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Beachfront Property- Families Vacations-

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 12 Sleeps

Welcome to the magnificent Casa Kalafken, a dazzling location that captures

the beauty and spirit of Costa Rica.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this gated community consists of 3 charming ocean front villas that sleep up to 12 comfortably, each with air conditioned rooms.

Central to the grounds is a delightful pool with an elegant gazebo. Enjoy the 180° view of the ocean as you relax in the fully furnished social area with full kitchen, dining table, stereo system and lounging area.

Kalafken means HOUSE OF THE SEA, taking its name from two Latin American indigenous languages: the Bribri of Costa Rica and Mapuche of Chile. ¨Ka¨ means sea in Bribri and ¨lafken¨ means home in Mapuche.

The property is decorated with artwork that the family has collected during their trips to Italy, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. Enjoy the fine art collection painted by the owner, a contemporary artist who has shown in several exhibitions.

The property consists of 3 villas, two ocean front and one with an ocean view, and a pool with gazebo. The 6 guestrooms and social areas are fully furnished.

In the Main Villa you will find 2 queen beds on the upper floor in the ¨Monarca¨ room. Another two twin beds that can be converted into one king size bed are located in the adjacent Morfo room. Both rooms share 1 bathroom.

On the lower level, the ¨Ilang Ilang¨ guest room has 1 full bed and a small day bed. The ¨Rasta¨ guest room has 1 queen bed. Both rooms share a bathroom with a private open air shower.

The Open Villa serves as a social and dining space that includes a fully equipped kitchen, dining table, safe box, and a beautiful pool to relax in with a 180° view of the sea. The ¨Caracol¨ guest room sits behind the Open Villa with 2 twin beds convertible into a king bed. The room also has a bathroom and deck with private garden view.

The villa ¨El Patron¨ has a master bedroom with direct ocean view and 1 queen bed, a private open air bathroom with garden and sand floor, and mini fridge.


Gated Entry, Rooms Air Conditioning, Stereo System at Social Villa with IPod Station, Wi-Fi /Telephone / Evening Security Service

Gourmet chef available upon request

Fully Equipped kitchen:

• Cooking Utensils and Dinnerware

• Refrigerator with Ice maker

• Oven/ Gas Cooktop

• Microwave

• Dishwasher

• Toaster/ blender/ juice extractor/ Coffee maker, espresso machine and other small appliances.

More Details

Property Manager
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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Please Contact Us before you do Any Payment - 89133340

A family owned property. This beachfront paradise was built over years with love and passion.

- Please make sure you contact the property manager: Bettina del Río

Please Contact Us before you do Any Payment - 89133340 purchased this house in 2002

What makes this house unique

Casa Kalafken is designed for family vacations.

You will stay in our beautiful house in Playa Hermosa, a four minute walk from the waves. Playa Hermosa is located slightly north of Santa Teresa and there are very few surfers in water. Although the beach seems remote, it is still close enough to excellent restaurants and shops.

This Private and secluded property is surrounded by palm trees at one of the more beautiful beaches in Costa Rica and with One of the best secrets of the area just a few steps of the property, only exposed at low tide, you will find a HUGE natural pool, larger than an olympic swimming pool, often overlooked by the surf-oriented travelers.

Filled with all kinds of interesting creatures, including puffer fish and other sea life trapped here from the receding waves, it’s a really great place for families with kids where they can swim, learn to snorkel and also experience the sea-life close up.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Maricel,

It was so nice to meet you last week. We wanted to say thank you for making our stay at Kalafken so enjoyable. You were a wonderful host and responded quickly to our every request no matter what the time of day or night. Everyone in the family agreed that this was the best family vacation we've ever had and our son's wedding in Costa Rica could not have been more lovely. Kalafken is the most beautiful accommodation - it felt like a little touch of heaven.

Please say thank you to Eloiza and Franklin as we did not have time to say a proper good bye. They both did a wonderful job and were very pleasant.
Jan 2017
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Santa Teresa Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , towels are provided
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , towels are provided
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , towels are provided
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , towels are provided
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Monarca - 2 queen
    Morfos - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 2 Twins or 1 King bed
    Rasta - 1 queen
    El Patron - 1 queen , Private bathroom
    Ylang Ylang - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Caracol - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 2 Twind or 1 King bed
  • ¨Monarca¨ Guest Room with 2 Queen beds,¨Morfos¨ Guest Room with 2 Twin beds/or convert to 1 King Bed They Share 1 Bathroom. In the Lower Level ¨Ilang Ilang¨ Guest Room with1 Full Bed and a Niche Bed, ¨Rasta¨ Guest Room with 1 Queen Bed, They share 1 Bathroom with Double Shower to an open Garden. Behind the Open Villa ¨Caracol¨ Guest Room with 2 Twin Beds /Or convert to 1 King Bed Bathroom and Private garden views Deck Private House or Master Bedroom ¨El Patron¨ with a private Open Sand Garden bathroom, 1 Queen Bed with direct Ocean View, Full Mini Bar.
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Beachfront Property- Families Vacations-
average rating of 4.857143 based on 15 reviews
Newport Beach

Best Home in Playa Hermosa/Santa Teresa!

  • 5 of 5

This is quite possibly the best place to stay in Playa Hermosa/Santa Teresa! The space is amazing with three very separate villas that provide tons of privacy when needed and great common area when you want to be together. Our days consisted of morning yoga (5 minute walk down the beach), lounging by the pool drinking beers, hanging out in the large tide pool just out front, surfing, a couple trips into town and watching every sunset on a lounge chair on the beach. The staff was great and very responsive. Maricel was able to help us with anything that we needed, from taxis to fresh fish deliveries, she was very helpful! Before arriving Betina was wonderful to work with. Would love to come back here again!

Helpful Hints: The property is just outside of Santa Teresa so having a car or renting an ATV would be a good idea if you are wanting to spend a lot of time in town. Taxis each way are about $12 so if you are making a lot of trips an ATV or car might be best.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jason, Greetings from Costa Rica! Thank you for your review and helpful hints. We are glad you enjoyed the Property and the area of Playa Hermosa & Santa Teresa. You and your family were a exepcional guests, we really hope to have you back on the near future. Best Regards Bettina & Casa Kalafken Staff
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  • 5 of 5

The property is unreal, we loved it so much. Thank you Bettina and Maricel for all your help and making it the best ladies trip ever! We hope to come back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Could not be a prettier place. Loved all of it. Great staff. They really took care of us.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for the perfect place to really relax and recharge your batteries; look no further. This amazing property has a feel of being completely remote and isolated while still being close to town for dining and shopping.

Every day is perfect at Casa Kalafken! Wake up and enjoy fresh fruit and domestic coffee, go for a walk on the beach, a swim or surf in the ocean. Refuel your body in the open air kitchen/dining/chill area. Have a siesta by the pool then wake up and practice some yoga or a workout. Enjoy a sunset from the pool, the beach or the quiet tiki bar just 200 meters north along the beach (great pina coladas!)

Also the properties staff, caretakers and concierge are happy to provide as much or as little as is required to make your stay exactly what you need it to be. Whatever you dream of as a perfect tropical vacation Casa Kalafken is the place where you can realize the dream!

Probably the best place I have ever vacationed.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola!!! We are so happy you had a special vacation on Casa Kalalfken. Without doubt Santa Teresa is a paradise and the property is included perfectly on it. We are glad to meet you and hope to have your next visit really near. Best Regards Pura vida Casa Kalafken´s Staff
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Always dreamed of the perfect place for sunsets

  • 5 of 5

Can't believe I finally found what I would call paradise. Was very sad to leave such an amazing piece of property but now I'm inspired by the ocean and perfect water and beach right out front of our door. I could spend a month here and enjoy a meal at Pranamar after sunset twice a week. Nothing like a relaxing meal with a delicious fruity drink after a long hot day enjoying the ocean The staff was excellent and Franklin and his dog friend are a great addition seemed like Bettina really has a smooth running retreat at the edge of paradise. Might have been most beautiful place I've ever played frisbee too. Thanks for the soul recharge

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gino, Was a pleasure to have you and your family's friends. We are glad you enjoyed the property and the amazing beaches of Santa Teresa, without a doubt is a haven on the earth! You are welcome to visit us on the near future. Thank you for you beautiful comments. PURA VIDA Bettina
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Closest thing to paradise I've found

  • 5 of 5

Quite simply the nicest place I've ever stayed on the beach. The feeling you get while staying here is unlike any other. The owners of this little piece of paradise are incredibly accommodating and have done us all a huge favor by opening up their home for those of us not used to experiencing the feeling of living on the beach. The design of the buildings and rooms are simple, elegant and with a love and respect for nature. Even though there are many activities in the 4 minute drive to town you will likely just find yourself sitting at the table watching the ocean and pondering what life truly is all about. The kitchen and outside seating area have everything you need to stay home all day and obtain the feeling you came for on this little sliver of paradise on the southern Pacific. Whether the day unfolds watching countless iguanas putting on shows in the yard, observing uniquely different birds every few minutes, watching the tide cycles, swimming in the ocean and pool outside your doors or walking 5 minutes up the beach to Pranamar for a memorable meal this homestead has everything you need to convince yourself this was the best decision you ever made for yourself, friends and family. Stay here a few nights and the feeling will last for years. If there is something comparable out there I've yet to find it.....

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brisas del Mar
Reserva Natural Absoluta Cabo Blanco
Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat
Hermosa supermarket
Playa Carmen
Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Tambor Airport
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
25 Metres
Pranamar Villas Restaurant
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa is considered to be the most beautiful beach around. The area is officially called “San Martin”, but foreigners thought the beach was so beautiful that the area became known as Playa Hermosa (“beautiful beach” in Spanish).

This beach is very long and the flattest beach around. At low tide it’s really huge, and can be epically beautiful for photography, since the wet sand will reflect the setting sun. At high tide, the beach almost disappears, and the surf tends to close out. The best surf time is medium tide. The point break can be surfed at any time of day.

It’s an excellent surf beach, with a wide beach break with lefts and right from the center, and a point break to the north. Beyond this, it’s mostly rocky beaches until Playa Manzanillo, but there are a few beautiful sandy coves that you can often find deserted, and perfect for a romantic picnic.

If you’re looking for a beautiful beach without many people, this is the place for you. It’s a 8 minute drive to Santa Teresa town.


Rates & Availability

Santa Teresa Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid Season
Apr 2 2017 - May 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low Season
Aug 31 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $109 per night, per additional guest
Christmas and New Years
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $109 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Jan 7 2018 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $109 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,089.47

The price is based on a 5 people occupancy.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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