Holiday Family Trip with 10 People
I can not reccomend this villa more highly!
My wife, our four children (ages 15 to 22) and a friend for each arrived at Hacienda La Cresta shortly after Christmas, 2012 and stayed thru the new year. We have previously spent the same week in villas in Jamaica, St Barths, St. Thomas and Anguilla. While we loved each one of these trips and the villas we stayed in, Hacienda La Cresta was the unanimous favorite of every member of my family.
In order to explain why this listed at the top, I must seperate our trip in to the two most important aspects, the villa and Costa Rica.
First, the villa. I'm assuming an estate of this quality is generally restricted to dictators and drug lords! Kidding! It was expansive, it was completely modern in every convience and it sits perfectly on a ridge between the jungles of Costa Rica and the most captivating Pacific sunsets from 300 feet up. All 10 of were able to spread out, hang out and chill out. The attention to detail throughout the home is as good as any I've seen in the States, much less the Caribbean.
Costa Rica is everything they say it is and more. Do everything or do nothing. The family favorite was the whitewater rafting, but we also loved the zip lining and the deep sea fishing. Costa Rica is the anti-St. Barth's, and Dominical is even more so. My kids hated St. Barth's (especially during Christmas!). Crowds everywhere, restaurants you can't get into, once you did 2.5 hour meals, snooty French waiters and a $1,000 per meal! Give them the town of Domical, three hours playing in the surf followed by a walk across the street to Tortilla Flats, an open table, music and laughs with the surfers and ex-pats and a burger in 10 minutes. And 10 of us ate and drank for $100. I love St Barths and Anguilla, and Tortilla Flats food can't compare to either, but for a teenager there's simply no comparison.
Rent cars, be mobile, get outside and do something (including laying around the fabulous pool at Hacienda La Cresta), take in the spectacular country of Costa Rica, bring tee shirts, shorts, trunks and flip flops, stroll the dirt main street of Dominical and check out the local artisans, and retreat each night to the nicest villa you will probably every stay in.
Families with Teenagers
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