Villa Andalucia Bed and Breakfast is a charming, one-of-a-kind, spectacular place that Gary & Jolene put their heart & soul into. They can provide both an exciting adventure stay or a relaxing one from your daily life. Gary & Jolene can likely share with you the best place to go for just about anything. Maria, their maid is a wonderful cook, her meals are just divine to wake up to. Sitting by the pool having fresh Costa Rican coffee, enjoying the setting, scenery and listening to the wildlife is spectacular. Whether it be relaxing on the hammock reading a book, or going for a swim in their pool, or enjoying a delicious meal at one of the several restaurants nearby-- there is never a dull moment. We went on a couple of adventures with their son Brooks who's an excellent and caring and scholarly instructor. Surfing with him, and then going out on the boat fishing and snorkeling was a blast. We caught a huge Dorado (approx. 35 lbs.) with him on our fishing adventure. He then filleted it, put it in a ice chest and brought it back to our room for us. Later that evening, we all went out to dinner and ate freshly-caught Mahi-Mahi prepared by an excellent chef at Ttiki (....a wonderful open-aired restaurant just down the road.) It was seasoned perfectly and absolutely delicious ! What a way to end our excursion out with eating what we had caught, to then sink ourselves into a comfy couch, and sleep on a great mattress with soft sheets. Villa Andalucía has all the amenities you can ask for and is tastefully decorated in a mood-setting Costa Rican motif.
Their home is also at such a great location being so close to gorgeous sandy beaches, many shops, great restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores. There are several car rentals offices down the road but it's not necessary to rent unless you want to explore further out. We only rented a car for a day to venture further north and south, and that was plenty for us....You easily can save the expense of a rental car as everything is right there. Next time, however, we've decided we would stay first in Tamarindo for a couple days, then drive to Nicaragua and then to Arenal back to Tamarindo.
Overall, this place is truly just plain wonderful ! We've stayed at several VRBOs before and this one takes the cake. If something should happen to go wrong, they are right there to help you or steer you in the right direction. With all the years experience they have in real estate, they know what they're talking about and love helping others. Most of all, they truly enjoy the reward of seeing their guests satisfied. And, we really appreciated that. We did as we were suggested to do by them and never was disappointed. We both are particular about eating out and all their suggestions were on point. For those who wish to maximize their time together and want to create a memorable vacation, I highly recommend visiting Gary & Jolene in Tamarindo! Who knows, one day we might be neighbors ?!
Thank you to Gary, Jolene, Brooks & Maria.
Christina & Joe
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Andalucía is an elegant Colonial home in Tamarindo that has 2 private Casitas and a suite in the main house available. This romantic getaway was inspired by the classic Colonial Homes of Spain and Nicaragua. Nestled in a private, quiet neighborhood of Tamarindo, Villa Andalucía is a 5 minute walk or a quick bike ride to shopping, restaurants, and the beautiful white sand beach of Tamarindo. A delicious breakfast is served M-F by Maria. There is maid service M-S and an onsite staff to assist you with tours and restaurant recommendations. We have a private surf instructor who also does snorkel tours, spear fishing lessons and romantic beach day tours by boat. Transportation to and from the Liberia airport can also be arranged by us. We hope to have you as our guest soon! ... more less