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Nestled in Nature Vacation Villa


Property Details

Updated: Aug 28, 2016
4 Bedroom/4.5 Bathroom total - (3 BR main house + 1 optional BR in-law suite)

Welcome to 'Villa Marbella' Located in the gated community of Palm Beach Estates. Constructed in 2009 the villa is a modern, fully furnished 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bathroom home. Villa Marbella is nestled between the beach and a mangrove estuary where wildlife is abundant and protected . It's not unusual to see and hear Howler monkeys, parrots and other tropical birds on the property or in the surrounding areas.

Palm Beach estates is a quiet neighborhood consisting of both permanent year round residents and homes that are rented by their owners. Villa Marbella has permanent residents on either side of the house. The pool is totally private and is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

The 3 bedroom main house has an optional, attached, "in-law" unit with a separate entrance, making the house a 4 bedroom. Each bedroom has ceiling fans and individually controlled air conditioners. The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed and a bathroom with double vessel sinks. The upstairs back bedroom also has a queen bed and features a huge trapezoid window facing the jungle and estuary beyond. The 'Master' upstairs bedroom has a king bed, 2 ceiling fans, two vessel sinks in the bathroom and french doors opening up to a Juliette balcony. Located at the top of the stairs is a small open office area with a futon where one adult or 2 children can sleep and is also equipped with air conditioning. A twin bed mattress is also available upon request.

The in-law unit has a double bed, kitchen, and ensuite bathroom. If you have children the entrance can be controlled. We do not rent the in-law unit separately, so regardless of your needs, the privacy of this property is yours. Just let us know if you are interested in including this unit to your rental for an additional fee. This unit expands the whole house to accommodate up to 8 persons comfortably.

NOTE: When generating a quote via this website the rates that are listed are for the 3 bedroom main house. If you are interested in adding the 4 bedroom (in-law suite) please let us know.

The open gourmet kitchen comes fully stocked and has granite counters with all stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher and microwave. The living room has a large flatscreen TV equipped with cable and a DVD player. You can relax in the serenity of the outside covered patio overlooking the free flowing pool and lush gardens, or you can soak up the sun on the extended exposed decking wrapping the poolside.

For security, the main house and the apartment both have a safe which can accommodate a laptop, phones, passports etc. The house has an extra large lock up room if you wish to secure any additional valuables. Also available is an ADT alarm system for the entire house and in-law suite. Palm Beach Estates is a gated community, so in the evenings a guard controls the entrance and exit of vehicles into the community.

Playa Grande is a part of Las Baulas National Park where the world’s largest leatherback turtles nest every year. If you are an early riser and on a morning beach walk you might catch baby turtles freshly hatched making their way to the ocean. The area is also known for world class surfing, fishing, horseback riding, zip lining, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, golfing, sunset sails and more. Playa Grande is a very laid back 3.5 miles white sandy beach, where you can take long walks or just relax with a cold drink while watching one of our spectacular sunsets. On many occasions you might be the only person on the beach!

Villa Marbella is a 2 minute walk to 3 restaurants and a small convenient store and if you want to venture a little further you can take a 5 minute drive into the north of Playa Grande and you will find several more restaurants, pizzeria's, bars, 2 surf shops, and yoga studio. If other services are needed Tamarindo is only 25 minutes by car or during the day you can walk down the beach and catch a water taxi across the estuary. Tamarindo is a little tourist town that has all the amenities such as supermarkets, banks, church's, car rental, restaurants, bars, discos and more!

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

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18 Reviews

based on 18 traveler reviews


Pura Vida Again!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd year staying in Casa Marbella. This year with the new owners we experienced the same level of satisfaction. Beautiful addition of a large raw edge outdoor table where we spent many hot afternoons & nights reading and playing cards. House and pool are well maintained. This is a lovely community --several great restaurants and local bread and fish deliveries. Becky is very accommodating. She has compiled a substantial handbook with instructions, entertainment suggestions, taxi referrals etc. It was nice to be able to rent the apartment for additional couple as well. Favorite Pizza: El Huerto, Tacos--open air on the beach Taco Star--banana bread too; RipJack Inn; never disappointed; Seven-BBQ; Great Waltinis/Bula Bula—ahi tuna and Specials are great & fishbowl drinks; there is also a little café beside the Surf Camp which has awesome food and smoothies just off the beach—just be prepared to wait a bit! Miss our local friends and dog, and turtles! See you next year! Pura vida!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay and wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

Was the listing description accurate regarding the location, layout, amenities, etc?

- Yes. Location is in a subdivision called Palm Beach Estates. There is about 1 mile of dirt road leading to the subdivision which is really bumpy. The subdivision is very secluded and safe. A couple of local restaurants, mini market, and houses/BnB's for convenience. No ATM's anywhere, so bring money.

Was the property clean and well-maintained?

- Yes - daily maid service and pool/gardener provided daily. Property is new, spacious enough for 2 families of 4. The layout is set up so that the bedrooms are far apart and have a lot of privacy. Although we shared a house, it felt like you have seclusion/privacy in the bedrooms. Very tastefully designed and spacious!! The pool and large outdoor dining table made of reclaimed wood made for wonderful gathering spots. Very well maintained. Spacious house and property. Pool was refreshing and fantastic outdoor dining /lounging area. Backyard has a gate that leads to an estuary. 5-10 min walk to the beach playa grande - one of the best surf spots all to yourself.

Did the owner or manager provide good customer service?

Yes - Becky was responsive and reasonable. Property management is handled by Hotel Bula Bula which is about 2 houses down the street. Easy to walk over if you need anything - water taxi, setting up tours, ride to the airport, any issues with the house, etc.

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What activities, attractions and restaurants did you enjoy?

Visit to Playa Conchal - pristine white beach about 20 minutes away by car. great beach for kids. not surfing. rented jetskis, snorkeling.

Estuary boat tour -$ 25/person. 2 hour tour of the estuary which is right behind the property. very nice esp for kids.

Surf - Playa grande which is about a 5-10 min walk from the property is a secluded beach that is prime surf spot. Board rental for 24 hours + a lesson was $40 at playa surf camp right near the entrance. Highly recommended.

Restaurant - Hotel Bula Bula was not bad but a bit over priced. There are not many options to dine out in the immediate area, so we ate their one night and grilled in or hit up tamarindo for the other nights.

Water taxi to Tamarindo - about $3-5 per person. Last boat back is around 5-6pm so keep that in mind. You can also catch a taxi ride back if you want to stay in tamarindo at night.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable and spacious home - water is an issue

  • 3 of 5

Very spacious and accommodating property for a family. All of the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. Nice pool, kitchen and living room.

Main issue we had was water. We ran out of water on three different occasions. There is not municipal or city water. There is a water tank on the property and it is filled by truck deliver. We were a party of 10 and the water did not last more than a day.

Also beware of the road leading to the property. The road is a dirt road that is full of pot holes. This makes driving in and out quite painful.

Also you will need to bring your own paper products or purchase at one of the local grocery stores in Tamarindo. The property management company did not supply and dish washing detergent, paper towel or toilet paper. You would think based on the weekly rental costs these items would be provided.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guanacaste Costa Rica and many other areas of Central America have been experiencing a drought (El Nino) since 2014. Up to the week of July 4th we have been very successful in managing the water shortage by monitoring H20 levels of the two tanks that support Casa Marbella and shipping water in when necessary. Unfortunately the area of Playa Grande, not just Casa Marbella, was unable to meet the H20 demands for this high occupancy vacation week. As a result, I will be providing a 10% refund on the weekly rental in an effort to address this issue. Going forward, I will be limiting the total number of occupants to 8 persons versus the previous 10 during the current drought in an effort to reduce the demands on the house. Also Palm Beach Estates is developing a contingency plan in order to address any potential problems in the future i.e. increasing the number of available delivery trucks in time of emergency. Good news is the rainy season starts September. With regards to the shortage of paper products, we do not supply paper towels but items of this nature can be purchased at the local general market (WilMart) which is a short walk from the house. But it is our responsibility to supply TP. Not sure what happened, we typically stock the bathrooms with extra TP under the cabinets. I have contacted the property manager and house maid to address this issue and make sure the house is adequately stocked. I apologize for this inconvenience.
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Group Get-away to Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Casa Marbella is a comfortable, roomy house with very private rooms, each equipped with everything you need during a stay in the tropics. The pool in the back is completely private with no visibility to any other structures, and a small clearing over the patio makes for excellent star-gazing (we got the privilege of seeing the moons of Jupiter during our stay - so cool!).

The house itself is just a short walk to quite possibly the greatest, and least populated beaches I've ever seen with consistent waves great for beginner or intermediary surfers. Further up the coast, things pick up, with either a great spectacle for viewing, or upping the skills. Nearly every night the community gathers on the beach to watch the sun set, a spectacle that leaves everyone focused on the horizon until dusk.

The local community offers a quiet getaway and a good taste of the local vibe. Local merchants are friendly and open (we ran a tab at a few establishments and settled at the end of our stay).

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private, safe paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Marbella exceeded our expectations. The house is gorgeous and well appointed. The backyard dining area and pool offered so much privacy, that we were outside for every meal! The privacy of each bedroom and bathroom allowed everyone a retreat within the home. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare meals. Palm Beach Estates was the perfect location for our vacation. The proximity to Tamarindo was fantastic but we loved the relaxing vibe and minimal crowds of Playa Grande. The staff and food at Bula Bula were a bonus! The owners of this home went out of their way to make our visit perfect. We look forward to another vacation at Casa Marbella soon!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Can't wait to go back !

  • 5 of 5

We rented Villa Marbella for New Year holidays. Our first impression was stunning. All the pictures you can see, are not representative of that fabulous house. It’s a beautiful, well though villa. We were 8 guests and never feel crowed (3 big rooms, with separate complete bathroom).

The backyard is so private, you feel like you are alone. A micro-climate is produce by all the vegetation, so you feel comfortable even in the hottest hours of the day (beach can be really hot).

And for nature lover, exotics birds, monkeys, and lots of wild life can be seen from that back yard, while sipping a glass of wine. The estuary is located just behind the property, that a plus value.

The location of the area is great, calm and secure. In walking distance there’s restaurants, a little store, surf camp and of course the beautiful relaxing beach. If you want to be in the party zone, you just have to take the boat taxi to Tamarindo 

The experience was a 5 stars for sure. The amazing villa, the ambiance of the area, and the exceptional hospitality of Steve and Priscilla.

We sure look forward to go back and bring more friends.

Anik and Phil

December 2014

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Daniel Oduber, LIR at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : Hotel Restaurante Bula Bula at 0.09 Miles Nearest Golf : Reserva Conchal at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Hotel Restaurante Bula Bula at 0.09 Miles Nearest Beach : Playa Grande at 0.25 Miles Car: not necessary


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Years
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage deposit: We take a credit card impression upon check-in
Cancellations: We accept cancellations only via email at least 60 days prior to arrival. Refer to rental agreement for further details.
Holidays include Semana Santa, Christmas and New Years and are rented for one week min. Sat. to Sat.
NOTE: The rental rates listed are for the 3-bedroom main house, if you wish to add the 4th bedroom (in-law suite) please let us know.

50% due immediately and 50% received in Costa Rica 60 days prior to arrival. If arriving less than 60 days, 100% due immediately. We accept payment via check or wire transfer. Details for payment are provided in the rental agreement.

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Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean


  • forests
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 3000 sq. ft.


  • Full 3 - toilet, shower
  • Half 1 - toilet
  • Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower
  • Full 1 - toilet, shower, Double Sinks
  • Full 2 - toilet, shower, Double Sinks
  • Full 4 - toilet, shower


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double, In-law unit available upon request at additional cost.


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals

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