was available during our stay, and accommodating of our late night arrival. The villa was ready for us with chilled wine, coffee, fruit and great music playing. The guards were all welcoming. We have rented quite a few times through VRBO/HomeAway - but this is the first property to which all 4 of us agreed we would be happy to return year after year!

(From our 12-yo who wanted an opportunity to review!)

"From a child's point of view I enjoyed this Villa very much. I am obsessed with making sure things are clean, and this Villa met my standards. It was kept in pristine condition with decoration, but not too much so that you couldn't make it your own. It was very close to the clusters pool so you could easily walk to it. Something I especially enjoyed were the paw prints in several of the the tiles in the villa. If you are looking for a place that is kid friendly but sophisticated, this is the place to rent!"

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for all of your kind words. We're so glad to have earned your entire family's praise and approval--especially your 12 year old's! And delighted you noticed all of the paw prints in the saltillo tile. When we installed them there were a few with gorgeous little (and some big!) paw prints, so we placed them strategically around the villa so people could find them. Wonderful that you recognized and loved all of the details. Needless to say, we would love to welcome you back on your next trip. See you soon!
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  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely holiday based in Villa Delray, Puerto Rico. We were impressed by the villa's causal vibe, well stocked kitchen and quality linens and towels. The unit was clean and welcoming. The crosswinds provided constant breeze so we never activated the air conditioner. The outdoor patio off the living room offered protected afternoon sun. We were steps from the cluster 2 pool (not very clean) and ten minutes walk to a beautiful beach and beach pool (wonderful).

We were disappointed that we were not well directed to nearby restaurants and grocery facilities. The beauty of renting a condo is the ability to stock your own kitchen and the stores in this area were at least 25 minutes drive away and the quality and selection of produce was disappointing. We ate at the hotel twice and both meals were expensive and mediocre. We visited Richie's on the hill, and while the view was beautiful, the food again disappointing. We played golf and tennis through the resort and we enjoyed the experience. We visited the Bio Bay in Fajardo and though the glow was low, the kayaking through the mangrove swamp was an adventure. The best visit during our stay was to the Yunque Rainforest just 15 minutes away from the villa. It was a spectacular display of tropical plants with well laid out trails and vistas.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So wonderful to hear that you enjoyed Villa Delfina during your stay at Rio Mar. And thank you for noticing the linens, towels and kitchen. One of the most dreadful things a vacationer can imagine is to land at their destination only to be greeted by a residence less comfortable than their own. Too often this is the case, which is why we appointed the villa with only the highest quality finishings to ensure all of our guests have a wonderful stay. As for some of your experiences outside of the villa, we're disappointed that you were not able to enjoy the same level of refinement--and wish you had contacted our house manager or concierge to help direct you to the right places when you were not finding what you were looking for. As we provide a comprehensive list of recommended grocery stores and restaurants nearby, we're wondering if you had an opportunity to review what we sent. There is a grocery store about 10 minutes away (Ralph's) that tends to have high quality produce, and our concierge is also able to provide our guests with grocery delivery of whatever items they are looking for. Given that PR is an island it is admittedly sometimes hard to find produce, but our concierge has great connections and is often able to find our guests exactly what they are looking for. The restaurants at the hotel tend to be of 'hotel quality,' which is why we recommend going off property for dining at the more local places, especially the wide range of restaurants in Luquillo and at the beach nearby. Regarding your experience at Richie's, we will definitely update our recommendations to reflect your opinion. They have great views best enjoyed in the afternoon, and tend to be over priced, but given your review, we will definitely only start recommending them for appetizers and drinks. Other than your experiences with food, it's great to hear that you were able to take advantage of both tennis and golf at the resort, and had an opportunity to experience the Bio Bay and El Yunque nearby. We would love the opportunity to welcome you back, and when you come, we promise to ensure that your culinary experiences rise to the level of the rest of your experience!
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Fantastic place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a fantastic stay at Villa Delfina. We have rented in Puerto Rico several times, among other places, and we have never had such an impressive and appealing place before.

Elliott is incredibly prompt to work with, and he has suggestions for just about anything you can think of - activities, restaurants, etc. Lydia, the property manager was extremely attentive to any question we had while we stayed at the villa as well.

What was particularly striking about this place is that it didn't feel like a rental castoff that had an owner's leftovers of kitchen supplies, furniture, etc. Everything from the decor, to the cookware, to the beach towels were of high quality and showed extreme care for detail. It is undeniable that a lot of pride and thought have gone into making this villa enhance someone's stay, and that endeavor was highly successful. We will most certainly be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted that you had such a wonderful stay--and that you noticed the attention to all of the little details! We can't wait to welcome you back soon!
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Gourmet two bedroom villa

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay this villa! Besides relaxing in the beautiful and luxurious decor, we appreciated the Malin and Goetz toiletries, high-end all clad cookware and delicious wine, coffee and fresh fruit bowl upon our arrival! A real treat to stay here. The local restaurant suggestions and activities list were also very useful.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you noticed all of the nice little high end details! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Good value

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a nice condo at a very reasonable price, consider this one. Rio Mar is a lovely resort, with a beautiful beach, plenty of pools, tennis courts (practically unused), and a serious looking golf course (although I didn't have time to play). The condo is located in one of the nearby developments, about a mile from the main hotel and a 1/2 mile to the beach. The condo itself is plenty adequate, nothing too fancy but contains a well equipped kitchen, a nice sitting area, and two bedrooms/bathrooms (with A/C). It was a little tight for our family of 5 but overall we were very pleased.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Luis Munoz Marin Airport, San Juan (SJU)
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Rio Mar Beach
Car: recommended

The villa is located in Cluster II of the Rio Mar Resort. On the Rio Mar property guests have access to the cluster's private pool and to the private Rio Mar Residents' Beach Club, which also has a large pool, beach chairs for your relaxation and food and drinks on the weekends. Two award winning golf courses (Ocean and River), as well as an extensive tennis center featuring Har-Tru courts are available for sports enthusiasts. The Wyndham Rio Mar resort on the property also features a wide variety of restaurants and a casino.

The villa's location makes it a great launching point to see the sites outside of the property as well. El Yunque Rainforest is a five minute drive away, Old San Juan is only about 40 minutes away. Laguna Grande, one of only five bioluminescent bays in the entire world, is nearby for an evening excursion, the beautiful islands of Culebra and Vieques are easy day trips as well. (See map above for location of the villa and locations of these places.)


Rates & Availability

Rio Mar Cluster 2 Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter / Spring 2016 - 2017
Nov 16 2016 - Apr 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 7.0%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Rio Mar Cluster 2 Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Downstairs Bedroom: Queens Size bed with ensuite bathroom Upstairs Bedroom: King Size bed with ensuite bathroom and small terrace
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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