We have visited Villas Casa Loma two years in a row and have already booked our vacation for 2015. The resort itself is beautiful, serene and very relaxing. Tom & Igor are wonderful hosts and work hard to ensure you have everything you need. You can do as little or as much as you want while there, there are lots of options. You'll need a car for all of your excursions and touring as most are too far to walk. There is an excellent local grocery you can walk to (up and down the mountain) if you are in good shape, beach "Sodas" (restaurants), Flamingo beach (shopping & beach), a fruit market, fish monger & butcher (not like our own.... remember you are in Costa Rica!) all fairly close for daily shopping. Unfortunately the BBQ was not working, but I believe a new one had just been delivered. We cabbed out in the evenings and they are very accommodating and very friendly - some of the cars were not in the best shape, but we managed quite well. VCL staff are very friendly and keep the grounds, pools and property in excellent condition. Overall a wonderful vacation! We look forward to going back in 2015 for a little piece of vacation heaven!