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Chris Spirer

Member since: 2006
Speaks: spanish

Private, Gated Community - on the Pacific Ocean!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Playa Hermosa Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to my lovely villa that is a short walk to the beach. This is a one level, detached casita that offers privacy and security with endless on-site amenities.

The full service kitchen, with newer appliances( including a washer/dryer) opens to the dining and living areas in a great room effect. Attractive living room furniture, drapes, artwork and accessories add to the warm and welcome atmosphere.

The master bedroom has a queen sized bed and a private bathroom. There is ample storage and closet space. The second bedroom has a queen bed and shares the second bathroom (with walk in tiled shower) with the third bedroom, which has two twin beds.

There is a large covered patio and lanai for outdoor living. There is a large table for dining and a new gas grill for your use and enjoyment. The beautiful private plunge pool is adjacent to the patio.

One of the reasons I chose to purchase in this area is it's close proximity to the Liberia airport. It is a short 20 minute drive over new roads. Once you arrive at our gated resort, there are complimentary staffed open air vehicles that shuttle resort guests around the property, to the beach, 2 restaurants, 2 large pools, (one of which has a swim up bar), the disco and sports facilities including new tennis and basketball courts.

In addition to all of the on-site amenities, there is also an optional all-inclusive food and beverage package, if you choose to partake. Otherwise, there are many shops, grocery stores and excellent restaurants to visit close by and a small convenience store on site for small meal preparation and miscellaneous items.

There are five National Parks within a couple of hours drive, including Lake Arenal( 5 hours away), which boasts a volcano, hot springs and a world class spa. Also nearby are deep sea fishing, first class scuba diving, sailing, four wheeling and zip lines for racing through the tree tops on a rigged line with a harness, just to mention a few. You can arrange these excursions through Avispas Adventure.

I have tried to make my home away from home special and comfortable for not only my friends and family, but guests too! Please come and enjoy 'La Pura Vida.'

Keywords: Villa/Casita

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Chris Spirer (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: spanish

About Chris Spirer

I am a licensed Realtor who lives in Hilton Head Island, SC. I have always loved to travel and had a dream to own a property in the Caribbean/Central America area. After looking at many destinations, I traveled to Costa Rica and it clicked. The country is rich in rainforets, lush vegetation, volcanoes, beautiful beaches and much more. The local people (Ticos) are friendly and welcoming. The weather is fantastic and it's an easy location to travel to. There are many non-stop flights from Atlanta, Houston, Miami, New York and other departure cities.

Chris Spirer purchased this villa in 2006

Why Chris Spirer chose Guanacaste

It was important to me that my property be in a resort, gated community and I wanted three bedrooms for family and friends. The amenities are plentiful. Yoga by the pool, walks on the beach, fitness in the gym, teen discos, karaoke, bird and monkey sightings onsite and much, much more.

What makes this villa unique

For the first day of my arrival, I usually like to stay around the resort and enjoy the many amenities on site. There are 2 large pools in addition to my private plunge pool. The beach is a short walk or hop on one of the complimentary open air vehicles. After a day or two I'm ready to venture out to shop in Playas del Coco, a 10 minute drive, or to take an excursion to the rain forests. Ziplining is very popular as is horse-back riding, kayaking, turtle watches, hiking and much more. The local restaurants are terrific ranging from casual to fine dining although casual attire is the norm.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)
Private, Gated Community - on the Pacific Ocean!
average rating of 4.965517 based on 29 reviews
5

Perfect Family Retreat in Playa Hermosa

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at Chris' unit in Villas Sol! At first, my husband was a little disappointed that the unit didn't have the view offered by many others advertised on VRBO in Playa Hermosa. However, we quickly realized that our unit's proximity to the beach was far more important and convenient than if we had rented a villa with a view as those units were all located up a very steep hillside! The unit itself was very clean and spacious and had all of the amenities we needed. The patio was perfect for playing board games, dining al fresco or simply reading and/or napping on a chaise and the small pool was ideal for our use with two small children ages 5 and 2. They LOVED it!! Plus, if we wanted to go socialize and play around in a bigger pool, there was that option also with the other two resort pools!

Being in the complex itself made us feel safer and it was nice knowing that if we needed ANYTHING (especially having small children with us) there was always 24 hour staff that could assist us.

Another great thing about being a part of the resort was that they offered great tours, as well as car rentals. I highly recommend getting shuttled into Villas Sol (preferably by Liberia Shuttle-Javier is great!) and renting a car from the resort. As it turned out, it was actually CHEAPER to rent from them than it was to rent near the airport AND it was much more convenient.

Playa Hermosa itself was so peaceful with very few people on it at any given time. It is definitely not the 'mill' that Playas del Coco or Tamarindo are where you have people begging for money or trying to sell you things at your every turn. I think we were approached maybe twice to buy something the entire week we were in Playa Hermosa.

As for restaurants, we favored Roberto's! We found it to have the best location, delicious food and a wonderful waitstaff!! AquaSport was also another fun spot a little further down. And if you rent a car, you MUST find Father Roosters! It's kind of tucked away in Playa Ocotal, but once you find it, you'll love it! Good food (although a bit on the pricey side), great entertainment and waitstaff and spectacular sunsets! Just a really unique place!

All in all, we had a fabulous time while staying at Chris' unit and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it!! She, too, was a gem to work with and made everything very simple and stress-free. We can't wait to return to our newly found paradise as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your great comments! I too agree that my location is way more convenient than those up the (steep) hill or near the main activities where you can hear pool aerobics, disco and Bingo going on. Not to mention that my landscape/mountain view is really lovely! I'm so pleased you had a great time..I hope you'll be back. 26 Villas Sol will be waiting for you!
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Seattle, Washington
5

A Pura Vida trip!

  • 5 of 5

Four in our family stayed ten days at Villa Sol and had a marvelous time. The home provided all we required for our family vacation: private pool, lounges, outdoor dining table, air conditioning, lovely decor, cooking equipment, TV, etc. We did not rent a car and found that within the complex a hefty up or downhill hike could be traded for a shuttle ride. Being on the end of a row of homes gave an extra measure of privacy and separation from the public music. It was close enough to walk to the front desk, mini mart, or exercise room and a half mile walk to a grocery store. We mostly cooked our meals or took a taxi to nearby restaurants. La Finisterra was a favorite. We were disappointed with the meal at the Heliconia in Villa Sol. The only minor personal wish in the home was a softer mattress. A provided visitor's packet of information was very helpful prior to our arrival.

We booked adventure tours with Avispas Adventures. The owner acted like a personal consierge/all around visitor support person helping us pick tours to suit our personal interests and providing the taxis for us to venture out to Coco or the restaurants. We also enjoyed a snorkeling trip with a local who recruits his customers from Hermosa Beach for two hours trips inside the bay.

We had some issues with the ATMs being out of money but had a back-up option of travelers' checks which we cashed at a bank. Wish the hotel had an ATM. Most stores and restaurants took credit cards, however.

I would recommend this home away for a comfortable, enjoyable stay. We heard some rather disgruntled hotel guests voicing their complaints while we visited the hotel and one must be ready for close neighbors and loud music in that venue. In this Villa we were separate enough from the other guests, but could readily join them at the pools or dance lessons etc. if we wished. We truly had all the rest we required and all the adventure we desired. We were treated to visits by Howler monkeys and iguanas in the area along with spectacular sunsets. Truly a Pura Vida wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sharon, I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. Thanks for your nice comments; it makes me homesick to be back there again! Best wishes, Chris
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Holt, Michigan
5

Tom

  • 5 of 5

Came to Costa Rica for our third time and rented this Villa at Villa Sol, everything was excellent my group felt very accommodated by Chris. We used Amy from Avispas Adventures for all of our excursions ( Went to Tamarindo twice, Arenal Volcano, and went repelling). We are in our 30's and like to travel all over the world and have stayed at lots of nice places, we love Costa Rica and feel more comfortable there then anywhere it will be our second home someday. I would recommend doing business with Chris and staying in her Villa its paradise!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tom, thanks so much for your great review. The fact that you've now rented from me 3 times reinforces that my hard work in maintaining the villa is being noticed. It's vital to me that my guests have the very best experience possible! it sounds like you had a fabulous time. Chris
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Southern California
5

Everything as advertised!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa, comfortable, clean, well stocked, everything you need in the kitchen, spacious fridge, super convenient washer and dryer, beds were great, bathrooms were great, awesome little pool, everything looked just as shown in the pictures. Close to the resort pools, the playa Hermosa beach and a short drive to Playa del Coco, Ocotal, Playa Panama, Buena, Bonita, and other beaches in the Golfo de Papagayo . The owner, Chris, is very nice and attentive and responded quickly to all our inquiries. The onsite manager, Amy, was also nice and available when needed . Even though I've lived in the US for the last 15 years, I'm originally from Costa Rica and can confirm that this is a perfect place to stay for visitors that want to have an awesome experience in this beautiful country. Highly recommended. Thank you Chris and Amy.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Maggie. I'm delighted that you had such a wonderful time and that you found the villa to be in tip top condition. It is my goal for each and every guest to have a hassle free experience and I work hard to maintain the property and to ensure that my systems flow flawlessly. From keyless entry to free wifi, washer/dryer. guest safe, gas grill and so much more, I strive to make every guest's stay as good as it can possibly be. Thanks again, Chris
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5

Comfortable, well stocked and relaxing resort

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! So pleased we found this 3 bedroom rental, and we look forward to returning. Much more spacious than the photos indicate, with everything you need in the kitchen. Plunge pool was great for our three little ones and the outdoor patio space was great for meals and snacks. The little trolley service to the beach was great, never had to wait for more than a few minutes. Super clean, convenient to all in Playa Hermosa, and the washer and dryer was terrific. If I could have one wish, it would be for a slightly softer mattress, or topper, in the master bedroom. Overall, it was perfection!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Suzanne for your nice review. I'm so pleased that your family had such a nice visit and I would love to see you return. As far as the mattress in the master, I agree that it is overly firm...I'll try and find a topper so that everyone (including me) will be more comfortable! Chris
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4

Homey and well appointed villa

  • 4 of 5

My husband myself and our 14yr old son stayed at Chris's lovely villa for 10 days. I was reluctant to book a VRBO as we had a previous bad experience. This was a very positive experience from start to finish. A welcome reprieve from our long cold Canadian winter.

The villa was exactly as described and more. We lived mostly on the large patio, eating all of our meals outside. The plunge pool was fabulous. We made good use of the blender for margaritas/pina coladas and the new barbeque. Separate AC in every room was a nice touch. Very quiet location at the end of the street. We used the resort pools and enjoyed having cocktails watching the sunset at the restaurant. We did not partake in the meals at the resort.. The trolley to the beach was much appreciated as it is a steep walk up the hill in 38C.

We spent most of our vacation enjoying Playa Hermosa and the villa. Great beach for swimming and boogie boarding in the waves. Our son spent many hours perfecting his skim boarding. Favorite memories will be watching the sunset with 2 for 1 cocktails from Roberto's. We also had a few meals there which we thoroughly enjoyed. Look for Adolfo/Alonso (brothers) to take you

out to the "island" for a up-close and personal snorkelling experience.

Chris's referral to Avispas Adventures was much appreciated. Amy and her crew were very accommodating, prompt and professional. They picked us up at the airport as promised only 20 minutes to the villa. Carlos took us to Playa Grande for a day of surfing. Beautiful never-ending surf and sand. Beware there is no shade here. We also had an enjoyable evening dining at Ginger's.

I would suggest to do most food shopping at Coco Beach at the new supermarket, very nice and everything you will need including inexpensive boogie boards and skim boards. The grocery store in P. Hermosa is OK for basics, we found it to be pricey.

We were looking for a relaxing beach vacation and this is exactly what we had. We did not see the green/jungle Costa Rica as seen in pictures as it was the end of the dry season. We plan to go back to see the "jungle/adventure" Costa Rica we have heard and seen so much in the rainy season

Thanks again Chris

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your wonderful review Val. I'm glad you and your family had a great vacation and got to explore Costa Rica. Chris
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Liberia (LIR)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
onsite
Nearest Point of Interest
26 Villas Sol, Playa Hermosa
Car: not necessary

Free daily activities for children and guests

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Rates & Availability

Playa Hermosa Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jun 9 2016 - Aug 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
$175
$1,150
 
 
Fall 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 15 2016
4 night minimum stay
$185
$1,200
 
 
Pre Holiday Rate
Nov 16 2016 - Dec 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
$190
$1,250
 
 
Christmas/New Years 2016-17
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,800
 
 
winter 2017
Jan 8 2017 - Mar 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
$189
$1,250
 
 
Spring 2017
Mar 16 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$180
$1,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$180
$1,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

Christmas and New Years Weeks $1750/week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Playa Hermosa Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms offer large, tiled walk in showers, mounted hairdryers and ample storage.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Private Bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Shares full bathroom with bedroom 2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Shares full bathroom with third bedroom
  • Queen size Beds (2) Master and Second bedroom have new queen beds, Twin or Single Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
tennis and basketball courts, spa services, fitness room, two on site restaurants, two onsite pools, disco and more.

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