Our classic beach house and master suite casita is a memorable property that provides a rustic, peaceful, private, romantic, and truly off the grid getaway. On 5 lush acres which ends on our mountaintop--Its charms are simple and unpretentious. We hope you find peace and tranquility as well as perfect beach days every moment of your visit. Private dead end road, gated entrance, double sized deck, 2 bedroom house with sleeping alcove and master suite casita sleep up to 7 comfortably. Endless water and island views. One of a kind. Relax and recharge in paradise. Please note: a 5% donation is made with every rental to Fundacion de Culebra to fund educational opportunities on Culebra.
Main house has 2 full bedrooms & sleeping alcove. Master suite casita sleeps 2
- english, french, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 20 Jan 2019
About Hilary Vartanian
We are a New York City family who is passionate about the the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the environment. Having traveled the world we have found a true peace and a slice of paradise here on Culebra.
Hilary Vartanian purchased this House in 2004
Why Hilary Vartanian chose Flamenco
This house is one of a kind on a peaceful, protected part of the island. The house has always drawn great people and our repeat renters are a testament to the comfort and beauty of the island and our home.
What makes this House unique
a large property with neighbors few and far between, a friendly helpful caretaker and a home that has every amenity needed for a relaxing beach getaway. Fully stocked for a comfortable family or multiple couple getaway.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
A secluded, cozy villa
Our family of 5 had a great stay at Villa Estrella in Culebra. The location is great. Off to itself, but in close proximity to the downtown area and most desirable beaches. The home and casita were well-loved with many books/games/dvds for families to enjoy. The view from the deck was lovely. The beds, linens, towels were totally fine...though a few new beach towels would be a great addition. We appreciated the new beach chairs and the ability to do a load of laundry during our stay so that we could pack super-light. All in all, we would stay here again. The Ritz-Carlton it is not, but if you love Culebra, then you would want no parts of staying at The Ritz versus spending good quality time in an abode as homey as this! Thank you so much for allowing us to spend time in your family's lovely villa!
Wonderful family retreat
We had a great time; the house's views of the ocean were amazing and its refreshing breeze and bird songs made the evenings very peaceful. It was a great place for us to relax and enjoy each other's company while exploring the island and using this as a base camp. We took advantage of the snorkeling gear and were able to get out and enjoy almost all of the islands beaches over 5 days. The only thing I would reiterate from previous comments is the need to rent a Jeep to get up the driveway and the need to bring in bottled water for drinking. Otherwise, we had no issues with the water: the showers were great, and we especially loved the outdoor shower after long days at the beach. The extensive library was entertaining, and I think between all of us, we all found a good book and/or CD. A special thanks to Jesse who was super hospitable and guided us from the Jeep rental location to the house so that we wouldn't get lost.
Terrific Island Home
This was a lovely home for a stay on Culebra, located on the southern tip not far from Playa Punta Soldado. It is located at the top of a hill, behind a gate, and is quite secluded. There is a view of the bay and very wonderful breezes at all times. You can see two other homes on an adjacent hill in the distance, but beyond that, it is like you're all alone. A 4-wheel drive is a must to get up there.
The main home is an open layout with the living area, dining area and kitchen all flowing together. There is a lovely and large deck for outdoor dining or sitting. There are two bedrooms, each with a queen or full size bed (I don't recall which). There is also a sleeping alcove with a twin bed off the living area (it is quite open to the rest of the house). As noted in other reviews, this is open concept. In addition to the alcove, one of the bedrooms has no door and it is open at the top as well (for air flow I would presume). So, if you're looking for privacy and sound proof bedrooms, this is not the place. Our early risers puttering around the kitchen definitely stirred the the rest of the house.
The kitchen is stocked well enough if you want to cook. We prepared one full dinner and didn't lack necessary kitchen tools. A big grill outside makes cooking out easy. There was a supply of basics - spices, seasonings, oils, etc. They encourage you to bring drinking water, which we did.
Some reviews noted a limited supply of water. We didn't have any problems like that at all - plenty of hot and cold water, though we tried not to go wild on our use. Electricity was never an issue and the wifi was strong. Our Verizon phones, though, didn't get signal up there. There is no air-conditioning, but with the breezes it would not have been needed or wanted.
We also enjoyed the casita - a second cottage just above the main house. It has a queen bed, full bath, kitchenette and another lovely deck. This was a great escape and has all the privacy that the lower house may lack.
Kudos to owner Hilary who may have been one of the most responsive hosts I've interacted with. We booked right before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, so I had some anxiety about even going. Hilary was great at assuring me and always quick to respond to messages. Thanks Hilary. And she also had a local caretaker Jesse who met us at the airport and helped get us situated.
We hope to return.
Thanks for your lovely review and sharing your experience. We were delighted to have you and always say the house draws wonderful people -- like you.
We look forward to having you back! Best, Hilary
Beautiful, Quiet, comfortable home.
We loved our stay in February of 2018. The island has revovered well from the hurricanes. Hillarys' home is well designed, open, airy and has a magnificent back deck that overlooks the bay. It is sunny in the early mornings and then wonderfully shaded in the hotter parts of the day. We could have spent the whole trip on the deck. We became addicted to the outdoor shower. Culebra is quiet, the beaches are amazing and the night sky is unspoiled and spectacular. The owners make staying here easy and welcoming...we highly reccommend it.
Thank you Dave! We loved having you and agree the outdoor shower is addictive! We hope to have you back again.
Warm regards, Hilary
Our family of four rented this lovely hilltop home over Easter break. It has been lovingly decorated and has an AMAZING collection of DVDs, CDs, and coffee-table-style art, reference, and fiction books! We really enjoyed exploring these in our down time at the house and also enjoyed the gardens around the entryway.
Most of our time at Culebra was spent at the various beaches, with a new snorkel adventure every day. The snorkeling directly from the beaches was better here than any other Carribean Island we have explored! (We have been to many). The Coral were in excellent condition and the plant and animal life was so diverse, with very dynamic terrain. We saw turtles, rays, and squid on multiple days and even found an Octopus! The reefs that required hikes to assess the beaches allowed us nice options to escape the Easter weekend crowds as well.
This home is in an excellent location for exploring the island with a lovely view of the bay and hillside from the deck. The jeep ride up to the house was a bit intense the first time through, as it is very steep, but we got used to it after a couple of runs. :)
The only set-backs for us were that we had anticipated having access to the laudry machine (and packed lightly for the Flamenco flight to the island) but found out on arrival that we could not do laundry or take showers more than rinsing off the soap/conditioner since the island was experiencing a drought. As it turned out, it was not at all a big deal, but something to be aware of as a possibility.
Also, we had not noticed from the pictures and description that the master bedroom did not have a door and was open to the main space (and twin bed alcove). These are just items that could be important, depending on the group you are traveling with.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience at this house and my husband especially loved all of the open natural space that the property offered for him to practice his Thai Chi! This home had such a personal touch and a very playful personality to it that made it very unique! We would definitely stay here again!
Thank you for the review! We pride ourselves on creating a comfortable environment for our guests. The island does go thru periods of draught and we were happy to accommodate your request to use the washer dryer during your five day visit when you requested it. Most houses on the island practice the same kind of water conservation.
In terms of the layout of the house, homes in the Caribbean are open concept as is ours and we have always found people have enjoyed the flow and design of the house. Although it is true there isn't a "door" to the master bedroom it was a design choice to have a step down into the master where you turn a corner to a completely private master bedroom with direct access to the deck.
The twin alcove is described as such and the picture also represents that. Our guest casita provides a separate master suite as well which can be added to the rental.
Thanks for your comments and we were glad you enjoyed your stay.
Spectacular private setting for those seeking peace and solitude.
This was our second stay at Casa Estrella. It's perched very high on a steep hill with spectacular views and the most wonderful breezes. You must rent a 4WD to reach the house. as its completely private location is at the end of a steep dirt road. There's nothing more wonderful than breakfast on the big deck or dinner under the stars. We especially love this special house doesn't feel like a sterile rental unit. Rather it is a beloved family home with many wonderful books, great CDS and DVDS, games, art, etc. We love returning there after a day at the beach, taking an outdoor shower and savoring the complete peace here. The kitchen is very well appointed and there's a huge gas grill. Very special is a network of protected nature trails above the house. Hilary is a very experienced host and offers thorough information and support.
Thank you Jennifer! There is nothing we value more than repeat visitors such as you. We like to say the house "draws great people" and you are a wonderful example.
We look forward to your next visit!
Our house is on the exclusive east side o the island close to town shops and restaurants yet completely private and on 5 lush hilltop acres on a gated dead end road. A perfect getaway with the luxury of a private property and close to the amenities that Culebra has to offer.
Additional pricing information
total fee for pre/post housekeeping, meet and greet and WIFI is $450. Casita available for parties of 5 or more at no additional fee.