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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Santa Teresa, Province of Puntarenas

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Vangroove
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed February 27, 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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The Casita, the beach, Hanit, Shmulik and Julie made our trip a dream! We stayed for 4 weeks and came home with memories that will be with us for life and great new local friends! We had our young son with us who sleep in the bed with us, took surf lessons, and joined Hanit's kids at Camp!
Bali café is up the road, swimming rocks in front of your place!
Perfect trip and place!
Thanks
Steve, Gaby and Theo

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Liked best: Location, clean, and the attention to detail from Hanit and Julie everyday
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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AfrikMiam...
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Pure "Pura Vida"”
Reviewed February 14, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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person found this review helpful

My wife have stayed at this beautiful Beachfront Villa. We come here to de-compress and relax. Walk to Habenros our favorite resturant every evening, and watch the sunset. We only leave the Calista to shop for groceries (down the path) passion all go to Breakfest ( down the path), and rent a board to surf (down the path). As you can gather everything is down the path 100 meters maybe?
This visit we met Julie, Hanit's new assitant , she was so gracious and helpful to help arrange some great massages and do anything else that is not (down the path).
We will return and hopefully soon.
It is the perfect get away and is truly a Luxury Villa.
Pura Vida

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kasloff
Malmo, Sweden
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“best location”
Reviewed January 29, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

Right on the beach ,lovely little designer cottage that had all you need.Peaceful .Close to good restaurants and yoga places and surfing of course

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Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Feb 1, 2016
Thank you so much Andrea!!!
Hope to see you again soon!!
Pura Vida :)
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Ryan S
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Perfect accommodations!”
Reviewed December 14, 2015 for a stay in December 2015

After hours of searching and online researching we (my wife and I) finally settled on Calista as it seemed to offer all of the elements we were looking for in a vacation rental:

Located on the beach, easy walk to grocery store/restaurants, very aesthetically pleasing construction and design, etc.

The bungalow was exactly as perfect and beautiful as the online listings advertised and the stay could not have been more perfect.

Julie took care of us during our stay and was on call to help us out with any aspect of our trip that might need attending to (booking 4wd rentals, restaurant recommendations, reservations, etc.).

Julie was exceptionally wonderful and had great recommendations for activities to try (an ATV ride to Montezuma is highly recommended) and places to eat, etc.

The bungalow is tastefully and expertly constructed with a wonderful attention to fine detail...very aesthetically pleasing on top of offering very clean and comfortable accommodations.

Can't really say enough good things about this place!

The cleaning crew (daily maid service is included in your stay) did a great job and were also quite friendly and tolerant of my attempts to practice my (very poor) spanish on them.

Hanit (the owner) is super-friendly and wonderful, too.

Oh yeah, there was also a family of Iguanas living under the porch that would come out in the afternoon to feed on the local vegetation. So perfect.

Anyway, I could go on but, sufficed to say, we highly recommend Calista!

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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The-selec...
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wow! Definitely amazing!”
Reviewed August 9, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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person found this review helpful

We stayed there 10 days, and didn't want to go back home. We felt we were born on this beach... Best Location, close to everywhere, 2 steps from the sea, the boutique villa was just perfect, clean, well designed, and high-end! All the facilities needed and great owners ! That's what is called PURA VIDA!!!

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kirstenan...
Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“PERFECT”
Reviewed July 21, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
1
person found this review helpful

My boyfriend and I were in Costa Rica for a week. We stayed at 3 different locations. Our stay at Calista bungalow was by far our favorite! Calista bungalows are located directly on a beautiful stretch of beach in Santa Teresa. It is private and tranquil, yet still close to town. The bungalow was beautifully decorated, open, clean, well-cared for and had great closet space (with safe). The bungalow has a small kitchenette (which they supplied us with coffee, water, fruit and some goodies which was wonderful after a 4 hour trip to Calista) which was big enough for us to prepare food if we wanted. The bedroom was large and open with doors that opened up onto the deck (overlooking the ocean). The king sized bed was comfortable!! There is a large bathroom and double shower (consistent hot water/pressure). The place could not have been cuter!

The location and bungalow were perfect but important to mention the other important part of this wonderful stay was the communication. From the time of booking (Hanit made great suggestions and answered all my questions) until we left. Vickie (Hanit’s assistant) is a wonderful host – we loved her! From the moment we arrived she was there to show us around the bungalow, set up ATV(high recommend for getting around and seeing incredible sites, not that you need to leave), horseback riding (absolutely amazing - Hacienda Ario just north) and dinner reservations. She made wonderful recommendation (from breakfast to dinner. La sandwicheria for breakfast/lunch just up the driveway!) and was always quick to respond to anything we needed!

Our stay at Calista was an amazing experience and was exactly what we were seeking!!!

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Liked best: Location and experience
Liked least: nothing, it was perfect in every way
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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JonnyBac
West Palm Beach, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Truly Pura Vida!”
Reviewed July 15, 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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There's a reason why Calista is so highly rated by past guests, it's an amazingly well designed and kept bungalow, in the middle of an amazing town, and owned by an amazing couple. My wife and I stayed here on our Honeymoon and simply fell in love. You really can't beat falling asleep in the porch Hammock to the sound of the waves crashing 50 m away!

The bungalow is nicely decorated, clean, and well-cared for. As others have said, the ocean view from the porch is stunning, especially at sunset. It's also well situated in Santa Teresa. Everything is walkable, restaurants, surf school (go to Del Soul, Amit is the best instructor ever), organic veggies and groceries, including the Super Costa just up the road.

We had the liberty of meeting both the owners, Hanit and Schmulik. There are terrific hosts and were always there for us to answer questions, to set up some activities, or just to say hi. Hanit really went out of her way to help set up many of the activites we had planned for our trip: fishing, snorkeling, surfing, ATV rides, sunset massage.

Staying here certainly made our Honeymoon even more memorible. I would definitely recommend this bungalow for newly weds or anyone looking for a romantic and relaxing getaway.

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Liked best: Falling asleep in the hammock
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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