We rented the villa for my son's 18th birthday/graduation celebration. We traveled with 3 families for some fun in the sun as P.V. is a favorite travel destination for us. A total of 13 people.
GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE VILLA:
Patty was great with arranging outside activities (dune buggy ride to tequilla factory, and night in town at Carlos O'Briens).
The main part of the house is large enough for everyone to sit around in and relax with ample seating. Large living area w/tv, bar area with plenty of chairs. Large terrace on top floor is a great place to sit and watch the occasional storm, or get a tan.
POOL is very nice and spacious. Lots of room to float, play volley ball, sit and cool off.
THINGS TO BE AWARE OF:
Owner is a little wishy washy as to deposit. I had to hand deliver a cash deposit of $500.00 to Patty upon arrival as the owner decided 4 days before my arrival that he wanted cash, and not a credit card for the deposit. (makes you a little leary of getting back the deposit). Patty did return it to me upon our departure.
NO pool towels provided. As shown in the pictures.
ALL linens are kept under lock and key.
Realized this after kids used bath towels at the pool. Had to wait until next day to get fresh towel from maid.
This goes for toilet paper too! We had to steal from the bedroom bathrooms and then that bathroom had to borrow from the next and so on.
You are NOT allowed to cook/bake anything in the kitchen. You must pay an additional $200.00 for a propane fee! Unaware of this when we arrived.
NO access to washer/dryer. Found this out after all 13 of us came back from dune buggy rides coverd in dirt and mud. Had to try to hand wash in bathroom sink.
The basketball court and fountain are not as they appear in the pictures.
Showers and toilets in rooms are simple stall with curtains to drape for privacy. Not a good thing for someone that is 6"5" (my 18 year old son), sharing a room with his friend.
Shower in our room only had cold water. Took a day to get fixed.
Air conditioning in one room did not work. (only place to go for cool air is bedrooms, rest of house is not air conditioned).
The main area of the house is open the the elements (which we actually enjoyed). But a storm brought sooooo much water that we awoke one morning to a flooded living room/kitchen area. All cushions were soaked, and they had to squeege the floors to get all the water out(now we know what the holes near the floor on the walls are for).
The staff Cook, Maid, Grounds keeper are not really there to pamper you (Patty made arrangements in a.m. and then left for the day). You must pay cook additional fee if you want her to make dinner (we did this twice although meals were good, they weren't what we have been used to at other villas). No one to make you margaritas they have a huge blender but we could never figure out how to use it), no chips/salsa left for you to munch on throughout the day.
(Maybe we have just really been spoiled by the other places we have rented in PV.)
If you plan to rent just be sure to know what you want, and ask if they can accomodate before you get there!
We stayed at Villa Las Palmeras in February, 2007. Lately, there have been several bad reviews about the place....We are baffled??? How and why could anyone complain about such a beautiful, spacious, and clean Villa? The Villa is stunning, the staf is amazing, the entire experience is nothing but fantastic! Yes, the villa is up a slightly steep hill, but how else would you get that spectacular view? Us, we enjoyed the exercise after eating and vegging on the beach all day. If you have a problem, take a taxi (they are everywhere!) The staff was helpful, friendly, and available whenever we needed anything. We will never forget it and look forward to going back!!!
The place is gorgeous and overlooks the city and the ocean. You get use of the whole Villa and the staff are not always about so it is more like your own house than a hotel. You can pay to have the staff cook dinner if you want and the food was fabulous. I will be going back there again.
We had a family gathering at the villa. It was good for hosting a large gathering and eating meals together. However, we had many, many problems.
* We lost power and water and were not compensated. They moved us to Villa Catalina that was to small to hold our group and was covered with mold. We had to leave early.
* All of us were sick from Villa food (the only place we ate.)
* Bedrooms had wall air conditioning units and often were loud and did not work. The main living area has no AC.
* Showers were backed up and were open to the bedroom.
* Pool was dirty and not cleaned until having asked several times.
* Very hard working wonderful local staff that we felt very sorry for.. they never complained, we think they are taken advantage of.
* Fountain and sport court on web page were not operational.
* Noise from town bars kept us up at night.
* The road is washed out going up to the Villa. Scary...
* The pictures will fool you... it is not as clean and well kept. Beware!
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