|Space||1,600 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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
This home is exactly as advertised. What a gem! The view from any part of the property is exceptional. The house is well maintained, the kitchen is well supplied with everything you need if you decide to cook in. The gardens are lush and so beautiful, even has purple orchids growing there. Many fruit trees, the star fruit tree was bearing fruit like crazy. Went to bed with the song of the coquis. We went to Old San Juan and El Yunque Rainforest, hiked to the waterfall there. We went with another couple who chose to stay in the apartment below us to sleep which gave us all privacy. We spent the days and evenings together just basking in the sun and admiring the beauty around us. Sam texted a couple of times to make sure all was well. Papalote walked us around the gardens and explained many plants to us. The roads to the main highway are a bit hairy, winding and a few hairpin curves, but that just adds to the charm coming down off the mountain! The only thing I would suggest is a solar cover for the pool. It was 66 degrees F when we were there. We did take a dip to cool off but not for long! The temps were in the low to mid 80's during the day and low 70's at night. All in all, a beautiful home surrounded by even more beauty of lush gardens, mountains, rainforest and even the beach off in the distance. Such a charming home. We had a wonderful, memorable time there. Thank you Sam and Manon for sharing your home with us.
Our stay at Villa Serena was wonderful! The gardens and view of the mountains and rainforest were breathtaking. Went to bed at night to the songs of the coquis. The locals were so friendly. We visited El Yunque and Old San Juan, soaked up the sun and relaxed in this very beautiful slice of the island. Sam was so easy to talk to and you can tell he takes great pride in his home and gardens. Papalote walked us through the gardens and gave us a little lesson on the plants and fruits that grow there. So happy we found this home to stay in. Thank you Sam!! If we make it back to PR one day, this is where we will be. Absolutely beautiful!!
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.
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!
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!
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 homeaway.com; 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.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest|
|cleaning||$120 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
additional person, more than 3, is 50.00$ / person
check in 4:00pm, check out 11:00am
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.