4 Bedroom Caribbean French Wooden House Built in the 1940's
- english, french, spanish
About Carl-Philippe Mangones
We've been married for 9 years and have a wonderful baby girl of 8 years of age. We love the water and enjoy our weekends on our boat!
Carl-Philippe Mangones purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Carl-Philippe Mangones chose Punta Rucia
This was love at first site! We first bought our boat last year and we were looking for the perfect place to enjoy the boating life, for us, Punta Rucia was the most amazing place to own a boat in the northern coast. A few months later, we found this great opportunity with our teacher from Law-School that was looking for a potential buyer to sale his 40 year old weekend retreat that he had remodeled back than. We jumped on the occasion and remodeled it by today's standards, this was certainly one of the best decisions we have taken in our 9 years of marriage. This is truly a unique paradise far from the big crowd!
What makes this Villa unique
Beach House right on the bay, with protection from the Atlantic big waves. This is the perfect spot for the family and small kids to enjoy the tranquility of calm waters. Punta Rucia is still a quiet and secret touristic site away from the big crowd. This is a small town where everyone knows each other by name and live in harmony. This is truly the perfect spot to disconnect and have true relaxing vacations.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking allowed on the terrace and the yard!
This a family friendly home!
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Best place to stay !!!
We have rented this house for 5 years and we love it! The stay is so friendly and the owners are great to rent from! Never a problem. You will live this place!
Our stay at Punta Rucia exceeded all expectations. The home was very clean and the beach and ocean pristine. Natalie and Carl Phillipe were gracious hosts and the excursions they arranged were such a treat. The restaurant staff was very professional and the meals were delicious. Not enough can be said of Kleibe, Rafelina and Alphonse who made us feel welcome and safe. We would like plan a return trip!
Beautiful but much more rural than anticipated.
Getting to the house is a VERY long, winding ride from either airport (2-1/2 hours). Getting around the area is at best arduous. Very rocky dirt roads to anywhere. The house is lovely, although a bit too sparse in furnishings to make it comfortable. Balcony overlooking the beach is beautiful. We spent most of our time there since sitting on the beach is hazardous with the very strong trade winds that start around 11 am most days through about 5 pm. You leave the beach feeling totally sand blasted. Mosquitoes are not as bad as in many islands but the sand flies surely make up for it. The staff was lovely and always very helpful. Unfortunately, the house is sandwiched between two restaurants. One of which is up and about prepping for the day in quite a loud manner. Lots of yelling back and forth, loud music and most times. The other, runs Cataran excursions several times a week from the beach right in front of the house. Tourist and locals alike come arrive by the bus load from everywhere. We took the tour and found it to be lovely and well with the cost. Overall, it was an okay experience. We gave up trying to leave the property after the first few days because of the difficulty of getting around. Almost totally disconnected from the world (WiFi is sketchy at best). Which left lots of time for read, sleeping, and just resting up. I guess that’s what vacations are for.
Amazing vacation at Villa Mango!
Our family of 6 (grandma, husband and I, and three kids, 9, 5, 1) traveled to this remote yet charming village of Punta Rucia. The village itself is quite small and basic/rustic, and doesn't offer too many tourist like attractions (i.e. Restaurants). However, our host (Natalie & Carl-Philippe) were amazing and took care of all of our needs. They also manage an adjacent restaurant to the property, where our kids had a dozen or more Pina Coladas. And if you are not into cooking this would be a place to enjoy some French cuisine by chef Juan Carlos. You can feel the family-like atmosphere between Natalie and Carl-Philippe, their staff, and guests. It feels like they treat you as part of their family. And this is something you will never feel in an all inclusive resort or hotel type stay.
The property is fantastic, and exactly as advertised. Our kids enjoyed white sandy beach and teal color waters, trampoline, swing and many beach toys that came with the house. Occasionally Alfanso, the ground keeper, would appear with a few open coconuts for our pleasure. He did a great job taking care of the property grounds and making sure we were safe. But the people that really made this trip unique and unforgettable were Kleiby, Rafalina, and their daughters.
Kleiby is your right-hand man, he takes care of your needs (i.e Excursions, trips to grocery stores, snorkeling, driver, etc.). Rafalina takes care of the house (i.e cleaning & washing). She is a great cook! Our kids loved playing with their daughters. But beyond their duties, Kleiby and Rafalina, are caring, warm, open and extremely friendly people despite cultural and language barriers. We were always on the same wave with them!
We spent 10 beautiful sunny days in early April: swimming, snorkeling, visiting 27 waterfalls, mangrove, deep sea, and spear fishing, 2 visits to the paradise island, and swimming with dolphins at Ocean World.
Punta Rucia is all about people, hospitality, atmosphere and great times! We are definitely coming back!!!
We absolutely loved our stay! We were seeking a vacation where we could enjoy a beautiful beach and sunshine with our children, without being in a touristy area or resort. This was exactly what we got! We had an amazing beach to ourselves and a restaurant on either side of the home, both serving yummy food and drinks! The caretakers of the property are some of the sweetest people ever and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Rafaelina and Albert thank you for being so kind! Make sure you stock up on groceries before heading to the home as it is indeed away from it all! If you want constant entertainment, this is likely not the vacation for you. This is a relax and recharge vacation. About the only excursion you can do without significant drive time is snorkeling at paradise island! Definitely do this and go early to beat the crowd and party scene if you have kiddos. We did a small private trip to snorkel there and did the mangroves on our way home and it was fantastic! Papito was our guide and he was awesome! We recommend you definitely have someone pick you up and drive you to the home from the airport. Take advantage of this service. My husband travels internationally and has driven in many different countries but he even was glad he did not drive here; mainly because there is minimal signage to get around. Make sure you walk to Lino Pizza! Best pizza ever and keep in mind Blue Island serves only until 5/6 pm. We tried to make lunch our big meal out for this reason and cooked our dinner and breakfasts at the rental. Also know, this is an open to the outdoors kitchen, which we really enjoyed! Please, please...make sure to pack enough money for tipping your driver, care taker, and even the security and outdoor maintenance man Alfonso. They are kind and work hard! Absolutely wonderful vacation! Also know if you want to snorkel close to the house you can see many tropical fish right along the shoreline from blue island restaurant heading down the concrete wall and much further. Enjoy!
We can't wait to return!
The listing description was very accurate. We loved the ability to walk 10/15 steps to the listings private beach. We loved the open air kitchen and seating room and this served as the central gathering spot for the entire family of 6 (3 kids, mother-in-law, and my wife and I). We appreciated the daily cleaning, washing towels, and really whatever was needed by Rafalina. The water was always hot and sheets were always clean. The grounds were always kept by Alfonzo that served as the guard and grounds keeper who stayed onsite. Not really sure why we needed a guard because everyone was so nice and we didn't have any issues. Alfonzo also sprayed the property for bugs everyday which helped the "noseeums" stay away. The kids really enjoyed taking him dinner every evening and he too seemed like he looked forward to it. The location is ABSOLUTELY perfect. The house is perfectly situational next to the Blue Island restaurant. This restaurant is owned and managed by the the owners of the house, Carl-Phillpe and Natalie. This restaurant is the BEST restaurant for miles around. My family would eat and drink next door almost everyday. I loved the fact that I could walk next door and lounge around while the staff would bring me just about anything that I wanted. It gave us the experience of being at a resort without all the people. Many times we were the only ones in the entire restaurant. PS the mojitos were fantastic. The other place you MUST go is the pizza place. The best pizza we have ever had and margaritas are fantastic. I can't go without mentioning the people that support this home. Kleiby is your right hand person when you visit Punta Rucia. He will do anything to make your stay more comfortable. From the moment he picks you up from the airport to the second he drops you off he is the go to person for your stay. I would view him as your complete concierge service. Fishing, snorkeling, manatees, walking a remote part of the beach, grocery shopping, local market visits, and whatever you need. He is an amazing person! If you decide to visit... be sure to ask him if it is a good idea to snorkel in high winds... I think not. Out last night we invited Klaiby and Rafalina and their entire family to eat with us. That was the highlight of our trip. They were all very appreciative and warm especially given the language barriers. Lastly, Carle Phillips and Natalie were also fantastic people. My wife accidentally hurt her back and they helped get her medicine.
Visiting the famous sandbar 'Cayo Paraiso' ranked by CNN Travel the 34th most beautiful beach in the world.
Visit the mangrove forests and also the protected Manatee wild life reserve 5 km away!
Visit 26 km away in La Isabela the ruins of the first city of the New World!