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Santa Teresa Ocean View Villa is on a hilltop overlooking playa Carmen

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 kitchen +pool and over 250 Sq. meters of living space.


Best View in Town

Complete Privacy

Extremely close to restaurants, store, bars and main beach playa Carmen 1 K.

Security and concierge service included

Santa Teresa Ocean View Villa is located 1.2 kilometers from the villages of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais in the province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Spread out below the Villa is 15 kilometers of white sand beaches among which is Playa Carmen listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Forbes magazine. It boasts moderate temperatures with ocean breezes. Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are quaint villages that take you back decades from the fast pace of modern living. You can purchase fresh tuna just caught for your evening dinner, enjoy sushi or even order pizza if you wish. A variety of upscale restaurants are available for lunches and dinners. Your destination has yet to be overrun by commercial development but the secret is out and you will certainly meet people from all over the world. Exploring the jungle, discovering the beaches, fishing, surfing, or simply lounging poolside awaits you.

Santa Teresa Ocean View Villa is a brand new property that just opened in August of 2014. The property consists of a 2 story 250 sq. meter (2700 sq. feet) villa which sits on a hilltop overlooking a world class surfing beach and the Pacific Ocean. This property is situated so as to afford its guests with stunning Pacific Ocean sunsets. Its elevation catches cooling breezes off the Pacific Ocean. The villa is 1.2 kilometers from the quaint coastal villages of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. Although near the villages, its secluded location affords its guests with complete peace and privacy. The living room, kitchen and bedrooms are furnished with custom hardwoods from Costa Rica. The property includes these amenities:

-3 bedrooms which accommodate up to 11 people

-4 pillowtop queen mattresses and 1 bunk bed with a double mattress on the bottom

-full bathrooms on the lower and upper floors

-fully equipped first floor kitchen with oven/stove, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, coffee maker, reverse osmosis drinking water dispenser, dishware and silverware

-upstairs kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave

-air conditioning in master bedrooms upstairs and downstairs

-linens and towels included

-safes for secure storage of valuables in each master bedroom

-ocean facing deck with pergola and a 75 cubic meter infinity swimming pool with 43 inch LCD TV and music system

-freshwater pool with no chlorine or salt added but rather a state -of-the-art CL ionization system controlling ph levels

-the deck is furnished with chairs, lounge chairs and beach chairs

-internet and Sky satellite television equipped

-24 hour video security monitoring

-on site casita with English/Spanish speaking caretaker

Additional fee services are available upon request:

-car, quad or truck rental

-guided tours of the area

-ecotourism adventures

-surfboard and SUP rentals

-video recording or photography of your vacation

-catered lunches or dinners at the villa

-pizza delivery

-laundry services

-taxi cab services


-surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, kite surfing


-whale watching



-horseback riding

-yoga, massage and spa services

More Details

Peter Burkhardt
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 10, 2017

About Peter Burkhardt

Hi. I'm Peter originally from Minnesota and now living full time here in Santa Teresa. I purchased property in 2005 and constructed the house in 2007 with no power when I was the very first to pioneer the mountain top that was high above the city center. Untouched and unexplored, I put all i had into several attempts at building and remodeling throughout the years. We got power hooked up the mountain in 2008. I was then able to pump from my Nicoya water well. A devotion to a dream of living 'pura vida' in Costa Rica kept me adding on needed components. I have done my best to accommodate a large group with all the comforts important to relaxing at the villa while you enjoy the infinity pool, jungle canopy, and breathtaking views and sunsets. It's my pleasure to welcome you to Santa Teresa Ocean View and help to make it the best stay possible.

Peter Burkhardt purchased this villa in 2005

Why Peter Burkhardt chose Puntarenas

When I first saw the view here of the coastline I was hooked and have come back ever since. I believe this to be a special place that allows a unique perspective of the beaches, ocean and the world.

What makes this villa unique

CL free pool is a very unique experience and one that most enjoy. The water is drinking quality and is very very clean. The pool has a very large infinity edge overlooking playa carmen when you can sit on the underwater stools and watch the surfers.


Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1.1 Kilometres
Nativo Sports Bar
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Kilometres
Breezes Del Mar
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Playa Carmen
Car: recommended

Location: To get to the Villa you turn uphill at Amichi Pizza next to Ronnie's Market. This is the Horizon Yoga road and is Black tar at the bottom.

Road up to Villa:

The road up the the Villa is less than 1K but very steep at the bottom section and very rocky and bumpy towards the top. It requires 4x4 and i generally use low gear and drive upslowly. Any 4x4 can make it up and once your here you will be very glad you did.


Surfing, Standup Paddle-boarding, Body Surfing, Hand Boarding, Boogie-boarding, swimming, sea fishing are all World Class. The Surf is extremely consistent and there is a great opportunity to learn to surf while you here. Many professional surf instructors and all the rental gear along with slow smooth waves that allow even beginners and novice find a break that works for them. Many Many beach breaks and a few point breaks makes it easy to find your own peak and enjoy empty waves with humpback whales and an occasional dolphin.

If surfing isn't for you then the triple water fall or a canopy tour would be a great option. You can always go for a snorkel tour to tourtuga island or deep sea finishing and bring back that monster tuna!! Mountain bike trails and Quad tours are also very popular.


Carmen Beach Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Down stairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , hot water
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , hot water
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Main level master bedroom - 2 queen
    Penthouse suite - 2 queen , Kitchenette, private bathroom and walk out deck.
    Main level Bunk bed - 1 bunk bed , Bottom is a Double and top is a single.
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Santa Teresa Ocean View Villa is happy to offer you any and all services that may help you enjoy your stay better. Private chef services, nutritionist, or restaurant menus are at your finger tips in our information packet. We can arrange private tours or shuttles as well as the best Surf and SUP boards in town. Quads, Cars, Trucks and Busses can be rented but walking down and getting a 10$ cab ride up is a great low tech option. House has two large hammocks and many fruit tress as well as an organic garden and Eco-Tourisim focus with a recycling and compost plan. We enjoy our own water well and drink reverse osmosis water from a filter.


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Santa Teresa Ocean View Villa is on a hilltop overlooking playa Carmen
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Breathtaking view

  • 5 of 5

Wow!!! Amazing stay at the villa. Best view you could ask for!!!! Big house looking over the ocean, amazing patio perfect for happy hour while watching the sunset...(bbq and set up is truly awesome )house was clean, our host was always there to answer any questions, you definitely need a 4x4 to climb up that hill, we saw monkeys in the back of the house...go and book it, you will love it! See you next year!!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice villa with some things to consider

  • 3 of 5

The villa is nice, with an amazing view and relaxing pool!! The rooms are really big and comfy!

However there are a few things that need to be considered if you're planning to stay there. The road to the house is really steep that the ONLY way to get there is with a 4x4 (or ATV). 4x2 cars won't make it (believe me, I tried). The villa is located like 10 minutes away from the main road (going up to the top of the mountain).

As of today (June 2016) the furniture is not as it appears in the pictures, it is somewhat deteriorated. Apart from that, when we got there the TV and the grill didn't work so we had to manage without them.

Finally, 1 of the bedrooms has no A/C, only a ceiling fan. The other two do have A/C.

When we were leaving we talked to the handyman and he said he was already planning to fix those things, so hopefully they will be fine soon...

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location. Awesome views!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just returned from a week stay at Villa Icculus. We arrived in town at night, so we didn’t have a chance to see the views until the morning. What an awesome sight to wake up to! The views from the villa are absolutely amazing. It might be one of the best places in the Santa Teresa area to watch the sunset.

The house was appointed with everything we needed. The pool is a great spot to relax and the house’s location on top of the hill offers privacy.

Other people have already noted how steep the hill is up to the Villa. We rented an ATV while we were there and it worked great for getting up and down, as well as around the town. At the bottom of the hill is just about everything you’ll need - there are several great restaurants, a grocery store and beach access. Just down the road is the bank and ATM. The villa sits in a good location in Playa Carmen.

We definitely would recommend this villa for adventure seeking families, couples or groups.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from 6 days at Peter's Villa Icculus and have nothing but amazing things to say. We went with a group of 4 couples, which slept comfortably in the two main bedrooms. The villa is perfectly laid out to maximize time spent outside enjoying the lovely weather and gorgeous views. The "wall" of the kitchen that faces the ocean is constructed of folding doors that can be clipped back in order to open up the kitchen/dining area to the pool deck. The pool is perfection, offering a perfect place to cool off in the afternoon heat and exception spot to watch the sunset. The town is awesome as well, laid back surf-vibe with a good mix of locals and expats. Not too crowded (at least when we were here in March) but certainly not dead quiet.

Peter was a fantastic host with great local contacts for anything you may need or want while in town. He helped us arrange shuttles, rental cars, fishing charters, cabs, etc.

One note, the road up to the house is more than a bit rough. It is an adventure. Do not attempt after a few drinks, and maybe avoid at night all together. Cabs are easy to come by (call one of Peter's contacts) and cheap enough to make it worth it.

We hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incroyable !!

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé 5 nuits à la Villa de Pete ma famille et moi (7 adultes).

Nous avons été plus que satisfait de notre séjour... Vue incroyable sur le pacifique, couchés de soleil tous les soirs, petit vent rafraichissant (avec la chaleur c'était parfait), piscine de rêve, cuisine bien équipée, et j'en passe !

L'endroit est sécuritaire et intime, bien localisé, et la côte de 1km pour s'y rendre apporte une touche d'aventure!

Pete y est pour beaucoup dans notre confort. Il nous a aidé pour le choix des activités, en nous recommandant des personnes en qui il avait confiance.

Je recommande chaleureusement cette villa! La meilleure vue de Santa Teresa !

  • Submitted: May 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing, special place

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed in Peter's villa for 3 nights with my husband and 3 friends. The place is AMAZING. The location is very secluded (up a steep hill with a crazy road--4x4 absolutely necessary), which is awesome because it gets you away from the dusty roads and heat of Santa Teresa (it's like this in the dry season, at least). The breezes you catch from the villa are incredible and make spending time outside in the middle of the day totally comfortable. It's possible to walk into town from here--only about 1 km down the hill--but walking back up is rough; just be prepared. I can't say enough about the beautiful outdoor pool/patio area with sound system, TV, multiple hammocks, multiple dining tables, etc. Peter has really equipped the place for good living. Also, the bedrooms have high quality individual AC units, which is clutch, SUPER comfortable beds, and great showers. We enjoyed using the villa as a base to explore Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, and Montezuma, but we also enjoyed some lazy afternoon time in the hammocks here and sunsets in the pool with cocktails. Peter is super responsive and helpful while also totally respecting your privacy. I would absolutely return to his house--great place for families/groups of friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have you and I'm very pleased you enjoyed your stay. As a guest you are the best and extreamly respectful. Thanks so very much.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning $90
Refundable damage deposit $250

The road from the Villa to town is 1K and can be walked down very easily in 10 minutes. Up is much more difficult because of the elevation. Driving requires 4x4 or quads that are offered by the villa concierge. Parking below an option as well.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund