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Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

2 Bedr./ 2 Bathr., Infinity Pool, Jacuzzi, Sun-deck on 1000m2 hill top, PRIVACY

The gated mountain property is located 200 meter above Mal País! It is the best gateway (for couples 'honeymooner', small families or 2 couples) and perfect location for visiting all beaches on both sides of the Peninsula (Mal Pais,Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa, Montezuma)!!! You are renting the complete hilltop with absolute privacy!!!

The tropical house - has the most incredible (***the best view in town***) to all beaches in the area - like Playa Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, Playa Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa, Playa Manzanillo!!! Enjoy astounding sunsets all year around from everywhere!!!!

You would rent the upper platform of our 6 hectare property with a tropical house (2 bedrooms), 2 bathroom with hot-water shower, big open roofed area with kitchen, infinity pool (11 meter x 5 meter) with beach entry and very big grass outside area!!! Of course you can discover the whole property! Privacy is absolutely guaranteed! You get a local cell-phone for any assistance to keep your absolute privacy...!!!




2 bed rooms with queen size bed

2 bath rooms

11m x 5m infinity pool with beach entry


Big roof covered chill out area

Bali bed/chairs and lounge sofa

Music equipment

Outdoor kitchen area, big refrigerator

Big barbecue gas grill


1000m2 hill-top

Tropical house

Infinity pool with beach entrance

Hot water Jacuzzi

Very big grass outside area with Bali-lounge chairs

Gated property, Large parking area, 24 hours security,

Free Cleaning service, washing and drying clothes on request,

Activity and Area-consultancy

Organization of: Chef Service, Massages, Cosmetics, Yoga, Tours etc... (ALL!!!)

Rent a car/ATVs, Transport (Helicopter, Taxi),

Transportable bed for a small child

A wonderful tropical garden and jungle vegetation

Wild animals – monkeys, birds, butterfly’s ....


More Details

Property Manager
Tino Gnauck
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About Tino Gnauck

Nationality: German

Residence: Costa Rica - 14 years

Language: German, English, Spanish,

Tino Gnauck purchased this villa in 2013

Why Tino Gnauck chose Malpais


***** Really best view in town over Playa Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, Playa Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa until Nosara

***** From everywhere you see the sunset all year around

What makes this villa unique

absolutely privacy - best service, we can organize all!!!

activity & area consultancy

really best view of all properties here


“If you're looking at staying in Mal Pais or Santa Teresa look no further. Tino's place is an absolute paradise on Earth! The photos listed here do not do the place justice, and do not capture the unbelievable views of Playa Santa Teresa. The house itself is a beautiful, clean, well equipped open concept house. Any family or couple(s) would feel more than comfortable here. I just came back from a long weekend with my girlfriend and we felt like we'd found paradise. The drive up to the house is fun and off-road (make sure you have a 4x4 vehicle), which adds to the excitement and true remoteness of the location. Tino is a great host and had us all set up and organized upon arrival, and was extremely gracious upon check-out. We look forward to coming back asap! Highly recommend.”


Malpais Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Guest house
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Teak Wood Honeymoon Suite
  • Bedroom upstairs (honeymoon suite) has a ceiling van and most incredible ocean view above a famous actor (MG)
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Barbecue
  • Boat
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Absolutely Privacy Big grass outside area with Bali- chairs Gated property - 24 hours security Everyday maid service. Chef service Big Gas grill and Carbon grill Organization of professional massages, cosmetics. Massage table Transportable bed for baby or small child. Surf and fishing tours, rent a cars/ATVs etc. Own boot Big parking area. Many books available. Zoo with peacocks. A wonderful tropical garden and jungle vegetation. Wild animals – monkeys, birds, butterfly’s …


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Best Vacation at Villa Katino

  • 5 of 5

“This place is a true gem! Tino welcomed us, told us what to do and where to go, and even helped set up a couple activities we were interested in. If there was anything we needed, he was a text/call away and always responded. This place was a gorgeous villa to honeymoon at and felt as if we were on top of the world. Truly one of Costa Rica's best views in our opinion. Everything went smoothly with checking in, our entire stay, and checking out. I will definitely recommend Villa Katino in the future to anyone looking for a beautiful and romantic getaway.”

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great host, beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

Tino was extremely helpful, advising and facilitating whenever necessary. The view was amazing, the property peaceful and intimate.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mal Pais

  • 3 of 5

We stayed 5 nights of our 3 week vacation staying at 4 different locations starting in Arenal, Santa Elena, Mal Pais and ending in Quepos.

Mal Pais house no doubt you are paying for the view it was spectacular. The house itself was a little rough, with the out door living cooking outside after dark was a challenge you couldn't turn on the lights or you would get attacked by bugs, and on stormy night the rain came in from alll directions. The hot tub did not warm, and the appliances were a bit worn out.

Sleeping was the next challenge. 4 of us traveling together live in the country are used to noise from the wildlife. The frogs here are very annoying they went all night with all kinds of different loud sounds. However we did see several capuchin monkeys and a lone howler monkey that was entertaining.

We rented 2 ATV's from Tino, who was a great host. And had a great day exploring the countryside. We met some great ex pats and ticos. We fell in love with the neighbors dog,who adopted us for our stay.

If you want to go fishing , ask for Miguel. He speaks very good English, and great capitain.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately its our first not so good guest review (after 95..) for our little paradise above Malpais... Guests should have told me when they have problems. Sorry the animals of the jungle bothered..! When our seasons change here from dry to green-season and the rain starts are frogs have their time to find each other....and making noises - that is nature and over already. Using the yellow lights keep from attracting bugs its a good idea - I installed it also over the bar/cooking area. I will be better with letting guests know these things. With the hot water of the Jacuzzi was a breaker problem - which is fixed - sorry for that. The older microwave will be change too... Thank you.
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Amazing oasis, it really does look just like the photos!! Topped off by a superb owner!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 5 nights at Tino's beautiful mountain top oasis, and we wish we had planned to stay much longer! The photos are real! The jungle wildlife, the sunsets and the views are spectacular.

Tino is the perfect host. Nearby whenever you need him, knowledgable about all aspects of the area, readily available for any requests we had, yet completely inconspicuous and allowed us to savour the solitude of the property in total privacy. We will definitely recommend Villa Katino to family and friends. Thank you Tino, we hope to visit again in the future!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A paradize in Mal Pais with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Tino's house, with my wife and our 2 kids (14 and 10). The concept of living outside and in an "open house", of enjoying the pool after the beach, of overlooking the bay. We had amazing and unforgettable views of Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa (among the most beautiful in Costa Rica).

The house is comfortable, with all the convenience and appliances available. It is at the top of the hill and there is always a very nice breathe and wind which is nice when the heat strikes Mal Pais... A pleasure to take a nap in the early afternoon.

Also a special mention for the shower at the bottom floor from where we had the pleasure to see howler monkeys! And the access in 4D drive which is definitely memorable...

Tino is also a very caring host, who provided us with all the support we could have imagined: giving good tips, keeping the pool always clean and clear from leaves, removing the garbage regularly, supplying water and all the cooking basics (salt, pepper,...), even cleaning our clothes...

Thanks a lot Tino for your warm welcome and the terrific time we had in your great house!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Haus mit der besten Aussicht!

  • 5 of 5

Wo soll man beginnen diesen Aufenthalt zu beschreiben? Bei der Vorfreude, der Ankunft, dem Haus, dem Grundstück, welches ein Mix aus Dschungel und einzigartiger Aussicht ist, oder dem Gastgeber?

Beginnen wir beim Letzteren. Tino, ein deutscher Auswanderer, lebt seit 15 Jahren in Costa Rica, spricht fliessend Spanisch und Englisch und hat uns ein paar Tage vor unserem Aufenthalt per E-Mail kontaktiert. Wir haben unsere Telefonnummern ausgetauscht und uns fortan über WhatsApp verständigt. Bei unserer Ankunft wurden wir morgens an der Bäckerei in Mal Pais, wie vereinbart von Tino mit seinem Geländewagen abgeholt. Die etwa 15 Minütige Fahrt zum Haus ist sehr aufschlussreich, da Tino einem gleich die Gegend erklärt und einem sehr gute Tipps gibt wo man am besten Einkaufen, abendessen oder ausgehen kann und welche Strände man unbedingt aufsuchen sollte. Tino hat uns während unseres Aufenthalts zwei Quads geliehen mit denen man die Gegend bestens erkunden kann.

Das Haus selber liegt direkt auf einem Hügel. Dort ist man völlig unter sich und hat seine absolute Privatsphäre. Die Aussicht ist die schönste die ich je in Costa Rica gesehen habe. Man schaut über die Dächer des Dschungels die Küste entlang, tief in die Weiten des blauen Ozeans. Atemberaubend! Sei es nun bei Tag oder beim Sonnenuntergang. Man kann sich einfach nicht satt sehen! Zum Glück hat man dieselbe Aussicht auch vom Pool/Hot Tub aus, wodurch einem nichts entgeht. Des Weiteren bietet das Haus eine voll ausgestattete Küche. Gekocht wird am Gasherd oder Grill. Das untere Schlafzimmer hat eine Klimaanlage. Man betritt dieses Zimmer durch das Badezimmer. Die Dusche bietet einen genialen Blick in den Dschungel. Morgens kann man während des morgendlichen Duschens den Brüllaffen beim Frühstück zuschauen. Das obere und grössere Schlafzimmer hat ein Himmelbett mit Mückennetz und einen Balkon, von dem man den gleichen atemberaubenden Blick geniessen kann. Es fehlt einem an gar nichts und wenn, dann ist Tino sofort an Ort und Stelle und hilft einem aus.

Die eine Woche die wir in der Villa Katino verbracht haben war eine der Besten in meinem Leben. So entspannt war ich selten. Wir werden auf jeden Fall wieder kommen! Danke Dir für Alles Tino! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tambor Airport - National airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Marys Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Marys Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Mal Pais Beach by road
Car: necessary

Other Activities: animal watching, ATV tours, waterfall tour, canopy, diving (i am dive instructor..)

Golf: A beautiful golf course is located in Tambor 30 Miles away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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