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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villas Tranquilas Hotel Quepos
- Villas Tranquilas Costa Rica/Quepos