We stayed here for a week in August. We had a party of eight so we rented the entire villa out. First of all let me say, Margarita, the owner is a lovely person and a wonderful host but she lives in San Jose and at the time of our visit, had not been to the property in some time. I am not at all a picky person (do all picky people say that?) BUT that having been said, the villa needed a good scouring. There was dust on everything, thick thick dust and grease. The dishwasher in the open aired kitchen was broken and it fell open and dishes came tumbling out and broke all over the floor. When we mentioned to Marta the housekeeper, she just shrugged. The bathrooms continuously overflowed and by the end of the week we had one working bathroom (and no one had flushed anything down them that should not be flushed). The upstairs basically has two large bedrooms that are chopped up to make sleeping areas. The first bedroom is very dark and has a double bed and then this wierd partition (like from an office cublicle) and behind it a queen sized bed, There is a small bathroom off of that. The next bedroon is large and has a king sized bed and then a waist high wall and two twin beds. This room has a huge bathroon that is really pretty. We did see several tarantulas and a GIANT horse spider in that bathroom. Some tarantulas came out of the drain in the bathroom ......ewwwww....the downstairs was dark and had several sleeping areas. It had a strong mildew smell.
The swimming pools were great! My kids loved playing in all three of them and they had a waterfall that flowed from one to another. Lovely! Jason would come and turn the waterfall on each morning. He also pointed out where sloths were and other animals. We found a small boa on the patio downstairs and he held it for us to llok at. Very cool!
Monkeys did come through the house from time to time and they liked to swing from the rafters, very cool. There was one male mono congo who hung out solo in a tree right off of the main area that was funny (and loud). There were tons of cara blancas and even some titis that would hang around in the early AM and the late afternoon.
Overall, this was an okay property. It is obviously an old hotel that has been turned in to a home. It is not by any means luxury but the price reflects that. My main problem with the property was that it had not been maintained well. Dust and grime we thick everywhere, the chains that held the lights above the dining table were coated with what looked like 3 inches of cooking grease. All of the hanging ornaments (of which there are dozens) are coated in dust and spider webs. Furniture is broken (the bamboo rotted and falling apart) and the rooms are dark.
When we returned to Margarita's bed and breakfast near the airport we let her know about the condition of Jungle Villa and she was really receptive. She said she was going to go there in Oct. and do much needed upkeep. So, maybe by the time you go it will be done.
The location is nice and on the bus line.The pools need to be painted again but are wonderful:)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Very private rooms in a great villa in Manuel Antonio with ocean and jungle view, visiting monkeys, 3 pools, airconditioning, wifi, cable tv, 4 rooms, 2 staff.Paradise resort in the heart of Manuel Antonio where Ocean, Jungle and Western comfort meet. Truly the Pearl of Manuel Antonio. You love nature, you like to wake up with the sound of the monkeys in the trees around the house and with the smell of fresh coffee. You like to hear the sound of the jungle and its many inhabitants. This is the only villa in Manuel Antonio with 2 full-time staff members in daytime to maintain the villa and pool area and to keep it clean. If you love pure nature, this villa is the perfect place for you. You will never live and sleep closer to Mother Nature than in the great Jungle Villa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jungle Villa Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park