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Villas Tranquilas
3.5 of 5 Villa   |   Quepos, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #5 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Quepos
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Heaven on earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

My family spent a week at Villas Tranquilas. We had been planning a trip to Costa Rica for about 7 years. This was our first vacation with our three children ages 10, 7 & 5 years old. We knew the family would be best suited in a villa/home style accomodation. The Villas exceeded our expectations in more ways than one.

First of all we want to give a huge thank you to all of the staff there. Diego and Maria were extremely hospitable. There was nothing we asked for that was out of reach. They made us feel welcome and right at home. So much so that I considered selling off all our belongings back home and having family send us the money for a permenant stay!

The villa itself was nearly pefect. The closets had ample space for all of our belongings. The safe was functional. The bathrooms were in perfect order with clean ammenities. The grounds were immaculate. The pool was always warm and clean. They even have grocery delivery service for those who choose not to venture outside of the villas.

The maid service was exceptional. The villa was always in mint condition when we arrived in the afternoons and you can choose what time you want the maid to arrive each day. She even does your dishes which I found to be a huge bonus! Who wants to do the dishes on vacation?

The night guard, Carlos doesn't speak any english but we knew enough spanish to get along swimmingly with him! He is so funny and personable and was always smiling! My kids loved him! He made us feel very safe there. In fact I can't say I feel any safer at home than I did in Costa Rica.

They were always willing to help with information when we were looking for a restaurant or grocery store or private beach. Always had clean towels on hand for the pool or take to the beach.

The villas are about 5 minutes outside of the actual town. It's best to have a rental car if you are staying here. I however loved waking up to the birds and monkeys in the trees that surround the units. We really liked being off the beaten path a little and it's so close to town it didn't feel inconvenient. But it is not close enough to walk.

Quepos is a buzzing little town full of hidden treasures. The have a fantastic pizza restaurant up the hill, a cheap supermarket and if you fall ill to anything go to the pharmacia and ask for Monica. She is fluent in English and super helpful!

The beach at Manuel Antonio was breathtakingly beautiful but also the busiest beach we went to. You can pay folks there to watch your car and there is a company there called Mary's Rentals, which consists of a brother and sister partnership where you can pay a small fee for beach chairs, umbrellas, sand toys, boogie boards, drinks and snacks etc... they also will watch your stuff while you play in the surf. We paid about $20 for all of the above for the entire afternoon to play freely without worry.

The only con's I have about the villa is that the beds could be a little softer. They were comfortable but a bit on the firm side. Some people like that though. Personally I like mine real fluffy =)

And there is only air conditioning in the bedrooms upstairs. Now with the ceiling fan on downstairs or with the windows and slider door open in the evenings it was comfortable downstairs but when you are cooking dinner and breakfast over the stove it gets uncomfortably hot. I do wish we had some sort of air conditioning durning those times.

All in all this was the most beautiful country I've laid eyes on thus far. We will be back, possibly for good next time!

Thank you everyone who made our trip the best ever!

Room Tip: The villas on the north side facing the jungle see the most monkeys =)
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St jean de matha Quebec Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

We we're there for a month for a month in february 2010. The staff was so eager to please us and make our stay unforgettable and even help us with our spanish . The villa was super , the ranchero(pool and deck) was always clean and peacefull. Maria and Diego were always helpfull in panning our stay.The ground are clean and the monkeys and hummingbirds are always insight.
We are going back for 2 months next year.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redwood City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

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!!

Room Tip: If you want connecting units, ask for Villas 9 and 10.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

Beautiful proprety, amazing staff, exactly what we thought it would be.
We had a 2 bedroom unit, with 2 bathrooms. We enjoyed the freedom to shop in town and make our food or go out to eat. Very quiet and relaxing place, a few minutes drive from Quepos and about 15 minutes to Manuel Antonio. I cannot say enough how friendly the staff was: willing to let me practice my Spanish on them, answering all my questions, and the coordinator ( Maria) was simply the best. She made us feel right at home.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Sacramento, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2010

A relaxing family environment, a bit off of the beaten tourist track, but close enough to the many local sights and visitor activities by inexpensive and readily available taxis. We went to Quepos for a destination wedding and both bride and groom's families stayed for a week at the Villas. We found it to be the perfect location for spending time together between the scheduled wedding and group events.
We found the townhouses to be very clean, comfortable, and well stocked with everything needed for an extended stay. The ground with the various flowers and plantings are georgeous, and we all enjoyed the spider monkey visits several times a day. The two pools and covered Lanii provide an ideal setting for kids and adults to relax and share meals. The staff (concierge, cleaning crews, grounds keepers) were extremely friendly and helpful and contributed immensely to our memorable stay..

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

My husband and I travelled to Costa Rica 2 weeks ago for a stay of 10 days . This was our first time in Costa Rica.
We flew to San Jose and headed to Quepos in a 4x4.
We rented a Villa just outside of Quepos , in a gated community called Villas Tranquilas.
We were greated by the Concierge who was waiting for us and by the property Manager, Mr. Ronald Sanchez, who quickly took us to our villa (UNIT # 1)
He was very nice and he even had some cold drinks waiting for us; he showed us around offering his services for everything we needed while we were there. We Loved the Place! Beautiful, Tastefully decorated, warm, cozy, we felt like we were home!
From the bedrooms upstairs we could see the monkeys jumping in the trees.
Very secluded and peacefull although just 2 Kms away from Quepos, Manuel Antonio,etc
We had some good and relaxing hours by the pool in the times that we decided to stay in.
Good price, amazing facilities, clean and fully equipped with all we needed.
We had an amazing experience , we strongly recommend!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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carlsbad, ca
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

I've stayed at the Villas 3 times now and would not stay anywhere else in Costa. The accommodations are clean and comfortable. Daily maid service offers fresh sheets and towels just like your typical hotel stay, only you're not holed up in a tiny hotel room. you have a spacious 2 BR/2 BA condo to kick it in! Of course, who would want to just chill inside when the lush outside landscape offers all of the beauty and solitude most travelers beg for in Costa. Around the property you will find many species of plant and flower native to this fertile land. The Tiki style patio and pool area allows the perfect respite from the Central American heat! there is even a BBQ available so you can get a firsthand experience at cooking your own Tico meal. I recommend the local pescaderias for fresh whole red snapper:)

It is hard not to let the ambience of Villas Tranquilas suck you in. If you're like me you still want to venture out. The Villas are located a hop, skip and jump from downtown Quepos, a quaint little fishing town filled with shops selling local goods and products. Stop in at the local market for a thirst quenching mango or better yet sit down at one of the many road side bars to sip on an ice cold Imperial - the beer of Costa Rica. The early morning brings to the streets an amazing aroma of newly baked breads and pastries from several panaderias. Quepos even offers a decent nightlife for the partygoer.

The real party, however, is happening just up the hill - another 5 minutes or so by car - in Manuel Antonio. The sloping route to the Park is lined with Restaurants which alternate amongst each other to bring the party scene to Costa Rica. Watch out for ladies night which brings tourists and locals alike out for song and dance.

If you're spending more than 4-5 days in this part of Costa, the newly built highways which run conveniently past the Villas allow further adventure down south to the surfing towns of Matapalo and Dominical. Playa Matapalo has consistently been ranked as one of Costa Rica's most serene and private beaches. The white sands are amazing and the surf is equally as good. The surf at Dominical is infamous. The pounding beachbreak demands the best out of those who dare challenge the waves here. Not looking for such adrenaline?, then just chill out under the Palms which cover the beach. The little town has its share of restaurants and bars where beers and pina coladas are aplenty. Try the pina colada out of a real coconut shell as it's to die for.

Whether its Quepos, Manuel Antonio or Matapalo and Dominical, all are an easy jaunt from Villas Tranquillas. The entire area provides all Costa Rica has to offer. I've enjoyed it all myself...3 times...and I will return time and time again. The Villas have officially took their place as my home away from home. Next time, I may just take it easy and let the Villas completely absorb me in their own paradise!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Villas Tranquilas

Address: Quepos, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Quepos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Quepos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villas Tranquilas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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