"I really feel like we scored in getting the "hurricane season special" on this property at the end of September. We had zero weather issues while we were there Sept 23rd-30th, in fact it didn't even drizzle once! Villa La Estancia is a gorgeous property and the pool area is breathtaking. It was rather quiet while we were there which was great, we nearly had the pool to ourselves most days. There were a lot of friendly people we chatted with, but also a few older people who obviously didn't like having our young kids around (ages 4 & 8). We tried the pool next door at Villa del Palmar as well but whoa, that slide is crazy! It should have a warning sign on it, I don't think it's good for kids, it goes so fast! We much preferred the environment and service at the Villa La Estancia pool, though our kids may not have liked all the rules! No jumping in, no throwing balls or anything, no noise, but they know how to follow rules well and still had a blast!
The unit itself is exactly as described and pictured and is wonderful. Having all that space with kids around was such a nice benefit. We went grocery shopping and used the kitchen and grill a ton, both were nice to have. The kitchen was well equipped and there were some basics already in the pantry and fridge like salt/pepper, mustard, oil, etc. Room service was bleh, and we didn't have a menu in the room to begin with, maybe someone was trying to warn us? La Casona is an amazing spot for both breakfast and dinner though and the food at the pool was pretty decent as well. The Estancia Margarita is a must try if you want something not too sweet! We also did the dinner show over at Palmar which was a lot of fun for the kids and the buffet was good. The welcome guacamole and margaritas were great too, thank you for that!!
It was great having a washer and dryer in the unit, though we noticed there wasn't any laundry detergent. We bought some at the market to do a couple loads of laundry then noticed at the end of the week it was practically gone, I guess the housekeepers used our soap for the towels? We just saved the rest of our laundry for home though, no big deal. There was shampoo, conditioner and body wash in every shower which was great, you don't have to bother bringing any of that. It would have been nice to have some board games or movies in the room for evening entertainment for families, but we brought dominos and cards so we made do. All in all a great time at a great price!"
Guest: Jennifer W.
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: October 11, 2016