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Serene Casa Overlooking a Unesco Biosphere Reserve, Isla Providencia

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Last updated: 09/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5-6 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Providencia Island, Colombia villa description

Do you dream of waking to a glorious pink sunrise? Stepping out onto your balcony, perched just above the calm turquoise waters? Are you dreaming of having a personal chef, to prepare you and your guests a sumptuous morning breakfast on the terrace?
Tropical juices, coffee, fresh cut papaya. Maybe a few organic eggs with some delicious Colombian arepas. Perhaps a young sweet coconut to finish. How else to start a beautiful vacation..?

El Monasterio del Viento (Monastery of the Wind) sits on the small volcanic island of Old Providence y Santa Catalina; hidden away in the most remote corner of the Caribbean. This island personifies what paradise truly is.
How does one define paradise? For myself it starts with being surrounded by warm, loving and caring people. A place where nature and all her gifts are valued and protected. An environment of peace and tranquility. Harmonious and unified, not fragmented nor exploited.


Located on Maracaibo Bay, El Monasterio is perched above a 'sea of seven shades of turquoise' looking out towards Cayo Cangrejo, directly within the borders of the National Park McBean Lagoon. This is part of the expansive UNESCO designated marine territory called the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve.
The house itself has been lovingly restored with charming artistic details throughout. It represents the best of Caribbean style living. It's comfortable and casual with spectacular views of the water in every direction. A soft sea breeze is continuous year round and can be enjoyed throughout the house.
Start your day from the yoga/meditation palapa over the water upon sunrise and then later, around siesta time from one of the many hammocks strung up around house. Take a nap or relax with cool island cocktail and some of your favorite music. (Note: My personal choice is Ron Zacapa Reserve 23 or Havana Club Anejo 7 year)
Inside the house there are four (4) large, light and airy bedrooms with four (4) full bathrooms. Three (3) bathrooms are en-suite. There is a spacious living and dining area, complete with floor to ceiling french doors that open onto a large stone terrace with plunge pool and outdoor dining area.

Snorkeling, Kayaking, and Kitesurfing in the gentle warm waters are literally right in front of you. Paddle over to Crab Cay!! Just step into the water in front of the house if you feel like going for a swim. If you're the type of person who prefers to laze around on an idyllic white sandy beach all day, then you're in for a treat. There are numerous long stretches of shaded beaches, two of which come with the most friendly little beach bars. One is owned by my good friend Richard Hawkins..aka.'.Mr Richards' on Southwest Bay. The other is Roland's Roots Bar on Manzanillo Beach. I won't say anything more than you'll want to cancel your return flight after hanging out here for the afternoon!

Other activities include...

- Trail Hiking to the peak ( an easy 2 hour hike )
- Guided horseback riding in the hills or beaches.
- Guided Artisanal fishing.
- Fantastic scuba diving.

With the world's 3rd longest continuous barrier reef, immense underwater biodiversity, warm tropical waters and excellent underwater visibility, Old Providence is Colombia's top diving destination. Once again all of the surrounding seas and reef areas have been designated as a marine protected area by UNESCO. There is an excellent dive operation on the Island called 'Felipe's' and he can accommodate all your needs.


Back at El Monasterio our talented and loving chef Ms. Dilcia is ready to prepare and share with you some of her delicious island recipes. Typical island dinners feature locally caught fresh fish, crab, conch and lobster. If you are a vegetarian or prefer something different NO problem...there are plenty of unique island grown vegetables and fruits to savor. Please note--- the HOUSEKEEPING and CHEF SERVICES are always INCLUDED in the rates listed. This way you're free to enjoy your vacation without having to always think about meal times, arranging restaurants, locations, schedules, shopping for food, preparing, cleaning up, etc.

The property is perfectly suited for honeymooners, families, weddings, groups or as a 'retreat destination'. Also consider it, if you're in need of a complete 'DIGITAL DETOX'. The house is best appreciated when you can just unplug and unwind.

As mentioned earlier it's absolutely an ideal house to base a Kite-surfing or Kayaking vacation. We have a two person kayak at the house for you to use anytime and can arrange for more if needed. There is also a person on the island that can give you lessons at Kite-surfing for a reasonable cost.
If you're interested in seeing a really beautiful video that gives the feel of the island and its' culture please search 'VIMEO Scott Sporleder' or 'VIMEO Juan Felipe Cortes'. Sorry but this site does not allow for hyperlinks. Scott's video is titled 'Isla Providencia' and Juan's is titled 'Roots'.

Finally, one personal thought that's very close to my heart. To me I feel that the Raizal families of Old Providence are truly blessed. It is such an honor to be around a community of people that are so warm, generous and respectful. If you get a chance to go to the island, please take time to experience fully in their way of living. Their calm, balanced and peaceful outlook. Find the opportunity to sit down with a local family to immerse yourself in an old story about the colorful history of the island. Perhaps a visit to a beautiful garden in the mountains tended to by a well known farmer. Or possibly getting to befriend a gifted artist or talented chef. Calypso music is also a very rich part of the Raizal heritage. Something extremely unique to this part of the Caribbean. If you're a music lover like me, you might be able to spend some time with a local legend named Willy T. and his fellow group of musicians. Lastly, please make sure you set aside time for the horse races that take place on Saturdays, directly on the beach at Southwest Bay. It's an unforgettable spectacle...
Make sure you have your camera.
Get to know the locals and make every effort you can to DIRECTLY support them in a sustainable and equitable way.
Happy to help with any questions that you might have regarding the island, things to do and how to travel to this unique, authentic Caribbean destination.
Warm regards,
Paul

PLEASE NOTE:
With our concern for your children's safety, we have a reservation policy as follows....

Unfortunately we cannot accept young children below 5 years of age, unless there is an adult who can take full responsibility and care for the little ones while at the house. We hope you can appreciate that both the owner and staff are committed and concerned about each and everyone's happiness and wellbeing. If you need to have a nanny to help out, please let us know and we can arrange one for you. Thank you for your understanding,

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 250 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Included In Price
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Included In Price

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Concierge
      • Daily Maid Service
      • Private Chef
      • Staff

      Suitability

      • Events Allowed
      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Children Welcome:

        With our concern for your children's safety, we have a reservation policy as follows.... Unfortunately we cannot accept young children below 5 years of age, unless there is an adult who can take full responsibility and care for the little ones while at the house. We hope you can appreciate that both the owner and staff are committed and concerned about each and everyone's happiness and wellbeing. If you need to have a nanny to help out, please let us know and we can arrange one for you. Thank you for your understanding, Paul...moreless

      • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
      • Wheelchair Inaccessible

      Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

      • Bedroom 1: 1 king

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      • Bedroom 2: 1 king

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      • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

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      • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

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      • There are 2 large bedrooms( king beds) each with their own full bathroom. They represent the second and third level over the living room/lounge area. Then there is a separate area that has stairs leading up to the 3rd bedroom. It has a queen bed and also a single bed along with the 3rd bathroom. From here you go up another short flight of stairs to the large loft area. Here there is another queen bed and a single bed. There is no bathroom in the loft. The 4th full bathroom is located on the ground floor next to the lounge and terrace....moreless

      Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

      Other Amenities

          • I have made my best effort to describe the property and what is included in your stay. There is always a chance that guest expectations catch us by surprise. Due to its extremely remote location certain things that we are all accustomed to cannot be provided. Some things like on demand hot water for showers are not practical due to the local price of energy. Energy generation happens locally through burning of diesel fuel, something we do not like to support and is very costly. Our water is solar heated! Again we are accustomed to having internet on demand. This is a problem on the island. The current technology is unreliable. Hence we cannot guarantee that you will have service at the house or on the Island. That said it usually does work.... Lastly the pool at the house is operational, though it is not a whirlpool nor Jacuzzi. It is meant for relaxing and having a drink in. The water is cool. These are the 3 things that potential guests need to be aware of, Thanks, Paul ...moreless

          Entertainment

          • DVD Player
          • Television

          Theme

          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities

          Attractions

          • Bay/Sound
          • Forests
          • Reefs
          • Restaurants

          Leisure Activities

          • Beachcombing
          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Horseback Riding
          • Paddle Boating
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking

          Location Type

          • Beach
          • Ocean View
          • Oceanfront
          • Waterfront
          • Waterfront

          local services and businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Laundromat
          • Medical Services

          sports and adventure activities

          • Deepsea Fishing
          • Fishing
          • Fly Fishing
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Pier Fishing
          • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
          • Snorkeling
          • Swimming
          • Wind-Surfing

          Dining

          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 10 people

          General

          • Air Conditioning
          • Filtered Water
          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room
          • Toilet Paper
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine

          Kitchen

          • 4 Ring Stove
          • Blender
          • Coffee Maker
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Freezer
          • Grill
          • Ice Maker
          • Lobster Pot
          • Oven
          • Pantry Items
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Toaster

          Outside

          • Balcony
          • Boat With Paddles
          • Deck / Patio
          • Kayak / Canoe:

            One 2 person kayak and also a pedal water taxi free for our guests to use....moreless

          • Lanai / Gazebo
          • Outdoor Grill:

            A large gas grille...moreless

          • Outdoor Grill Gas
          • Patio
          • Pedal Boat
          • Walkway To Water

          Pool / Spa

          • Outdoor Pool
          • Private Pool:

            Small pool to dip into. more like a plunge pool. It's NOT a whirlpool or jacuzzi. ...moreless

          breakfast meal type

              • Included In Price

              catering options

                  • Catering Available

                  dinner meal type

                      • Included In Price

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Included

                          lunch meal type

                              • Booking Possible
                               

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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              LOW
                              Aug 25 - Dec 14, 2014
                              5 night min stay
                              $525

                              Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                              HIGH
                              Dec 15 - Dec 20, 2014
                              5 night min stay
                              $575

                              Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                              PEAK CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS
                              Dec 21 - Jan 2, 2015
                              6 night min stay
                              $825

                              Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                              HIGH
                              Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2015
                              5 night min stay
                              $575

                              Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                              EASTER
                              Apr 1 - Apr 7, 2015
                              5 night min stay
                              $825

                              Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                              LOW
                              Apr 8 - Jun 9, 2015
                              5 night min stay
                              $525

                              Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                              My Standard Rate
                              5 night min stay
                              $525

                              Rates are based on 5 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest


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                              Fees:

                              • cleaning fee $50
                              • Taxes Included

                              Notes:

                              With our concern for your children's safety we have instituted these policies as follows....

                              We cannot accept children below the age of 5 UNLESS for EACH child below this age, there are 2 adults who take full responsibility for this 1 child's safety while staying at the house. We hope you understand that we are very concerned about children's safety as immediate emergency health care is limited.


                              Cancellation policy:

                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                              Last updated: 09/15/2014
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                              Location

                              1 Miles
                              Nearest Airport
                              Island airport

                              Car: Not Necessary

                               

                              Manager info

                              About: I manage the reservations for this unique beautiful home. If you need any questions answered about this house or about the Island, that's what I'm here for. I'm best described as a person who loves authentic people and experiences. Trying each day to respect my true nature and explore my own unique qualities. For me, less is more... having the time and freedom to discover ALL the beauty. I just want to feel alive, present. The Caribbean has been a passion of mine over many years. How I still live in mountains surrounding Santa Fe, New Mexico is beyond me !! Maybe its' the balance I get from spending time in both places. It somehow speaks to me. I love being around people but also enjoy my bouts of solitude. I feel my strengths include compassion for other beings, equanimity and patience. I don't really feel the need to dwell on any weaknesses. My view is that we might not be skilled in certain areas. That makes sense! Focus on your talents and don't get hung up on things!! Learn to trust and express your unique talents.


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                              Speaks: english, a little spanish

                               

                              Photos

                              • Looking out from one of the bedrooms

                                Looking out from one of the bedrooms

                              • Pool and patio area

                                Pool and patio area

                              • Indoor dining table and part of lounge area.

                                Indoor dining table and part of lounge area.

                              • 1st floor master bedroom

                                1st floor master bedroom

                              • Caribbean architecture at its' finest. This is a side view of the house.

                                Caribbean architecture at its' finest. This is a side view of the house.

                              • Artwork at the house.

                                Artwork at the house.

                              • Veranda on 2nd floor.

                                Veranda on 2nd floor.

                              • Loft bedroom

                                Loft bedroom

                              • Sitting area in the bedroom

                                Sitting area in the bedroom

                              • Part of the  terrace area with my favorite driftwood bench to sit on.

                                Part of the terrace area with my favorite driftwood bench to sit on.

                              • Cocktail and a good book.

                                Cocktail and a good book.

                              • McBean Lagoon

                                McBean Lagoon

                              • Looking out from the living room.

                                Looking out from the living room.

                              • The peak.... a very beautiful hike not to be missed!

                                The peak.... a very beautiful hike not to be missed!

                              • Morgans Head...One of the many terrific and mostly deserted snorkelling spots.

                                Morgans Head...One of the many terrific and mostly deserted snorkelling spots.

                              • Upstairs bedroom on the 2nd floor.

                                Upstairs bedroom on the 2nd floor.

                              • 2nd floor bedroom.

                                2nd floor bedroom.

                              • Morning breakfast or evening dinner

                                Morning breakfast or evening dinner

                              • An afternoon view of Cayo Cangrejo from the bedroom!

                                An afternoon view of Cayo Cangrejo from the bedroom!

                              • Playa Manzanillo..very quiet and tranquil

                                Playa Manzanillo..very quiet and tranquil

                              • Dusk

                                Dusk

                              • Palapa at night

                                Palapa at night

                              $525 - $825 per night (USD)
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                              4 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 10

                              View calendar: Updated 09/15/14
                              Minimum stay: 5-6 nights
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                              Providencia Island, Colombia #3006056ha

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