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Culebra, Puerto Rico

View With a Room: Villa Melones, Culebra

View With a Room: Villa Melones, Culebra

The View.

Even if it’s not the most important factor driving your choice of accommodation when visiting the Caribbean, who could deny the allure of waking up every day you’re away from home to a sight like this?

Somewhat centrally located on the west coast of Culebra directly facing nearby Cayo Luis Peña and the eastern shores of Puerto Rico some 17 miles away, Villa Melones appears to have been pulled directly from my travel fantasies.

The sea below Villa Melones, Culebra | Credit: Flickr user Matthew Kraus
The sea below Villa Melones, Culebra | Credit: Flickr user Matthew Kraus

Well, at least the views are the stuff of my travel dreams. I haven’t seen much of whatever else the property has to offer just yet. I’m assuming, though, that all the basics – bed, bath, lights, etc. – are all present.

Still, even if they weren’t, I’d still want to find myself wiling afternoons away in one of these chairs…

Villa Melones Deck | Credit: Flickr user Matthew Kraus
Villa Melones Deck | Credit: Flickr user Matthew Kraus

If the elevated vantage points pictured throughout give the impression that Villa Melones is more treehouse than regular house, well, that’s because it kind of is, its rooftop seemingly in line with the surrounding treetops…

Up among the treetops at Villa Melones, Culebra | Credit: Flickr user Matthew Kraus
Up among the treetops at Villa Melones, Culebra | Credit: Flickr user Matthew Kraus

As you may have guessed from all the photo captions, I came to know Villa Melones through a collection of great pics shared a few years back via Flickr by Matthew Kraus. It’s been a good 20 years since I last set foot in Culebra, but Matthew’s great shots from this special property are pulling me back here big time right about now.

Villa Melones Rainbow | Credit: Flickr user Matthew Kraus
Follow the rainbow to Villa Melones, Culebra | Credit: Flickr user Matthew Kraus

Only one problem: I can’t seem to find any info on this place anywhere online. No website, no rental listing – nothing. Just a small and scattered trail of phone numbers ringing endlessly, unanswered.

The closest thing I’ve found to Villa Melones, Harbour View Villa & Suites, looks like it would do nicely as well. A great price of $135 per-night via HomeAway.com works too.

I wonder, though, will the views be the same? Here’s hoping I can I find out in 2015…

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  • kbonello

    Just saw this because I’m continually Googling Culebra (going in March). http://www.vrbo.com/473416 isn’t the same house but is on the same point.

  • I stayed there years and years ago. It’s really nice. The villa was owned by an architect and interior designer couple who live in an even nicer villa directly above. They are only there during the season, so it can be tough to reach them.

    I will see if I can dig up their contact information somewhere. I’m not sure if they still rent it out or not.

    The basics are that it has a sort of “main house” with a WC and an open kitchen. The large terrace you see in the photos is connected here (and it is awesome). This connects to a small connecting area with a tiny pool. On the other side of that are two bedrooms that are sort of cabana style with their own bathrooms.