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Deluxe Spacious Ocean View Sanctuary Condominium-Pre-season sale

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 inc. sofa bed, short walk to beach

Book any date through November 2017 and receive 10% discount!

Kick back and relax or fill your days with activities! The choice is yours during your stay. Start your day with the sound of waves crashing and parrots chattering. Soon the howler monkeys add their voices. Beach comb on the secluded cobalt sand beach, swim in a pool or ocean and relax with a good book. Enjoy sunset while sipping a glass of wine on the lanai.

Feeling more dive, snorkel, surf, sport fish, horseback ride, visit a volcano, zip-line or walk through a rain forest, bird watch, golf, take a drive and enjoy the culture of the friendly Costa Rica people. The small towns of Marbella and San Juanillo are only a short distance away. In each there are restaurants and mini-markets.Snorkel in the protected harbor of San Juanillo or cove of Playa Pitahaya. Surf at Marbella. Ostional Turtle Refuge is located about 15 km south. Olive Ridey turtles lays their eggs on shore monthly. Zip-lines tours are available in both near-by Nosara and Paraiso. River cruises for viewing wildlife are also available near-by. If you want more excitement, the tourist town of Tamarindo is less than an hour away. Tours can be booked at reception. Pura Vida!

Guanacaste golf courses: Several golf courses are located near-by. The closest is Hacienda Pinilla, which is about a 40 minute drive. Next is Reserva Conchal and the last is the 4 Seasons located in Papagayo. Tee times can be booked at reception.

All three courses are world-class golf courses.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2017

About Carol/Bob

Bob and Carol were high school sweethearts and married while attending UVA. Bob majored in aeronautic engineering, which lead to a career as a pilot in the USAF and American Airlines. Carol majored in medical technology. We are blessed with two daughters, who are happily married. The three grandsons and one princess round out the family.

In addition to family and flying, traveling is a passion of ours. We have traveled extensively in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Central America. On our first trip to Costa Rica in 2004, we fell in love with the pura vida lifestyle of Costa Rica. The ticos are the friendliest people on earth and the nature is unsurpassed! Knowing that we would want to spend more time in Costa Rica, we purchased a condo. Welcome to our second home!

Carol/Bob purchased this condo in 2004

Why Carol/Bob chose Playa Azul

Playa Azul is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica.

What makes this condo unique

The location is great for surfers and to swim with the Olive Ridley turtles.

Guestbook comments from the manager

This clean and comfortable condo is close to restaurants and activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. It's perfect for a family or two couples, with two bedrooms with private bathrooms, and a full kitchen. The resort has several swimming pools and it's just a short walk to a beautiful beach for wandering and beach-combing. On our lazy days, we enjoyed the colorful birds all around the resort and walked on trails in the nearby area. Beautiful countryside nearby, which is fun to explore if you rent a car. We even went to the arenal Volcano, where we stayed overnight and soaked in the hot springs. Our stay was a retirement gift for my husband, so I can't speak knowledgeably about the "value," but the vacation was wonderful.
Feb 2007
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Playa Azul Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Each bathroom has a double sink, standing shower stall and tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Room 3 - 1 queen , sofa bed
  • Each bedroom has a king size bed. The sleeper sofa in the living room is queen size.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Smoking allowed outside on the lanais.


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Deluxe Spacious Ocean View Sanctuary Condominium-Pre-season sale
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San Juan de La Union

Excellent place to rest

  • 4 of 5

I truly recommend the Sanctuary. Far away from mundane noise and hectic pace, this place is located close to unspoiled beautiful beaches.

The place is under renewal process and the staff really goes the extra mile to make you feel at home. The condos are well equipped and have all you need in order to have a pleasant stay

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Juan de La Union

Very good place to res, near beautiful beaches.

  • 4 of 5

The facilities are very well kept. The staff is very helpful especially Carl and Steph.

Ideal place if you want to relax and rest.

Wi Fi connection needs improvement.

In summary excellent place for a vacation with friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad that you found the facilities well kept and the managers helpful. Options for improving WiFi are being considered and hope to be implemented this spring.
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Great Condo in Costa Rica!

  • 5 of 5

The condo at The Sanctuary was a great home base for our mini-vacation in Marbella. The rooms are huge and modern with all of the amenities that we could have asked for. We spent a lot of time on the private deck enjoying the ocean view and many fantastic sunsets. The pool was also a nice benefit to cool off in the evening. The staff were friendly and accommodating (even when we locked ourselves out one evening ;-) We found some amazing restaurants. Our favorite was La Sodita in San Juanillo. Shuli, the owner, creates wonderful traditional dishes but adds her worldly take on food by adding touches of India, Morocco, and other regional flavors. The Sanctuary condo was also convenient for day trips to Tamarindo and other quick destinations. Spearfishing was available close, and Tim was able to catch a four foot Spanish Mackerel that made a lot of local people happy when he shared! Carol and Bob, we had a great time. Thank you for sharing your beautiful condo!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent amenities in Costa Rica!

  • 5 of 5

The condo at The Sanctuary was a great base for us during our stay in Marbella. The rooms are large and modern with all of the things we needed to be comfortable and even cook if we wanted. We spent a lot of time on the private deck enjoying the ocean view and many beautiful sunsets. The staff was considerate and friendly. We also enjoyed the pool in the evenings. During our short one week stay, we found some amazing restaurants. One of our favorites was La Sodita in San Juanillo. Shuli, the owner, is a wonderful cook with fresh ingredients and a worldly spin on the traditional Costa Rican dishes. Travel to Tamarindo and other bigger towns is easy and provides nice day trips. Thank you Carol! We had an a great time and were very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfecto para una vacacion relajante y diferente

  • 5 of 5

Estuve con mi esposo y unos amigos para el fin de semana del 1ero de Mayo, disfrutamos mucho del lugar, el apartamento es muy cómodo: cocina bien equipada, cómoda área social, aire acondicionado en los dos cuartos y sala, tiene 2 cuartos principales ambos con baño propio y jacuzzi. La piscina es muy limpia y comoda. La playa más bonita que está cerca de ahí es San Juanillo es realmente hermosa. Para comer en Marbella hay un lugar que se llama The Tiki Hut es lindisimo y super rico! Se necesita ir en carro 4x4 ya que las calles no están en muy buen estado, especialmente si desean ir a Nosara. Volvería a quedarme en este apartamento definitivamente.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that all of you enjoyed the relaxing, natural beauty of the Playa Azul area. Your suggestion of driving a 4X4 is excellent, as the road can become bumpy in areas between gradings. I look forward to having you as a guest again!
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Vacaciones perfectas!

  • 4 of 5

Sin duda ha sido uno de los mejores lugares en que hemos vacacionado. Un lugar tranquilo, con staff super gentil, monos en la entrada del apartamento, atardeceres de película y un silencio para un descanso perfecto. Mis hijos y yo de seguro que regresamos!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you and your sons enjoyed the natural beauty of Costa Rica while staying in our condo! Come visit again! Gracias!
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Liberia is appox. 2 hours away. Nosara is 40 mins.
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Seaside Restaurant
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Tamarindo area
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Blue 47
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Playa Azul
Car: recommended

Playa Azul is located in the province of Guanacaste between the surfing village of Marbella and the fishing village of San Juanillo.

Azul Ocean Club is the only resort located on Playa Azul. Both Marbella and San Juanillo are just a short drive away. In each there are restaurants and convenience stores. Playa Junquillal is a 30 minute drive to the north. Nosara is a 30 minute drive to the south. The closest international airport is in Liberia.

Other Activities: kayaking, shuffleboard, boating, wildlife viewing, fishing, scuba, snorkeling


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $100

Rates are subject to change until booking.
Holiday week also includes Easter week-April 13-20, 2014

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.