Dazzling Pacific Views: Winner, 'Best Vacation Home of Manuel Antonio' 2009-2015

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Casa Tranquila is proud to win this most highly-regarded honor as Top Vacation Villa for the last seven consecutive years!

So, whether it is your first adventure in Costa Rica or a return visit, we are looking forward to welcoming you to our Award-Winning Service, World Class Comforts and Natural Beauty of Casa Tranquila.

Throughout the time Casa Tranquila is your tropical home, our goal is to surpass your every expectation. Our luxury interiors, pristine pools, model concierge service, and astonishing views set the tone for an unforgettable get-away in one of the most exotic and affordable vacation destinations in the world.

You may decide to enjoy a peaceful and private experience while at Casa Tranquila's pools, decks and hammocks . . . or choose a more exhilarating Costa Rica, thus taking advantage of our hands-on planning services of customizing your excursions and adventures. With either: your preference is our pleasure.

Beaches & Bluffs; Excursions & Excitement; Rest & Recreation . . . all at your fingertips.

Complete your inquiry here & now, then leave the rest in our experienced hands!

You're invited to read on for more specific information about Casa Tranquila, including receiving a gift of essential information about your international vacation.

Until we meet…Pura Vida
Donald Corvette, Owner
Nathan Gomez, Personal Concierge
Sombra & Fergus, Our 4-Legged Emissaries

Driving up our short bumpy road, you’re thinking “surely we took a wrong turn somewhere”. As you start to believe you’re at the Earth’s end, you arrive at Casa Tranquila’s gate, and you smile knowing that: without doubt, you have made the right choice for your home in Costa Rica. And, just maybe, you HAVE reached the End Of The Earth: where Sea, Sky and Rainforest magically merge as One on your Horizon.

Passing through her gates you realize that The Pacific will be your garden while you are here. Everyone quickly reaches for cameras to capture This Perfect View in the first moments. . . forgetting you will have many more days to enjoy it. After 10 minutes of photos and High-Five’s, you remember to look behind you actually to see Casa Tranquila herself.

And while no villa can compare with what Mother Nature has just showed you, Casa Tranquila is Her worthy competitor.

Casa Tranquila’s 2013 modernization, conceived by famed Costa Rican architect, Jose Antonio Pinto, cleverly blends indoors with out-. Every window is a door. Every floor, a balcony. Sometimes even Casa Tranquila’s family of monkeys doesn't know the difference. With its three distinct (and distinctive) living sections, Guests have the relaxed sense of independence . . .while remaining together. She is like no other villa.

Soft color; Gentle breeze; Open space; Cozy bedding; Vaulted ceiling; Chic floor; Bali imagery; Marble baths; Teakwood doors; Polished cabinetry; Distinctive art; Unique ornaments; Modern conveniences. Casa Tranquila is a World-Class design.

Manuel Antonio is NOT a beach town. It is a mountain town near the sea. Casa Tranquila (and other select villas) is located “above” the beach. (That’s why you will have those stellar views). Reasonably, too, your cool temperatures, disco-free nights, fine restaurants, and safe streets are all away from the beach area. Fortunately though, the seashore only a five-minute shuttle (taxi or car) ride from Casa Tranquila. You won’t even have time to open your sun-screen bottle before your feet are in the sand. And when you return home to Casa Tranquila’s pools, you may wonder why you ever left in the first place.

Monkeys on the balconies, toucans on the roof, iguanas having coffee by the pool, sloths playing bridge in the trees . . . our animals come to you at Casa Tranquila. Of course you will love the National Park Beaches, but you really won’t need any park to see Costa Rica's wildlife: just look out your door.

A pool is just a pool; until you come to Casa Tranquila. Cresent-shaped, our large crystal-clear pool has a uniform four-foot depth throughout. And for the younger, shorter, or less buoyant swimmers, a second shallow lounging pool connects, complete with a convenient underwater bench and resting place for cocktails. Newsflash for your upcoming Tropical tan: remember that Manual Antonio is a forest with very tall trees. Ergo, most pools get little sun. Casa Tranquila’s pools and decks, however are sunny all day . . .unless you opt to raise the convenient umbrella. Cushioned lounge chairs, pool floats and air jets make you want to stay all day.

An architect who’s also a master in culinary arts is handy when he creates his kitchens. Jose was insistent that Casa Tranquila’s kitchen was designed for simplicity and function. If you choose villas because you prepare (at least some of) your own meals, read no further . . . your search is over. Of course there’s all the anticipated, high-end, modern, stainless appliances, but it’s the “unexpected” particulars that would make even Wolfgang Puck proud. For the Chef: everything from a full block of (SHARP) carvers down to a simple garlic peeler. For the Hostess: everything from martini glasses to colorful linen cocktail napkins. Every drawer and cabinet is full of kitchen necessities. So even if you’re just a morning “egg-scrambler”, you won’t miss a beat in Casa Tranquila’s kitchen. The dining table is six steps away and the breakfast counter: right behind you

If you don’t choose to add The Cottage option now, you’ll surely reconsider after you arrive at Casa Tranquila. A dining deck over the pool, a bath that’s practically in the jungle, and an open-air living area make The Cottage a “must-have” extra even if your group is small. For more than six Guests, The Cottage is required for its convertible sleeping space. The sofa transforms into a full bed (with feather top) for extra Guests. And after years of asserting that “folks don’t come to Costa Rica to watch TV”, Casa Tranquila finally yielded and added a large-screen HDTV . . . with Netflix, even. While every other suite has its smaller TV, we are certain you’ll appreciate our new “Giant on the wall”. The Cottage is totally separate from the rest of Casa Tranquila, so it’s the perfect retreat for special Family members who prefer more independence.

Vacation villas in Costa Rica are typically run by rental agencies. But at Casa Tranquila, the owner himself does everything for you . . .assisted by your Personal Concierge, Nathan Gomez. Together they plan, manage, host and even welcome you at her gate when you arrive. Nathan & Donald are perhaps Casa Tranquila’s most valued distinction from all other villas. Prior to your arrival, through email and/or telephone, they tailor all your wishes: transportation, restaurant reservations, tour and excursion bookings. Once you are here, living only three minutes away, they are available 24 hours a day to implement your plan. And if your plan is “to have no plan”, Nathan is happy simply to hang your hammock, deliver your sunscreen and towels, and let you relax. You’ll be confident to be cared for “By the Owner”, himself.

Donald & Nathan have created a presentation of “Insider Tips” about traveling to Costa Rica. It includes essential material about: exchanging currency, using your cell phone, drinking the water and paying the Costa Rican departure tax. These pieces of valuable information have been compiled after years assisting Guests as they organize their vacations. With no obligation, this “peace of mind” is yours for the asking. Send your Inquiry now to receive it.

So, until we meet at Casa Tranquila, we wish you Pura Vida: The “Pure Life” of Costa Rica.


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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome:

    Baby-Sitter services are available....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed anywhere outside the villa....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Bringing a pet to Costa Rica is a challenging process, but it can be done. We are pet-friendly, however, if you want to make the effort....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Vista Suite: 1 queen

    Top Floor with Amazing Ocean View. Queen Bed...moreless

  • Bamboo Suite: 1 king

    Luxurious King-Bamboo Bed...moreless

  • Pool Suite: 1 queen

    Opens Directly to the Pool. Queen Bed...moreless

  • Casa Tranquila's NEW Private Casita can provide a fourth suite and optional sleeping space with its full size convertible sofa. Each air-conditioned suite is finely-furnished including the best of linens, prestige bath amenities and fresh flowers. While all have ocean views, The Vista Suite (on the top floor) has the most capturing; The Pool Suite opens to the pools; The Bamboo Suite is furnished with a luxurious king size bamboo bed. And, All have private baths, of course. The bedding is 800-Count Eqyptian Cotton, and there are tons of pillows. Nineteen inch flat-Screen TV's and DVD players are in each Suite, and a 42' HDTV in the Casita. Robes and Sarongs complete the sense that this is, indeed your home. At night you can experience the fresh ocean breezes and the sounds of the crashing waves to lull you to sleep....moreless

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

  • Vista Suite: toilet, shower

    Large Shower Window and two Counter Top Basins...moreless

  • Bamboo Suite: toilet, shower

    Elegant Marble Basin with Double Faucets from the Wall...moreless

  • Pool Suite: toilet, shower

    Luxurious Travertine Marble Tile Shower...moreless

  • Private Casita: toilet, shower, outdoor shower

    Jungle Shower...moreless

  • Pool Shower: outdoor shower

    Great for After a Day at the Beach...moreless

  • Baths, when you are vacationing in a beach area, can be your most vital room. Since you spend a great deal of time in the shower area, we believe it must be private, comforting and luxurious. Our bath areas have all been remodeled with the finest tile, stylish new teak cabinetry, granite and marble counters, and the most contemporary water fixtures. Luxurious towels and shower amenities make you want to stay in the bath area as long as you can. The outdoor shower allows you to feel as close to nature as you ever will....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Creating your ideal vacation is a source of pride for Casa Tranquila and her Owner, Donald Corvette. His only focus is customizing, organizing and implementing the vacations of his guests. Through preliminary communication, Donald assesses the vacation wishes of his guests and has their Costa Rican Experience planned before they arrive at Casa Tranquila. Transportation, tours, meals, special needs can all be arranged. After you arrive, your most challenging decision will be which number sunscreen you want to wear today. Your Preference is Our Pleasure at Casa Tranquila. ...moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    Library of 100...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    In every suite...moreless

  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    CD's are available, but you may bring your own choice of music. Two iPod Docking Stations are provided. One is wireless for music at the pool....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Includes all U.S. channels and three free movie channels...moreless

  • Stereo:

    iPod docking stations. CD player...moreless

  • Television:

    New 42' HDTV in Casita. Private flat screens in each suite...moreless

  • Video Library:

    50 DVD movies available -- or bring your own favorites...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Rain Forests
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach:

    Drive/ride to the beach in 5 minutes...moreless

  • Beach View:

    The photographs show the astonishing Views from Casa Tranquila. The rock islands provide amazing depth and perspective, and the Beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park seem touchable at sunset....moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    Your close-up view of the Pacific Ocean is seen over the lush green of the jungle....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    In all suites...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access:

    High-speed WIFI connection....moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Casa Tranquila provides laundry service done by Jessica, her housekeeper as a free service during your stay....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance:

    The Magic Jack line allows you to call the US, Canada and many European countries at no charge. All you need is your (non-Mac) PC for the broadband....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet:

    High Speed Wi-Fii...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    1000-Thread Count Egyptian Cotton bed linens. Feathertop bed enhancers. Many pillows. Bath, Hand and Wash towels in addition to Body Sponges provided....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Off street driveway....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Room for two cars...moreless

  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Magic Jack line for free international calls, plus a local Costa Rica line...moreless

  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Casa Tranquila provides laundry service done by Jessica, her housekeeper as a free service during your stay....moreless

  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet:

    The high-speed features are available when you bring your own laptop with wireless capabilities. Or connect with your cell phone....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    Casa Tranquila has a team of excellent chefs for a reasonable fee to prepare a variety of cuisines in your home....moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee & Sugar supplied...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Well stocked with everything you will need...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Settings for 12...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Stainless Steel. Full Size. Housekeeper operated. No dish washing need be done by guests....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Well-stocked. Luxury Appliances. Granite Counters...moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    Stainless Steel. Multiple settings/options...moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Large side-by-side. Ice maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    Six (6) element stove top. GE. Gas. Grill in center....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    The balcony is on the ocean side of the Main floor -- providing the best views in Manuel Antonio. Rocking chairs. Safety rails. Cocktail Table....moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    Balcony with amazing views and table for eight....moreless

  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    New Infra-red grill for the best of flavor...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Amazing views overlooking the Pacific can be enjoyed from the pool and deck. Luxury lounge chairs with cushions and covers for your comfort can also be taken to the beach. Beach/Pool towels provided. Sunscreen provided....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
HIGH 2016 (Holiday Rate Below)
Nov 22 - May 7, 2016
7 night min stay

MID 2016 (Holiday Rate Below)
May 8 - Aug 13, 2016
5 night min stay
LOW 2016 (Holiday Rate Below)
Aug 14 - Nov 18, 2016
5 night min stay
HIGH 2017(Holiday Rate Below)
Nov 19 - May 6, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • $700/wk/Convertible Bed $0
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Taxes Not included



$5100 . . . EASTER(1) March 19-26, 2016

$5100 . . . .EASTER(2) March 26-April 2, 2016

$8100 . . . .CHRISTMAS December 24-31, 2016

$8100 . . . NEW YEAR December 31-January 7, 2017

The Private Casita: $100- $150/night (depending upon the Season)

Rates listed above are for Casa Tranquila's Main Villa & its three full suites. The Private Casita can be added as your 4th full suite. It can also be used for additional social space. If you do not choose it, it will be vacant.

Casa Tranquila's Convertible Bed in the living room can be added at $700/week. While not air-conditioned, it is below two robust ceiling fans. This allows for 10 guests.

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Car: Not Necessary

Manuel Antonio’s five-mile long main road divides the town into East and West. Casa Tranquila is on the West – or “ocean” -- side of this road. Many homes on the other side have Pacific views, but, because they are far away from the ocean, locals call them “distant blue' vistas. Being on the West, Casa Tranquila offers one of the closest views of the Pacific Ocean anywhere in the area.

Being 150 meters below this main road, Casa Tranquila is, indeed, tranquil.

Yet, the proximity to the road allows you to walk to the beach, excellent restaurants and adventure locations.

*Manuel Antonio National Park (5 minutes)

*SJO International Airport (2.5 hours)

*Beaches (5 minutes)

*Quepos (8 minutes)

*Quepos Airport (15 minutes)

No need for rental car (buses and taxis are abundant and close)

*Main Road (3 minute walk)

* Bus stop (5 minute walk)

*Eight Restaurants within 10 minute walk

Other Activities: Monkeys, ATV's, Jungle tours, Birding, Butterflies, Zip Line Tours, Deep Sea Fishing, Sunset Sails


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: I moved to Costa Rica and began Casa Tranquila in April 2006. After years as a National Executive with prestige fashion corporations (Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta), it was time to begin a new stage in my life, at 50, that did not include the challenges of corporate work. Yet I still wanted to integrate my 20 years' experience within the luxury industry into my new chapter. Also, many real estate opportunities in Palm Beach, Florida provided my insight for remodeling normal houses into beautiful homes. I simply “translated” that awareness into Spanish, and transformed Casa Tranquila into a Tropical Villa that provides both comfort and luxury, simultaneously. I found this combination of fashion and real estate created the ideal blend for designing Casa Tranquila. My Border Collies, Sombra & Fergus, and I prefer a sense of home life, which does not require an abundance of travel. So we decided to create our haven in this pristine tropical location to encourage 'The World' to travel to us. Thus . . . we invite you to come experience Casa Tranquila as our Guests . . . certain that you will leave as our Friend.

Why the Owner Chose Manuel Antonio:
When you visit Costa Rica, you will find that it is the magic of the people here that will make you want to stay. Costa Ricans have a love for life that I have never seen in my travels . . . and they have a lovely way of sharing that feeling with their guests.

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Speaks: english, spanish, English

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Your Morning Coffee: Each & Every day

    Your Morning Coffee: Each & Every day

  • Principal Living area and its vaulted ceilings

    Principal Living area and its vaulted ceilings

  • Second Living room:Perfect Touches of Color

    Second Living room:Perfect Touches of Color

  • Huge Pool, and one for the Kids

    Huge Pool, and one for the Kids

  • Stylish Kitchen

    Stylish Kitchen

  • Tasteful Appointments

    Tasteful Appointments

  • Bamboo King Suite

    Bamboo King Suite

  • Dining for 10

    Dining for 10

  • Fine Travertine tile

    Fine Travertine tile

  • Computer station: When you just can't leave your work behind

    Computer station: When you just can't leave your work behind

  • Touch the Pacific

    Touch the Pacific

  • Your Home in Costa Rica: Kissed by the Sun

    Your Home in Costa Rica: Kissed by the Sun

  • Pools With a View

    Pools With a View

  • Bali Flair: 3rd Floor

    Bali Flair: 3rd Floor

  • Every Room with a View

    Every Room with a View

  • Casita Balcony

    Casita Balcony

  • Views from Every Bedroom

    Views from Every Bedroom

  • Titi Monkeys . . Dancing on Casa Tranquila's balcony

    Titi Monkeys . . Dancing on Casa Tranquila's balcony

  • Marble Sinks

    Marble Sinks

  • Out of your bed . . Into your Pool

    Out of your bed . . Into your Pool

  • Private Casita: for more Social space

    Private Casita: for more Social space

  • Fully equipped Kitchen

    Fully equipped Kitchen

  • Private Casita: Your fourth Suite

    Private Casita: Your fourth Suite

  • Your Destination

    Your Destination

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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