Casa Kanda is a stunning, contemporary rental villa that has been getting rave reviews guests. With predictions of increased tourism throughout Costa Rica in 2014 and great reviews like these, this 3-bedroom tropical home promises to be a very successful investment property.
Pura Vida Vacation
“Villa Kanda was an absolute pleasure. We were optimistic from the Home Away photographs but absolutely floored when we arrived – the pictures do not do it justice! The feeling as you walk into the home is instant zen and peace and is designed with such care for guests. It is a luxurious design with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living, comfort and privacy. The view was outstanding – you cannot see another home in site for miles – we felt like we were living on a Spanish country estate! Not to mention the ocean sunset every night…
We came as a group of four (two couples)and the villa was more than enough room for us but I would not recommend a group more than six, only because of the amount of bedrooms. We felt that the house provided everything we could possibly need, including beach accessories, umbrellas, hair dryers, etc. Besides groceries, we didn’t need a thing.
The kitchen is very well equipped so we were able to cook at our leisure. We also hired a private chef (Fabien Mandrea) to come several nights who was excellent. Alejandra recommended him to us and we were pleasantly surprised at how talented he was. We would recommend to do this at least one night as it’s very cost effective.
We also hired a masseuse (Caroline Lemaire) to come two evenings and again we were surprised at the talent. All four of us agreed it was the best massage we ever had! They set up at the pool outdoors and promise, this massage under the stars was one to remember.
I also have to mention that Alejandra was MORE than helpful and accommodating. She helped us book activities, tour guides, recommended taxis and chefs and even helped us to get groceries the first night when our flight arrived late! She and Marc live on the property and were very easy to contact at any time.
The one issue our group had (and this was our fault as Alejandra mentions to rent a SUV in her guide book) is that we rented an insufficient car for the driveway. The driveway is unpaved and VERY steep so having an SUV with four wheel drive is an absolute necessity! And remember that it is almost impossible to find a car that isn’t stick-shift in Costa Rica so tune up your driving skills! I would also mention it is a bit difficult to find the house at first so I would recommend to have a phone available to call Alejandra when you first arrive.
We would absolutely recommend staying at Villa Kanda. It was a five star home with five star service and TEN star view. You won’t be disappointed – PURA VIDA!”
Villa Kanda – Simply Amazing
“Villa Kanda looked fantastic on HomeAway but it was even better than expected. I went with my wife and 3 friends for the thanksgiving break and had a fantastic vacation.
The villa is beautiful with great furniture which is also very comfortable. The location is beautiful, with breathtaking views (sunrise and sunset too!), which you can enjoy from the pool, terraces, hamacas, outdoor living room, state-of-the-art kitchen (we prepared a full thanks giving dinner, including the turkey which we bought at a supermarket which has everything) or bedrooms (the master bedroom is HUGE and has a HUGE terrace).
The villa is located in Finca Panama, which is 15-20 mins from Tamarindo (you need a 4×4). We saw monkey’s in the wild a couple of times! Finca Panama is a gated community, so you feel very safe, but the good thing is that you don’t see (or hear) any other properties from the villa.
One of the things that made our stay so special was having all the local knowledge – Alejandra shared with us a guide with their favorite, beaches, restaurants, surf spots (even instructors), spa services (4 professional masseuses came to the villa every evening to help us relax after a day of surfing) and day-trips. We never left the villa without it (it also had very easy to follow driving instructions). Our favorite beach was Avellana, which is both beautiful and great for surfing and has a very good restaurant (Lola’s). Alejandra not only shared the guide, but also made herself available and was always happy to help (for example, when a surf instructor was not available, I called her and she immediately put us in touch with her son’s instructor)
Yami, the housekeeper, was also extremely helpful (kept everything pristine and even washed some clothes) and the gardener kept the pool and garden in great shape too.
As anyone can see I am an extremely satisfied with my stay at Villa Kanda! I can’t wait to get back!”