My partner & I had the pleasure of staying at Villa Roca in Jan. 2006 for my 39th birthday. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we returned to celebrate my 40th this year.
First of all, by way of description, Villa Roca sits high atop the hillsides on the road between the small town of Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. Every room has a view that sweeps down over the tropical rainforest to the blue waters of the Pacific. Some views are better than others but none will disappoint! The property is a series of stark white buildings set off by doors, trim and railings in a beautiful nautical blue color and faux terra cotta roofs. The rooms vary in size and price but are spacious and very clean. All rooms have a private (or semi private) balcony or terrace that afford great views. Each room has a fridge loaded with beer, soft drinks, water, etc., cheap! The pool has the best view on the entire property where you can wile away the day working on your tan.
Breakfast is a simple affair but more than enough to get you going. The staff are more than helpful, they are always happy to make recommendations or book tours or gay specific tours. (A hiking tour through Manuel Antonio with Gama is highly recommended!) The property is within walking distance of several good restaurants, a cab ride a little further afield takes you to several fine eating establishments. Cab rides are exceedingly cheap! A trip from Villa Roca to downtown Quepos, for example, is only about 1,500 colones (less than $3 USD).
About half the guests both this year and last were repeat customers, which is a great testament to this fine property! We're considering making this an annual event ourselves!
Of course no place is absolutely perfect so here are a few observations on some shortcomings:
First and foremost the property is in desperate need of an ice machine. The 3 ice trays in your room's fridge just doesn't cut it!
The hot tub advertised is still not ready, in spite of being under construction for a year. But in their defense the area the hot tub occupies is several meters below the pool area and a rather extensive walkway down to this garden grotto area could not have been easy to construct. It looks nearly ready, though.
Noisy construction on the property of this walkway and hot tub area plus an area where a couple of new rooms are being built is a bit of a nuisance. But it's nice to know that the German owner (who lives on site) is successful and putting money back in to the property.
But don't let any of this put you off, Villa Roca is by far the best overall gay property in Manuel Antonio. This is an exceedingly fine establishment that will exceed your expectations! Even if we don't make it an annual event we will return to Villa Roca time and time again.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Roca Hotel Quepos
- Villa Roca Hotel
- Hotel Villa Roca Costa Rica/Quepos
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is gay owned and operated, exclusively for gays, lesbians and their friends to enjoy. Villa Roca is nestled on a hillside, ideally located between the village of Quepos and the National Park of Manuel Antonio. Offering stunning views overlooking the rain forest and the Pacific Ocean.Restaurants, bars, shopping and the beaches is a short walk from the resort. ... more less