Where do I begin?
We booked this house on the renderings because the house had not been built. We were looking for a house to accommodate a large group for our wedding. The views of the ocean sold us on Vista Hermosa. It was a great choice. If I had dreamed of the perfect wedding week...I couldn't even come close to the reality we experienced at Vista Hermosa and Costa Rica!
We had an interesting airport experience on arrival. The country lost electrical power for almost 2 hours which shut down immigration. Half of our group made it through and the other half got stuck. By the time we boarded the shuttle to make the 2.5hr drive to Manuel Antonio...it was almost 7pm. Luckily the airport had free wifi so we were able to keep in touch with our concierge, Shiona. She assured us that we would be fine at the house because they have a generator at Vista Hermosa so we would not be affected by the power situation.
We arrived to the house really late. We were greeted by the lovely Shiona. We were all exhausted from a long day of travel but the minute we walked into this gorgeous estate we were like..."Is this real life"? Then we walked upstairs and that view was breathtaking. In the kitchen, chefs, Javier and Karina, were preparing dinner. We were so surprised to see them since we arrived so late. We snacked on the best ceviche I've ever tasted while waiting on steak, lobster and grilled veggies to be served. I wanted to pinch myself! I didn't think it could get any better but I was wrong! Everyday was better than the last! We could walk to the beach, chill at the pool, party at the bar each night and never had to leave Vista Hermosa. It was incredible.
We did two tours that Shiona organized for us. Paddle 9 waterfall tour (amazing) and ADR 10 and 1 zip line tour (just as amazing)! I highly recommend both of these tours.
We were greeted every morning by Chef Javier and his beautiful daughter, Hilary making breakfast, fresh fruit smoothies and Costa Rican coffee. I can't think of a better way to start the day. Chef Javier has an amazing energy and his smile will brighten any day! Every evening Javi and his wife Karina would show up to prepare dinner. All I can say is....WOW!!! Karina is beautiful inside and out and their food is incredible!!! Beyond 5 stars! The plate presentation was gorgeous and the taste of the food was out of this world! Again..."Is this real life"? We loved getting to know the staff. Everyone we encountered had such beautiful energy !
And the wedding.... I put very little time and energy into the wedding. It was a second marriage for both of us so I didn't wasn't a stressful, all day to prepare type of wedding. I kept telling Shiona...I want the wedding to be super low-key. I think she was apprehensive because a lot of people say that but expect more. We were serious and she helped us pull off the most beautiful, low-key ceremony ever imagined. I couldn't have asked for anything better! We got a bartender, Ricardo and server, Karla to help with dinner and drinks. Second best decision ever behind doing this trip. Ricardo gave us the most heartfelt toast at the end of the night. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Despacito was played .... Karla and Rico came out on the dance floor and were teaching us how to salsa dance. It was magical!
Our entire group kept saying...this was the trip of a lifetime and I agree!
We can't wait to come back!
I also want to give a shout out to Don, the property manager, for being fantastic to work with.
The Vista Hermosa Estate was amazing. The concierge Shiona was the first person we met. She met us with open arms and helped us with anything we needed. Then Javi and Karina (chefs) were hands down 5 star and above. They always have a smile on there faces. Every morning we got to wake up to a view that was just breath taking. Not only are you close to the beach, but you get to see and hear all the animals in the rain forest as well. I can not wait to go back and visit. Pura Vida!
The views from the top floor were incredible with a close walk on a nice path to a quiet beach with regular surf. Our group of 3 families (12 total) fit easily with several unused rooms/apts. Would be ideal up to 20 without much trouble. Javier and Karina, the chefs, were one of the highlights of our trip and became part of the family by the end of the week. Shiona perfectly helped us plan events, tours, transportation including serving as our guide to the farmer's market. Everyone was a pleasure to work with and the house was as grand and elegant as seen in the pictures. I would book this again without hesitation and recommend to anyone. Pure Vida!
Stayed here with a group of 24 for our destination wedding for one week and had a great stay from start to finish! The house was amazing and everyone had a wonderful time. The house comes with top of the line amenities, an awesome view, and a private trail to the beach below filled with sights of monkeys and toucans. The chef and his team were exquisite and made it super easy to select the menu for the next day. Every meal was absolutely delicious that there was no need to go out to eat. The entire house staff were super friendly and helpful throughout our stay. If you are thinking about hosting a destination wedding in Manuel Antonio, Vista Hermosa was the perfect place for a group of our size and came with its own sound system and party lights. Overall, we had an excellent time and members from our group are already talking about returning.
We arrived on February 4th with eight couples, who were ready for a fabulous vacation. We were overwhelmed with our fantastic experience. This four-story, eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom unique villa with luxurious accommodations is incredible. No expense was spared on this magnificent resort. The ocean and rain forest views from the each bedroom balcony are stunning, which compliments the exotic jungle atmosphere with monkeys, toucans and sloths. The upper common area with the kitchen/dining/great room, infinity pool and barbecue/bar was a great gathering place for all to relax, converse, eat, drink and enjoy the Costa Rica experience. Chef Javier and his wife Karina served meals equivalent to a five-star restaurant. Since our group was there for Super Bowl Sunday, Chef Javier prepared a delicious barbecued chicken and ribs dinner with all the trimmings for us to feast upon while enjoying the game. Every meal was a dining extravaganza. The maids kept everything spotless and were accommodating to our every request. The excursions were unforgettable-cruises, scenic bus tours, restaurants with beautiful sunset views. There are activities available for all age groups to enjoy. If you want the vacation of a lifetime, this is the perfect place.
Words cannot describe the rustic natural beauty of Vista Hermosa in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica,the most spectacular estate rivaling 5 star luxury resort hotels, but with the comfort and convenience of being in your own home in paradise, absolutely
Sweeping ocean views You simply can not stop taking pictures of, all manor of wildlife so close in the trees and jungle surrounding the House that you can almost touch them, Monkeys, Colorful Parrots,
Toucans, exotic birds singing all day, truly amazing!
A quick walk down the private path to the secluded
Beach below, where you can play in the surf or just admire the natural beauty all day. We went with 5 couples and still had 3 rooms to spare,
The private chef Javier will make sure you are never
Hungry with gourmet meals Breakfast lunch and dinner if you wish.
This is one of the most beautiful homes you will ever see anywhere! And the Value is unbelievable
Highly recommended *****
STUNNING AND SPECTACULAR! These are a few of the words I’ll use to describe my stay at VISTA HERMOSA. This incredible 4-story home offers a unique open-architecture design that allows you to experience the surrounding rain forest that is literally within arm’s reach. Amazingly, you’ll be able to see and hear the wildlife as you sit and enjoy your meals throughout your stay!
Each room offers an incredible view of the beach. I was in a master bedroom that offered incredible views. My friends were in the non-master bedrooms but mentioned that their view was also spectacular. The place also offers this cool little trail that meanders through the rain forest that ends up at the beach. It’s really cool but be sure to take sturdy shoes as the gravel trail can be a little slippery.
I heard through some locals that an investor is the Latin singer MARC ANTHONY. A couple of taxi drivers told me the same thing. If so, he sure knows how to build a beautiful place!
Here’s my list of Pros:
• A 5-star place with some of the most spectacular views in all of Manuel Antonio
• Infinity pool with a rock star sound system
• The open-architecture design is a marvel. I wouldn’t be surprised if this place shows up in some Architectural magazine someday
• Rooms are spacious but are private and secure. So go ahead, scream like one of the local Howler monkeys!
• A 5-star chef is provided and his dinners were absolutely delicious! He picks the freshest ingredients for the day’s meals and you’ll be in awe of the flavors.
• A group is always fun but if you want some peace and quiet for yourself, it’s easy to do in the home
Here’s my list of Cons:
• Prepare yourself, there’s lots of humidity, but you should already know that. The rooms provide excellent air conditioning if you can’t handle it
• You may encounter a little bug or two in your room. No big deal, I simply grabbed a tissue and sent the little guys out the window into the rain forest below. Go on, be free little guy!
• The home is located on a hill and the home has a number stairs but, more importantly, you’ll be hiking up and down when you step out. No worries, you can simply get a taxi if needed
• You may encounter a white faced monkey or two on the top floor. It’s a TOTALLY cool experience but if you’re scared of such encounters, maybe you should consider a Hilton room on the top floor. Then again, what would be the point of going to Costa Rica