About the property
- Villa2400 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 3.5 Baths, Sleeps 8
This is a beautiful, brand new, custom-built private villa on the mountainside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste. Three private bedrooms facing the view- one King bed, one queen bed, and one with two twin-size trundle beds, so that four persons can sleep in this room, for a total of eight possible guests in this villa, 'Villa Aurelia'. Each room has a private bathroom. The MBR has a jacuzzi/hot tub.
The furniture is all new and custom made for the house. The kitchen has everything the gourmet chef needs. This house provides total comfort and wonderful views of the ocean and the mountain. It is a 10 minute walk down to the beach, or a 1/2 mile drive. We have a 24 hour caretaker on site, and an English speaking concierge service at your disposal-everything to make your vacation perfect.
The pool is 10 meters long and 6 feet deep-cleaned daily by our staff. Surrounded by a beautiful stone deck and overlooking the ocean-what a spot for a great day at the pool. Views of the Pacific from the bedroom balconies and the deck are breathtaking- sunsets will blow you away.
The beach is as good as they get anywhere. It is protected from the heavy surf in many other places, has gentle waves that everyone can enjoy.
Playa Hermosa is a small, safe village on the 'Gold Coast' of Costa Rica, just 20 minutes from the international airport in Liberia. It has several excellent restaurants, and some spots with local flavor. It is between the busy tourist town of Playas del Coco- with more restaurants, nightclubs and a casino, and the elegant Papagayo Peninsula, location of the Four Seasons Resort.
All-inclusive? almost, but without the added cost. We can arrange your car rental, airport pickup, meals prepared by a local chef,tours of the country, dinner suggestions.Midweek maid service is included, daily maid service is an option. Our concierge service will take care of your every need. Just tell us that this is what you want.
Prefer to be on your own schedule?-our rates are designed to provide you with an affordable holiday experience in an unbelievably beautiful locale. This is a vacation that you, your family, or your group will never forget.
LONG TERM RENTAL available April 2015. Min 1 year term for $2000/month
Keywords: Villa,house,beach house,casa,casita
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
A professional American couple who fell in love with Costa Rica.
Dave purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Dave chose Playa Hermosa
Playa Hermosa is a perfect location- a beautiful beach 15 minutes from the international airport. A safe, peaceful quiet village with great restaurants, dive shops and tour guides. On Costa Rica's 'gold coast' between the Four Seasons Papagayo and Playa del Coco. The locals are friendly and warm.Americans and Canadians ( Norte Americanos)are very welcome.
What makes this Villa unique
Villa Aurelia is a beautiful villa, extremely well furnished and decorated-unlike any other house in Costa Rica. You will not believe you are in a rental property--first quality beds, American appliances, a gourmet kitchen, satellite TVs, a personal guard on-site to assist with whatever you need, and a professional concierge at your call. A 10 minute walk to the beach, yet also accessible to the many unbelievable inland adventures of Costa Rica. Your every need will be attended to by local professionals.
Pool / Spa
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The house itself is very clean and comfortable. Three bedrooms each with full baths. The pool was a comfortable temperature and well kept. The pool deck was pretty but not equipped for larger groups of 6-8 people. Plenty of seats but only 2 reclining lounge chairs. The outdoor shower is a nice plus. The house is very close to the beautiful Playa Hermosa beach and many restaurants but agree that the hill to the property is quite steep for children, elderly and those not in shape. There is no caretaker on site anymore but really don't need one as the house manager is only a text away. While you can see the ocean and the sunsets, the foliage in front of the pool is beginning to block the view from the first level. Saw birds, iguanas and bats but no monkeys near the property. Costa Rica Guanacaste area is a very safe place to visit . Favorite restaurants Ginger, Abbocato, The Lookout and La Casita Del Marisco. A safe and upgraded router for wifi so you can use it on both levels would be helpful.
Thank you very much for your nice words about this house. We appreciate the positive feedback.
STUNNING HOME OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN
This is the perfect vacation home! This house is large with plenty of room to spread out (or hide from the kids when you need a breather). The pool is fantastic and very well kept. We spent many hours cooling off in the heat of the day. The ocean view from the pool deck is absolutely gorgeous and only topped by the view from the 2 second story patios, one off the master suite and the other at the top of the magnificent stairway. This house is built for entertaining, with large sets of French doors opening to the pool and patio with 2 grills for that necessary grilled meal. The bedrooms are very spacious with sheets so soft you will be tempted to wear them. The management company is like having your own concierge service and some of the most kind people I have ever met. We look forward to staying here again soon, maybe for an extended period. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PROPERTY TO ANYONE WHO ENJOYS LUXURY LIVING.
Thanks for this terrific review! We are very happy you enjoyed the home and the location. Please come back.
The property was awesome!
Great view! Nice large showers and comfy beds. The kitchen had everything you could possibly need. We enjoyed the hike up to the house from the beach but would not be good for anyone with difficulties walking up or down a steep stone covered hill.
Beautiful Home with Great Property Managers
My family and I had a great time at Villa Aurelia. The home is beautiful, the kitchen is great, and we all loved the pool. We spent our mornings at the beach and the afternoons at the pool - can't ask for a better vacation. The property managers were also great in helping us arrange for a personal chef to come to the house (who was wonderful!), book excursions, book our rental car and just navigate around the city. But there were a couple of things I wish we had known before we arrived. The home sits on a hill, which allows for a great view of Playa Hermosa. But the drive up to the house isn't ideal. Only the part right by the house is paved, and the rest is a steep, uneven dirt road. A rental car is a must, and you won't really be able to walk anywhere from the house because of the hill. Especially if you have young children, like we did. The other item we wished we had known about was the water. We were told about two days before our trip that there were severe water restrictions in place, but they shouldn't impact our vacation as long as we limited the length of our showers. Not a big deal. When we arrived the water tank was about 1/3 full, which was enough to last us a few days. But because of the above mentioned road, the water truck didn't fill the tank on Monday like they were supposed to. We went a day and a half without running water at the house, which was frustrating. The property managers were very helpful in fixing the pipe down to the road and getting trucks to come out as quickly as the could to refill the tank. Hopefully the pipe they installed prevents this from happening to anyone else, but just wanted to share our experience. And although it was frustrating, we still had a wonderful vacation.
The home is beautiful and very spacious for two families.
However, upon check-in things did not go well
and continued downhill for 4 of our 6 day stay. Less than ideal. The key lock to the front odor was finicky and did not consistently lock and unlock. The management company was quick to respond by providing us a manual key. Upon entering the home, it was quite stuffy and hot. One of the two upstairs bedrooms did not have a working AC. We were only advised that we had to only raise the thermostat one degree at a time until it reached a certain temperature or the pipes would freeze. We were not told this until after two days of deliberating with the unit and being without a functioning unit for 24-hours. In addition,The first floor bedroom did not have an AC unit and the main room AC return is non-functioning, According to the electrician that came to asses the situation after 2-days. My 15 year old daughter and I slept in the first floor bedroom which is off of the dining room, kitchen and living room. It was quite uncomfortable as we had to sleep with the door ajar to allow for air circulation. We slept almost dressed as we did not want the rest of our party to see us in pj's. Not to mention we could not go to sleep until our group retired for the evening due to noise levels. There is a ceiling fan in the room, however be advised that it rattles too loudly for restful sleep.
The culminating event for us was arriving at the rental, after one day of beach time, to a home without running water. We spent the next 36 hours running back and forth to the grocery store to buy potable drinking water to wash dishes by hand and for drinking. We utilized buckets to fill with pool water to flush the toilets. We were unable to shower for two days. Not to mention this was supposed to be our yearly vacation with our dear Tico college friends! The management company did absolutely everything possible however they did advise us that Playa Hemrosa was in a critical water shortage situation and had been for a few weeks. We should have been advised to rent and travel at our own risk. To date, we are still in constant communication with the owner to reimburse our stay for the length of time we where without water, for reimbursement of our potable water and eating out expenses. We have been unsuccessful at arriving at a mutual agreement. Lastly, the unit is advertised as ocean view, however a new development is in progress which blocks the "potential" ocean view
NW Costa Rica has a chronic water shortage. As a Costa Rican group, we believed they were aware of this. We installed two backup water tanks, 1500 liters each. Unfortunately, this group did not heed the advice of the managers to conserve water, and exhausted the backup supply in their first day.We were not aware that the chronic shortage had become very severe in July---as soon as we did, we offered a refund (in writing) to this group. They declined to accept this offer and decided to stay at Villa Aurelia. They asked for a full refund for the one day without water, which I sent them a day before I saw this review. I also refunded the cost of bottled water. Wes, the manager, went to the house every day to assure that a truck brought water to the house.We did everything possible for them.
There are three central air units. Apparently one of them "froze up". The guests were instructed on how to prevent this. We find that local Costa Rican families are not familiar with central air-- ductless units are much more common. We employ the best available management and service crews. This is not misrepresentation.
When I asked, the manager told me they were uncomfortable pushing the buttons on the combo lock-nothing wrong with it.
We are truly sorry this group had trouble at this house. We have already reached out to the next large group scheduled to advise them of the water crisis and offered to cancel their reservation. We want every guest to have a wonderful experience-and we succeed almost all the time.
The view is beautiful-yes there is a partial obstruction from another house at the pool deck level--but its only a small part of the view, which is completely unobstructed from the second floor balcony.
I do appreciate the nice things this guest had to say about the house and the service they received. Hopefully things will soon return to normal. When they do, we will again promise complete satisfaction.
Wonderful Vacation Home
Beautiful home with everything we needed! Well equipped kitchen, plenty of towels and extras. Loved the pool which was kept clean daily and a wonderful relief after walking up the steep driveway on a hot day. Enjoyed watching the family of monkeys that lounged around in a tree outside the house each morning while drinking some fantastic Costa Rican coffee. The ocean views from this home are spectacular! Location to beach, restaurants, grocery store was convenient enough we did not need to rent a car. Getting to and from the airport and booking excursions was easy as well! We were well taken care of! The only reason I gave 4 and not 5 stars is due to the steep walk back to the house each day. Although it gave us a fantastic workout, someome with young children, elderly parents, or anyone with a physical disability would have a tough time with the hill. We would absolutely stay here again!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
HOLIDAY RATES: CHRISTMAS NEW YEARS EASTER $300-$400 Nightly