What can I say - we had an amazing week. I will definitely be returning. The Villa was spotless, the guards and cleaning staff courteous, and attentive. Beach club and JW Marriott right next door are both fun. Tamarindo is a short drive away where all necessities are close by.
The pool right next to the house was nearly empty and our kids had a blast! We saw tons of animals - a sea turtle, monkeys, deer, cattle, horses, iguanas, green parrots, and many more!
For me personally the best is the surf. So many breaks and so close - you have access to Grande, Negra, and all of Avellanas and Langosta and Tamarindo river mouth - such great waves! And it was 5-8 while we were there.
The flight into Liberia is easy and the drive less then 90 mins. Basically it's simple - GO HERE!
Hacienda Pinilla is on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica, near Tamarindo and next door to Marriott Hotel. There are about 40 condos in the area and the condo development has a private beach club with a large sandy beach, pool, dining room, bar service and other amenities.
Three generations of our family stayed at #25 Hacienda Panilla for a week. We had a great time! The house has three very large bedrooms each with their own large bathroom and a half bathroom room downstairs also. There was plenty of room so everyone had some privacy. The bedding and towels and the lovely decorations made it feel like a 5 star hotel. The kitchen and amazing dining room table handled all of us easily. The grandparents were very happy to have the air conditioning that kept the house cool. Also, in addition to a short drive to the club, there is a large swimming pool a one minute walk away from the condo which we (the grandparents) enjoyed. The water was warm enough so you could walk right in and still cool off. No one else was at the pool each day and we (birders) saw over 30 birds we had never seen before. The younger generations went primarily to the Beach Club (included with the house) and enjoyed the food and the other guests they met there. The surfing relatives loved the waves at various beaches and the warm ocean water. It was a wonderful week and our memories of Hacienda Panilla will always be treasured.
We visited Hacienda Panilla with a group of 5 guys for a surf week at Avellanas and Langosta. The condo was perfect for our group, with flexible sleeping arrangements so everyone had their own bed. Having three suites with their own bathrooms also was a bonus. The decor, art, bedding, towels, and overall comfort level of the unit was exceptional. Definitely a great deal, and the waves were great all week. We ended up cooking almost everynight, and the kitchen was well appointed. We used the pool that is right next to the unit for lounging in between surf sessions and it was very private and relaxing. A few of us used the gym and that was a nice to have. We also really enjoyed the beach club (for drinks, appetizers, and a few meals). It is right next to Little Hawaii so it is very easy to have some relaxation time and keep an eye on the waves. The drinks and food were reasonable and tasty. It is about a 20 minute drive into tamarindo, and we thought that was about perfect. Hacienda Panilla has a resort quality and the security on property was also an added bonus. We went into town several times for meals, drinks, and hanging out. We also headed south to Lola's several times (great smoothies and fish taco's). Condo had plenty of space for lounging, and the high speed internet was reliable, and we used that a ton. We were able to stream in Netflix at night and just overall had a fantastic experience. We will be back!