Villa, 7 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths (Sleeps 18)
About Mike LaCaze
Mike and Nancy LaCaze came to Costa Rica 13 years ago. Mike, owner of a real estate brokerage firm in San Diego, had his eye on Costa Rica from the beginning. Nancy, an interior decorator and artist knew she had found paradise ad couldn't wait to get started on building their 5 star, 7 bedroom suite, all inclusive villa. 'After our first trip to Playas del Coco and Coco Bay Estates, there was never any doubt about the love affair Nancy and I had found with the beauty of the land and the beauty of the development of Coco Bay Estates where we chose to build the magnificent Villa Santaluz. Dramatic views, beautiful quality and finishes and a well designed floor plan doesn't come close to describing how we feel each and every time we walk through our front door. You'd be hard pressed to find a better view in the entire world. We look forward to meeting you. Sincerely, Michael & Nancy LaCaze, San Diego, California.
Mike LaCaze purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Mike LaCaze chose Coco
We chose to build a vacation rental in this location because of the beauty of the land, the people and their culture, and the amazing private community of Coco Bay Estates.
What makes this Villa unique
Enjoy a culinary cuisine like non other. Guests can choose to rent the villa with chef services that come with our all inclusive 3 gourmet meals a day. Come in from playing tennis, snorkeling or exercising in the fitness center and we'll show you what a 5 star vacation is like.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Canadian Group of 13, 4 families, 5 teenagers, stayed 2wks in the Villa over spring break 2016!
The Villa is as you see in photo's, it is kept in immaculate shape by the staff and owner.
Spacious bedrooms with very comfortable beds & bedding and their own private bathrooms a great bonus.
We concur with previous reviews, the staff (4) are wonderful, keep the place very clean and laundry done daily.
The pool at the villa was a must, it was cool & refreshing. Ana and Carlos live onsite, separate from guests, both
available when needed but never in the way, lovely people.
Mike goes above and beyond any VRBO owner I have ever dealt with, answered questions we had in a timely manner & also helped us book our activities and restaurants, Citron & Gingers come to mind, very good.
Claudia and staff cooked up breakfast daily, nice way for us to come together and start our day, we ate outside, no bugs. We booked 8 dinners a few to many as our group like to bbq ourselves (which we only did once) and go out for dinners.
We used the driver (Luis) which was a good idea, only downfall is you are pretty isolated on the hilltop and it is really hot 95-100 everyday, the walk down the road to town & back is challenging in the heat, not to many of us were up for it, so you really are dependent on the driver to get you around.
We did 3 adventures, a private sail boat ride, a private river cruise (road a little rough to get to), both were fun, we also went to Canon De La Vieja, which the kids and some adults enjoyed but if you are not interested in doing all the activities you might want to sit this one out, if you don't you will find yourself sitting around with not much to do in the heat. We also had Rosa & her team come to the villa one day and give us all a spa day, it was excellent. Mike booked all of the above for us.
We had Luis take us to Tamarindo (about an hour away) a couple of times so we could do a little shopping, lunch and then a swim in the ocean and back to the villa, ladies had dinner ready for us.
We went into the ocean several times, at Hermosa and Tamarindo, both places had sandy bottoms with no rocks or weeds, the waves were a lot of fun.
Costa Rica is beautiful as is the Villa, we could hear the monkey's howling (don't confuse them with dogs barking) from the villa.
We had a nice mix of activities and down time to relax, the Costa Rican people are very friendly and most speak some english and try to make you happy, we also felt very safe where we stayed and when we were out and about.
Thanks to all the staff & Mike!
High school reunion
Fantastic!!!! Can't say enough about the pleasant and accommodating owner (throughout the ENTIRE planning process of arranging 15 people from all over the country), the incredible staff, the villa itself 5-star, and the view!! I'm a world traveler with the philosophy to never see the same place twice-- until I stayed at Villa Santaluz. I cannot wait to go back!!
We stayed at Villa Santaluz with 3 other couples and we had a wonderful time. Carlos and Anna were fantastic and Claudia(the chef) was great. We at all our dinners at the house and most breakfast meals as well. The rooms were spectacular and the pool was sparkling clean EVERY day and a great temperature. We also used their recommended driver, Raphael, and we had him for the whole week to take us to and from town as well as to and from all of our excursions. I would highly recommend using Raphael as it can be difficult to get around and the rules of driving are different than in the US (there are NO rules!). The house was always clean and Mike, the owner, was very helpful in answering all of our questions that we had and helped us with anything we needed. We went zip lining at Canon, and also went on the river cruise. Would highly recommend them both. A fantastic vacation rental for anyone but if you have a large group it is the best!!
Great Birthday for Steve
We selected Villa Santaluz as our destination resort to celebrate my birthday. We took our adult children, grand children and friends. The house was perfect for a large group. The pool area had fantastic view, each bedroom was like staying in your own personal suite, the full time staff was extremely helpful providing hotel like services and the owner was very helpful in seeing that our entire stay was a fantastic experience. We used a driving service as recommended by the owner and this was an excellent decision. Mike, the owner, helped us to arrange several excursions and his local knowledge was invaluable. The extra amenities that came with the rental of the fitness and beach club were a real bonus. We had under 10 children and they loved every minute of the stay. If you are looking for a great vacation spot that will handle a large group you won't be disappointed with Villa Santaluz.
Villa with a view!
House was gorgeous with a wonderful view. The housekeepers (Anna and Carlos) were also great and very helpful. The driveway was a challenge as it is very steep and a car is absolutely needed. The bottom of the car scrapped cement on every trip up the driveway. The pool was beautiful, but a little too chilly and maybe because they just changed the water. I would recommend as the people, view, and house set up was AWESOME!
Playas del Coco Costa Rica is beautiful. If offers adventure such as zip-lining, white water rafting, ATV riding, volcano tours, golf, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, nature hikes, ATV rides and paddle boarding. This warm and tropical environment is safe, friendly and a fantastic place to spend your vacation.