This property is also reviewed here on Trip Advisor as "Oceanview Jungle Villa, 3 pools, visiting monkeys". The place is amazing, especially for the price. One of the local guides told me that it used to be the outdoor restaurant and pools for the hotel above this property, which explains the unique layout. You go through two gates down a long, landscaped pathway to reach this HUGE open-air living space (the web site says 4000 sq ft and I believe it). There's a central kitchen just packed with dishes and cooking supplies that is all for the use of the guests there, and tons of separate little sitting areas... the TV area, the pool viewing area, the bar stools, couch seating, hammock, and several eating tables, one huge. To the left are the three pools (it's so hard to believe you get these huge pools just for the house!!) and straight ahead is the jungle and ocean view. On the right hand side of the building and down below are the guest rooms.
The property looks like it used to be swanky and is now maintained enough to be a fair priced house rental. Don't go here if you want pristine... the pools have some tiles missing, the pool furniture is well weathered, the decor is funky, fun... it makes everything feel comfortable. Amazing place for a party. Tons of space to spread out. We were two families there, four adults and three kids. The kids lived in the pool and it was great because you could watch them the whole time. We felt like kings and queens with this whole huge property to ourselves (most of the time). The wildlife viewing was amazing. We were indeed invaded by both capuchin and the endangered squirrel monkeys. We also saw a troupe of howlers with babies. We saw sloths, lizards, a chestnut billed toucan and more.
Definitely select the upstairs rooms if available. Also a funky cool layout, it was great for our two families. There space can be divided in two with a shut door, and each side has a full bath. The larger side had a king bed, and then a half wall dividing off a section with two twin beds. There was a crib too if you needed it. Ceiling fans, lots of windows but overall a bit dark, tile floor, long curtains... kind of a Spanish feel. I liked it. The smaller side is again divided with the partial walls, and has two full beds. One funny feature is that the bathrooms only have swinging saloon doors. They lock I think but don't go all the way to the floor. The smaller side's door has an etched topless woman in it. Cheesy, not tasteless, but our young boys (and Dads) thought that was pretty interesting. Again, funky fun decor.
We did a walkthrough downstairs and it reminded me a bit of a college dorm. There are like 4 bathrooms and 5 or so sleeping rooms down there? Some really hodge podge furniture and some kitchenette features. Still, I would stay down there if upstairs were full because we were almost never inside. The upstairs living areas and kitchen are shared, as are the pools. When we were there a couple came and stayed downstairs. I thought that would be weird but the space was so big it was easy and comfortable. It might not be great if the other people were big partyers and you weren't, or something like that.
Speaking of big partyers, the one thing that surprised me is how in the middle of it the location was. It's just below a very popular bar and restaurant, so there was a bit of noise when going to bed but it wasn't bad. The location is a couple of doors down from Si Como No resort, tons of restaurants walking distance. The grocery store is also walking distance, but a bit long. The bus to the beach is super easy to catch and cheap.
Oh, and there are staff always on the property, two during the day one at night, for security, cleaning and advice. I think the property has room keys but they told us not to bother using them. We did put our computers and stuff in the small safe when we left, but they seemed to think that wasn't even necessary. Mostly they stayed out of the way, but were friendly and helpful when needed.
Overall, Manuel Antonio was our least favorite place to visit in Costa Rica because it was SOOOOOoo crowded. In the park there were three guides and 40 tourists to every one lizard. The restaurant above the house felt like you might as well be in Southern California. Just packed with Americans. The wildlife viewing was absolutely like no where else, and the beach was good, but not the best. If you want to go there, this house is ABSOLUTELY the place to stay!
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