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Previous reviews had suggested we'd found a great village for a beach holiday with good local restaurants, staying in a stunningly-converted house owned by a considerate decent man. We were thrilled to realise that the reality was exactly in line with these hopes.
The beach is huge and well-run and dotted with small bars providing some food, but you'll want to save yourselves some room or wander off the beach for a long meal before returning to sleep it off under a sombrilla. The village is small, and quiet at night, but with lots of choice of good restaurants on a range of budgets, all within a few hundred metres (or over the road, or next door...). The owner Jose provided a map suggesting a few places as well as other key amenities, including how to get into Santa Cruz a bus ride away for even more restaurant options. We didn't need to do this, ate great food at a different place in San Andres every night for a week and still didn't try everywhere. We'll get to the rest next time. There is a supermarket just a couple of hundred metres from the house, and a bakery just a few doors away.
The house was an exercise in making the most of space and light and provided everything we needed; Jose has put some serious thought into what he provides and made himself available if we needed anything, but there was no need. It's always good to stay somewhere that feels a bit special from the start, and this was certainly that. Wandering out of bed to go and look up at the morning skies from your indoor patio sounds weird to a design-ignorant Brit, but made perfect sense done by one who knows. Thanks Jose! If we had better weather here I'd have one myself...
We won't hesitate to stay here again and we heartily recommend it. Just please don't book when we want to stay :)
We had a fantastic stay in this wonderful villa - the pictures on the site do not do this property justice. The villa is in a quiet hillside location set within its own gardens in a gated compound that provided both security and privacy. The villa was not over looked on any side and provided wonderful views of the ocean from the terraces. Perfect for a get away from it all holiday but also ideally located for getting around the island - 10 Mins from Santa Cruz and only 30 mins from Los Christianos and Puerta de la Cruz so you can do all the sights/parks easily. A car is required as there are no bars or restaurants in the immediate vicinity but they can be found five minute drive away. The villa is very spacious and has two terraced areas where you can catch the sun all day. It is also very comfortable and has everything you need and is like a home from home. The washing machine was used daily and the dishwasher was a godsend as 5 people make a lot of washing up! Good internet kept the kids (3 teenagers) quiet and 4 bedrooms so everyone had their own room which was ideal for a party of 5 - the two main bedrooms are very comfortable and I wish I could have brought the mattress back with me. The owner was extremely helpful with arrangements for arrival/departure and there was a bottle of wine and bowl of fruit waiting for us when we arrived which was a nice touch. The only issues we had were the draining from the inside showers was a bit slow so you have to turn them off whilst washing to avoid them overflowing - the outside shower was amazing though and we used that one the most. The aircon was only in the master bedroom and not working, however the ceiling fans kept the villa cool enough so not really an issue. All in all we had a great time at the villa and managed to use it as a base to visit the whole of island although most days I just wanted to stay in the Villa as it was so nice. Would definitely recommend this villa to anyone and would definitely stay here again.