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Recent Playa Santa Teresa reviews

  • Beautiful Home, Lovely View

    "This is beautiful home with a lovely view and lovely landscaping. Waking to the sounds of the jungle was amazing and we had monkeys in our trees which thrilled us! The top terrace is a wonderful place to relax. The location is nice if you want to avoid the business of the coast but it is about a 30 minute drive to Santa Teresa and while there are two restaurants nearby, the best places to eat are in Santa Teresa in our opinion. The description and reviews mention the friendly gardener, housekeeper and laundry service but it seems as if they were let go before our arrival. There was a new caretaker, who was a bit of a curmudgeon (but he did prepare us a nice dessert one afternoon), and said the laundry machine would ruin our clothes; once we discovered the laundry machines were actually in a locked room in the house, we were able to do our own laundry. Also beware that the house has no AC and while most of the time the house is pleasant especially if it rains in the evening, on evenings that it did not rain, the bedrooms were a bit warm, stagnant and with the windows open, bugs (and a bat) did come in the room at night making us feel a little uncomfortable. Also some of the things that make this house special and add luxury were not up to par (because of a lack of rain?) such as the infinity pool which was still useable and nice but not filled to infinity level, fountains which were not running and the shower in the master bath which did not work. Seems to us like this home is a bit of a fading beauty. Bill responded promptly with emails but we never met him."
    Guest: Sandee S. Date of Stay: May 2016 Review Submitted: June 14, 2016
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  • Fair with Flair

    "I read the review complaining about missing pool tiles, and I have been thinking about what constitutes value in a vacation rental. I guess value occurs when reality meets expectations. My wife and I stayed at Cocobolo for eight nights in March, followed two weeks later by four days in Cancun. In such places as Maui and Cancun, the native people, plants and wildlife have been eradicated to make room for wall-to-wall hotels, each with its own private chunk of beach, a pool and a place to get drunk while being catered to by white-jacketed servants. If this is your idea of heaven, then by all means go to Maui. We found Trey helpful and friendly, attentive and supportive. He did not, however, make our drinks. Cocobolo is "in amongst 'em." The roads are terrible and dusty, but Cocobolo gets much less dust than does anyplace six miles away in Santa Teresa. We enjoyed buying local fish and produce in S.T. and Cobano, and picked up our de rigeur souvenir machete at the hardware store in Cobano. Trey took us fishing one day, and we drove the Pacific Coastal Highway, i.e. the beach at low tide, and we hit nearly 60 mph on the smooth, open sand. Of course, we had rented a car. The beaches are extensive and very sparsely populated, despite there being good fishing and a shallow, gradual, sandy slope into the water. I estimate I waded out 100 yards and was no more than waist-high, except when Manzanillo's famous surf came crashing in. Great for beachcombing, suntanning and cloud watching. Monkeys in the trees every day -- both howlers and white-faced. We saw violaceous trogons, cinnamon hummingbirds and other exotic-to-us birds. I don't know if the air conditioning worked, because we never turned it on. Lovely weather throughout. The "missing" screening around the pools was not missing. It was being installed, and the hooks had just been welded to the posts. There is no law against writing a negative review, but I can say we are happy the guests at the other villa were much less dour than our predecessor. Negative: the one thing that caught me off guard was that I expected somebody else's vacation house that was being let for weeks for income. Trey has three or four (didn't count 'em, and they are scattered) on the property. Would we go back? Probably not, but only because our history says we go forward. We had a great time. Thanks, Trey!"
    Guest: Kerry K. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: April 19, 2016
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  • Outstanding Experience

    "We had the opportunity to stay in Roberto's outstanding home in March 2016 for a week with three separate families with the age ranges from 3-63 (total of 10 individuals including 4 kids 3-12 years old). The house is set up to hold multiple families with four separate large bedrooms that are all air conditioned. The downstairs is great for gathering and starting/ finishing the day. The pool was awesome for both the kids and adults in which we spent many afternoons in there. The walk to the beach trough you private access takes 1-2 minutes. The beach is outstanding for surfing, kids swimming, watching sunsets, and fires at night. The water is warm with a sand bottom. Referring back to the house, it has everything you need from drinking water/ice/grill/and all the appropriate accessories you need. There is a market right across from the property that is very convenient and has everything that you need. Roberto suggested many great places to eat and we also found some additional ones as well (Chicken Joes and the Soda right down the street). Roberto also arranged transportation to and from the airport in Tambor as well as five quads that were delivered and picked-up at the house. All of the services he recommended were A+ and can be trusted and reliable (Roberto also checked in multiple times through the week). And lastly there is Millane (spelled wrong) who takes care of the property daily, she is awesome and is very helpful. This was my families second year in a row at this house and plan to return yearly. All three families highly recommend this house to individuals and families of all ages. Great trip again!"
    Guest: Jason W. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: April 1, 2016
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  • Nicest place to stay in Santa Teresa

    "My wife, Dallas and I arrived at Andy's and Cota's Villas the morning of December 31. We had really done our homework looking at different places in Costa Rica and we kept coming back to Surf Vista Villas. Dealing with Andy and Cota was comfortable, both were willing to give honest and excellent information about the Restaraunts and Sodas in the area. They were also very helpful with areas to tour. The area is simply beautiful with lots of different things to do. The Villa itself was very nice with the added surprise of the pool that was installed in November. If we weren't going somewhere for the day, we would go to the ocean in the morning, back to the pool for part of the afternoon and then back to the ocean for the awesome sunsets in the evening and then out for dinner. Santa Teresa itself is basically 1 long road, mostly dirt. Very safe and friendly with lots of nice places to eat, you just have to ask Andy. We only had 2 bad meals out of the 13 nights there and they were places that we decided to try on our own. While we were there, there were people from all over the world staying at Surf Vista Villas. Most people were really nice while a couple of people were more interested in staying to themselves, which worked out well because of the privacy each Villa had. Andy had an ATV that we rented for the whole time which was the best way to get around. If you like surfing then Santa Teresa is the place to be. We didn't surf but there was plenty of places to explore and relax. We will be going back."
    Guest: Steve R. Date of Stay: December 2015 Review Submitted: January 21, 2016
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