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Enchanting Villa W/Large Pool, Lush Gardens, Great Views, & Total Privacy

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 6,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two Bedroom Balinese Style Villa With Lush Gardens and Breathtaking Views

Delightfully relaxing Balinese-inspired villa with three separate pavilions (living, master bedroom, and guest bedroom) custom-designed to enjoy inside/outside living in your private oasis of sun, lush gardens, hummingbirds, butterflies, toucans, and sparkling pool waters. Nestled high on a peaceful hilltop, the panoramic views are fantastic: to the northeast, the Atenas Valley with Póas, Barva and Irazú volcanoes in the background, to the southwest the Rio Grande Valley and to the east, the Central Valley. Ideally located in a gated eco-residential community, a thirty-minute drive from San Jose airport, this exquisitely crafted three-pavilion tropical hideaway is close to everything Costa Rica has to offer. Invite family and friends to enjoy the spacious pool and spa, lounge on the terrace with a good book, or surf the WiFi from the hammock.

Location: 26 miles northwest of San Jose; 15 miles west of the international airport and 43 miles northeast of Jaco Weather: Warm during the day; mild at night. The dry season runs from December through mid May. A stroll through the immaculate, palm-lined central park or lunch at one of the many typical small cafes serving local food in town awaits visitors to Atenas. Located on the Central Valley’s western edge, Atenas is a slice of quintessential small town Costa Rican life. With just 5,000 inhabitants (17,000 including the suburbs), Atenas is famous for having one of the best climates in the world, according to National Geographic. The words “El Mejor Clima del Mundo” are emblazoned on every Atenas bus; a valid claim as daily temperatures hover around 80 degrees and dip into the 60s at night. Temperatures: Daily averages 77 to 86 °F. Evenings vary from 62-70 °F. Altitude: 2600 feet above sea level.

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Joe Rees
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Joe Rees

Hello! We're Nancy and Joe Rees... and we love Costa Rica. We recently built a beautiful house in Atenas. We're looking forward to retiring here, but until then we would love to share our peaceful retreat with you. Thanks for considering our house.

Joe Rees purchased this villa in 2008

Why Joe Rees chose Atenas

We built our home in central Costa Rica, near a small town called Atenas, for easy access to the international airport, wonderful climate, traditional Costa Rican culture, and its' strategic location, the perfect spot for exploring all the wonders Costa Rica has to offer.

What makes this villa unique

We enjoy swimming in the pool, day trips to the beach, local restaurants, soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi, yoga, zip lining, napping in the hammock, hiking, bird watching, the local farmer's market, white water rafting ...and much, much, more.


Atenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 5.0 based on 81 reviews
Larsen, Wisconsin, USA

The lovliest place you could ever imagine....

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have traveled quite a bit over the years, but because we wanted to do something really special for our 25th wedding anniversary, we chose this villa for a 17-day stay. We could not have made a better choice! Once we decided that this was where we wanted to be, (we did a LOT of searching on VRBO!), Joe was incredibly accommodating with his prompt replies to our inquiries. Arrangements were finalized in only a matter of days. After months of anticipation, we found the home and surroundings to be even more beautiful than the pictures conveyed. Never have we experienced accommodations that so perfectly blend the indoors with the outdoors to create an atmosphere that truly renews the spirit.

Atenas was a great pivotal point to be situated and is within close proximity to the airport which we appreciated because several family members and friends joined us at different times throughout our stay. We traveled north to Arenal where we went on several excellent tours (canoeing, ziplining, hiking and biking) and drove to the Pacific Coast several times to enjoy the beaches some of which were great for swimming and others for shelling and exploring tide pools. Atenas has a number of excellent authentic restaurants and everyone we encountered was extremely friendly despite our very limited knowledge of Spanish. Though we didn’t see him often, we really enjoyed Elias (the caretaker) who was ever pleasant and always willing to help us with whatever we needed.

The pool, hot tub and rocking chairs on the porch were favorite spots to spend our time; we enjoyed cooking our own meals in the gourmet kitchen (following trips to the Friday Farmer’s Market), eating dinner on the porch while overlooking the city lights, sleeping in the exceptionally comfortable beds, trying to find the chattering gekos, listening to the birds (and the most beautiful wind chime ever!), and marveling at the breathtaking views from every window! Everything on the property is laid out so well (the pavilions, the pool and hot tub, the gazebo); the landscaping, lighting and Indonesian decor all provide for an incredibly relaxing and peaceful environment, and the amenities accommodate every need you could possibly think of. Joe and Nancy haven’t missed a beat in designing a retreat that restores the soul! We know you will love it!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Barrie, Ontario

Worth Every Penny!

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent the last four days of a two week vacation at this beautiful home. My brother said it all shortly after we arrived: "This must be how movie stars vacation!".

The house had spectacular views of the mountains, and we were able to watch both the sunrises and the sunsets from the extensive patios. The pool and hottub were both very clean and perfectly situated with gorgeous landscaping nearby. The pool was a good size, which surprised me as mini pools seem to be common in Costa Rica.

We felt very safe at this house, and appreciated having Elias available to help us out if we had any questions or needed anything.

We had planned on a couple of excursions while in Atenas, but cancelled them as we didn't want to miss a day of hanging out at home! We did however make it to Zoo Ave, which was about a half hour drive from the house. It was very reasonably priced ($15 per adult) and we saw all sorts of animals that we probably would never spot in the wild. If you go, save room for some treats at the end...they have a wonderful assortment of pastries near the exit!

We also made it to the Atenas market Friday morning, where we were able to buy all sorts of fresh vegetables and cheese. Unlike other markets we visited during our vacation, the prices were all posted. This was a great advantage to us as we had been charged what we call the 'gringo price' instead of the 'tico price' elsewhere. We were able to buy anything else we needed at two nearby grocery stores.

The house is a perfect layout for socializing while in the main house, but also allows for people to escape to their own quarters. The kitchen is an entertainer's dream, with a large island where people can sit and talk to the cook.

It seems like a lot of thought has gone into accomodating visitors, such as excellent speakers with an aux jack for mp3 players, a wide variety of reading material and a collection of brochures and menus from nearby attractions and restaurants.

When we were first considering renting this property, we were a bit concerned about the distance to the coast. However, the luxuriousness of this property makes the hour drive well worth it, and the half hour drive to the airport is a godsend if you have an early morning flight out. It is also in a very central location if you plan to visit Arenal Volcano and also go south towards Manuel Antonio Park.

Thanks Joe and Nancy for making this such an inviting and breathtaking retreat!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2011
  • Stayed: February 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Julie.... It was lovely to have you as a guest... Please come back when you can.
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  • 5 of 5

Joe's place is truly a paradise!

We just returned from a one week stay at Joe's enchanting Villa. The pictures really don't do this place justice - it is much more beautiful, and peaceful in person. On top of that, Joe couldn't have been a better host. We ran into a few travel problems, and my daughter ended up having to arrive early, and spend the first night alone. Joe was so reassuring that she would be well taken care of and safe. Walter's taxi service (specifically Christian) picked her up, took her to the grocery store AND pushed her cart through the store as he helped her shop for her groceries (and speak the language!) Joe really helped to calm my fears about sending her there alone, and was 100% correct in the fact that I had nothing to worry about.

We loved the home so much, we didn't want to leave! 6 of our 7 days were spent on the beautifully maintained property! We spent countless hours in the salt water (skin softening) hot tub watching the iguanas play on the roof! Elias, the caretaker, was always there when we needed something, and never there when we didn't :)

We can't wait to come back Joe! Thank you for everything!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful views. Well-maintained, comfortable and safe property. Quick drive from San Jose. Everything was just right.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It truly is an Enchanting Villa

  • 5 of 5

This property is like having a resort all to yourself. It's quiet, secluded and very beautiful. You will not go away disappointed. It was the best part of our week in Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful, well constructed and appointed villa in PARADISE!

  • 5 of 5

My family and a guest, 5 in all including three teenagers, just returned home from this spectacular vacation villa. Great views of lush mountains and forests. The property was lush with landscape and very beautiful. We love how it is tucked away in a gated community, and that the home was fenced and gated as well. Great WIFI kept our kids busy in the down times, and allowed my wife and I to catch up with an email or two. The location was central to all of the areas we visited, including the beach and zip-lining. We loved it and would recommend to anyone! We'll be Back!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
San Jose International
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 8.0%

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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