Our stay at Villa Nova was dissatisfying in so many ways, I’m not quite sure where to start. However, before the beginning, I want to stress that the service of Huber and Nela, Star Villa (concierge) as well as our driver Jason, was second to none.
Renters, beware. The pictures displayed on-line are truly spectacular. We came with high expectations. What the pictures do not show is how dilapidated this place actually is. Parts of the ceiling are cracked and falling apart, flooring is missing, and the overall place needs a MAJOR facelift. The kitchen is old and stocked with second rate items. The showers were truly awful- shower heads were rusted and clogged and the closets and cabinets were hard to open. Everything in the house felt dated and old.
Here comes the worst part of all. Let me start by saying we have traveled extensively, including spending time in areas within rain forests and jungles, so I realize travel to these places involve a number of outdoor creatures. If properly sealed, it’s not much of an issue. The villa was literally infested with moths, crickets, and flying black roach-type bugs. Hundreds of them would accumulate during the night. The bug issue was so out of control that my wife refused to sleep in the master room (which is by far the biggest and most beautiful with a breath taking view). Every morning handfuls of bugs were surrounding the pillows and all the sheets!! The entire house is surrounded by windows, which is beautiful, but due to lack of sealing/ insulation in between the doors and windows, this house is a haven for all the outdoor bugs to enter.
There were bugs and spiders in my makeup bag, in my clothes, in the refrigerator, in the cabinets. This made the whole experience completely uncomfortable especially if creatures aren’t your thing. Note to add, we kept lights off when possible as moths are attracted to the light, but this was beyond that. We expected to stay home more than doing outside activities but all 7 of us just wanted to get out as much as we could as eating while bugs landed on our plates was disgusting.
The architecture is funky, but is not practical. There are many sharp edges, stairs without railing, and wood planks which are easy to trip on, and slippery floors. You need a PHD to learn how to use the lighting system. The hot tub outside the ‘second master’ was filthy and couldn’t be used.
So, my advice to you Is not to stay here. There is more to say- I am out of space