Our family had the pleasure of staying at Out of Office Villa for a few days before Christmas 2019. The house itself is obviously new and modern, with accurate pictures and description when booking which is always appreciated. But the experience is much, much more - it is difficult to describe, you have to be there!
The house is isolated, which is something that you have to fully realize when booking. We LOVED the location: away from the crowds, quiet, immersed in nature. This is a place that you want to constantly enjoy and that is hard to leave, even to hit the beach or go surfing. You can sit on the top patio, walking a full clan of howler monkeys making their way from one end of the property to the other while sipping your coffee. You can silently glide in the pool at night, watching the stars in the clear sky. The whole experience was simply amazing, rejuvenating.
Now if you want to leave the house, it's always a bit of an adventure - be prepared! Although the house is inside the secured 'gated community' of Tierra Pacifica, it is a very big area with unpaved, hilly, pot-holed, single lane paths. Walking to the community centre to get to the gym and its magnificient pools is well worth it but a bit of a hike (maybe 1 km) or realistically a short car ride away. Getting groceries is 30-40 minutes away near Tamarindo unless you are fine with the nearby small market for a few essential items.
There are a surprising number of fantastic local restaurants that are only a 10-15 minute drive away, some of them can even be accessed by foot with a short 'Beach Access' walk (maybe with a flash light). Now said 'Beach Access' leads to a very quiet part of Playa Junquillal with rip currents where you may be able to enjoy a walk and getting your feet wet - but not suitable for swimming, boogie boarding, snorkelling etc.
Finally, the support and 'customer service' from the property owner and from the property manager was OUTSTANDING. We have rented many VRBOs in the past, and this was unexpected and much appreciated. With the given isolation of the house, it was good to have many recommendations, suggestions and responses rapidly. The house comes with a detailed binder with the logistics of running the house and suggestions about activities and restaurants in the area - again, very useful and appreciated.
Out of Office Villa is a one-of-a-kind gem in Costa Rica. Enjoy.