3BR 3.5 Baths sleeps 10 people comfortably
- english, Minimal Spanish- working on it!!
About Alma Bair
Our family lives in Massachusetts. We have four boys and travel to the villa occasionally when the kids are off from school. We enjoy swimming, hiking, snorkeling, golfing and experimenting with local cuisines! In addition to my villa I manage over 50 other beach villas in the area and love to host our guests.
Alma Bair purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Alma Bair chose Cerro Gordo
We first rented this property for a year from the original owner after we had stayed at Hyatt for a family vacation and fell in love with area. When it came on the market we did a lot of research as to other areas and properties in PR and concluded that Dorado was the best vacation spot for our family! The weather is fabulous- dryer than other parts of the Island. Our beach is a WHITE SANDY beach that feels very private. The town of Dorado is minutes away with great restaurants, nightlife, shopping, cinema and hiking trails. There are TWO resorts nearby and you can enjoy water sports, massages and other spa services, fabulous dining, kids programs, championship golf courses and more!
What makes this Villa unique
This Villa will feel like your private home and yet it offers you access to hotel quality amenities- the best of all worlds- lots of space - privacy and attentive service! Dorado is centrally located on the Island. It is 18 miles from San Juan airport with easy access. Also you can take day trips to every corner of the Island in this location. The beach in front of our home is white sand and very calm- perfect for our kids. The location of Dorado is the best in terms of weather since it has the protection of the rain forest and not as rainy as some parts in the South. Recently the Ritz purchased the old Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and upgraded it to a 5 star luxury property- this has attracted amazing restaurants and activities in the area. The Ritz has created a nature reserve on the property and developed an amazing waterpark, fitness center and upgraded the championship golf courses located minutes away from our home. Many of the resort amenities are available to our guests, including the spa, restaurants, golf, water sports and more!
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Wonderful stay at the Lakeside Villas!!!
Our stay at the Lakeside Villas was wonderful. The villa is simply stunning and beautiful. We stayed there for a week with family and we couldn't be happier. My only regret is that we had to leave. The villa is spacious with amazing high ceilings which give it a majestic look. The pool is literally outside your patio door and it was fantastic. The villa has everything you can possibly need from pots and pans in the kitchen to beach chairs. Whenever we had a question about anything Alex was there to help us. The villa is ideal for family getaways. It is extremely comfortable. The villa is situated close to everything from beaches to restaurants. You cannot go wrong with this property and I can't wait to go back. Thank you Alma!!!!
Perfect for our Family
We traveled to PR for Spring Break with our three kids (6,4,2) and had a wonderful time. The Villa is an easy 30-40 minute drive from the airport. We arrived and the fridge was stocked full of essentials and dinner was delivered from a local BBQ place. Alex was wonderful and took care of everything (including delivering a blender so we could make Pina Coladas).
After arriving we walked out on the veranda (the perfect spot to sit, relax and have meals) to a lush lawn, a pond full of friendly ducks and turtles and a large swimming pool equipped with a 1 ft deep baby area and 4 ft max depth throughout the pool. A perfect setup. The walk to the beach is about 5 minutes and we literally had it to ourselves. A short walk to the other end of the beach revealed an area protected from the waves and a perfect area for our kids to swim. The villa was equipped with all the umbrellas and beach chairs we needed.
The Villa itself is spacious and includes a large living area and kitchen. WIFI worked great as did cell phones (no extra charges for US carriers). Venturing out was also easy and fun. The town of Dorado is close and full of restaurants and shops. There are two grocery stores (SuperMax and Amigo) within a 10 minute drive. The local food was fresh and delicious. We took day trips to old San Juan to walk around and fly kites and another trip to the rain forest. Close to the villa is beach/park called Cerro Gordo. It's the local public beach - very lively, fun and safe. There are hiking trails nearby which offer sweeping views of the ocean and waves crashing and spraying on rocks. I didn't know that PR was so beautiful.
The combination of the convenience, service, location and beauty made Villa de Palma the perfect choice for our family vacation.
Great house and location for a family trip
We took our family Christmas vacation here and it was a perfect setting for our purposes. My wife and I have a 16 month old kiddo and we met my parents and sister for a week vacation. There are 3 bedrooms with their own bathroom so it's very comfortable. There's also a great kitchen and living room, we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves. The house is also fully furnished so you can live like you're home while you're away. Alma, Alex and Louis are also very friendly and helpful at all stages of the booking and during the stay.
The real plus with this property is the location. You exit your back patio door onto a nice veranda, that has a grill if you want to use it, a table and a couch. The best pool in the community is right there, 20 steps away. Also close to the sports courts and the lounge and the beautiful, semi-private beach is an easy 5 minute walk. We felt like we woke up in paradise every morning.
The only con I would mention is that if you expect a 5 star pampered experience this isn't the spot for you. No spas on-site, the accommodations are nice but they're not close to luxury. It's like you're staying at a friend or family member's house, not a hotel. There was no replacement toilet paper in the house besides the rolls that were installed when we arrived. No big deal, we bought some at a nearby grocery store, but that's kind of representative of the lacking frills. But by no means did it deter our good times.
The house was perfect for our family's needs and wants. Nobody enjoyed it more than our toddler. The saddest she ever was was when we had to take her out of the ocean. She fed the ducks in the little man-made lagoon each morning. She ran around the house without making us nervous that it wasn't baby-proofed enough. We also rented a high-chair and a crib from Alma for a small additional fee.
Very relaxing stay with very attentive hosts
We were six adults and it was great to be able to spread out with three large bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a beautiful large terrace with a view of the water. Alma and Alex were so responsive to us throughout our week. The villa itself was large and the beds were very comfortable but the decor was a bit dated. We had a great time visiting local attractions including the beautiful dorado beach and amenities. Alma was so helpful in advising us how to spend our time in paradise.
Thank you Laura for your warm review. Your family stayed at VILLA GRAN VISTA within the same community as VILLA DE PALMA- (property # 193307)- so this review is for VILLA GRAN VISTA and I just want to make sure our upcoming guests realize this. Villa de Palma is a LARGER villa with new living room furniture and a two story living space overlooking the lake and the pool in the community.
We are delighted you that you enjoyed Villa GRAN VISTA and that you gave us the opportunity to help you plan the vacation and to make the most of your time on this beautiful Island! We hope to see you back in Paradise!!
All the best,
Very nice accommodations!
Beautiful location near the ocean. Great restaurants a short drive away. Very comfortable beds.
Alma and Alex could not have been more accommodating.
Thank you Tom for your warm review. It was a pleasure hosting you. We are delighted you had a nice time and found Villa De Palma to be comfortable and well situated.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Paradise!! Alma and Alex
AMAZING EXPERIENCE- beautiful villa and beach
The photos of the place and beach do not do it justice. We were delighted when we saw how spacious the villa was and how close to everything the location. Alex and Alma were awesome, from when we booked till we left they checked in with us and made sure evertything was going well. Alma really knows the area and we went on a great snorkeling trip. Alex recommended Metropol restaurant, which was great and reasonably priced (we went for lunch) My husband golfed at the Ritz Reserve course 5 minutes away and my girlfriend and I went to old san JUan on the near by ferry. Fabulous vacation, we can not wait to come back.
Dorado is one of the premier resort areas of Puerto Rico. Situated centrally with easy access to both coasts. Our villa is walking distance to the Beach and adjacent to several resorts. Championship Golf courses are minutes away as are fabulous restaurants and site seeing!
Other Activities: mini golf, volley ball, basket ball , shopping , dining