We just returned from our stay in Santa Teresa at Casa Don Tomas. The cabin is very comfortable and charming, full of wall murals and clean and comfy beds. It is as expected at the shore in Costa Rica (I am Costarrican), some things get rusty due to the salt. But all in all, we found everything we needed and had a great time.
(I read the last review and found it exaggerated and ill meaning. For example: 1. Tsunami warning, nowhere in Costa Rica will you find that. 2. Potable water: nowhere in Santa Teresa should you drink water from the tap, always buy bottled, and this isn't Don Tomas' fault, 3. I have found scorpions in my house in San José, at fancy hotels and anywhere near the coast, this is part of the charm of coming to the Tropic, 4. We had a few problems with the internet connection, nut as soon as we reseted the router, it worked again, I had a Skype job interview, and the connection was perfect for that). The house needs some tiny repairs but nothing that would prevent me from coming again. The swimming pool was amazing, always with sun and some parts with shade from the trees so that we could enjoy with our baby the whole time without worrying about being in direct sunlight and getting sun burned, but able to sun tan too. It looks straight to the beach (which is no more than 30 seconds walking from the house). The bedrooms are very comfortable, Don Tomas even found us a baby crib because we were travelling with our small baby. It would easily fit 6 people (2 adults and a child in each room) as it has a double bed and a single in each bedroom).
Chepita is an ANGEL! She manages and takes care of anything and everything and always has time to smile and be charming. She is a bomb of energy and is there for anything we needed. She even had coconut water for us while we were at the pool! Don Tomas is very charming and easy to talk to, he had many good recommendations for us and knows the area well, he pointed us to the new bakery which was very good. Also to some nice places to eat.
All in all, Santa Teresa has everything we needed, restaurants, many supermarkets, bank and pharmacy, so, no need to go anywhere else! Bring cash because almost no restaurant or cafe, or shop will take them (not even at the closest gas station), but supermarkets take cards. There is an ATM at the crossing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amid the tropical forest but just a few walking steps from the ocean, Caa Don Tomas enjoys the privacy of its three acres property. It is gated, fully fenced and landscaped with abundant gardens with thousands of flowers and thick grass lawn including a wide variety of tropical hardwood trees, Croatian, bamboo, bougainvillea, amapolo, cactus, cocos, various palms, lemons and guava trees, plumerias, and flowering tropical plants such as hibiscus, jasmine, heliconias, bromelias, tabacones and more. Howler Monkeys, White faced Monkeys, iguanas, squirrels, racoons and parakeets are just a few of the creatures you may see and hear right from your terrace. This two bedroom, two bathroom, swimming pool beachfront villa is located right on the beach, directly in front of the best beach break in all of Santa Teresa - Mal Pais area and in the most pristine white sandy beach of the tranquil and exclusive North-end Santa Teresa, a quiet and exclusive residential neighborhood a little bit over 1 km from the center of town and close to award winning and internationally renowned boutique hotels and restaurants such as Latitude 10, Flor Blanca and Milarepa. Top model Gisele Bundchen's home overlooks Playa Santa Teresa and Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are but a few celebrities that are frequent visitors to this piece of paradise. Casa Don Tomas borders to the North with architectural magnificent Casa Yin Yang and to the South with another great home: Sandy Lane. The combination of location, ambiance and beauty makes Casa Don Tomas in North-end Santa Teresa, the natural choice. A long driveway that extends from the gate to a large circular private parking area located just off the entry to Casa Don Tomas takes you inside the Estate grounds. Casa Don Tomas comes with a wireless Internet connection, a full kitchen, refrigerator, stove, oven, coffee maker, blender, large electric griddle, cloth washer and dryer are available as well as a safe to store valuables. Daily maid service is included, except on Sundays at no extra charge. Josefa the house keeper will sweep the house, make the beds, do dishes and tidying up the place so that you can relax, feel comfortable and take a break from house chores. The two bedrooms of Casa Don Tomas are a/c with ceiling fans. Each bedroom has a double and a single bed. There is a sofa-bed in the living room area that sleeps two additional guests. Need more sleeping area? In addition to the two bedrooms forthmentioned a separate bungalow with a double and two single beds, ceiling fan, private bathroom, refrigerator and a fully equipped kitchenette, will give you the option of lodging 4 additional guests and can be made available as part of the rental for an additional fee. Casa Don Tomas has free wide band Internet connection, local telephone calling. Incoming long distance calls are allowed and International calling can be made from the house using a pre-paid phone card ready available in all the stores in Santa Teresa. Casa Don Tomas employs a full time groundskeeper and cleaning staff to attend to your needs. No other house in North Santa Teresa has a swimming pool with the view and the proximity to the ocean shore as Casa Don Tomas. Swimming pool is for the exclusive use of guests of Casa Don Tomas only. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Don Tomas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa