Los Sueños Resort and Marina
A Costa Rican Dream Come True
By Cheryl Alexander
Los Sueños Resort and Marina is a destination resort community that doesn’t disappoint. In fact, when considering the most listed items from a “dream vacation” checklist, Los Sueños scores 100 percent.
Ease of access — Check. To get to Costa Rica, fly direct for three hour and 15 minutes from George Bush International Airport, followed by a short, pleasant, scenic drive to Los Sueños.
As a country, Costa Rica is democratic and peaceful, and it has not had an army since the year 1949. As a destination, Los Sueños is safe and secure. There are 15 gated communities located within the property.
Located on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, Los Sueños Resort and Marina is a 1,100-acre tropical, master-planned destination resort community offering sun, sand and surf. As well, Los Sueños encompasses a private 600-acre rainforest reserve where both tropical plant and animal species flourish. Some of the more impressive plants range from enormous ficus trees with epiphytes abundant on their limbs to approximately 1,500 different orchids. The animals are equally as impressive, whether it’s a jaguar (the largest cat in North and South America), the mysterious margay, or the amazing, colorful birds like the green or scarlet macaws or toucans.
“Even playing golf at Los Sueños is exotic,” said Mike Hardy, founder of HRG Properties & Rentals. “It’s one of the only courses in the world next to a rain forest, where monkeys, toucans and macaws are looking on.”
Although the country is small and covers only 0.03 percent of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters 5 percent of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. More than 25 percent of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory. Sustainability is the standard.
The resort is entirely upscale, offering owners and renters the finest in accommodations, dining, privacy and exclusivity. Los Sueños Resort and Marina offers more than 500 luxury residences, including stunning ocean-view condominiums and single family villas, a lively Marina Village with a wide array of restaurants, shops and services, an 18-hole championship golf course, an onsite Marriott hotel, a private Beach Club and a beautiful 200-slip marina.
The condos and villas are impeccably constructed. The homes and villas are designed in a variety of architectural styles to fit every taste, whether you feel more at home in Mediterranian, Old World or Contemporary. Each dwelling maximizes the ocean, rainforest and resort views and is finished with details including expansive double infinity pools and sun decks, elevators, verdant landscaped gardens and floating contemporary ceilings. The condominiums, too, are equally as tasteful and luxurious, and each condo area features a gym, pool and outdoor barbecue area. Everything within the resort is within walking distance, or golf carts are available.
Whether you want to eat in or dine out, you’ll enjoy the meals at Los Sueños. The concierge can arrange for an in-house chef for dinners a couple of times a week or someone to cook all the meals. You can also opt for catering. Jimmy T’s Catering offers personalized catering and/or shopping service to suit your personal taste and budget.
When you’re in the mood to go out, your palate will surely be satisfied with several unique options to choose from, all located at the heart of Los Sueños — the picturesque Marina Village. Bringing the aromas, the charm and the flavors of Italy to Los Sueños, Lanterna Ristorante Italiano offers traditional Italian cuisine against the backdrop of the Los Sueños Marina. Situated upstairs from Lanterna is the Terrace Lounge, where you will feel the romance of the European-style ambiance and design. The Hook Up boasts one of the country’s premier locations, offering patrons a 270-degree panoramic view of the marina, Herradura Bay and the surrounding mountains. El Galeón features a variety of Certified Angus Beef brand steaks. With its contemporary bamboo-inspired interior and waterfront location, Bambú diners will feel as though they have arrived in the Far East. Dolce Vita’s dangerously comfortable patio dining is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and pastry with friends. Located inside the exclusive Los Sueños Beach Club, Al Fresco features an unique outdoor kitchen with an open wood-fired oven.
The Beach Club is truly one of the premier amenities at Los Sueños and is designed for the exclusive enjoyment of residents and their guests. The $3-million facility features an impressive, free-form swimming pool and jacuzzi, as well as shower and change facilities, expansive decks, fountains, swim-up bar and an elevated, white sand beach with shade palapas and a spectacular view of Los Sueños Marina and Herradura Bay. Los Sueños residents have the right to reserve the facility for private functions, including cocktails, weddings, family reunions and business meetings.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
“If you’re coming for vacation,” said Hardy, “Los Sueños offers something for all ages. The concierge can design a trip to fit any traveler from the most discerning, luxury-minded to those seeking family fun. We can make the trip easy and take care the details from A-Z, hassle free.”
Activities include surfing, sailing, golfing, jogging, four-wheeling, hiking, off road biking and zip-lining. “When kids sign up for surf lessons at Los Sueños,” said Hardy, “learning to surf is guaranteed. Everyone says our ziplines are the best in the country.”
For golfers, the par-72, Ted Robinson-designed layout alongside the rain forest boasts breathtaking ocean views. Knowledgeable golf guides will be happy to point out all the stunning Costa Rican highlights that make the course unique, but make no mistake: the captivating scenery masks a challenging game — one you’ll enjoy conquering.
And there’s the fishing. Costa Rica is widely known as the sport fishing capital of the world, where catching blue marlin, stripe marlin and sailfish are the norm. Costa Rica’s waters are very calm, even 30 miles out, and literally teem with big game: dorado averaging 40 pounds, yellowfin tuna that push the 300-pound mark and one of the largest concentrations of big Pacific sailfish found anywhere. Captain Duffie, at the helm of Agitator, led his crew to victory in what turned out to a record-breaking second leg of this year’s Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown. On Day One, the 43 participating boats released a total of 1,103 sailfish.
With 200 wet slips, 116 dry slips, fuel dock, and full-time staff, the Los Sueños Marina is the ultimate full service port for luxury sport fishing boats and yachts.
Costa Rica is an attractive country for investment and lots of businesses are drawn here due to the level of education of the population, the high standard of modern services, and the social and political stability. Additionally, Costa Rican people are nice; there is no military; tourism is the No. 1 industry; and there is a big focus on service and safety in this very small country. “As well, many Costa Ricans speak English, and live sustainably in the country.”
“Coming to Costa Rica is like coming to a small town,” said Hardy. “Los Sueños is one of the very few American-style
properties in Latin American where your investment is 100 percent fee-simple, which means your rights as foreigner are the same as a local. You own your property outright.”
Safety? Check. Ease of access? Check. Exotic? Check. Luxurious? Check. Something for everyone? Check. Interested? HRG Properties & Rentals manages an exclusive portfolio of elite residences for the discerning traveler who expects the best vacation rental accommodations in Costa Rica, offering fairway condominiums, as well as stunning villas and mansions that enjoy spectacular views of the bay and the rainforest. All rental properties operated by HRG enjoy the world-class amenities of Los Sueños Resort & Marina. Its concierge team at HRG can handle reservations for transports to and from the airport; all Costa Rica eco-adventure activities; Los Sueños fishing charters; tee times; dinner reservations; grocery shopping; laundry service; maid service; coordination with all the Los Sueños Resort facilities; spa appointments; Costa Rica Catering/Private Chef; well-equipped gourmet kitchens and top of the line linens and decor.
For more information on living the dream at Los Sueños, call 866-865-9759, visit www.hrgvacations.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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