About the property
- Villa1300 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Chic Poolside Mediterranean Villa With Gorgeous Ocean And El Yunque Views
We first encountered this villa, situated on the grounds of the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, the summer of 2013 after we purchased our first villa in Cluster II. Every day we would spend time at the Cluster's private pool, and look up at a beautiful villa overlooking the pool. It was perfect and had everything you would ever want--a gorgeous view, excellent light, and an expansive terrace. But it had no life; it was always closed. We joked that we should buy it--if only to breathe new life into it. That joke soon became reality. We found the owners, and shortly thereafter we owned this unique property. What followed was an intensive restoration phase. No surface was left untouched; the original, authentic Mediterranean design was lovingly preserved and we updated all appliances and systems to modern standards that discerning guests expect. We absolutely love spending time in this gorgeous villa and look forward to sharing this unique property with others.
Villa Fortuna is a perfect getaway destination for uncompromising families who require both proximity to amenities for family or friends as well as a chic environment for the adults. We're also a great solution for two couples traveling together who appreciate a fun yet refined vacation experience.
We have meticulously restored this villa in the Mediterranean style and original spirit of Rio Mar and its architecture. To that end, Villa Fortuna is truly a place to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature and the vibrant natural scene of Puerto Rico. All rooms have a commanding ocean view and look out over the community's private pool and the Rio Mar Ocean Golf Course. Guests will notice that the villa is cooled by the natural trade winds that bless the island as well as ceiling fans in every room and A/Cs in the bedrooms. For guests who need to stay connected, high speed internet is available, as is a Bose stereo system and a 50 inch flat screen TV.
VILLA FORTUNA IS PART OF THE COLLECTION AT RIO MAR
Please see our other properties in Rio Mar's Cluster II:
VILLA DELFINA A sophisticated 2 bedroom villa with a serene garden view: homeaway #888752
VILLA PADILLA TRICE A beautiful 3 bedroom villa with two terraces and gorgeous views: homeaway #3656150
Rodrigo and Elliott
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
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 Mar Cluster 2
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.
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Villa Fortuna was a perfect location.
Our stay at Villa Fortuna was great. The villa is located on the golf course which was perfect for us. An A/C system had just been put in the unit, we had several rainy nights and it was super nice to have crisp air in the villa.
Lydia was attentive to all of our needs. She even located a golf cart for us to use on our stay which was really nice.
The beds are very comfortable and all done beautiful white linens.
What I found most wonderful was the honesty from the owners. They were very up front before we booked our stay about the situation in PR. Several restaurants were not open and the overall resort is not up to normal standards but they kept us totally informed.
JoAnn--thank you so much for putting your faith in us! You were our inaugural post-Hurricane Maria guest, and it was important for us to ensure you had a great stay as Puerto Rico gets back to normal. I'm happy to report that the official opening date for the entire Rio Mar resort is March 1, so all venues will be open then.
We'd love to welcome you and your family back again to Villa Fortuna or one of our other villas at Rio mar, so please keep in touch!
Loved how spacious the villa was and the kitchen was fully equipped - normal sized washer dryer was a big hit too!
Beautiful Villa and great location
I traveled to Villa Fortuna with my husband and three kids. The villa accommodated our family perfectly. The beds are incredibly comfortable and all the linens were top quality. We needed extra beach towels and the house manager delivered them very quickly.
The beach is a quick walk, about 4/10 of a mile, or you can drive. It was very seculuded and one day there weren't even any other people on it!
The villa is close to the rain forest and a wonderful local dining neighborhood. It is also convenient to walgreens and a lovely supermarket.
I highly recommend this Villa. It is clear the owners have taken a lot of thought into their guests and their experience.
Michelle--thank you so much for your kind words. We were delighted to welcome you and your lovely family to our villa and look forward to the opportunity to welcome you again soon!!!
Overall stay just OK....Wish we would have been informed of the pool renovation
We stayed at Villa Fortuna during Spring Break week (March 25-April 1). The owners communicated very well leading up to our stay which was comforting. Upon entering the condo, we quickly learned that the condo doesn't have air conditioning as the air was stagnant and very humid. Throughout the week we found that at night and in the morning it was very, very warm in the unit. I guess I didn't realize that in the description where it says the place is meant to be open, that literally means your source of airflow. Another issue with the windows open all of the time are the extremely loud birds that wake you up every morning at 5am along with the golf course lawnmowers. Also we were disappointed that the unit has no microwave, no DVD player, and doesn't really cater to how a family with children. However, my biggest issue with the unit/communication was that during our entire week the oceanside owners' pool was closed for renovation. As we have two children, this was probably the single most reason we chose this property over others. Having a pool with restrooms adjacent to the beach was a huge bonus. However, we were never told by the owners that the pool area would not be available during our stay. This was extremely disappointing to us.
Thank you for your review. We strive to ensure that each of our guests have a wonderful visit, so we are disappointed that we did not meet your expectations.
With regard to the pool at the Residents Beach Club being closed for renovations, we actually did not know it was being renovated. The Rio Mar Residents Association did not communicate anything to residents in advance of the renovation or even while the pool was being worked on. (I just put a call in, and understand that the work is now complete. It's great that they are continuously improving the resort, but not great that they don't communicate that it is happening.) Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience. Please note that the pool directly outside of your villa was open during your stay, but we totally understand your position. Had we known that the Residents' Beach Club pool would not be available to your family, we certainly would have done something in advance as compensation. We really wish that you had raised this with us when you discovered this so that we could have had an opportunity to address your concern while you were visiting. Please note: I will be contacting you momentarily to make this right.
As for your other concerns, we're sorry that the open air experience was not to your liking. We have no interest in our guests having an experience contrary to what they desire, and always steer guests away from this villa or to our other villa with the same floor plan that does have A/C if it is clear that the guest absolutely must have A/C. We do not advertise that the villa has A/C and guests who choose this villa tend to want to experience the villa cooled by ocean breezes (with screened windows and ceiling fans) and love the charm of going to sleep to the sound of coquis and waking up with the birds.
As for not catering to families with children, we host primarily families with children and this is the first review we've received suggesting that this villa is not child friendly. We are proud to welcome many return guests with children and look forward to welcoming families with children in the future.
As noted above, I will be contacting you shortly to address the issue you raised about the Residents' Beach pool.
A lovely charming villa in a beautiful quiet resort!
We spent a week at this charming Mediterranean style villa. From the very start of booking it, the experience was so positive. Elliot was responsive to my enquiries and then directed me to Lydia, the property manager who was incredibly helpful with all of my questions. Elliot reached out just before we arrived to make sure we were all ready. What I really appreciated was they sent us an information package that included how to get to the villa, nearby restaurants and grocery stores and things to do, even a great little tapas restaurant in Old San Juan which we ate at. We referred to it many times! We were warmly greeted by Lydia when we arrived with fresh fruit, flavoured water and a bottle of wine on ice. Lydia was really responsive while we were there as well The villa itself was so charming with nicely appointed furniture and art. Loved the two levels with the little reading nook, the balcony with the doors that opened out completely, the view from the balcony, I think one of the best situated properties in the cluster. The bedding was so comfortable, towels nice and fluffy and great beach towels. Great pool right in front of the villa and beach nearby. Damaris who coordinated our excursions was also great to work with and very helpful. We've rented through VRBO before but what really impressed me were all the extras that made our vacation really enjoyable. Thank you to Elliot, Lydia and Damaris for a great vacation! I'd highly recommend choosing Villa Fortuna for your next vacation in Puerto Rico.
Su, thank you so much for your kind words. We're so delighted you were able to take advantage of all of our recommendations and that you appreciated everything we do for our guests. We'd love to welcome you and your family back soon so please stay in touch!
Best Stay Ever!
We have been going to Puerto Rico for 4 years now. We accidentally came across the Rio Grand Mar Resort on our first visit when our Old San Juan lodging didn't work out. The first 2 years were spent at the hotel and the third at an ocean villa. Obviously we love the location, but Villa Fortuna was our absolute favorite stay yet! A beautiful space with attentive owners/manager. Lots of room, amazing views and a short walk to the beach. We highly recommend renting this property. And want to thank the owners for taking such wonderful care of us. We will be back!
We are so glad you had such a wonderful stay. It's also wonderful to have such lovely guests as yourselves! We look forward to welcoming you back very, very soon!!!
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.)
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