A big house by the sea, surrounded by mangrove and fresh water and right on the beach. It is one of the greatest place we stayed in Costa Rica! We were in the "villa" which is a little appartment on the side of the house, more private. Amazing view on three sides with benches below numerous windows all around the room, even bathroom! They were great to spot wildlife (woke to the sound of an agouti one morning, howler monkeys every motning, white face monkey also, birds all the time) and gear a wonderfull breeze around the clock. No need for AC (and it would block the wonderfull sou ds of nature around, especially falling asleep to the river gargle and the roaring waves of the ocean). Small kitchenet with small fridge, cofee maker, toaster and oven top. Great for grilling the fresh fish we caught on the beach right in front. Can't beat that! There's also a "walk in safe" as the walk in closet is safely armed and locked to leave yor stuff in. The villa seems freshly renovated and is cosy and design. Clean. Fresh. Wood floor. Nice furniture. Pot light on dimmer for ambiance. Rock wall and pebble floor in the bathroom. Really nicely done.
We had made a reservation for the studio but changed our mind once there when Carol showed us the villa and offered a great reduction. The studio were smaller with less breeze because less windows. But it had a larger patio with hamock. We also thought about staying in the "small studio" but except if it's the only way you can afford this place, I wiuldn't stay there. It's really a tool shed. We saw the "Penthouse" from the outside and it's really big and on top floor but can't say more.
The location is the best and worst part about this place. It is on the beach to the town and the park of Manual Antonio. It is even quicker to get there by foot than I first imagined ready other peoples review. A few minutes to reach the other end (park) and hotels, restaurant and shop in between. But if you want to go perpendicular to the beach to reach e main road, it is very abrupt, very difficult. Only 4x4 or VERY adventurous drivers of regular cars would pass safely. When calling for transport, always say you need a 4x4. There are many in town and in aquepos, you just have to ask for it. We had 2 types of shuttles and one taxi drop/pick us up with no problem. We also did it by foot once: very sporty but dooable. Many people coming to this beach (this part is called Playita) do it by foot. We even saw a lady carrying her wedding gound up tye hill! A compromise is to walk a few hundred meters toward the park on the beach and then take a paved ramp in town.
You need bug spray for night. You need a fishing rod to try your luck (and skill of course) in the ocean! You need only your swimsuit,shades and flipflop! You can wash a little clothes in the sink outside and dry them on a little cloes lines. It is gated and lock at night (you have a key to the lock) for safety (it like that thought out Costa Rica), but one night we walked on the beach back and forth to see the Superbowl game in town and nothing happened to us, not even close. There's plenty of water and hot water. You can drink it or Carol will sell you big jug of spring water she buys in town. We didn't have a car so one night she offered to take us to Quepos to see the fishing pier, Quepos point and the farmer's market where we bought TONS of fresh fruits. Really nice of her!
One morning, at breakfast, whiteface monkey came to eat with us. One of the best experience in Costa Rica. We would like to stay longer. To come back. To never leave!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Listen to waves & enjoy the monkeys while staying right on the beach. Enjoy outstanding beach & ocean views from our three room two bath Penthouse suite and studio apartments. We’re situated in a secluded area on the edge of a tropical bird sanctuary forest with a river stream running alongside the hotel. We’re within walking distance to Manuel Antonio Park (13min) but only a stone's throw away from the white sandy beach and blue waters. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nature`s Beachfront Aparthotel Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Natures Beachfront Aparthotel Hotel
- Nature's Beachfront Aparthotel Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park