About the property
- House650 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 10 nights
The Emerald Abode sits above the famous surf breaks of Santa Teresa.
this newly constructed home, was built and designed specifically to take advantage of the 30 miles of pacific ocean views, with the emerald jungle below. Every room in the house has a view of the ocean. Modern tropical open air designed interior, solid wood floors, counter and cabinets. A/C in master bedroom, and hot water throughout. Truly a unique and romantic vacation spot. Very private, no Neighbors, a wonderful place to sit back, relax and unwind in the privacy of your own home. NON-SMOKING PROPERTY
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About april aboud
i am originally from Toronto, Canada. i hold a business degree in Advertising and Marketing, and worked in that field and Publishing for over 25 years before i looked to make a change in my life. when i first left Canada i came to Costa Rica in the winter of 1992, (over 25 years) and fell in love with the area right there and then. I purchased a little piece of paradise where i am now living permanently. I am an artist that has a contractor business here, and i also publish our local newspaper called THE DIRT ROAD. i am currently divorced, living on the property in my first home i built myself back then when there was no electricity and no water, with just 3 Costa Rican’s and a lot of luck. I live here permanently with my two dogs, Akun and Nicoya. I am an entrepreneur from the start, when i came to Costa Rica our village had just got electricity so i started our first bakery, called 'la casa Rosa', delivering pizza and fresh baked bread to our very small population...i later moved on to the manager and chef at Star Mountain resort in MalPais...i also had a massage practice and created beach parties for the young tourists in the early years... Shortly thereafter i purchased this property and started building my paint contractors business. In 2009 i started our village newspaper called The Dirt Road. i have worked in the many homes of Mel Gibson as the main Paint Contractor and color consultant here in Costa Rica and MalPais, and well as many other homes of the rich and famous here. I fell in love with our area the moment i saw it, and still believe it is the best part of Costa Rica. over 25years have passed and I'm what most locals refer to as an 'old school' resident. i love it here and especially grateful i can share my love of the village, and the incredible nature with my guests.
april aboud purchased this House in 2000
Why april aboud chose Santa Teresa Beach
I have seen all of Costa Rica in my first 5 years when I came here in 1992 and besides Playa Santa Teresa being voted as the top 5 beaches in the world, i personally don’t think there is a more beautiful beach anywhere. I have watched this area grow from No electricity and No phone lines, and a population of about 30 families, with only 2 little local restaurants, 2 public schools, no banks or even a grocery store; into the current village we have now, which includes 4 private schools, 30 international cuisine restaurants, 10 yoga studios and spas, famous surf breaks, 5 grocery stores, banks, doctors, and a population of over 1,000 families. And i still love it here ! In 2000 I decided it was finally time to buy land, and although i could have traded my car for a piece of beachfront land in 1994, when i started to look for my paradise, i looked to the small hillside that follows our coastline for miles. i wanted to be up and above the growing crowds, but still close enough to be a part of the village. This is a very special piece of land, above the emerald green jungle, looking at the gem of the pacific for miles and miles. I own this little knoll overlooking the best of the best. I have NO neighbors on either side of me, (because I’m on this knoll). I rest about 50 meters above it all, so you can actually see the beach, the palm trees and the surfers catching the waves. Whether you like watching the monkey’s pass by, tropical birds or relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book, or how about a margarita to watch the amazing sunsets, or sit by the pool and stargaze all night. The Emerald Abode is my own private sanctuary, and i'm happy to share it with my guests....it is truly the gem of Santa Teresa for me. this is a non-smoking property.
What makes this House unique
Over the past 25 years i have had many visiting friends and family, all saying the same thing about my property. Everyone that visits mentions the amazing energy of the land and the truly amazing large views. But it wasn't until 2013 that i decided to build a rental home to share this beautiful piece of paradise with others. So my second home, the Emerald Abode, was designed for the visitor. This Tropical house was designed open air to nature, to take advantage of the amazing views, the sound of the ocean waves 24/7, and fresh air! Each room has a large ocean view, with the jungle below creating an emerald carpet, making a perfect back drop for sitting back and relaxing. Some have said the view inspires, and as an artist i know why. Living outside of the hustle and bustling of the big cities and even our little village here, one can hear the tropical birds and migrating monkeys in the early morning, watch the iguana’s and little gecko’s playing all day, and hear the crickets and tree frogs at night, but the most spectacular part of this property, is to see and hear the ocean 24/7. The rhythm of the ocean is really hypnotic and can roll away even the most stressed situation, making this the perfect relaxing and romantic place in Santa Teresa. Dreams feel possible when you’re sitting and enjoying the Emerald Abode.
Pool / Spa
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Everything about April and Emerald Abode was extraordinary and memorable!
From the moment we arrived, April made us feel special and well-taken care of. She thought of everything, including stocking the fridge with essentials, and offering insider tips on rum liqueur for amazing pina coladas! Her fount of knowledge about the area was so helpful- she has truly created a paradise for 2 in Emerald Abode. We tore ourselves away to ride horses, sail, hike and explore... but every evening we ended up in the plunge pool overlooking the pacific and looking up at the stars! An added attraction for us was as much doggie company as we wanted- loving, gentle and highly entertaining! If you’re thinking about going to CR, come here! You’ll thank us later...:)
Beautiful, Peaceful property. Amazing views with comfortable accommodations
We loved this property! April had a welcome basket in the refrigerator when we arrived, as well as a stocked bathroom with anything you forgot. There is everything you need for lounging on the beach or if you are going snorkeling. April has a dossier filled with information about everything in Santa Teresa. Her recommendations for us were spot on and welcomed! The house is clean and has amazing views of the Pacific. This is a rustic home, the living areas are all outdoors, and you have to adapt to living with the jungle in your living room ( we counted 8 geckos in the house, which we welcomed because they kept the insects in check). The bedroom is the only enclosed part of the house. There was air conditioning in the bedroom, but we did not have to use it, and welcomed the sound of the waves as we fell asleep. Amazing sunsets! The road up to the house is steep and you do need 4x4. We chose to walk up and down the road to town and beach, which was strenuous, but welcome exercise for us. You need to be in relatively good shape to do this. April's dogs were delightful, well trained and made us feel safe, without intruding on our space. This is a very special property, that is not the typical vacation rental. If you are looking for a remarkable and memorable Costa Rican experience, Emerald Abode in Santa Teresa is the place for you. One of the best vacations we have had!
My FAVORITE place to stay and relax
If your visiting Costa Rica, Santa Teresa is a must visit and I could not recommend a better place to stay. The owner, April, has done everything to make the stay comfortable and relaxing. She has lived in the area for many years and I found her recommendations and information very helpful.
The view is spectacular! Relaxing in the pool and watching the sunset is something that my wife and I will never forget.
We would recommend this place highly and will be our place to stay on our next visit.
Peaceful retreat from life
We were so blessed to have 6 nights at Emerald Abode! The picture of the woman in the pool is what drew us there and it was definitely the highlight of our stay. It was so peaceful and beautiful we could have stayed right there all day! The pool has jets in it, no chlorine as it is run on a filter system and heated by the sun. It was the perfect temperature all the time. Laying on the loungers and looking at the star filled sky at night was awesome! We enjoyed the 'open air' feeling of the abode. April was very helpful in any way we asked- a WONDERFUL host! She gave us a rep to call for a car rental and advised on a 4 wheel drive, which we now know is definitely necessary. She set up a horseback ride for us on the beach that was a lifetime dream and was beyond my expectations! Don't miss this! Sleeping at night with the ocean air and sounds of the waves was amazing as well as the sunsets! We are so glad we did not overbook ourselves and had lots of time to just relax and found a few very secluded beaches with shade too. Enjoy!
i love reading how wonderful my guests vacations were. i would hope all Hosts feel the same, some kind of personal responsibility to provide the best you can, and you know you are doing it right when your guests have a great time at your property. i know we can not always please 100%, that is impossible odds to even suggest, and that is a wonderful part of traveling, you get to see and view and live in a whole new experience. But lets face it, some people travel better than others, and CR suits some people better than others too! if you are considering CR and the Emerald Abode, maybe i can say this: "My perfect guest if i could draw a picture (in other words, the common characteristics of my guests that have simply LOVED the Emerald Abode).. The first thing that comes to mind that they all have in common is They Are Happy People; They are Adventurous not only in travel but in life choices for work play family etc; They LOVE nature and want to experience something REAL, first hand and not just in photo's, things like Iguana's, Monkeys, Gecko's, exotic birds; and they are interested in our area, the Dry Tropical Rain Forest. CR is not Florida or California or even Mexico.. we are 8 degrees north of the equator, this makes for different weather conditions (over 200" annual rain), different vegetation (tropical jungle), different animals (monkeys, sloths), even different ocean - warm water yearly, and beaches - clean and un-populated. The fact is CR is different than what most people are going to expect, and that is what is so amazing about this country. i first came here in 1992 and was transfixed by the warm ocean, pristine beaches, kind people, and the monkeys and iguana's. 26 years later i am still transfixed by it's beauty, daily. As we say here 'PuraVida', 'Pure Life'. The sunrise morning walks i take on the beach with my dogs, the sunsets that linger into amazing deep oranges and reds, the ocean and jungle views from my property that melts all my stress away, stars that go on forever, even just simply hanging in my hammock and staring out into the day or the night is a wonderful peaceful experience i cherish. My guests that LOVE it here can FEEL this in the air as well. It's hard to miss if you are open and adventurous in nature, and still carry a little child in your heart. The Village of Santa Teresa/MalPais is very unique in all of CR, and the Emerald Abode is my little piece of Paradise that i like to share with other like minded guests.
Such a lovely property and THE VIEW! April is a excellent host and put the extra care into creating awesome booklet of things to do in the area to a recipe FOR THE BEST PINA COLODAS! Can’t emphasize what a great time we had here enjoying the view from the wonderful pool. Looking forward to coming back!
We had an amazing almost three weeks-long stay in this lovely house. Extremely peaceful and 100% privacy, which we really appreciated. We've stayed at the beach in Santa Teresa before, which is of course lovely in many ways, but we enjoyed the privacy and the closeness to nature even more. The view is great and honestly theere's no need to leave the house :) When you do, everything you need is very close though.
April is also a great host making sure everything works throughout the stay. They emptied the trash every day, cleaned the house once etc.
Santa Teresa is a favorite place of ours and the next time we go we will definitely stay at April’s place again.
the village of Santa Teresa is the vacation spot for the rich and famous. often you will see movie stars roaming the beach, or having coffee at our local bakery. this is an international village, with over 70 restaurants serving international cuisine, 20 surf shops with surf instructors, 10 yoga/pilates studios, famous surf breaks, lots of souvenir shops, and much much more.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
rates are subject to change up to date of confirmed reservation. cancellation policy is as follows. cancellations will be accepted up to 60days to confirmed reservation, all cancellations will be charged a service fee (minimum cancellation charge $100, maximum is full cost of rental)...and will be deducted from the total. NO CANCELLATIONS will be accepted for any reservations made during xmas, new years and Easter weeks... there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this. No guests are allowed to bring strangers to the property, only guests that are originally booked are welcomed. the Emerald Abode provides excellent security in the form of dogs (pets by day, security dogs by night), and the property is surrounded by fence. this is a NON-SMOKING PROPERTY