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Sanctuary in Paradise

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This little corner of paradise is located on the 18th floor of Playa Azul 1, a beachfront building in the seaside town of Luquillo. From its spacious 27 ft balcony one looks out on an unobstructed, glorious sweep of tropical ocean and palm-treed beaches. Overwhelming eye candy that photos simply cannot capture (try as I may). The balcony is where a breakfast of mango, papaya and pineapple is lazily taken in the morning; where, ensconced in a hammock, piña colada in hand, we watch the day slowly fade to dusk; where dinner is served al fresco. It is the dolce farniente sweet spot of our vacation.

The living space consists of two air conditioned bedrooms each complete with in-suite bath and walk-in closet and attractive furniture with ample storage space. Bedroom 1 has one queen sized bed and opens to the balcony. Bedroom 2 , a bit larger, has two queen sized beds and a wall of windows overlooking the ocean. A ceiling fan whoops up a gentle breeze if you prefer to shut out the breaking waves outside the window. Bed linen for all beds is high end cotton. So are the towels.

There is a fully equipped kitchen suitable for any culinary challenge. There is tableware for 8, enough that you don't need to run the dishwasher after every meal. There is also a washer and a dryer so you can pack lightly when travelling.

The sitting room is situated between the two bedrooms, insuring privacy at both ends. It is comfortable without being stuffy. There is a 47' TV with a cable connection and a DVD player . There is a wifi connection, there is a landline phone (although your mobile will do just fine on the island). There is a mini library of take-one/leave-one beach reads , board games, and several complete (one hopes:-)) decks of cards . There is a wall of windows to let the outside in and a wonderful gentle breeze to keep things cool.

Playa Azul 1 is part of a gated complex of three buildings that share a swimming pool, and tennis and basketball courts. The complex has its own security detail at the front gate, and the lobby of the building is manned 24 hours a day. The lobby key will also let you out the back door onto the local beach. It is a convenient elevator ride away, sparsely used and very pleasant. Beware however, it is not monitored by lifeguards, and undertow currents can at times be strong and challenging. There are in the apartment coolers, folding chairs and towels for your use on the beach. Alternatively, Balneario La Monserrate, AKA Luquillo Beach, the most renowned palmed beach on the island, is a picturesque stroll away along a secluded narrow stretch of beach, (or a 2 minute drive with plentiful parking). It has the benefit of lifeguards, very calm water and amenities such as food stands (yes, they serve piña coladas) and rentals of chaises-longues and umbrellas. The grounds are clean and well maintained: La Monserrate is a 'Blue Flag' rated beach by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).

Stores are close enough to be convenient for all necessities. Area supermarkets offer familiar goods in familiar settings, Walgreen is nearby for all your drugstore needs, there is a bank with an ATM right outside the gate and there is even a Wal-Mart and a small shopping center a short drive away. Although not everyone speaks English, generally, language is seldom a problem.

There is in the area a multitude of small friendly local restaurants for easy dining ( for example, try the colorful 'kioscos' right down the street for surprisingly good eating or walk up to the Brass Cactus, an 'American' style sports bar right outside the gate). Our favorite is Lolita's, about 3 miles east on Rt 3. If you prefer upscale there are fine restaurants at the Conquistador hotel 15 min to the east or the Wyndham Rio Mar, 10 min to the west. If haute cuisine is what you want, San Juan, 45 min away, has a copious selection of fine world class eateries.

There is also plenty to do: Casino, Golf, Scuba, hiking, swimming and sunbathing at any of several beaches, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, zip-lining across the rain forest, touring the island's many wonders, daytrips to Ponce, the Arecibo radiotelescope and other fabled destinations, sightseeing in Old San Juan (did you know that San Juan is the oldest city in American territory, founded in 1521 by Ponce de León, less than 30 years after Columbus made his voyage?), ferry rides to Vieques and other islands... In the apartment you'll find a binder where we compiled all our favorite things to do/places to go/where to eat. Google will proffer numerous suggestions on the subject of what to do in Puerto Rico... La Isla del Encanto.

Mi casa es su casa; Come stay with us, you'll be glad you did.

NB: A QUICK NOTE TO THE PARENTS OF VERY YOUNG CHILDREN: The balcony of our 18th floor apartment is an ideal place for vegetative contemplation of the immensity of the universe. Beware however that there is a potential for problems if very young children are left unattended. This IS the 18th floor, and there are tables, chairs,outdoor furnishings and such that might serve as launching pads for a young hyperactive budding aviator curious to experience flight. It is not a totally insurmountable problem (most things can be moved away from the precipice) but I think you should be aware of the issue. Call me for more information.

Keywords: Puerto Rico apartment rental, oceanfront, beachfront, 2bdrm 2bth, condo, condominium, vacation rental, beachfront, Caribbean, flat, let, vacation rental,

More Details

Owner
Rachel Rosenheck
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Rachel Rosenheck

We first vacationed at Playa Azul when our older daughter was 9 months old - over three decades ago! Each year we thought of different winter vacation destinations, and each year we all agreed nothing could be better than this place in the sun. It has become our family hub - for us and our two grown daughters, and their friends, and our friends. It is the perfect place for a day of exploring, or a day to do nothing much at all. The apartment has room for our extended family to hang out, play games, listen to music, serve dinner for two or twelve on the balcony, swing in the hammocks and laze away the evenings watching the incredible sunsets. From the time that they were little, it has been our 'dolce farniente' place. We hope it will be yours, too.

Rachel Rosenheck purchased this condo in 2004

Why Rachel Rosenheck chose Luquillo

When we first came to Luquillo, we rented. We rented for many years and finally realized we wanted to have a place that we could make our own, and make special. So many rental units didn't have the quality we wanted or the many amenities that make such a difference. So we bought the two bedroom/two bath configuration that we liked the best, and renovated it to be the dream vacation place we always wanted..

What makes this condo unique

We never thought we would be able to enjoy such long, rich, lazy satisfying days in such a spectacular setting. And we could do it over and over again. It is truly home away from home for us and the (now grown) kids.

Amenities

Vilomar Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 18
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Contact us if extenuating circumstances arise regarding check-in and check-out times.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
beach accessories, balcony hammocks, children's playground, tennis court, basketball court,

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(83 traveler reviews)

Sanctuary in Paradise
average rating of 4.8313255 based on 83 reviews
5

Great vacation stay!

  • 5 of 5

The views from here are amazing! The weather is perfect. Having the beach right there was great and the beach items were handy. Loved that we didn't have to worry about bringing beach towels with us too! The condo had everything we needed to make meals. Beds were comfortable and there was a lot of room throughout. Having the capability to do laundry was wonderful. We loved spending time in the morning at El Yunque National Park hiking then hanging out at the beach later in the day. The condo felt very safe and secure.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

"Perfect Location for a Do Nothing Vacation"

  • 5 of 5

If you are reading this review and considering this condo - if it's available, BOOK IT! You won't regret it.

Thank you to Rachel & Gary for making the easiest booking experience ever! Even though we had a few glitches with VRBO, they were on top of it and everything was worked out in a timely and professional manner.

The condo has EVERYTHING you think you may need for a great vacation (including beach chairs, towels, toys & snorkel gear) and the pictures are a true representation of what you will find when you step in the door. It is very well-maintained and we enjoyed each and every minute of our stay and SPECTACULAR views! Everyone we encountered was friendly, spoke English and we had no problems finding anything. We wanted for nothing - except more time!

For those who are visiting, Rachel & Bert have compiled a nice file box of info for their guests. It's a clear box located in the living room, on the bottom bookshelf. You'll find that it's EVERYTHING you need to know!

We loved seeing the kitties every morning - we spotted about four of them who hang out under cars in the parking lot lounging the day away. We learned from long-term visitors they are well-fed (even though the sign says not to feed them, they do - LOL!) and won't approach you.

The beach right in front of the building can be a little rough, but if you walk a couple hundred yards in each direction, it's a bit calmer. Personally, I prefer the pool over the beach (sand gets on my nerves). The pool is a good size and was never crowded when we visited. The only criticism I have is there isn't enough chairs if more than 10 people would like to lounge.

If you are a submissive or scary driver - don't even try to deal with Puerto Rican drivers. They do not follow the rules of the road! You MUST be a defensive and somewhat aggressive with nerves of steel. Don't be surprised by anything you see on the road!

Thank you Rachel & Gary! We'll see you next year at our new "home away from home!"

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Home Away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Sanctuary in Paradise was perfect. Upon arrival, the premises and lobby staff was very friendly. This condo was very well stocked and had all the amenities we needed for our week-long stay, so make sure to check out the kitchen cabinets and drawers before shopping. We found everything clean, with plenty of fresh linen. This floor plan accommodated our family of 5 very well. The balcony has a gorgeous view of the beautiful "playa azul" (Luquillo Beach)... the perfect place to sway on the hammocks enjoy our coffee and pastries (bought at local panaderia/bakery) every morning. We had other family members staying at nearby Playa Azul II and III, but our condo at Playa Azul I was inviting and seemed be the the designated family retreat and hang out spot because of the size of the balcony and breathtaking views. Needless to say, we will be returning to this sanctuary in paradise. Thank you Rachel for making this one of our most memorable family vacations.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly a Sanctuary in Paradise!

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Luquillo. The condo is close to everything and very secure. When we arrived, the security guard at the gate was expecting us. This made us feel very welcome! At one point my husband unknowingly dropped his wallet in the parking lot and it was turned in to security. The views from the condo are gorgeous! I have some beautiful sunrise pictures! . The hammocks out on the balcony were an unexpected bonus. We loved them! Such a relaxing way to end our trip! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Loved our stay. Gorgeous view!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely choose this property again. The owner, Rachel, was a pleasure to to deal with and very helpful in making our stay more enjoyable. The condo was clean and cozy with a spectacular view from the balcony! It's a convenient location with a nice beach and a short drive to the rain forest. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your vacation with us. Nothing makes us happier than thinking of our guests sharing our much loved home.
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5

This property is wonderful for families. Very clean and everything you need for a great vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from a weeks stay at this property. I had high expectations after reading the reviews and seeing the pictures. Sanctuary in paradise is definitely the proper name for this place. All my expectations were exceeded. It has everything you need to prepare meals for your family to enjoy on the huge balcony overlooking the beach and ocean. You can open up the apartment so you feel like even the inside is the outside. We fell asleep to the sound of the ocean every night. If that's not paradise I don't know what is. The towels are super fluffy and the bedding is very soft and comfortable. There is a supermarket across the street and several amazing places to eat nearby. It's centrally located so you can easily do day trips to El Yunque, old San Juan and Culebra. I really can't say enough great things about this place, you need to go and check it out. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Juan International
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rio Mar
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Brass Cactus
Nearest Ski
1500 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Balneario la Monserrate/Luquillo Beach
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Vilomar Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$157
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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