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Villa for 2 Nestled in Tropical Paradise , 51 Ft Pool

Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Villa Escondida

Hidden Villa

Above the resort town of Uvita, immersed in nature, tranquility and privacy sits a hidden jewel. This unusual Villa is here for any couple or individual who wishes to rejuvenate while enjoying the area’s almost unlimited pleasure and adventure. Tucked away in a tropical paradise, this Moroccan/Indian style Villa has the feel of a small palace. This exclusive Villa is luxurious, extremely comfortable and designed with exquisite attention to detail. Designed by us (the owners Paula and Marty) our focus was to create a place of beauty that would feel palatial and yet be cradled in the mountains and jungle, where one could experience 'living in art and natural beauty at the same time'.

The Villa is all handcrafted and great care went into creating interior windows and veranda arches, all uniquely designed with beautiful moldings. The mahogany Queen bed was also custom designed and hand carved. The bedroom floors are beautiful Teak wood, soft underfoot. The 18ft vaulted ceiling is crowned by an unusual dome which can be softly lit and is a pleasure to gaze at while lying in bed. The bathroom is spacious and mostly stone and has an exotic ancient feel. While the bedroom and bathroom are comfortably screened in the veranda (living room and gourmet kitchen) are open air yet covered and protected from rain. The Villa has several multicolored stained glass Moroccan lamps and candles enhancing the already serene and romantic ambiance. The veranda flooring is imported porcelain tile, the kitchen has hand painted wall tiles and counters of of Costa Rican quartz stone. Both overlook your 51ft saltwater pool which is covered with see through fabric so that you are always protected from harsh sun's rays but can see sky and trees clearly. The pool is tiled with Italian imported glass tiles and is both beautiful to look at and delightful to enjoy. It can be lit for an evening swim under the stars. The water is non chemical (saltwater) and one does not feel the salt. It feels clean, fresh and gentle. It is for your exclusive use except for 1 1/2 hr daily when the owners use the pool,,,,always at a prearranged time so you are never disturbed

As you enter this private reserve you are stepping into a world of natural beauty where your awareness shifts as your senses are delighted and calmed by the extraordinary beauty in which you will be living.

This 60 acre private property has abundant wild life and hundreds of flowering plants and fruit and palm trees and overlooks the largest marine preserve in Central America, Cano Island, and The Whale's Tail reef (the third largest in the world). Included are hiking trails leading to stunning Pacific Ocean views and resting areas where you can stop to enjoy a glass of wine as you watch the sun set.

The villa is nestled in the midst of a garden of tropical flowers, bamboos and sculptures and overlooks your personal 51 foot saltwater pool, the Uvita River Valley, and the Talamanca Mountains beyond. You awake each morning to the sounds of Howler Monkeys and numerous of types of tropical birds, (yet comfortably screened in), and relax in the evenings to the surf's far off gentle rhythms.

The Hidden Villa is luxury glamping at it's very best!

Only we, Marty and Paula share this 60 acre property with you. We are available to help you arrange anything you need during your stay. Although comfortably out of sight or sound they can always be reached by your provided walkie talkie.

Our South Pacific Coast has several palm tree lined beaches with tranquil waters as well as beaches for surfing and kayaking. Available tours include: whale and dolphin watching, trips to Cano Island, Drakes Bay and the Osa Peninsula, scuba diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, horseback riding through jungle trails or on the beaches, canopy tours and waterfall repelling , zip line and more..

Locally you can enjoy sumptuous dining from tasty typical food to the finest international cuisines. If you wish to savor the experience of peaceful solitude your villa includes a fully equipped kitchen so you can always dine at home.

With several world class spas in the area it is easy for us to arrange any beauty or wellness treatments you desire. If you wish to effortlessly receive a massage treatment we can arrange one at your convenience, on the veranda or poolside.

If you are interested in exercising while here there is a library of Yoga. Pilates and other DVD’s as well as free weights, mats, Yoga blocks, etc. The pool is perfect for swimming laps or dreamily drifting on the soft soothing floats. If total relaxation is what you yearn for you will find complete satisfaction here.

The Villa is a perfect Honeymoon retreat or a beautiful and peaceful journey into elegance and nature for any couple or individual.

Keywords: Exotic, tropical, mountain views, 5 min to beaches. Secluded, tranquil, luxurious private 51ft saltwater pool, flowering gardens, sculptures, unique

More Details

Paula Kramer or Marty Zabel
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2018

About Paula Kramer or Marty Zabel

Twenty years ago we took our first trip together to Costa Rica and fell deeply in love with the country. Making our way to the coastal village of Uvita, where the mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, we found the beauty of the country rivaled only by the beauty of the Tico people. We felt that we had 'come home' to a place where the inter-connectedness of true community, and the ease and opennes that radiates from the people is present in every interaction.

Four years ago Paula designed the Villa we now offer to you. It was a true labor of love and we hope you have the opportunity to enjoy it and all the surrounding beauty. It is truly a tranquil paradise with so many wonderful things to see and do.

Why Paula Kramer or Marty Zabel chose Uvita

We found the people and the stunning beauty of the area impossible to resist. Our property sits 600 feet above the town of Uvita, amidst the surrounding mountains providing you with total seclusion yet only 7 minutes to town, 8 minutes to beaches and all amenities.

What makes this villa unique

If you decide to join us here you will enjoy total peace and quiet as well as amazing beauty, both of the Villa and the surronding area. The 51ft saltwater pool perfect for lap swimming, floating, water jogging. Both the Villa and the pool are custom designed and inspired by Indian and Morrocan style.


Uvita Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1) Extremely comfortable , top grade mattress, pillows and sheets. Guaranteed comfortable sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
there is a great waterfall with a natural swimming pond. The Villa , while totally private and secluded , is just minutes to town, restaurants and all the wonderful local beaches.


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Villa for 2 Nestled in Tropical Paradise , 51 Ft Pool
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews
Pennsylvania, USA

Beautiful but difficult to get to

  • 4 of 5

The Villa is really beautiful. We loved all the design elements and little details that Paula and Marty so lovingly selected. And the pool is absolutely awesome. We spent quite a bit of time around the pool, in large part because we found it so difficult to get up and down the mountain. We had a 4WD but the road was a mess.That also meant that we cooked in almost every night, which was fine (we got some fantastic tuna at the farmer's market on Saturday), although it would have been a bit easier with a sharp knife. Paula and Marty were very helpful, but we would have preferred if they didn't straighten up our stuff every time they came up for a swim. They were very considerate about when they came, but it felt sort of like we were being watched over by mom and dad.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always invite our guests to please let us know anything that they need or want while staying at the Villa. I would have gladly sharpened any knife or adjusted to whatever felt right for you. I"m truly sorry that I did not know the problems you were experiencing while you were here as I certainly would have adjusted to your satisfaction.
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Vernon, BC, Canada

Heaven in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin!! From the moment we arrived in the country (even months before when all the planning took place!), Paula and Marty were there for us every step of the way. It was our first time visiting another country, and for our wedding no less! We got married at Nauyaca Waterfalls, which are only about 30 min away (It was a DREAM!!).

As we drove up the road to our temporary home we were blown away by the surrounding jungle. The drive was a lot of fun! Safe, but make sure you have a 4x4 with decent ground clearance. We fell in love with the Villa right away, from the many birds that visit you every day, to the geckos chirping away merrily every evening (my fav part!!). I have never felt more at peace, and at home. We loved the mix of outdoors and indoors, and even indoors felt like we were part of the jungle. The property is so beautiful, there is so much to explore, I only wish we had longer to do so! We were blessed to experience a family of howler monkeys playing in the trees on one of our hikes- A tip: Really take your time to look at everything in silence and the jungle will come alive! There are many waterfalls to discover, Uvita is truly magical.

Make sure to check out Playa Ventanas, it is on private property (has security watching the parking area) and just outside of the town, is absolutely gorgeous and not to be missed. Also make sure to visit the bus depot cafe, Marty was kind enough to aware of this cheap and delicious place! I'm sure I amused the very friendly and helpful workers there as we returned many times. They were very patient as we stumbled with our Spanish. (The fried chicken and rice are amazing!)

Paula and Marty are very special people, they genuinely care about their home and their guests. They were always there when needed, we felt safe and well looked after. Leaving was the hardest thing I've had to do! A piece of my heart was left behind, I can only hope we return one day.

Thank you Paula and Marty, from the bottom our hearts, for making this the trip of a lifetime that we will never forget! You made the most special moment of our lives all the more special...

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Costa Rica Gem...

  • 5 of 5

We've been grateful to visit many places around the globe, but it's still a thrilling surprise to find a place crafted and decorated with such care and inspiration. The owners are gracious and exceptionally accommodating, the setting is gorgeous, and the villa is nothing less than extraordinary. Yes, a 4X4 is a MUST; but that simply goes with the territory (side road in Costa Rica hills). Easy access to three entirely charming towns. Uvita has a great farmers market, not one but two supermarkets, a great coffee shop/restaurant, and others besides. Ojochal is home to some extraordinary restaurants. And Dominical has some brilliant places to eat and shop at and see. Gorgeous wildlife and countryside all around. We stayed at this Villa hoping to have a wonderful and rejuvenating holiday. It was indeed that; a truly exceptional place and setting.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Rainforest seclusion

  • 5 of 5

This zen little getaway is perfectly secluded high in the mountainous rainforest. It was so relaxing and romantic to feel like the only two people in the world. The constant buzz of cicadas and cries of birds of prey played the perfect soundtrack for ambient white noise. I can't imagine a better backdrop to recharge one's body, mind and soul than the dramatic sunsets with a 360 view from the mountains to the Pacific. It was so obvious that Paula and Marty care deeply about their guests and their chosen home, down to each exquisite detail and the gracious hospitality we were shown.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Piece of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I truly loved this place. The serenity and beauty of this hidden paradise was far beyond our expectations. We loved the ruggedness of area with the luxury of the exquisite villa. So dreamy! We spent 10 glorious days waking to the sounds and sights of the mountains, exploring the trails, rivers, waterfalls and the spectacular views from the mountain tops. They were not kidding when they said you needed a 4X4!! Not for the faint of heart :)but totally worth it! The salt water pool was so refreshing and truly a welcomed treat after many vigorous hikes of the area. Exploring the south pacific of Costa Rica was truly an unforgettable experience, so many steep hills! Marty and Paula are such loving, genuine people, a real pleasure to know, attentive to all our needs and then some, nothing could have been better!!

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Middleton, WI

Truly a paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Hidden Villa Escondida is truly a secluded piece of paradise, ideal for a couple seeking to enjoy a private, romantic and rejuvenating vacation. The villa itself is just exquisitely detailed and appointed. The private salt water lap pool is so refreshing. And the hiking up to view beautiful south Pacific sunsets is wonderful! We enjoyed hunkering down and not leaving the premises for days at a time. The road to the property is a little challenging, but not that unusual for Costa Rica and not bad if you have 4 wheel drive. It is best to have a Jeep type of vehicle with off road tires. But...any difficulty in getting there is well worth it. You will not be disappointed of you are looking for a one-of-a-kind secluded vacation on the beautiful south Pacific coast of Costa Rica. and by the way, Paula and Marty are the best! They make sure you have everything you need including as much privacy as you want! Just fantastic!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Palmar Sur, Quepos
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Uvita Beach

On the property there are walking trails with gorgeous Pacific Ocean Views. A short walk up the road from the Villa is a beautiful waterfall and natural swimming pool.

Massage Therapy can be provided at the Villa by a North American trained therapist with 9 years experience. This service is offered by appointment only for a charge of $50 per person.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

There is also a $100 cleaning fee and a $300 damage deposit (paid upon arrival and refunded at time of departure)
4 wheel drive is necessary for our very safe but very bumpy road!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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