We stayed in the honeymoon villa for 5 nights July 16th - 20th, 2014.
This place is absolutely perfect! And if you want to know why then read on.....
This amazing husband and wife team team run these enviable villas in a private spot literally right on Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. You can see the ocean right from the hammock on the villa's veranda. The service starts with really helpful emailing pre-stay and carries on all the way through the trip. Really. We wanted surfboards....Brad arranged it in seconds. We wanted a rental car.... we had booked it online on our phones but when we enquired about getting a taxi to pick it up Tara just called them up so that they would bring the car right to the villas! I wanted black tea at breakfast but didn't really say anything when they didn't have any.....(I always carry my own supply anyway!)... but the next day to my delight they had gone out to the supermarket and bought a beautiful selection of English Black Teas! To a hardened English Tea drinker this is such an amazingly nice touch.....I hadn't exactly told Brad and Tara that it was our honeymoon before we arrived and as soon as Tara found out she arranged a bottle of wine and a cute little card to be left in our villa as a free gift! And the little homemade welcome cookies were yummy, oh, and the information ring binder is bursting full of really helpful info. Such a great stay.....
We chose this place because we wanted a posh villa metres from the beach and metres from a surfing spot.... We were not disappointed. This place is worth it. It is not in any way commercialised like for example Kuta beach in Bali if you know it... This is the opposite end of the scale. A more rustic surf/yoga vibe.
The villa is to die for. The bed is MASSIVE and really, really comfortable. The A/C is brilliant. The pictures of the place online don't even tell the whole story - the villa is suprisingly big and spacious. All the decor is gorgeous. The bathroom is really modern and the shower is really big (enough room to swing a cat!). The cooker works really well and we had all the equipment we needed to cook ourselves up some lovely meals. The hammock outside is just such a great relaxing spot. They have thought of everything. They even keep the fridge stocked like a proper mini bar - beers, wines, snacks and champagne which we of course had on the first night!
Breakfast is included and the gallo pinto was the best we had in costa rica and we stayed in loads of fancy places over our 3 week honeymoon I can tell you....
The pool and rancho is lovely if you can tear yourself away from the surfing and relaxing in the villa!
The surf is amazing - door to surf in minutes. Heaven! It felt like your own private surf break at times! We are not by any means amazing surfers but I didn't feel out of depth at this beach break and there were great surfers riding the cool waves at the back and beginners in the white water at the beach. Really suited all abilities. And we learnt to surf in Tahiti so do know a little bit about surfing.
Brad and Tara have literally built this plot up from scratch and the amount of love and attention is blazingly obvious in every little detail. Even the soil has been brought down from the coffee plantations so that the gardens have huge beautiful plants. What comes with that is copious amounts of butterflies and birds to enjoy as well! : )
We consider ourselves so lucky to have stayed here and would recommend this place to anyone - honeymooners, couples, families, surfers, yoga, eco friendly etc.
And if you're wondering what the weather was like in July I'd say fabulous - bring your shades and factor 50! It rained one night only and not at all during the day.
If you're planning to book these villa's we're exceedingly jealous - We hope you have such a wonderful time!
Wendy & Jordan Davies, Bristol, UK.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The distinctive beachfront hotel, Villas Hermosas, is located in Playa Hermosa of Mal Pais on the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica. Please come and share with them their playful surf, thriving jungle, empty beaches, tropical gardens, and inviting swimming pool, while enjoying all the comforts of home! With only four villas, they offer a uniquely intimate experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villas Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
- Hermosas Hotel Santa Teresa
- Villas Hermosas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa