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... Maya and I split a Kan Kan. It’s a two pound marinated pork chop that is deep fried with the skin on it served with rice and beans on the side. Oh and don’t forget the hot sauce. David got a grouper dish with some mashed taro root. When our tummy’s were full we set off window shopping. Maya picked up a cute purse for herself and we could not resist the frozen icicle treat sold by local vendors in ...
... stayed close to shore and swam and laid on the beach for most of the time here. I was also still very tired so I read my book and took a nap in the sun.
We stayed here for a few hours before decided to move to another location. The next beach we went to we traded in one of our boards for one that was bigger. We started calling it the chick board because it was white and pink. :)
This beach was much nicer then the last, had no rocks and ...
... Little did we know how extreme this was going to be...
We picked up the balls and putters and tried to find the way to the first hole, only a few steps down and into the jungle. What a surprise, the course was covered with leaves and branches. Getting the ball over and/or thru these was not easy. And Sheila managed to already shoot the ball over the wall on the second hole. Luckily we found ...
... and walking in the heat to El Morro in time for a ranger led, English speaking, tour. Rising 140 feet above the ocean, the fort is a massive structure. With tower lookouts, tiny rooms and long passageways the fort was fun to explore and we spent several hours here before leaving to wander the streets of Old ...
Kath experienced minor motion sickness for the first time so when we reached Adjuntas we headed north.
We took highway 2 back to San Juan and experienced the typical Friday evening traffic congestion; oh well never mind we had enjoyed a happy 3 days away from the city.
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First, our reservation for lunch that we made in NY and confirmed in PR a day before our vistit to the Horned Dorset Primavera was not honored. We were told that our reservation could not be held because they only served until 1:30 (I was told 2:30 twice) and that we could not possibly sit on the beach terrace because only the hotel guests could. (I had twice been told that my location request would be noted.) After a discussion with the manager we were allowed to be seated (not on the beach side) and ordered a selection of salads and soups. The gazpacho was very good but the salade nicoise was riddled with old "rusty" lettuce and overall the meal was overpriced and only average. The waiter was very good and the ambience was nice, but not what I had in mind. Obviously we were made to feel unwelcome from the start so what was supposed to be a special lunch was anything but. It reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry remarks that the restaurant knows how to "take" a reservation but not to "hold" it!
Private & perfect
July 12-17, 2004 We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at a primavera villa.
It could not have been more perfect. Luxury surroundings, staff could not do enough for you; from remembering which breafast juice to your favorite cocktail at dinner. Speaking of dinner, the cuisine is amazing. If you want a resort that is the best money can buy, come to the Horned Dorset Primavera.
This is my favorite hotel in all of the Caribbean. The service is the best I have encountered anywhere in the world, it is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed at, and the food is without fail amazing. Staff brought towels to both the beach and the pool each morning, and someone took drink orders from both locations throughout the day. All of the chairs on the beach now have pads, and there are new sunny yellow chairs on the bluff about 6 feet above the actual beach. While the beach is small, it is beautiful and clean, and larger beaches are just a short walk away. There are also new Italian shade umbrellas all along the beach and the bluff over the beach, as well as around the pool and on the patios of all of the beach front villas. The hotel now also has both a phone and a computer with free Internet access located in the main building for guests to use. Most rooms now have phones. Enjoying the complimentary tapas in the evening in the main terrace is a wonderful way to meet other guests. One day we watched whales frolicking from the terrace of the hotel; another day we watched dolphins swimming while we ate our lunch. One of my favorite moments was having a massage in my room overlooking the sparkling Caribbean and tropical flowers. Another was using the complimentary sea kayaks and kayaking alongside the coast. I highly recommend this hotel, you will not be disappointed.
This was the most beautiful hotel we have ever stayed. We were scheduled to stay 3 nights here, and then go to Water Club in San Juan to party for New Years Eve. Needless to stay that top end trendy resort and the city of San Juan did not live up to our expectations. We have travelled all over the Carribean in all 5 star resorts, so Puerto Rico was a big change. They upgraded us to a villa, because a regualar suite was not available and this was over the holidays. The food was amazing and the staff was great. If I have anything negative to say, is that there was no bar service by the pools. The food was great with filet migon and lobster, and the breakfust was also good. The views are amazing and there is never another resort that would compete with the customer service. I had a little cold the first night, and the owner of the resort came up to me by the pool the next day to make sure I was feeling better. I still don't know how he heard about my cold. Again I have been to the carribeean about 20 times, and this is the best resort I have ever stayed. Keep in mind there is no TV. I was in a villa and there were phones. There is no entertainment and no nighlife life, it is pure relaxation.
Spent five nights here the first week in December 2003 and had a truly wonderful time despite some dicey weather from the first-ever tropical storm in December. The service was wonderful, especially from the food service personnel. The food was especially wonderful with a new menu every night. This is not a place to go if you need to keep in touch. No phones, no TVs just a restful place to unwind. If you need a little activity, there are plenty of places nearby to party. Every day we ate lunch at a local Rincon restaurant aand enjoyed meeting the friendly people of the area. We highly recommend renting a car to go to the Horned Dorset. It will allow you to experience Rincon as well as sightsee throughout the western part of Puerto Rico.
Wonderfull to come back to the Villas.... we found them inmaculate and worth the splurge at $900 a night! we had two full bathrooms and our private pool... and the service was discreet and available on the phone... the villas do have phones this year. The beach had eroded some because of some heavy surf but in a matter of days it came back. this is Rincon the surfing mecca, any ways! We found our fellow guests to be very friedly and made new friends every day at the most spectacular infinity pool. We give it 5 stars again this year
We spent 4 days here after Christmas and were very disappointed. The Hotel is billed as luxury and certainly charges luxury rates but our room while pleasant to look at had leaks in the ceiling and dripping faucets. the remaining rooms without phones were a major problem and necessitated walking a long distance to get responses. Service during the day was not good. No pool or beach help to speak of. Not enough pads on chairs at the beech, the ice buckets with bottled water were always empty. At the cocktail hour, free appetizers were served but the hotel neglected to replace plates and napkins and did not pick up used glasses and plates from available tables. In addition the beach was not kept clean and was very small. It is very difficult to have an active vacation here or to deal with an unexpected emergency back home since the facilities and attitudes are simply not what they should be at these prices. We will not go back.
We booked our last minute trip to secluded Aguadilla in a mediocre hotel, down the street from Horned Dorset. After complaining about the accommodations, the manager informed us of a 5 star hotel just down the road, the Horned Dorset, (the only other hotel around anyway). We couldnt have been happier with our discovery. Yes, we wound up paying 4 times as much to their $250 per nite, but it was worth every penny.The villas had just been completed 2 months prior, and we were lucky enough to have snagged an ocean front, (up on a small cliff) one with unobstructed views, (anything lower than 1 villa to the right of the pool will have trees blocking and anything off the ocean will not afford the same experience). Absolutely gorgeous, right down to the smell of the mahohany furniture and fresh flowers.The food was gourmet and the service fantastic, (except for the umbrella fiasco, which basically meant we waited 2 days for our private, sundrenched patio to be shaded). Beautiful dining room and experience. The lounge/library areas are special with an old world feel.Not much to do except relax and be pampered. Massages and drinks with friends on our private patio with plunge pool - watching sunsets.....
Splendid, low-key resort. Rooms are remarkably spacious, with a separate sitting area with sofa, table amd chairs. Large verandah, overlooking the ocean, has room for two lounge chairs, a table and chairs. Particularly pleasant is the opportunity to wake up, or go to sleep, to the sound of the surf only a few feet away. Pools are large and pleasant, and a small beach, with gentle, lapping waves is a treat. What really separates the Horned Dorset, however, is its genuinely excellent kitchen. Food of this caliber is generally not to be found outside of a handful of restaurants in major metro areas. The wine list is wide-ranging and thoughtful. Service is attentive and friendly, but never intrusive. Before dinner, a small lounge for cocktails has a cozy, library-like feel. Easily the finest resort we've stayed at in the caribbean in the past dozen years.
Generally excellent luxury accomodation
We stayed for 5 days in early April '02, and found the Horned Dorset on balance an exceptional small hotel. The feel is very much understated elegance and both the rooms and common areas have a vaguely old world feel to them. On the positive side, the service is impeccable, the grounds of the hotel are wonderful, and the dinners were wonderful. On the down side, I found some of the small details about the rooms lacking given the room prices: threadbare towels, bed sheets that didn't fit the mattress, plastic deck furniture, etc. All in all, however, our stay was worth the price and we would definitely return to the Horned Dorset.