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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)

Las Mareas Video

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Comes live the Las Mareas lifestyle…

 

Las Mareas de Tamarindo, now offering exclusive 3-bedroom ocean view villas for sale in Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

 

Located just steps from the beach, countless surf breaks and vibrant, downtown Tamarindo, Las Mareas Villas are the best of both worlds. Live the tropical lifestyle at Las Mareas and learn more about purchasing one of our luxurious residences today. Also accepting vacation rentals – Come stay with us in Tamarindo jumping castles for sale!

 

To schedule a tour or book your rental today, contact us at

(506) 8832-5773, info@lasmareas.com, www.lasmareas.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Villa Furniture by Kenneth Cobonpue

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

As we add the final details to the Las Mareas Villas, I felt it important to put the spotlight on Filipino furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who supplied a significant portion of the furniture for our six villas.

 

 

The approach Cobonpue takes to furniture design echoes the philosophy of Las Mareas and our architect’s theory that the villa design should integrate locally sourced materials with fine craftsmanship to exist in harmony alongside the natural environment.

 

Furniture from the Suzy Wong collection

Becasuse Cobonpue’s philosophy complements Las Mareas so well, his work was a natural choice when it came time to select the furniture for our villas. In addition, Cobonpue hails from the Philippines, so his work features an innate tropical flavor fitting seamlessly with the villa’s Pacific Rim theme – Note: All the remaining furniture in the villa is directly imported from Bali, Indonesia.

 

 

If you visit Cobonpue’s website, you can view his many collections including the “Suzy Wong” collection, which is the specific line used in the Las Mareas Villas. The “Suzy Wong” furniture collection focuses on intricate Southeast Asian woven rattan and simple, yet elegant, statement pieces inflatable tent.

 

 

Cobonpue’s website describes the “Suzy Wong” collection: “Reminiscent of oriental period styles, the Suzy Wong collection fuses traditional eastern sensibilities with modern design principles. Made from traditional materials such as lampakanai abaca, rattan and wood, Suzy Wong exudes sophistication using the traditional and the natural.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stylish with an emphasis on nature… A perfect fit for the villas at Las Mareas.

 

 

Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-award winning furniture designer who speaks on Southeast Asian design across the world. He studied Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York and boasts a list of celebrity clients such as Brad Pitt and members of the royal family. In 2007, TIME Magazine called him, “rattans first virtuoso.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Las Mareas Soundbites: Part 4, Pangas Beach Club

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Pangas Beach Club:

 

Beautiful Pangas Beach Club

Pangas is the beach club for Las Mareas. Typically and historically, beach clubs are offered exclusively to real estate owners and there’s an accompanying fee for that exclusivity. In an effort to keep the cost of ownership at a minimum, Las Mareas created an alternate plan. The plan is to open the beach club to the public and make it a very successful, standalone location. Then, we give the owners of our villas specials rights and privileges at that beach club. Most importantly we treat the owners as a sort of business partner with the beach club. When an owner rents his property with us, the clients run a tab at Pangas much like a hotel and the villa owners get 10% of sales placed in their bank for use at Pangas when they are in town. Other benefits include board storage at the beach, a tab in the villa owners name and exclusive villa delivery and catering options.

 

Don’t forget to visit Pangas’ Facebook page for regular updates about live music, menu specials and other events. 

 

Some examples of recent happenings at Pangas include:

  • A special Easter brunch with Easter egg hunt and egg decorating for the kids
  • Sunday Funday – All-you-can-eat Sunday buffets with live music, activities and fun for the whole family
  • Jazz Wednesdays – Wednesday night live jazz music by the Tres Amigos
  • And much, much more!

Easter egg painting at Pangas Beach Club!

Pangas’ own website is currently under construction and we will reveal the new, re-vamped version of www.lasmareas.com/pangas-beach-club (which will also be accessible at www.pangasbeachclub.com), in the next few months! Stay tuned.

 

 

Las Mareas Soundbites: Part 3, Cost of Ownership

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Cost of Ownership:

 

Las Mareas has been preparing to engage in development since 2005. We had the unexpected benefit of the financial downturn, which allowed us time to rewrite our business plan considering a post-financial crisis market. We recognize that people are no longer buying properties expecting to appreciate 20% a year, but they are buying properties now because they truly want to own them.

 

Las Mareas is a wonderful development for the sustainability of the marketplace. We also realize people simply want the combination of high quality at a great price. We’re attempting to give them that. People also want to know that ownership won’t be expensive and part of considering the price is the cost of ownership. What are the HOA fees? What are my electric bills? What can I expect for repairs and maintenance? How about income on my property if I rent it?

 

We’re very pleased at Las Mareas to have put together a plan to score high marks in all these categories. For example, the energy saving features on the villas also translate to low cost of ownership. Much energy has been directed toward creating a structure that lowers the HOA fees and we think we’ve been successful. Through a special relationship with our beach club we also expect to exceed the local market in rentability and give our buyers income on their villa if they so desire it. Greater detail on these points can be provided upon request.

 

Pura vida!

 

(Just 2 weeks until the first villa is complete!)

 

 

Las Mareas Soundbites: Part 2, Green Features

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Green Features

We’re very proud of our conservative stance on the environment. A few of the green features in El Tesoro are: green zones, height restrictions, set back requirements and a black water treatment plant who’s water is then used to irrigate the community green zones. Our villas proudly boast Pella-brand doors and windows that are filled with dual pane glass, which seal like refrigerators and keep the hot out and the cold in. Our roof was insulated with closed cell foam, to prevent radiant heat from entering the unit and our air-conditioners are of the latest technology for high efficiency. All of this combines to create a minimum need for energy to run these villas, thus benefiting the environment and greatly reducing the cost of ownership. Additionally, our landscaping has been strategically chosen to include local plant varieties that are drought tolerant and well suited to the climate here, yet still remain beautiful and tropical. We also deliberately oriented all the units northwest – something we will try to do with all our future construction – so the afternoon tropical sun doesn’t enter the home. A tremendous amount of energy is saved this way and your views remain blue and green through the morning, afternoon and evening.

 

 

Here is a list Las Mareas’ green features:

 

  • Black water treatment plant where water is processed and then used to irrigate the community’s green zones
  • El Tesoro is filled with protected green zones so you will always have trees around to support air-quality, natural wildlife and temperature regulation
  • La Cantina bi-folding door systems on the living room and master bedroom patio: These doors seal your villa like a refrigerator, so when they’re closed, no air can escape thus saving you A/C use and energy
  • Pella dual-pane, argon-filled glass windows: Keep heat out and cold in, these windows are the most energy efficient on the market not only keeping your villa nice and cool, but also reducing the amount of energy consumption necessary
  • Closed cell foam roof insulation – This innovative technology prevents radiant heat from entering the unit, lowering in-home energy costs and consumption
  • High efficiency 17-seer Carrier A/C units with room occupancy sensors are built with smart technology to turn down when the sensor notices no people are in a room – a great energy and money saver if you ever forget to switch off the A/C!
  • Landscaping – All our landscaping has been strategically chosen to include local plant varieties that are well-suited to the climate and drought tolerant, thus giving your villa a thriving green surrounding for incredible air quality all year long
  • Orientation: Each villa is deliberately oriented northwest – meaning no afternoon tropical sun enters your home during the hottest hours of the day, thus keeping your needs for energy and A/C consumption to a minimum.

 

Las Mareas Soundbites: Part 1, Location

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Las Mareas General: Gated Community, Close to Town, Views of Nature, Walk to Beach

 

One of the most interesting and unique aspects of our project is that you can’t find anything in Guanacaste with the same features. What features are those? Las Mareas Villas are located within the El Tesoro gated community inside the town of Tamarindo. Tamarindo is, in effect, our amenity. You have shopping, dining and all the activity and action of the most vibrant town in Guanacaste right outside your gate. The great thing about our gated community, El Tesoro, is you can have the town in your backyard, but you don’t have to look at it. Our view is 100% of nature and you see nothing of construction. We look at Las Baulas National Marine Park and Playa Grande – easily the most environmentally protected real estate in Costa Rica – and that’s all we see, yet the town is right outside our entry gate. In order to have an unspoiled view of nature, most people travel to the Osa Peninsula where they don’t have to see structures so it’s incredible that we have that in Tamarindo.

 

 

The other feature is simply this – we are a gated community. Like other gated communities, we enjoy the benefits of quality infrastructure, privacy, security, building protections, green zones and more. However, all the other gated communities in our area are at least a half-hour from a town, so if you want to go to a restaurant, you need to drive 30 minutes.

 

 

Finally, we also have one other very unique feature that is due to our topography. We have an incredible ocean view and we’re steps to the beach. Nobody has this. Most places, if you have an ocean view, you’re driving to the beach and if you’re within walking distance, you’re not going to have an ocean view.

 

So, add all these features together and we realize we have the ability to have our cake and eat it too. Throw in the beach club, which gives you your own place on the beach, with your residence up on the hill and you can spend your days coming and going from the ocean and still retreat to cooler temperatures and privacy in your villa with awesome views of nature.

 

 

What People Are Saying About Pangas Beach Club…

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

What people are saying about Pangas Beach Club:

 

Check out some of our recent reviews & testimonials from TripAdvisor and Facebook!

 

March 12, 2013 by PuraVida212 from New York: “Taking it to Another LevelAre you kidding me? This place is awesome! The owners have done a great job of keeping man made in balance with nature. From the minute you walk into the open architecture of restaurant and the fresh display to sitting at hard wood tables under a huge 200 year old tree while having dinner, you will be mesmerized. If you can go for dinner during a full moon. So now on to the food, everything is good. The standouts Peruvian Ceviche and the smoked fish tasting for appetizers and Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Whole Seabass and the Lava rock steaks (I would go with the Ribeye) for dinner. The dark rum mojitos are very good. GREAT JOB! Jean-Luc… The service was good and is easy on the eyes GREAT JOB Elizabeth! My wife and I look forward to many more dinners at Pangas on our next trip to Tamarindo. PURA VIDA.” 5 Stars.

 

 

March 5, 2013 by SeanRafter from Maine: “Wow This Place is Great! - The entry is breath taking, and the service superb. The food is exquisite, and view is like Tamarindo of old, nothing but nature in sight. A real respite from the hub bub of downtown, just outside.” 5 Stars.

 

 

March 2, 2013 by Jo-Anne & Daryl from Ontario: “Repeat Offenders - We discovered this wonderful place while on our way to book a tour of the estuary for the next day. We visited a total of three times after that for snacks, lunch and supper. Everything was good but the Mahi Mahi and Tuna were perfection. Excellent fruit drinks, comfy chairs, an amazing location right where the ocean meets the estuary and you have paradise. The Barkeep, chefs and staff were all very friendly and made us feel welcome. A special thanks to Lena who took such good care of us when we were there.” 5 Stars.

 

 

February 27, 2013 by LaLee1149 from South Carolina: “Excellent Food – Very Fresh! - We had a wonderful dinner the first night we were in Tamarindo and returned 3 more times!!! The Sea Bass was fantastic as was the Yucca root side dish and vegetables!! The Mahi Mahi I had another night was equally as wonderful – very fresh and cooked perfectly!! The fish tacos we had for lunch were outstanding as was the side salad. The atmosphere is amazing – a beautiful view of the water and the giant ficus trees are lovely! There is a very nice amount of space between the tables so you have a very private and pleasant dining experience. The service was very attentive! Do not let any negative reviews keep you from visiting this very wonderful restaurant!!” 5 Stars.

 

 

February 21, 2013 by Carole M. from California: “BEST of Everything in Tamarindo - We spent 5 weeks in Tamarindo in 2013 and 4 weeks in 2012. We ate at many restaurants. The service, friendly staff, and the food were outstanding, a cut above anything else in Tamarindo. It will be the first place we go to next year.” 5 Stars.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who has helped make Pangas such a huge success so far! We are so   grateful for your support and patronage.

 

Please click here to visit our page on TripAdvisor and post a review of your own! 

 

Also, check out our Facebook page for daily specials, fish market news, entertainment   schedules and photos. 

 

Robert August Surf & Turf Contest 2013: March 15 – 18

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

This weekend marks the 2013 annual Robert August Surf & Turf Contest, sponsored by CEPIA Costa Rica, a non-profit organization that supports youth education and empowerment in rural Guanacaste.

 

Each year, in collaboration with Robert August and his company (www.robertaugust.com), CEPIA puts on an incredibly fun and community-oriented 4-day charity surf and golf tournament. All registration fees go to support educational programs, extracurricular activities and local schools in the greater Tamarindo area.

 

The contest kicks off this Friday, March 15 and wraps up on Sunday the 17th when the winners for the golf and surf tournament, as well as the overall winner, are announced. The fun does continue on Monday, however, with a Hibiscus Catamaran Sailing Tour from 2 – 6 p.m.

 

The Surf & Turf Contest is one of our favorite community events of the year and Las Mareas & Pangas Beach Club are proud to be sponsoring this year’s event to benefit CEPIA and all their fantastic work in the areaBouncy Castle Midi Ferme. Be sure to stop by and check out all the excitement while supporting a good cause! See you there…

 

Here’s a schedule of events:

 

Friday, March 15:

  • 5 p.m. – Registration BBQ Party at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp with Live Radio Dos Coverage with Evan

 

Saturday, March 16: 

  •  9 a.m. – Golf Tournament at Hacienda Pinilla
  • 7 p.m. – Azul Profundo Beach Wear Fashion Show & After Party at Le Beach Club Tamarindo with DJ Matos Dinner and Silent Auction

 

Sunday, March 17:

  • 6:30 a.m. – The Robert August Surf Contest & Roxy’s “Be Together” Girls’ Surf Relay Contest
  • 6:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp & Florcloriko Presentation

Monday, March 18:

  • 2 – 6 p.m. – Hibiscus Catamaran Sailing Tour

 

Tournament Format: A shot-gun start, four-man team golf scramble and best of four man surf contest. The best score from each team of the golf and/or surf contests is calculated together at the end of the charity challenge for the best overall score and bragging rights of Surf & Turf Champs!

 

Registration Fee: $200 (Golf & Surf) includes: golf fee, golf cart and golf lunch, surf inscription with lunch at Lola’s and free entrance to the Azul Profundo Beach Wear Fashion Show and Le Beach Club Tamarindo. Each competitor will receive a gift bag with gifts generously donated from the contest’s participating sponsors.

 

More info: Contact Laetitia Deweer, President of CEPIA – cepiacostarica@racsa.co.cr, 8301-8282 or Van Salcedo, CEPIA – vansalmai@hotmail.com, 8940-3266.

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