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Beachfront House - Families Vacations-

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

The house consist of 3 private villas, with 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms total

Welcome to the magnificent Casa Kalafken, a dazzling location that captures

the beauty and spirit of Costa Rica.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this gated community consists of 3 charming ocean front villas that sleep up to 12 comfortably, each with air conditioned rooms.

Central to the grounds is a delightful pool with an elegant gazebo. Enjoy the 180° view of the ocean as you relax in the fully furnished social area with full kitchen, dining table, stereo system and lounging area.

Kalafken means HOUSE OF THE SEA, taking this name from two Latin American indigenous languages: the Bribri of Costa Rica and Mapuche of Chile. ¨Ka¨ means sea in Bribri and ¨lafken¨ means home in Mapuche.

The property is decorated with artwork that the family has collected during their trips to Italy, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. Enjoy the fine art collection painted by the owner, a contemporary artist who has shown in several exhibitions.

The property consists of 3 villas, two ocean front and one with an ocean view, and a pool with gazebo. The 6 guestrooms and social areas are fully furnished.

In the Main Villa you will find 2 queen beds on the upper floor in the ¨Monarca¨ room. Another two twin beds that can be converted into one king size bed are located in the adjacent Morfo room. Both rooms share 1 bathroom.

On the lower level, the ¨Ilang Ilang¨ guest room has 1 full bed and a small day bed. The ¨Rasta¨ guest room has 1 queen bed. Both rooms share a bathroom with a private open air shower.

The Open Villa serves as a social and dining space that includes a fully equipped kitchen, dining table, safe box, and a beautiful pool to relax in with a 180° view of the sea. The ¨Caracol¨ guest room sits behind the Open Villa with 2 twin beds convertible into a king bed. The room also has a bathroom and deck with private garden view.

The villa ¨El Patron¨ has a master bedroom with direct ocean view and 1 queen bed, a private open air bathroom with garden and sand floor, and mini fridge.


Gated Entry, Rooms Air Conditioning, Stereo System at Social Villa with IPod Station, Wi-Fi /Telephone / Evening Security Service

Gourmet chef available upon request

Fully Equipped kitchen:

• Cooking Utensils and Dinnerware

• Refrigerator with Ice maker

• Oven/ Gas Cooktop

• Microwave

• Dishwasher

• Toaster/ blender/ juice extractor/ Coffee maker, espresso machine and other small appliances.

More Details

Property Manager
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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Please Contact Us before you do Any Payment - 89133340

A family owned property.

- Please make sure you contact the property manager: Bettina del Río

Please Contact Us before you do Any Payment - 89133340 purchased this house in 2002

Why Please Contact Us before you do Any Payment - 89133340 chose Santa Teresa Beach

It is an exclusive property with spectacular beachfront. Ideal for families and for people who want to disconnect from the world for a few days.

What makes this house unique

Check-in: Flexible

Children welcome

Casa Kalafken is designed for family vacations.

You will stay in our beautiful house in Playa Hermosa, a four minute walk from the waves. Playa Hermosa is located slightly north of Santa Teresa and there are very few surfers in water. Although the beach seems remote, it is still close enough to excellent restaurants and shops.

This Private and secluded property is surrounded by palm trees at one of the more beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and with One of the best secrets of the area just a few steps of the property, only exposed at low tide, you will find a HUGE natural pool, larger than an olympic swimming pool, often overlooked by the surf-oriented travelers.

Filled with all kinds of interesting creatures, including puffer fish and other sea life trapped here from the receding waves, it’s a really great place for families with kids where they can swim, learn to snorkel and also experience the sea-life close up.

Guestbook comments from the manager


We have had a great stay at the house! We are enjoying our last night Maricel has been great as always… setting up reservations and giving massages etc. Franklin has been great as always also.

We have had a great stay at the house! We are enjoying our last night (the construction workers took today off for some reason)… Mareicel has been great as always… setting up reservations and giving massages etc. Franklin has been great as always.

Pura vida
Nov 2017
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Santa Teresa Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , towels are provided
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , towels are provided
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , towels are provided
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , towels are provided
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Monarca - 2 queen
    Morfos - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 2 Twins or 1 King bed
    Rasta - 1 queen
    El Patron - 1 queen , Private bathroom
    Ylang Ylang - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Caracol - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 2 Twind or 1 King bed
  • ¨Monarca¨ Guest Room with 2 Queen beds,¨Morfos¨ Guest Room with 2 Twin beds/or convert to 1 King Bed They Share 1 Bathroom. In the Lower Level ¨Ilang Ilang¨ Guest Room with1 Full Bed and a Niche Bed, ¨Rasta¨ Guest Room with 1 Queen Bed, They share 1 Bathroom with Double Shower to an open Garden. Behind the Open Villa ¨Caracol¨ Guest Room with 2 Twin Beds /Or convert to 1 King Bed Bathroom and Private garden views Deck Private House or Master Bedroom ¨El Patron¨ with a private Open Sand Garden bathroom, 1 Queen Bed with direct Ocean View, Full Mini Bar.
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

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Beachfront House - Families Vacations-
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 21 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Lo pasamos muy bien. Muy bueno para familia o parejas. Las personas que atienden muy amables. Muy comodo el acceso a otras playas y muy linda vista desde la casa. La pileta muy cómoda. La cocina amplia y comida para cocinar.

Muy recomendable, lastima q justo nos toco unos dias con obra al lado

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely location, great concierge but a huge building site right next door that starts banging at 6am

  • 2 of 5

The house is in a fantastic location, a great design and good feel. The concierge goes beyond the call of duty, but...

We paid peak season prices for the property and the owner neglected to tell us that there is a huge VERY noisy building site next door. With only limited holiday time, this vacation we were woken up at 6am daily. At times it was so loud, you could not have a conversation in the living area.

Aside from the site it is a nice house, albeit a bit tired and not that clean. The outdoor bathrooms are a lovely touch but a not so practical. They have bats at night that pee and poo everywhere. They are also infested with ants - one can certainly not sit on the loo as they tend to congregate there. Most of the outside furniture was very stained, it did get washed when I complained.

In terms of location, design and the lovely concierge it is a 5star property. Cleanliness maybe a 3 star.

We approached the owner about the building site ( which certainly did not spring up last minute- it has been there for a while and will continue for a while) and they offered us to come back and stay when the building is done. A kind gesture, but given we traveled for 14 hours to experience tranquility, I wish she had alerted us before as we would have gone to the hotel further down the beach - spotless, quiet and cheaper...

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patricia, Greetings from Costa Rica. We are sorry to receive your review and we feel it is unfair as you can´t see the construction from Casa Kalafken and during your stay they didn't almost work as was New Year Eve. The construction was delayed more than expected and that was the reason for not notifying it since it should have ended at that time. Here in Costa Rica we also have a amazing wildlife and as the house as 2 open bathrooms we have some small visitors sometimes, we respect them and try to keep them ouside of the property. I'm sure as part of the Costa Rica wildlife you also saw monkeys, Iguanas, tropical birds as well around the gardens as a give from nature. Normally our guest enjoy Casa Kalalfken we are really sorry you were the exception. Best regards. Bettina del Rio
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  • 5 of 5

The property is unreal, we loved it so much. Thank you Bettina and Maricel for all your help and making it the best ladies trip ever! We hope to come back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Newport Beach

Best Home in Playa Hermosa/Santa Teresa!

  • 5 of 5

This is quite possibly the best place to stay in Playa Hermosa/Santa Teresa! The space is amazing with three very separate villas that provide tons of privacy when needed and great common area when you want to be together. Our days consisted of morning yoga (5 minute walk down the beach), lounging by the pool drinking beers, hanging out in the large tide pool just out front, surfing, a couple trips into town and watching every sunset on a lounge chair on the beach. The staff was great and very responsive. Maricel was able to help us with anything that we needed, from taxis to fresh fish deliveries, she was very helpful! Before arriving Betina was wonderful to work with. Would love to come back here again!

Helpful Hints: The property is just outside of Santa Teresa so having a car or renting an ATV would be a good idea if you are wanting to spend a lot of time in town. Taxis each way are about $12 so if you are making a lot of trips an ATV or car might be best.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jason, Greetings from Costa Rica! Thank you for your review and helpful hints. We are glad you enjoyed the Property and the area of Playa Hermosa & Santa Teresa. You and your family were a exepcional guests, we really hope to have you back on the near future. Best Regards Bettina & Casa Kalafken Staff
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  • 5 of 5

Could not be a prettier place. Loved all of it. Great staff. They really took care of us.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for the perfect place to really relax and recharge your batteries; look no further. This amazing property has a feel of being completely remote and isolated while still being close to town for dining and shopping.

Every day is perfect at Casa Kalafken! Wake up and enjoy fresh fruit and domestic coffee, go for a walk on the beach, a swim or surf in the ocean. Refuel your body in the open air kitchen/dining/chill area. Have a siesta by the pool then wake up and practice some yoga or a workout. Enjoy a sunset from the pool, the beach or the quiet tiki bar just 200 meters north along the beach (great pina coladas!)

Also the properties staff, caretakers and concierge are happy to provide as much or as little as is required to make your stay exactly what you need it to be. Whatever you dream of as a perfect tropical vacation Casa Kalafken is the place where you can realize the dream!

Probably the best place I have ever vacationed.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola!!! We are so happy you had a special vacation on Casa Kalalfken. Without doubt Santa Teresa is a paradise and the property is included perfectly on it. We are glad to meet you and hope to have your next visit really near. Best Regards Pura vida Casa Kalafken´s Staff
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Brisas del Mar
Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco
Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat
Hermosa supermarket
Playa Carmen
Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Tambor Airport
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
25 Metres
Pranamar Villas Restaurant
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa is considered to be the most beautiful beach around. The area is officially called “San Martin”, but foreigners thought the beach was so beautiful that the area became known as Playa Hermosa (“beautiful beach” in Spanish).

This beach is very long and the flattest beach around. At low tide it’s really huge, and can be epically beautiful for photography, since the wet sand will reflect the setting sun. At high tide, the beach almost disappears, and the surf tends to close out. The best surf time is medium tide. The point break can be surfed at any time of day.

It’s an excellent surf beach, with a wide beach break with lefts and right from the center, and a point break to the north. Beyond this, it’s mostly rocky beaches until Playa Manzanillo, but there are a few beautiful sandy coves that you can often find deserted, and perfect for a romantic picnic.

If you’re looking for a beautiful beach without many people, this is the place for you. It’s a 8 minute drive to Santa Teresa town.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,234.26

The price is based on a 5 people occupancy.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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