We held our wedding (approximately 50 guests) at Red Palm Villas. We were fortunate to actually visit Red Palm Villas on a previous trip to Costa Rica, prior to deciding to make this our location for the wedding. I saw an advertisement for it on Craigslist, and it turned out to be a gem of a find. We really enjoyed the easy going/laid back feel of the property. We fell in love with the villas, they were exactly what we were looking for (and reflected our personalities), luxurious mixed with a little bit of rusticness. We chose Red Palms as the venue because it is a beautiful property on an amazing beachfront. Red Palm Villas is such a magical place. My family enjoyed our 5 days stay there. All five villas are outstanding and unique! They really are a place for individual peace and relaxation but also a place for family and friends to get together, large enough for everyone to come over and enjoy our "home".
Santa Teresa was a perfect location. The town has a variety of accommodation types to fit any of your guest's budget; from dormitory rooms (hostels) to high end boutique hotels, private villas, or something in the midrange category. There are also supermarkets, restaurants and a phenomenal beach that you can gaze at for endless hours from a hammock or go surfing.
From my very first contact with Mike, the owner, I always received first class service. As a bride planning and preparing for her wedding, I most appreciated his communication style – responded quickly and always addressed every question/concern that I had. We also got to know him more on a personal level, talking about our experiences and families. He kept to his promises and original quote and always worked with us. There was no surprise costs related to the venue and accommodations. I chose not to hire a personal wedding planner – mostly to save on costs for work that I could do myself. The wedding preparation was relatively stress free (even planning it from afar). He made things easy for us, helping wherever he can, even the little things like facilitating payment to vendors on our behalf. He also has a fantastic team of staff onsite at Red Palms, working to create that special day.
Mike has all the contacts and vendors you would need to create the wedding of your dreams. Music, caterer, photographer, lawyer, entertainment, etc. The vendors Mike recommended are first rate - quality & reliable. From the vendors Mike suggested to us, we chose to go with the mandolin guitar player, caterer, and hair salon stylist. The other vendors we used were found through other sources.
A quick mention of the vendors that were used for the wedding: Soma Chefs catered the reception and our guests enjoyed the food. Dave, mandolin guitar player for ceremony music. Los Mojitos, latin jazz live band, were amazing (also found through craigslist)! Jen the female vocalist has such a beautiful voice and was a nice filler at our reception between all our other wedding festivities. I cannot also say enough about our wedding photographer, Fernando. I found Fernando by googling weddings in Costa Rica (www.weddings.co.cr). His 600+ online wedding albums display his talent and photographic skills, but does not show what a wonderful and passionate person he is. I also got a few of our wedding ideas by reviewing his online gallery. He responded quickly and was always ready to help. He even ended up officiating our ceremony for us (spiritual only - non legal binding) and also has additional vendors/contacts that would be used for the wedding day. What a memorable wedding day we had, Red Palm Villas, beachfront, live band, DJ, fireworks, delicious food, wedding couple piñata, and fresh coconuts/copos (snow cones).
Red Palms is more of a boutique style retreat. There are not a lot of "amenities" at Red Palm Villas like you would get in a resort/hotel; however, this suited our needs just fine. It was intimate and casual, but, you can make the venue however you want it. Many items needed for the wedding reception will need to rented and brought in depending on the size of your wedding. We had approximately 50 guests. For example, chairs, tables, cutlery, tableware, coverage space in case in rains (Red Palms has a covered patio area for about 30 people).
Unfortunately, Mike was overseas still during our wedding day and also during much of the planning. During our five day stay, Yateem and the rest of the Red Palm staff made our stay laid back, stress free and most enjoyable. Yateem assisted us in checking the weather forecast prior, arranged a tent rental, and was available during the wedding day to facilitate the vendors for the event. The floral arrangements for the reception tables and lighting provided were perfect for our tastes. The staff provided great restaurant recommendations and points of interests locally and helped arrange ATV rentals, etc
Thank you for sharing Red Palm Villas with us and for Red Palm's assistance these last few months. Not only do you provide such an outstanding product, but also outstanding service. I cannot say again, how much I appreciated their timely responses/ communication. Hope our paths cross again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the beach, private, awesome views, #1 honeymoon villas and suites, full service.A 24 hour front desk.Daily housekeeping included in the room rate.Private bathroom for each unit.If there is a minimum-stay requirement, it must be no more than 3 nights. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Palm Villas Hotel Santa Teresa
- The Red Palm Villas Costa Rica/Santa Teresa