"WOW! - seems like the best place to begin! We had the pleasure of renting the entire property of Villas del Mar for our group of 22. We trek annually to a different tropical retreat, and with a group this size it can be difficult to find properties to accommodate - but we hit the jackpot with this one! The entire staff catered to our every whim - from picking us to the airport (different itineraries, mind you), to going to the grocery store, to bringing up ice to the pools, to taking kayaks and paddle boards (boards rented by us, kayaks included) down to the docks - there is nothing we left wanting for! We hired Rosa and Pearl make most of our meals for us, and this is a must; this leaves your days and evenings free to explore the island, relax, and enjoy all the properties have to offer! The pools were awesome, the kayaks and gear fantastic, and simply there wasn't any additional amenity that the houses didn't have. The main thing to note would be in Brisa, it is an open Balinese style house - so the two bedrooms there, although having portable AC units to cool - don't stay as cool as the bedrooms in the other houses. This is just to note, and not a deterrent- just in case AC for people is an absolute must. Speaking of absolutes, the use of bug spray is a must! This is the tropics, bugs affect some more than others. It was nice to have a supply offered in each home, but definitely bring your own and apply often. There is a great gift shop onsite with handmade items by the owners and staff who work there, as well that is what makes up all the decor and dinnerware! Lastly, having the vehicles there to use was such a bonus - especially with a group of our size and going to different places.
The pictures of the interiors, exteriors, and the all the acreage simply do not do it justice - it's a gorgeous retreat. Go and see for yourself :-). Thanks to the Raw family and all those onsite at Villas Del Mar - we had a fantastic trip, one for the books!"
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: December 9, 2016