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

Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Villa1350 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

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), jacuzzi area and wet bar, organized daily activities, 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.

Owner

Diane MacCormac

Member Since 2011
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few hours
Speaks:
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Diane MacCormac

My home is in BRitish Columbia. I have three adult sons and 7 grand children. I am a retired Social Worker. I have been coming to Costa Rica since 1990. I fell in love with CR the first time we came and bought my villa on the spur of the moment. I have been blessed to be able to come to this beautiful country many many times.

Diane MacCormac purchased this Villa in 1990

Why Diane MacCormac chose Playa Hermosa

Costa Rica is a hot country but the Northwest area is a much drier heat 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.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV

      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.

      Bathrooms

      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, large walk in shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, large walk in shower

        Location Type

          • Beach
          • Beachfront
            The Villas Sol Resort property fronts down to the Playa Hermosa beach. The villas are located on the hillside. It is only a short distance but a shuttle car is available if you don't want to walk.
          • Near The Ocean
          • Oceanfront
            Playa Hermosa is known a a safe beach. No rip tides and normally you will find gently rolling waves.
          • Resort

            Theme

              • Family

                Meals

                  • Guests provide their own meals

                    General

                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Broadband Access
                        Wifi is available. However there is occasional issues with the server, for which I can not be responsible for.
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Fitness Room / Equipment
                        The resort has a gym that my guests are welcome to use, free of charge.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                        Small computer station is located in the kitchen.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        A/c units in the living/kitchen area and all 3 bedrooms.
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        Te living room has lots of windows and high ceilings to give a very open airy feeling. The sliding doors open wide to the outdoor living area.
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking
                        Parking is located at the end of the cul de sac, withing the resort. There is video surveillance and security staff monitoring the parking lot.
                      • Shampoo
                      • Telephone
                        The internal telephone system is run by the hotel/resort and they do charge hotel rates for the phone use. Most longer term guest bring their own open phone and have a Costa Rica SIM card installed.
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                        If an effort to be green, we dry the towels in the sun so the may not be as soft as towels that are dried in a dryer.
                      • Washing Machine
                        A small washing machine is provided for your use.

                        Kitchen

                          • Grill
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Pots and pans are of a superior quality, brought from North America.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Fully stocked for six people. Coffee machine, toaster, rice cooker, blender, small food processor.
                          • Freezer
                            Small freezer above fridge.
                          • Blender
                          • Kitchen
                            Kitchen is fully stocked for six people. Pots and pans are of a superior quality.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full size.
                          • Stove
                            Electric, 4 burner, with oven
                          • Toaster

                            Dining

                              • Dining
                                The main table, with seating for 6 is located out doors in the covered terrace. There are six stools at the kitchen counter for indoor eating.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people

                                Entertainment

                                  • Books
                                    I have a small library with a variety of books including young children s books. There is also a small library 'take one leave one' locate at the activity center.
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Crib Board and cards.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Cable. Limited English channels.
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                    42 inch flat screen
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library
                                    I do have a selection of videos in the villa for your use. Some videos are ideal for young children.

                                    Outside

                                      • Barbecue
                                      • Beach Towels
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Large covered terrace.
                                      • Gated Community
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        BBQ
                                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                      • Patio
                                      • Tennis Court
                                      • Terrace

                                        Suitability

                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            There are stairs from the road going down to the villa. Not wheelchair accessible.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                Large crescent shape pool - 1 minute from my villa. A second pool is located at the hotel restaurant/bar area.
                                              • Hot Tub
                                                Jacuzzi tub 1 minute from my villas but water is not heated.
                                              • Jacuzzi
                                              • Outdoor Pool
                                              • Private Pool
                                                Private plunge pool with a 30 foot lap pool. The pool has a seating area that will comfortably seats 8 - 10 people.
                                              • 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

                                                                  • sound/bay fishing
                                                                  • deepsea fishing
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • jet skiing
                                                                  • rafting
                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                  • snorkeling
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • surf fishing
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis
                                                                  • water skiing
                                                                  • water tubing
                                                                  • whitewater rafting
                                                                  • wind-surfing

                                                                    Notes

                                                                      • Smoking outside please.

                                                                        24 Reviews

                                                                        Wonderful4.8/5

                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Beautiful Villa in Villas Sol

                                                                        Andrew L.

                                                                        Our family of 6 adults spent almost 5 week enjoying this wonderful villa in Villa Sol Playa Hermosa Costa Rica. The location was perfect to facilitate the beach, tours and our site seeing excursions of Guanacaste. A true home away from home. We could not have selected a more perfect place to stay. The rooms were spacious and comfortably furnished with the added convience of each room having its own air-condition. This allowed for each guest to set the temperature of their bedroom to their own liking. The villa had everything one could have desired. Diane has perfected her role making her guest comfortable even providing a library of books and games. The kitchen had all the cooking utensils and spices to prepare meals. The BBQ and patio was a delightful way of enjoying a meal outdoors. The resort amenities pools, guest services, restaurants, snack bar, lounges, and shuttle service more than met our needs. VillaSol staff are professional gracious and truly strive to accommodate. PURA VIDA! is embraced and a way of life that is shared with their guests. We want to thank Diane for her hospitality and her abundance of information and timely response to all our questions. Her recommendations for restaurants and tours were perfect. Yves of COSTOURS offered amazing tour options and the tour guides were knowledgeable and attentive to all our needs. The hospitality of Rosita and Uriel who maintained the residence was very much appreciated. All in all this was one of the best vacations our family has had. We are appreciative for how easy Diane made this process for us to enjoy her fabulous villa in Playa Hermosa. We will surely visit again.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Thank you Andrew for the very kind words, I appreciate your taking the time do this review. I look forward to hosting you and your family again. Pura Vida, Diane

                                                                        Beautiful

                                                                        Meghan G.

                                                                        We loved our stay here. The place is beautiful. Our kids really enjoyed the lap pool. The beach is a short walk and amazing. We walked to the super market a few times it's about 10 minutes. Fantastic place thank you!

                                                                        Beautiful villa-as described!

                                                                        John H.Ridgeville, Ontario

                                                                        Our family of 5 adults spent 3 days at the villa, at the end of our trip to Costa Rica. Diane's unit is as described. Spacious, clean and tidy, with everything a family needs to be comfortable. All basic supplies are there for cooking, and Diane's info package which was mailed out in advance provided some great restaurant ideas. We cooked breakfast and dinner in the condo, and dined on the beach in Playa Hermosa, as it is a short walk from the villa. We were happy to have the plunge pool to cool off in at the end of our busy days of touring, as it was quite warm. We took advantage of the music collection in the unit, as well as ready many of the books. A couple of things slightly took away from our enjoyment: the music from the hotel's pool bar is quite loud, and goes well into the evening and can be heard very clearly at the villa. Secondly, these units are very close together and although there is plenty of foliage to block your view of the neighbors, two of our 3 nights, the one neighbor was outside and the loud voices and music forced us inside. Certainly not the fault of the owner, and we were glad we chose this unit.

                                                                        Charming, clean, spacious villa with thoughtful owner and great ambiance!

                                                                        Mimi S.

                                                                        Our family thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at this villa - definitely every bit as nice as you see in the pictures and then a lot more! Our group of six with 4 adult kids fit comfortably, with one son opting to sleep on the comfy couch in the living room for the two nights he joined us rather than share a double bed with his brother. Everything we needed from kitchen supplies to bathroom amenities and extra linens and towels were provided. We never felt crowded, although we were mostly out of the villa from sunrise until after dinner. The pool was perfect for cooling off and the ambiance of the terrace immediately put us in vacation mode, especially the hammock! The AC in each room was definitely a plus, as was the convenience of the washer and dryer. The location of the villa within in the resort was super convenient - easy walk to one of the large pools/swim-up bar, as well as to the beach, resort lobby, and the small market a few blocks outside of the resort. Only once did we use the shuttle, which seemed readily available, rather than walk the climb back to the villa from the beach. Plenty of privacy, too, especially with the terrace looking out over the hill and the heavy vegetation on either side of the villa. Amazing view! As mentioned in another review, we also opted not to rent a car and to use Advista Adventures for our transportation and tours - Amy was awesome! The villa owner, Diane, was always accessible by email and provided us all of the information we needed ahead of time to make our stay stress free. We would definitely stay here again! Thank you, Diane, for sharing your wonderful home!

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Thank you Mimi, I am glad you all enjoyed your stay. Warm Regards, Diane

                                                                        Beautiful villa in an amazing area with a great owner

                                                                        Audrey M.Albuquerque , NM

                                                                        Our vacation was the most amazing we have ever taken. This Villa is perfectly situated close to the beach and near amazing places to visit in Guanacaste. The Villa has a very well-equipped kitchen with everything one would need to cook every meal there and never need to eat out. The beds were comfortable and everything was very clean. The lap pool is perfect for kids and adults, and it was quite refreshing at the end of each day after adventuring. The rooms are good-sized and our family of four had plenty of room with extra space - I can imagine a family of six would fit well. There's a nice clothes washer and dryer in the unit, which we used to do laundry. The shuttles were a convenient way to get to the beach, but it's a short walk, too. We did not eat at the resort since we had the kitchen. The resort personnel did not have the best attitude or customer service, but it didn't affect us too much since we rented privately through Diane, who was great. She provided a lot of great info and was very responsive to each of our messages. We used Avispa Adventures tour company (recommended by Diane) to take us to amazing places almost each day throughout our stay. We didn't need to rent a car as they offered pick up and drop off service to the airport. They offered custom tours taking us to places that we wanted to see and experience, and it was perfect. I would definitely come back and stay here at this Villa again.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Thank you Audrey, i really appreciate you takingthe time to write this lovely review on my villa. I am glad you and your family had such an amazing time and I hope to see you back in the future.

                                                                        Diane

                                                                        Excellent ubication and comfortable condo

                                                                        Sylvia A.Costa Rica

                                                                        The condo is very comfortable for a family or group of friends.

                                                                        Located in a beautiful beach.

                                                                        Location

                                                                        Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

                                                                        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.

                                                                        Availability

                                                                        $178avg/night
                                                                        24 Reviews
                                                                        Wonderful 4.8/5
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