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Beachfront Villa at Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort

Rio Grande
Appartement de copropriété/Appartement – 
2 Chambres, 2 salles de bains, 8 couchages

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Rye, État de New York
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27 avis 27 avis
3 avis sur les hôtels
Avis dans 11 villes Avis dans 11 villes
41 votes utiles 41 votes utiles
“As good as advertised”
4 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 7 mars 2012 Séjour en février 2012
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We spent 7 nights at the "villas" at Wyndam's Rio Del Mar Resort. Villa is a bit of a misnomer, as they really are condo apartments. That said, they were as advertised, two well sized bedrooms, one with a king bed, the other with two full sized beds, a common living room/dining area, a small kitchen and two well sized and appointed baths. Ceiling fans in both bedrooms (though the one in our master did not work). Three A/C controls, which worked very well- patios off the living area and the second bedroom. Patio's were a great addition! We stayed on the top floor (5th) and had tremendous views of the pool and onto the beach and the water beyond. Access to pools (there are two) and the beach are as stated, and very convenient. Bed were excellent, sheets a little sub par but satisfactory. We partook of one day of maid service, which got us better sheeting. Towels were ok at best, could be improved (bath towels) Beach towels were fine. Kitchen was adequately stocked with the basics- decent sized refrigerator, all appliances worked well. We ate most breakfasts and lunches in, and cooked one dinner in. We used the conceirge provided grill at the pool for that evening's meal- (cost $35 per use). We made use of the hotel restaurants for a total of 4 meals, two breakfasts, and two dinners- Breakfast buffet was a hit with my kids-kind of expensive- but it beats making waffles in the kitchen! The Italian restaurant was excellent, the Asia one "ok". We had a rental car and an assigned parking space- though there always seemed to be someone else parked in our space-there were plenty of others so no issue with that. We wanted to do several excursions, so renting a car is a must. Shopping for groceries-several options within a five to ten minute trip. We utilized the tennis facility- nice courts, friendly staff, courts are available at night as well. We are not golfers, but the course looked nice and I heard it was reasonably good. Nor did we eat at the golf club, was told the food was ok by others. Pools at the villas were never crowded-several days we seemed to pretty much have them to ourselves. We did walk up to the hotel pool several times, mainly for the kids ot get umbrella drinks, air brush tattoo's and hair braids (no cash, all credit cards). The hotel pool was hopping, crowded and not my cup of tea, but if you want "people" they had them.

The villa was clean, nicely furnished, had internet access-though a bit slow- my kids were able to net connect to their friends (we limited this by being out most days and evenings) but they could get their "fix". Hot water was an issue at times, but I have three teenage daughters-so that can be an issue at home as well! Nice flat screen TV's in all three rooms-also a plus.

We never met Xavier, though his two assistants were more than helpfu and nice. What they could not give us in terms of information the conceirge desk at the hotel backfilled. Between the two we had great resources. We missed getting to do the Bio-lumminecent Bay tour, and the day trip to Culebra-both highly reccommended by other people we met along the way. We felt the day trip to Vieques more than compensated.

We took a day trip to Vieques, highly reccommended! You pick up the ferry in Farajdo (sp?) about 30 minute drive due east. Ferry ride costs roughly $5 a head roundtrip, parking is $5. We booked an afternoon snorkling tour with BlackBeard Sports- went to "Blue Beach"which is stunningly gorgeous! Had lunch prior in Esperanza (tourist area) that was quaint beach side strip of a few bars/restaurants. We ate at Duffy's- which was picked at random- food was good. Basic sandwiches, burgers and cold beer. Publico's (non-private taxis) are the way to get from A to B in Vieques. They are inexpensive and frequent- so no need for a private car or to rent a car, though I suppose you could. I was traveling with a family of 5, and the two trips we took, worked out fine.

Other excursions, horseback riding on a 2,200 acre preserve was great, day trip to Old San Juan, visit the forts, museums and then have cocktails & tapas at Il Convento- excellent food & drink!!!!! Of course, you must see drive and or hike the rain forest-its right accross Rte 3 on the other side of the hotel road entrance-quite spectacular!

All in all, a great family vacation- Driving is a bit treacherous, and that is coming from someone that lives in NY! So, be careful and drive defensively. The poeple of Puerto Rico are lovely and welcoming. We probably were on the more adventurous side of the equation and I think benifited tremendously because of it. Not all our meals out were a hit, but most more than met what we hoped for. Try the kiosks in LoQuillo- just not on a Saturday night-hard to find a place to park.

Net, net, this was exactly what I was lookiing for, part beach vacation, lots of activities, and a little bit of culture, and in the end, I long to go back!

5 5 étoiles La réservation a-t-elle été facile ? 3 5 étoiles L'itinéraire donné était-il correct ?
4 5 étoiles La remise des clés/l'accès à la location ont-ils été faciles ? 5 5 étoiles État général de la location
5 5 étoiles Literie 4 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles
5 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains 4 5 étoiles Autres équipements
4 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: Beach and trips to Vieques and Old San Juan
Le moins apprécié: lots of poverty
Compagnons de voyage : Famille avec adolescents
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Louisville, Kentucky
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7 avis 7 avis
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Avis dans 4 villes Avis dans 4 villes
8 votes utiles 8 votes utiles
“Beachfront in February with all the amenities of the resort....priceless”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 7 mars 2011 Séjour en février 2011
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My group wanted a winter get away that was not too far from the USA and not too costly. We chose Puerto Rico because it is a US territory therefore no passports, no customs, basically no hassle. We chose to stay at a resort but at a villa on the property that was rented by owner. The reason we did this is we wanted beachfront access. We also researched the resort and found from other's reviews that eating on the property would be about $100 a day per person! A villa allowed us to prepare our own meals and although it was a little more costly than the hotel room we think it was a better value because we could prepare our own meals. We also had access to all the resorts amenities but our villa was privately owned so the hotel quests did not have access to our area. I am not sure how many units were in the condo but my guess is 100 to 150. During the week we stayed maybe 15 of those units were rented however the hotel looked full. My point is that we had a very private area that included 2 pools and beach with loungers! The beach was cleaned every am by a worker on a tractor picking up seaweed that had washed ashore!! We did not eat on the property but found a great restaurant just left of the resort's entrance called Richie's Cafe. I highly recommend this restaurant for its food, fun and atmosphere. Richie is there almost every nite (we saw him all three times we were there) and he is the perfect example of a restaurant owner - he made us feel so welcome! We also rented a car thru Thrifty because they were the best deal. Total for a week's rental $183. Now it was a Kia Rio but it worked (our next visit we will upgrade the car as the island has lots of pot holes and that car is small with little shock absorption!!) We toured the island on our own (find or bring maps as the tourists maps are very good for driving directions and our GPS wasn't that updated!) and felt very safe. Not knowing Spanish was not much of a barrier. We took two excursions a Bioluminescent Bay tour and Kayak/Snorkle tour. I will write a review on those places seperately but the companies we went through were Island Adventures for the Bioluminescent Bay and Kayak Puerto Rico. Both companies I recommend highly for value, service and safety. In summary, go to Puerto Rico for a great fun in the sun getaway. Stay at the Rio Mar Wyndham Resort (recommend the villas), rent through Thrifty (great service and price- look for their van at airport and they will take you to service counter off airport grounds) and use Island Adventures and Kayak Puerto Rico! Great value - for my husband and myself: airfare, villa, 1/2 car rental, two excursions, our food and spending money we did this trip just under $4000. We went with another couple and shared the villa and cost of car. We live in southeastern US and flew to Miami then to PR. Wasn't crazy about American Airlines - lost luggage no customer know the drill. Visit Puerto Rico!!!

5 5 étoiles Rapport qualité / prix 5 5 étoiles Chambres
5 5 étoiles Emplacement 5 5 étoiles Propreté
5 5 étoiles Réception 3 5 étoiles Service
Compagnons de voyage : Amis
Votre tranche d'âge 50-64
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Familles avec adolescents Touristes
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07 mars 2011
Dear Carol and Doug,
We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our villa and in Puerto Rico. I agree in that the beachfront pools of the Ocean Villas are by far the nicest at the resort. The building actually only has 50 units (they vary in size from 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom villas) and many of them are not available for rent (they are second homes for other people) so the large pools and garden areas for such a small number of villas makes it very appealing!
We look forward in welcoming you in the future,

Xavier Cautino
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