Location is everything and Casa Don Tomas has that in a 5-star bag, located near the quiet northern end of Playa Teresa's powdery sand beach. We enjoyed the pool daily and just adored Chepita's diligent care of us. I would rate her service as 5-star but Don Tomas lack of communication drops the whole experience to 2 star.
Don't even think about sleeping more than 5-6 people in this unit as it would be very difficult.
But let me address the drawbacks first, before you start dreaming. You cannot drink the WATER, which means about $5/day/2pp for bottled water and the need to make ice cubes, and have bottled water for brushing your teeth. We didn't find out that there is a central grill to use until our very last day, because there ISN'T A WELCOME BOOK in the unit to inform clients or to advise on emergency evacuation. (There is an APP for your computer/phone for tsunami warning in Costa Rica.)
There must be a LEAK IN THE ROOF, because the back section is covered in black plastic, ensuring a dark place for scorpions and other critters to hide. They sometimes get into the house. Two of the three chaise lounge chairs at the pool are BROKEN. We reported this to Don Tomas at the beginning of our full month rental, and they were never repaired or replaced. In fact, he ignored me. Two of the screen doors are BROKEN from people walking through them. The kitchen is very DIFFICULT to cook in. Two of the 4 burners on the stove don't work. The grease splattering the back wall is awful + I suggested that it be partially tiled for easier cleaning. The louvered wood cabinet doors are dirty. The cutting board and toaster oven should be thrown out and replaced. There isn't a measuring cup, a single sharp knife, or a cookie sheet. The Teflon pans are all scratched + should be replaced—very unhealthy.
I communicated all of this to Don Tomas, but I don't get the impression that he cares as he didn't respond to the notes I sent him. We had a few other blips with ant infestations ( no "raid" available--we went and bought it) and something dead on the roof that dripped body fluids into our air conditioner. That's another thing---the air in the master bedroom takes a very long time to cool down. This whole thing reminded me of being a kid and vacationing in the North Woods in a cabin. Hot water is tricky, and my husband assured me that the exposed wires wouldn’t cause a shock. But don’t touch them, please.
Ask Chepita for the fish man’s (Alexi) phone number for fresh fish to be delivered to you at the Casa. (Ahi tuna $7/lb, lobster #10 tails for $24, big shrimp--$9lb.—but all items sold in kilos.) She is your advocate, as she kept on Tomas's case regarding the poor connection for internet, and made the necessary phone calls. She is a gem. Wish Tomas would buy her a leaf blower so she wouldn't have to work with a rake and machete keeping the grounds clean. (an endless endeavor). If you are driving in, I suggest that you shop in Cobano at the big super Market with better prices (not Pali). There’s a butcher shop across the street and closer to the main intersection, but beef isn’t the greatest in Costa Rica. Other than that—fresh fruit and produce is available at the Saturday farmers market down south on the beach from 3-6…but get there early as the stuff goes fast. Walk the beach for errands instead of the dusty road. The trip all the way to the intersection in Mal Pais takes about 1.5 hours, but you don’t need to walk that far for groceries or a surf board rental. Best restaurants are Brisas Del Mar and Alma. Ambrosia is an overpriced hamburger place with a bar. We went to the Italian bakery several times and always got hot bread just out of the oven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amid the tropical forest but just a few walking steps from the ocean, Caa Don Tomas enjoys the privacy of its three acres property. It is gated, fully fenced and landscaped with abundant gardens with thousands of flowers and thick grass lawn including a wide variety of tropical hardwood trees, Croatian, bamboo, bougainvillea, amapolo, cactus, cocos, various palms, lemons and guava trees, plumerias, and flowering tropical plants such as hibiscus, jasmine, heliconias, bromelias, tabacones and more. Howler Monkeys, White faced Monkeys, iguanas, squirrels, racoons and parakeets are just a few of the creatures you may see and hear right from your terrace. This two bedroom, two bathroom, swimming pool beachfront villa is located right on the beach, directly in front of the best beach break in all of Santa Teresa - Mal Pais area and in the most pristine white sandy beach of the tranquil and exclusive North-end Santa Teresa, a quiet and exclusive residential neighborhood a little bit over 1 km from the center of town and close to award winning and internationally renowned boutique hotels and restaurants such as Latitude 10, Flor Blanca and Milarepa. Top model Gisele Bundchen's home overlooks Playa Santa Teresa and Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are but a few celebrities that are frequent visitors to this piece of paradise. Casa Don Tomas borders to the North with architectural magnificent Casa Yin Yang and to the South with another great home: Sandy Lane. The combination of location, ambiance and beauty makes Casa Don Tomas in North-end Santa Teresa, the natural choice. A long driveway that extends from the gate to a large circular private parking area located just off the entry to Casa Don Tomas takes you inside the Estate grounds. Casa Don Tomas comes with a wireless Internet connection, a full kitchen, refrigerator, stove, oven, coffee maker, blender, large electric griddle, cloth washer and dryer are available as well as a safe to store valuables. Daily maid service is included, except on Sundays at no extra charge. Josefa the house keeper will sweep the house, make the beds, do dishes and tidying up the place so that you can relax, feel comfortable and take a break from house chores. The two bedrooms of Casa Don Tomas are a/c with ceiling fans. Each bedroom has a double and a single bed. There is a sofa-bed in the living room area that sleeps two additional guests. Need more sleeping area? In addition to the two bedrooms forthmentioned a separate bungalow with a double and two single beds, ceiling fan, private bathroom, refrigerator and a fully equipped kitchenette, will give you the option of lodging 4 additional guests and can be made available as part of the rental for an additional fee. Casa Don Tomas has free wide band Internet connection, local telephone calling. Incoming long distance calls are allowed and International calling can be made from the house using a pre-paid phone card ready available in all the stores in Santa Teresa. Casa Don Tomas employs a full time groundskeeper and cleaning staff to attend to your needs. No other house in North Santa Teresa has a swimming pool with the view and the proximity to the ocean shore as Casa Don Tomas. Swimming pool is for the exclusive use of guests of Casa Don Tomas only. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Don Tomas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa