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“Boys getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Manuel Antonio Estates, Quepos 12-6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #13 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Quepos
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Boys getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Our stay at Manuel Antonio Estates "Casa Peces" in Santa Ana, San Jose was wonderful! My friends and I went to Costa Rica for a guys weekend getaway and we stayed in this villa throughout the duration our visit (4 nights). This house is gorgeous and it's in a prime location close to everything you need (restaurants, bars, grocery shopping, etc). Dorit was superb from the point of our reservation booking to making sure we get settled into the house upon our arrival in San Jose. Fernando, the custodian made our stay very pleasant. He arranged for a maid that came to clean the house/swimming pool, did the laundry and prepared meals for us everyday. Overall, it was an enjoyable stay and I would stay here again on my next visit to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nice, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We had an amazing time in Manuel Antonio and the nice apartment with my family!
Close to quepos and Manuel Antonio, monkeys running on the roof, great swimmingpool... we would come back with no hesitation
thank you for everything!!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We just returned from a week in Costa Rica where we enjoyed our stay at Manuel Antonio Estates. We were a group of 10 (two families traveling with teenagers and young adults). Dorit was very helpful in the process of selecting our accommodations. Though we originally were booked in Villa Tanger, we learned the week before our travel that the home had been sold. I was disappointed to learn that we were being moved to Villa Manakin, but after speaking with Dorit she suggested we would be very happy there. The home was perfect for our crowd. The house actually has 8 bedrooms available for rent but we needed far less. The design allowed privacy for everyone yet the gathering areas were sufficient. The view of Quepos and the ocean was lovely. The pool was refreshing any time of day. We enjoyed the twice daily visits of the white face and spider monkeys and the sightings of other wildlife. The villa was like a great big tree house in the rainforest…it was fun! Our agenda was so packed that we didn’t discover the trails and roads on the property until the very last day. I wish we had spent a little more time exploring our own backyard. Some of those vistas were spectacular!

Other reviews I had read on Trip Advisor warned about such things as poor AC and lack of towels. The bedrooms were air conditioned quite well if needed, though we enjoyed the evening breezes much better. The maid service was acceptable and they were very accommodating. On our first day, Richard, the owner of the estate stopped by to greet us. He was friendly and offered some fun suggestions on things to do while in the area. Dorit was wonderful to work with. She helped me plan our excursions including mangrove tours, ziplining, white water rafting and an ATV rainforest trip. She also connected us with Desiree, a local chef who prepared one of our most special evenings during our stay. We also took the time to visit the Raindrop Spa on the property. The services were quite good…the atmosphere even better.

The estate is in a gated community with an easy walk into the little town of Quepos. We took advantage of many of the restaurants there. Sometimes we’d walk, but we also found the local taxi service to be easy and inexpensive even for a group of 10. It was always a pleasure returning to our villa in the evening to find George, the night watchman. Safety was never a concern for us, but it was especially comforting to know that he had been watching over our home while we were out having fun. To George, we were his family while staying at Manuel Antonio Estates :) Everyone there helped to make our vacation one of the most memorable yet!

Room Tip: Villa Manakin is great for groups needing 5-8 bedrooms. The main house has 3 bedrooms on the upper...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We just returned from a week in Quepos/Manual Antonio and the Manual Antonio Estates were perfect. I have stayed there a few times about 5 years ago and to my surprise nothing had changed. The apartments are still beautiful with their own pool at the bottom of the steps. Even with the majority of them filled, it was quiet enough to keep all the windows open and still have privacy.

They are close enough to walk to Quepos for everything you need (groceries, buses, etc) and it was only 1000 colones ($2) to get a taxi home. The office was also extremely helpful in arranging tours, trips and transfers.

And one of the best parts is around 4:30 each day, we had a bunch of mono titis playing in the trees (and on the balcony). They are noisy little things when they bang on the roof, but talk about the National Geograpic in High Def, you cant believe they are so close. One even put it's hands and face on the window screen to see what we were doing inside. Too cool.

If you're not looking for a hotel scene, this is the perfect place for you and your family (or stay there alone in the studio apt)!!

Room Tip: can't go wrong with any of the apartments.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Holland, Michigan
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We stayed at MA Estates for 2 weeks this month with our 3 kids (12, 10 and 7) and really enjoyed our time there. We had no vehicle and could easily walk to town for anything we needed. There's a couple of close supermarkets within minutes of the entrance.
We LOVED the pool - especially in the afternoons when we could swim and watch the monkeys in the trees nearby. Many days they came onto the roof of the condos and even right onto the balconies. We saw one push over a rocking chair on the balcony and even try the door handle! (You may want to keep your balcony door closed if you're swimming in case they get really brave and enter into the condo).
Dorit at at the front desk is wonderful. She was really helpful and knowledgeable. She helped us arrange two tours (Rainmaker Jungle Hike and Mangrove Tour). We would highly recommend BOTH tours.
Things to know about:
1. the hill going up to the condos is STEEP and you'll be sweating by the time you get to the top - it definitely burns off the sweets you should try out at Musmanni Bakery in town.
2. The air conditioning is only in ONE bedroom, not the whole condo.
3. The kitchen supplies are minimum. There was one pot and one saucepan in our condo. There were no baking dishes for the oven but we did get one brought over when we asked for one. We had to eat cereal and oatmeal out of a cup because there were not enough bowls.
4. There are tiny ants that get into everything that's left out on the counter. You'll want to use zip-lock bags or tightly sealed containers to store any food items not in the fridge.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed in Villa Jacana in 2012.

Pros:
- Dorit (in the main office) was VERY helpful and nice
- Requests were followed-up on
- Good Excursion recommendations
- Affordable
- Could accomodate a large group
- Didn't have to book for a full week
- Relatively near a bus stop (and the bus is inexpensive and reliable)
- Private pool
- Safe

Cons:
- MAE's pictures made it look nicer than it was (we were extremely disappointed with the house upon arrival, poor construction that has been through lots of wear and tear)
- Air conditioning only in bedrooms (made common areas of the house unbearable)
- We did not rent a car and Villa Jacana is up a very steep long hill
- The "short walk" into town was at least 15 - 20 minutes and was through unpleasant areas
(We also found that being near the town of Quepos did not have any advantage, we wished we were much closer to Manuel Antonio park area.)

Notes:
- They do not provide towels for the pool or beach. Only bath towels that they instruct you from using otherwise.
- Grocery stores were small and expensive. Cooking for ourselves was a bigger inconvenience than anticipated.

In the end we were very disappointed and would not recommend MAE (with the exception of the great service from Dorit). If we return to Quepos/Manuel Antonio we will stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ManuelAntonioEstates, Front Office Manager at Manuel Antonio Estates, responded to this review, July 26, 2012
Dear Luv2Travel6,

Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your constructive feedback. We appreciate you pointing out the pros and contras you perceived during your stay and we assure you to always do our best and work hard on improving every single point.
Since you stay with us we have already fixed most of the things mentioned, and we do have A/C in all bedrooms, just as advertised.
We find it unfortunate we did not get your feedback while you were here, which would have given us the chance to fix things right away and make your stay most pleasant.
We would furthermore like to offer you a complementary stay during your next visit to Costa Rica and convince you that Manuel Antonio Estates is an excellent options for families and large groups!

All the best,

Dorit Wendrock
Manuel Antonio Estates
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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

My wife and I just spent a wonderful vacation with the kids and grandkids at Manuel Antonio Estates near Quepos, Costa Rica. We had booked a 5 bedroom home and were upgraded at no additional cost to a 7 bedroom estate at the top of the hill overlooking Quepos and the bay. The house was elegant, clean, well maintained, and very convenient to Quepos, the national park, and the beaches. This was our fourth "grandkids" summer trip and the best by far. The kids especially enjoyed the pool built into the deck. We saw monkeys in the trees next to the house, as well as many birds including Toucans. We highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Manuel Antonio Estates, Quepos 12-6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Quepos
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Quepos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas, homes and condos at Manuel Antonio Estates, offering rentals by the week for all group sizes & budgets! All villas offer private pool, blue Pacific Ocean views, proximity of the bustling fishing village of Quepos, spectacular famed beaches of Manuel Antonio nearby, monkeys, 180 species of birds, essence of luxury & pure tranquility. Peacefulness awaits in our lush tropical jungle w/world class Spa. Our accommodations suit every need and taste from cozy eco condos for 1-4 people to premier/deluxe homes for 18 of your closest amigos. Exciting Tours! Rainforest Canopy, Horseback, Mangrove Monkey, ATV Sportfishing, much more! ... more   less 
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