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
-beautiful maintained property
-amazing restaurant onsite
- 2 nice pools
-way overpriced. we paid $280 a night plus taxes for a room that was smaller than any hotel we have ever stayed in. when we booked through booking.com we stated clearly 2 adults, 1 kid but the room is more for 2 adults (1 queen bed). no space to accommodate an extra twin bed.
-not your traditional hotel, so no in room service, no concierge
-no extra activities at all
-no kids pool
In summary we won't book this location again and I will not recommend it to anyone I know because the place is overpriced so no value for your money. Only super nice thing is the restaurant (The Eclipse) which you can visit without staying at the "resort".
Villa Montana may think it is a luxury hotel -- it is not quite there, but I'd encourage them to keep aspiring! They give you a bracelet, like an all inclusive, but nothing is inclusive and we never needed to use them.
Rooms were terribly musty when we arrived so we turned off the AC, threw open all the doors and windows and turned on all the fans. It was fine. Next time we turned on the AC it was horrible again. I took a look and the ACs were riddled with mold. Don't use them! (And VMBR -- you should clean them! That's a serious health risk and an easy fix -- and would have improved my rating at least 1 star.)
Two restaurants were advertised but they only had one. Service was as slow as molasses but the food was good tho a bit pricey. Had a brown out while we were there and couldn't cook in our villa; fortunately the restaurant had a generator so we could eat. Speaking of cooking, there will be absolutely nothing in your kitchen but a few plates and pans. They give you soap for the shower but not for the kitchen (we used shampoo)? No sponges, no paper towels (we used washcloths and hand towels). (VMBR -- this is also an easy fix and would have improved my rating. Why stock the bathroom but not the kitchen?)
You cannot swim at their beach! Thankfully they have 2 pools, one at the main restaurant and a nice quiet one by the tennis courts. We did not take a horseback ride (which is right next door) but did get some nice in-room massages.
We booked in for Christmas lunch , family of 5.
Beautiful food , stunning view and great service. Wanda our host was fantastic , helpful and friendly.
Situated on the beachfront sandy location with clear crystal blue water.
Decorated with very good taste.
Villa Montaña is a stunning hotel. I had eaten at the Eclipse restaurant a few times but this was my first time actually staying overnight. The grounds are immaculate. My room was a good size and very clean. Egyptian cotton sheets and the down comforter were amazing. Lounging on the cabana beds in the Zen pool was my favorite part of my stay, but I also loved walking along the beach, sitting by the other pool, and lounging on the "beds" on the beach. My few interactions with the staff were positive. They let me come in early to drop my bag off in the main office so I could enjoy the amenities before the 4pm check in time. The restaurant is gorgeous and overlooks the beach and one of the pools. I wish there had been more Puerto Rican food on the menu this time. Right now there are a lot of Asian inspired dishes, which maybe is to accommodate to American tourists unfamiliar with Puerto Rican cuisine. Also would've been nice if there beach towels in the rooms and at the pools. Overall, I had an amazing time with little to nothing to complain about. Definitely want to come back soon!
Great place!!! Nice food....great room!! Love it ! Everyone very attentive, clean room, very quiet so can relax and disconnect from the city. Can walk around, bicycles available and horses. I enjoy the dinner at the restaurant, the pool and the room. Plan to return!