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“Beautiful and relaxing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manu Villas and Spa

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Manu Villas and Spa
Hatillo Rd, Dominical 25687, Costa Rica   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Beautiful and relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012 via mobile

I can't imagine a more peaceful, relaxing place than the pavilion at Manu. Oh how i miss having wine by the pool and watching Toucans in the trees above me. I'll try to post pictures of the view-amazing.

We took advantage of having Grace cook meals most nights and her cooking did not disappoint. Her fish dishes were fine dining caliber-Healthy, fresh and tasty. My personal favorite was the tuna. We were also lucky enough to be there when Alex's parents were there-and sample their homemade Austrian apple pie-like dessert. Yum.

We brought our 6 month old baby and Manu went above and beyond....besides just providing a high chair and crib, they also made homemade sweet potato baby food and held the baby while I finished eating breakfast most mornings.

Full disclosure-the road up to Manu is fairly steep..but our rental Suv (arranged by Manu to be delivered to our villa) had no problems. Driving up the road was actually one of my husband's favorite parts of the trip-not something we do every day in flat Chicago.

I've stayed in a lot of places with outdoor showers and am usually disappointed by the experience- cold water, bugs, bees,etc....but not at the pavillion. It was perfect!!!

Alex, Grace and their daughter were there if we needed them, but not overbearing. All in all-I felt like a celebrity in my vacation home in the mountains...not like staying in a rental at all.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Soldotna, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

Located on the doorstep of one of the most biologically diverse rainforests in the world, his property delivers at all levels.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

The calculus of Manu Villas is magical but is by no mean an accident.The owner's Alex, an Austrian and his gracious wife aptly named Grace, have creative a very special place that will lovingly haunt your conscience and subconscience with memories of spectacular sunsets, the distinct, rhythmic calls of toucans, the cool fresh water of the infinity pool ,the velvety evening breezes from the Pacific,the elegantly casual Balinese architecture, the intoxicating fragrance of fresh cut rainforest blossoms, the friendly occasional greetings of their lovely dogs Chica and Pluma and quite possibly, the star of this amazing show-little Pepito, an enchanting white-faced monkey. Travel is my passion and I have been to 90 countries and rarely do I find a place, that has left such a positive impression and such a strong desire to return. Manu Villas is not for everyone, so 'know thyself' but if it is a fit, it gives one hope that there may be such a place somewhere in the cosmos as 'heaven'. I loved it and so did my friends: a computer tech manager for a large hospital, a Florida banker and a Texas lawyer....Disclaimer: this place is for people who are somewhat independent, have a little sense of adventure and love nature; there is plenty to do in the area. It is not for high maintenance individuals, who measure their success in life by having people spritz their face with avian water, turn down their sheets and place Belgian chocolates on their pillow and feel validated by waitstaff hovering about inquiring about your golf game and ending requests with breathy, trite phrases- a la Ritz Carlton- 'with pleasure sir'...that is what I mean by 'know thyself'. Buen Viaje

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Mt Airy, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

This is the perfect vacation! Evidence our 5/6 year history.......other places on the CR west coast can not compare. And not only are the accomodations primo, Alex and Grace are the perfect host and hostess. You can't go wrong here!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Covington, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

This dream home was absolutely fabulous with every detail attended to. The views of the surrounding jungle terrain as well as the ocean were just awesome as were the variety of wild birds and monkeys that we were able to capture on camera!

We were fortunate to meet the owners, a lovely couple, Alex and Grace, and enjoy their company for an evening, along with a delicious seafood dinner prepared and served for my husband and I. Awesome! Also Jose', the caretaker, was there just a phone call away if we needed any assistance or questions answered. There was even a night watchmen that guarded the front gate to the property so we had no worries.


The property is up in the mountain for privacy, and a 4-wheel vehicle is recommended but it is still in close proximity to the towns below that provide tours, restaurants, grocery and shopping for your convenience. Who could ask for more.

This was perhaps one of the best vacations ever for the two us and we highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the beautiful country of Costa Rica!!

Pura Vida!!
Danny and Julie Emmons
Covington, LA

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

We stayed in the Bosque en el Cielo for our honeymoon earlier this month and cannot say enough good things about it. It was better than we could have imagined. Alex and Grace were on vacation during our stay but made sure that we were well taken care of by their groundskeeper, Jose and the rest of the staff. The house was incredible and well stocked with anything we could have needed or wanted. We loved being able to wake up to the sounds of birds, watching the toucans and the monkeys play in the trees, and then being lulled to sleep by the sounds of frogs at night. We will absolutely be back again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Whale Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

Our stay at Manu Villas was absolutely exquisite. If there is anything remotely like it elsewhere in Costa Rica I would be surprised. The setting, the facilities, the privacy, the ambiance, the food, the owners'attention to our comfort and details are beyond compare and all the superlatives I can think of fall miles short. Quite simply a place to go if you want to rest, relax and partake in the true luxuries of life. Not easy to find means you are in a secluded and unique part of the world. Fauna, flora and views to the coast that are unrivalled elsewhere we travelled through Central America. I cannot think of a better place to be pampered and soak up life's greatest indulgences.

Room Tip: The Balinese Villas are extraordinarily beautiful.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Manu Villas and Spa

Address: Hatillo Rd, Dominical 25687, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 19 Specialty lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Manu Villa Rental and Spa in Dominical Costa Rica caters to individuals who value an authentic encounter with nature. Hidden among 30 acres of lush tropical rain forest, four luxury vacation villas are situated on a small mountain ridge with expansive Pacific Ocean views stretching from Manuel Antonio Park in the north to the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Each rental villa comes with a private pool, fully equipped kitchen, organic linens, ocean views, tropical breezes, and the rain forest at your doorstep. ... more   less 
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Manu Villas And Spa Costa Rica/Dominical

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