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Unrivaled luxury Beachfront Villa- Flexible accommodation 4 to 12 people

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 5,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps up to 9 ppl)

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, almost private bay with beautiful sunsets.

*The March House sleeps up to 9 persons in the 4 bedrooms but with a separate private suite with seperate entrance (additional cost and upon request), this opens up the possibility of accommodating an additional 2-3 people 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, is based on the number of persons (occupancy).

** 3 night minimum stay. & 7 night minimum stay for Easter, Christmas and New Year weeks.

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

*Daily housekeeping/maid service included

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

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. Fast, fiber optic 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 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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

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

The Mal Pais area of Costa Rica is unique in that climate wise we have the most temperate weather too wet, not too 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! :-)


Malpais House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom with double shower shares with bedroom 3
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , En suite with bedroom 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1) There is a king size bed in the master bedroom upstairs, 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 4th bedroom which houses internet with fiber optic 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
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • 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. Prices available upon request.


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Unrivaled luxury Beachfront Villa- Flexible accommodation 4 to 12 people
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Wonderful Villa, Great Location, Excellent Service

  • 5 of 5

For those of you who love modern, open architecture this is a tremendous house and you won't be disappointed. You can see, hear and smell the ocean from any room in the house and even when you are inside you still get the sense that you are outside. We opted to spend most of our evenings cooking and grilling at home. The kitchen is well stocked with appliances, glass ware and utensils - we never once couldn't find what we were looking for. The toughest decision is whether to each inside or out under the covered dining area.

Our host Yan was extremely gracious, helpful and completely unobtrusive. He made arrangements for ATV's, fishing (ask for Miguel), massage and was great about directing us to favorite beach spots, food stops and providing much needed directions to various attractions. The villa has daily house keeping services that are provide by Melba and we can't say enough nice things about her.

The villa has a great location, only 5 mins from Playa Carmen, it's beach, stores, bank, etc but you will feel a million miles from civilization. It is so easy to disconnect and relax here but... for those of you who need it, there is excellent cell phone coverage and wifi access.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michael, Thanks so much for your very generous comments. It was my pleasure (and Melba's) to take care of you all. We look forward to welcoming you all to The March House whenever you decide to visit CR again, sometime in the future. In the meantime, Happy Holidays to you and yours and all the best for a happy and peaceful 2018. All the best Yan
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Beautiful natural setting

  • 5 of 5

The house is fairly large and open. It was obviously designed by someone who knew how to design for the tropics. Very modern with lots of big open doors and windows for the tropical breeze to flow through. If you want, you can open the place up for a great inside/outside feel. We spent a lot of time on the patio or in the hammocks watching wildlife. Most evenings the monkeys would come cruising through the tree tops looking for mangos. We felt very safe and comfortable and had an excellent stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect mix of luxury and authenticity for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Look no further. If you are like me you do serious research and book hoping for the best. This time we got the best. It's the perfect mix of luxury in a really cool modern design, but authenticity with the open design and tropical touches. The whole place opens up to the nature outside with floor to ceiling accordion shutters.

Host: Yan is top notch as a host. Very helpful and easy going. There is also someone watching the property in the evening for security and someone to clean during the day. Our family of 5 felt totally safe the whole time.

Location: In the chill town of Malpais, right down the street from the center of the action in Santa Teresa. We loved it. Very secluded feeling without being too distant. You can also walk to the fishing boats that will take you out for a great time.

Nature: Lots of space and trees which means great chance to see Costa Rican wildlife. Everyday around 5 pm a big group of Capuchin monkeys would come visit the backyard. The kids loved it. You will also see howler monkeys, iguanas and tons of cool looking plants. In the beach cove in front the house there is a chance to fish and see tons of pelicans. We caught sardines and tried to fish like the locals with hand reels. Also, the sunsets are next level.

Things to do: We did surf lessons in the mornings with Nalu (a great recommendation by the host), followed by lunch and a siesta in his comfy hammocks. The afternoons were different adventures like ziplining through the rainforest or swimming in waterfalls, more siestas, or fishing right out front of the house in the cove.

Places to eat: Our favorite was breakfast at The Bakery (try their cronut). Dinner at Mary's down the street. And the ceviche at Carocolas. Lots of little places to try in the area.

Book this place, you will not regret it! We already miss it.

Pro tip: Buy neoprene zipper socks/booties if you want to play in the waves and fish out front. It helps with keeping rocks out.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Semaine excpetionnelle !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons loué la maison March une semaine avec un ado.

Nous avons adoré l'emplacement, l'accueil, la taille de la maison, le calme, la nature, l'entretien quotidien par Melba, la sécurité tous les soirs, la proximité de la mer et des commerces !

Bref, une semaine de rêve dans une maison magnifique et extrêmement bien entretenue !

Nous reviendrons ! Merci !

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superbe Villa et Excellent Service

  • 5 of 5

Facile de recommander the March House et son magnifique jardin... placée sur une plage deserte !

- Vraiment une très très belle villa, en soit, construction et matériaux de haute volée, architecture de très bon gout, parfaitement intégrée, d'un confort rare,

- Dans un jardin magnifique, avec de très beaux arbres, une pelouse bien épaisses, et des fleurs partout,

- Sur une plage carte postale (mais, baignade selon la marée, pas de courant ni rien, mais des cailloux)...

Sunset magiques et service digne d'un hôtel grand luxe !

En résumé, l'expérience d'un hôtel de grand luxe dans une somptueuse villa, seul au monde... et MERCI à Yann qui nous a fait découvrir les plus beaux endroits du coin !

Proche de tout, véhicule obligatoire !

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chère Guillaume, Merci beaucoup pour votre aimable critique. C'était un plaisir de vous rencontrer et de votre belle famille et je suis très heureuse que vous ayez passé un séjour merveilleux. J'espère que vous allez nous rendre visite à l'avenir. Mes meilleurs voeux à vous tous. Yan Dear Guillaume, Many thanks for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you and your beautiful family and I'm very happy that you all had a wonderful stay. I hope that you will come and visit us again in the future. My best wishes to you all. Yan
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  • 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: July 2016
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Xmas Week can go up to December 26(check out)

Minimum number of nights for each of these peak holiday weeks is 7 nights

Owner'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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