The Ideal Villa for Combined Families and Friends...
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About Nicole Bastian
Manuel Antonio Rental Properties specializes in luxury vacation rental homes, villas and condos in beautiful Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. All of our properties have ocean views, a pool, and concierge services.
Nicole Bastian purchased this House in 2014
What makes this House unique
Incredible ocean views and within walking distance to every place one could desire. Fabulous visits from wildlife.... A great community that we now call home!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We had a party of 12 (3 families) and the house was great. Vanessa the concierge was priceless.....not only was she able to find and book any excursion that we wanted - she was also the person who addressed very quickly any minor issues that we had. There ARE a lot of steps....which I considered great exercise - but if steps are an issue this property may not be for you. We have been to Manuel Antonio 3 times and hope to be back again someday!
We had a lovely time. The housekeeper was excellent also. If you can get chef Desiree for an evening, I'd Highly recommend. Without a doubt our best meal of the trip. We were only there 5 days because we were traveling in other parts of the country as well, but had we been there a couple more days, we would have booked her again if she was available. Not only is her food great but she has the best personality. They will book trips for you also if you're interested. We had our own itinerary so we didn't need the service, but it's there if you need it. my only comment that's not as five star would be that the steps from the second floor down to the pool are very steep so if you have limited mobility, it might not be the place for you. We had 10 people and one of them had a hurt foot so it was hard for her to go up and down the stairs . The bedrooms cool down very nicely. However there is only one kitchen that is air-conditioned and that's in the Tiki room . The main meeting area is not air-conditioned on the first floor so it was a bit warm during the afternoons, but we stayed by the pool most of the time anyway
Stunning Property, View and Location
We stayed at Castillo de Amber for a bachelorette party and it was absolutely perfect. There were 11 of us and plenty of space. Views were so fantastic that they almost didnt look real. Walking distance to a bunch of restaurants and bars. Could also walk to the beach if you're up for a bit of a hike. Plenty of busses and cabs too. Would highly recommend.
Beautiful view - Howler monkeys each morning for an alarm clock!
Our group of 10 people loved our stay at Castillo de Amber. It's location is a short walk to some of our favorite MA restaurants (Cafe Milagro and Barba Roja) and a short taxi ride from the others (El Avion, La Cantina). The house itself is very well situated, providing enough space for everyone. 2 out of 6 rooms have two twin beds pushed together, so if you have more than 4 couples staying at the house you'll end up pulling straws for who gets stuck with the twins. This wasn't a big deal for our group but it could be for others. The only issue we had was the air conditioning in the one room not working when we arrived, but Vanessa did a great job getting someone to come to the house on Sunday to perform the repair, and since we had an extra room the couple slept in there. The main reason to stay at Castillo de Amber is the view, which is what I most look forward to whenever traveling to MA. Each day we were woken up by howler monkeys in tree around 200 feet from the pool and it was amazing. Everyone would wake up shortly after 5 to meet in the main kitchen, drink coffee, and watch the wildlife. There were several days where the squirrel and capuchin monkeys where running around the pool over our feet as we decided what to do for the day. If you enjoy seeing the wild life in Costa Rica this place will bring it front and center for you each day. Toucans, several types of iguanas, hummingbirds, monkeys, a sloth in the next door neighbor's tree, geckos, and even raccoons where seen throughout our stay. Either raccoons or monkeys got into one of our coolers we accidentally left out at the outside kitchen, leaving a mess that we all ended up laughing about. The only time we saw more wildlife was when we where on the beach at the national park.
We loved the view from the main kitchen/dining area. The windows here actually open up, which allowed us to really experience an amazing thunderstorm we had one of the nights. There is a house immediately to the right of Castillo de Amber that you do not really see in any of the pictures, but it didn't matter. The entire group (5 of which had never been to Costa Rica before) had an amazing time during our stay, and the house was a major reason for that. Thank you Vanessa for everything you did, looking forward to the next time we are able to travel to CR.
Castillo De Amber, Quepos, Costa Rica
The house was nice and having a chef for a couple of the days was excellent. The heavy dependence on cash was a logistical challenge and the tour of the rain forest was at the same time interesting and disappointing. Overall, my experiences at VRBO properties in Belize and St. George Island were superior. It is unlikely I will return to Costa Rica.
Great Place near Manuel Antonio
My family enjoyed our week in Manuel Antonio and Castillo de Amber was a perfect place to stay. The location was convenient. We drove to the park and other sites, but we could easily walk to get groceries, coffee, or dinner. We used the upper level. It was very comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked. Vanessa was super helpful and went out of her way to make out stay wonderful. The view is great and nearly everyday we would see interesting wildlife right out the window.
Manuel Antonio national park!