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“An incredible getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Hatillo Rd, Dominical 25687, Costa Rica   |  
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South Porcupine, Canada
1 review
“An incredible getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We can't say enough about our recent stay at Manu Villas Pavilion! The private mountain villa surrounded by the lush rainforest with spectacular views of the Pacific is absolutely beautiful. The villa was immaculate with well kept grounds. The infinite pool, that appears perfectly perched on the mountain side, is the perfect spot to relax with a glass of wine as the sun sets for the evening or as the evening rains close in. We had our stay at Manu during the rainy season which I would ensure again for any future vacations to Costa Rica...just amazing! We enjoyed hot and and sunny days that often cooled nicely in the evening with a rain that would begin at, or just before, sunset. Manu is a perfect location for great day trips to the surrounding villages and beaches. We took advantage of the local markets and fisherman to have fresh fruit, vegetables and fish to cook for our dinner each day. The fresh selections of exotic flavours were fabulous for anyone who likes to cook, and the villa was equipped with everything you need in the kitchen. We did enjoy Grace's cooking for both a dinner and a breakfast, both of which were healthy, flavourful and well prepared meals. Alex & Grace are incredible hosts. They so kindly arranged for our transfer from Quepos to the Villa, had our car rental delivered to the villa the following day, arranged for a fabulous day on the water with Grace's brother in his fishing boat to go whale watching, arranged our exceptional private tour through Manuel Antonio Park, linked us to the local fishing beach in Domincalito to buy our fresh fish as well as guided us to the regional farmers market in San Isidro....Not to mention retrieved our camera that was forgotten in our rental vehicle and arranged to have it safely and securely shipped back to us in Canada...truly above and beyond exceptional hosts!! The housekeeping staff including Jussely, Yerlin and David were very pleasant and available if we needed them, but also ensured our privacy. The drive up the mountain road is steep and best navigated with a four wheel drive vehicle, but at no times felt unmanageable or unsafe. The gorgeous views, wildlife, exotic trees and flowers occupy your senses during the drive up or down the mountain. Manu Villas is truly an exceptionally relaxing and beautiful get away. We most definitely will return to Manu Villas when we plan our next trip to Costa Rica and would highly recommend it to anyone who asks.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012 via mobile

My experience at Manu will be highly memorable, from the location (a breezy jungle-top spot overlooking the rushing waves of the Pacific.. privacy.. friendly and attentive caretakers nearby) to the grounds and house.

The patio is perfect for sunbathing, with a fresh, cool infinity pool surrounded by the exotic flora and fauna of this region. I enjoyed the frogs, birds, lizards, and occasional visits from domesticated dogs and a kitten who live in the area. The trees and flowers are aromatic and a sight for sore eyes..

The house is lovely and accomodating. I liked the open-air feel, and the kitchen was great for making breakfast and storing groceries. We used the grill in the tiki hut a couple of times, and also ate at a couple of the restaurants on the beach, which was never a let-down.

Grace arranged for a horseback riding tour of the Nauyaca waterfalls and her son gave us surfing lessons! The people in town are very friendly. I loved the feeling of remoteness. It does take a bit of a bumpy drive up a rocky dirt road to get there (took dramamine regularly for my carsickness!), but its worth being in such a location.
To truly get away from a Western way of life, to get closer to nature, and to get closer with your friends or loved one, this is a perfect place to stay. After telling stories about my trip, anyone who is already planning to go to Costa Rica is interested in the contact info

for this place. And rightly so!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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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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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
1 review
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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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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 #7 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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