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“Beautiful villa, lovely people, best meal of our lives!” 5 of 5 stars
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Villas de las Aves
La Union Road, Uvita 11901, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #9 of 23 Specialty lodging in Uvita
Wakefield, Quebec, Canada
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“Beautiful villa, lovely people, best meal of our lives!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Villa Paloma for 2 nights in February, 2011.
The villa is charming. Sarah and Paul went out of their way to make our visit special. They have built beautiful villas which are quite unique. There were all sorts of lovely little touches, including champagne in the fridge when we arrived. The jacuzzi is a great addition. We also spent lots of time in the hammock. My husband did lots of birdwatching - from the comfy wicker armchair on the veranda as well as on walks around the property, along the river and up the road.
Although the villa had everything in it for us to make our own meals, we had heard so much about the wonderful food here that we decided to be decadent and take advantage of that. We requested a home-made pizza the night we arrived (it was great), as well as breakfast each morning (also fantastic) . Then the second night, we decided to treat ourselves to the full meal. It was a highlight for us - what a wonderful night! Sarah designed the menu in consultation with us, drove into town to pick up fresh fish from the local dock, and made an absolutely fabulous meal for us. Paul and Sarah lit the lights of the restaurant just for us - it was quite magical. Paul served us and entertained us with many interesting stories about living in Costa Rica (and much else besides). All in all, it was the best meal we have ever had!
Paul and Sarah are a delightful couple - both very interesting and generous. They really catered to our every need.
The two villas are fairly close to each other but are quite private. We never saw the other family who was staying there.
We would have been happy to have stayed longer.
We did not have a vehicle when we stayed at Villa Paloma. We arrived and left by cab. Because it is quite remote, it is probably a better idea to come with a rented vehicle unless you are happy planting yourself here for a few days of relaxation and solitude. It worked for us!!
Thanks so much, Sarah and Paul!!

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

We are very happy with our spontaneous decision to stay here. We had spent 2 weeks up in dusty Santa Teresa/Mal Pais and needed to breathe some fresh air and see some wildlife. Found this place on trip advisor and we're very happy we did. Only spent 2 nights in Villa La Paloma, but it was spotless clean (unlike our other stays in costa rica), Paul was a great host, and we saw amazing birds. The hot tub was great, we had the utmost privacy and the view of the river below was soothing. I've enclosed some great pic's of the villa itself. It's about 2.5km off the main hwy through Uvita and the road isn't in perfect shape, but they were working on it when we were there and we'd stay there again in a heartbeat. We did not take advantage of the restaurant which is there as they are only doing private reservations at this time.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2011

We started planning to come back to this piece of paradise on our drive away last year. We loved both the villas and the Uvita area so much, we promised ourselves we'd come again soon. We were not disappointed.
We have stayed in both the villas and loved them both. Sarah has a great eye for decor.They are equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay here, with super comfy beds, TV/DVD's if you want,hammocks,kitchen,lounge chairs, outdoor dining.... We used the barbeque one night on our patio under the stars, followed by relaxing in the hottub. Sarah cooked us a gourmet meal another night_to die for! We also swam in the pool everyday at the end of our exploring the nearby beaches and activities.
We returned to the "whale tail" beach, truly spectacular. Watched surfers at Domincal beach. Spent time at Hacienda Baru hiking. And Playa Hermosa was a deserted, pristine beach, ideal for a day of reading and playing in the waves.
From this location you could also head south to explore the mangroves in Sierpe, or Osa. We had just come from Drake Bay so kept close to our home away from home.
Sarah and Paul have built a beautiful serene escape here and you couldn't find a better place or people. If you have pets at home you can also miss them a bit less by making friends with their birds, cats and dogs.
You can get as much or as little attention as you want here, so don't hesitate to ask for help with your activities if you want, but your hosts won't intrude if you're just after a little r&r.
I highly recommend Villas de las Aves to anyone (with a 4x4), you couldn't possibly regret a decision to stay here.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Eastern Shore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

Hard to find enough superlatives to describe our stay at villas de las aves. Wonderful hosts, fantastic location, great decor (we stayed in the Villa Paloma), stunning scenery, superb cooking. Was hard to drag ourselves away from the bird watching to visit other locations, but definitely worth walking some of the nearby beaches, doing the snorkeling trip to Cano Island, visiting local waterfalls if you get the time. Thanks so much Sarah and Paul for a truly memorable week.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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Calistoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

Villa de las Aves is a perfect place to stay if you have several days in Uvita. It is quiet, private and situated on a beautiful piece of property. The kitchen was great so that we could cook our own breakfast and coffee. We were able to walk to a nearby waterfall and swim, as well as use Villa as a good base for exploring the southern coast area.
Paul and Sarah were very pleasant and helpful, throughout our stay. Sarah picked up some fresh tuna for us while she was out getting supplies that we cooked one evening. They provided great recommendations on what to do and where to go.
Highly recommend getting a home made pizza from Sarah while you are there. Just what we needed upon arrival. Casita was nicely furnished, very comfortable and had everything that we needed.

  • Stayed December 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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Krems an der Donau, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

This Small Place is wonderful for relaxing, Adventure and Meeting nice People As well.It is so much Fun to drive up the Road and enjoy the River Walking in Stead of always go to the Beach.Feel and hear the Nature od uvita. We will definitiv dry to come back again to this Place.........................................................................................

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2010

I don't have enough good things to say about "villa de las aves". I just returned from a week there with my 5 year old son and my new girlfriend and i'm almost afraid to write this review in fear it will be booked when I try and return. I have been traveling to Costa Rica for 12 years and have never felt so at home. Thanks Paul and Sarah!!

  • 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
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Additional Information about Villas de las Aves

Address: La Union Road, Uvita 11901, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 23 Specialty lodging in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas De Las Aves is available again after a long term rental and an extensive renovation.We now offer a large 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom house with gourmet kitchen, laundry room with washer & dryer, lounge/TV area and open air dining area all overlooking the river.We also have our original one bedroom villa with kitchen, lounge, TV, washer & dryer, private jacuzzi and sundeck. Both villas are fully air conditioned and close to the pool. WiFi is available throughout the property. Private parking is located right next to each house. Staff are onsite. ... more   less 
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Villas De Las Aves Costa Rica/Uvita

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