"We had a wonderful time at the villa, enjoyed its open concept with all the animal sounds at night, and seeing monkeys and sloths during the day. It is amazingly well equipped, beautifully and comfortably furnished, and really a home away from home (only much better!). While there, I read one of the mysteries written by the original owner, William Deverell and found it very interesting (many of his books and many other books are on a shelf inside the TV cabinet with more in the downstairs bedroom).
There were 7 of us staying there, with enough space and privacy for all of us, and even a crib and a high chair for our 15-month-old granddaughter. The pool was refreshing and long enough for swimming short laps. We spent many pleasant hours watching the jungle and the wildlife from its deck. Rebecca and Jacob, the property managers, were extremely kind, helpful, and always available at a few minutes' notice.
There is a small store a few steps away, and many good restaurants within walking distance. We especially enjoyed Burritos just around the corner.
The beach is a short drive away down the hill. The main part does get a bit crowded and parking is a bit of an issue . Some guys try to stop you driving down trying to make you park much earlier than at the end of the road and charge $5 to guard your vehicle. If you go to Manuel Antonio Park around 8 AM, there is plenty of parking space in the large parking lot at the very end of the road and it costs $4 for the day. A better option is taking the local bus. We visited Manuel Antonio Park ($16) - beautiful beaches, lots of monkeys, sloths, raccoons, koati, and deer- and the Rainmaker Conservation Project ($20) about 30 min north of Manuel Antonio, which was absolutely amazing - hanging bridges, waterfalls - we swam in one- and a nice lunch for an extra $5. We also drove to Dominical and took the road inland up to a point with a beautiful view and a good soda where we had lunch.
All in all, it was an amazing experience that we will remember forever."
Date of Stay: December 2016
Review Submitted: December 22, 2016