Mont Carpe Diem is not a long drive from San Juan, but a world away. Once you pass through the gate, you are in a tropical paradise with every comfort, including beautifully tended gardens - did I say peacocks?, an A-MA-ZING pool (with pool-side bar and optional dining), but maybe best is the cabin itself. It's private, air-conditioned, and with an extremely comfortable bed and bath. There are two cabins, for two people each. Very private. The owners, Yohandra and Pedro, have perfected the art of being there when you need them and not being there when you don't. And last, but certainly not least, are the meals, which you choose from a menu in advance and enjoy on the balcony of the main house, overlooking the entire property. You can see the ocean in the distance. A beautiful side of PR that many don't see. Am looking forward to a return visit.
Mont Carpe Diem exceeded all of our expectations. We wanted a place where we could relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and did we ever! Only a 40 min drive from San Juan, up in the most secluded mountains, we found this piece of heaven on earth. The dedication that owners Pedro and Yohandra put into making our stay the most memorable was already noted weeks prior to our arrival, and once there it never stopped. The food was amazing, all made as per our wishes and with the best natural ingredients. We were even able to put in a tough terrain workout and later relax by the pool and massage. I already want to go back!! :)
This is a magical place. Staying at Mont Carpe Diem is an unparalleled experience - and we've done a ton of exploring around Puerto Rico over the last year.
We felt like we had our own private rainforest. Our cabin was cozy yet refined - and so calming. Thoughtful, luxurious details abound. I felt like I was in a spa in the middle of a rainforest. We loved sitting in front of the cabin's huge window, which slides completely into the wall, and opens to the rainforest. Perfect for cards, reading, or just listening to the coqui frogs, birds and other rainforest music. The shower also had windows which opened to the forest. We slept so well in the luxurious bed, and loved hearing the rain on the tin roof.
The grounds are beautiful and fun to explore: hiking paths; pond and gorgeous tee-pee building; salt-water pool and pool bar (with swings!); and so many amazing animals (peacocks, chickens, goats, geese, dogs and cats). Peacocks!
The food! Incredibly fresh (much sourced from their garden) and absolutely delicious. This is not typical Puerto Rican tourist food. This is globally-influenced, thoughtfully prepared, eco-conscious, simply elegant food.
Owners Yohandra and Pedro are amazing people who have created something very special. Their love of the space, the rainforest and what they have created is apparent in every aspect. We haven't received such genuine, personalized service in all of Puerto Rico (or maybe anywhere?).
What a refreshing experience. We can't wait to go back.
Mont Carpe Diem is a FANTASTIC escape from city life! If you are looking to disconnect and get in touch with nature, this place is ideal! We were greeted by the gracious hosts, Pedro and Yohandra who made us feel at home as soon as we arrived. We were given a tour of the pool and BBQ area and then taken to our cabana #1 which was impecably decorated and designed to impress. AC was at perfect temperature, the uniquely designed shower had nice warm water, the view of the forest was breathtaking and to top if off, they surprised my husband with Birthday Party favors, Champangne and a cake to begin our celebration. We were then invited to a poolside sunset wine and cheese. The scenery was spectacular! We even had the pleasure to witness a family of peacocks that came to say hello. In the evening, we walked to the main house for an amazing dinner cooked by Yohandra and were in bed by 10:30pm for some well deserved rest. The bed was vey comfortable. The next morning, Pedro took us for a morning stretch at the terrace in front of the pond (spectacular!), then a guided morning hike around the property, and abs by the pool. After a shower, we were served breakfast at the mainhouse. This was not just any breakfast. The spread included Organic scrambled eggs from thier hens, fresh fruit and fruit waters from the farm, a nice assortment of breads, granola, cafe con leche, etc. Just amazing! We then had the opportunity to go feed the goats, chickens and peacocks. We even got to pick some fresh laid eggs! After that, we went to the pool and had a fantastic afternoon. The hosts made us grilled vegetables, assorted meat and lobster a la BBQ. Needless to say, my husband had an awesome Birthday. We will definitely be back to stay at Mont Carpe Diem! Thank you Pedro and Yohandra for making our stay so special. We wish you and your beautiful family the best!