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Exclusive, lux Beachfront Villa- Flexible accommodation 4 to 12 people

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11-12)

The March House, luxurious beachfront home oozing tropical style and contemporary design.

*Sophisticated,spacious and comfortable accommodation with loads of amenities.

*Beachfront setting in gardens of outstanding natural beauty.

*Situated directly on a tiny bay with beautiful sunsets.

*The March House sleeps up to 11-12 persons but with a separate private beachfront villa next door sleeping up to additional 5 persons (total of 17 persons) this opens up the possibility of accommodating larger groups for family reunions, and weddings. Perfect!

We know that this house may be bigger than you are looking for. So with that in mind we have a rate structure to accommodate smaller groups with smaller prices. Something for everyone!

Our sliding scale Basic Rates, outside of defined peak periods, based on the number of persons (occupancy) are as follows:-

Up to 4 persons $430 per night + tax

Then it is $65 per person thereafter. Maximum 11 people.

*sales tax is 10%

** 3 night minimum stay. & night minimum for Easter, Christmas and New Year weeks.

All come with the same great service, daily housekeeping....and spectacular sunsets on your doorstep.

*The Almond house next door with easy access has 2 bedrooms each with double bed, kitchen, bathroom and shower, separate WC, large lounge and patio area with direct beach access and amazing sunsets.Pictures on request.

**Please inquire for seasonal rates

*Daily housekeeping/in-maid service included



Come stay with us and have your perfect wedding, a family celebration, anniversary or memorable birthday celebration.

The March House sleeps up to 12 persons but we have a self contained house (The Almendro House) directly next door with easy access has 2 bedrooms each with double bed, kitchen, bathroom and shower, separate WC, large lounge and patio area with direct beach access and amazing sunsets.

An additional house next door with easy access

The March House is the perfect venue for your romantic beach front wedding.Let our Wedding Coordinator, with experience in all sizes of weddings help you plan your perfect day.No wedding is too small or too big.No stress, worries or aggravation.Outstanding personal attention and way more competitive rates than the competition.

The March House has hosted many successful and happy wedding events and is known in the area for its perfect location and set up.

We also offer a Concierge Service and can arrange the following: Deep sea and in shore fishing,Canopy Tour with 8 zip lines through the forest,Horse and ATV tours though the surrounding hills abundant in tropical vegetation.Individual surf lessons and surfboard hire. Massages and Yoga or Pilates in our beach side Rancho. We can hire for you the best in the area.

If you’d prefer someone to do the cooking for you for that special dinner we can arrange the services of our exclusive top chef. Prices on request

There is a stereo/CD player with an iPod connection.Wireless internet

The Living Area has over-sized sofas, large daybed, center table with mood-light, plenty of open space, louvered doors opening all of south wall to patio, dining area with table for twelve

A large patio flowing onto an outdoor Rancho dining area seamlessly integrates outside with inside space, with four over sized reclining cushioned deck chairs, views of palm and mango trees with beach beyond. This semi-private cove is just 50 meters from patio, with soft sand, easy walk to ideal swimming, surfing, and fishing spots

Activities: You never get bored in Mal Pais. There is always plenty to do once you tire of lounging lazily and something for everyone within an easy distance.

Surfing and Swimming

Our very secluded beach lies right on our doorstep - for the adventurous surfer, eager swimmer o relaxed sun

And if it is snorkeling you are after, the perfect spot is “The Swedish Beach”, tucked away behind Sunset Reef Hotel, a brisk 15-minute beach walk.

Mal Pais, and adjacent Santa Teresa, is famous for long stretches of white sandy beaches, perfect for swimming, surfing and boogie boarding. Playa Carmen and Playa Hermosa are world-renowned surfing beaches for everyday use. All are just a short drive away, and relatively uncrowded.

Sport fishing

The Fishermen’s village is THE place to go for fishing excursions and island tours. Simple “Pangas’ “can take up to 5 people out for 3 hours or more, either trawling or “bottom” fishing. Yellow Fin Tuna, Red Snapper, Barracuda, Bonito to name just some of the fish you’d expect to catch. Such fun...let us arrange a trip for you.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

There are numerous interesting diving spots off Mal Pais, including a deep wreck dive at about 100ft.

Keywords: The March House -Sophisticated,spacious and comfortable accommodation.

More Details

Yan March
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About Yan March

When I saw this property, I could not help but buy it, the proceeded to build the house, gave up my life in London and moved to Mal Pais full time. Because I realized the soul and rhythm of this place is so energizing you may wish to never go back. I never did!

Yan March purchased this house in 2004

Why Yan March chose Malpais Area

The Mal Pais area of Costa Rica is unique in that climate wise we have the most temperate weather conditions...not too wet, not too dry...just right!

The beaches in the area stretch for around 15kms and have something for everyone.

Probably one of the most outstanding beachfront areas on the Pacific side of Costa Rica

What makes this house unique

The house is all about understated luxury set in beautiful grounds with tropical gardens and beachfront.A private haven set on a virtually private little bay. When you are here you quickly acclimatize to the tranquil rhythm of the surrounding fauna and flora. At the end of your stay you will more than likely not want to leave! :-)


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Exclusive, lux Beachfront Villa- Flexible accommodation 4 to 12 people
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We visited the Santa Teresa/Mal Pais/Monteverde area for three weeks and this was our favorite place. If we did it over again, we would have stayed with Yan the entire time and if we ever go back, we will rent this house for a month. The other reviews wrote in detail about how beautiful the setting and house are--we agree with those sentiments 100%. Stop checking out other places--rent this house and you will not be sorry. I wish I had known when planning our trip how much better it is for a family to stay in Mal Pais over Santa Teresa. Mal Pais has a much better vibe. Thank you Yan for everything and we will most certainly be back to the March House.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Magical March House

  • 5 of 5

I was hoping to tell you this in person, but our paths did not cross before we left your beautiful home. Your home felt enchanted with vibrant spiritual energy. Everything about it invited peace and restfulness. I and all our family loved it! The landscaping beautifully flowed from deck, to lawn, to the beach with trees that swayed in the warm breezes. The seclusion of not having other homes nearby and therefore just enjoying the quiet or the sound of busy monkeys swinging in the trees made for a most relaxing vacation. Often when we went to your beach, we were the only ones there. How nice! My husband and I had the master bedroom and could look out at the stars at night. It felt like luxury living outdoors. In the main living area, we loved having the big doors open and being able to sit anywhere inside and have a beautiful view. Honestly we couldn’t have been happier with every aspect of your home. Melba and her helper were super. They kept the house super clean, made sure that all the dishes were done and that we had plenty of beach towels etc. It was also a treat to not have to think about dinners and we appreciated Aaron’s great cooking. Thank you for referring him to us. And thank you for sharing this very special home with us. I DO hope we can return one day.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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new Albany, IN

Awesome family vacation at The March House

  • 5 of 5

The March House exceeded our expectations and was nothing short of paradise! The description of the property and photos really do not do the setting justice. From the howler and white faced monkeys in the mango trees to the stunning sunsets, our family had an amazing vacation. The owner of the property and housekeeper were extremely helpful. We received great restaurant and activity recommendations from the owner during our stay; it felt like we had a personal concierge. I was apprehensive to wire funds for the deposit at first, but after corresponding with the owner, felt comfortable. We had absolutely no problems during the entire process. Dream of returning to the March House!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review Rose. I enjoyed looking after you all and hope you will all visit The March House again someday in the future. It would be my pleasure. Best wishes, Yan
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Orange County, Calif.

Absolutely Amazing Beach front house

  • 5 of 5

This was my third trip to Costa Rica, and by far the best. This house is truly amazing. It is positioned in a secluded private location with gorgeous views. few minutes down from Santa Teresa and all the amenities. Yan is very accommodating and coordinated all our activities and recommended fabulous beach front restaurants. Melba kept a very clean house and is a sweetheart. They also have all night security at the house so you feel extremely safe. If you are looking for a relaxing, remote and beautiful location I would highly recommend the March House.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Mark for your kind review. It was a pleasure getting to know you all and helping where I could. Look forward to welcoming you to The March House again sometime in the future. Until then, My very best wishes Yan
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Amazing beachfront spring break trip with the family!

  • 5 of 5

Our family – consisting of 2 adults, and 2 boys ages 10 and 13 spent a week over March spring break at the house after finding about the property on VRBO. Best week ever. We could not have asked for anything further to make our trip special, and can check all boxes for a resting and enjoyable vacation that exceeded expectations. When we booked it, we were confused about the location of the house in relation to the nearby towns and amenities, but after getting there, we realized we were close and convenient to everything, yet far enough to be quiet, relaxed and ‘away from it all’. The house was an easy drive from the Puntarenas/Pacqueria ferry (1 hr and 10 mins) on a very decent paved and gravel road. On arrival, the house owner – a great man – greeted us and gave us a quick overview. The house is amazing, large and open, and has everything one needs, including wifi throughout to keep the kids happy, not to mention a fully stocked kitchen and a location that is as good as it gets. The property was safe and secure, and provided infinite opportunities for the kids to look for monkeys, toads, raccoons, squirrels, birds, coconuts, fresh mango to name a few. The housekeeper who came each day we were there, was a beautiful woman that made sure we were well looked after and everything was in order. The area of Mal Pais is very quiet and serene, and so you can walk out the gate and it’s only 200 metres south a small shop/store where you can buy almost anything you would need (almost like a costa rican 7-11), as well as visit a few restaurants. Going north from the house 2 kms is the busier area of Playa Carmen/Santa Teresa which is a great beach for swimming and surfing. There is lots of parking, as well as more restaurants and ammenities than one can count, including bank machines, cafés, bakeries, at least 4 large grocery stores. The house is magical, located right on the beach, which is great for swimming, fishing and exploring. You may mistake yourself and think you are staying in a jungle, as the howler monkeys visit everyday and tour through the property and provide hours of entertainment. Yan was amazing from the very beginning and offered up local knowledge and assistance for us, including arranging a fishing excursion for our family & family surfing lessons. Great house, great host, great location, quiet and convenient. Treasure your time there - it’s a very special place.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Malcolm, Thanks so much for your kind review. It was my great pleasure to have you staying here at The March House. You are a beautiful, happy and fun family and it was a pleasure getting to know you all and to help where I could. I know that coming all the way from Vancouver was a "mission" so especially gratified to read that you all had a great time staying here :-) Thanks again and hope to you all visit again sometime in the future. All the best, Yan
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What a find!

  • 5 of 5

We finally picked on this home in Malpais because we wanted to be somewhere more off the beaten track, right on the beach and within reach of plenty of fun things to do. We were so happy with our selection. The home was beautiful, airy, spacious, comfortable and well-equipped. We got to love our morning routine of pulling back the wooden shuttered doors downstairs and opening up the entire house to the garden. You have to be up early to catch the monkeys, and we saw plenty of birds and butterflies. The garden stretches right to the beach, so we had easy access. It was very private and a great place to relax.

Nearby is a great little restaurant with organic food (don't expect very cheap prices), and a great little bakery where we would head after an exciting day out. Yan was great to work with in setting up the reservation, and he took us ATV-ing for the day - a very fun day and worth doing. We also had a great time fishing - we pulled up alongside a mother whale and baby, and saw manta rays flying out of the water. Caught Spanish mackerel, trigger, red snapper, parrot fish and had a fabulous cook up that evening. Melba the housekeeper did a great job and was very unobtrusive. Having someone to clean and make beds throughout the day was priceless - and not something you get with all VRBO reservations. We really appreciated it.

We highly recommend Yan and his beautiful home. We'd definitely stay again if we headed back to Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Tambor airport
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
bar El Rancho
Nearest Ferry
52 Kilometres
in Paquera
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Many in the area, 3+ within 3km of the house
Nearest Beach
70 Metres
the house is beachfront, wth many in the area
Car: recommended

The March House:the perfect venue for your romantic beach front wedding.Let our Wedding Coordinator help you plan your perfect day.No wedding is too small or too big.No stress, worries or aggravation.The March House has hosted many sucessful and happy wedding events and is known in the area for its perfect location. The house and the grounds compliment each other to create the perfect wedding.

We also offer a Concierge Service and can arrange the following: Deep sea and in shore fishing,Canopy Tour with 8 zip lines through the forest,Horse and ATV tours though the surrounding hills abundant in tropical vegetation. Birding and wildlife spotting with guide in Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve. Individual surf lessons and surfboard hire. Massages and Yoga or Pilates in our beachside Rancho. We can hire for you the best in the area.

Complimentary concierge


Rates & Availability

Malpais House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Easter Week 2017
Apr 10 2017 - Apr 16 2017
6 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Christmas Week 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year week 2017/2018
Dec 27 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

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Malpais House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom with double shower shares with bedroom 3
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
  • King size beds (2) There is a king size bed in the master bedroom and the master guest bedroom, Queen size Beds (2) There are queen size beds in two bedrooms sharing a bathroom with double closet and double shower., Twin or Single Beds (3) There are 3 x single beds in the 5th bedroom which houses internet with WiFi access., Baby Cribs (1) Available on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) 2 additional Camp cots available
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have two dedicated cleaners to service the house daily. Beds are made, sheets, towels and beach towels changed. If you are looking for a top class chef for some deliciously special meals, we can provide the right person. Just let us know what you require and we will come up with the perfect solution

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