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“Fantastic location and setting, inadequate air-con.”

Villa Malibu, Suites on the Beach
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Villa Malibu, Suites on the Beach
Reviewed March 27, 2014

The two suites (we had the dinky studio) are above the caretaker's tiny apartment and a garage and share a lovely lawned garden, outdoor bar/barbecue area and infinity pool looking right out onto the pacific. Our studio was small but beautifully appointed and decorated. The kitchen was well-equipped (although dominated by a massively oversized fridge) but being so close to the bed we felt it only suitable for preparing breakfast and light lunches. The best bit was definitely the pool and peacefully watching the fabulous sunsets over a quiet and largely deserted beach.. As the suites are pretty close, however, how peaceful a stay depends on who is renting the other one. We were lucky!

The beach was perfectly calm and safe for swimming, unlike much of the rougher coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Potrero has a great selection of casual beach bars and more upmarket eateries nearby. Its a good base from which to explore the Santa Rosa National Park (amazing birdlife) and the rich volcanic slopes of Ricon de la Vieja. Plenty of water-based activities too at nearby beaches.

The key problem we had with our suite was the strict instructions never to set the air con higher than 24c, as it could break down and we would incur stiff deductions from our deposit to have it fixed. This was ridiculous in the super hot heat of peak season. Other small hotels etc. we had stayed in in the area managed fine so no blaming the climate. Our poor neighbours could not get theirs below 29c and sweltered. Instead, the owners really need to address the bizarre (for this climate) construction with flat roof, no shade and large areas of glazing. No wonder the air-con does not work properly!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

We loved Villa Malibu, we stayed in the luna suite, which was perfect for the 2 of us. It was nice and open, wonderful view to wake up to and great to just sit down by the salt water pool and watch the wonderful sunset. Loved to walk out our Luna and go for nice long walks on the beach in the morning to either Flamingo beach to the left or to Penka beach to the right. The kitchen is fully equipped loved having the blender for our morning fresh fruit shakes listening to the birds sing. Great quality sheets and towels. Near to a a little market for groceries (Wendys) and also a fruit and Veggie market. Restaurants around, The Shack, The Beach House which is down the beach. Having the caretaker living there (Fabiolia) was full of smiles( does not speak much English) but takes care of everything so well. If you want bling bling and lots of the tourism thing this is not the place for you, but if you want peace, relaxation, quiet and safe this is the place to stay. This was a wonderful place to stay before our wedding. Pura Vida!!!!

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Well... what can I say... this place is absolutely spectacular.

The property is in amazing shape; pool, grass, studio, dishes... everything!

I have stayed in homes, villas, studios everywhere and quite a few in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Your studio stands out as the best, it lacks nothing. The landscaping is beautiful and keeps the property very private, the pool is crystal clear and at a perfect temperature.

My girlfriend and I had one of the best getaways we ever had. THANKS!!!

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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lamacha, Owner at Villa Malibu, Suites on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your fabulous time at Villa Malibu, Suites on the Beach. We want our clients to have a wonderful and memorable experience here at the beach. We hope that you will come stay with us again very soon and look forward to your visit.

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Additional Information about Villa Malibu, Suites on the Beach

Address: Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Potrero
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Playa Potrero
Price Range: $210 - $297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two gorgeous well-appointed suites that are perfect for singles and couples wanting to stay right on the beach while vacationing at the beach. We are located on Potrero Bay which is the beach just north of Flamingo in the Guanacaste Province on the North Pacific side of Costa Rica. Both suites have gorgeous views of the ocean, beach, pool and great sunsets. Relax by the infinity lap pool or sit on the bar stools to watch the sun go down. There is a full time caretaker on the property that will clean the units as well as offer towels/linens/beach towels. We also have a gas grill for those impromptu BBQs. Hammocks are available if you'd like to relax under the palm trees. The suites have a/c and fully furnished kitchens. You can also watch cable TV or check emails with Wi-Fi. Just let the caretaker know what you need. Just a 45 minute drive from the Liberia International Airport (LIR) and close to restaurants, grocery and shopping. We recommend renting a vehicle to fully enjoy the area. ... more   less 
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