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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation

Recent Manzanillo reviews

  • Great wildlife surrounds the dark villa

    "The house is clean, comfortable and secure. The wildlife on the property was amazing (sloths, howler monkeys that wake you at 5am every day, toucans, hummingbirds, hawk, frogs, lizards) but in the caribe you will get these everywhere. Washer/dryer are a nice plus, but do NOT wash anything WHITE in the washer or it will turn orange due to the water. Mario the caretaker meets you (Spanish only) to give a tour and keys. Housekeeper (Spanish only) checked up on us, as did the caretaker's son (English speaking) a few times so we felt like if something went wrong with the property, it would be taken care of. The photos were taken before bars were added. There are bars all around the deck/dining/living area now, with a couple of sliding gates. Feels a bit like a pretty prison when you are there for a bit (family members got sick so we spent a bunch of time at the house), and it is very dark. Also, you can walk to the beach in 10 minutes *through private property*, but I advise you to go to the resort's reception the first time and tell them that you are staying at the Casa de las Fuentes and would like to walk to the beach via their property during your stay. This should be explained in a manual or email, but is not. It is close to the road so if you sleep upstairs you hear traffic (not sure about downstairs) but it's not a super busy road. Needs a new & larger netting on the bed upstairs, which is wide open to the outdoors via loft to the open dining/living area. To open/close up the house and get/stash things in the safe (don't drop anything just outside the safe as it is covered in mouse poop) there are 6 keys, which seems excessive. For a short stay, this place is absolutely fine. Two weeks felt too long. I am not sure why the upstairs is not split into a closed off bedroom and a sitting room (or even space for a couple more beds), but that's what I would suggest. Kitchen is adequate. Not a comfortable lounging seat in the house. No wifi, although you can access the web on a slow connection on a small Windows laptop provided. Carlos in the cabina on the property is a nice enough guy."
    Guest: Lynn W. Date of Stay: February 2017 Review Submitted: March 14, 2017
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  • Perfection!

    "As someone who travels often and has rented many homes, condos, etc. I can honestly say this home was the absolute best. And it is all due to the hospitality that Paul Whitman and his family provide. The attention to detail and the care they provide their guests is unlike anything I've ever experienced. From making us feel safe in our new surroundings to providing a homemade breakfast on their beautiful porch facing a breathtaking view to the comfortable beds and pillows to the very relaxing hammocks to the wonderful restaurant recommendations to the new pool on the property EVERYTHING was spectacular. I could go on and on but I do not think there are enough words to express my gratitude. This was a trip of a lifetime for me. So sad to have to leave but I will be back and will only stay with the Whitmans :-)"
    Guest: Anna B. Date of Stay: March 2017 Review Submitted: April 2, 2017
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  • Family Vacation

    "My family and I have just returned from an amazing week vacation at Casa Del Mar. The casita and the town of Manzanillo was perfect for my two kids (6yo and 4yo). The beach right across from the casita was perfect for my small kids to swim and snorkel. Because my kids do not love eating out, we cooked most meals in the casita. The kitchen was easy to use and well equipped. Our first full day in Manzanillo, Amanda arranged a walk in the reserve with Tino. He was a great guide especially with my kids. My 4yo spent half the time in the ergo, but still really enjoyed the walk. My 6yo loved the walk. She took pictures of everything Tino pointed out, and loved his extensive, yet kid friendly, explanations of everything . I feel like she got an entire science class in a 4 hour walk. One day we rented kayaks at the local dive shop and paddled into the creek. It was super easy and perfect for kids that did not want to walk. Floating along in the creek we were all able to enjoy the jungle (and lots of snacks:). It was nice we did this after our tour with Tino because we knew what to look for. Another day Amanda arranged for us to go on a dolphin tour with Chun. We saw lots of dolphins and went swimming at Ponto Mono. It was fun to swim on such an isolated beach. Driving tip: it took longer to drive from San Jose then google said it would. It took us 6 1/2 hours each way with all the necessary kids stops. The first half, the road is windy for and has lots of trucks. Definitely do not drive yourself at night. Amanda was amazing our entire trip. She gave us great advice when planning the trip, she organized tours, welcomed (and entertained) my kids and made them feel at home, and gave us local knowledge of the area. Our plans change coming AND going from Casa Del Mar, Amanda accommodated us in both times. I highly recommend the casitas at Casa Del Mar for families."
    Guest: Jaime & Cheryl L. Date of Stay: March 2017 Review Submitted: April 3, 2017
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  • Beautiful Jungle Cabina

    "We loved our stay in Victoria's Cabina. It blended in well with the beautiful jungle and the wildlife viewing was excellent - monkeys, parrots, toucans, Blue Morpho butterfly, etc. The cabina was clean, cosy, comfortable and equipped with all the amenities to prepare your own meal if you desired. Eli the groundskeeper and his wife Maria who live on the property in their own separate cabin brought us fresh eggs, beautiful flowers and offered laundry service on site. On our visit there were two bikes available at no charge which saved us rental fees of $6 - $8 each per day. It was a pleasure booking our stay directly with the owner, Victoria. She was extremely gracious, accommodating and understanding with our check in and check out time requests which allowed for a stress free holiday. Thank you Victoria."
    Guest: Kathy B. Date of Stay: March 2017 Review Submitted: April 12, 2017
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