We recently had our weddingmoon at Red Palms Villas and it was dreamlike! We loved everything about the Red Palms especially their staff which was very accommodating and treated us like royalty. We started our stay in the Harmony Villa and ended it in the Honeymoon Villa. Both villas were amazing!
The Harmony Villa is set in the middle of a beautiful garden with plenty of room to relax in a stunning sunroom area. It’s so peaceful! When we arrived waiting for us was a fruit basket, champagne, and delicately placed flower petals with 2 towel swans forming a heart on the bed. Very romantic! These are the types of things that the Red Palms does that make it stand out from the other places we stayed at in Costa Rica. I thought it was a little different and liked the fact that the bathroom in the Harmony Villa is outside. Don’t worry though, it’s no outhouse; the path to reach it is covered and it has a regular toilet, sink, and shower. The howler monkeys liked to jump on the roof of the shower while we were in there.
The Honeymoon Villa is the king of villas though. It is a 2 story villa right on the beach surrounded with breathtaking views. It has the best of both worlds: an air-conditioned bedroom downstairs to cool off in and an open air upstairs bedroom where you can fall asleep to the sound of the ocean. Two of the highlights of the villa are the huge covered patio area where we liked to relax at night and an extraordinary ocean view open air mosaic tiled shower. The Honeymoon Villa was definitely the nicest place we stayed in Costa Rica and looking back we really wish we would have booked it for longer.
The location of the Red Palms is probably our favorite thing about the place. The whole time we were there we pretty much had the beach to ourselves. Our main mode of transportation around town was an ATV that the Red Palms had the rental place drop off for us. Renting an ATV made just cruising around town fun. Santa Teresa and Mal Pais have nice little downtown areas that are right down the road from the Red Palms. Erik, the Red Palms GM, arranged a number of activities for us and helped us with where to go and what to see. Our favorite place we went was the Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary, a habitat that rescues injured animals and nurses them back to health, where we got to hold baby howler monkeys. Our favorite activity was the zipline in Mal Pais. The zipline operators made it a lot of fun and it has some incredible views. The Cabo Blanco Hike was a little strenuous in the heat, but the breathtaking beach at the end made it worth our struggles. The Montezuma Waterfalls are worth a visit and a perfect place to cool off after the ATV ride there.
Having our wedding at The Red Palms was great because every detail for the ceremony was taken care of for us and they knew the perfect locals to use for each task. Lucrecia, the Red Palms event coordinator, was there for us every step of the way from the planning stages to helping us with the last minute details the day of the ceremony. And I haven’t seen a more beautiful spot for a wedding than the beach in front of the Red Palms. Our photographer they recommended took outstanding pictures and had them edited and on a disc for us before we left. The videographer that they work with made us a memorable keepsake for us to show to everyone that couldn’t make the event. Their officiate/lawyer did an excellent job of putting the ceremony together and is taking care of all the paperwork for us to make sure our marriage is legal. The guitar player was a nice touch for our ceremony and I was able to arrange a song with him beforehand that he played for us while I sang to my new wife. They also arranged for private chef James Kelly to cook us an incredible 4 coarse wedding dinner in our villa and he then served it to us on our patio overlooking the beach. It was the best meal I had in Costa Rica and maybe even in my whole life. The Red Palms put together a destination wedding that far exceeding our expectations.
When booking our trip with Mike, the owner, he told us that we’d be sorry that we were not spending more of our time in Costa Rica at the Red Palms and he was right. We will definitely be back!
- 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