Being a terribly jaded American, I was skeptical when booking this vacation. I had heard many News reports of misrepresentation and scams in Costa Rica. Feelings I am now ashamed to admit. I apologize to you, Yateem!
From day one Yateem, the Manager, promptly, and graciously answered every email prior to our arrival. He arranged for Transfers to and from the Airport, and an ATV rental for our 8 day stay. All of which I paid for in advance. I had Daydreamed about the perfect 25th Anniversary vacation. My wildest dreams failed in comparison to what was actually delivered by Red Palms Villas.
Upon landing in Costa Rica, we were bombarded with at least 30 screaming Taxi drivers looking for a fare. Standing quietly was Martin, holding a sign " our name... Red Palms Villas". My Husband pointed to him in the crowd. We were quickly greeted with a huge smile, and escorted to our awaiting Van. He was very personable and willing to provide us with anything we wanted. Stopping for drinks, bathrooms, food, groceries, and wildlife along the way. He was a wealth of information on Costa Rican history, life and wildlife (more like a personal Tourguide). Martin pointed out Red Palm Villas from the road atop the hill. The grounds literally took my breath away! The moment we parked, we were greeted by the Recptionist, smiling and gathering our bags with Martin. We were escorted to our Villa. The exact, beautiful Villa shown on the Red Palms website. She gave us a tour of the entire Estate, and pointed out our ATV parked in front of our Villa. Everything was exactly as depicted on the Red Palms website. If anything, their description is somewhat understated. The grounds and the Villas were immaculately maintained. Our sparkling clean Villa greeted us with 6 gorgeous, exotic bouguets of flowers (refreshed daily throughout our stay) and a bottle of French Champagne chilling on ice. A gift from Mike, the owner, for our 25th Anniversary.
The next morning we walked next door to Milarepa for breakfast. A two minute walk across the spectacular gardens and beachfront. The food was extremely fresh and delicious. The welcoming staff asked if we were staying at Red Palms. Our friendly, well behaved escorts, and guides, Ceiba, Kaia and Cisco (RPV's dogs) gave us away. We were immediately invited to enjoy the pool anytime we liked. After breakfast we returned to RPV to find our footprints had magically disappeared. Every path was raked clean. Not a leaf out of place or a wilted flower remained. We were mesmerized by thousands of flowers, dozens of palms, Howler Monkeys in the trees overhead and the Ocean lapping at our heels. My Husband stated 'WOW! The garden smells wonderful! It's like you're sitting inside a Honeysuckle!" I though it can't get better than this. To my suprise, it did. Our Villa was exploding with flower blossoms lining every inch of the kitchen counters, dining table, coffee table, and our bed...WOW! I was speechless when I saw the masterpiece the Housekeepers created on our bed. Rows, and rows of tiny blossoms perfectly aligned around the entire bed, framing a beautiful, heartshaped centerpiece made out of bath towels and even more flowers...AMAZING! Our villa was spotless once again. All dishes washed and put away, every tile indoors, and out cleaned to perfection.
Yateem and Lucretia (reception) were readily available to arrange anything our hearts desired. Even if all we desired was enjoying the peace and tranquility of the absolutely glorious private estate, Everyone respected our privacy, yet were close at hand should we want for anything. Maps, tours, information, recommendations of activities, and restaurants were all delivered with a smile. Laundry, if needed, neatly folded and returned later that afternoon. I was truly in heaven! I highly recommend the Private Chef. A five course meal prepared in your villa. A truly decadent experience. Everyone providing services for Red Palms has a long standing relationship with them. Each one, honest, courteous, and completely professional.
My advice. Relax, and let Yateem arrange everything for you in advance. You will not be disappointed! Credit Cards and Travelers Checks are not readily accepted in Santa Teresa. It was worth it to me to pay for as much as I could in advance, despite the Paypal fee, to limit the amount of cash we had to carry while traveling. Yateem delivered everything he promised, and beyond!
Each evening we would sit in the loungers on the beach for a nightcap. If the dogs barked, the Security Guard would appear in seconds to make sure we were safe, and undisturbed. He would then magically disappear, just as our footsteps disappeared by morning. The pride exhibited by Mike, Yateem, and the entire staff was evident through every maticulous detail of the lavishly beautiful estate. We felt like we were staying with friends or family. Greeted by a warm hug from Lucretia when we returned "HOME" from our afternoon ATV excursions. Such a welcoming personalized atmosphere.
Red Palms Villas is by far the most beautiful, intimate property in all of Santa Teresa. From the Villas, to the gardens, to the beachfront, nothing else I saw could even come close.
To Mike, Yateem and the entire staff of Red Palms, Thank you ALL so very much for making our 25th Anniversary the GREATEST vacation and absolute BEST memories of our entire lives!
We consider each of you as our friends.
Jim & Sydnie
Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Also Known As:
- Red Palm Villas Hotel Santa Teresa
- Red Palm Villas Hotel
- The Red Palm Villas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the beach, private, awesome views, #1 honeymoon villas and suites, full service.A 24 hour front desk.Daily housekeeping included in the room rate.Private bathroom for each unit.If there is a minimum-stay requirement, it must be no more than 3 nights. ... more less