Villa Montana Beach Resort
What We Love
- A Caribbean beach resort in a lush corner of Puerto Rico, with villa and suite options and moreStrolling on and surfing off the WeddingWire award-winner’s multi-mile beach
- Playing tennis on one of the courts, using a complimentary racket
- Dining at the two restaurants, including one with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
What To Know
- Located on Puerto Rico's west coast, which is known for its prime surfing spots
- There are two pools to swim in
- Popular wedding destination
- WiFi and cell service can be spotty
- Some guestrooms could use a facelift
At Villa Montana Beach Resort, there’s no shortage of room for beach-bumming and sunbathing. In fact, this Puerto Rico property’s shore goes on for literal miles, meaning that you can shake out your towel wherever you want. And that’s not all you can do to make the most of the hotel’s ample amount of coast. There’s a Guest Service Manager on hand who can’t wait to set you up on your next sun-drenched seaside adventure, whether horseback riding, snorkeling, fishing or diving in the nearby reef.
Prefer to picnic in the beachfront gazebo? Done. Attend a beach bonfire with s’mores? The hotel’s got your back. If none of those choices fulfills your idea of beachfront bliss, then rent a cruiser or surf the Caribbean waves. And if you didn’t come for the beach at all, simply step off of it. This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award 2016 winner also holds two swimming pools, multiple tennis courts, a gym and two restaurants, one a Wine Spectator favorite. How’s that for choice?
Rooms, suites and villas
Villa Montana rooms are decorated in the Caribbean-plantation style and painted artistically in tropical and earthy tones. Terra cotta floors the main area, and uniquely detailed tiling, the bathroom. Enjoy ultra-luxe bedding, thanks to Egyptian-cotton sheets and down-filled comforters.Superior rooms, on the ground floor and with a private terrace, and Deluxe Cliffside rooms, on the second and third floors and boasting a balcony, both range from 300 to 400 spacious square feet. Suites are found on the ground floor and hold a living room, kitchenette and terrace. These accommodations all come with a queen bed.For the most space, the villas boast two bedrooms (one with a queen bed, one with an additional queen or two twins), plus a fully equipped kitchen, laundry area and a terrace.
You can’t go wrong with either of the restaurants here, overseen by Caribbean Award-winning Executive Chef Jeremie Cruz. Eclipse is a 2015 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner whose walls open to the sunny surroundings, with a menu of grilled seafood, pizzas wood-fired in an oven that can reach more than 800 degrees, plus other dishes that draw on ingredients from Puerto Rico’s Northwest. “O” Restaurant and Lounge turns its focus to Northern Africa and Asia, including Japan, Thailand and India. Here, sip a ginger margarita, or pick from choices that include bahn mi, sashimi and samosas.
Villa Montana is along literal miles of beach, so your biggest decision here will be which to try first: surfing, snorkeling, fishing or diving (there’s a great reef near the shore, with wrecks just an easy drive away). Then again, you could also horseback ride on the sand or try something completely different, like windsurfing or kite surfing. Or, you could hop over to the tropical rainforest for a romp around the ravines, say, zip lining or canyoneering. Golf packages are available nearby, too, and if you come between January and March, you may be able to go whale watching.
How to Get There
My fiance and I discovered Villa Montana Beach Resort from a picture found on Pinterest. We took a trip from NY last March to explore the island in search of the perfect wedding venue. Since contacting VMBR's event coordinator for pricing, a reservation & tour, we have had nothing less than a wonderful experience. Upon arriving, we were greeted very kindly by the front gate & front desk staff. Absolutely no one was rude to us whatsoever. In fact, everyone we encountered was welcoming, had a great sense of humor and was very accommodating.
While this is called a resort, it’s pretty unique and feels more like a laid back, extended stay/condo like community. The restaurant closes at 10:30 and room service appears to be minimal. You’re pretty much on your own which we actually appreciated because it’s very peaceful and provides flexibility. If you need something, it’s best to go straight to the restaurant, bar or office. It’s also advisable to visit the local market which is about 10-minutes away, for snacks, ice, food and water for your room. I didn’t notice an ice machine or a vending machine anywhere. As for the one-bedroom villa we stayed in, some of the furniture could use refreshing and the patio furniture could use some cushions, but these didn't make or break our experience. It came with a kitchenette & mini-fridge so if we wanted to cook something for ourselves, we could. The two-bedroom villas have a full kitchen & laundry room.
This resort is directly on the beach where salt and sand require constant maintenance. We felt they do a pretty good job maintaining the resort overall. As for towels, I did notice we had one washcloth for two guests but didn’t make it an issue. It would seem a good practice would be to have a stack of bathroom and beach towels available at the front desk since this seems to be a recurring issue in reviews. It should be noted though, that this is an eco-friendly resort so extra towels or a change of towels are provided only upon request.
The Eclipse Restaurant....Amazing! For dinner, the waiter even had my fiance's meal adjusted by the chef because he couldn't decide between one meal over another, so they combined the two just for him. That was cool. The bartender was happy to make us his specialty cocktail, which we think he should bottle and sell.
Because we felt so welcomed and fell in love with the peaceful, lush and flexible atmosphere we have chosen VMBR as our wedding venue and can't wait to share this beautiful place with our closest family and friends. Their wedding package is comprehensive, flexible and reasonable. They've covered every possible question a bride and groom could ever ask. Yhasmina and Mara, the wedding/event coordinators are both so sweet and creative and very responsive, even during this busy wedding season. We feel very confident we've made the right choice. Counting down the days! <3
Love staying here. Beautifulll and peaceful pleace. Great for a couples getaway. Love watching the sunset and riding a bike. The pool was warn. You can really get disconnected here.Definitely will stay here again.
The people at the reception are rude, not polite, I asked twice for more towels and shampoo for the room , never happened. Very disappointed with the service and attention. No shades or any kind of service or attention at the beach
We arrived before the check in time. The staff at the reception desk was rude and even if the resort was almost empty they made us wait 1.5 hours to get our room. They put us in a backyard room and only after we complained they moved us to a room overlooking the front garden. The room was not properly cleaned. The beach is not suitable for swimming and there is no shade. The eclipse restaurant is nice, overlooking the ocean and the breakfast is good and full of options ‘a la carte’. The resort has hotel rooms and villas rented for long periods and/or owned. Important to have a car to stroll around.
After some initial issue with my reservation, that I must say were less than professional, I feel compelled to write a review about this resort.
Before visiting, but after I had already paid the non refundable room fee , I was put off by some unpleasant reviews. I am admittedly a “Hotel Snob” in that I am extremely particular about where I vacation. I feel a vacation should be an experience superior to everyday life, or what’s the point. I was tempted after reading some of the negative reviews nevertheless to scrap my plans to stay at Villa Montana despite losing a considerable amount of money. I am very Happy I did not alter my plans because this place was not disappointing.
Do not be dissuaded by some of the negative reviews. While some of them are factual , they do not give a fair picture of what this place has to offer.
The restaurant was Amazing!!!!
You almost feel as if your the only one on the resort
You can siesta on a wonderful bed on the beach outside of the restaurant or swim in the beautiful pool just on the other side.
The pool temperature was perfect, an amenity I feel is often overlooked
The room was clean and the grounds were well kept.
Now don’t get me wrong , it’s not the Four Seasons , but I can honestly tell you when I stayed there for 5 days I didn’t miss a thing that the Four Season’s would have offered. Villa Montana affords an experience almost indescribable in its comparison to an upscale corporate resort. It has a very special quality that is more than worth it.