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Espadilla Ocean Club
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

We've been to Costa Rica many times over the years and the EOC has, by far, the nicest accommodations we've experienced. The bedrooms are spacious and the kitchen is well equipped with everything we needed to cook our meals (the few times we chose not to dine out). The level of detail in the construction and tile work is absolutely beautiful. If you are looking for a high end vacation rental with beach access in Manuel Antonio, it just doesn't get any better.

We spent a week at the EOC in late January with our 4 year old son and are already planning our next trip! It was great having the beach so close, as we were able to go back and forth to the villa for snacks or to take a quick dip in our plunge pool whenever we wanted. We found it to be the perfect home base for our family to relax between other adventures.

One of our favorite things about the EOC was waking up to the sound of the Howler Monkeys. Nearly every day we saw Howler, Squirrel & White Faced Monkeys swinging from the trees right outside our villa. It was amazing! Our visit to the national park (about a 5 minute walk down the beach from the EOC) was wonderful, but we were able to see almost as much wildlife from the window of our villa.

To top it off, the hosts (Bobby & Shelley) were incredibly helpful. They helped us book all of our adventures and had excellent dining recommendations.

Thanks for an amazing trip! We'll be back soon!​

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2014

thanks for the great review, guys........this place is great for kids.......we hope to see you back one day soon.......

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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We spent a week at the EOC in Jan. 2014. The villas are brand new and amazing! Our views included the beach and various wildlife (monkeys, iguanas, birds). The villas were beautiful and designed with luxury in mind while maintaining a delicate balance of preserving the ecosystems. Our villa had a full service kitchen, two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a patio with a splash pool. The view from the master bedroom was breathtaking! The beach was a 2 min walk from the villa which was convenient with a 9 year old. We were within walking distance to the jungle entrance, beach restaurants, shops and grocery store. Bobby and Shelley were gracious hosts who helped book tours, taxis and gave restaurant recommendations. My son enjoyed spending time with their children and learning about the costa rican way of life. We truly enjoyed our vacation at the EOC!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2014

thanks guys for the great review......I hope you will be coming back sometime soon.....

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

I just got home from a week long stay in Costa Rica, including 4 nights at EOC. I was there with my wife and 2.5 year old son. We were extremely pleased to have stayed at EOC. The way I see it, there is sort of a spectrum of available accommodations for a stay in Costa Rica. At one end, you have your regular hotels. We stayed in two of those (our first and last nights, in San Jose). Those were clean and adequate, but spartan. At the other end of the spectrum is all-inclusive resorts. I'm sure those are nice since everything is included, but they are a little bit restrictive if you want to be a bit more adventurous. EOC is right in the sweet spot between those two options.

First, EOC is absolutely gorgeous. The facilities are brand new, beautifully designed villas. Basically every surface in the villas is tile or stone (of course, there are mattresses and plenty of cushions to sleep and sit on). This makes a lot of sense because there will be sand EVERYWHERE when you come in from the beach. There is a fully functioning kitchen, which we used to make breakfast a couple of times. There are two bedrooms of course, and both have reasonably comfortable beds (better than both of the San Jose hotels we stayed at, for sure). There are also two full bathrooms with toilet and shower. Again, all of the fixtures are brand new. There is also a small patio and splash pool.

Second, location. You can literally see the beach from the master bedroom window. This, by itself, is amazing. Imagine being able to go to the beach without having to worry about leaving your stuff under an umbrella while you go swimming. Worrying about my stuff is the one thing I always hated about the beach. But having it so close to the villa means you can bring your towel and keys, and nothing else. If you need something else, it's a 5 minute walk back.

The villas are fairly close together, but I never felt like my privacy was invaded and I never heard noise from other guests. There was some light construction going on during my stay, but the hosts (Bobby and Shelley) were EXTRAORDINARILY accommodating about that. They assured us that they would try to have the construction done while we were away, and they always called to ask our permission before there was any noisy construction going on. I barely noticed it.

The driveway to the villas is down a short, steep hill. If you rented a manual transmission vehicle for your stay, be prepared to have a challenge getting out. I drove a stick shift car for 2 years, but it was still very challenging for me to navigate the driveway (and the rest of Manuel Antonio) during my stay. And while Costa Ricans were very friendly off the road, they are pretty aggressive and impatient on the road. This, of course, has nothing to do with EOC - just a word of caution.

One of the best parts of our stay at EOC was how helpful the hosts were. Shelley was always available to answer questions and give us recommendations. She obviously cares very much about making sure the guests have a great time. She made some great recommendations for activities (catamaran boat, buggy ride up the mountains to a waterfall, and national park tour) and made arrangements for all of it.

The small staff at EOC does a fantastic job keeping the facilities in great shape. If you are like me, you will be amazed how quickly you make a mess of the place. But then I was amazed how thoroughly the staff cleaned up the villa while we were out.

EOC was the perfect place for our winter getaway, and I'm already trying to figure out when I can get back there!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2014

Bryan........thanks for the great review.......and thanks for being honest about the Costa Rican adventure.......everything is an adventure down here......you guys were great guests.....we look forward to seeing you next time........

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Reviewed January 16, 2014

I run a travel agency and have been booking vacation rentals and hotels in the Manuel Antonio area for my clients for years, and when EOC was recently built, I was happy to see a luxury vacation rental option for my clients that is steps away from Manuel Antonio's famous beach, Playa Espadilla. The artistically designed villas at EOC (themed as Water, Fire, and Air) are unique and colorful, and are a great option for couples, families or small groups of friends, as each villa has two bedrooms, equipped kitchen and private splash pool. And one of the best things about EOC are the owners and hosts, Bobby and Shelley, who can help arrange tours, activities and order groceries from the local store up the street. I recently sent a family to stay at EOC and they had a wonderful time and experience, and looking forward to sending more of my clients to EOC in the near future.

Room Tip: My favorite is the Water Villa!
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2014

Harlow......thanks for the great review......and, thanks for sending people to come stay with us.....I hope the villas continue to impress your clients......Bobby

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We recently stayed in the Espadilla Ocean Club (EOC) for 1 week. The location and the villas could not have been any better. You are a 10 minute walk or less to anything you could possibly need. You have a perfect view of the beach from the back of the villas whether you are hanging out in the private pool or looking out your bedroom window. And two minutes after walking out your back door, you can be sitting on the beach in a lounge chair under an umbrella.

The villas are extremely comfortable, modern, and well stocked with the basic vacation essentials. We had four adults comfortably stay in each unit, two per room.

Bobby and Shelley live on the property and can arrange anything for you including transportation, meal reservations and recommendations, park tours, ziplining, ATV rides, horseback riding, massages on the beach, yoga, etc.

We had a great vacation and will definitely be going back not only to Costa Rica but to stay at the EOC. It will be great to see when the 3rd and 4th unit are completed!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

thank you for the great review.......we're very glad that you enjoyed the EOC........

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

The EOC is the perfect vacation spot. On the beach (we've stayed up on the hill before in Manuel Antonio and what a pain to get to the beach), great conceirge service for ziplining, hiking, snorkeling, and our place was very clean and well kept. We were right in the heart of it all, beach, town, great restaruants and lots of wildlife all around which our kids loved! Great place to go with the family or for a romantic getaway!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2013

thanks for the great review and thanks for pointing out how important our location is.......people don't realize before they get here that they have to drive everywhere they go......unless, they stay with us.......we're lucky to have such a great location.........

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

We spent our Thanksgiving holiday at the EOC. The villas are spacious and very clean. They were a perfect size for our family of 4. Our kids loved the private pool and being greeted everyday by white-faced monkeys. Shelly and Bobby were so helpful recommending restaurants and coordinating the best excursions for us.
The EOC's location is amazing- It's right on the beach and surrounded by unique restaurant options. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2013

thanks for the great review.......we do hope you guys come back.......see you then.....

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Address: Beachfront in Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio 12345, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $421 - $494 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Why stay in a hotel, when you can have your own beachfront villa with a private pool for the same price? At the Espadilla Ocean Club, Manuel Antonio's only BEACHFRONT, luxury, tree-top villas, you live 30 seconds from the renowned Manuel Antonio Beach and a 5 minute walk from the famous national park! Imagine enjoying your morning coffee while watching the Titi monkeys play overhead; a refreshing splash in your private pool under the canopy of the mango and almond trees; a tour in the mangroves or on the dark, sandy beaches; and finally, an exotic meal from a private chef with foods from land and sea. Our 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury, modern villas offer A/C, Memory Foam mattresses, WiFi internet, full kitchens, raindrop showers and beachfront pools. Our personal concierge sees to your needs to insure full rest and relaxation during your stay. It's a perfect retreat for families, couples and groups wanting a unique and diverse getaway. ... more   less 
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