Guest Post: Bonnie Rios

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A Motmot at Norma’s Villas

Bonnie has been living at Norma’s Villas for six months with Norma’s son, Rick. She’s our guest blogger for today!

It is Christmastime and summer has officially begun here at Norma’s Villas! I am married to Norma’s son, Rick, and we have been living here for nearly 6 months now. While I have visited during all times of the year, this is my first time to actually experience the change in seasons, from winter (rainy) to dry (summer). The biggest change I have noticed so far is that, while it is still quite hot during the day, the winds have picked up, providing a nice respite from the heat. In addition, the nights are cooling off with less humidity and, perhaps my most favorite part: the stars have “re-appeared” (due to lack of cloud cover). I love coming to the pool area a couple of hours after sunset, throw down a blanket, lie back and enjoy the view.

As I wrote this post, there was a group of happy Ticos (slang for Costa Rican!)  whose Christmas party was actually saved by Norma’s hidden salon. This work group had made plans to have their celebration at another location, but they found it to be wanting. One of the employees suggested they call Norma, and now the property is resounding with the sometimes-slightly-off-key voices of partygoers singing karaoke, laughter from the pool, and an all-around festive atmosphere. They left pretty early, and by 5 p.m., the property quickly returned to its normal peaceful ambiance.

I cannot write about Norma’s Villas without introducing some of the “locals.” Today it is the Blue-crowned Motmot, Momotus momota, a brilliantly-beautiful bird that, according to field guides, is quite common in Costa Rica. Interestingly, in the eight years I have visited Costa Rica I have never seen a motmot, even though I searched for them. A few weeks ago, as Rick and I were taking one of our regular walks through the trees on the property, we encountered this show off who allowed Rick to get a few pictures.

¡Feliz Navidad!

Bonnie

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Faster, Stronger Wifi.

We created a survey three months ago about what our visitors would want most in their trip to Costa Rica.

Here’s a rundown of our results:

  • Away, but not cut off — 92% said that Internet access was either a deal breaker or extremely important.
  • Lone rangers — 77% indicated that group activities were nice but not necessary, or not necessary at all.
  • Building Trust — 83% said that reviews from past guests were extremely important in deciding where to stay.

Some quotes:

“I want space to roam without a schedule.”
“I like to explore on my own, with the option of group activities.”
“I want transportation and good food!”

Some amenities surveyors asked for were wifi, a comfortable bed, and air conditioning.

Results

As a direct result of our survey, we now have faster wifi and more routers to extend our Internet service to all villas and pools!

Thank you to everyone who took our survey. We look forward to collecting more data and making changes based on what our visitors say. Didn’t get a chance the first time? Tell us what you want from your trip to Costa Rica and receive exclusive discounts!

Help Us Make Your Home More Comfortable

Norma’s is a getaway, a community, a home. Please help us make it better with our new survey!

Click here to answer seven questions about your stay in paradise, and mention the survey when you email in to get 10% off your stay!

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Writers’ Discount for next June, July and August!

 

Are YOU a writer looking for a retreat?

Why do you wanna know?

Norma’s is giving 10% off weekly and monthly rates for writers who book during June-August of 2015!

Really? How do I get this discount?

If you’re on Twitter, Tweet the link to this post and follow @normasvillas. If you can’t think of a Tweet, you can use this:

@normasvillas giving discounts to #writers next June-Aug! Get yours: https://normasvillas.com/?p=102

Next, drop me a line at lisaatnormas@gmail.com (or one of our contact forms) with the following information:

1. The dates you’re looking to stay and the room you want (furnished room with access to community kitchen, studio with its own kitchen, one bedroom, or two bedroom house)
2. Your Twitter handle
3. A bit about your project!

Is that it?

Space is limited, but we will try to accommodate as many as we can! Drop us a line to reserve your spot!

Normal rates for these months are:

$600/month, $360/week for a studio
$800/month, $480/week for a one-bedroom
$1000/month, $600/week for a two-bedroom

Why Norma’s?

Norma’s is in the quiet town of La Garita. We are close enough to San Jose and Alajuela that you have major conveniences, but far enough and secluded enough that you can buckle down!

By offering this discount specifically for writers between June and August of 2015, we hope to cultivate a bigger creative community.

That’s all! Looking forward to hearing about you!

Welcome to Norma’s!

Norma’s retreat in Costa Rica has over 10 acres of property to lounge and relax. If you’re looking for a calm, quiet community while you’re in Costa Rica, Norma’s is the place for you!

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We have five studios, 3 1-bedroom houses, and 2 2-bedroom deluxe spaces.

Who stays at Norma’s? Norma’s is a community—some folks work in Costa Rica, some come to write a book or learn to paint, and some stay for months while looking for a permanent place to live. If you’re looking to stay in a quiet town and have plenty of space to roam around, Norma’s is the place for you! We provide a relaxing space where you can swim, meditate, or pick mangoes!

Norma’s is right on the way to Jaco, and near the Poas Volcano and Braulio Carrillo National Park. We are a fifteen-minute drive away from SJO international airport, and the Coca-Cola and Caribe bus depots in San Jose are one bus ride away.

Folks staying for a couple of weeks, a month or more enjoy Norma’s. If you’re looking for a “home” while you explore Costa Rica, we are centrally located in a quiet Costa Rican town. We’re a good place to get away from it all!