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Tropical Retreat Villa&Studio

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath Rooms, Mountain, Valley And Ocean View

"YES we have electricity, water & most important internet hihihihi'' . Fabulous house at the edge of El Yunque National Forest. Breathtaking mountain and ocean views create a picture perfect setting for this exquisitely appointed, custom multi-level home. Nestled in a quiet rural neighborhood, this very special home was built with French/Spanish influence. It's beautifully landscaped tropical grounds are in a park like setting. Enjoy gentle ocean breezes as you relax on this lush, tranquil and private one acre garden.

You will enjoy fresh fruit you'll directly from the garden varying with the seasons: bananas, papayas, mangos, passion fruits, star fruits, cherries... Admire all the tropical flowers just beside the large and covered patio. Enjoy the magnificent view from the front balcony.

Sleep with the relaxing music of the coquis

You will appreciate plenty of space. the main level covers more than 1 110 sq foot, including 2 sleeping rooms, the kitchen, dining, living room, the bathroom and a reading room. The lower level covers and extra 560 sq feet studio apartment with separate entrance from main level.

The studio includes a bedroom area, a living room nook, a dining area, a bright bathroom with a walk in closet, a dining area. Many windows allows great luminosity and it has it's own balcony with a great garden and pool view.

note: check in 4:00pm, check out 11:00am

but if no guest arriving same day as departure, check in and check out could be arrange with owner.

More Details

Sam Laau and Manon Dionne
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2018

About Sam Laau and Manon Dionne

From Canada, they found their paradise and would like to share this serene tropical ambiance. Sam, being born in Cambodia suffers from the cold winters in Montreal and is always trying to escape them. Manon loves nature, mountains and wild forests. After travelling around the world, they first came to Puerto Rico to dance a little salsa, and felt it love with the island, it's people, culture, weather and nature. Now they just want to enjoy this place!

Sam Laau and Manon Dionne purchased this villa in 2013

Why Sam Laau and Manon Dionne chose Rio Grande

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Rio Grande around the Ciénaga Alta

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main floor bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , separated
    Studio bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    second bedroom main floor - 1 Large Double Bed
    studio bedroom - 2 Single Bed , the 2 twins are attached to make a large bed or separeted
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

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Tropical Retreat Villa&Studio
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Wonderful weekend retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

Truly peaceful location for some rest & relaxation. Even more beautiful in person than what you see in the pictures. I truly loved "Villa Serena" .

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Truly amazing experience

  • 4 of 5

My family and I enjoyed a very nice weekend while relaxing in the pool, walking the grounds and grilling some food to compliment the view. The nights were at a perfect 70 degrees so no need for AC and the place is super quiet.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the stay, best guest ever, thanks to take care of spice plants by the outdoor kitchen. Hope see you again. Sam
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A beautiful jungle paradise.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect...a slice of the true Puerto Rico.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This home is exactly as advertised. What a gem! The view from any part of the property is exceptional. The house is well maintained, the kitchen is well supplied with everything you need if you decide to cook in. The gardens are lush and so beautiful, even has purple orchids growing there. Many fruit trees, the star fruit tree was bearing fruit like crazy. Went to bed with the song of the coquis. We went to Old San Juan and El Yunque Rainforest, hiked to the waterfall there. We went with another couple who chose to stay in the apartment below us to sleep which gave us all privacy. We spent the days and evenings together just basking in the sun and admiring the beauty around us. Sam texted a couple of times to make sure all was well. Papalote walked us around the gardens and explained many plants to us. The roads to the main highway are a bit hairy, winding and a few hairpin curves, but that just adds to the charm coming down off the mountain! The only thing I would suggest is a solar cover for the pool. It was 66 degrees F when we were there. We did take a dip to cool off but not for long! The temps were in the low to mid 80's during the day and low 70's at night. All in all, a beautiful home surrounded by even more beauty of lush gardens, mountains, rainforest and even the beach off in the distance. Such a charming home. We had a wonderful, memorable time there. Thank you Sam and Manon for sharing your home with us.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Donna, we are very happy that realy enjoy your stay, that give more energy to maintain the beautifull garden. not everybody enjoy as you the garden. You ar right about the pool but sincerely it is a acceptional cold year for PR. but maybe it will become a standard because of climat change. will see maybe also other alternative for heating pool. thank s for your stay.
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A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Villa Serena was wonderful! The gardens and view of the mountains and rainforest were breathtaking. Went to bed at night to the songs of the coquis. The locals were so friendly. We visited El Yunque and Old San Juan, soaked up the sun and relaxed in this very beautiful slice of the island. Sam was so easy to talk to and you can tell he takes great pride in his home and gardens. Papalote walked us through the gardens and gave us a little lesson on the plants and fruits that grow there. So happy we found this home to stay in. Thank you Sam!! If we make it back to PR one day, this is where we will be. Absolutely beautiful!!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Top notch!

  • 4 of 5

We just returned from 6 days at "Villa Serena" and had exactly the experience we were looking for. Sam and Manon's lovely home sits on the hillside in a private slice of the jungle in a quiet neighborhood with an amazing view all the way to the Sea! The home is very comfortable, spacious and equipped with everything you need in order to live like you live there. We cooked our evening meals either in the well appointed kitchen or on the new Grill. We lounged poolside daily with either our pina coladas or cafe con leche's, and throughly enjoyed exploring the beautiful gardens surrounding the home, noticing something new every time! The location is great for touring the entire area. From Villa Serena we were able to take in El Yunque rain forest, Luquillo Beach, San Juan, Fajardo, all of the Rio Grande, Palmer and surrounding areas and even traveled over to Ponce for a day. Sam and "Papalote" were very gracious to check in on us just in case we had a need that wasn't already being satisfied!

Just typing this makes me miss listening to the tropical breezes blowing through the palm trees and the Coqui Frogs as we drifted peacefully off to sleep!

Yes, we will return.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much for your stay, enjoy reading your review Sam
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
SJU Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
local sportsbar
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Various in Rio Grande
Nearest Beach
14 Miles

About 1/4 mile down the road you will find access to the Rio Grande River and its fresh pools and waterfalls

Nearby Luquillo with a beautifull swimming beach and the palm trees.

Midway between Fajardo and Old San Juan, it is located in the foothills and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you will still find restaurants and shops at only 7 miles from the property at Rio Grande. You will aslo find in this city 2 major groceries and a cinema theater.

The Luquillo Beach, the golf, the Yunque park are about 30 minutes drive from the house.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £90.43
Additional Guest Fee £37.68 per person per night

additional person, more than 4, is 25.00$ / person
check in 4:00pm, check out 11:00am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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