My family of 7 stayed at Casa Temoana for 8 days at the end of October.
The villa is located in a gated community called Hacienda Pinilla just over an hour away from the airport and 10 minute drive from Tamarindo. Within HP community you will find the JW Marriott, another hotel called La Posada, a Beach Club,private condos, villas, a golf course, tennis courts, horse stables, and beautiful beaches. You definitely need a car to get around from the airport to the villa and if you want to go into town to get groceries. The location was perfect for our needs as you have a private villa but also access to all the hotels and amenities. There was no extra charge to use the hotel facilities or the Beach Club and Marcelo the owner was kind enough to arrange a 20% discount on food, beverages and any other services.
When we got to Casa Temoana we were welcomed by Marcelo to show us around and answer any questions. Its a very unique villa designed by Marcelo's daughter who is an architect. The villa is open concept that incorporates the outdoors in where all of the glass doors slide open overlooking the beautiful pool and waterfall in the backyard. There are four bedrooms and bathrooms with a Master on the first floor which has an incredible en-suite. The villa came with fully equipped kitchen, stainless steel appliances, built in water filter, all cooking utensils, dishware, BBQ, TV, games, DVD, stereo system with an ipod dock, WiFi, towels, linens, tanning beds etc. Marcelo has grand kids and was kind enough to leave a pack n' play, pool toys, a jogging stroller for my baby which certainly made travels easier. The stay included a maid Erika 6 days a week from 7 to 2pm, who can cook a traditional Costa Rican breakfast or something quick for lunch, which was an added bonus.
The pool in the backyard is ozonated which is a lot healthier than chlorine and we loved spending our mornings and evenings swimming around and exercising in the pool and having dinners outdoors under the palapa.
The closest beach to the villa is at the Marriott within walking distance, there is one at the Beach Club and another beach called Langosta which you need a car to get too. There are rocks at the beach but all have clear sandy areas perfect for swimming.
Overall we felt right at home as if we have lived there for years. On our last night we ran into Marcelo and invited him for dinner, he is truly an amazing and kind man who made our trip unforgettable.