First I would like to address the ONE poor review by saying that there are TWO clear "reception" signs by where you drive in and park and another sign if you are walking in from the beach. I will post pictures of these so you have real proof. If the person who reviewed this place poorly was looking for a "Las Vegas-style" neon sign, or if they could not find the "R" in the word RECEPTION, then maybe they missed it. I cannot believe this AMAZING place with INCREDIBLE staff has even one negative review. I also found our room to be to a 5 star standard of clean and we are meticulous people.
Mike and Lucrecia were beyond generous with all they did for our trip! From the dozens of emails to both of them, asking every question about food, what to bring, every moment of our wedding planning, and more, they went above and beyond to exceed our expectations!! We booked one of the little suites attached to the main reception area (which was perfectly comfortable) and Mike started off by upgrading us to the Harmony Garden Villa!!! If we had known how spacious and "worth it" the Harmony Villa was, we would have booked that to begin with. The entire living space is air conditioned, glass walls/windows, private, secure, and AMAZING!! We will definitely book that villa when we return!
Lucrecia did SO much for us. We do not speak fluent Spanish, so she booked our rental car to be dropped at the airport for us and sent me a confirmation email!! Also, she did many extras for our wedding with flowers, changed the time (with the photographer Alex and the Lawyer also) to an hour later (to coordinate with sunset), and made us a little wooden sign with our names on it that we brought home! This doesn't even begin to tell you all of the effort that she and the other ladies gave us for our perfect day! Lucrecia even took my camera and did a little work of her own to capture the wedding for me. Of course we had the professional photographer as well, but his pictures have not arrived yet.
The grounds of RPV are private, safe, and made us feel like we made the best choice in town! We stopped at a few other places to compare our choice to other nice looking resorts that we saw online and we were BY FAR in the best location and resort in town! Right next to the RPV is Roca Mar restaurant which is not on Trip Advisor yet, but we ate there 4+ times, including our wedding dinner. Delicious food each time and the BEST, cheapest mojitos in town!!
Lucrecia booked a surf lesson with "Mick" for us and I highly recommend it at least once! We tried to book him again and he was full so book in advance. He told us where to go, how to navigate the local waves, gave us confidence to get out in these huge waves on our own, and the best size board for us. We visited three other beaches north and south of our location and found that every single day our beach right at our resort was the most consistent and best waves for us!
It only rained once during our stay and it gave us a little down time that we needed to shop, look around town, and rest for more surfing! The smell of flowers leading to our villa was enchanting, the dogs and cat were my buddies (my now husband is allergic and they did not invade his space too much so do not worry if you are not a dog lover). The only scare we had was ALL of the power went out one night for about 5 minutes (no lights as far as we could see) and immediately the security was all over the grounds with a flash light. We felt very safe at RPV and the adjoining bar/restaurant next door was a quick, safe walk at night when we wanted to get out! I highly recommend this place for any type of beach vacation! If all of this information seemed chaotic, it is because I have so much to say about this place that I could barely get it all in here. Feel free to email me if you would like more information about our stay. The ladies also recommended a couple of local sodas to eat at that look a bit scary, but were just the BEST hidden treasure!!! Jacque@workmail.com
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Red Palm Villas Hotel Santa Teresa
- The Red Palm Villas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa