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Los Pargos, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo Costa Rica
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#2 of 11 Specialty lodging in Playa Avellanas
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Our Goal is to provide you with the best experience possible in Costa Rica. We have partnered with the best of the best and compiled an untouchable team. Swell has the most BEAUTIFUL Villas by the Sea, breathtaking gardens and the architecture is like a dream Volleyball in the pool, world class waves all around and your own private chef. Costa Rica is a place to totally unplug unwind and connect with your friends and family . Offerings include an authentic farm to table experience! Eat right from the sea or have some mangos and bananas with all the monkeys around your villa. From the best captains on the sea, sport fishing, a day on our luxury yacht, 4x4 off-road vehicles, surf coaching, adventure guides, zip lining, waterfalls, horses, hot springs, volcanoes and all your transportation needs! What more could you ask for?
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Books, DVDs, music for children
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Bicycles available
Boating
Canoeing
Casino and Gambling
Diving
Game room
Golf course
Hiking
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Skiing
Snorkelling
Squash
Tennis court
Water park
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Aerobics
Aerobics offsite
Bicycle tours
Billiards
Canoeing offsite
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Patio
Squash offsite
Table tennis
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Water park offsite
Waterslide
Board games / puzzles
Nightclub / DJ
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Pedicure
Salon
Solarium
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Infirmary
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Desk
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bidet
Safe
Seating area
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
iPod docking station
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
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Natalie Fox wrote a review Apr. 2021
Boston, Massachusetts21 contributions
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This place is special, and this review won't come close to expressing how amazing our entire experience was. If you can imagine what paradise might look, and feel like, you're probably only half-way to the grandeur that is this Villa. The booking process was super simple, and within the day I received a friendly welcome message from the Villa coordinator (Kristin). She was a wealth of information, and believe me, we had a LOT of questions, which she answered quickly and kindly. Since we didn't really have an idea of what we wanted to do in Costa Rica, Kristin provided a lot of great options for excursions, and adventures that we could take. She is definitely a woman with her finger on the pulse of the local scene, and was able to curate the experience to our group. Without Kristin, this trip would've been missing a lot. As for the Villa itself. JUST WOW!!! As a bougie flight attendant, I have been all over this world, and I know luxury when I see it. This Villa is L.U.X. (luxurious). From the exciting infinity pool, to the deluxe kitchen with tons of appliances, to lush green & floral grounds with the sunset horizon view, it was like I was living the Verified Travel Instagram life. They have fruit trees on the property, with Grapefruit, Mangos, Bananas, Dragonfruits, and more. We loved using them to make smoothies, with a little tequila, or rum... yum! They also have a plentiful herb garden, just steps away from the kitchen, which added a unique element to our meals. Everyday we'd wake up, do some yoga on the veranda, take a dip in the pool, have a hearty breakfast, and engage with the adventure of the day. Every night, we would play some of the musical instruments, share a delightful dinner, and watch the majestic sunsets from the infinity pool. From the villa you can see tons of wildlife, from birds, frogs, monkeys, and more. One morning we saw a 30 howler monkeys in the tree in front of the villa, you know everyone had their phones out watching them eat the flowers on the tree. All the men enjoyed talking (grunting) with them... lol I would be a miss to not mention Franklin, the kindhearted groundskeeper. Several mornings when I woke up early, I noticed him tidying up the home (washing the pool towels)(sweeping the veranda)(wiping down the dining table)(trimming the garden). He and his team were impeccable, and this was above and beyond what we expected from the villa. Big Big Thanks to Franklin!! For fear of making this review TLDR I am going to round it off now... but know there is still so much more about this place that is just so miraculous, and that I left room for some pleasant surprises when you arrive at Villa Shambala. Shambala Folx <3
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Sara C wrote a review Feb. 2021
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This was an amazing experience. Kristin was super thoughtful and proactive in making sure we had the best possible time. She has an extensive knowledge of the local area and is willing to organize any activities you may be interested in. The house was gorgeous and had everything our group needed for a comfortable and productive stay (great internet!). The sunsets were mind-blowing. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a place in the area!!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Michal K wrote a review Feb. 2021
Palo Alto, California6 contributions2 helpful votes
Kristin, the owner of Swell, went above and beyond while looking after us during our stay in Costa Rica. With a group of 8 friends we spent 2 weeks around Playa Negra. Kristin picked us up, helped us to check-in to the amazing villa that she found for us, organized several mind-blowing activites, answered all and any questions we had, and was caring, warm, fun, so very patient, responsive and always available.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Room Tip: We stayed at Villa Shambala. It was spectacular, secluded and private, but close to the beach,...
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SAMUEL G wrote a review Feb. 2021
Austin, Texas9 contributions1 helpful vote
Kristin looked after our group of 8 during our 10-day stay in the Playa Avellanas area. She was friendly, enthusiastic, thoughtful, tireless, and attentive. She was exceptionally helpful, going well beyond what any of our group expected in making sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our time in CR. She has a broad and detailed knowledge of the area and the options for visitors and she is thoughtful in trying to find activities to suit all members of the group. She could be relied upon to set things up in a timely and efficient manner and she was great company too. In short, if you're going to the the Playa Avellanas area, your time there will be more magical if Kirstin is involved.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Paige Fulk wrote a review Mar. 2020
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Swell Costa Rica does a wonderful job with accommodations, transportation, arranging meals, planning fun activities, and most of all has the best surf instructors and surf places! We are a family of four and we enjoyed surfing so much that we wanted to add more of it!! One of the best vacations we’ve taken and can’t wait to go back. Kristen, Cato and the entire Swell team made this vacation amazing!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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bsuje wrote a review Feb. 2020
Punta Gorda, Florida1 contribution
I took my 2 young kids to learn to surf for the week. Kristen was super accommodating. She had everything organized for us. We surfed twice a day with surf instructors. The waves were perfect. She had a spot for the kids to surf smaller waves and a spot with bigger waves for me. The house where we stayed was awesome! The kids loved it. They played at the pool! She also guided us around the area for restaurants and sightseeing options. I highly recommend Kristen for your surf trip!
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Pamela wrote a review Jan. 2020
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We booked a family vacation with 4 teenagers who wanted to have a real CR surf experience. Everything was perfectly attended to before our trip and especially during the trip. The SWELL team especially Kristen manage every detail and focus on making the vacation fun for everyone. The surf team we had was fabulous. Our surf instructors were super - especially Cato! SWELL arranged a videographer to capture the surf lessons and we reviewed them twice a day - after sunrise and sunset surfing! Everyone in the family said it was the best family vacation we ever took!!! Thank you Kristen and SWELL team for a dream vacation. We will be coming back. P.S. we had a great cook Sebastian arranged by Kristen!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Room Tip: We had a private house as part of our trip. It was in the beach and perfect!
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Julie Berghoff wrote a review Jan. 2020
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Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Every detail was perfectly attended to, from in-home chefs, dining recommendation, shuttle services, and shopping runs. We loved the surfing, and Cato was so patient with us. They are an incredible team, and super fun people to hang out with. They gave us an amazing Costa Rica experience, a taste of local life, and a vacation we will remember. Can't wait to co back
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Stephanie wrote a review Apr. 2019
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We had an amazing time in Costa Rica, thanks to Swell. If you're looking for a beautiful, authentic surf experience, this is it. Kristin's thoughtful choices, from hotel, to restaurants to activities, were perfect, and her team was absolutely great. Not only did Kristin take care of *every* detail, but she was super fun to hang out with. Can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Danny F wrote a review Apr. 2019
Houston, Texas2 contributions
SWELL is the real deal!!You won’t regret it. Please let Cato know he’s the best instructor I’ve ever had. I’ve been to several surf camps around the world but Swell was the best! The waves can be intimidating but I feel much more confident.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Swell Costa Rica
Which popular attractions are close to Swell Costa Rica?
Nearby attractions include Papaya Con Leche (7.0 km), Spa Maya (6.7 km), and Beach & Pool Crawl (7.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Swell Costa Rica?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Swell Costa Rica?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Swell Costa Rica?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Swell Costa Rica?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Swell Costa Rica?
Conveniently located restaurants include HiR Fine Dining, Antichi Sapori Sicilian Cuisine, and Cactus Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Swell Costa Rica?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Swell Costa Rica have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Swell Costa Rica offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Swell Costa Rica have airport transportation?
Yes, Swell Costa Rica offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Swell Costa Rica located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Playa Avellanas.
Are any cleaning services offered at Swell Costa Rica?
Yes, laundry service and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.