We recently had the unfortunate experience of renting Casa Picon in March. We were assured it was 100% ready for us, except for the pool. When we arrived it was a mess. We had no air conditioning, no phone, few working appliances, we ran out of water for one day, the list goes on.
This property and the adjacent Casa Willow are not completely repaired, or recovered from the damage they incurred after the hurricane. Furthermore, Casa Picon is basically a construction site. We endured banging, hammering, hydraulic trench diggers, and workers in the car port from early morning till evening.
The owner and the agents met with us while we there. They apologized for the unpleasant situation, and for putting our children at risk (the pool that was not there was a deep hole with nails, planks and hardware at the end of the deck). In fact there were wires, tools, wooden planks all over the property. I found one of the worker's machetes in the front yard when I came in with my kids one afternoon.
The owner and the rental agent both assured us that we would get our money back. To this day, the rental agent will not return our phone calls or email. And we have gotten no refund, let alone the security deposit promised in the contract.
Be careful dealing with these people, they do not give an honest representation of their properties (the villa looks nothing lime it does on their website - before WIlma, and they kept all our money regardless of the rental agreement or their promises.
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