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Diane MacCormac

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish

Lovely Villa, with private pool in a gated community on the Pacific Ocean

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

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Overview

Guanacaste Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, fully equipped for 6 people

Our villa is only 20 minutes for the Liberia International airport. We are located in Playa Hermosa on the Papagayo Gulf Peninsula.

The villa has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full kitchen, a/c, internet, BBQ, TV, DVD, laundry & is fully equipped for 6 people. We have our own private plunge pool in the terrace area.

The villa is in a gated community which is shared with an all inclusive resort. We have security service 24/7, an on site shuttle service is available to guests from 6 am to 11 pm. My guests have free access to most of the the Resort amenities such as pools (one with a sloped edge entry for the little kids), health club, jacuzzi area and wet bar, organized daily activities, Gym, Spa, and tour agency.

You can walk down to the beach for a swim, or be part of the resort beach activities. We recommend you to visit the Heliconias swimming pool, in order to be advised about daily activities for all.

20 minutes to Liberia International Airport: One of the reasons we chose to purchase in this area is its close proximity to the Liberia airport. It is a short 20 minute drive over new roads. As well, the northwest part of the country has a drier heat than the rest of the country so you don't feel the humidity like some of the other areas.

Once you arrive at our gated resort, there are complimentary staffed open air vehicles that shuttle resort guests around the property, to the beach, restaurants, to the 2 large pools, (one of which has a swim up bar), the disco and sports facilities including new tennis and basketball courts.

If you really want to be pampered you can take part in the Resort's all inclusive food and beverage packages.

Things to Do Nearby: There are five National Parks within a couple of hours drive, including Lake Arenal (2 hours away), which boasts a live volcano, hot springs with world class spas. Wind surfing at Lake Arenal is also world famous.

Take a boat tour in the Palo Verde Reserve. Here you will see many exotic birds, crocodiles, and perhaps some monkeys.

Go to Guatil and see where the local pottery is made using the traditional methods.

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.

If you have a car you can easily do these tours on your own but if you prefer you can arrange these excursions onsite at the hotel through Swiss Travel.

The Beach: Most of the beaches in Costa Rica are darker sand beaches because of the lava rock. Playa Hermosa literally means 'beautiful beach' and it truly is. It is a great family beach, normally with gentle waves with no rip tides. The waves can be great for boogy boarding but if you want to surf you need to drive about an hour south to some of the beaches down the coast. Snorkeling can be done right from the shore or you can hire a boat to take you out for a few hours. The local Playa Hermosa Association pays to have the beach cleaned several times a week so the beach is not littered.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Diane MacCormac (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish

About Diane MacCormac

My late husband and I bought this property on the spur of the moment, when it was still a vision in our minds on a barren hill. The villa was completed in about 1995 and I have been vacationing there yearly since that time.

Diane MacCormac purchased this villa in 1990

Why Diane MacCormac chose Guanacaste

Costa Rica is a hot country but the Northwest are is a much drier hear so not as humid. Plus along the ocean there always seems to be a breeze which makes it much more comfortable.

Why go anywhere else when you found Paradise.

What makes this villa unique

My property is located in a Resort, which is in a gated community. This provides a great deal of security along with the benefits of having access to the resort amenities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Diane,

Nothing at all needed here. We have found your place to be the best stocked unit we have ever stayed in. There are so many plates and glasses and lots of pots and pans to use. Most places we have gone to in the past seem to have just enough stuff to get you by one meal whereas your spot has lots of all that we need. Another great thing that you take care of is toilet paper, paper towels and dish soap. We have always had to supply our own in the past so this is a real luxury not having to carry big bulging packages when we go shopping.

We are looking forward to,returning to Canada but not Too much!

We have really enjoyed our stay here and have met some great people.

We have gotten to know the owners of Qioxte restaurant down near the small grocery store. Great people and NEWFIES to boot!. We have eaten there twice already and are booked in for next Friday. They have a great guitarist on Friday nights and there food is unbelievable. I'm sure you have tried it. If not, it's a must. Favourite for me is there seafood pasta. Wow!

Don't worry about the review . It will be glowing!

Talk soon,

Doug
Jan 2016
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Lovely Villa, with private pool in a gated community on the Pacific Ocean
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Idaho
5

Perfect Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with four young children (ages 6-8). We stayed in this amazing villa for a week. The home was extremely well-stocked and nicely decorated. It was clean, comfortable and roomy. The private pool and patio are perfect for hanging out on lazy afternoons. The air conditioning works wonderfully, and the beds are very comfy. The villa is in a great location with a quick walk to the beach. It's also easy to walk into town to the grocery store or restaurants. The villa grounds are hilly, but it was no problem for us to walk everywhere even with young kids. If you don't feel like walking, then they do have a convenient shuttle that takes you around to the beach, resort pools and other amenities. Diane was the best host ever. She provided details about the villa, the resort, and the surrounding communities. She also put us in touch with a tour company (Avispa's Adventures, who are also wonderful) for transportation from the airport and tours. The villa has maid service once a week, and pool service twice a week. It was a perfect getaway for our family. We looking forward to returning to Playa Hermosa again and staying in this villa!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kori, It was great having you and your family as my guests. I will look forward to hosting you again. Diane
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5

Doug from canada

  • 5 of 5

Wow! There are no words that can describe this villa but I will try.

First on the list is the Owner, Diane. We have never met and have only contacted thru emails yet I feel like I have known her forever. From day one she has been extremely helpful and has never tired of answering emails. It is, by far, the easiest place I have ever dealt with.

Next is the Villa. The views were amazing. The villa itself is very well laid out. The open concept living room kitchen opens out to a fantastic large deck. The deck itself has a 6 person table , a couch, two great rocking chairs and a nap inducing hammock. The deck also has a great dip pool with great seating . It also has a long lap pool attached. Except for sleeping 95% of our time was spent on the deck. There is also a gas barbecue which worked perfectly and was used by us a lot.

The villa is part of a complex of villas and resort. We used all of the amenities offered from kayaking,snorkelling,pool volleyball, ping pong, bingo, dance classes, aquatic fitness classes. There are two different pools which we used every day. Fantastic snorkelling down on the beach. Lots of different fish every day. Shuttles run every twenty minutes or so to make it easier to get to the beach. You could walk to the beach but the trip home was demanding. The shuttle solves this problem. The staff of the resort were extremely friendly. We got to know a number of them very well and will miss them.

Kitchen supplies were perfect. A grocery store is located nearby - about a 15 minute walk and is open at 7:00 am, and we discovered a wonderful butcher next door to the grocery store - great burgers, sausages!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Doug, It was a true pleasure hosting you, your wife and friends. I am so glad you enjoyed my villa, I work hard to make things perfect for my guests to enjoy. I hope you will return again one day. Diane
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5

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place to stay, great for families. Access to resort and very private!.. love the villa will return again.

Tania A

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

The villa is comfortable and clean, with a nice pool and great patio. We had access to the resort which was great, they have a nice big pool with wet bar and snacks. the property manager came by mid week to clean the villa. Walking distance to beach or you can take resort shuttle (free). We planned a few tours with the resort/reception desk that were truly awesome. Will definitely recommend and will return again.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and I will look forward to having you again. Best Regards Diane
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5

great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

the villa is ve

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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PERFECT SPOT FOR OUR FAMILY

  • 5 of 5

This Villa completely met our expectations. We spent over two weeks traveling through Costa Rica with our two children (6 & 4) and this Villa was our first stop. The entire property - inside and out - was superbly maintained. Everything we could possibly need was provided - the home is large and comfortable - and it lends itself to seamless indoor/outdoor living. The private lap pool was a fantastic luxury and the kids were in that pool around the clock (and so were the grown-ups after the kids went to bed!) The kitchen was well-equipped and we cooked quite a few great meals. The location is ideal - we easily walked to the beach every morning - and the shops, grocery stores, restaurants are a short drive away (all of Playa Hermosa is easy to navigate). We traveled up and down the coast each day and explored different beach towns - Playa Coco, Playa Flamingo, Tamarindo, etc etc. The villa and the property is also super safe and secure. This was a great kick-off to tour two week adventure and I wholeheartedly recommend this Villa for any family (or a few couples) who are looking for comfortable accommodations.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review. Rosita, Uriel and myself work hard to make your vacation experience, in my villa, a good one. Best Regards Diane.
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Liberia International
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Heleconia Wet Bar
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Villas Sol (Purchase meal coupons at reception)
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
Playa Hermosa, 10 kls north of Playa del Coco
Car: recommended

Nearby Activities: Canopy zip line tours, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, butterfly gardens, horse back riding, looking for shells, beach activities, birding, ATVs

Day Trips:

Arenal volcano - where you may observe natural fireworks from a safe point.

Palo Verde National Park - noted for birding (over 300 species recorded) on the Rio Timpisque.

Borinquen Mountain Resort - located in Rincon de la Vieja National Park. You will find thermal pools, mud baths, natural saunas, horse back riding and guided forest walks.

Monteverde Cloud forest - truely a mecca for birders and also offers all kinds of outdoor natural activities.

Tabacon Resort - Natural Hot springs.

Guaitil Pottery - preserves the traditional method of making pottery. You are welcome to the village of Guaitil to watch.

Surfing - take a pick of surf spots for beginner to experienced surfers.

Deep Sea Fishing - There are many charter companies close by that offer deep sea fishing.

Nicaraua - local tour companies offer day trips to Nicaragua.

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Rates & Availability

Playa Hermosa Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
CAD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Green Season
May 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$186
$1,169
$3,190
 
 
Christmas/New Years 2015
Dec 27 2016 - Jan 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
$360
$2,530
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$191
$1,273
$3,190
 

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Guanacaste Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , large walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , large walk in shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Mattresses recently updated and of good quality. Portable crib available on request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Smoking outside please.

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