This property is a gorgeous, new, contemporary addition to Santa Teresa designed to be eco-friendly while also giving you all of the comforts of home. The large sliding doors and windows lining the walls of both stories make use of the ocean views and breezes and make you feel like you are nestled within the surrounding trees and flowering plants. This home was built in 2009 with an attention to detail to make your stay as comfortable as a 5 star hotel. The entire house and cabina are situated facing the West/Ocean, giving you views from every room of the many local trees and foliage, with glimpses of the glassy ocean crashing in the distance. Both levels have large patios and covered balconies allowing you to take full advantage of the indoor/outdoor spaces. We have screens on all doors and windows, and ceiling fans throughout the house (even in the large bathrooms) and over the patios outside to make your lounging times pleasant, even long after the sun goes down on those warm Costa Rican days.
This property is located 100 meters from Santa Teresa beach with only a grove of Pochote Trees standing between you and the white sand beaches, incredible surf, and tide pools. Heading out the other direction on the beach access road and bordering the rear of the property, you find yourself along the main road in town, full of superb restaurants, fresh fruit and fish markets, shopping and nightlife. Just a few yards down the road are numerous cafes and restaurants offering superb meals and service.
This property works in a number of ways to accommodate your stay. There is the two bedroom, two bath house which sleeps up to 5 people comfortably. The house can be rented alone or along with the separate, free standing, pool-side Cabina on the property, which sleeps 2.
In the main house, the two oversized bedrooms are separated for privacy and each offer king sized beds with highest thread count bedding, as well as separate seating areas, treetop and partial ocean views. Both rooms are similarly large in size, face the ocean, and sliding glass doors lead out to the oversized covered balcony stretching the full length of the upstairs. Sit and enjoy your morning coffee, or in the evenings enjoy the ocean breezes while watching the rain fall and spectacular lightning shows. The second bedroom also boasts an additional daybed/seating area which can convert to a full size bed for an additional guest. Both bedrooms have AC as well as ceiling fans and screens on all windows and doors.
Downstairs, the open floor plan of the kitchen, sunken living room and large outdoor patio area blur the lines between an enjoyable outdoor and indoor living experience. There are ceiling fans throughout the entire living space as well as over the outdoor dining tables. Again, all doors and windows are screened for your after dusk comfort as well, and to take advantage of the naturally cooling ocean breezes. The kitchen is fully equipped with all new top of the line appliances, including a chef's stove/oven. If your interest is simply in blending the margaritas, we can arrange for you to have a local private chef come to prepare you a scrumptious feast for your enjoyment outside under the stars. The sunken living room boasts a built in, oversized couch with loads of comfortable pillows to lounge on and read your favorite book, listen to music, take a nap away from the sun, or sit and watch the surroundings.
The free standing Cabina offers comfortable accommodations for rent on its own or as a supplement to the house. Overlooking the pool area and with partial ocean views, you will find a comfortable king sized bed, AC unit, ceiling fans, private closet and safe, kitchenette, large full bathroom, and separate patio.
The beauty of this property stretches from the indoors-out. The pool is the gem of the outdoor area. Large enough to swim laps, dive, play, float or simply lounge in large, umbrella covered, shallow seating area, this pool offers a fantastic relief from the heat. It is surrounded by trees and tropical plants, as well as an outdoor seating area
We are also available to assist you with recommendations on local restaurants, baby sitting, surfboard rentals and/or lessons, canopy tours, airport transportation/transfers, local flights, car rentals or tours, fishing excursions, massages/spa treatments, yoga, pilates or anything else you can think of!
In response to the water issues in the area, this property was built around an eco-conscious rainwater usage system. This means that all of the water used in the house is primarily stored rainwater or well water that is then filtered and reused in the irrigation of our landscaping.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us via email.TripAdvisor property ID 4289604...Read more
Left on 05/30/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | Jolisa JReviewed May 30, 2014Stayed Feb 2014
The photos don’t do it justice! Casa Buena Vida is the perfect place for a laid back getaway. This home is so peaceful and naturally gorgeous that I often stayed by the pool while my fellow travelers walked to the beach just a few steps at the end of the road. The trees and flowers are breathtaking. We enjoyed watching birds, iguanas and even howler monkeys. The house is conducive to chilling, which we really needed. It’s easy to hang out at the pool, on the patio or indoors on the big couch or around the table. Everything we needed – except surfboards, but we had those delivered – was right there.
Case Buena Vida is centrally located so although we didn’t have a car, we were able to walk to the shops and restaurants both on the beach and along the main road in town. It’s also next door to a small hotel with a restaurant and spa, so it was like having hotel amenities while staying in a house. Because we walked everywhere and swam and surfed every day, we slept hard at night. The comfy beds and air conditioning helped, too!
The owner was very easy to work with and helped with recommendations on grocery delivery, eating out and activities. She didn’t steer us wrong. There is even a book with recommendations for things to do and places to go in the house. We had a blast and will definitely be back! I’d recommend to anyone!
Left on 04/10/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 10, 2014Stayed Mar 2014
This is my first review of anything online...and there is a reason why. Our group of 3 couples and a friend decided to stay here, so glad we did. Couldn't of asked for a more convenient spot in Santa Teresa/Malpais with a great house and pool. The owner Melanie took great care to hook up the property and all of its amenities.
180 Steps to the beach (I counted)and a really great surf break (so many nice waves), relaxing pool during the hot part of the day, big cook-together kitchen with a great terrace, king size beds. Even a terrace to the bedrooms upstairs which we didn't even use. The Cabina is a nice addition to for the more secluded couple. It's nicely sectioned off with a gate and your own parking and has an alarm system/safe. Felt very comfortable and safe, seriously an awesome spot to chill...even without having to go anywhere. While I surfed my friends had some great adventures nearby, picking them right out front to go snorkeling in Montezuma at Tortuga. Also would recommend a hike exploring Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve which was deep in nature with a whole bunch of exotic creatures along the way.
Don't forget to read all of her recommendations/list...restaurant recommendations were spot on.
Thanks Melanie, can't wait to come back down the road!
Left on 04/04/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 4, 2014Stayed Mar 2014
This is a beautiful, incredibly well-designed and conveniently located house -- great pool and garden, just steps to the beach and around the corner from grocery stores, restaurants and yoga. Since my husband doesn't drive and we have a teenager, it was great because they could wander off by themselves without needing a car (which is not the case with many other rentals in Santa Teresa). The house itself is well-equipped and the owner was very cooperative and accommodating.
Left on 03/31/2014 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 31, 2014Stayed May 2013
I loved staying here. The location is amazingly close to the beach - just a short walk to the water, where you are treated to vast stretches of gorgeous sand and water, almost undiscovered (with very few locals or tourists around). Coming from la, I didn't know that kind of place still existed!
The home felt secure and very well maintained. Everything worked. The staff that came onsite helped us with everything we needed. The owners had recommended to us some of the local restaurants, and we soaked in some of the easy breezy Tico lifestyle by going to our favorites several times.
Our two young children had a blast too, and we alternated most days between beach and the really nice pool.
“Excellent week long visit with 3 year old twins in tow!”
Left on 03/25/2014 for a stay in May 2013 | Julie S.Reviewed Mar 25, 2014Stayed May 2013
My husband, twin 3 year old girls, and I stayed at this home for about a week in May 2013. We honeymooned in Costa Rica in 2007, but this was our first time to this region. It was an excellent experience and I highly recommend this home. The kitchen is well equipped, the air conditioning kept us comfortable as needed, the beds were comfortable, and the space was very clean and well maintained. The pool was perfect for our little ones - with a cut out area that was wading level depth for them to hang out in. We spent time at the beach which was a short walk away and went to several really great restaurants.
Left on 03/23/2011 for a stay in November 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 23, 2011Stayed Nov 2010
This house is amazing. The only thing you'll regret when you arrive, is not booking it for longer. Beautiful, home, gorgeous yard and pool. Super close to beach and everything town has to offer. Awesome beds. Loved that they had screens on all the windows so we could open at night. Really appreciated the cold beer in fridge when I arrived and helpful, friendly property manager. Can't wait to go again and stay longer next time.
Left on 04/07/2010 for a stay in October 2009 | Hello Costa Rica!Reviewed Apr 7, 2010Stayed Oct 2009
The house is beautiful, modern, and tastefully decorated. I remember the
mattresses and linens were very nice. The pool is beautiful, if a little on the
small side, and the location, a short walk to all the best restaurants is great. It
is a one minute walk down the road to the beach, which is visible from the 2nd
story (where the bedrooms are located.) We had a delightful breakfast every
morning at the french bakery/cappuccino place on the main road- about a ten
minute walk into town. The house is right off the main road, so opening the
windows on the "road" side of the house can be noisy, but we just opened the
windows on the other side and it was great. Highly recommend staying there.
We will be back.
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