Almost a year before our arrival, we were assigned a personal concierge, Geralyn. It was obvious from the start that she wanted to do everything possible to make our stay enjoyable. Whether it was booking the property, recommending tours, answering questions, or providing cab service, there was no task too big or too small. Geralyn's concern was obvious and much appreciated.
Villa Pelicano itself was almost overwhelming. The facility is very big, but laid out in a way to be spacious yet comfortable--a large, covered veranda with cushy lounge chairs for reading or afternoon naps, an open area furnished to facilitate quiet reading or socializing, a pleasant pool area, and grounds that are lovely.
We were a family group celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary. So we had 10 adults and 9 children ranging in age from 19 to 2. There was room for everyone--not only to sleep, but also to relax, swim, read, play games with each other, and socialize. No one ever felt cramped or crowded.
Elida, the housekeeper, was wonderful. Everything was swept and cleaned daily except Sunday (her day off). As we are environmentally conscious, we appreciated the practice of not changing sheets daily. A few minor mechanical issues were tended to immediately by our groundskeeper, Michael.
Chef Ana and her sous chef/son Mario were outstanding! Friendly! Considerate! And incredibly talented! They worked with us to select the freshest ingredients--fruit, veggies, fish, chicken, and beef. We all enjoyed standard appetizers such as guacamole and salsa, and were blown away by Mario's surprise tuna tartar. Ana's preparation of every meal was impeccable. We wished we could have stayed another week in order to try some of her other specialties.
Impressive equally to their remarkable talents in the kitchen was their ability to relate to our entire family. Whether it be allowing 3-year-old Brayden to help set placemats on the table or working with one of the adults to pick "just the right menu' for the evening meal, Ana and Mario were always helpful, friendly, and considerate. By week's end we considered them part of the family.
Our stay was one that created memories for a lifetime.