I recently spent 3 nights in Apartment 3 of Villa Kristina, and it was truly a slice of heaven.
The Villa sits towards the end of a hilly, gravel road that is about a 10/15 minute walk to the main road where you can catch a bus right on the corner, or a taxi, to downtown Manuel Antonio or Quepos. The location is off the beaten path compared to many hotels in the area. For us, this was quite welcome, as the apartments provided real serenity and amazing wildlife that you wouldn't find at the hotels located in the touristy Manuel Antonio strip.
The landscaping of the grounds is real gorgeous, and looks out over a steep incline to the tropical forest. The pool and jacuzzi were a real treat as well. We were psyched to see all kinds of wildlife- including sloth, two kinds of monkeys, toucans, hummingbirds and bats- right from the terrace. We actually saw more wildlife here than in Manuel Antonio park!
Apartment 3 has a spacious terrace, with comfortable seating, a hammock, intimate lighting and even a ceiling fan to provide a little breeze. The apartment itself was very clean and nicely decorated. The bathroom shower was plenty hot if at a lower pressure (not like you even wanted a hot shower in that warm weather!), and the washing machine in the bathroom was an added plus.
We enjoyed having the kitchen, as there was only one restaurant in close walking distance of the apartment, and was a nice way to save money as Manuel Antonio dining is a bit more expensive than other parts of the country. There was a small grocery store within walking distance, and many more in town.
The only caveat I can remember to note - Kristina's dogs were prone to rather annoying yapping and barking at weird hours of the day.
I definitely hope to return here again someday!
Apartment 3 is best for 1-2 guests
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