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2014 Newsletter – Las Mareas

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Well, it’s been a while. The lack of updates from Las Mareas over the past few months isn’t due to lack of activity – we’ve just been saving all the juicy news for 2014. Two months into the new year (Happy Belated New Years, by the way), and Las Mareas and Pangas Beach Club are both busier than ever. It’s the second high season for Pangas and the first high season for Las Mareas’ vacation rentals. With the restaurant packed nightly and the villas full of happy tenants, things are moving down here in Tamarindo and the future couldn’t look brighter. After a slight lull in low season, we’re back and here are the latest updates from the Las Mareas group. We hope you are able to escape the “Arctic Vortex” cold and come visit us in sunny Tamarindo soon – Enjoy!

Vacation Rentals

Rentals: Vacation rentals are quickly becoming the energy center of Las Mareas and its growing in-house property management company. We have over five inquiries coming in daily and as the villas fill up, we’re realizing that Las Mareas vacation rentals could be a better investment than we initially thought. Our buyers will see their purchase as a true, long-term investment due to the unnaturally high occupancy of rentals Las Mareas is generating.

 

Our secret weapon is Pangas. There are countless groups booking the beach club as a venue for weddings, events and large parties and we’ve found that most of them are looking for a place to stay while in Tamarindo.

 

We’re here to fill that gap. By offering exclusive vacation rentals connected to Pangas, we’re able to book large groups that often book all six villas at once to accommodate wedding parties, large families, etc.  Right now, we have at least five groups renting between four and six villas in conjunction with hosting their events at Pangas coming up in 2014.
Bruce is excited for the future because with Pangas as our unique amenity, we’re setting ourselves apart from the market. We’ve realized we have no competition when it comes to booking event parties connected to a beach club with a structure like we’ve set up at Las Mareas and Pangas. Very exciting stuff!

 

In addition to event groups, we’re booking tons of regular vacation rentals every day and the calendar is filling up for 2014. Since we began renting last July, we’ve had clients from across the globe – Canada, the United States, Germany, Russia, Italy, Costa Rica, Colombia and more. We’re happy to say we’ve established great relationships with our rental clients and more than one of them have come back as repeat customers. We’ve even generated some sales interest from our most loyal rental clients and many customers ask to hear our sales presentation during their stay. The feedback has been nothing but positive and we pride ourselves on offering the best in customer service for our rental clients from the moment they send an inquiry email, to after they’ve returned home from their trip.

 

But you don’t have to take my word for it – check out what people have been saying about Las Mareas vacation rentals on VRBO here: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3519710

 

Sales: 

The sales buzz around Las Mareas continues to grow in 2014 with walk-in clients, realtor showings and other prospective buyers stopping by the project every day. One of the reasons we’ve waited a bit to release the 2014 newsletter is so we could confirm the latest news – the sale of Villa #4. In January, Bruce negotiated a deal with our first post-construction buyer and the sale recently closed during the first week of February. Congratulations to everyone who helped make it happen!

We expect this key first sale in the post-construction phase to pave the way. With one villa sold after construction, we will create a new sense of urgency in the local market and remind interested buyers about all the benefits of owning a Las Mareas Villa. With the newfound excitement surrounding the project and the market on the move, we anticipate this first sale will lead to the sale of the remaining four villas in the near future.

 

Staff:

Sadly, Las Mareas will be saying goodbye to one of its own in March. After 1.5 years Suzanna, who handles the project’s marketing, communication and most of the vacation rental leads, announced she would be leaving the project in order to pursue a career more aligned with her background in travel writing. Suzanna just got a job updating a Costa Rica guidebook – although she’ll be out on the road for the next two months, Suzanna will still be helping out with Las Mareas work remotely as needed. Of course, we will miss Suzanna greatly (even if she is the one writing this!), but we’re confident that Jen Dizgun, who is now training to take over Suzanna’s position, will do a fantastic job with all the marketing and communications responsibilities for Las Mareas. Jen, a Quebec native, is fluent in English, French and Spanish, having lived and worked in Spain and Argentina for the past 15 years. Jen comes to us with a wealth of computer and marketing background, as well as years of experience managing rental properties with her husband in Buenos Aires. Jen has been working every day in February to prepare and we’re excited about everything she will bring to the table when she takes over in March.

 

Write us a Review!!

If you’ve stayed with us at Las Mareas and haven’t written a review yet, please help us out by clicking the following links to post a review!

 

VRBO/HomeAway: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3519710

TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalReview-g309253-d3838216-or3-Stunning_3_Bed_Villa_w_Ocean_Views_in_Tamarindo-Tamarindo_Province_of_Guanacaste.html#REVIEWS

 

What people are saying about Las Mareas…

 

“My wife and I recently stayed at Las Mareas and we have nothing but great things to say. The property is beautiful. The condo is amazingly clean and very well appointed. Everything is new and and well thought out to the smallest detail. The views are amazing. Town and the beach are just minutes away yet you have the privacy of the gated community. Without hesitation we would recommend Las Mareas. Pura Vida.”

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Newsletter – Pangas Beach Club

Friday, February 28th, 2014

What’s new at Pangas Beach Club in 2014 – Second half of the Las Mareas 2014 newsletter.

 

Pangas:

In December, Pangas opened up seven days a week for high season and the restaurant has been buzzing ever since. Weddings and events are continuing to be a huge source of business. As of January, Elizabeth had over 45 events on the books for the coming year and I’m sure that number has only gone up since. Here’s a bit about other recent news:

 

Updates:

  • Pangas Happy Hour is back! Join us 7 days a week at the bar for 2 x 1 specials on select beer and cocktails.
  • Tuesday En Fuego: Enjoy a live fire show every Tuesday after dark
  • The Pangas Fish Market is also open everyday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ve got the freshest fish in the area at prices that beat out the competition. This year we’re selling fish by the portion (200 grams) – for example, we have fresh tuna, grouper, mahi-mahi, snook, snapper and catch of the day ranging in price from $3.00 – $5.40 per portion.

Surfrider Foundation Event:

 On January 18th, Pangas was the place to be when it hosted the 2014  Surfrider Foundation Event sponsored by Red Bull. The night was a huge  success with over 405 people taking part in the action. Pangas charged a  cover fee at the door and all proceeds went to benefit the Surfrider  Foundation, a non-profit organization specializing in preserving and  enjoying beaches and oceans around the world.

The fun began with live music at 7 p.m. as community members  gathered  to watch presentations by three-time WCT pro surfers.  The excitement  grew as Red Bull-sponsored, six-time world  champion Sandro Dias put  on a vert skateboard demo on a  temporary half pipe ramp set up on the beach.

 

Live music, dynamic entertainment, good drinks and great  company for an even better cause – a complete success! We’re  happy Pangas could help raise over over $2,500 to benefit the  Surfrider Foundation. Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible.

 

(Photos by Murray Greer)

March Newsletter

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Newsletter: March 2013

 

What’s new at Pangas Beach Club and Las Mareas de Tamarindo

 

Pangas Beach Club

 

Like last month, business at Pangas is consistently strong and steady. In the middle of high season, we’re seeing more and more patrons by the day as word of mouth starts to build in Tamarindo and its surrounding towns. Some general news:

 

  • Events remain strong and Pangas has several weddings & events on the books for March
  • Wednesday evenings now feature live jazz music starting at 7 p.m.

 

‘Have a Heart’ Charity Golf Tournament

 

  • On February 14, 2013, Pangas Beach Club was proud to cater the barbecue for the 13th annual‘Have a Heart’ Charity Golf Tournament. The annual Valentine’s Day event is the major fundraiser for the non-profit Amigos de la Educacion Foundation, which offers scholarships to underprivileged youth in Costa Rica and works to improve local schools.
  • Pangas was selected to cater the day’s luncheon at Hacienda Pinilla and the event was a huge success – Everyone was thrilled to be a part of such a good cause and we hope to join forces again next year.

 

Valentine’s Day

 

  • Valentine’s Day was jam-packed as the team worked to cater the‘Have a Heart’ Charity Golf Tournament luncheon during the day and host a special ‘aphrodisiac’ themed dinner back at the restaurant that night.
  • The special ‘Aphrodisiac’ menufeatured mouth-watering dishes such as lobster stuffed roasted red peppers served over arugula salad with an organic honey balsamic vinaigrette and sauteed snapperserved over a heart of palm risottowith an avocado leek sauce…. mmm! 
  • The restaurant was completely full for dinner and guests also enjoyed a moonlit fire dancing show under the stars. Que romantica!

 

Sunday Funday! 

 

  • In February, Pangas kicked off its new weekly Sunday Funday event. 
  • Each Sunday, Pangas now offers an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet featuring dishes such as smoked ribs with pineapple BBQ sauce and mixed seafood paella.
  • Sunday Funday also features kids’ activities, face painting, live music with Darin Talbot and fun for the whole family.
  • The first event was a huge success and we hope Sunday Funday becomes a regular fixture at Pangas.

 

 

 

Las Mareas Villas

 

March is already turning out to be a big month for the six villas on Lot 14 in El Tesoro. Within the past two weeks, the Bosch appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators), Samsung TV’s & electronics, Cuisinart kitchen furnishings and everything else you could imagine from Crate & Barrel have arrived to make the villas 100% turnkey. Each day, the villas look more and more like finished units and by the time April rolls around, you might not even recognize them!

 

Bi-Folding Doors

 

The La Cantina bi-folding doors arrived last month and are being installed as we speak. Villa #1already has its set (as shown in the image – left).

 

Kitchen Cabinetry 

 

  • The kitchen cabinetry is going in and looking better than we could have imagined.
  • Our cabinetry was designed by Esteban Cordoba, the same designer who did the cabinets for the Four Seasons Hotel and you can tell, the quality of the wood and construction detail is top-notch. 
  • Soon, we’ll install the ovens and Bosch appliances to complement the wood cabinets.

 

Other Upcoming Events

 

  • The quartzite granite kitchen counter topsare slated to be installed next week.
  • Also, the high-efficiency 17-seet Carrier air-conditioning units are being installed at this very moment.
  • The pool area is really coming along – So far, the team is hard at work on the common lounge and BBQ area, bathroom and infinity-edge pool. One of our favorite features is the concrete staircase leading down to the pool area – which also boasts beautiful ocean views! 

 

Until Next Time…

 

  • In a bit of non-construction related news, Las Mareas is also one of the silver sponsors for this year’s 2013 Robert August Surf & Turf Contest to benefit CEPIA, a Costa Rican non-profit dedicated to youth education and empowerment in rural Guanacaste.
  • The annual contest includes a surf and golf tournament and takes place from March 15 – 18. Hope to see you all there! 

 

With the daily progress on Lot 14 and the buzz around Tamarindo, it feels like everything is all coming together. We’re confident March will mark many big milestones for Las Mareas as we continue to show the villas and handle new inquiries daily. Very exciting! Stay tuned to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/lasmareas, for more updates and new photos of the construction as we go along.