In June, I stayed with Andy, the owner, at Surf Vista Villas for 2 weeks.
Was done via e-mail and PayPal as a 50 % deposit was required to secure the reservation. Andy was quick to respond, everything went smoothly and reliable.
Surf Vista Villas has an amazing view from its hillside location in the middle of the jungle which is perfect to enjoy the sunsets.
I initially planned to stay in Santa Teresa for a month and requested quotes from about 20 places. Surf Vista Villas offered the best rate for a long term stay.
Surf Vista Villas is actually Andy's house which he built for himself with additional apartments he rents out. He designed and built the house himself which explains the great architecture and the house's features such as "real" hot showers.
At the same time this means it is not a hotel or service apartment so it doesn't offer any of the services you'd usually expect. It had rather the feeling of staying with a friend's friend.
If Andy is around he's happy to help out but 75 % of the time he's gone surfing or going about his own business around town which sometimes makes it hard to get a hold of him if you need anything or have a question.
Surf Vista Villas is located at the northern part of Santa Teresa where it's a bit more quiet and there are fewer restaurants and stores. It's a 45 minute walk to the center of Malpais/Playa Carmen.
The place itself is located up the hill with a private access road. It is very, very steep (approx. 45 degree angle) and a motorized vehicle is a must, not just recommended as stated on the website. By foot it takes you about 15 minutes to walk up the hill and you'll be dripping with sweat when arriving at your room. You better not forget anything as you don't want to make the trip more than twice a day.
Was unspectacular and quick. Andy was there to say hello, showed me my room and gave me my key. It would have been nice if he had taken a bit more time to show me around and explain where everything was, the kitchen, laundry room but the place is not the big so you can figure everything out yourself.
Think surf bachelor without a cleaning service. The house and apartments aren't dirty but aren't really clean either. My apartment's floor had been swept, however, only the visible place. Behind the fridge, below the table, chair and bed it was still dusty and you could find the occasional dead bug.
My bathroom seemed to not had been cleaned in while as the former tenant's empty shower gel bottle was still on the shelve. Also, spiders and a mouse seemed to have made it their new home.
The outdoor kitchen's equipment was also full of spiderwebs so I assume the apartment or at least kitchen hadn't been used and cleaned in a while.
I recommend to stay at Surf Vista Villas for a few days for its great view and peaceful atmosphere under the condition that you have a vehicle, don't expect high end service and don't mind the occasional bug.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Santa Teresa Surf Vista Villas is a new resort consisting of five luxury villas all with panoramic ocean/wave views. Each villa is complete with a fully equipped kitchen, large bathroom with hot water, a/c, new beds with posturpedic mattresses, ceiling fans, wireless capability and a huge deck with breathtaking views. Sunsets can't be seen from a better location and mornings are peaceful and serene with daily visits from exotic birds and howler monkeys. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Santa Teresa Surf Vista Villas Costa Rica