Wonderful Place to Stay
Submitted: February 7, 2013
Stayed: December 2012
My two daughters and I stayed at Nido de Aguila over Christmas. Casa Lola, which we rented, is one of three houses on the property. All three houses have kitchens, but also share the outdoor kitchen in the Rancho, by the side of the pool. The Casa Lola apartment is on the lower level of the Rancho, is two bedrooms, kitchen and bath, and is air conditioned, though we needed the air infrequently. We had a wonderful time with the other guests staying on the property, and had a group Christmas Eve dinner, cooked by Chango, a local cook we hired.
The views are spectacular. Truly, the photos do not lie. Sunsets over the Pacific are some of the most amazing I've seen anywhere. There are three hammocks on the Rancho level, and there was also a hammock on our private patio below. We heard howler monkeys in the morning and had white face monkeys climbing about the cocoanut trees right off the patio. The property is well-kept and clean, with the on-site manager, Jörg, doing a wonderful job and making us feel welcome. Jörg was very responsive to our questions in advance of our visit, although sometimes it would take a couple days to receive an e-mail response. There are several grocery stores in Santa Teresa as well as an excellent organic vegetable and meat store. We stopped in Cobano on the way to Mal Pais to get groceries, but it turned out not to be necessary as everything you need is right in Santa Teresa. Also a number of good restaurants in the area, including the bakery, a sushi place and other dining options. There are a number of places to rent surf boards and the surfing was quite good. During the dry season, Montezuma is only about 15KM away, going over Star Mountain.
I would not recommend this rental for families with young children (which was not our case in any event). There are steep drop offs and the railings on the Rancho are not designed with small children in mind. One final point - take Jörg seriously when he says 4WD is recommended to get up to the property. The drive is narrow and steep and would be difficult, if not impossible, in a low 2WD car.
Families with Teenagers,
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