This place was just wonderful! It was such a great place, we have already spoken to the owner about returning again next year. We went with another family, with 5 kids ranging from 7 to 15 years old, and rented out the whole villa. We weren't sure if we really wanted a villa on the beach or not but decided to try Surf 787, especially b/c they responded quickly to my inquiry via e-mail and followed up with a phone call to provide any other information we needed. Considering we split the cost of the whole villa b/w 2 families, the 6 bedroom villa was a great deal. The villa was brand new, beautiful, clean, relaxing and comfortable. I would recommend this hilltop location over the beachfront any day. There was always a constant breeze thru the whole villa that made it so we rarely used the air conditioner (even though every bedroom had one). The lack of screens on the windows gave us unobstructed beautiful views and as far as we could tell, there were no bugs to bother us. The only times we seemed to get bitten was when we went to the beaches or town. The location was great, near beaches, town, stores etc. but still secluded enough to feel very private and safe. We kept all doors and windows open all day, unless we were out or at night sleeping. The pool was wonderful and private with great views. The kids had a great time in the pool and it was a nice change in the afternoon from the sun and surf. Additionally, there was another whole game room in a separate area which had pool table, ping pong, and lots of games. The villa space was so open and large, everyone always found private space if needed (the hammocks were a huge hit with everyone) and things to do. It was especially great b/c they had wireless internet and cell phones had no problems with service there.
The folks who own and run the villa, Roger and Lisa, were incredibly nice and so helpful with everything we needed. They obviously had knowledge of the local life as well as being able to let us know about things further away such as the Caves and the bioluminescent bay. It also seemed that we kept running into folks who knew them throughout town and would always have lovely things to say about Roger and Lisa. When we wanted to go out to dinner, Roger seemed to know just what to recommend and it was spot on. He was also a wealth of knowledge when we needed a good beach for smaller kids and where to snorkel.
Roger runs the surfing lessons and is both a mellow surfer but really on top of things as well. He provided us with lessons, stressing again and again the safety aspects of the sport. Surfing was completely new to us so it was great to have Roger spend so much time giving us all the things that needed to be kept in mind to be safe. When we looked around, we saw so many other surfing "lessons" where beginners were not prepared properly and/or there were too many in the group to be watched over carefully. In one instance, we saw a group on the beach with an instructor who may have still be tipsy or at least hung over. Roger never took more than 3 folks at a time by himself. Any more folks, he'd always have someone else working with him. The teenager in the group is now hooked on surfing and ready to learn more.
Lisa is the chef for the villa if you wanted to have an all-inclusive option. Her love of food is obvious as she had great cookbooks and magazine all around the kitchen. We tried a cookbook of hers that was on puerto rican cuisine and we loved it so much, we each bought a copy. She also teaches yoga and works with the local group to save abused and homeless dogs.
I'm so glad we came across this place and would, without hesitation, recommend this place to everyone. We can't wait to go back there next feb.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surf787 Villa has seven guest rooms and is open year round. The room rates are based on double occupancy and include Continental Breakfast. The Villa is a brand new, modern property with a swimming pool, ocean views, barbecue kiosky, yoga studio, game room and parking for up 10 vehicles. The activity room has a pool table, ping pong table, dart board, board games, video games and work out equipment.The entire Villa is also available for rent, accommodating up to 14 guests. There’s no better place to relax and enjoy your vacation. ... more less