This place is absolutely gorgeous. The infinity pool is even better than in the pictures, with generous lounge chairs, an excellent grill, large deck and dining table. The under cover kitchen/living area is well laid out for a group, with many attractive, comfortable places to enjoy the expansive view of the sea and sound of the surf. Palm trees and flowers abound and if relaxing in the hammock here this doesn’t feel like paradise, I don’t know what does.
Even better, guests here are cared for by one of the best customer service experts I have ever encountered. Javier can fix you up with all the adventures you desire, at reasonable prices and to fit your schedule. He seems to know everyone.
We opted for snorkeling at Isla Tortuga, zip-lining at Montezuma and ATV exploration, and recommend all three. There are many others. He can get you fresh seafood off the boat, take you shopping, find take-out food, recommend and take you to restaurants in St. Teresa, and ensure that minor repairs get made almost immediately. He can set up a beautiful dinner for you cooked at your house, and we highly recommend this treat. His local knowledge and expertise turned our nice week into a fantastic one, and if you are considering this rental, double check that he will be available during your visit.
Having said this, please note that I give this five star rating because of how much I enjoyed my stay. We were a family of six adults used to wide variety of accommodations, and I recognize that this beautiful place might not be for everyone. The bedrooms are simply furnished in a sparse beach style and the two smaller ones are in a separate house with no view. Steep drop offs make this unsuitable for those with small children. Internet access works for only two devices at time, so the wifi happy must take turns. The living area is all outdoors, and you sometimes share your space with various other life forms. A dishwasher would have helped that situation. The sea breezes do fail and the overhead fans aren’t always up to the job, especially during midday. A few big room fans would have made a world of difference.
Also note that the this is one of many private homes on the grounds of a hotel that is not friendly. We were prohibited from using their poorly kept and seldom used tennis courts, even when we offered to pay and to book our usage in advance. Guests in private homes also cannot use or rent the hammocks on the beach, visit the hotel’s lookout point, and so on. Our response was to never eat or drink at the hotel either, and we were fine with that.
So why a full five stars? I’ve been blessed to stay at places that were more lavish, and to go on cruises and to resorts that have offered me far more planned entertainment. Yet this gorgeous place, with its amply privacy, time to relax and its many pick and chose local adventures, provided a vacation that left me smiling, and feeling more refreshed and relaxed than any I have ever taken.
We stayed here with our 5 year old twins and had a fabulous vacation! The house has stunning views, the grounds are beautiful, the Howlers are LOUD - which is really fun- the pool is great, the beach is very nice, but not a swimming beach especially for little ones....I can't think of a negative comment. Judy and Javier who manage/concierge for the property were incredible! They helped us with tours, shopping, rides, called to check on us - such wonderful people! The WiFi worked great - but really who needs it - The outdoor/open air living space was a new experience for our five year olds. We had a blast looking for star constellations - not many places that you can see the Southern Cross and the Big Dipper - here you can! The kitchen has more than adequate items for cooking. Head to the town dock before 11am to get fresh fish. We ate two nights at Vista Hermosa and it was outstanding! Tortuga Island tour was very fun for the girls, goat farm tour, and the ZipLine in Montezuma. You have wonderful people caring for your property!
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I traveled to Costa Rica in November with my husband and some single friends. We stayed at this beach house for 4 nights during our trip.
The house house was wonderful! We loved the open living area and kitchen, but the infinity pool and pool deck was really the highlight of the trip.
Once we got to the house, the location and the view was so relaxing that we cancelled any plans we had and just stayed at the house at the pool or in the rocking chairs on the living room/deck and relaxed for almost the entire time.
We were met at the airport by Judy the house manager, who took us to the house and made us feel like celebrities arriving!
The Tango Mar resort is just a short walk through the jungle from the house. We walked on the beach each day and took a lovely hike to a waterfall. We ate almost every meal at the house, and had someone come in to cook dinner one night, which we arranged when we got there. It was very affordable and wonderful to have someone cook and clean up!
I had been to Costa Rica around this time of the year before, but we were surprised by how deserted the resort was. It was like a ghost town. The restaurant by the pool was closed, and we hardly saw anyone around at all. We met one couple staying at the restaurant and one woman who lived in another house on the Tango Mar property full-time. But, otherwise, it was deserted.
The only downside of the house was that we just didn't read closely enough to realize that the 3 bathrooms were all en suite in the bedrooms and the person staying in the 4th bedroom would have to walk through someone else's room to get to a bathroom.
That was more difficult since we were a group of adult singles and couples - not a family staying together. It was manageable, but not ideal, and the only reason that I'm not giving the house the full 5 stars.
But, overall, we LOVED the house and had a wonderful trip!! It reminded me of the place we stayed for our honeymoon in the Caribbean, but for only about a fifth of the price.
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