I just returned from my second trip to Costa Rica, and the majority of my vacation was in Santa Teresa at Casa Marbella. My friend and I decided not to make any "plans" and just go with the flow, and Casa Marbella was the perfect place to do so! The hotel has a wonderful community atmosphere, as one reviewer mentioned, and owners Stephanie and Jim are both gracious and attentive. Stephanie was able to point us to the best yoga studio in town, which was a real treat. Stephanie and Jim recommended renting an ATV to get around, and after a little practice, my friend and I found it was the best way to travel the peninsula's roads. That said, do factor some sort of 4x4 or ATV rental ($50 per 24 hours) into your budget, and ask Stephanie and Jim for road-trip recommendations. We went during the rainy season, when everything is slightly cheaper, but the weather is still beautiful and warm despite the occasional storm.
Also, bring good walking shoes (I recommend Land's End trekkers which did the trick) and sturdy flip flops. I would also advise to bring clothes you don't mind getting dirty for day trips and the such. This is not a swanky resort town, but the energy it takes to get here and around are well exerted when you see the breath-taking sunsets from your porch. The suite with a kitchen was extremely convenient, especially for making our own meals with groceries from the Super Ronny. Furthermore, Jim is a great surf instructor, and my only regret is that I didn't take my lesson earlier in the vacation so that I could practice! I will be sure to spread news of this hotel to my friends.
As a word of advice for those traveling to Costa Rica (or any country really), it is important to learn basic conversational Spanish for directions, travel, food, or simply greeting the locals "good morning" and "good evening." Attempts at these simple Spanish phrases will be rewarded with friendly smiles, warmth, and helpfulness from the locals. Costa Ricans are some of the warmest people I have met in my travels, and as travelers, one should be mindful that you are entering their home and neighborhoods. It is not their responsibility to know English, although many Costa Ricans, especially in the Mal Pais area, are multilingual. It is the traveler's responsibility to learn Spanish. That said, I highly recommend staying at Casa Marbella in Santa Teresa. It's the perfect starting point to explore the exquisite beauty of the peninsula!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa MarBella is a boutique hotel situated on a mountain slope in Santa Teresa. The property provides a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and is a five-minute walk to the beach, restaurants, and stores. Being surrounded by rainforest, it offers a unique opportunity to watch wildlife in their natural habitat. The area is renowned for its consistent surf breaks, some of which are walking distance from the property. The Casa consists of eight units with four different typologies of rooms for your different needs and group sizes. It is an ideal venue for those seeking the privacy, services, and comforts of individual hotel rooms, yet the intimacy of a private villa. The décor of the rooms is a minimalist approach with a tropical touch. The amenities of the hotel include free parking area, Wi-Fi in the common areas, infinity pool, ocean view yoga deck, sun terrace, and reception. All of the rooms have ocean view and air conditioning. Services we provide include house keeping, massage, babysitting, and concierge where we can schedule an array of activities for no extra charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Marbella Santa Teresa
- Casa Marbella Hotel Santa Teresa
- Casa MarBella Costa Rica/Santa Teresa