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Tropical Retreat Villa&Studio

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath Rooms, Mountain, Valley And Ocean View

Enjoy video of fabulous house at the edge of El Yunque National Forest. Breathtaking mountain and ocean views create a picture perfect setting for this exquisitely appointed, custom multi-level home. Nestled in a quiet rural neighborhood, this very special home was built with French/Spanish influence. It's beautifully landscaped tropical grounds are in a park like setting. Enjoy gentle ocean breezes as you relax on this lush, tranquil and private one acre garden.

You will enjoy fresh fruit you'll directly from the garden varying with the seasons: bananas, papayas, mangos, passion fruits, star fruits, cherries... Admire all the tropical flowers just beside the large and covered patio. Enjoy the magnificent view from the front balcony.

Sleep with the relaxing music of the coquis

You will appreciate plenty of space. the main level covers more than 1 110 sq foot, including 2 sleeping rooms, the kitchen, dining, living room, the bathroom and a reading room. The lower level covers and extra 560 sq feet studio apartment with separate entrance from main level.

The studio includes a bedroom area, a living room nook, a dining area, a bright bathroom with a walk in closet, a dining area. Many windows allows great luminosity and it has it's own balcony with a great garden and pool view.

note: check in 4:00pm, check out 11:00am

but if no guest arriving same day as departure, check in and check out could be arrange with owner.

More Details

Sam Laau and Manon Dionne
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About Sam Laau and Manon Dionne

From Canada, they found their paradise and would like to share this serene tropical ambiance. Sam, being born in Cambodia suffers from the cold winters in Montreal and is always trying to escape them. Manon loves nature, mountains and wild forests. After travelling around the world, they first came to Puerto Rico to dance a little salsa, and felt it love with the island, it's people, culture, weather and nature. Now they just want to enjoy this place!

Sam Laau and Manon Dionne purchased this villa in 2013

Why Sam Laau and Manon Dionne chose Rio Grande

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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Tropical Retreat Villa&Studio
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
Woodland Park, Colorado

Top notch!

  • 4 of 5

We just returned from 6 days at "Villa Serena" and had exactly the experience we were looking for. Sam and Manon's lovely home sits on the hillside in a private slice of the jungle in a quiet neighborhood with an amazing view all the way to the Sea! The home is very comfortable, spacious and equipped with everything you need in order to live like you live there. We cooked our evening meals either in the well appointed kitchen or on the new Grill. We lounged poolside daily with either our pina coladas or cafe con leche's, and throughly enjoyed exploring the beautiful gardens surrounding the home, noticing something new every time! The location is great for touring the entire area. From Villa Serena we were able to take in El Yunque rain forest, Luquillo Beach, San Juan, Fajardo, all of the Rio Grande, Palmer and surrounding areas and even traveled over to Ponce for a day. Sam and "Papalote" were very gracious to check in on us just in case we had a need that wasn't already being satisfied!

Just typing this makes me miss listening to the tropical breezes blowing through the palm trees and the Coqui Frogs as we drifted peacefully off to sleep!

Yes, we will return.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much for your stay, enjoy reading your review Sam
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Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Great place! Sam was extremely helpful in getting us to the house which would be difficult to find on your own. The house is beautifully decorated and the grounds around the house were wonderful. Papalote did a great job of explaining all of the plants to us and the kids enjoyed trying all of the fruits that grow in the gardens. He added a personal touch to the stay that the kids will always remember. We were there in April and my husband was concerned about no AC but it was not even an issue. It's safe to have the windows open and let the breeze blow through. I slept soundly listening to the Coquis but my husband had to put earplugs in! The house is in a residential area and when we went local bakeries and grocery stores the people couldn't have been nicer or more welcoming. I had read the other reviews stating that the main bathroom had no door so was prepared but it wasn't an ideal situation for 2 teenage girls. Sam really might want to consider a way to offer some privacy in the shower room. Overall, the place was great and I would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Connecticut, USA


  • 5 of 5

two words LOVED IT. Beautiful house, amazing views of the ocean and El Yunque and THE GARDEN!!! outstanding. Picked bananas for breakfast, loved the soothing sounds of the coqui as we checked on the weather forecast at home (snow snow and more snow).

One of my destinations in San Juan was the Jardin Botanico at the U of PR, to their orchid garden. Sadly there were none but do you know where I saw THREE DIFFERENT types of orchids blooming? At Villa Sirena! Papalote was a wonderful caretaker, showing us around the grounds and describing the plants, and Sam was VERY accessible and a great host.

The house and pool are IMMACULATE but the garden really takes this place to a whole other level.

So in love with this property. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, TX, USA

Exceptional house and grounds

  • 5 of 5

This is a spectacular property, accurately shown in the photos. We would not hesitate to recommend or return. A clearer listing would help, however. At the time we visited, owner Sam did not include check-in and check-out times on; they turned out to be 4pm and 11am, respectively, but we didn't know either in advance. Also unclear is that the property is actually 2 units, upper and lower, with separate entrances. The listing says that the property sleeps 8, which is true if you rent both upstairs and down, but there is no living or dining area on either level that seats 8. So just be aware. That said, we were enchanted with the beautifully planted 1-acre grounds, the immaculate pool and the views, and even fed Sam's fish while we were there. This is a truly special property whose owners clearly love it and are doing their very best to make it a welcoming vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

As advertised

  • 5 of 5

This home was exactly as advertised. It was our first VRBO and non all inclusive vacation, and we were pleased. Home is very clean and has everything you may need for any of your adventures. Pool was clean, and grounds were amazing. Sam, the owner was very helpful and caring. The location is 15 minutes from any major roads, but that proves to be more of an advantage then disadvantage. Only two minor issues we had were getting the keys acquired the first night, which was resolved within a half hour, and that there were no doors between bedrooms in the main house, which is a problem if you are a couple traveling with kids or family if you are wanting any privacy. Would rent from VRBO and Sam again.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rooftop Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

What a great spot!!!! Sam was incredibly hospitable welcoming us at a such late hour of the evening and offering for us to use anything in his Kitchen to make a meal.

The place was incredibly clean and equipped with all you could possibly need. It had an astonishing view and the pool was an added bonus!

A great river pool and small hike close by - just beautiful!

Thanks for a wonderful stay and will be sure to be back again.

Thank you,


  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. You re a great dynamic group of kiwis and ozies. Love melodious accents :)
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
SJU Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
local sportsbar
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Various in Rio Grande
Nearest Beach
14 Miles

About 1/4 mile down the road you will find access to the Rio Grande River and its fresh pools and waterfalls

Nearby Luquillo with a beautifull swimming beach and the palm trees.

Midway between Fajardo and Old San Juan, it is located in the foothills and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you will still find restaurants and shops at only 7 miles from the property at Rio Grande. You will aslo find in this city 2 major groceries and a cinema theater.

The Luquillo Beach, the golf, the Yunque park are about 30 minutes drive from the house.


Rates & Availability

Guzmán Abajo Villa Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $120 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

additional person, more than 3, is 50.00$ / person
check in 4:00pm, check out 11:00am

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Guzmán Abajo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main floor bathroom - toilet , shower , separated
    Studio bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    second bedroom main floor - 1 queen
    studio bedroom - 2 twin/ single , the 2 twins are attached to make a large bed or separeted
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming

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