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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.”

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

February Newsletter

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Newsletter: February, 2013

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

 

Pangas Beach Club:

  • Wedding season has officially begun at Pangas! On Tuesday, January 29, the Beach Club hosted its first nuptials for Owen and Laura Lessarda. The couple brought 40 of their closest friends and family from Canada for an intimate ceremony on the beach, which was followed by a gorgeous candlelit dinner and reception with live music and dancing in Pangas’ outdoor seating area. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the feedback from the wedding party was nothing but positive.

Weddings & Events

  • Speaking of events, Pangas already has between 6 and 7 weddings and other events on the books for 2013. Not a bad start! With an average of 1-2 wedding/event inquiries coming in per-week, we anticipate 2013 to be a great year for events.

New Hours + Sunday Brunch

  • Pangas also recently changed its schedule to meet local demands and is now open 7-days a week.
  • Two weeks ago, Pangas started doing Sunday brunch,which is now a regular fixture. Each Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. we’ll be serving a special brunch menu, which includes a special “mini brunch buffet” featuring dishes such as mini omelette rolls with sauteed vegetable and cheese, Pangas rolls with smoked salmon and mango jalapeno cream cheese and fried goat cheese with mango chutney… yum!

 

Extended Fish Market & Happy Hour Specials

 

  • Pangas Fish Market is Tamarindo’s best kept secret… And we’re excited to introduce the expanded boutique market this month. The new and improved fish market will feature all the ingredients needed to bring home and follow our head chef’s recommended recipes using the area’s freshest seafood right in your own kitchen. Remember: Our fish makes it to the display case 2-3 days earlier than our competitors and the prices can’t be beat!

  • This month, Pangas will also start offering a happy hour with drink specials and a variety of bocas to snack on as you enjoy a refreshing cocktail on the beach at sunset. Live music and other entertainment will also correspond with happy hour at Pangas. Stay tuned to our Facebook page,www.facebook.com/pangastamarindo, for announcements about the day’s specials and all upcoming entertainment and event schedules!

Las Mareas Villas

 

  • We continue to watch the six villas on Lot 14 come to life each and every day. Currently, workers are plugging away building and installing the hardwood shelving units and other wood features for each villa right on-site.

Wood Accents, Doors & Travertine Tiles

 

  • The La-Cantina bi-folding doorshave arrived and will begin being installed this month.
  • Natural beige coralline stone travertine tiles are being laid in the bathrooms of villa #1 and villa #2 alongside plumbing fixtures and wood cabinetry.

Bosch Appliances & Vacation Rentals

 

  • The Bosch appliances, including stainless-steel refrigerators, washers and dryers, are on their way from the U.S. and should arrive at Las Mareas by the 15th.

  • Aside from the construction progress, we’ve noticed a jump in vacation rental inquiries coming in to our website (www.lasmareas.com) and other online rental hubs such as VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) and AirBnB.com. Nothing is official just yet, but we are in talks with several interested parties about the possibility of booking Las Mareas for upcoming vacation rentals inJuly and August of 2013. 


Until Next Time…

There’s plenty more happening day-to-day on the ground here at Las Mareas, but we hope this quick monthly update helps to keep everyone in the loop.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@lasmareas.com with any further questions, feedback or inquiries. Thanks again for your continued support and we will keep you posted on all the great things taking place at Las Mareas de Tamarindo and Pangas Beach Club in the months ahead.

Don’t forget – We’re still offering special, pre-sale prices on our 3-bedroom/3.5-bathroom ocean view villas so visit contact us for more information today!

Best,

Suzanna Lourie

suzanna@lasmareas.com

Las Mareas de Tamarindo

Communications & Web Content

 

 

 

Welcome to Las Mareas

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Welcome to the official website of Las Mareas de Tamarindo!

It’s been years of prepping, planning and preparing every element of Tamarindo’s latest real estate project Las Mareas. From the efficiency measures placed in our villas’ design features to the farm fresh source of each local ingredient on the menu at Pangas Beach Club, all of the elements of this project have been hand selected to finally present to the public through the launch of our new website.

 

 

In 2005, a group of like-minded friends and business partners from across the globe got to talking. Each member involved had one critical factor in common – all had chosen to call Tamarindo home, be it a full or part time residence. They shared a love of Costa Rica’s rich natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, awesome surf and the all around laidback lifestyle of this country and Tamarindo in particular. But, as the group watched development soar in this Guanacaste beach town over the years, they noticed something was missing. As the town grew outward and through high-rise condos, quite literally upwards, it seemed a project that preserved and fostered the lifestyle that attracted so many to Tamarindo in the first place was absent from the town’s growing façade. Out of a common realization and shared vision, the concept for Las Mareas de Tamarindo was born.

 

In hindsight, the economic recession turned out to be somewhat of a blessing for this real estate project as it allowed the group to rework their business plan with the post-recession consumer in mind.

 

“The recession gave us time to abandon our original business plan that had been created when we had a very different market on our hands,” said Bruce McKillican, the project manager at Las Mareas. “It let us sit down and really study what would make a successful, sustainable project for the future in a market where very few people are actually building and selling properties.”

 

The goal and mission remained the same, but the way in which it would be accomplished adjusted to the post-crisis environment. In a risky economy, what was important to homeowners considering owning property in a place like Costa Rica? How could Las Mareas not only appeal to buyers because of its location and tropical beauty, but also – how could it appeal to buyers as a long term investment in a post-market economic climate? The answer was clear: low cost of ownership and competitive advantages in the rental market to position Las Mareas with the potential for true and measurable ways to realize appreciation in your long term investment.

 

“Our business model gives special attention to efficiency in our units and the rentability of those units,” McKillican said. “We’re offering a product in a market that’s looking for high quality and purchasing at an affordable price point.”

 

In addition to unique attention placed on efficiency and low cost of ownership, Las Mareas is poised to be the only project of its kind in the Tamarindo and greater Guanacaste market today. With unparalleled ocean views of Playa Grande and Las Baulas National Marine Park, exclusive access to Pangas Beach Club, the security and privacy of a gated community, Las Mareas de Tamarindo is unlike anything in the area.

 

But, you don’t have to take our word for it. We invite you to come stop by our sales office at El Tesoro and check out the progress on the group. Come up and see the ocean views for yourself and then treat yourself to a cold drink at our beach club – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you’ll check back soon to stay up-to-date with our project as the dream becomes a reality!