My husband and I used Trip Advisor to select this ideal small & private hotel for a 1 month vacation. At that time Casa Marbella had close to 280 reviews w/average of 5 stars. Incredible. This sold us, and we want to reciprocate with our own review, offering very specific info. 1) People: the English/Spanish speaking couple who owns this place is incredible. They give far above & beyond what you'd expect. They built this beautiful place over a period of several yrs & their hearts are in it! We felt like honored guests, and were treated with such warmth & kindness. They provided accommodations to meet all of our needs & expectations. The owners responded in ways we didn't expect, for example Steph volunteered to bring us fresh fish at a reasonable price, loaned us her own crockpot & they both may have been willing to give us the shirts off their backs! Jim responded promptly when we had a banking problem and resolved it immediately. The owners also put us in contact with many resources- some you might consider using including Joann- specializing in organic food cuisine; Lauren- highly skilled Pilates trainer; therapeutic massage therapists; horse farm right next door which provided horseback riding on the beach; taxi drivers known by Jim and Steph (amazingly inexpensive & never a wait); yoga & surf instructors. Other people we came to know: Wilfredo- night guard, Fausto- full time maintenance provider, two lovely housekeepers, & friendly reception. (Imagine a senior citizen couple in tears as we left & had to say "good-bye" to our new friends). 2) The place: exceptionally clean, safe, well designed, numerous options for room types; gorgeous pool within steps of our door; honor bar; fully supplied kitchens in suites; comfy beds; clean & efficient air conditioners; outstanding view from balcony for breath-taking view & sunset every night; minutes from a highly rated restaurant on site; huge grocery store (Ronnie's) at turn-in to hotel; tranquil & peaceful atmosphere. 3) The city: small developing town with numerous delicious restaurants; roads are not all paved, so delightful rustic feel; opportunity to interact with the local people & culture; safe; roads filled w/ motor bikes, rented ATVs, pedestrians & bicycles. Not much shopping except for essentials like- groceries, surf shops, surf clothing & minimal # of gift shops. Check out Banana Beach & Blue Surf, both with casual restaurants/bars on the beach. 4) The experience: it felt much like a wellness retreat! We ate organic & native food; hiking; walking the beach; professional massage therapist on site; yoga & Pilates instruction. There are guided fishing & snorkeling tours. Nature conservatories within an hour drive. And for those who like it: zip lines in the city of "Montezuma"; Curu has lots of monkeys & wildlife! We were truly able to detach from normal life at home & completely relaxed & rejuvenated! Thanks so much to Steph & Jim - owners, their adorable daughter, loving dog, and staff people who have shared the blood, sweat & tears in creating this special & unique place. I suggest taking the opportunity to practice Spanish with the helpful employees.
Not only all of that- the cost for the hotel and restaurants was very reasonable!
PS important info: we were not able to use our cellular phones. Two options for communicating with home: WiFi is readily available w/no charge, allowing Skyping & FaceTime. OR purchase a cheap unlocked cell phone at airport which allows calls outside the country and within Santa Teresa. One more suggestion: it was our preference to not rent a car! So much is within walking distance or for a better option to get around area- we suggest renting an ATV. It's fun! Jim or Steph will arrange it. (We flew into San Jose- took puddle jumper plane to Tambour, and the owners had a taxi waiting for us to the hotel!!)
We will be back - no doubt!!!! Muchas Gracias!
Lynne Maria and Deacon Dave Lindmeier, Minnesota, USA
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