What a wonderful place for a family vacation in Tamarindo. The villa is as beautiful, if not more, than the photos. Not only did the kitchen have excellent appliances, but it came with all the essential utensils, dishes, etc. We enjoyed grilling fresh fish on the grill in the courtyard. It was great to have a master bedroom downstairs with the kids' bedrooms upstairs. Each bedroom was so nice that everyone felt like they were in the master bedroom. We especially enjoyed the various courtyards and balconies - we would often drink coffee and eat our meals on the various balconies/courtyards. We were grateful to have the pool and not feel rushed to get to the beach. It would allow us to stay home in the morning while the kids played in the pool. There is a public beach across the street (you pass through a short jungle walk where we saw birds, iguanas, butterflies, etc.). Although we did not swim there often, we loved exploring the tidal pools at this beach. We saw starfish, sea slugs, birds and could collect wonderfully interesting seashells. A true value to the rental is the membership to the Langosta Beach Club. The club is wonderful - they have a very nice pool and their stretch of beach is quiet, yet a beautiful place to watch the sunsets. The staff is amazing. Maggie helped us organize sightseeing trips tailored to our needs. I could attend yoga classes several times that week. The French chef is an amazing bonus. There were so many wonderful dishes that we would often eat here when not eating at home. It was nice to have a car as walking around Tamarindo on the roads is not as pleasant. I would imagine another option is renting bikes. I wish we had followed the owners' advice and used Adobe car rental. We thought we would save money renting on line in the States, but the car rental found ways to raise the price once we arrived. Thanks to Russ and Duncan for ensuring we had a wonderful, relaxing, enjoyable week in the area. Although we usually like to try new destinations, we would make an exception and come back to Villa Encantada yet again!
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