About the home
We called our house Villa Serena as it seemed to capture the peace and tranquility of everything about it: Costa Rica, Guanacaste, Playa Conchal, the golf course, the trees, and of course the house itself.
Located in the exclusive Conchal Beach resort "La Reserva Conchal", one of the most prestigious resorts in the Americas, it can be the base for truly great vacation.
With its beach club, spa, golf, tennis, horse riding, restaurants, concierge and travel services, and of course 24 hour security, La Reserva is the ultimate escape. It is also a perfect base for those wishing to explore Guanacaste. The amenities and services in the resort are second to none and welcoming staff will help make your vacation all you want it to be.
ACCOMMODATION FOR 12
With 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms (the master ensuite is quite fabulous with walled garden, overflow tub, inside and outside showers, and garden fountain) the house is perfect for a couple of families. It is large enough to accommodate most needs, with 2 king beds, 2 queen beds, additional sofa beds in two of the bedrooms, and a sofa bed in the media room.
ALL YOUR DINING NEEDS
There is a fully equipped kitchen with a double oven, a large island with a 5 burner range, second sink and breakfast seating, a double fridge, beverage/wine cooler, and plenty of exquisite granite tops to prepare all your culinary delights. There is a 8-12 person extendable dining table indoors and a 10 person dining table outdoors under the terrace roofing. There is also a dishwasher to help with the clean up. If you don't fancy any of that effort, our concierge services can arrange for a chef to do the cooking and cleaning staff to take care of the dishes. Or of course you can just order in!
The main terrace area features a full outdoor kitchen for all those BBQ lovers. There is large 4 burner gas grill, side-burner, fridge, and sink, and again plenty of granite space for all the preparation.
PRIVATE POOLS AND TERRACING
There is a large infinity edge swimming pool, a kids pool, and a Jacuzzi, all with perfect views down onto the golf course.
The extensive covered and uncovered terracing has plenty of seating and lounging options for those not quite ready to jump in the pools.
ALL YOUR NEEDS CATERED FOR
The house has a double height great room, family room, and media room, for those keen on home entertainment. It has wired and wireless internet access throughout, TV's in all bedrooms, a stereo system running through the whole house, and a computer for those who forgot their laptops. It has a fully equipped laundry room. The house has air conditioning, but there are ceiling fans throughout for those who wish a break from the AC units.
COSTA RICA AND GUANACASTE
Situated on the north west Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the area around Conchal epitomises the heart of the Guanacaste region. With a drier climate than most of the country, the region retains much of its ranching culture. The coastal waters include some of the best surfing breaks in the country as well as world class fishing. Day trips to the national parks, cloud forests and volcanoes can round off a spectacular vacation with natures spender, and some pretty outrageous zip-lining.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Conchal, 100m|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Jacuzzi / Hot tub, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pools:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Childrens pool|
|General:||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 4 en suites|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (2), Double beds (4), Dining seating for 22, Lounge seating for 29|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
•Full kitchen including double fridge freezer with filtered water and ice maker, 5 burnder smoothtop cooktop, double oven, microwave oven, wine cooler/ beverage center, dishwasher, island with breakfast seating, double sink, island sink, granite countertops
•Open Dining area with dining table for 8-12
•Living room: the main sitting area of the house, two fine Italiam sofas, table, open to dining area, sliding doors open to rear terraces
•Dining area: open area between the living room and the kitchen, extendable dining table for 8 to 12 people
•Media room: TV and DVD/Blueray Theatre Surround system, leather sofa and matching sofabed
•Lounge: casual room, with build in seating for large parties, TV, sliding doors open to terraces
•Coffee area: upstairs, on balcony overlooking the living room, seating and coffee tables for those quiet moments
•Master Bedroom: downstairs, wonderful ensuite with wall shower, rain shower, seated shower, walled garden with outside shower and waterfall feature, double sinks, King bed, sofa bed, sitting area, sliding doors onto terraces, walk in closet, ArtCool air conditioning, TV.
•Bedroom 2: upstairs, luxury ensuite with large open shower, King Bed, balcony looking onto rear garden and pools, sofabed, sitting area, ArtCool air conditioning, TV.
•Bedroom 3: upstairs, luxury ensuite with large open shower, Queen Bed, balcony looking onto front garden, ArtCool air conditioning, TV.
•Bedroom 4: upstairs, luxury ensuite with large shower enclosure, Queen Bed, ArtCool air conditioning, TV.
Further details outdoors:
•Outdoor kitchen with 4 burner gas BBQ, sideburner, fridge, sink, granite coutertops
•Outdoor dining table for 10
•Large 13m swimming pool with infinity ends appearing to stretch out onto the golf course and the lake beyond. It has a number of different depths and a couple of shallow shelves steps for relaxing.
•There is a shallow pool for kids and adults alike. It has seating on two sides for cooling off, and is partly covered by the terrace roofing, and partly open.It can be seen from anywhere in the lounge or kitchen
•There is a large (comfortably for 8 people) Jacuzzi on the beside the rear sun terrace. It is heated by solar panels on the roof of the villa.
•There is spacious travertine terracing all around the rear of the villa, taking advantage of the great Guanacaste climate. Some of it is covered, making it comfortable in the heat of the day or even during a wet season shower, and some of it is open for sun bathing. It is a great area for entertaining.
Daily maid service
The Guanacaste region
Named after the national tree of Costa Rica, Guanacaste boasts a rich cultural heritage and is and the largest of the country's seven provinces. It has numerous protected areas of natural beauty and stunning biodiversity. The rugged northwest Pacific coastline has an abundance of beautiful beaches while inland the windswept plains and topical dry forest rise up towards the cloud forests of the central mountain ranges that form Costa Rica's backbone. The area offers visitors a wealth of things to do and see throughout the year.
Traveling from the San Jose Central Valley to Guanacaste is an almost surreal experience. The steep and winding roads gradually become flatter and straighter, and the lush, humid plant-life becomes sparser and drier. The mountains that before hemmed you in on both sides now become relegated to the distant horizon, replaced by vast, open lowlands ("bajura")
Originally part of Nicaragua, Nicoya region was annexed to Costa Rica by popular vote on July 25,1824 and although it is very much a part of the country, it is distinctive not only in its terrain, but also in its culture.
The perfect time to visit Guanacaste is, luckily enough, year-round. The dry season affords the serious sun worshipper with plenty of tanning time, while the "green season" brings the trees into bloom with explosions of color and fragrances.
Tropical with average annual temperatures ranging from 31.7C (89F) on the coastal plains to 16.7C (62F) in the inland highlands.
Dry Season (December-April) Hot, sunny days with warm, starry nights. Strong seasonal offshore breezes known as the Papagayo winds blow from January through April.
Green Season (May - November) A period of lush vegetation characterized by fresh mornings and heavy but brief afternoon showers. August, September and October are the wettest months. A mini dry-season known as the veranillo do San Juan typically occurs around mid-July.
Beautiful beaches, fascinating national parks and a variety of activities, including world-class fishing and diving, awaits visitors to this largest province of Costa Rica.
Parks/ attractions in the wider Guanacaste area:
•Santa Rosa National Park - one of Costa Rica's most important historic areas, in addition to serving as a popular destination for nature lovers and surfers.
•La Casona - Located in Santa Rosa National Park, it is Costa Rica's most famous historic site. Three major battles were fought here and there is now a museum on the site.
•Playa Nancite - important nesting site for Pacific Ridley turtle. Playa Nancite is in Santa Rosa National Park.
•Rincon de La Vieja National Park - comprises 14,083 hectares with active volcano "fumaroles", geysers, fresh-water volcanic lagoon, thermal waters, waterfalls, and swimming holes. (The park is about 1 hour from Conchal)
•Las Pailas or hot springs - the most volcanic actions you can see in the whole country with mud pots, geysers, caves, natural sauna steam bath, sulphur warm water springs and mud facial. Las Paila is in the Rincon de La Vieja National Park.
•Blue Lake Waterfall - 90 f. high, it is totally blue because of the copper in the water, also in the Rincon de La Vieja National Park..
•Palo Verde National Park - 16,804 hectares noted for its' varied topography, and an important bird migratory zone - particularly waterfowl. (A boat can be taken to the park from Puerto Humo, about 1 hour from Conchal.) Also nside the park is the Organization for Tropical Studies’ Palo Verde Biological Station.
•Las Baulas National Marine Park - nesting sites for leatherback turtles (Oct-March). (About 15 minutes from Conchal)
•Barra Honda National Park - 2,295 hectares with, most notably, a series of ancient limestone caves (ancient human skeletons have been discovered inside), many of which have yet to be investigated. One of the largest is "Terciopelo" and is the only one open to the public. The hike to the caves takes aproximately an hour and winds through tropical dry forest. (About 1 hour from Conchal)
•Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve - 2,279 hectares of tropical dry forest, rich with numerous species of insects, birds, and other animals. (This reserve is about 1 hour from Conchal)
•Guaitil - Small indigenous village maintaining the tradition of the Chorotega. (About 40 minutes from Conchal)
•Las Pumas - largest private shelter for wild cats in Latin America. (Las Pumas is about 1.5 hours from Conchal)
•Ostional Wildlife Refuge - just north of Playa Nosara, is the nesting site for the Olive Ridley turtle, or "lora", as the locals call it. If you're visiting the area any time from July through December, You'll find yourself entranced by the hundreds of turtles that make their ponderous way up on to the beach. (About 2 hours from Conchal)
•Cabo Blanco Strict Nature Reserve - 1,172 hectares on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The first nature reserve established in Costa Rica, it has abundance of flora and fauna including 119 species of trees and large colony of brown boobies. (About 3 hours from Conchal)
The Playa Conchal area
In the middle of Costa Rica'a 'Gold Coast' line of beaches, Conchal is perfectly located for the vacation dream.
With beautiful beaches, a marina, world class fishing, surfing and golf, wonderful wildlife, volcanoes, and many national parks to choose from, even before considering the excellent facilities of the exclusive resort Conchal is a great spot for a vacation.
But the Reserva Conchal resort itself, with its immaculate grounds, beach club, spa, restaurants, pools, jacuzzi, massage treatments, hotel facilities, tennis courts and abundant widlife, all in a reliable tropical climate, provides the perfect getaway. Add in the excellent services to cater to your every need and you'll understand why people come back here year after year.
The local village, Brasilito provides shops, restaurants and bars for those who adventure out. A short taxi ride away, the surrounding towns of Flamingo and Tamarindo provide more nightlife options for those looking for adventure.
And how better to enjoy it all than living in your own villa, with peace and privacy to enjoy its own luxurious surroundings?
How to get there
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Flight to San Jose, Costa Rica with transfer (4 hours);
Flight to San Jose, Costa Rica with internal flight to Liberia and transfer (40 min);
Flight to San Jose, Costa Rica with internal flight to Tamarindo and transfer (20 min);
Flight to Liberia, Costa Rica and transfer (40 Mmin).
Transfers by arranged pickup or hire car.
Activities near Playa Conchal
Tennis in town
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
07 Mar 2012
We recently returned from a perfect vacation in Costa Rica and cannot say enough about this incredible home. Our party included three adults (me, my wife and our nanny), and two young children (our 3-year old twins), and Villa Serena was the highlight of the trip. We could have easily entertained more guests, but the home was spacious, opulent and very peaceful with our smaller party.
Villa Serena is almost impossible to describe in words, and its pictures don't do it justice. My wife and I marveled at the home's impeccable detailing that included exotic woods and travertine floors throughout. The home's open-air design seems straight out of Architectural Digest and features collapsible walls that transform the main floor into indoor/outdoor living space. This design enabled us to open up the entire home and enjoy the fresh breeze and clean air. We've rented more than a dozen high-end homes over the years, and Villa Serena is BY FAR our favorite rental ever.
The outdoor pools and Jacuzzi were also amazing. We arrived after 9:00 p.m., and our toddlers were in the pools within minutes. They loved switching from the kiddie pool to the Jacuzzi, and then to the infinity pool, and then back to the Jacuzzi, etc. It was nearly impossible to get them out of the pools.
Villa Serena is also a gadget lover's dream with several large-screen TV's, Wifi access throughout the home (even outdoors), Apple TV, a dedicated media room, and a plug-and-play, whole-home audio system. Definitely bring your iPod!
The home's location was also a huge plus. Reserva Conchal is a high-end, gated resort community, and we felt safe at all times. The golf course was fun and challenging, and it barely had any traffic in the afternoons. The home also comes with access to the Reserva Conchal Beach Club that is very close and accessible by either driving or free resort shuttle. The club has a nice workout facility, and the beach was very beautiful. However, we enjoyed the house so much that we only spent one day at the beach. We simply didn't want to leave.
Villa Serena's owners (Herd and Jane Rogers) are very professional and responded to emails/calls immediately. I ended up having to take an 8-hour conference call on vacation, and Herd actually sent someone out to buy a new speakerphone to make the call easier on me. Amazing service and dedication!
We look forward to our next stay.
08 Jan 2012
From the first contact that I had with the owner he was helpful and informative. He quickly responded to my inquiries and made the process very easy. We did not deal directly with him for the booking... more
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|Summer||1 Nov 11||1 May 12||£ 4200||-||-||1 Week|
|Green||1 May 12||1 Nov 12||£ 3600||-||-||1 Week|
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