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Villas by Tekoa
4.0 of 5 Villa   |   Playa Dominicalito, Dominical, Costa Rica   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Of the 3 places we stayed at during our recent Costa Rica trip, our Villa by Tekoa was the best--excellent coastal views, rainforest just outside the many windows and high quality construction. Our tastefully appointed villa was a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath complete with a full kitchen, laundry and private swimming pool. Everything was spotless and in good working order (well, almost everything--more on that later).... The AC worked perfectly and the ceiling fans in every room were a definite plus.

Our 2 young boys loved the swimming pool. As another reviewer mentioned, the pool is a bit small, but for our needs, it was fine... Plus, it was nice to cool off after a day of hiking and zip lining!

Location is great.....Dominical town is only 5 minutes away. Alex, our very friendly concierge, was very helpful in giving us advice on what to do in the area.

Overall, i highly recommend staying at one of the Tekoa Villas. There were a couple issues however: the TV didn't work properly, though, it didn't matter much because of the setting of the property and us being out much of the day. Both beds were comfortable, but they were only full sized, not queens. This might seem trivial, but if i spent the $$$$ to own one of these villas, i'd get queens--end of story. Also, even though it had a full kitchen, the owners (or management company?) didn't provide dishwashing soap or dishwasher soap. Also, no shampoo was provided, though full sized bars of bath soap were (luckily i took some shampoo from a previous resort). Again, this might sound trivial, but for people who do a lot of self-catering, it would have been nice to not have to worry about such things, especially for international travelers. Most self-catering properties that we've stayed at provide these basic essentials. Also, be aware: the gravel road leading up to the villas is VERY STEEP and rough in parts----a 4WD is recommended.

In conclusion, overall, the Villas by Tekoa are awesome. I would not hesitate to stay there again (except next time, i'll bring dish soap!)....

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2009

If you like Hawaiian coast-like views, birds galore, and complete quiet and escape from the rat race...we cannot imagine a better spot on earth. My wife and I took a gamble staying here as this is still a relatively remote area (one of its key draws for us) and online reviews are scarce. But after 24 hrs to decompress, we fell in love with the unimaginable beauty of the area, the slow pace of life, the warm local culture, and just taking in the sights. We have already booked a return for December. The location is amazing with rainforest-covered mountains rising straight from the beaches. The villas themselves surpassed our expectations in terms of cleanliness, luxury and comfort - we stayed in Canto del Mar villa #29, it had every modern convenience including full A/C, full service kitchen (US style granite counters, fridge, etc), two bedrooms plus a futon, three bathrooms, satellite TV, washer/dryer and a great deck overlooking the Pacific ocean. We opted not to get the unit with the "pool" and I am glad we didn't spend the extra money because the pool I saw in the unit next door was nothing more than a outdoor tub, and we used the extra patio space when we had a sunset wine party with some of the neighboring renters. We were also literally minutes from a string of stunning beaches (monkeys in the palm trees right on the beach, cave formations and islands right off the shore, etc), so were in the water every morning and again at dusk. My wife also truly loved waking up to the sights and sounds of toucans, hummingbirds and a two-toed sloth on the tree right outside our window! On top of it all, we had a shocking diversity (considering that you are literally in the jungle) of good bars and restaurants - including an outdoor cafe run by a French couple (Exotico), local flavors in a cool/artsy space (Citrus), an Italian restaurant run by a Dutchman (Confusione?) and even a happy hour bar perched high in the jungle with amazing sunset views and $1 beers and $4 pizzas (the Jolly Roger, run by a former radio DJ from Pittsburgh). Worth mentioning that the Tekoa management team was very helpful acting as our concierge for restaurants, canopy tours, horseback rides, and a snorkeling trip. Our only negative comments - the development is still undergoing some construction, and you absolutely need 4 wheel drive to get around the area as some of the roads are steep. Overall, an unforgettable vacation and a place unlike anywhere we have been before - we will be back soon.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Dominicalito, Dominical, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villas by Tekoa 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Minutes away from the beach and immersed in the tropical jungle are the Villas by Tekoa - a unique, luxury lodging experience that allows visitors to embrace the natural surroundings, while enjoying the amenities of a first-class vacation resort. ... more   less 
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