We enjoyed our stay at Villa Costa Brava over Christmas in 2014. It is a beautiful villa, close to the beach with an amazing view of the water. You can watch for whales and rays from your pool side beach chair while sipping a margarita. That's what I call relaxing! Road noise is not a big deal, espe ... more
We enjoyed our stay at Villa Costa Brava over Christmas in 2014. It is a beautiful villa, close to the beach with an amazing view of the water. You can watch for whales and rays from your pool side beach chair while sipping a margarita. That's what I call relaxing! Road noise is not a big deal, especially if you sleep with the air conditioner on. The last few days we had some people that came to stay in the apartment style building behind us and of course they had a screaming kid, which was annoying when trying to relax at the pool. We came here to get away from people, so it was disappointing, but not the fault of the "villa", of course. We had a couple of geckos that made its way in the villa somehow...no big whoop. It was pretty cute and my boys (17 & 14) thought it was great. I figure they probably took care of any little bugs in the villa. There are a couple of "resident" lizards that hang out by the pool shrubs, so watch for them to visit. They're skiddish and won't bother you. The booking process with Nik was great, at first. Then there were several mix ups (the invoices they send with payment confirmations are rather confusing).
The good, the bad and the ugly:
TransCabo picks you up at the airport (but charges $30 to stop on the way to the villa for 30 minutes at the Mega store, this should be free for as much as the villa costs)
Air conditioning units in every room
Abundance of books, games and videos for your use in the villa
Local and US phone calls are free
Proximity to the beach is a plus and the beach has very few people at any given time, it's virtually YOUR beach. Take your flip-flops as the granite is sharp to climb on while exploring the tide pool nooks and crannies.
The sunrises are spectacular and I absolutely COULDN'T miss a single one...so heavenly.
Open floor plan makes for cooking and dining while visiting a pleasure
Speakers are great to hook up to an iPod in the villa. Open up the doors towards the pool and listen to your tunes. It would be much more convenient, however, to have outdoor speakers and an iPod dock. Inexpensive to do and would be a HUGE plus!
In-villa chefs are amazing- A MUST DO! We had the Surf & Turf dinner and had them do the Drop Off service, which includes them still preparing everything, they just don't stay through the meal. It is OUT OF THIS WORLD!
Upon arriving at the villa, the 'Welcome' margaritas and chips/guac/pico were AMAZING! I wish I could package up that guacamole and eat it every day of my life! It's THAT good!
Having a propane grill to BBQ is pretty handy. We had plenty of propane to cook all we wanted, just make sure you burn the ants off the grill first, they're pretty quick to jump on the leftovers (as they would be anywhere). Ants are not excessive, by any means. They have their little pathway they take and don't stray from it, so they are harmless and there aren't that many anyway.
We had enough 5 gallon water jugs for our stay, which was nice. We made our own ice cubes using that water because the auto cubes from the fridge smelled funny.
Marbella Suites next door is closed due to hurricane damage, leaving you without another option for dining nearby. This also means there is no sundries shop next door and you must cross the highway to get any sort of BASIC amenities at the Super Mercado.
The walk to the beach is steep. Be careful if you have little ones or anyone who may have knee or hip issues (we didn't have this issue, but would be something to note).
We had a couple of maintenance issues upon our arrival, which were ignored by Rodolfo (he was nice at check-in). (1) The toilet in the master bathroom "runs" after every flush and must be manually made to stop. (2) The safe in the guest bedroom was locked upon our arrival and beeped A LOT. We could not reset it and it made for a slightly annoying stay for the guest in that room.
The maid service is excessive, for sure. Especially considering they don't really do much except stand around texting on their phones while waiting for bed sheets to wash and dry. It should be optional.
There were 5 guests and 3 of us left with some sort of bites on our legs and arms acquired while sleeping. Not sure if they were ants, spiders, bed bugs or what...
Speaking of the bed situation, the master bed feels like it needs replaced and there has just been a foam topper placed on top to mask it. Didn't sleep too well. One of my sons didn't sleep well on his bed either, nor did my mom in the other guest room. The mattresses should probably be replaced or flipped or something.
I don't recommend renting a car from Avis while vacationing. Holy cow, what a racket and they were ALWAYS at least an hour late from when they said they'd be at the villa for the delivery of the car and other situations that arose! Not only that, their credit card machines don't communicate well with US banking institutions, so even after running 5 credit cards from 3 different guests (all cards were declined), we were required to go into town to clear up the whole matter and have them punch it in manually. Pain in the rear! Buying the "full" insurance isn't really worth it, in our opinion, as driving in this region is not difficult if you're used to any sort of city.
DO NOT get taxi service through TransCabo...unless you don't care about getting ripped off. It was $35 one way to the Wal-Mart, which is on the outskirts of San Lucas. I'm sure there are much less expensive options, probably through the local taxi service. Not sure if the bus still comes right by there or not, but we never saw it.
While this unit is beautiful and the pool really made the stay worth it during the high Christmas season, I don't think we'd stay here again. There are SO many places to stay closer to town. It is good if you don't plan on going into town at all, though. I only went in once, but would've liked something within walking distance to go see or do. less