Our family (mom, dad, 2 young kids) spent 4 weeks at Villas Tranquilas. The purpose of our trip was to immerse our family in the Costa Rican culture by enrolling our kids in elementary school and trying as much as we could to live as the locals. I can't say enough about how great our stay was. It was perfect! We'll be going back next year. I'll start by addressing the items that I was worried about before our arrival.
Comfort/Cleanliness: The air-conditioning and fans kept both floors of our villa comfortably cool throughout the day. The showers had hot water and good pressure. The beds were comfortable, closets were spacious, kitchen had all the basics you would need for a 1 month stay. I'm very sensitive to mosquito bites and don't like bugs in general so I'm pretty tough with my opinion on whether a place is has a pest problem - we had a couple non-scary spiders, a couple cute geckos, no mosquitoes got in (we were disciplines about keeping the doors closed), and didn't see a single cockroach. The place/towels/sheets were clean and well-maintained.
Location/Convenience: The villas are conveniently located off a main/paved freeway, near a brand new large grocery store, 5 minutes driving distance from the center of the town of Quepos, 10 minutes drive from Manuel Antonio beach. It's in a quiet and peaceful location. I would strongly suggest renting a car. If you don't want to rent a car, a cab drive to the middle of Manuel Antonio is around $10. There are grocery stores and restaurants that deliver. You could walk to a bus stop, but it would take about 15 minutes and you'd be walking along a a busy road (there are other pedestrians that on this road). Many excursion tours will pick you up at the Villas.
Safety: We had nothing stolen, no intruders, and no scary animals. Actually, as would be expected in a clearing of the jungle, there was one snake in our outdoor closet. Luckily, our housekeeper monitored everything and, upon finding the snake, made sure it was quickly and safely removed. There is 24 hour supervision by very friendly security guards. Our daytime security person was English speaking and very resourceful in terms of helping us set up weekend excursions. Our night-time security people were really personable and always made us feel safe. They constantly walked the grounds to make sure that we had no intruders. There is a lock box in each Villa. Even though it was recommended to us to not keep any shoes/clothes outside, we sometimes did... and nobody took anything.
Health: The Villas is 5 minutes driving distance from the Quepos hospital and 5 minutes driving distance from a smaller/boutique 24 hour clinic. There are multiple pharmacies in Quepos and we especially liked Farmacia Economia near the main bus stop.
The people: The people who own and run the Villas Tranquilas really are the heart of what makes this place amazing. Maria, the main concierge is a wealth of information, trustworthy, and just plain real. It is refreshing to be in a place run by Costa Ricans who know and love their country and culture. Maria and Diego are both fully bilingual English/Spanish but we insisted they only speak in Spanish with us. Despite our slow/broken Spanish, they complied and helped us with our Spanish. Maria's sister, Raquel and her husband Roberto were also awesome! We were fortunate enough to stay there at the same time as one of the Villa owners. Each villa is owned by an individual or family and they all know each other. They seem like a great group of people who really care about creating a good experience for their guests. They seem to care more about giving back to the Costa Rican community and creating a good experience than being in it to make a profit.
The facilities: The grounds are beautiful. It's manicured but very natural. There are animals on the complex (monkeys, frogs, geckos, beautiful birds). The driveway is not paved but the potholes are maintained and you drive less than 1 minute on a dirt road to get to your villa. The two pools are clean and the temperature of the water is perfect (I don't like cold pools). There's a central meeting area with outdoor tables for outdoor eating. There's a large grass area for kids to run around on. Wifi and phone were available in each unit and satisfactory. The villa - you might want to know that each unit has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms with walk in showers, 1 bathroom has 2 sinks. The kitchen has a medium sized fridge/freezer, an electric cooktop, oven, double sink, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave and plenty of storage space. The closets are large. The whole unit is tiled. There is cable tv and DVD players. I'm not sure why, but our ipad 2 had trouble getting on the wifi. We had a mac and our friend had a PC, both had no problems getting on the wifi. Each unit has 2 sliding/lockable/screened glass doors. The windows have shades that let the light in as soon as the sun comes up. You can hear the animals (crickets, frogs, birds) through the glass doors (it's so cool!). We were there 1 month and had one water outage (the whole town had an outage due to the town's main supply doing maintenance) but the Villas Tranquilas had their own back up. We had one power outage due to a monkey getting electrocuted. The outage lasted a couple hours.
With complete honesty and openness, I give this place 5 stars!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A tropical rainforest retreat in Quepos/Manuel Antonio Costa Rica. Four plantation style villas in each building offer two bedroom, two bath contemporary custom accommodations. Every town home sleeps up to six guests with a fully equipped kitchen. We have two pools for our guests and are one of the most affordable rental communities in the surrounding area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villas Tranquilas Hotel Quepos
- Villas Tranquilas Costa Rica/Quepos