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Escape Winter at This Santa Teresa Villa, Just Steps From the Beach

Open-air rooms, an infinity pool, and an outdoor shower in laid-back Costa Rica.

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At LunaKai, a three-bedroom villa, you can relax by the infinity pool and listen to ocean waves crashing against the beach. In fact, the sand and sea are only steps away from the property. And that's to be expected in Santa Teresa, an easygoing surfers' haven (and bucket list destination) on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula where the beach is never far away.

The villa feels like a genuine retreat, blending unfussy design with the tropical landscape, a formula that relies on open-air spaces. The villa's great room, for example, is shielded by a roof, but has open sides that allow for a seamless indoor-outdoor experience—and a glimpse of the ocean through the trees. The modern architecture and extensive use of warm wood create a peaceful, organic vibe that complements rather than competes with the natural surroundings.

The great room includes a spacious kitchen, with a low-key modern aesthetic and a full range of appliances. It blends into a sitting area, which bleeds into an outdoor deck and a narrow infinity pool. A small yard surrounds the home and features a cozy palapa-covered loveseat, where you can kick back and listen to the lapping waves.

North Santa Teresa beach is reached through a wood gate at the yard's edge, and offers tide pools to explore. It's a five-minute walk from here to Santa Teresa beach, known for having one of the best surf breaks in the area. After a beach day, head back to the villa to rinse off in the outdoor shower.

Given the three bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning, LunaKai would be perfect for a group or family getaway. One of the bedrooms has direct access to the terrace and the pool, while another features a view of the ocean. And during a stay here, you can take advantage of the features at nearby luxury hotel Florblanca, including the spa, restaurant and bar, and yoga and pilates classes (for an extra fee).

Winter is here, so you might as well plot your escape now. For more details about LunaKai villa, and to book a stay, visit luxuryretreats.com.

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