Paradise, found! Enjoying a six-star vacation while paying for 2.5 stars
OK, I admit, we've been here before. Using photos and descriptions of what to expect, we easily convinced four couples (2 the first 8 days and 2 couples the last 7 days) to join us for time away from snow, ice, cold temperatures, etc., etc.. Upon arrival, our personal concierge spent time explaining all of the features of the Villa. Since we've been here before, it was a refresher. The guys liked it while the wives stood on the patio overlooking the private infinity pool and the Pacific Ocean! A site to behold. After checking out the Villa's many over-the-edge features - three Master suites, private hot tub that seats six, the Weber grill, etc., etc., we called for a golf-cart pickup so that we could get a tour of the adjacent Sunset Beach resort. After a relaxing guided tour highlighting the swim-up bars for Happy Hour, we returned to the Villa to freshen up for dinner down at the grill. The wives made spa appointments while the guys sat on the patio and watched the fishing boats return to port. Our personal concierge made recommendations for dinners, a half-day fishing outing, which turned out to be directly in front of the Villas, and for a snorkeling beach a short drive away.
By now you probably have concluded that we love this place. It is more than advertized and is sure to please everyone! Last year, we had 4 college age children along with 6 adults and we had a blast! There's nothing the staff can't handle - want more ice for a party, they gladly bring it in 10 minutes; need bed made up for a guest, done; need peace and quiet while watching humpback whales lunge out of the ocean within sight of your villa while drinking your morning coffee, check; watching the sunset while holding a cold adult beverage, check and check!
While you need a car, taxi fare is $3 per person to downtown and you don't have to worry about drinking and driving. I'd recommend spending an entire day at the Pacifica resort (adults only) just below Montecristo for a very relaxing experience. Complimentary shuttle service between the resorts is very nice. Also, sign at the resort and it will be transferred to your master bill. They think of everything!
While we were there my wife pointed out how nice it was to have a housekeeper who cleaned and changed all linens daily, a personal concierge to handle reservations and provide local color commentary, a gardener who keep the flowers looking great, a pool boy to clean the pool and hot-tub daily along with drivers
Posted on 16 April 2020