THE PALM GROVE with its Three Large Air conditioned Bedrooms, and entirely open Living Areas is constructed of Almond Wood, in Tropical Style with large Verandas. It is nestled on a three acre property with more that 20 Mango trees, Water Apples, Papaya, Coconuts and Bananas and so is a haven for wildlife. The Howler Monkeys visit almost daily with their brood to hang upside down in the trees surrounding the extra deep refreshing Swimming Pool, providing fascinating circus acts. Tom , the Papa of the clan of monkeys, likes to sit in the Mango Tree and look at his own reflection in the bedroom Windows!
Large Iguanas frequent the property as do red Squirrels, Parakeets, Colibris and a myriad of other Birds and Butterflies
Right in front, The Ocean offers one of the best Surf Beaches in the Santa Teresa/ Malpais area, a beach so long and unspoiled it was recently voted one of the best beaches in the World by Forbes Magazine .
The tropically furnished bedrooms offer a queen size bed in two of the rooms and two queen size beds in the third. Fluffy Pillows and beautiful Oriental Textiles complete the picture. We have a large safe for valuables, large enough for laptops. There are two bathrooms and surf board storage and a caretaker living on the property.
The Maid comes daily except Sunday and can do Laundry on request.
THE PALM GROVE is conveniently situated close to the Fruit and Vegetable Vendor and the Supermarket. Santa Teresa teems with small delicious restaurants from Argentinean to Thai, Fish, Italian, Sushi and of course Costa Rican. Many are within walking distance as is the Beach/Night Club with its huge Palapa.
Fresh Fish can be bought directly from the Fishermen in nearby Malpais, or ordered from Mariscos Macho, who arrives on demand with everything from Lobster to Tuna. There is also a new fishmonger in the Centro Comercial, where the Bank and The Pharmacy are located. Or Go Fishing! We can organize fishing trips with the Fishermen (About $45 per boat per tour with 6 people on board). We have a large purpose-built barbeque in the garden!
We live in Santa Teresa and are happy to share with you our inside knowledge of the best Surf Instructors, and Masseuses (Both come to you!) as well as any Adventurous Excursions you may wish to embark upon.
We can supply you with a Chef if desired. We also have a baby sitter on call and are happy to help you with excursions, car rental and transfers by air from San Jose.
Here I am in my hammock!
Swedish/British a former journalist, designer and globetrotter. I have lived in London, Paris, The Napa Valley (in the Wine business) and in wonderful San Francisco. I speak English, French, German Swedish and Spanish. Our whole family loves to surf and to ride on the beach.
We built The Palm Grove in 2004 as the perfect Tropical house!
Great surf right in front!
We love Costa Rica and searched high and low until we fond Paradise here in Santa Teresa.
The Owner purchased this house in 2003
We've just returned home from one of the best family (three kids ages 9,9 and 12) vacations on record! This was our second visit to Costa Rica, yet first time in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa. The Palm Grove was absolutely spot on with what Anna (owner) has described in her listing! The accommodations were quite spectacular from the coziness of the casual spaces to the short steps out past the yoga platform then on to the sandy beach - perfect! We utilized the recommended private yoga instruction (most of our family's first time!) and having Ingrid, the cook, put together an amazing dinner party for 12. The location is ideal for walking out the gravel driveway to the Super Fresca or Super Maya and the darling Bakery a few minutes further away. Anna made herself available for any questions that we had and gave fantastic restaurant suggestions that we simply ran out of time to visit! Cooking was super easy and convenient in the open air kitchen and the private sleeping areas were clean and spacious. Housekeeping daily was a real treat, too! The open air downstairs space was fantastic for feeling the ocean air, hearing and seeing birds, iguanas, monkeys and much more! She reminds her guests to keep villa locked and valuables stored in the two safes - we mistakenly left our camera on the sofa while we left and sure enough, it was taken. Be sure to follow her advice on this note! Regardless of this incident, we cannot wait to return and perhaps stay at The Palm Grove or even one of Anna's other lovely properties! Pura Vida!
We spent three nights in this wonderful place. It is the guest house on a beautiful property with the larger, more luxurious "La Casona." Palm grove is built with beautiful wood and furnished with asian antique style. The owner has an elegant sense of style and the place reflects a sense of love and care. The owner is friendly and attentive. There is also a fantastic yoga platform on the property, just meters from the surf. The owner does yoga classes there and offers them to her guests.
The drawback for us was the kitchen. The vrbo description of the property says it has a "chef's kitchen." It doesn't. The place has a combination of beautiful ceramic serving bowls and plates and very low quality plastic kitchen tools. The stove was barely functional. And the coffee maker took 45 minutes to make coffee and was a low quality appliance. To her credit, the owner kept bringing other coffee makers for us to try, but there is just now way to justify this kitchen as a chef's kitchen. I could go on - no quality knives etc. All that being said, we made it work and enjoyed our time there very much. But if having a good kitchen matters to you, this will be an issue.
Also, the place advertises daily maid service and the maid did not come on Sunday.
La Palm Grove has everything you can wish for. I spent one week her together with some friends from Sweden and we had a amazing time. The location is fantastic, with awesome surf just in front of the house. The vegetation surrounding the house is beautiful and we had daily visits from curios monkeys and iguanas. Everything worked perfect. The staff was very friendly and we had no problems during our stay. I cant wait to get back next year!
We had a fanstatic stay the the palm grove for christmas, and we loved it all: the house, the beach, santa teresa, everything! the house is very comfortable and in a very good location, the beach is nice even if you don't surf, and there is lots of lovely places where to hang out. i strongly reccomend it!
We spent our vacation at the Palm Grove. We immediately fell in love with the place. It is beautiful and cozy and you just want to stay forever. The beach is one of the most wild and exotic beaches we have seen. Surfing was excellent and the kids never wanted to stop. They became real "surfers" in no time. Even our 7 year old enjoyed the waves and was in the water for hours enjoying the big waves. We also took yoga classes every day at the beautiful "Shala" placed in the garden in the shades of the palm trees. If we didn't cook ourselves we went to one of the many restaurant situated nearby. Our hostess Anna was very helpful with bookings and guided us with insightful many tips. We will come back!!!
It takes your breath away. You drive down the driveway off the road from town into paradise!!! Lush landscaping as you approach the house...then enter the large wooden doors which open into this vast room of comfortable white and very chique furniture open to a large dining table for many and modern kitchen and clear through open doors to the pool lit in turquoise splendor and gardens that run down to the ocean. Through palm trees the glimpse of white waves crashing and the red sunset draws you along paths to the beach that stretches for miles to right and left.. heaven!!