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Sanctuary in Paradise

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This little corner of paradise is located on the 18th floor of Playa Azul 1, a beachfront building in the seaside town of Luquillo. From its spacious 27 ft balcony one looks out on an unobstructed, glorious sweep of tropical ocean and palm-treed beaches. Overwhelming eye candy that photos simply cannot capture (try as I may). The balcony is where a breakfast of mango, papaya and pineapple is lazily taken in the morning; where, ensconced in a hammock, piña colada in hand, we watch the day slowly fade to dusk; where dinner is served al fresco. It is the dolce farniente sweet spot of our vacation.

The living space consists of two air conditioned bedrooms each complete with in-suite bath and walk-in closet and attractive furniture with ample storage space. Bedroom 1 has one queen sized bed and opens to the balcony. Bedroom 2 , a bit larger, has two queen sized beds and a wall of windows overlooking the ocean. A ceiling fan whoops up a gentle breeze if you prefer to shut out the breaking waves outside the window. Bed linen for all beds is high end cotton. So are the towels.

There is a fully equipped kitchen suitable for any culinary challenge. There is tableware for 8, enough that you don't need to run the dishwasher after every meal. There is also a washer and a dryer so you can pack lightly when travelling.

The sitting room is situated between the two bedrooms, insuring privacy at both ends. It is comfortable without being stuffy. There is a 47' TV with a cable connection and a DVD player . There is a wifi connection, there is a landline phone (although your mobile will do just fine on the island). There is a mini library of take-one/leave-one beach reads , board games, and several complete (one hopes:-)) decks of cards . There is a wall of windows to let the outside in and a wonderful gentle breeze to keep things cool.

Playa Azul 1 is part of a gated complex of three buildings that share a swimming pool, and tennis and basketball courts. The complex has its own security detail at the front gate, and the lobby of the building is manned 24 hours a day. The lobby key will also let you out the back door onto the local beach. It is a convenient elevator ride away, sparsely used and very pleasant. Beware however, it is not monitored by lifeguards, and undertow currents can at times be strong and challenging. There are in the apartment coolers, folding chairs and towels for your use on the beach. Alternatively, Balneario La Monserrate, AKA Luquillo Beach, the most renowned palmed beach on the island, is a picturesque stroll away along a secluded narrow stretch of beach, (or a 2 minute drive with plentiful parking). It has the benefit of lifeguards, very calm water and amenities such as food stands (yes, they serve piña coladas) and rentals of chaises-longues and umbrellas. The grounds are clean and well maintained: La Monserrate is a 'Blue Flag' rated beach by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).

Stores are close enough to be convenient for all necessities. Area supermarkets offer familiar goods in familiar settings, Walgreen is nearby for all your drugstore needs, there is a bank with an ATM right outside the gate and there is even a Wal-Mart and a small shopping center a short drive away. Although not everyone speaks English, generally, language is seldom a problem.

There is in the area a multitude of small friendly local restaurants for easy dining ( for example, try the colorful 'kioscos' right down the street for surprisingly good eating or walk up to the Brass Cactus, an 'American' style sports bar right outside the gate). Our favorite is Lolita's, about 3 miles east on Rt 3. If you prefer upscale there are fine restaurants at the Conquistador hotel 15 min to the east or the Wyndham Rio Mar, 10 min to the west. If haute cuisine is what you want, San Juan, 45 min away, has a copious selection of fine world class eateries.

There is also plenty to do: Casino, Golf, Scuba, hiking, swimming and sunbathing at any of several beaches, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, zip-lining across the rain forest, touring the island's many wonders, daytrips to Ponce, the Arecibo radiotelescope and other fabled destinations, sightseeing in Old San Juan (did you know that San Juan is the oldest city in American territory, founded in 1521 by Ponce de León, less than 30 years after Columbus made his voyage?), ferry rides to Vieques and other islands... In the apartment you'll find a binder where we compiled all our favorite things to do/places to go/where to eat. Google will proffer numerous suggestions on the subject of what to do in Puerto Rico... La Isla del Encanto.

Mi casa es su casa; Come stay with us, you'll be glad you did.

NB: A QUICK NOTE TO THE PARENTS OF VERY YOUNG CHILDREN: The balcony of our 18th floor apartment is an ideal place for vegetative contemplation of the immensity of the universe. Beware however that there is a potential for problems if very young children are left unattended. This IS the 18th floor, and there are tables, chairs,outdoor furnishings and such that might serve as launching pads for a young hyperactive budding aviator curious to experience flight. It is not a totally insurmountable problem (most things can be moved away from the precipice) but I think you should be aware of the issue. Call me for more information.

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More Details

Rachel Rosenheck
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
28 May, 2017

About Rachel Rosenheck

We first vacationed at Playa Azul when our older daughter was 9 months old - over three decades ago! Each year we thought of different winter vacation destinations, and each year we all agreed nothing could be better than this place in the sun. It has become our family hub - for us and our two grown daughters, and their friends, and our friends. It is the perfect place for a day of exploring, or a day to do nothing much at all. The apartment has room for our extended family to hang out, play games, listen to music, serve dinner for two or twelve on the balcony, swing in the hammocks and laze away the evenings watching the incredible sunsets. From the time that they were little, it has been our 'dolce farniente' place. We hope it will be yours, too.

Rachel Rosenheck purchased this condo in 2004

Why Rachel Rosenheck chose Luquillo

When we first came to Luquillo, we rented. We rented for many years and finally realized we wanted to have a place that we could make our own, and make special. So many rental units didn't have the quality we wanted or the many amenities that make such a difference. So we bought the two bedroom/two bath configuration that we liked the best, and renovated it to be the dream vacation place we always wanted..

What makes this condo unique

We never thought we would be able to enjoy such long, rich, lazy satisfying days in such a spectacular setting. And we could do it over and over again. It is truly home away from home for us and the (now grown) kids.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Solimar in Mata de Plátano

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 18
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Contact us if extenuating circumstances arise regarding check-in and check-out times.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Lift
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Alternative Lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
beach accessories, balcony hammocks, children's playground, tennis court, basketball court,


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(77 traveller reviews)

Sanctuary in Paradise
average rating of 4.8311687 based on 77 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Everything was as described and we couldn't have asked for more. Would go here again if the chance comes along. Great hosts!!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Another week in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at the Sanctuary in Paradise and loved it just as much! The unit is perfect for a family of 5 who wants a home base for touring and snorkeling Culebra, hiking in El Yunque rainforest, snorkeling at Monkey Island, visiting Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve for the Fajardo lighthouse tour, daring the caves of La Cueva del Indio and Cueva Ventana or swimming at the beaches, Playa Azul or Balneario La Monserrate (Playa Luquillo). Lots of good restaurants nearby if you don't want to use the well appointed kitchen such as our favorites, Pasta y Pueblo, La Parilla, or if you are missing the states-The Brass Cactus. The condo was clean, the beds very comfortable--you just need to bring the pineapple juice, rum, and coconut cream for the island's signature drink! All this, and a view to die for. This truly is a sanctuary in paradise!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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Excellent view

  • 5 of 5

Was very impressed with the condo. Incredible view and a one minute walk to the beach. There really isn't much to do otherwise... so this place is perfect for anyone who wants to relax and not much more. Cable and wi-if... very pleased!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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Wonderful vacation and place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I (4 total) had the pleasure to stay in this condo during our August 2016 vacation and we loved it. It was very hard to go anywhere during the evening since the atmosphere was so relaxing and what an amazing view. It offered everything you needed for a day at the beach or a relaxing time at the condo. Highly recommend it!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A well appointed condo with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need to enjoy your trip to Puerto Rico is right here! The galley style kitchen is fully equipped and functional. Open the large windows and collapse the sliding door for the complete indoor/outdoor living experience. Need beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and toys they're here. Needs washer and dryer for you kids clothes, they're here. Need to find and excursion, food, or golfing check the binder on the book shelf for great ideas. It's all about location and this place is in short traveling distance to great amenities!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing View!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Rosenheck condo. The view was unbeatable! Bert keeps an extremely well organized place and the details on location, transportation, check in and check out were very thorough. There was a large filing box with a multitude of activities, restaurants and other useful information for your stay in Puerto Rico. The kitchen was well equipped and stocked for any meal and there was a plethora of beach paraphernalia. We loved our stay here and would recommend it for anyone wanting a vacation in paradise!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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El Yunque National Forest
Old San Juan
Los Kioskos de Luquillo
"local eateries, many of surprisingly good caliber"
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
Balneario La Monserrate - AKA Luquillo Beach
Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Tour
Lolita's Mexican Restaurant
El Yunque National Rainforest
Puerto Rico
Hacienda San Pedro
El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Juan International
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rio Mar
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Brass Cactus
Nearest Ski
1500 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Balneario la Monserrate/Luquillo Beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Solimar, Puerto Rico

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £77.3 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £154.61
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Special Offers

Portable wifi hotspot