2 story spacious and bright villa with 3 community pools + tennis - near Dorado
- 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 a nearby hotel 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 calm- great 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. 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. Some of the resort amenities are available to our guests, including the spa, restaurants, golf, water sports and more!
Pool / Spa
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Playground in the community Two tennis courtsPlayground in the community Two tennis courts
Max guests: 10
Hi! We had a wonderful time! The Villa was gorgeous and nicer than pictures showed! Spacious for a family of 6! The kids didn't want to come home! One of our favorite vacations! Location was great! We travelled all over the island in a rental !
Puerto Rico Family Vacation
This was a great place for our family of 8 to stay. Great kitchen, comfortable seating, plenty of amenities, including a pool right outside your door, and a short walk to a nearly private beach! We rented cars, and visited El Junque, Cerro Gordo hiking trail and beach, Arecibo, Fajardo, Culebra and Flamenco Beach, and went deep sea fishing, snorkeling, and ziplining. A great trip with excellent suggestions from Alma and Luis!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us your warm review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the villa and delighted that you embarked on so many great adventures. Villa de Palma is situated in an ideal spot within the community overlooking the lake and the pool and steps away from the beach- clearly a great launching pad for day trips in all corners of the Island. We love helping our guests plan activities and dining options based on their interests and I'm so glad I had an opportunity to connect we you all in person and share with you some of our favorites! Looking forward to hosting you again back in Paradise! Alma and the Paradise Villas and Vacations team
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.
Puerto Rico is well known for the beauty of El Yunque National Forest and the fabulous historic buildings around Old San Juan. There are many more fantastic activities you can enjoy around this fascinating tropical island within a short drive from Dorado. So, pack your bags and get ready for some fun!
#1. Cruise around Monkey Island
The tiny island of Cayo Santiago is only a ½ mile off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. Boats frequently sail over to the island from nearby Naguabo, though they are not allowed to land on this unique scientific reserve. Naguabo is over an hour drive from Dorado.
The island is known as Monkey Island because it is home to approximately 2,000 Rhesus monkeys. These monkeys are not native to Puerto Rico and were captured in India and introduced to the island in 1938 for scientific research purposes. Visitors can get close to the island to observe the antics of the monkeys either on a cruise boat or by paddling a sea kayak around the coast. However, only primatologists or other authorized research personnel may set foot on Cayo Santiago.
#2. Explore a cave system
Cuevas Las Cabachuelas is an extensive cave system within the Cabachuelas Natural Reserve 35-minutes southwest of Dorado. There are 60 caves within the reserve and guided small group tours are available to help you explore these breathtaking underground caverns. So don your waterproof boots and prepare for a spectacular underground adventure.
Until recently, the cave system was largely unknown. However, in recent years 2 spelunking experts called Roberto Martínez and Ovidio Dávila studied and charted the system in considerable depth and paved the way for public access.
#3. Enjoy rock climbing
Because Puerto Rico is a mountainous island, it’s a great place to learn how to climb. There are multiple locations for experienced climbers to go for rock climbing adventures, such as Enrique Julio Monagas Park. It is possible to hire local expert guides or join organized climbing tours to discover the best climbing spots and learn new climbing techniques.
#4. Experience a unique sea kayaking adventure
Did you know that Puerto Rico boasts 3 bioluminescent bays? Only 5 ecosystems around the world provide the conditions necessary for this unique natural phenomenon, and 3 of those are found around the island.
A microscopic organism called dinoflagellates glows in the dark when stimulated by movement. This single-celled creature is found throughout the world’s oceans. However, it is rare for them to populate areas of water in sufficient quantities for this effect to be visible. In a few locations like Laguna Grande in Fajardo, large quantities of dinoflagellates light up the water with a blue-green color whenever you paddle through the waves.
#5. Visit a Caribbean rum distillery
When people think of the Caribbean, they often picture pirates and bottles of rum. Indeed, rum is important to Caribbean culture and the local economy. And Casa Bacardi in Cataño is the largest rum distillery in the world.
Casa Bacardi is a scenic 21-minute drive east from Dorado along a coastal road. Because Bacardi is so proud of its operation in Puerto Rico, the company offers 3 separate tours for tourists who are interested in rum production. Bacardi also provides a welcome cocktail for adult visitors.