COMMENTS FROM OUR GUESTS
are extremely proud of what our guests have to say about villa Brisa
Here is a sample of the rewarding comments from the pages of our guest book
and online reviews.
Dear Doug, We completely enjoyed every aspect of our trip. We were
in withdrawal for weeks upon returning home to work, family
schedules, missing your beautiful home and Tina's amazing cooking.
Thank you again Doug for your hospitality and your
professionalism... the trip was amazing! Warm Regards,
Doug, We had a wonderful time at Brisa Caribe. Everyone
in the whole group misses it already as we are heading back to work
and regular life today. Thanks for all your hospitality too.
The services we received were great and everyone was friendly and
kind. And we loved the food the mexican cooks made. We
could come back in a heart beat! Thanks again, Joby,
Tina - on behalf
of all of us, thank you once again for the fabulous meals you
prepared for our family last week. Our celebration would not
have been nearly as enjoyable without you. You ensured that we
spent a wonderful week in paradise!!
ONLINE REVIEW: "Perfect House to Relax and Recharge"
After staying at a big resort in Mexico last Spring we decided to
rent a house this time with another family and somehow found Brisa
Caribe. It turned out to be a great choice, a few highlights:
- The information, follow-up, attention to detail and documentation
is outstanding. Doug and his team arranged for transportation,
provided all of the information we could have asked for in advance,
and the on-site staff were extremely helpful and friendly. It felt
like home the day we arrived.
Adventuras is a relaxed town with a small golf course and tennis
courts available (bring your own racquet), and numerous nearby
excursion opportunities. Kantun-Chi is a 5 minute cab ride away, a
great public beach Ichpu-Ha (sp?) a few minutes away as well.
Numerous restaurants (esp Italian) in town and fishing, snorkeling
and diving excusions at the Marina a block or two away. Great
proximity. - While there is no beach directly in front of the
house you can walk over to Dreams Hotel and enjoy that beach or on
calm days go snorkeling right out front - lots to see. - I
highly recommend having the staff prepare meals in the home. Its
very reasonable, about the cost of going out, and the food is
outstanding. - For fun at the house there are numerous games,
books and a 200+ DVD collection at your disposal. All of the little
things were done right and the home is very well maintained - good
water pressure, lots of hot water, good A/C if you need it, bottled
water, lots of ceiling fans, etc. - The weather was very
moderate for this time of year, we were never really hot and hardly
ran the A/C as there is always a nice onshore breeze, and lots of
hammocks and chairs for napping outside. - We were a bit
concerned about being close to the busy Dream Hotel but it was not a
problem. In summary, this is a very unique property, first
rate in all respects.
Doug, we had a
wonderful time at your beautiful home. Brisa Caribe is the perfect
venue for a family gathering such as the one we held. The home not
only has a spectacular setting, but is large enough to accommodate
large groups in a manner that allows both privacy and community.
All 15 people in our group were able to enjoy their own quiet time
- in delightful and attractively decorated bedrooms, reading in a
chair looking out to sea or having a nap in one of the many hammocks
- but also mingled in one of many gathering spots, whether it was by
the pools, on the balcony, in the living room or on the roof patio
(with its fabulous sunsets!). The decision to hire Tina, the
international chef, ensured our gathering was especially memorable.
Tina and her staff were superb! The food was fresh, healthy and
tasty and their service, which included clean up, allowed every
family member the opportunity to truly have a holiday! Your
assistance in organizing transportation to and from the airport and
for local excursions was most appreciated. We also thank you for
obtaining day passes at the Dreams Hotel, and the recommendations
for Charles the photographer and Barbara the massage therapist.
These "extras" contributed to an even higher level of satisfaction.
Thanks for a wonderful week! Pamela and Doug
Doug, in short it was a great trip for us. For a person like me that
wants to know the details or know that everything has been thought
of and addressed this was perfect, far exceeded my expectations for
a rental home. The staff were excellent - thank you. We will
strongly consider Puerto Adventuras again for next Spring and I will
be in touch Nov or Dec if we do, we may stay at Brisa or try another
home in town depending on how many are in our group. I am workign to
generate more interest in the Playa/PA/Akumal area among families at
our school in Dallas for Spring Break. There were at least four
families in the area this Spring, my hope is by word of mouth to
grow that to 8-10 families next Spring. Best Wishes, Chris S.
ONLINE 5 STAR REVIEW: We planned this vacation with 17 of us.
We had a great time. The house is beautiful. It was the perfect set
up with plenty of privacy as well as large spaces including the
kitchen for all of us to gather in. The staff did an amazing job!!
Doug met us when we first arrived and gave us a tour of the house.
Doug also arranged transportation to and from the airport which was
on time both ways. There were plenty of choices for dinner within
walking distance. The only regret we have is that we did not take
advantage of arranging for the chef to cook us dinner at the house.
We will have to do that on a return trip as this place will
definitely be put on the list as a place to return to!!!!
Greetings Doug and Desiree, We
had a delightful week. We enjoyed the improvements to your lovely
house. Even the little boys noticed new art and we all appreciated
the new sliding doors. The staff was kind and efficient....as
usual. And the cooks were at their best yet. They remember our
routines and likes. Thank you for your help with our menu requests.
We need to have everyone survey their ability to return next year.
But we will definitely get back to you.
Our best regards, The Renna's
ONLINE REVIEW 'Amazing' Our group of 9 women
celebrating 60 years young rented this villa for a week. There was
so much living space! We used 5 of the bedrooms and could not have
been happier. Having so many bathrooms for all of us was wonderful!
The housekeepers and groundskeepers were excellent; accommodating
but not intrusive. This home is truly amazing with all of the
treasures Doug has collected on his travels. The view was gorgeous
and it was also nice to have a swimmable beach very nearby. There
are many restaurants and shops within walking distance. No need for
a car unless you plan to venture outside the gated community. This
is truly a beautiful property. I would not hesitate to recommend it
ONLINE REVIEW: Amazing large home:
17 of us stayed for a week at Brisa Caribe to celebrate a 60th
birthday and the experience couldn't have been better. The house was
incredible, beautifully appointed, with every imaginable amenity.
Doug and his crew arranged for massages and were very responsive to
our inquiries and ever-changing plans. We hired "International Chef
Tina" for 5 of the 7 nights and couldn't have been more pleased. She
was so easy to work with, she kept track of who was a vegetarian and
who couldn't eat gluten [yes, we're from California :-) ] and her
cooking is amazing. Perfect home on the ocean for large groups or
extended families who like privacy and being well tended.
Everything was wonderful for our week. The
few issues we had were taken care of quickly. We want to come back
in a few years and will recommend your villa to friends. Thank you
for a great vacation.
second stay at Brisa Caribe was more than perfect!! Our
kids were quite the perfect age this time to have a blast. I could
not believe the hours they spent finding hermit crabs!! I was sure
they were going to have webbed feet they swam so much.
Margarita our cook and her family were exceptional. The food was so
good-and they were darling. Would like to have brought them home!
Perfection perfection perfection!!! If anyone asks for
opinions on fun, the Dolphin experience in the village was too much
fun. Seeing the kids get pushed by their feet and seeing their
faces was a memory I will remember! Thanks again for sharing
your wonderful property. Dan, Denise & Family. Oct 2016
Doug and Desiree, Liz and I wanted to send you a quick THANK YOU
personally today to let you know just how perfect everything was!
We ALL had the most terrific time at Brisa Caribe. Everything was
perfect down to the last detail. The house is perfectly
decorated, appointed and located. Just perfect. We had so much fun
on the volleyball court, in the pool and in the house. Your
housekeepers, cooks and maintenance people were all fantastic -
friendly and thorough. It was so nice to have terrific
meals prepared for us daily, the sand raked early each morning, the
floors squeaky clean despite sunscreen sand and bare feet, our rooms
cleaned, dishes washed - and the pool perfectly sparkling each day!
Truly amazing service and a great way to enjoy a vacation!!
None of us have ever experienced service to the level of detail
experienced at Brisa Caribe. Each of us left sad that it was over -
but happy we experienced such a perfect vacation. Steve &
Liz, July 2016
Dear Doug, We had a wonderful time. Your home is magnificent
and your staff was outstanding. We’ve done a number of vacation home
rentals over the years, and never found a place that was not only so
beautiful but also so thoughtfully organized and full of exactly the
right conveniences. Every member of our family had a wonderful
time and I’m sure we’ll be back. If there is a website or more
formal way to post a review, that would be helpful, let me know.
I’ll gladly write a longer one. In the meantime, yes, we enjoyed
everything! And it was also nice to get a chance to meet you
in person. Best, Craig H. July 2016
Doug and Desiree, Our entire family enjoyed themselves
immensely in your beautiful home. You have done an amazing job to
organize your business in such an effective manner. Every detail was
covered for both adults and children of all ages. That is a
In addition the staff bent over backwards to
accommodate us. Carlos, Isabelle, Jesus et al were anxious to be
polite, warm, and attentive. The chef/cooks also did an outstanding
job and we actually wound up used them for four evenings The rooftop
area provided a wonderful environment for full family events.
have a right to be proud of your ‘Brisa Caribe’! Warmest
Regards, Armistead and Geil
ONLINE REVIEW: I have been home just a week now and am still having
withdrawal symptoms from an absolutely wonderful time at the Villa
Brisa Caribe. The experience all started with great detail in
planning with the assistance of Doug, and Desiree. They helped
arrange the airport transfers, the Mexican, Mayan cooks we hired,
and even our deep sea fishing captain. They made the planning
effortless. The Villa is everything and more as presented on the web
site. This was our annual family reunion and all 21 of us from ages
11/2 to let us say old. The accommodations are perfect for a family
get together. With the daily house keepers and grounds keeper
service, we really felt like we were staying at a 5-star resort. The
hired cook service really sealed the deal. I highly recommend this
for anyone renting the villa. If there are any doubts about what is
offered from just looking at the description and reviews, believe me
it is all that and more. The views of the ocean from the balcony
with a morning cup of coffee is unbeatable. Although there is not
direct access to the ocean from the beach in front, access is so
close it doesn’t make any difference. All in all, we have such fond
memories of our time there together due to such a spectacular
environment and a gorgeous home with so many wonderful amenities!
Desiree, Doug and Shelly. Thank you so much. All was just
about perfect as it could be. You are the best and made every thing
flow very well and not a single detail was left to chance. Bill
W. June 2016
Hi Doug, Thank
you for letting us stay at your beautiful Brisa Caribe. My
family of 20 had everything they needed to have a wonderful
vacation. The things you provided to us made it very
comfortable and convenient for us. We had games and movies,
play toys and floats for the pool, baby items such as high chairs
and baby gates and much more. We never lacked for something to
do! There are so many options for things to do nearby.
Some of our group did Explore which was a favorite, some went scuba
diving, we went to Tulum, even a trip to Cozumel. The local
Mexican cooks were awesome! OH MY! I can’t even say enough
about them. Worth every penny! What a treat it was to
have tasty meals prepared for us. We tried out some of the
restaurants in the area and the kids loved going to see the
dolphins, sea lions and manatees. The staff were very helpful.
We really appreciated the cool towels and chips and salsa when we
arrived. I love your decorations and artifacts from
around the world. My husband and I travel a bit also and he
always just moans and grouses when I find things I want to bring
home. One time I told him I bought an elephant and he about
had a cow when I showed him said elephant. (It was 49
pounds—wrapped in foam in a box—50 pounds exactly.) I got it
home though—no problem. The only negative was maybe the use of
a washer/dryer would be helpful. Jenice H. May 2016
Hi Shelly and
Doug. Arrived home Sunday after a simply fabulous vacation.
Brisa Caribe is truly a magical home - well thought out and full of
interesting treasures. The family did a "Tulum Ruins" trip
with Trans 2000 and we met them after at a beach club. They
loved the Dolphin Experience at Dreams, but the trip to Selvatica
was the "crowd favorite" (thanks for the tip!) Bruno's golf
carts worked out really well. We enjoyed Tina's wonderful
cooking and your staff's friendliness and competence were
appreciated. Desiree bailed us out with Charlie the
photographer and we are all excited to see the photos he will post
next week. He seems like a really nice guy and had good ideas.
We also want to thank you for the "chilled towels" and chips, salsa
and "guac" that you so thoughtfully made. Our stay in your
beautiful home was the best 50th celebration we could have had.
The kids all said it was EPIC and we agree!!!
Dear Desiree, Special thanks to you for all of your help since
August 2015. You always answered our questions so quickly and
we certainly appreciate that. Our family celebration was
perfect. Thanks also for contacting Charlie. We all
really liked him and are eagerly awaiting his posting of the photos
next week. Brisa Caribe is just wonderful and our family loved
it and we all had a fabulous time. Thanks again,
Liz and John M. April 2016
REVIEW: We traveled with several other couples to celebrate a 40th
anniversary and could not have been happier. We used the seven
bedrooms in the main house, but the two additional adjoining rooms
looked really great also. Brisa Caribe is tastefully decorated with
artifacts from Doug's travels around the world. Each room has a
theme and the design and decorations are explained for each on a
wall plaque outside. There is a beautiful kitchen on the second
level and we used the services of The Chefs at Puerto Aventuras
Catering for breakfast and dinner each evening. Francesca and Pino
were fabulous, as were their preparations. They were assisted by
Celine and the trio did everything possible to make our stay
memorable, and it was. I would highly recommend the use of these
chefs for any special occasion meal that you are planning. Better
yet, use them every day! The villa was also serviced daily by a
cleaning team that made the place spotless. From mopping the floors
to raking the sand volleyball area on the beach behind the house,
the team kept the place looking like new all the time and they did
this without ever interfering with the guests. We took advantage of
the advice Doug provided and enjoyed snorkeling and deep sea fishing
with local vendors. All in all, everything provided reflected the
time and dedication the owners put into making this a stay to
remember. My thanks to Doug Wasmuth for sharing his property with
Doug - I can't
tell you how much we enjoyed everything - from the warm staff to the
seamless booking (house as well as excursions/transfers) to your
beautiful home. We also appreciate your attention to details both in
the home as well as the hot water issue that was dealt with so
promptly (and I'm sorry at such great expense!) It was a vacation we
will remember forever. I also wanted to mention that Selvatica
was a GREAT recommendation for zip lining. Though the drive was a
bit longer than to XPLOR, I can't imagine a better day anywhere than
at Selvatica. Their staff was amazing and the facility was great.
Thank you for that! I'm sure you will hear from us with
another booking sometime sooner rather than later, I hope. In the
meantime, thank you for helping to make Gary's 60th so special
Cathy R. March 2016
stay in March 2016:
family of 17, grandparents, parents, and 9 small children, were able
to come together, enjoy each other's company while having a
beautiful home to stay in. We loved the space, the pools, the
thoughtfulness in providing all the necessities. We enjoyed having
groceries delivered, meals made for us, and staff to care for the
property keeping it in top notch condition. The views were
fantastic, but courtyard still protected from the wind when it came
up. The closeness to the restaurants and shops (and ice cream!) made
great daily excursions. Loved your home Doug and look forward to
REVIEW: The absolute perfect spot to gather the family for a
Left on Feb 29, 2016 for a stay in Feb 2016
We spent a week at Brisa Caribe with most of our grandkids to
celebrate special Birthdays for my wife and I. The house was the
perfect place to create life long memories for our Grandkids as they
thoroughly enjoyed the pools, the private beach, the tidal pool and
the extraordinary location. We took advantage of the Dolphin
Experience , a deep sea fishing charter and a trip to Tulum and
swimming in a Cenote . Doug and his staff saw to every detail and
made arrangements for us to be picked up in Cancun and made
recommendations for all of the other planned events . We were
extraordinarily pleased with the local Mexican chefs that Doug
arranged as Marguerite and Isabella made the week even better. A top
experience for us and as world travelers we place it up there with
the best of the best !
REVIEW: Beautiful Home and Location!
Left on Feb 14, 2016
for a stay in Feb 2016
Wonderful staff! Recently returned from a week at Brisa Caribe
with a family of 8 and it was wonderful! I can't say enough great
things about the homeowners and staff. They were all VERY kind and
attentive to anything we needed. The location in Puerto Adventuras
is perfect as there are many wonderful bars and restaurants within
walking distance and the marina is also within walking distance for
those who like fishing and diving. The view from Brisa Caribe is
absolutely beautiful and the patios and beach area are very
relaxing. Highly recommend the Traditional Mexican Cooks!! The food
was the best I had all week and it was very nice to enjoy the view
and have an intimate relaxing dinner with the family. I highly
recommend a stay at Brisa Caribe!!
ONLINE REVIEW: "Wonderful Home for
our Family Vacation".
Left on Jan 6, 2016
for a stay in Dec 2015
Our family of 8 adults and 7 children had a great time at this
beautiful 9 bedroom villa. It is situated right on the ocean and
is very well equipped, including a private beach volleyball
court. The owner provides games, DVDs, Kareoke (sp?), fresh
water and even slip ons for use in the ocean. Owner is very nice
and easy to deal with.
Happy New Year. You have a lovely home and it is very well equipped
for families like ours. We think everything is quite perfect, we had
a wonderful time and have no, none, zero, nil, complaints. The
service was excellent and your home suited our family perfectly.
Steve W. New Year 2015/16
Dear Doug, Many
thanks for a wonderful experience at Brisa Caribe. It's a fabulous
house for a large group and I have never seen a house so well
provisioned-every detail has been taken care of by you and your
staff. Chef Pino was wonderful and a delight to deal with. We ate
like kings. Everyone has been incredibly kind and accommodating. We
are all sad to be leaving in the am. We hope to be able to return at
some point in the future. Wishing you a happy New Year. Best,
Ilene G. Christmas 2015
Fantastic accommodations. 5 STARS Routinely, we have a 4
generation family reunion and have met up in many locations.
Generally, we chose to go on cruises due to the cleaning and cooking
facilities. This time, we found this beautiful location, and because
it came with a crew to cook and clean, we opted for it. It was
fantastic... there were 20 of us ranging in age from 89 to a few
months old. The accommodations were "first class"... the kitchen and
cooking facilities were worthy of a large group... there were two
pools including a wading-style pool for the younger kids. The palapa
was enjoyed by many... and even a few volleyball games were seen.
Doug, Thank you for making Brisa Caribe available for our
family reunion. This was our 6th and by far the best!!! The Villa
was perfect and you staff was great. Please thank Desiree for all
of her help with getting us setup for a perfect week prior to our
arrive. The cooks were wonderful made it a true vacation for all of
us. The only one that did much in the way of work was my sister
Debbie from Oaxaca. Seems that she made fresh lime margaritas on
the 1st night and was stuck doing the same the rest of the week.
Thank you for scheduling us with SuperTrans 2000. Angela and Jaun
were very focused on our arrivals and departures which takes a huge
amount of worry off the table. Thank you!!!
Steve, July 2015
you Doug, It was another fantastic vacation, the memories we made on
this trip in Brisa Caribe will be something my family will share for
years to come! I don't know how many more trips my dad will be
able to make, but it meant the world to me, being able to go back to
Brisa Caribe with him. Leading up to the trip, he'd smile at me and
say, "We're going Back!" and then a few times while we were there in
your house, he said, "We made it, we made it back!" while he hugged
me. Thank you so much for opening your home up to us, it will
always be a very special place to me. All the best,
Thomas W. July 2015
Doug-- We had such a great time, an experience made better by your
home. I always tend to underplay describing the accommodations to my
family because there have been times we've been disappointed upon
arrival. Fortunately or unfortunately, we've had some great travels
and accommodations in the past, so the bar is set pretty high. No
one was disappointed. Your home was perfect for a party of our
size. (13 adults, 2 teens) We were never on top of anyone,
always plenty of room for solitude, or multiple groups socializing
in multiple places simultaneously. We made many long-lasting
memories. The kitchen was nice and big and really well-stocked
with plenty of storage space in the pantry area. Again, we never
felt like we were right on top of each other. A bathroom in every
bedroom was a big plus as well. The architecture and the setting
made it all the more satisfying. For a family gathering, at
least my family gatherings, some times it's not so much about the
destination, as much as it is about the shared place and the
memories created there. Your home provided the perfect backdrop.
Tony R. July 2015
I just wanted to
share how wonderful our catering experience with chef Pino was! They
made our stay at Brisa Caribe even more perfect! -Anita
April 6, 2015 on TRIP ADVISOR
Perfect Place to Celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary”
We spent the last week at Brisa Caribe with my extended family
celebrating my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. 14 of us in total,
including five teenagers. We had a terrific time. Leading up to the
trip, Doug and Desiree were so very helpful with all the trip
details. At the house, nothing has escaped Doug's attention to
detail. The house is gorgeous, and the staff were extremely friendly
and helpful. Tina cooked lunch and dinner for our entire group each
day. Suffice it to say that Tina has a wonderful gift for cooking,
even for our large group. We felt safe, the pools were enjoyed by
all. And, the beaches were close enough for folks to use regularly
throughout each day. We would definitely recommend this as a place
to stay and enjoy some time in the sun.
Doug, I wanted to let you know I received the security deposit
refund. Everyone had a great time at your home. It was lovely
and a terrific location. Thank you so much, and, please tell
the cooks how great their food was. We really enjoyed our stay.
Everything couldn't have been better. Brisa Caribe, Puerto
Aventuras, restaurants, shops, market, and transfers. Doug has very
interesting décor in Brisa. I do not remember paying Doug for the
WIFI. All of our group at this point intend to return next year.
Thanks again. Frank S. Mar 2015
Thank you very
much Doug. We had another wonderful stay. And we were
even more pleased with the food than ever. The ladies seem to
remember our favorites and needs. They did a wonderful job.
The week could not have been better. Linda R. Feb 2015
TRIP ADVISOR REVIEW:
returned from a fabulous family reunion vacation at Brisa Caribe.
The home is as beautiful as advertised – more beautiful, actually.
Our family of 14 fit comfortably, with plenty of space to do things
together and yet many opportunities for couples to have alone time
as well. We played volleyball and board games together, and took
meals around the dinner table which was large enough for all of us.
We used each chef for half of our week and found the food better
than most restaurants at half the cost. The house staff are superb
– low key, never obtrusive, but very helpful. A chair and a knob on
the range broke during our week stay, and both were repaired within
a day. The owner Doug lives next door. After orienting us to
the house, he never came to check up on us, but the few times we
needed help he came right away. Also, he has put a lot of effort
into putting information on his website and identifying good cooks
and outing companies; this built-in tour advising is an advantage
over most rental properties. Through him we pre-arranged outings to
Tulum, a cenote, Coba, and Akumal; each was terrific. The Puerto
Aventuras community has many restaurants, a free dolphin show, two
gyms, and a very nice beach. Jan 2015
view, comfortable beds, & friendly neighborhood. Mi Gusta
Brisa Caribe Dec 2014
Doug, Shelly & Staff
Too soon to say good-bye. Our family of 20 ages 2 to 65 all
had the most amazing vacation at Brisa Caribe. Although we
took in a couple excursions there would really have been no need to
step out the front gates the entire week. This place is so
amazing in having everything to entertain all ages. Thanks so
much for your amazing attention to every detail & accommodating all
of our needs & above. The Klassens Dec. 2014
Thank you so much for
making our family vacation the most memorable one. So
beautiful, so relaxing. Your attention to detail was a
appreciated. It is a holiday we won't soon forget THANKS
Kelly Nov 2014
Well, we are back to reality - cooking, laundry, cleaning - all
those things we didn't have to do while at the Villa. That was a
WONDERFUL vacation! Could not have asked for anything better! I
think I've finally got all the water out of my ears after snorkeling
several hours every day. Now to get used to this Wet Coast weather
- the rain is certainly a lot colder and harsher. Aah yes, we'll
just have to do this again! Thank-you for such an amazing
holiday! Sincerely, Judi K. October 2014
Desiree, Doug, Lothar, Thanks
so much for helping to make our family celebration of our 45th
wedding anniversary a great success. The communications between
Desiree, Doug, Lothar and the Brisa Caribe staff was remarkable and
outstanding. It seems everyone anticipated our every need and paid
particularly close attention to our guests' arrival and departure
needs. The entire staff showed great respect for our privacy
and did an extremely thorough and competent job. We enjoyed every
aspect of our experience at Brisa Caribe. Overall I have highly
recommended Brisa Caribe to other family members who were not lucky
enough to have been our guests last week. Thanks again for your
close attention to all our needs! Sam and Karen D and
family July 2014
Thank you SO MUCH for your very informative web site. I love it...I
think you cover everything. Owning a vacation rental I have read
and retread all that you provide, AWESOME.
We could not have been more pleased with our
stay! The home is wonderful and had everything that we could have
ever wanted! The chef service was amazing and incredibly affordable.
Those ladies are awesome and we were blown away by the cooking and
affordability. The other staff at the place was also excellent and
we barely even knew they were around! Thanks for allowing us to
stay. We would definitely recommend the home to others.
Andie, July 2014
thanks for returning the security deposit so promptly. We had a
truly wonderful stay at Brisa Caribe and want to thank you and your
organization for setting things up so well. The house is fantastic
and incredibly beautiful. It was the perfect place to celebrate our
50th Wedding Anniversary. We are looking at returning with our
family next June and perhaps with five couples in Feb of 2015.
Thanks Bob and Sue, June 204
Words can not describe what an amazing week our extended family of
17 had at your home. This will be a memory that we will always
treasure. The Mexican cooks were very genuine and their
culinary skills were superb ! We also highly recommend a tour
snorkelling with the turtles, dos Ojos cenote, Tulum ruins and zip
lining in the jungle. Steve, Rachel, Carson & Tanner
E. Perland Texas March 2014
We had the
most amazing time at your villa. The staff were so friendly
and helpful. Truly a joy to have around. The local chefs
were wonderful too ! Highly recommend them to future guests.
Thank you for providing so much in the villa and the attention to
details. This has truly been a memorable 40th birthday
celebration. I can't imagine it being any better.
Angie B & Guests, March 2014
It was absolutely
wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the house, the food and
the service was excellent. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
Marcia B. March 2014
Thank you for a
wonderful birthday experience. Brisa Caribe is a gem. We had
such an amazing time at the villa and I can’t think of anything
that would make it better. I really appreciate the
thoughtfulness in all the rooms and travel décor. I hope
someday I will have such a wonderful collection from all my
travels. I also really appreciated the attention to detail.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. The local chefs were
amazing. The birthday cake was delicious! Even the Iguana out
front was a very welcoming sight each morning. I have
already sent the house details and recommended a stay to three
people. I hope to return again soon. Best regards,
Angie B. March 2014
Brisa Caribe was a magical and perfect place for our
family reunion. All of the staff and cooks were
wonderful, your home is lovely (as an artist, I really
appreciated all of your collections) and we loved having
the seclusion provided by a private and lovely home.
As always, it was wonderful doing business with you. You
are amazingly thorough in all that you do. Sincerely,
Pam K. Jan 2014
We had a wonderful time at Brisa Caribe,
it was absolutely perfect for our family, we lacked for
nothing and we hope very much to be able to return
again. Thank you for offering your guests a truly
spectacular place. Cheers, Barbara O. January
Deposit check arrived; as crisp and prompt and professional as the
entire process was with you, Doug! Thanks again, Jim
Doug, We had a wonderful trip!
I've attached a photo. We were really happy with everything.
In particular, we wanted to relay some info about some of the
activities, most of which were really great.
Transfers and transportation - By far,
our favorite company we dealt with was the transfer company you
organized. Angela was friendly, organized, flexible, and most
important, punctual! She waited for my husband and I (and little
kids) to arrive - and we were over 4 hours delayed. The tours you
organized that they took us on to Tulum and Chichen Itza we were
really pleased with.
- We really liked Charlie and his pictures were fabulous. We are
really glad to have these pictures to help us remember how much fun
Catamaran - The catamaran trip was a
highlight for many of us. They were friendly and helpful, and the
boat trip was a lot of fun!
Jungle Adventure - I didn't go on this,
but I gather it was a lot of fun. My brother commented that he was
really pleased that they didn't charge an arm and a leg for the
pictures. Everyone had a great time!
Barbara (masseuse) - This was really
relaxing and nice. She mentioned that 5 hours was a lot in one day,
so perhaps in the future, if there are more than 4 people
interested, you might suggest doing it over two days.
Fishing trip - This is the only area
that could have been better. The trip was fun, but the boat staff
didn't communicate much or ask any questions, so they drove around
for over 2 hours when the group would have preferred casting lines.
Once they got out the lines, it was a lot more fun. The group didn't
really know what was going on, so didn't know what to ask or
Villa and Staff - The villa is
BEAUTIFUL! We had so much fun in the pool and at the beach. We loved
it! All the staff were very attentive and pleasant. The maids kept
everything nice. Chucho was very helpful with our equipment and
getting our laundry from town. The Mexican cooks were great - and
the food was amazing! We were very spoiled! The only suggestion
would be to allow guests to either pay a fee to use the washing
machines or to pay to have the staff do some laundry. We understand
there is wear-and-tear on the machines, but we'd have paid a fee to
be able to use the machines. Due to Christmas, we couldn't get our
laundry done until the end of the week. PS - I was amazed at all the
baby stuff you provided that made our life easier! The baby gates,
booster seat, diaper pail, monitor, and pool/beach toys were great!
You even had a potty and a booster seat for the car (we didn't use
them, but it's great to provide them).
We had a wonderful, relaxing vacation!
Thank you as well for being so easy to communicate with and setting
everything up. We had a lot of communication and things could easily
have fallen through the cracks, but everything was as we expected it
to be. Thank you for making everything so smooth! Celeste
L. Christmas 2013
We had an awesome time at Brisa Caribe.
Your place is so unique and very authentic !! Reminds me of
the true Mexico experience. It was so nice to have all
the space to accommodate all 4 of our families. It just
wouldn't be the same anywhere else !! Location was truly
amazing waking up to the beautiful ocean & palm trees and going to
bed with an amazing sky full of starts. My daughter
called this truly the best trip with your swimming pool every
morning and seeing all the amazing fish in the ocean all in your
backyard !!! We LOVED it. Janice & Joey H.
Hi Doug and Shelly,
would like to thank you and the staff for making our trip to Puerto
Aventuras and wedding outstanding. Everything was just great:
food, cleanliness, location, beach, villa staff. We loved that the
villa was kind of isolated from the crowds but yet close to the
beach. The views are gorgeous. Margarita and Isabella are not
only great cooks but also wonderful, sincere and humble people, we
enjoyed meeting them a lot. Please say hi to them from us. Andrea
the wedding planner, her crew and vendors did a great job. She is
very reasonably priced compared to some other planners we spoke to,
and she met and exceeded our expectations. We highly recommend her
for being very proactive, responsive, flexible and working within
the budget. We had a beautiful ceremony, better than we expected.
Okskan & Romain wedding November 2013
Doug & Shelly, We had an absolutely fabulous vacation and 40th
birthday celebration here!! Brisa Caribe is an absolutely
amazing and beautiful home. We had an awesome time enjoying
your pool, playing volleyball, snorkelling and just relaxing in the
hammocks. This the as the PERFECT place to spend a week
celebrating and playing with our friends. Todd & Stacy H.
Doug & Shelly - WOW!!! this house is so much more than the
internet pictures show. Ryan and I came here with 6 of
treasured friends to celebrate not 1 but 3 - 40th birthdays.... This
trip has been a year in the making and the excitement has continued
to build as we have able to talk of nothing else at our get
togethers'. This place does not disappoint. The house is
beautiful and large enough for privacy. The staff are friendly
and work very hard.. and you, Doug & Shelly have been so kind to
share this lovely piece of paradise with this humble group of
wackadoos!! The only thing missing are our beautiful crazy
children who would certainly LOVE this place as much as we do...
Thank you.. Ryan & Tina A... Sept 25, 2013
expectations were so high and our experience at Villa Brisa Caribe
exceeded them all.
This was the perfect escape
for 13 friends celebrating our collective 40th birthday.
Relaxation was the theme and provided the perfect setting. We
all appreciated the meticulous attention to detail with respect
anything a guest couple possibly want. Martina the International
chef got a standing ovation at the end of our final dinner.
Barbara came back for round of the the massages after rave reviews
from those who had massages the first day. The house staff
were cheerful and helpful. Words can't express how fun and
appreciated this whole visit was. But... here is what the
group is saying 'AMAZING' 'AWESOME' 'STELLAR' 'Once in a
lifetime' 'We plan to Return' 'Now we Know What we were Missing'
'Beautiful house, great food, good times with friends' 'The
BEST' Juliet M. July 2013
Thank you so much for
giving us the opportunity to rent your beautiful home! Fabulous
memories were made, friendships bonded more deeply and my husband
and I had a great time with all of these kids. Chu Cho and
Carlos were totally delightful and extremely helpful. You are lucky
to have such loyal and dedicated employees. Hopefully we will
return to Puerto Aventuras sooner rather then later!! Thanks again
for all of your help.
Barbara F. July 2013
group could not have had more fun or been more pleased with the
house or its amenities. We only had 1
problem during our stay and it was very minor. The guests staying
in one of the pool house rooms were not able to open the safe once
it was locked. It was resolved by Carlos within about 3 hours when
the battery was replaced. Let me say that we all hope to
return to Villa Brisa Caribe. Your staff at the house is attentive
and friendly. Everything was easy. The whole stay was
super-relaxing which is just what we were after. Tina fed us
so well at breakfast and dinner and packed up any leftovers (not
many!) for lunches. She provided outstanding service and her meals
were delicious. We all looked forward to gathering over
breakfast and dinner. It's been several days since we returned home
and we are still talking about huevos rancheros, spanakopita,
chicken caccitore, vegetable curry, and other highlights of the
menus she prepared. My husband surprised us with mariachis the
first evening and a session with a photographer one day. Both were
than half the group had massages with Barbara . She is a wonderful
masseuse and her rates are reasonable. THANK YOU for
organizing all of these extras. We discovered in couple quick
excursions to Latitude 20 for the best pina coladas and frozen mango
drinks we've had. We sampled their food a bit and found everything
we tried absolutely fresh and prepared healthy. Vegetable
quesadillas outstanding and pizza very flavorful. Their salsas were
fabulous too. Your pool was sparkling and we enjoyed hanging
out there and watching the hermit crabs scamper and the iguanas
sunbathe. There really is jungle right next door! Your
website and photos accurately advertise the property (unfortunately
for us, because we have to compete with everyone for dates of our
next booking!) I would say all was as expected, but all the details
experienced in person truly exceeded our expectations. We hope
to meet you next time we visit. Thank you for sharing your
beautiful villa! Best regards. Juliet M. July
Dear Doug, Thank you
to all your staff, we had a wonderful time and were sorry to
leave!!!! Katie M. June 2013
It has been over a year since we were guests at your lovely villa.
We are way overdue in sending our thank yous and our recommendations
for others considering the rental. However, we have not forgotten a
thing about the experience. It was such a special time for our
family---we had three couples and 6 grandchildren. Everyone had
their own space and privacy but loved being all together. The
children had so much fun in the pools and on the beach, we had
trouble getting them out of their suits. There was so much to keep
them busy and happy. We even had hermit crab races. The staff was so
sweet and so accommodating and the Mexican ladies who cooked for us
were unbelievable! The meals were fabulous! The place was stocked
with everything we could want from every kind of drinks to toys,
pack n' plays and bikes. It was as though you had read our minds.
You were the most organized host I have ever met and your efficiency
shows in this perfectly maintained villa. No matter how good the
pictures online are, they just do not do it justice. That is because
you can't reproduce the warmth, the ambiance, the beautiful ocean
views and sounds, and the wonderful relaxed state of mind one can't
help but have there. We have been to Puerto Aventuras before but
would not consider coming again without staying with you. Thanks
again for the lovely memories! Judy, March 2012
TRIP ADVISOR online review: We were a group of 12
who stayed Apr. 20 - Apr 27, 2013. The villa was superb!! And along
with all the other reviewers, the pictures do not do this villa
justice. The staff went out of their way to make sure our stay was
incredible. From keeping our supply of cold drinks stocked, to
popping open fresh coconuts for us to enjoy & make cocktails with.
The cleanliness of the villa was better than any we have ever stayed
in. We chose to have the Mexican cooks, cook most of our meals. OMG!!!.
That was a very wise choice! Margarita & Henrietta were always
smiling & willing to serve us dinner all the way up that flight of
stairs to the roof more than once. We all wanted to bring those 2
home with us. Doug & Shelly were on site & attended all our needs
while there. Never once did we feel that our privacy was an issue.
We made use of the bikes at the house a number of times. When 2 of
the bikes needed repair, they were attended to right away & ready
the next time we wanted use them. The
horns were a "blast" to use while trying to keep track of our group.
It would have been nice to have baskets on the bikes for bringing
things back from town, but see where they wouldn't last long in the
salt air. We hope to be able to enjoy this home once again in the
future. Would highly recommend this home.
We had a wonderful time at Brisa Caribe! Our first visit to
Puerto Aventuras was fantastic and certainly memorable. Your home
was the perfect choice for our trip. The staff is excellent
and having the meal option was the right choice! We will
certainly be back and will spread the word on Brisa Caribe!
Michael H. March 2013
We had an absolutely wonderful and
fabulous week at Brisa Caribe. The staff--in particular Margarita
and Isabel--could not have been more gracious and we felt right at
home. Wonderful memories were made and we hope to be back. We
will surely tell our friends about it! Alyssa S. Jan. 2013
'50th Birthday Extravaganza' What an awesome trip!!
We had a group of 5 couples and the house was perfect. Brisa
Caribe is extremely well maintained and appointed. The house
is beautifully decorated and has a fabulous roof top deck. The
location is excellent as it is close to Tulum, Akumal, and Playa del
Carmen. Doug was a great host and had cold drinks waiting for
us on arrival. I would recommend hiring 'Tina' to cook some
meals. She cooked 4 fabulous dinners for us. The owner
has thoughtfully taken care of ever details. We all had an
excellent time and are looking forward to coming back.
Advisor review, June 2012
I ever Dreamed' This villa is absolutely brilliant! The
pictures online, although beautiful, don't even do this place
justice. The staff was great and incredibly professional.
Having my friends and family with me at this wonderful villas a a
great way to celebrate my 40th birthday. Trip Advisor review
can't think of a better venue to have hosted my own 40th birthday
party! Spending quality time with friends and family from all over
the U.S. at Brisa Caribe for a week will certainly go down as one of
life's highlights for me. The location is perfect and your home is
both gorgeous and comfortable, and having the talented cooks on hand
was definitely an added bonus. Thanks again! :) Amy B. April 2012
Doug, I just wanted to take a couple of moments to say thank you. I
have just returned home to frozen Winnipeg from your slice of
paradise and I have to say last week was one of the highlights of my
36 years. The villa was everything we hoped for and so much more.
Even with our group of 13 we never felt crowded and it was easy to
find a spot away from everyone for peace and quiet. The villa was
immaculate and spacious and felt like a home, not some cookie cutter
rental property. The staff was very warm and friendly and always had
a smile for us. The food the ladies prepared for us was fantastic as
well and each night was a new treat. Some of our group was concerned
that Puerto Aventuras was going to be too far off the beaten path
but soon found that everything we could want was within easy walking
distance. I have to also recommend a few of the area attractions. My
wife and 8 year old son enjoyed an afternoon they will treasure
forever when they went to the Dolphin Discovery. They got to swim
with dolphins, manatees, sea lion and even sharks. The facility is
well run by very knowledgeable and friendly trainers. A few of us
also booked a fishing charter through Capt. Rick’s and went for an
afternoon of fishing. We met Leo on the docks and he looked after us
like we were family. We went out with Capt. Lala and his 1st
mate. As it turned out the fishing wasn’t spectacular on that day,
but we still got a couple and had great fun. They
also run a first class operation. I spent a few days snorkelling
right in front of the villa and have to say it was simply
breath-taking. A number of our group had booked snorkelling charters
to various reefs in the area, but all came back and said they saw
more and in greater numbers right out front. I could go on forever
about all the great experiences we had at Brisa Caribe, it helped me
cross many items off my life’s “bucket list”. Thank you, and hope to
see you again. Feel free to use this email or parts of it for your
comments page if you like, I meant every word. Sincerely, Shayne
"Que Fabulosa" Doug's vacation home is
outstanding. He lives on the property in a separate guest house and
keeps it in perfect shape. There are multiple dining areas with bars
and grills to seat over a dozen guests. The breeze travels
through the home nicely but each room has separate air conditioning.
The German cook Tina is incredible. I highly recommend having her
cook most your dinners as she is cheaper than most restaurants and
does such a nice job. The kitchen though is well appointed for
cooking yourself and there's a nearby grocery store. Make sure to
play beach volleyball. And rent Doug's snorkeling gear at a fraction
of the rental price elsewhere. The wifi was pretty decent allowing
us to video call home. And the staff was also very good; absolutely
no theft even though I left money all over the place. Trip
Advisor online review
for sharing your home with us. We all had a marvelous time and would
certainly come back again! I also have to acknowledge your staff.
They were very professional and extremely helpful. Best
Regards, Leslie D. Feb. 2012
Week of Unforgettable Memories' The house was amazing,
spacious, beautiful and very very clean. There were people in
everyday cleaning up after us which was a nice touch, especially
when you have a group as large was we did. We had people come
in and prepare breakfast and dinner for us, which I highly recommend
if you can, because the home cooked meals were amazing. Every
guest room had their own bathroom, which again comes in handy with a
group as large as ours. Before the trip I was a little
hesitant when I found on the map the villa was a ways from the town,
but in truth Puerto Aventuras is small enough that almost everything
is within walking distance. Of course a golf cart comes in
handy. I came to celebrate a friends wedding and have to say
it was an absolutely perfect week. L. Whan. Feb.
stayed a week at this house and had an unforgettable vacation, We
had a group of 12 and had ample room. The view was spectacular as
were the grounds which include a full beach volleyball court. The
owner was super organized and hospitable. Everything was clean and
well maintained. My only concern was the bedding wasn't very
breathable (had a rubber liner) so I got sweaty as did other while
trying to sleep. I would highly recommend the house and generally
the Puerto Aventuras area. Matt H. Jan. 2012
I want to thank you for renting your very wonderful villa to our
extended family. All of us had a very special Thanksgiving week, one
that we will remember and talk about for years. I must say, the
villa is so well equipped that we did not lack for anything we
needed. Especially, I do appreciate all the baby gear (pack'n'plays,
highchairs, monitors, toys, strollers and gate) that you had set out
for us. That made handling the little ones so much easier.
Already, family members have requested that we make a return visit.
Just what I was thinking! We definitely shall be back, but probably
not until 2013. I received your refund check last week.
All was fair. Just wanted you to know that it was such a pleasure
doing business with you. Thank you again, Jan John
Doug, Thank you,
Thank you, Thank you!!
We enjoyed the beauty of the home, swimming with the dolphins and
the adventure of Explor. This vacation will be forever in our
hearts. The Schaffer & Risinger Families, August 2011
from 4 continents to celebrate, anniversaries, birthdays and being
together. Walking into the ambiance of rooms reminiscent of
lands many of us have been to and viewing the artefacts &
decorations so thoughtfully designed for each room. We
frolicked in the swimming pool, gathered in the Jacuzzi, played
volleyball on the beach and barbequed in glowing moonlight.
The God of rain blessed us by not showering us with his might till
the last evening when he showed us his glory in spectacular bursts
of thunder and lightening. Our grateful acknowledgement and
thanks to the staff who so efficiently and graciously made each day
flow smoothly and to the cooking staff who satisfied us with
tasteful cuisine of this country and introduced us to a variety of
new foods. For a vacation we will remember with heartfelt
pleasure. Prashant Bahadur, July 2011
few years of vacationing on the Mayan Riviera, we finally got to
stay in the gem on the ocean!! Everything was picture perfect
including the meals prepared by Sera, et all. Mary K, July
Vickie & all of the other staff who made our vacation possible.
Puerto Aventuras and Brisa Caribe provided the perfect setting for
our dual family vacation.
We all had a great time hanging out
by the pool, eating Tina's delicious food, checking out the
restaurants in town, especially Latitude 20 - (thanks Peter, Lenny &
Alex), taking adventures to Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, Mayan
Extreme and out on the beautiful waters of the Caribbean.
Thank you for making your home available to us. All of the
special treasures are beautifully displayed. We had a
WONDERFUL time. Tee Kendricks & Weschlers, June 2011
sharing your wonderful villa with us. This is our first time
to Mexico and it will definitely not be our last. My family
and I would like to thank you, all of your staff for the attention
they gave to our needs... bedding, cleaning, etc. We had lots
of firsts. - Deep sea fishing - Swimming with turtles - All of the
great Theme Parks. Thanks again.. Ron, Nadine D.
This house is so
full of neat things to see. All of the decorations you have
collected is quite something. The iguanas outside I will never
tire of looking at. There are 2 cats I've seen come through
here once in awhile as well. So many crabs too.. from small to
a large one we saw in the rocks by the waterfall. It was all
so amazing.. thank you for the memory. Lori K. Calgary AB.
you for the beautiful accommodations!! The villa was more than
I expected. Everything was fantastic; food, weather, culture,
scenery. Not only was this the best vacation I've had so far,
this was a time for our whole family to get together for my youngest
sister's wedding. We would definitely come back. K.
French, Waterloo ON, May 2011
We had a tremendous week. Brisa Caribe lived up to its billing and then
some. You have a wonderful Villa that has obviously had a lot of
energy and thought put behind it. You should be very proud.
all regretted the swiftness with which Saturday morning arrived and
we had to take our leave. We will all carry very fond memories with
us of the wonderful time we spent at Brisa Caribe. B.
Sharp, May 2011.
Thank you for the beautiful accommodations. The villa was more
than I had expected. Everything was fantastic: food, weather,
culture, scenery. Not only was this the best vacation I've had
so far, this was a time for our whole family to get together for my
youngest sister's wedding. We would definitely come back.
Kimberly F. April 2011
online review: Everything from beginning to end was fantastic. The
villa was excellent with all the amenities necessary. Location was
great for access to local establishments and the highway for 'road
trips'. Getting connected with Vickie for planning activities was
easy and effective. Highly recommend the local Mexican cooking
services and setting up an in house massage - we only wished we'd
done more of both of these things earlier in the week after we found
out how incredible they were (and reasonably priced)! Doug has
a great thing going here and it was one of the better trips we've
been on. And with 5 couples and one 2 year old that's saying a lot.
'An Excellent All Round Experience'
HomeAway online Review:
My husband and I rented this
villa with 7 other couples to celebrate his 50th birthday. I must
say it was fabulous. I researched many properties before I chose
this one and we couldn't have been more pleased when we arrived on
site. As nice as the website pictures are, the villa is much more
amazing in person. With 8 couples on the property for a week, we
found that we had plenty of room to spread out and enjoy ourselves
without feeling as if we were ever in anyone's space.
I would suggest that you take advantage of the cook Tina that the
villa owner recommends. She does a fabulous job, is very flexible,
and is definitely worth the price so that you can enjoy the
wonderful setting that this villa provides. We found that the best
place to do grocery shopping was Wal-Mart in Playa del Carmen (don't
even waste your time with the Sams Club there). There's a little taco house next to the Pemex
gas station at Puerto Aventuras gated entrance where you can take
very good fish tacos to go (great for lunch). One of the biggest
things we were so pleased with is the location of the villa. Our
entire group would have been happy to stay on the property for the
entire week and not go anywhere but it is so easy to get to Tulum,
Akumul, Playa del Carmen, Chichen Itza, and all the cenotes the area
has to offer that we couldn't resist an excursion or two. You're not
far from anything that you might want to do. When we got home from
our trip and thought about the stay at Brisa Caribe, we couldn't
think of one single thing that could have been better about this
property, and we have pretty high expectations. We would definitely
return to this villa and wouldn't consider staying any other place
when we come back to the area. 'Outstanding Property'
Doug, We had a great time at your villa. It was the perfect choice
for us in terms of accommodations and location. Brisa Caribe is even
more impressive in person than in the photos on your website. The
most surprising thing was the ideal location. So much is within a 20
minute drive north or south. Everyone in our group was very
satisfied with our experience and would return. Tina did an
excellent job taking care of us and she was very flexible with her
menu choices…that was a big plus. Your staff did a very nice job as
well. Thank you for your prompt attention to returning the
security deposit. Best regards, Regina J. March 2011
is a fabulous spot in paradise. The location with all its
beauty takes you away from reality for but a short while. This
place, Brisa Caribe, is more than a dream because you live it.
The accommodations here are top notch and the staff that takes care
are excellent. Thank you for opening your home to us, it will
be a memory never forgotten !! Brian & Kelly G, Cour
d'Alene ID, Jan. 2011
Doug, One final word on our Christmas
vacation to Puerto Aventuras. On your recommendation, I purchased
travel insurance. On the way home, we got caught up in the Northeast
snow storm and we ended up stranded in Fort Lauderdale for four
We were living in a hotel near the airport. It was boring and
expensive. It took a little time, however, I just received
confirmation that the insurance is paying about 95% of the total
living expenses we incurred. Thanks for the recommendation.
From Trip Advisor: We stayed in this beautiful villa in January
with a group of close friends
and family. Our grandson Miles (10 months) was also with us.
We have stayed at many Villas over the years and I have to say that
this Villa had everything! I still can't get over how well the
kitchen was stocked with dishes, silverware and cookware. We
hired Sarah for several breakfasts and also a dinner party one
evening to celebrate a birthday! The meals were prepared to
perfections and Sarah's staff was so kind to us. The entire
villa was just perfect for our large group! And, I can't say
enough about Doug's staff who went out of their way to make our stay
stress free. We loved the location of the Villa... such a fun
walk into town to stroll around the Marina. If you have never
been to Puerto Aventuras, you are in for a wonderful treat! It
is just the perfect, relaxing, vacation spot and has something for
everyone! We just can't say enough about this wonderful
property. We recommend it to the highest degree and cannot
wait to return next year. The Kansas Crew, Feb 2011.
online review: "Great
house with great staff - pictures don't showcase it enough" "The
main house is a 7 bedroom house, but the whole compound is basically
one house. Doug and staff really helped with our vacation. We hired
cooks and had great meals. The house has a FAQ Word Document that
should be read and followed - it has great advice. Great location &
great house. It's in a great gated community with everything you
need. They have a bunch of extras with the house that you will
appreciate. The drink fridge comes stocked with cheap prices - was a
nice touch! We would stay again." Matt W. Dec. 14,
2010. Seattle WA.
HomeAway online Review:
"We stayed at
this property with 14 of our closest friends and it was a real
pleasure. The property itself is very well appointed. The
staff is kind and efficient, and the location is really great. Our
own private volleyball court was put to great use, as were the
pools, and amazing rooftop grilling deck. Daytrips to Tulum were a
snap, quality restaurants located within walking distance and more
authentic fares available in the pueblo across the highway. Highly
recommended." J. Schoberg, Panama City Panama,
Dec. 4, 2011
large party I can't imagine a better location. The home is well laid
out and comfortable. The services fantastic. The cooks were
wonderful. We did not do a lot of tourist things because we simply
did not want or need to leave the beautiful Brisa Caribe. Read about
this place online and know that there is not one word of puff in the
description. It is really as beautiful and wonderful as it is said
to be. D. Klaich November 2010
a year of anticipation for our Dream Vacation, Brisa Caribe was
everything we hoped it would be! Everything in this wonderful
place is 'AS ADVERTISED' or better. A perfect tropical
paradise to share with our family. Thank you for thinking of
everything so we did not have to think of anything.. Tyson, Michon, Daniel, Delialah, C. November 2010
The Villa is beautiful and has
all the comforts of home! The location is obviously perfect too!
Tina, does an amazing job cooking each morning and evening! The
housekeeping staff cleans and you don't even know they are
there...thanks for a super week, again... Cathy K. October 2010
were all ecstatic to learn of our trip to Mexico especially once we
had all researched this amazing beach house that we were staying at.
Your house was even better in person, absolutely BEAUTIFUL !!
Although this house is big enough to spread out in, more often than
not, we all found ourselves together by the pool or on the roof
drinking coffee in the mornings -- the sunrise is unbelievable
from up there !! After spending a week here, Brisa Caribe went
from being your home to becoming our home - a place
where many memories are made and much love is shared.. Muchas
Gracias Merida Family Vacation, October 2010
Dear Doug: We wanted
to thank you for sharing your amazing Brisa Caribe with us.
The house was absolutely fabulous with an administrator, staff and
cooks to match! We had an unbelievable time, everyone was so
comfortable, relaxed and happy the entire week. Thank you,
Andra and Vickie for all of your patience and flexibility in working
with us as we planned our 40th birthday celebration. Your
recommendations were perfect, the massages, the restaurants, the
cooks – Tina blew us away!!! You truly do have a special
place and we are thrilled to have been able to spend a week making
unforgettable memories there. Sincerely, Joe and Jennifer
Carmichael, Houston, TX.
September 23, 2010
Hi Doug, We are finally here; just wanted
to let you know that we love your place and thank you for all your
assistance. Enjoy your vacation!!! Our best, Mehret /
Tina: Oh, no! We are back
home - It's breakfast time and no fresh orange juice - no tray of
fresh fruit - no delicious eggs with yummy veggies and spices. I
MISS TINA !!!!!! I guess I'll be dishing up my own yogurt this
morning but with fond memories of your wonderful cooking and
beautiful presentation. Everything was perfect at Brisa Caribe, but
you were truly the "frosting on the cake" for me and the element
that made it a real vacation. A thousand thanks and best wishes for
a pleasant visit in your homeland. I look forward to seeing you
again. Fondly, Judy
Hi Doug: Wow - we aren't the party people we used to be !!! This
has to be one of the most affordable and certainly the most
enjoyable family vacations we have ever experienced. Everything was
just perfect - even the weather cooperated. And you and Tina and
Jesus made everything so effortless that it was the best time ever
for me. I just left the "heavy lifting" to you guys and sat back and
relaxed and enjoyed my family. I couldn't ask for more. I wish a
happy year ahead for you and your family and hope to see you again.
Judy J. August 2010
What a great place to have your entire family with you to celebrate
50 years of marriage. The house was perfect for the 19 of us
including our seven grand children. Our three children and
their spouses did a perfect job of arranging this trip & choosing
this location. The staff and facilities were GREAT.
Brisa Caribe far exceeded our already high expectations. The
home, Vickie, the cooks and the maids and caretakers are all
wonderful. Everyone agrees it is by far our best
location ever. Zanotti & Knight family, June 2010
Birthday Bash May 29 - June 5, 2010 !! Thank you for
sharing this beautiful property that is rich in culture, creativity
and amazing karma !!! Speaking for myself I can tell you that
the memories created this week will last a lifetime !! I will
miss Iggy the Iguana, the Mexican sunsets and the personal charm of
'Villa Caribe' May everyone see the beauty I have seen.
Nikki, Toronto Canada
This has been a fantastic week with our family ranging in age from 3
- 75 years. Your home 'Brisa Caribe' was the ideal place for
this reunion. It is beautiful and the staff are exceptional.
Thank you for the memories to last a lifetime! Great
Grandma & Grandpa, Ruth & Bobbie B. Osyosos BC Canada,
The Brisa Caribe
web site described a beautiful, scrumptious villa in an idyllic
setting - the reality was even better.
An absolutely perfect place that has done so much for our family
vacation. Tim H. April 2010
Doug, Sorry we didn't get to say goodbye on Saturday. We
all had early flights at different times so it did get a
little hectic leaving. Your house is truly amazing and we
all 19 of us had a great time. Thanks for sharing your house
with us. It truly feels like a "home" and not a rental. I
cannot believe how many incredible artefacts you have found
during your many travels. They definitely tell a tale!
Thanks again for everything and we all hope we can get back
soon to stay in Brisa Caribe once again! K
Evans, April 2010
"Brisa Caribe was
more than we expected. The villa and the surroundings are simply
spectacular. We didn't want to leave.
This was a family vacation, from 3/20-27,2010, with our 4 adult
children and 6 grandchildren; everyone had a great time. Doug has
thought of everything and is very accommodating. The meals
prepared by Tina and Sera were so delicious, with plenty of food
leftover. What a relaxing setting; many activities are close-by. We
swam with the dolphins, went to Tulum, and sailed on a catamaran.
The grandchildren enjoyed the pool and the Dreams and Omni Hotels
beaches. Can't wait to come back!" Tom C. March 2010
friends from all over the country met at Villa Brisa Caribe for our
yearly trip together. Each year we pick a villa and spend a week
together. Brisa Caribe was far and away the best of all our trips.
The villa is gorgeous, clean, creative, artistic and the art is to
die for! You will feel like you are in a museum. Everyone had a
big bed with a wonderful mattress. Each bedroom is more beautiful
than the next. The owner thought of everything. The kitchen
has every item you will ever need. The website he put together
answers every question you can imagine. You will find everything
there is to do in the area, all the great restaurants, pre-arrival
instructions....no detail is left to chance. We were made to
feel so welcome and there was always someone available to help us
arrange tours and to suggest things to do. I must say though,
we really enjoyed chillin' and hanging around that gorgeous villa.
We were up on the roof nightly have cocktails and watching the
sunset while looking at the ocean. The cooks were fantastic.
What a joy to sit outside and eat together with cooks who are
willing to make anything you'd like. Everything you see on the
website is exactly as represented. You are taking no risk renting
this villa. We loved walking into town and dancing at Cafe Ole.
There are no better pies anywhere in the world. We went back there
three times! SiSiSi Restaurant made amazing snapper. We swam with
dolphins, toured Tulum, shopped in Playa Del Carmen, went fishing
and shared wonderful times with our friends. We got home just
yesterday, and we all can't wait to return. Sandy Rose Nov.
As usual we had a
wonderful time. We sincerely enjoyed every
minute ( even the couple of rainy ones) Vickie was very
helpful and your staff are very friendly, attentive
and hardworking. The bar bill is what we had
expected... thank you for making everything so
convenient for us. Each visit we are amazed again
at your property, home, and just the total package you
have created for your guests. My daughters are staying
at Dreams this week and I've told them to peak over at
Brisa... Somehow photos just don't do it justice. Thank
you for allowing us the special price for your special
home... We all feel a little bit of a
personal attachment to it now that we've spent 2 weeks
there. I'm certain you will see us again. Thanks so
much, Denise H. Nov 10/09
My extended family - 21 in all - enjoyed our stay at Brisa Caribe
very much. Our 2nd visit, we appreciated the additions to the
pool area + other improvements since 2006 when we first came.
Your villa and those who care for it contributed to a week of pure
R&R. Everyone is friendly and helpful, eager to make our
vacation a perfect one. As before we appreciated the
furnishings of the villa + the space. We made use of the
glorious rooftop for happy hours, enjoyed many hours in the salt
pool or at the beach and of course poolside. Thanks for the
hospitality. We will do our best to return.
Stefaniks, Oct. 2009
WOW! What a beautiful place. Our first of many
family vacations with 3 brothers, their wives and the kids, was a
great house to accommodate our family. A treat to all be able
to sit together for meals at a different table every night. We
enjoyed ALL the activities you had to offer. Biking with the
kids, beach volleyball, golf, fishing, snorkelling in Akumal,
massage & pedicures at the house. Not to Forget ... Dreams
welcomed us with open arms!! We had an absolute blast.
The Mexican cook was a MUST! Tina was unbelievable and first
class! Hope to be back soon! The Yates, Aug. 1-8,2009
The house was fabulous! The
family absolutely loved it. The staff were all very nice; the
orientation & check-out went smoothly. Tina cooked 3 dinners and we
loved them. She is a jewel. We swam with the dolphins and went
fishing with the captain you recommended. My group wants to come
back again and we will stay in touch with you. It would be great to
meet you in person next time! I would have liked satellite TV in the
master bedroom, but got more rest without one. Everything was
perfect and exactly as advertised. Dale S. July 2009
are all settled in at Brisa Caribe. Your property manager
met us and gave us the orientation splendidly. The house is
magnificent and our crew is enjoying it. We put up a sign
for a yard sale of all the art and rugs today <g>. What a
great property. Everything is perfect here. Thanks!
Dale S. July
Your house has been the best house we have ever been on a
vacation. Your furnishings, art and decorations are
all in good taste and incredible. It is like a museum.
I enjoyed looking at every piece you have. I liked
that every bedroom has its own bathroom and story. I
was born and raised in Mexico City so I know how to
appreciate the tiles you have everywhere in the house.
I had a great time. Thank you for having us. I
will always remember this vacation as it was the place my
husband surprised me with the celebration of our 20th
wedding vows. Veronica Waters July 24/09
We came to
vacation in your beautiful home with our dear friends and
their children. Veronica and I thought we were having
a photo shoot on the beach and it ended up being a surprise
double wedding vow renewal (24 years for us) We could
not have asked for a better setting and home to share our
time in. Some of our favorites besides lounging beside
the pool taking in the incredible view:
- XelHa is a must (the best park I have ever seen) Go early,
leave late. Plan on lunch and dinner there. Tube
down the river, bring a disposable water camera.
- Swim in the salt water pool
- Go to Fusion in Playa del Carmen. Great views and
- Hire Tina to cook a meal for you
- Take time to view all of Dougs artwork..... incredible
- Enjoy your friends and family.
Thanks Doug, these memories will always be with me.
Beth Riddle July 25/09
you very much....we enjoyed our stay at the villa. We loved it for
our wedding backdrop. It was a perfect stay for our family.
Here's the website to our wedding photos if you would like to see.
Thank you again Doug please know that we appreciate all of the help
and we enjoyed your home very much. I wish we could visit every
Kristina Cantu, May 2009
Hi Andra & Doug-We had an AMAZING time
at Brisa Caribe last week. Please feel free to use this in your
outreach efforts. We would be happy to speak to anyone with
questions via e-mail (mary@xxxxxx) or phone (1-xxx-390-8615).
I can't believe how overhyped the whole swine flu thing is in the
US. Our entire group was so glad we did not cancel our trip.
It's clear that Mexico is being very smart about dealing with
the flu leaving Mexico completely
safe for visitors. Our numerous adventures throughout the Yucatan,
and our frequent interactions with the locals never posed any
concern from a health standpoint or
otherwise. I would STRONGLY encourage anyone with travel plans to
Mexico to come without any hesitation at all, have a wonderful time
in this beautiful place, and, especially, enjoy the villa and staff
at Brisa Caribe. I can't imagine a more perfect vacation
in a more perfect place. -Mary Yax, May 2-9,2009
Vickie & Staff - We all loved the villa.
We had 13 people celebrating my 40th birthday. It was a
perfect week. We especially loved having the Mexican cooks
come in. And the roof. And the pool, And the
volleyball!! we played everyday. Thank you for
everything. Mary & Friends, May 9,2009
Andra, We had a great time and had no problems on the trip home. I
hope to make it back down, maybe convince another group to take
advantage of the discount. Everyone was very nice and
helpful. I will definitely recommend the house and business to
everyone. Thanks again, Dave M. May 5/09
pretty tough to put into words the lifestyle we attained this past
week. The house + staff are great and always helpful. A
big thank to to the whole set up. Look forward to a return
visit in the future!. Mark & Becky M. May 2/09
a fabulous place. We all agreed it exceeded our expectations.
The staff were wonderful. Thank you for the hospitality.
The details of the house, the stories, the memories are amazing.
All 18 of us agree. Muchas Gracias. McLuglin,
McLansborough, Newman and Deneen families. Easter 2009
Posted on HomeAway web site:
Our family enjoyed Brisa Caribe for a week in March '09, along with
2 other families. We had children ranging from 10 years old to 20.
The owner, Doug, and his staff exceeded our expectations in every
way- as did the Villa. The description here is quite accurate,
it is a lovely Villa and has been well maintained. Doug has a
fantastic staff, who comes each day and spends a few hours inside
and out taking care of cleaning and maintenance service. We enjoyed
talking to them and getting advice on how we might spend our day.
We also met Sera and Santiago, the Mexican cooks who made us some of
the best dinners we have ever had. Most in our party had
stayed in this general area of Mexico on previous trips, even
visited Puerto Adventuras before, but the Brisa Caribe, tucked away
on the end of a short street, right on the beach was one of the best
finds we have ever made. We never left PA- found everything we
needed right in the Village which is a short walk past the Marina.
There are lots of great shops and restaurants in the Village. Puerto
Adventuras is a gated Village, so we felt safe at all times. We
would definitely recommend this property, and hope to go again
ourselves. B. Fuson.
a great week in your beautiful home and it has been a vacation which
we will remember for years to come! Thank you so much
for providing such a great staff - they worked very hard to make
sure we were very comfortable. Sera the cook was also
fantastic! We love your community of Puerto Aventuras and all
it offered for our 3 families and all of our kids! The
Fuson, Larroka & Helmuth families. March 14/09
We arrived in Brisa
Caribe in late February and were able to relax as soon as we
arrived. The owners were extremely accommodating and created a sense
that we were truly at a home away from home. Each of the rooms in
Brisa Caribe has a different theme attached to it and is adorned
with authentic artifacts from the area that it is modeled after. We
stayed in the "honeymoon" suite which was aptly named the "Bombay
wonderful artifacts from the area. We awoke to a beautiful ocean
front view every morning and the rooms were expertly cleaned by the
time we got home from our adventures in the afternoon. The property
was well kept and the fridge was always full of cool drinks. We were
a quick walk away from the main restaurant and shopping area of
Puerto Aventuras, as well as the Dolphin Adventure and fishing
expedition area. A 20 min cab ride brought us to Playa Del Carmen
when we wanted more options and the local adventure sites were
minutes away. I would extremely recommend the property to
others as we were able to "get away from it all" and still have all
the luxuries of home in a setting that was relaxing, fun
adventurous, and beautiful. Plenty of room for large groups and a
ton of fun for even a couple to enjoy the beauty of this wonderful
villa! B. Korol Feb. 09
Brisa Caribe is a treasure filled with so many beautiful +
interesting treasures! We had an absolutely wonderful time
full of great memoires. the Pappas Family Feb. 26/09
Doug & Staff, What an extraordinary place in which to
celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary! All 14 of us found
your beautiful home and surroundings just the perfect location for
our family celebration. We ranged from 2.5 - 82 years and each
of us was able to find activities to keep us happy and busy during
the short week. The Mexican cooks Isabella and her sister were
great. We ate their wonderful food and enjoyed their warmth &
friendliness. And the villa staff was also terrific - always
available if anything came up. So, all in all we are leaving
we could stay longer -
the wonderful memories will always remain with us. Thanks
Sandy & Herb Rosenblum, New York City Feb. 13/09
Doug & Staff,
What an incredible experience! Thank you so much for
opening your home to us! How can we possibly describe
the beauty and uniqueness of this villa - it is really more
like a museum with all of the incredible artefacts and decor
you have collected. We feel blessed to have had the
opportunity to visit - thank you for everything! This
truly is PARADISE ! Margarita and staff - a MUST
Gracias Nikki, Dick, Liam, Evi & Elsa K..
Iowa City Feb. 7/09
This Canadian family are so very grateful of your generous
sharing of your hacienda. This villa is definitely a
piece of heaven on earth! The architecture is only out
done by your amazing world collection of artefacts, art, and
furniture. Five rascally boys and on angelic girl all
got married and decided to renew their bond by holidaying in
Mexico. Brisa Caribe was the destination of the Prefontaine family. What a marvelous week was had by
all. Snorkelling, shopping, card playing, fishing,
eating, day trips filled the week with laughter and good
times. We will all walk away with our own memories to
treasure. All this was made possible thanks to the
Canadian who shares his piece of heaven! Merci
Tips for future guests:
1) Adults visit Xel-ha (all inclusive food & drinks so go
early and stay all day.
2) Families with children you may want to go to Xcaret
3) Playa ....... bargain, bargain, bargain
4) Tulum Ruins ... get a guide for the full meal deal and
you won't be sorry.
5) Snorkelling outside the Omni is super!
6) Fishing reasonable for this time of year
7) The staff are dream people, treat them well
8) Two cats & an iguana are yours to love
9) Use the kitchen, it is set up so very very well. We
recommend you grocery shop at Wal-Mart
10) Enjoy each sunrise and sunset!
please pass on our gratitude to your administrator Marion
for her caring and kindness. Her compassion touched
our hearts! The Prefontaine Clan Jan. 2009
Dear Doug, Happy New Year! I
trust this finds you well, busy and most of all - warm!
Given the timing of our family trip to PA and the holidays
upon us after our stay, I regret that I am so late in
sending you this note. What a wonderful time my entire
family experienced in your beautiful home - what a terrific
week! As mentioned previously, it was the first time in
many, many years that all of my siblings had spent any
time together....we couldn't have selected a better place to
get to know one another again. Your home is lovely, your
local staff is helpful and responsive, and your stateside
staff went above and beyond in helping me plan excursions,
find photographers, schedule cooks, etc...not one detail was
missed! "Under promise and over deliver" is a great
motto to live by in business, our experience met and
our expectations! I look forward to visiting again soon,
either at Brisa Caribe or one of your other properties.
My best, Sally Smith (and
Perfection! We are grateful for all your attention to detail.
It was the best possible way to celebrate my husbands' 70th.
birthday with our 4 children, their 4 spouses, and 6 grandchildren.
Andrea Garglulo Jan. 10/09
Thank you so much Doug!!
I can not express enough how much we enjoyed and loved every
ounce of your place! Truly a magical gem. And even
better my parents had a wonderful anniversary trip.
Mission accomplished! All of us are truly depressed to be
home in the cold and not in paradise. I'm finding myself
walking in circles. Mario and Denita the Mexican cooks
were fabulous!! So sweet and accommodating. Tina was
fabulous too, you are lucky to have found great people.
All of us are afraid to get on a scale! Many thanks to
Andra for all of her help on the front side, she was GREAT!
Many Thanks and all the best !! Liz L. Jan. 5/09
I have never
been to a place like this and wonder when I will again.
Everything was perfect!! Loved the views, loved the rooms,
loved the breeze, the walks.. what a gem!
What a wonderful
experience you furnished. Gail T. Dec. 27/08
I cannot imagine a more perfect setting to celebrate such an
important and profound event as our 50th wedding anniversary.
Everything we needed was here... I cant imagine what it takes to
have everything here and ready for our weak in heaven.
Thank you and I hope we will visit again one Day!! Jim
& Susan Pierce, 12-24-08
Dear Doug, Five years ago, Dale and I started fantasizing
about treating our family of 17 to a weeks celebration of our 50th
wedding anniversary. Luckily for me our son Dale found your
informative web site complete with spectacular pictures of not only
your magnificent beach front luxury villa, but also detailed
information about local options - from visiting the Mayan Ruins - to
snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming with the dolphins to name a
few. Tina and her staff surprised us at every meal with
gourmet delights and tips as to places to go. We can't imagine
this week without her. Vickie was a great help also as was the
rest of your kind and resourceful staff.. Thank you - Thank
you. We have pledged to return for our 75th. Anniversary!!
Dodie Hruby, Nov. 29/08 follow up - Dear Doug,
The Hruby family is still RAVING about your gorgeous villa and the
fabulous service you so seamlessly provided for us for our
Thanksgiving week stay at Brisa Caribe. Everything was
perfect, especially Tina and her helpers as well as your fine house,
pools, grounds and crew. You made us all feel so welcomed.
Thank you. We can't imagine a more idyllic way to celebrate
our 50th wedding anniversary. Fondly Dodie and Dale.
Dear Doug, this was the vacation of a lifetime for us and our family
in your exquisite home on the Caribbean. You wonderful
collection of treasures so beautifully displayed and show cased
added such a magical quality to the experience. Your staff was
wonderful and nearly invisible. You can be sure all of our
friends will be told of this wonderland and don't be surprised to
have some of them contact you just to be sure we weren't
exaggerating. Our 50th Wedding Anniversary has launched our
family off into the future. Thank you so much for being the
perfect Innkeeper. "Brisa Caribe" - rough translation
'Paradise' Dale Hruby Nov. 29/08
Dearest Doug, Thank you for giving us such a dream like setting to
spend with our family as we celebrated my parents 50th Wedding
Anniversary. We will never be able to match this experience.
You home is brilliantly designed and decorated. Thanks again.
Taya C. Nov. 29/08
thanks for letting us partake in your vision of paradise. It
could not have been any better. As one of us said about mid
week 'What else could go right?" It was 100% perfect.
Dale Jr. Nov. 29/08
Hi Andra, We had a blast at
Brisa Caribe! A wonderful
week with wonderful friends
in a wonderful home! We'd
love to come back next year.
Please extend our warmest
thanks to Doug. I will
stay in touch about next
years dates. Have a great
Patricia, Nov. 3/08
GREAT ADVENTURE to MEXICO -
took boat trip to Cozumel
(Fun Fun) - took cab
to Playa del Carmen (Shop
Shop Shop) - dinner at
Tiramisu restaurant in town,
salt water pool - GREAT!
Place Beautiful, Michele,
Patricia, palmer, Brad,
Chrystal, Mary, Carol, John,
Erin, John, MP, Steve, Joey,
Tony, Nov. 1/08
This simply the most
wonderful place! The
house is so lovely. I
wish we could stay here for
another week or two.
Dolphin swim and Chichen
Itza was SO good! Hugs
from Joanne, 16 years
Denmark Oct. 17/08
Thanks for providing such a
wonderful vacation getaway!
Your attention to detail
made our stay better than we
could have anticipated.
Scott & Debbie P. Ont.
Canada, Oct. 11/08
Thank you so much for
letting us stay at your
villa for my husband's 50th.
What a beautiful home you
have. Everything was
perfect! I promise we
will be back.
Debbie and Pat H. Ontario
Canada, Oct. 11/08
We thoroughly enjoyed our
stay at Brisa Caribe.
Doug - you and your staff
have made our week fabulous!
Thank you for allowing us to
Alux is a MUST see place!
- Chefs Tina and Sara were
traveled to Tulum and spent
a day at a wonderful beach
club 'La Vita Bonita'
- dinner at the monkey cave
Rodney & Lori G, Dale & Jen
B, Matt & Liz M, Jamey &
Jana S Texas, Oct.
Hi Doug It was a "fabulous"
not long enough. It was perfect
starting with the villa, the
weather, the entertainment, your
staff and the food. Everything
looks fine concerning the deductions
from the deposit. I will look
forward to the check. We would love
to come back every year. Maybe one
of us will win the lottery. Thanks
again, Sharon, August 2008
Doug, All of us agree that is
was a great family outing, and I have
not heard any complaints from anyone.
If anything, it exceeded our high
expectations, and the snorkelling was
great everywhere we went. My only
regret is that we were too busy to use
the Jacuzzi. Vicki was a great host in
your stead and Tina and her assistant
provided us great meals, as we hired her
for every available breakfast and
dinner. We haven’t definitely decided
yet, but it is very possible that we
will consider returning to Brisa Caribe
on a future vacation, possibly in 2010.
Warm regards, Hal Griffin,
an amazing time at your house. it was
absolutely beautiful and the food was
excellent. see ya next year! Julie
Wilfliord July 2008
Doug, I wanted to drop you a note that I had
the best vacation of my life at your
gorgeous house last week. I want to send
you some hot sauce to add to your collection
as a token thank you. A woman I work with
(a completely fabulous woman as spicy as her
sauce) makes Yellow Thunder and she will
autograph them personally for you. Let me
know where to send them. Will send some
more school supplies too as our bags were
just loaded down. Vicki, I miss you
and Joshie already! Let me know if you
bring him to DC for a trip and we would love
to host you! Amy Mudge, June 2008
Andra, We received the refund…thank you.
Also, please, please pass
on our congratulations to
Doug for creating such
a superb home and environment…we truly had a
great time (even though the weather was a little
“iffy”) and have told many of our friends of our
wonderful experience (and passed on the web site
An observation, the web site description of
Brisa Caribe is very accurate but just doesn’t
do justice to the property and the
ambiance…after our visit, I went back to review
it and was taken by how really descriptive and
accurate it is. We hope to come back soon.
Best Tom and Theresa Wajnert,
Doug. I just wanted to thank
you for a wonderful vacation. We all had a
wonderful time and look forward to visiting again in
the future. Your staff was excellent and the cooks
were outstanding. We felt right at home and enjoyed
Tracy Pankau, May 2008
We truly enjoyed
our stay at Brisa Caribe! Your home is beautiful and made
us feel very comfortable. Plenty of room for everyone.
The weather was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed all of Tina's
fabulous cooking. We will take home some wonderful
memories. The Martinsons, The Sawyers April 2008
This place is
awesome. 1st class all the way!! BEST EVER
Shirley Shchultz March 2008
holiday had by 9 couples. One we will never forget.
Doug your staff are absolutely wonderful. Did a great job.
Very hard to leave this wonderful villa. Doug & Annette
Ryles Feb. 2008
our family and friends (11 total) settled in very nicely to
paradise. Thank you for the courage to build and maintain
such a wonderful house. We loved it and will come back
soon I hope. Feb. 2008
To celebrate our
40th anniversary & the New Year we came here with our 6
children, spouses and 8 grandchildren. What a wonderful
place!! It was perfect for our needs. This place met
our expectations and more. The Stonehockers Jan.
Doug this place was
awesome for all of us to celebrate Christmas & Mom's 80th
birthday. Eddie G. Christmas 2007
This is what
a 'vacation' is all about!! Privacy, beauty, and a
complete break from our hectic lives in the USA. Thank you
for the amazing attention to detail. We appreciated you
sharing your home and treasures with us. The boys will
have some wonderful memories to take home with them. We
are leaving refreshed and relaxed beyond words! Our
favorite spot to sit was under your outdoor pergola. Many
wonderful thanks. Jim, Cathy, Matt, & Nick
had a great time in this house. We will keep the memories
forever. This has been the first opportunity for our
families from Spain & Argentina to meet and start a good
friendship. There are not many places with these
facilities where we can put together people from 11 to 81 years
old. We will recommend this place to others. Best
cook, best weather, best service and best holidays.
The 'Big Thrill'
group from Gastonia NC, Blowing Rock NC, Sedona AZ, Pinehurst NC
Most of us turned 60 this year. (12 of 16) Six couples
married their high school sweethearts - still married.
Fourteen are Gastonia natives and graduated Class of 65.
We have planned this trip for over a year to celebrate our life
long friendships! It was PERFECT. The weather, the
house, the food (Tina is awesome!) We suggest doing the
Fat Cat catamaran. What fun. A week to Cherish!!!
WHOLE FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR LETTING US USE
YOUR HOME. IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, AND YOU STAFF IS
JUST AS WONDERFUL. CHUCHO IS CERTAINLY AN ASSET TO YOUR
ESTABLISHMENT. I DIDN'T REALLY GET TO SPEAK TO MINA,
CANDI, OR CECIL BUT THEY ARE VERY HARD WORKERS AND WE
LOVED THEM. SERA AND HER GANG PROVIDED US WITH AN
EXCELLENT MEAL ON OUR WEDDING EVENING! AND THEN THERE IS
VICKI! WOW!!!! SHOULD HAD OUR ROOM PREPARED SO
BEAUTIFULLY AND WAS THERE FOR OUR EVERY QUESTION. SHE
TOOK TIME OUT OF HER DAY EVERYDAY TO CHECK ON US TO MAKE
SURE WE WERE HAPPY AND TO GIVE US ADVICE. SHE IS A
WONDERFUL PERSON AND TOGETHER WITH EVERYONE ELSE, WE HAD
A GREAT TIME. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO
COME BACK! KRISTEN 9/22-9/29
Out of 17 of
us not one complaint. Everyone raved about the beauty of
the house and surroundings! Thank you for opening your
home to us! Castro & Barker 'wedding vacation' Sept.
Doug, This was a
wonderful way to celebrate our 50th anniversary with our 5
children and their spouses in your fabulous house. You
have thought of everything. There was nothing we wanted
that wasn't right here. Even the weather was perfect.
I'm sure all of us will always remember this week. Bob
& Donna G. Sept. 2007
Doug, We really
enjoyed our stay. House is fabulous, your attention to
detail makes all the difference. Tina was unbelievable
also. Mullins, Williams, Jacksons August, 2007
Thanks a lot for the information. I’ve looked at hundreds of
villas all over Mexico and the Caribbean and, dollar for dollar,
I think Brisa Caribe is head and shoulders above the rest.
George G. August 8, 2007
BRISA CARIBE ROCKED!!
We had a wonderful & relaxing vacation. The home was
beautiful, setting wonderful, and staff absolutely superb!
We hope to return next year. Sparks, Padgetts, Leidels July
been the best vacation ever! 15 family members and so much
fun. Be sure to have Margarita & her sisters cook for you -
Amazing!! We could not of asked for more and we wish we could
We had a wonderful time. The house is amazing and everyone really
enjoyed themselves. I am already trying to figure out when we can
The Boenigks , July 27, 2007
WOW - need I say
more - Of course having the very best family makes my life a
wow. Wonderful, Blessed Place. Jerry, July 27/07
beautiful views and great decor and great service. 17 people
were on our family trip and the house catered to everyone's needs
!!! Flores & Hendersons, LA CA usa July 2007
Twyla.. What a privilege to bring our sons to this place we call
our vacation 'home' - Thanks once again for sharing your home with
us. It is Magnificent!! The Dusings June 2007
What a beautiful place to spend a week! A gorgeous house so
full of culture set in perfect scenery! A perfect family
vacation spot- we all enjoyed ourselves immensely! The
Krall Family May 18/07
Doug, I've got the post Brisa Caribe blues! We had a fabulous
time. It was a vacation of a lifetime. We felt so at home in your
villa. The accommodations were excellent. Thank you for the perfect
spot to explore the Mayan Riviera. We had many questions and Twyla
was very helpful with information. We had a blast at Selvatica
where 11 of us did the 2 mile zip line course. It was really well
run, the people were all very nice and helpful, and it was great fun
for our group (ages 9 - 72)! Yes, all is in order with the
security refund. I would love to return to Brisa Caribe. I hope,
someday, that we can. L. Stone, April 2007
wonderful time. We had a group of 11 and everyone had plenty
of room. We enjoyed our trip to Tulum and o Playa del Carmen
as well as all the spots here in Puerto Aventuras. We hope to
be back again soon. Many thanks Rich & Debbie H.
! Wow ! Spectacular ! What a wonderful week
of fun & laughter with such an incredible group. not to
mention this little piece of heaven. Cheers Julie & Rod S.
wonderful. Deserves much more than the web site shows.
This like 'Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous' Hope to be back
one day. John & Lisa R. Maple Ridge BC Canada March
& Twyla, I just wanted to say thanks to both of you and your crew
for helping to make my wedding week and day the best memories
of my life. Everything was absolutely perfect. We loved the
villa, and want to came back for a reunion in Jan. 2012. When I
think back on those days I have wonderful cozy feelings. So thanks
again. Thanks again, Kevin & Erin Daly January
Doug & Twyla, I was going through our
pictures again & remembering what a fantastic time we had in
August 2006 at your beautiful & amazing villa. What a blessing
it was finding your information on the internet. It truly was a
trip of a lifetime. The participants included myself, my
husband, my mom & step-dad, my dad, my uncle, my father-in-law &
his girlfriend, my mother-in-law & her boyfriend, my
brother-in-law & his new bride, & my step-sister & her husband.
What a great place for the ultimate in family bonding!!!
I wanted to share our pics with you - they are only a portion of
the memories we will have with us forever. We hope to visit you
again - maybe in 2008. G. Hill
How to describe a week in Paradise with dearest friends?!!
Absolutely spectacular.. Your lovely home was the perfect venue to
make this all possible. From epic volleyball tournaments to
amazing meals on your terrace - From late night philosophical
discussions to never ending margaritas. We bonded. We
laughed together & yes we cried together. We celebrated Life.
Twyla, We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an
amazing week! 17 of us came to celebrate a 60th Birthday, but
it turned into a celebration of life - with 2 more B-days, Halloween
and a 25th Wedding Anniversary!! We cannot think of a more
amazing or special place to have celebrated! The home was
gorgeous, the staff was kind & helpful, and the eclectic decor was
inspiring.. we all want to travel more! We would recommend
this place to anyone! Strazzanti Families, Doris Larson,
Hughes Family, Stehno Family, DeCarlo Family, Kerrison Family from
MN, CO, IL Nov.4/06
family thanks you for the incredible, indelible memories.
Lightning flashes behind a pink sunrise, time to rekindle the fires
of an extended family bonds. Brilliant sunshine and breezes
from the ends of the earth to wash away the stresses and worries of
our everyday lives. Love and nature to intertwine. From
all of us we thank you!
Twyla, What an amazing week. This was an incredible
experience and one of the best vacations to date. The house is
gorgeous, the staff incredible as well. Thank you for this
setting of wonderful memories. Greg & Jennifer
Denver Oct. 21/06
and Twyla, Winston & I had the most wonderful week here. Our
wedding ceremony was out of a storybook & our families spend time
bonding. Thank-you for everything. It was a time we will
never forget. Brisa is amazing. Dolores & Winston
Doug & Twyla, Thanks so
much for sharing your wonderful house with us. With four
children 3 years and under, your house provided plenty of
entertainment. The children's pool was a huge hit, as was the
tiered 'turtle' pool and the nearby beach. The adults enjoyed
the roof top terrace, the patios and..and...and...THANKS for a GREAT
week. Dan, Samantha, Joe, Todd, Nicole, Reed, Jason, Kimberly,
Andrew, Caroline & Baby too.. Sept. 26/06
Memories of this holiday will stay in our hearts forever. All
of our family together sharing special times, both old and young!
'La Casa es magnifico' set in paradise.
A sincere thank you to you Twyla and your staff for all of your
kindness. We hope to see you again soon. Love & best
wishes.. Jill, Mark, Kahe, Jack, Gran Joan, Gran Hilda,
Nigel, Lynne, Jane, Ben, George.... Aug. 12/06
& Twyla, It is hard to find words to express the wonderful
time we've had here. The Villa is great, in a super location,
and has great staff. Your suggestion of having Tina do the
cooking made it a true vacation for the ladies. Hope to be
here again. Houston, Denver, San Antonio... July
Even the rainy days are beautiful. Your house is absolutely
amazing. A great week to relax and enjoy our family.
Hope to return! The Gelinas Family, July 21/06
Doug & Twyla,
Thank you for providing such a beautiful place to enjoy Mexico.
Everything exceeded our expectations. To use a quote from one
of our family members....'If they had any worries, they would melt
away here! - We hope to have the opportunity to visit again sometime
soon. The Von Gunten Family July 7/06
Twyla, This has been an incredible vacation mixed with
rest and activities. Your home is fantastic and well
appointed. We all enjoyed reading about your travels in each
of the room descriptions.
Thanks for ordering beautiful weather for us. We hope to
return!! Florida natives... Bill & Marijane S....
John, Denise & Hudson H.... Bill, Alice, Emily & Thomas E...
Trace, Jennifer, Ashley & Blake L.... David, Jim, Daniel, Paul &
Mark C June 3/06
& Twyla, Your house is absolutely amazing. You have done such
a great job with the decor, accommodations, & staff. We are so
lucky to have had such a beautiful setting for our wedding.
Thank you again for everything! Scott & Angela Muck
Twyla, It takes special kind of people to host and open their
home to others. We were so happy with the accommodations.
It far exceeded our expectations. Our daughter and son-in-law
now have wonderful memories of their wedding on your beach.
Again, thank you! Dave & Denise Muck. May 20/06
Doug, Twyla &
Staff, We wanted to thank you for opening the doors to your
beautiful home. The views and experience of your home are
amazing. Our group of 13 has agreed, this is the nicest and
most beautiful vacation we have taken so far. We look forward
to coming back to Puerto in the future. This truly is a piece
of paradise. Fleischman Vacation Club,
Doug & Twyla, We all had a wonderful time. You provided
us with an amazing and beautiful home.
of our needs were met without question. We adventured out onto
the Fat Cat and had an amazing time, thanks.. We are all
leaving well rested, tanned, and a few pounds heavier. Thank
you for everything. Ben & Patty, Matt & Mollie, Dan &
Sarah, Chris & Mark, Kirk & Caroline, Jerimie & Tiffany. Columbus
Ohio, May 6/2006
Doug, We received
the security deposit refund check yesterday. Thank you again
for opening up your wonderful home for us to rent. We have all
talked about the week non-stop since we returned, and we all
agree it was the best vacation of our lives. Not only was your
house amazing, the town of Puerto, the weather, the fishing,
etc, the stars aligned. From this point forward all vacations
our travel group takes will have very large shoes to fill in
comparison. Again, our most sincere thanks go out to yourself,
Twyla, and your staff for providing us with an unforgettable
week. Sincerely, Donald Fleischman May 21/06
Dear Doug & Twyla,
To express our appreciation is really beyond words. The
use of your beautiful home, the best of accommodations and
services. Every need provided. The excellent meals -
delicious - the maid service - perfect. This celebration
of our 60 years of marriage and having our children with us, so
wonderful. Thank you so very much. Harold &
Shirley Taylor 'family' April 29,2006
& Twyla, Who would have thought you could fit 4 families
into one house for a week and still have a fabulous time!
A real testament to your beautiful home and how spacious it is.
This is our 3rd year here and like always, we've had an amazing
time and are sad to be heading home to cooler weather.
We'll be back sure though... The Taylors, Oakville ON
Canada March 25/06
& Twyla: Thank you so much for sharing your
beautiful home with us. This was truly a dream vacation!! We
had the Bombay room....what a gorgeous suite. Waking up every
morning to the magnificent ocean view, falling asleep to the
sound of the waves crashing, making ourselves at home in a
beautiful home with such a relaxing atmosphere, snorkeling in
the oh-so-blue water, swimming with the dolphins, learning to
scuba dive with Lynn, need I go on??? We put off our honeymoon
for a year but it was well worth the wait. I can't imagine
anything nicer. Coming home was a shock to the system......it
was so COLD!!!! In the 30's and the wind was
Twyla, thank you also for driving us to
Akumal. The language barrier could have been a problem getting
settled in. The condo, Tanik (check that spelling) was
fine....a bit of a let-down after the Brisa. We all kind of
looked around and said "OK, we're ready to go home." But the
next day we all decided if we had started there we would have
thought it was great. The staff was wonderful, we had a very
nice beach and the condo was comfortable. Dessa and I were
trying to mentally decorate it though....definitely needs a
little more atmosphere. Anyway, it was so very nice of you to
take us down. We really didn't expect that. We
hope this finds you well.....and hope you had a wonderful
Thanksgiving. Wishing you the best Christmas ever. I'm still
closing my eyes often and imagining the fantastic time spent at
Brisa Caribe. You two do an awesome job of creating
paradise!!! I only hope we can make a return trip. Thank you
again for everything!!! Cindy & Laine Iverson
(part of the Pendleton crew) Nov. 30/05
& Twyla, Thank you so much for the villa. We had a fabulous
time. Canadian Thanksgiving and a spectacular wedding all in the
same day. The beautiful architecture and gracious staff made
this the perfect destination. Kathryn & Tyler, Calgary
Canada, Oct. 15/05
enjoyed your beautiful villa! Everything was top notch, from the
beautiful surroundings, lavish landscaping, to the well stocked
kitchen. Ever day I noticed a new piece of artwork that I hadn't
noticed before. It was all very interesting! We a little
apprehensive as to how things would be after the hurricane, but our
concerns we put aside immediately after the 1st. day. Puerto
Aventuras is beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay - thanks!!
The Luecks, Laris, Lutz, Waynrights, Rasmusens, &
Eagelton Sept. 28/05
After the hurricane
: the calm. Adversity is changed to advantage, destruction is changed
to regeneration. THANK YOU Brisa Caribe.
& Twyla - Awesome job at the preparation after the hurricane.
WoW! Our Kudos. Our family all had a wonderful time.
Your home is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us. Brisa
Caribe was a respite oasis in the midst of chaos. Thanks again.
Rajcics & Andersons Aug. 13/05
Dear Doug & Twyla: My
family stayed here for a mini vacation/reunion. Your home is
beautiful! Some day my boyfriend and I would like to open a
hotel in Brazil and I find your design very inspiring. I stayed
in the Persia bedroom and felt like a princess. Thank you for
putting so much time and effort into the details in this home.
Rhonda, July 14/05
I just wanted
to thank you for the wealth of information your website has given me
as I stumbled across it. Our family will be traveling to Puerto
Aventuras in a few weeks and I just started researching what we should
do and found your site! We will be staying at Villa Quinta Del Mar
(this trip), but definitely will be checking your place out!
Thanks again for all of the helpful information! Cristy Kec
lDear Doug & Twyla - Thank you so
much for an amazing week at Brisa Caribe. All week all I heard
from my family and friends was - "this the the best vacation I
have ever had!" The house far exceeded our expectations - from
the well equipped kitchen to the spacious bedrooms, the wonderful
bathrooms and all the various nooks and crannies inside and out.
There was a space for every mood - from lounging, to reading, to
napping, swimming, socializing and relaxing. I couldn't believe that
16 of us never felt cramped! Thank you for all of your tips and
help each day. Our daily morning chats with Twyla were a
highlight. We loved hearing some of the stories about the tribal
artwork and getting great tips on places to visit. This was the
perfect launching pad for trips to Xcaret & XelHa, snorkeling in YalKu,
visiting cenotes and beach days in Tulum. We felt completely
taken care of. You and your staff did an amazing job keeping up
with us and we cannot thank you enough! May 28/05, Lisa & Bret,
Katie, Jon & Ellen, Barbara, Patrick, Lisa & Dave, Michael, Chris,
Melissa, Allison, Jay & Jessica, Lorna
Every single person in our party
commented on how much they loved their room, how beautiful the villa
was and how well supplied it was. One of the things that struck us
was the ability to have a lot of different activities happening at the
same time - from very quiet and relaxing to more rambunctious. The
number of common and private outdoor and indoor spaces was just
incredible! Doug and Twyla were amazing hosts - Twyla in
particular was at the villa every morning substituting for a sick
maid. She was incredibly gracious in giving advice, making
recommendations and helping to arrange activities. We were
thrilled and hope to be back in the near future with a smaller # of
adults and some of the little ones. I loved everything about the
villa and so did everyone else. Thank you for all your help!!
Dear Doug and Twyla:
Where can I begin to describe the magnificent time we enjoyed at
Brisa? First, as beautiful as your web site is, it does not come
close to depict Brisa Caribe for the fabulous estate it is. Having 12
in our party, I was worried if we would be on top of one another.
That was not the case at all. Our party included ages between 16 and
71, spanned 3 generations, and included 8 family members and 4
friends. We literally had the time of our lives! The memories that
were created both at the villa and during our little excursions are
priceless. It was the fastest week of our lives and we enjoyed all
the amenities offered at the villa. We loved the guest pool house for
our immediate family of 4, and it felt like we were at our own private
retreat. Some of the activities we truly enjoyed were riding the
bikes at night to the center to enjoy a late night snack and nightcap
(the margaritas were great),
Cozumel (Mexicalitos was wonderful),
Playa del Carmen, Xel Ha, parasailing, Captain Ricks Deep Sea Fishing,
your volleyball set-up, and our Mexican Dinner that was prepared for
us. Our trip will never be forgotten, and will only be repeated when
we book our next trip (hopefully, soon). Your hospitality was
fabulous and Twyla, you truly touched my heart in many ways. The two
of you have a beautiful home and we thank you for the unforgettable
vacation. We are blessed to have enjoyed such a wonderful time with
family and friends, but we could have never dreamed that you would
have provided such an amazing experience. Thank you for everything!
John and Wendy Kozma Novi, Michigan
P.S. Our security deposit was promptly returned within 4 days of
arriving back home. Thanks again!
Doug & Twyla:
We can't think of a nicer way to experience our first taste of Mexico!
The villa is gorgeous, just as we'd hoped. The upstairs sliders
when completely open I called 'Our Movie Screen' The Caribbean
waters more beautiful then any we've seen. You met our needs in
every way! I am especially fond of your love of nature &
animals. Muchos Gracias Dan & Charlene G.
Doug & Twyla:
Loved it, Loved it, Loved it....... Gary & Kathy
Doug & Twyla, Our group of 13 found a new home on the Mayan
Riviera! Your staff and the house are top notch. We
could not have found a more peaceful breeze and yet when we were ready
to burn some calories - voila - a volleyball court! Often we
found that special touch in the design and layout of the grounds that
made the next event new and refreshing. Thanks for this
special place in our memories. Michael & Sheelah, April 23/05
Twyla: What a perfect vacation at perfect location - Wonderful
home, helpful staff - our family loved our time here. Bill and I
(Grandma & Grandpa) had lots of space to relax as well. Your
Mexican chefs were a real hit with everyone and the activities in the
villa kept everyone busy. Bill & Norah M
Twyla, Words are powerless to describe our week but suffice it
to say that your home and its' spirit greatly contributed to the
timeless memories that 14 best friends (7 couples) have just created.
This was a celebration of 25 years of friendship (and our 40th b-day)
and a great kick off for the next 25...... Sophie, giles, Pascalo,
Piel, Marie-Claude, Pete, Marie-Jo, Ti Claude, Ti Bud, Marie Claude
Dear Doug & Twyla, This is a fabulous home and we truly had a
vacation to remember. We fed the iguanas, walked the beaches,
played volleyball, ate, drank & slept. Margarita and her family
were wonderful as were your staff. Thank you for a wonderful
week. The Miltons, March 19/05
Dear Doug and Twyla: What a wonderful wedding we had!
Everything went so well. Thank for your help and hospitality.
The dive trips were awesome. Love you both Roli & Naz
Doug & Twyla,
Again thanks for everything. A house is just walls, the people
make it a home and Brisa Caribe is like 'home' - of course with much
better weather, diving, sunshine, et al. Loved Cafe del Mar and
Babes. Excellent recommendations.. The shop, boat captain
& helper, Mariano and Andres were awesome. Orlandos help in
finding a chiropractor for Dad was a godsend. And the cleaning
staff were so wonderful. Thanks for being awesome people and
creating such a wonderful vacation environment. Much love..
Carol, March 12/05
Dear Doug and Twyla,
We received the refund less the money for liquor. Thanks very much
for the ease in which this was handled. We had a wonderful visit
and the villa was all you said it would be and more. Our photos are
wonderful, but none do it justice. Hope this note finds you well
and you will be hearing from us again in the future. We loved the
area and the people also. We can't say enough about the whole
experience!! Thanks again, A VanAltena,
Hi Twyla, We just wanted
to say 'thanks' for having us as your guests at Brisa Caribe. Your
home is gorgeous, the location is perfect and the sunrise is nothing
short of breathtaking. We enjoyed every minute we spent there. Attached are a few of the photos Tony took on our dives, and a few
that we took during some early mornings. While I'm sure the images of
Puerto Aventuras above and below the surface of the ocean are keenly
etched in your mind, sometimes a photo may help to express that beauty
to those that have yet to experience it. Feel free to pass these on to
anyone who asks what there is to see there. MaryAnn & Tony
Pfeiffer, Nov. 20/04
& Twyla, It was tough coming back to snow after such a beautiful week.
I think I speak for the whole group when I say we thoroughly enjoyed
our stay. It can be difficult coordinating 10 people and keeping
everyone happy, but your villa made this easy. This
was our fourth year doing a group trip, and although we have stayed in
some great villas, your home was our favorite. You have thought of
everything to make a stay perfect. The beds were like sleeping in your
own, every amenity you would want was available. The computer with
internet access made communication with home easy. The stocked bar was
wonderful, I know it’s not easy keeping up with all the beer we
consumed, but Orlando did a great job. The ocean front location is
beautiful. I think I caught the sunrise every day (not sure why I was
up so early on vacation, but it was worth it). The rooftop bar was a
great place to gather at night before heading into town. One of the
best features was the proximity to the marina area. Our group liked
being able to walk to the shops and restaurants, not having to worry
about driving. This allowed people to do their own thing or catch up
with the group later without any hassle. We enjoyed diving with you
You have a great set-up at the villa to make this
convenient. I envy you two, to be able to go right out in front of the
villa to shore dive is so cool. We had a wonderful night dive there,
even if Shane was hanging on to Twyla the whole time. Our favorite
dive was the turtle dive. We saw more turtles (20+) on that dive than
in all previous dives combined. We hope to be back some day. Thanks
for your hospitality and sharing your fantastic home. Donna
Field Nov. 15, 2004
Dear Doug & Twyla, I set the alarm to watch the sun come up this
morning - our last. It has been a magical week and we are sad to
be leaving. We could not have chosen a more perfect place to
celebrate my Mom's 60th birthday. She's a strong, beautiful
woman who has worked hard to make us happy. This week in your
villa feels like exactly the right tribute to her. As anyone
who's moved around as much as we have knows, places are important, but
people make the experience. Roberto, Kim and Ali with Paradise
tours are terrific - charming people who made us feel welcome and
taught us a little bit about your area. Margarita, her sister
Isabela and her son Guillermo, prepared two fantastic meals for us.
Leon at Cafe del Mar entertained us with his dry humor and served us
some of the best ceviche and grilled fish we've ever eaten. And
you two made us feel welcome in your home. It's an incredibly
beautiful place, but you've made it extraordinary by making each room
a travel log of you adventures. It's been a treat to go room to
room and vicariously travel the world! We will talk
about this week for the rest of our lives...... thank you!
Jim & Fran, Christine, Bill, Alex & Lillian, Marty and Sara, Jay,
Cathy , Kevin and uncle Jack. Oct. 23/2004
My first visit to Mexico - What
a way to go - Or should I say 'Stay'!! Your home is beautiful
and so interesting with new discoveries each day. I will have a
difficult time topping this vacation. Relaxing here was so
easy. Gerry, Orlando and the rest of the staff added to the
charm. I also met many very nice people. Cafe - Cafe is
the place to go for the most wonderful deserts and the chicken
sandwich is yummy... Taco Paco's for fish tacos.. who would of
thought of fish in a tortilla? Friday night Sara and sisters
came to make Mexican dinner #3 - Wonderful tortilla soup is delicious
with flan completing the most tasty chicken and rice dish. I
hope to someday return.. Pat Condor July 31/04 PS: The
Omni has a great beach, pool and Pina Colada. Snorkeling there
was good as well.
would like to thank you and your staff for a wonderful week.
Words can't express the comfort and the at home feel this home has
given all of us. Jerry was outstanding as was the entire
staff. I wouldn't change anything. We will be back. Shawn
Jenkins July 24/04
Doug and Twyla,
recently returned from our 6th annual trip and I just wanted to drop
you little note about it. We rented an amazingly beautiful
villa just outside of Barcelona, Spain. 12 bedrooms, beautiful
pool and a view of the Mediterranean that was unsurpassed. Upon
arrival at this beautiful house we were awestruck and thought, wow, I
didn't think it was possible but this is even better than Brisa
Caribe. We were so wrong. One of the things that we
realized is that a beautiful building in a gorgeous setting is
worthless if the service is not there to back it up. At every
turn we found ourselves wishing that we had chosen to go back to
Brisa Caribe. It reminded us just how wonderful of a job the
two of you did and I felt you should know that a year later we are
still talking about your outstanding hospitality. I
think you may have spoiled us so bad that no place else can measure
have attached a link to the villa we rented this year. As you
can see, though it is beautiful, when it comes to hospitality it
might as well be a shack compared to Brisa Caribe and the impeccable
service that you provide.
sharing your place in Paradise with all 10 of us! This week was
all about spending a relaxing fun time with 'Great Friends'
Great friends that wanted to also celebrate our great
accomplishments. Our greatest accomplishment is that we have
all been married to our 'young loves' for greater than 30
So we came and believe us, we celebrated!! We left
the community only once and realized we did not need to do that
again. We truly enjoyed the community and its' charm.
PLACES TO GO:
Cafe Cafe: Mimi is delightful. Great sandwiches,
wonderful coffee and delicious deserts.
Jones Bar: Great drinks and satellite TV
Mediterrano: Great food, Great atmosphere
Cafe Ole International: Fabulous food
Again, it was just fabulous and we want to thank you for a great
chapter in our book of wonderful memories. The Bergs,
Camillis, Dixons, Toccos, Stanleys
Doug & Twyla, we had a WONDERFUL
vacation. I don't think in the 7 years that we have been taking
an annual vacation and renting a house that we've stayed in such a
beautiful house in such an excellent location. Thanks again for
your hospitality. M. Hagmann Feb. 17/04
no question about it, we've shared in a little piece of paradise this
week! This slice of heaven on earth will remain in our memories
for years to come. Thanks so much for being a wonderful
hostess and being a special part of our week. We look forward to
visiting again!!!! Steve & Patti Brie, Jan. 31/04
thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us, and as a bonus,
being so much fun! We will think of this place often and will
return when we can. Jill & Reg Dusing, Missouri, Jan.
Twyla, Thanks for all of your help during our fabulous vacation at
Brisa Caribe. Your home, the staff, the weather... wonderful in
every way. We are sorry we did not get to meet Doug. Our
first vacation in Mexico has been memorable and we hope to return with
our whole family. Your villa is just so perfect for a 'Grand
Vacation' Joan & Bob Lewis, Jan. 17/04
Doug & Twyla, we all
thoroughly enjoyed our week in "Paradise" This is a
fantastic villa. Exquisite design - the view and setting
breathtaking. We enjoyed the meals we had in also. The
design of the house made it unnecessary to use the air conditioning
which was nice because we could enjoy the fresh sea air. We'd
love to come back. Van Allens, Griffith, Jan. 10,2004
came! We conquered! We loved it! Brought our entire
group of kids plus 3 more. Ages 15-28. Can't imagine a
better Mayan experience! Beautiful, beautiful mornings -
gorgeous views day and night. Partied and relaxed on every
floor. Wowed everyone with villa experience Brisa Caribe
style! Thank you for all the warm friendship and perfect
hosting. Your staff is coming home with us. They spoiled
all of us. Plus the cook Tina was terrific - a delicious variety
of meals and a perfect way to enjoy the villa as a family. Could
keep writing but sadly must go. THANKS a Perfect 10. The
Tarant Family, Jan. 3/04
are 3 predominant words that reflect the overall feeling this week -
Paradise, Decadent, Fun! Everything was incredible. The
staff is amazing. The cooks are phenomenal. (make sure to
try several selections from the Mexican menu, as well as the
incredible villa allows for such great family closeness while we
played games, had amazing meals together, etc. Thanks for the
recommendation of Cafe-Cafe. Great lattes and brownies, and make
sure to try the vanilla shake. Mimi is as gracious as everyone
we have met this week.
you for what has turned out to be a vacation of a lifetime!
The O'Neil & Star families. Dec. 20/03
I don't even know how to begin
to describe my 50th birthday celebration at Brisa Caribe. It was a
combination of having the best of friends (eight women from around
North America) together at the same time in the most spectacular
location we could ever have imagined. This is a tough crowd to please
(not a follower among them -- all Type A's and critical as heck). But
there wasn't a single detail at Brisa Caribe that found fault. From
oohs and ahhs at the quality of the bed linens, to the realization
that pretty much every creature comfort had been anticipated --
even before we realized we wanted it (ie. watching a good movie
together, dancing in the moonlight to the great sound system, making
delicious group 'themed' meals in a fully-equipped kitchen). The
layout of the space was ideal for a group as there were at least a
dozen places to call one's own and no one ever felt crowded or as if
they couldn't just read or enjoy alone time. The location was perfect as well, being halfway down the coast. We
were very glad we'd rented a vehicle and used it to go on adventures
in the area each morning -- lagoons for snorkeling, ruins, remote
beaches, little shops, out-of-the-way restaurants -- then back to the
villa to relax and unwind. It was such a spectacular setting we never
left the premises at night. It was too much fun to be at Brisa Caribe.
No question, we'll be back. Doug and Twyla and their wonderful staff
have created an amazing home that just naturally generates a trunk
load of memories. I'm selfish. I want more in the future! Catherine
Winckler Dec. 6/03
has to be the best family vacation home in the Northern
Hemisphere. From the largest to the smallest, the details and
thought that went into making this home are incredible.
Thank you for the opportunity to stay in your home. We wish you
both continued happiness and luck. L. & H. McCall
Charlotte NC. Sept. 6/03
Doug & Twyla, What a vacation! Our heartfelt thanks to
you both, and to your staff for making our stay at Brisa Caribe so
enjoyable. The careful considerations you made when
designing the home simply blew us away. It was obviously built
to create a private oasis for relaxing and for making memories to last
guests a lifetime. We will never forget the honeymooners dancing
in the moonlight to the Rolling Stones on the rooftop deck, our 76
year old Grandma Sammie getting a tattoo in Playa, or our children
getting up in the morning to find 'kitty cat' The pool is
a work of art. How about a poolside jacuzzi next year? Our
hats off to you both. Fondly M & L Stump August
you, Thank you, Thank you! Our family travels from 3 states to
spend a week together every summer and this has been one of our best
trips yet! Your house is gorgeous and each & every luxury
was truly enjoyed. We all felt extremely pampered! PLUS the
staff was wonderful...We weren't really expecting to be treated like
royalty. All in All this has been a joyous vacation. THANK
YOU.. The Jenkin Family July 2003
thanks - your place was wonderful - sorry I didn't get to thank you
but we had an early flight back on Saturday. The pictures don't
do your home justice - it is simply beautiful. We had a great
time just relaxing on the beach and by the pool - I think that it is
the most relaxation that I've had since I can't remember when......... You and Twyla thought of everything - there wasn't anything that we
could have asked for that wasn't in the house. Thanks
again, D. Lare July 15/2003
a super time in your wonderful house. The attention to detail in
your home shows in every room. I know the dive trips were
everything hoped for. Our divers are really hooked.
Your house staff was always there. The cooking arrangement and
food were terrific. We look forward to another visit. Davis
& Scott Families July 5/03
& Twyla, Thank you for an absolutely 'FANTASTIC' holiday. It
was wonderful to see you both again and to see time hasn't grown us
apart. I hope we can return the favor one day soon and have you
both as our guests. Maybe in some exotic 'Hot Spot' instead of
at our home in the sandy deserts of Saudi Arabia. Once again
thank you for your hospitality. You have a fabulous villa with all and
more comforts of home. GREAT JOB/ FANTASTIC HOSTS. The
Armstrongs, Al-Khobar Saudi Arabia, June 21/03
Doug and Twyla: Once again, I
would like to say that everything was absolutely perfect.
You really do a fantastic job.
A real credit to both of you is the fact that after we left you
and checked into the Ritz Carlton in Cancun, every single one of us
said the exact same thing. “This
is great and the Ritz is beautiful but I would take Brisa
Caribe over the Ritz Carlton any day.”
That came from all 14 people.
Thanks again for a fantastic vacation and for the
fantastic dive trips. Twyla,
it was a real treat to have you as an instructor. R. Cromer,
NYC, May 24/03
so much for opening your beautiful Mexican villa to us this
week. There is certainly something magical about Puerto and we
are glad to have discovered your web site to lead us here!
Twyla- mucho gracias from Hugh and I - you are an awesome PADI
Instructor and we will leave Mexico with our diving
certifications. Thanks for the encouraging words and
patience. Doug- mucho gracias for the guided tour of Playa
and sharing some of your favorite places with us. We hope to be
back again. THANK YOU....... Twyla
& Doug- we enjoyed getting to know you. You truly made our
trip more enjoyable. The villa and landscape would have been
enough, but what really made the trip special was the various places
you recommended and shared with us (i.e. the Cave Bar, Babe's Noodle
House, the Cenotes for diving, Cafe del Mar, the little BBQ chicken
place in Tulum, etc.) You can imagine how many pictures we have-
we had 3 digital cameras going at once! We are probably going to
pick the best of the best and happy to share with you as you may be
able to use some on your website. We are already thinking
February or March for next year for a return visit. Tina & Hugh, Maggie & Charlie,
Renee & Mike, Staci & Kase, Partick & Michelle, May,
Doug, Twyla, & Staff:
A perfect week. The website gives only a glimpse of your
fabulous villa! We were all really beside ourselves upon
arrival. You should be so proud of this paradise you have
created. Twyla our wedding dinner was soooooooo
delicious..... the flowers beautiful.. As you know our two
families had not met prior to our wedding week...the villa was
absolutely the best place for a relaxing week for all of us to get to
know each other. The staff were pleasant, friendly, but also
often went unnoticed. You were excellent hosts with great
recommendations. We will return. Don & Laura. March
Doug & Twyla, thank you so much for
sharing your villa. It exceeded all of our
expectations. Our family had a fabulous time. The
cooks were wonderful and food awesome. We are taking so many
fabulous memories back to the States with us. The sounds, the
view, the sea salt smells, our senses ore over loaded. Brisa
Caribe is the perfect place for a family and we thank you so
much! L. DeMar, 6 brothers/sisters & their
spouses. March 8/03
We seven women have had a wonderful
week here. Each of you did your part to make us feel welcome and
at home here, although we can't say it is too tough to relax at this
gorgeous villa!! Your house is beautiful and we have thoroughly
enjoyed all of the artifacts and history/culture that it
embodies. What an unexpected luxury! Thanks for the great
referrals for massages, tours and cooks. Everyone could not of
been more professional or delightful. Thank you, Thank
you. J. St. Marie March 1/03
We celebrated two 50'th
Birthdays here. What a fabulous way to greet the half century
mark. Your house is perfect - Lots of space for everyone to find
their own unique little area, the view was breathtaking, watching the
full moon over the water was most romantic. The staff was very
nice and the food terrific. We thoroughly enjoyed our
vacation. Thank you for sharing your home - We'd love to visit
again. O'Connors and friends from Nebraska, Feb. 15/03
had a great time and the house was beautiful. I don't know what Twyla
does to the staff to keep them working that diligently? Maybe she
would like to take a shot at the 150 people I have working here! Larry
your administrator was a real help when he found Margarita and her
sister to do the cooking and shopping. I would highly recommend her.
p.s. This house is way too nice to rent. We would love to come back
Markel, Feb. 22/03
villa is more beautiful than the pictures showed. What a
wonderful way to share your years of travel with everyone. Your
staff could not of been more helpful or friendly. What a
wonderful week to celebrate my 60th birthday with family and
friends. We hope we can return again soon. Ron &
Sherrie N. Union Kentucky
a joy and pleasure to be in the most beautiful villa in Mexico!
We have had a great, memorable time with our good friends in your
home. Thanks you. Carl & Ann H. Florence
Mayans said " shade is heaven".... they'd never been to
Brisa Caribe!!! Thanks for a great week - even better than I had
hoped. T. Weishaar , Jan. 25.03
Dear Doug and Twyla, Good
morning from Colorado! Yes, it's COLD here! Our trip home
went smoothly, long, but smooth. After the depression and
disappointment of having to leave your wonderful home, we are
settled in and back to normal again. We
will miss the beach and your great personality. I wish we could
have gotten to know you both better, especially maybe doing some
diving. As I mentioned when we
arrived, your house is beautiful and we were all so in awe by it.
The internet does not do it justice! I will most definitely tell
my friends about it. We all had a
WONDERFUL time! One week is not nearly enough. The
Jefferson's, Nov. 29/02
would like to go home, sell our business & move back here.
Your home is wonderful. Every luxury is here. We can not
wait to come back this summer and bring our friends. Thank You! Rod
& Terri M., Atlanta, Nov 22/02
& Doug-you have created paradise and are absolutely fabulous at
sharing it! Your staff are amazing-Orlando is great! Thank
you for making this the best trip of our lives! Cindy and
Allan H, Beaverton Oregon, Nov. /02
absolute BEST time I have had in my 4 visits to Mexico! I will
be back most definitely. Thank you for creating this oasis of peace,
tranquility & fun (of course) Your unending hospitality and
love for this area have made this trip heads above the rest. A
big hats off to your staff. The hardest working, nicest people I
have met. Aimee & Kris B, Banks Oregon, Nov.
& Twyla, The hospitality and kindness that you love about the
Latin culture, you yourselves have displayed. All of the hard
work you've put into your home shows, and it is a pure joy to stay
here. Every detail we have noticed and appreciated! It was so
much fun visiting with you also! We wish you the very best &
will gladly recommend your home to our friends! Jaime
& Shelly A., Reno, NV. Nov. 9/02
and Doug, you guys have the most beautiful house ever! Thank you
so much. Dynette B, S. Carolina, Sept. 15/02
it! Great Place! Fun All Day -24x7 ! We hope to come back
next year! Barb Z, Tony L, Atalanta GA. Aug. 8/02
for everything! The house is beautiful and I really enjoyed my
room (Africa) The diving was great and I felt very comfortable
& safe with Twyla as our Dive Master. Thank you for a
wonderful vacation! I WILL see you again!!! Ami L,
New York, Aug. 8/02
everything! The house is gorgeous! You guys missed your
calling in design. Love the quality linens.
M,, Marietta Ga. July 6/02
can't express to you in words how wonderful the week was at Brisa
Caribe. My 50th birthday could not have been at a better place. Doug, you really made
us feel welcome. Maybe next time we will get to meet
Twyla. The staff was great! We fell in love with Larry and
Orlando. When you come to Atlanta, let's trade
places. Be Blessed Brenda L,
Atlanta Ga. July 6/02
this is a beautiful place. I especially enjoyed the view,
poolside and the roof. I'm glad that my first experience
in Mexico was at Brisa Caribe, however, I will have a hard time if I
ever go back to Mexico and have to stay some place else. Your
staff was very nice and pleasant. It was a pleasure meeting you and Larry. You do have a paradise there.
Thank you again for everything and your patience when you took us
grocery shopping. Marie S., Atlanta Ga. July 6/02
house staff and grounds are wonderful. Bernice Hunter
you for hosting a wonderful vacation for us. Your place
exceeded our expectations which were high to begin with. I
know you have asked for suggestions but I am having a hard time
coming up with any. You seem to have worked out the details
very well. Gary M. June 16/2002
A lovely, comfortable
place to spend a week relaxing with our friends. Thank you for
all the care and thoughtfulness you've obviously put into the villa.
Neike & Margaret B., Sierra Madre CA.
The place is wonderfully
designed, warm, comfortable and interesting. It reflects your
travels and appreciation for other cultures. We loved the
hospitality! Graciela & Bill G.
Linda and Peter B., Pasadena CA. June 2002
A wonderful vacation! Thanks for all of the hard work and
planning. Karin and Steve M.
Today is such a
hectic and busy world. This great villa was the perfect
hide-away to relax!! Doug and Twyla you both are the perfect
hosts. It takes people like you to make such a place a Great
Success. Good Luck to you Always. Larry &
Jennifer T., Lake Charles La. June 9/02
Thanks for the
Honeymoon and when we get married we may be back! We had a
wonderful time @ XEL-HA snorkeling and diving. Love the
architecture of your place. You did an excellent job. Tim
C. & Tamara B., Lake Charles La.
We thoroughly enjoyed
our week at the villa. Thanks for the wonderful hospitality!
Looking forward to returning! Len & Julie F., Lake Charles
Doug & Twyla,
Thank you so much for sharing your little piece of Heaven with us. We thought it was wonderful and hope that one day we can come back.
Twyla, Thanks for your patience in taking me down on my first dive, it
was GREAT! Alan K. & Sheila O., Lake
Charles La. June 9/02
This place is
beautiful! You've anticipated our every need. Thank you so much
for a fantastic vacation. Dave & Jean B., Lake
Charles La. June 9/02
This is such a
beautiful place. We have had a great time. It has been so
much to discover and appreciate all of your beautiful art and
furniture. Thank you. Bud & Helen C., Portland
Oregon May 24/02 (part
of the 'cyclopath' group from CA)
Thank you so much for the amazing Wedding
location and holiday!!! We will always remember our time
here and look forward to returning some day. Judy and Brad
Alberta Canada, May 5/02
package was better than ever expected. Kids loved it. We
loved it! We'll be back! Good Luck and cheers to you both.
Beck & Chris
F., Denver Colorado March 23/02
for the great adventure. Your villa is wonderful and we all appreciated
being able to share the experience. We hope to see you again. You are
welcome to have anyone contact me who wants a recommendation.
Happy diving! David Carr, President, Oak Value
Capital Management Inc. Durham North Carolina March 16/02
Doug & Twyla. This is by far the best
vacation we have ever had. You two make it happen. The dive was great
and Friday night at the party was super. We love your house. Thank you
for sharing your collection of treasures. Will see you again next year.
Marty & Di W. Wyoming USA. Jan. 26/02
Marvelous house, great people!
John & Pat V., Overland Park KS.
Beautiful Place! So relaxing – we’ll be back!! Dave & Jan
C., Quitman, Texas Jan. 26/02
Maureen & Scott
G., Moscow Idaho
Doug & Twyla, The beauty of this heavenly spot was made
extra special by you and your wonderful hospitality. Your are special people
in a special place and we thank you for sharing it with us. Good luck in
your first year and we will see you next January!. Thanks again, Maureen
Thank you, Twyla and Doug, for a wonderful
holiday. I did not get to say goodbye to either of you but wanted you to
know that we really appreciated your ongoing assistance, for introducing
Nick and I to diving and especially for entrusting your magnificent
house to us. We loved every minute of our holiday. I am sure you will be
glad to have the house to yourselves again - I really hope we were not
have very fond memories
of the dive I took and both Nick and I look forward to diving with you
again some day. With every blessing for the New Year-
Mary, Mark, Nick and Zara
Georgia, Christmas & New Year 2002
"Beyond spectacular, choice vacation destination"
Yvonne D., Vernon BC Canada, Oct. 2001,
"Brisa Caribe is paradise beyond enjoyment! Thanks for all the
great memories" Beau & Cindy Faust, Seattle
Wa. Oct 2001,
"What can we say. When we first arrived you asked us for feedback
and any improvements we could think of. You have it covered!"
Gary & Sharon S., Edmonton AB Canada, Nov 2001,
"A true jewel of the Mayan Riviera. Stunning view, excellent
diving, wonderful place - everything is covered. You truly have done
an outstanding job." Dave G., Calgary AB Canada, Nov 2001,