I stayed at Esencia for 4 nights and thought it was a great place. The grounds are very clean and well kept including the pool and bar area. Each villa had a nice front porch as well for relaxing outside. I had read reviews about noise complaints from the bar across the street before but we never noticed this and we were one of the closest villas to the street. I slept fantastically in our giant king size bed. The security guard there at night made it feel like our stuff was very secure when we weren't in the room and there was also a very secure safe for our stuff. The staff was all very friendly and helpful in suggesting restaurants and stuff in the area. We especially enjoyed the Guacamole at the pizzeria El Pulpo, one of the restaurants that is within walking distance of Esencia.
The only negative I would say was the bizarre smell in the villa when we first walked in, I think it had something to do with the chemicals the cleaners used. It was kind of there for the duration of our stay. But it wasn't unbearable and after a few minutes in the room didn't bother me. The bathroom wasn't the cleanest I've seen and the towels weren't that nice, but after seeing the amount of sand that I personally put into that bathroom I guess I couldn't blame them.
All in all I would recommend Esencia.....it's not the Ritz but I don't think there are too many nicer places in this little surfer town for this price point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Santa Teresa-Mal Pais Beach, one of the most virgin and beautiful regions! Endless miles of soft, white sand beach perfect for swimming and surfing. The hotel offers ten marvelous, independent and private villas. All villas have their own terrace with garden view, bathroom, hot water and safety box. Other exquisite elements are the teak chairs, the furniture and the deck of the villa made out of precious woods. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Esencia Hotel And Villas
- Esencia Hotel Santa Teresa
- Esencia Hotel & Villas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa