As we passed through the gate into The Palms, our anticipation grew. When Jorge greeted us and opened the front door of the villa, we saw a wall of windows and the magnificent white sand and blue water of Playa Flamingo. We knew then that Elyne had accurately described this paradise. First the actual unit - granite countertops, first rate appliances (Viking, Subzero) and a completely outfitted kitchen. Multiple flat screen TV's, beautiful wood cabinetry, tasteful furnishings, and marble baths (3!). We felt like privileged guests in a "magazine-beautiful" home.
When we stepped onto the stone patio we faced a large infinity pool and beyond that the clean, wide, white sand beach. The pool was very beautiful and the drink/food service was comparable to staying at a top resort. The drinks were expertly prepared by the friendly and engaging pool bartender. The food was prepared to order and delivered as you wished: either poolside, on your patio, or in the home. During our seven day stay we were treated as owners - greeted with smiles, accommodated in every way, and made to feel welcome. Fresh towels were laid out on our patio chairs every morning, and if you wanted a fresh towel at any point you only needed to take one from the pool area - they were constantly refreshed and available.
The on-site concierge expertly recommended a day trip with private driver to a zip-lining excursion, along with a water slide (terrifying - only for the very, very brave), a hot-mud treatment, volcanic hot springs and a gourmet 5 course lunch. On the ride back to The Palms our driver detoured to take us to a monkey habitat and even arranged for us to hold a rescued "howler" monkey - a true highlight of our trip.
All-in-all we enjoyed a perfect seven days at The Palms - we highly recommend Elyne's Villa -- you will not be disappointed!