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“Outstanding House and Perfect for our Large Group”
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Villa Celaje
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Villa Celaje Outdoor living area with spectacular ocean views
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Villa Celaje
Villa Celaje
Outdoor living area with spectacular ocean views
Living room area with flat screen TV.
Large dining room with chef services per your request!
'Blue Ocean' master suite with king size bed.
Master bathroom with access to outdoor jacuzzi located on the terrace.
The 'Grand Master' suite. View over the bed and into the unique shower room.
The 'Grand Master' bathroom.
'Plum Paradise' master suite with king size bed.
Kitchen with granite countertops, Italian cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances.
Outdoor jacuzzi on the terrace.
The 'Golden' bedroom.
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Apartment suite.
Apartment suite sleeping couch and kitchen area.
Outdoor Gourmet Kitchen
Plenty of relaxing outdoor space
Fantastic sunsets year round
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8 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 18
Manuel Antonio, Province of Puntarenas

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Meghan F
Salem, Massachusetts
1 review
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“Outstanding House and Perfect for our Large Group”
Reviewed January 8, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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We just returned home from Villa Celaje a few days ago and can’t wait to return. We have spent a year planning this vacation with extended family. There were seventeen in our group and the house was all that we could have imagined and more. The pictures of the house that you see when planning your trip are accurate, however pictures do not do the house or the views justice…Villa Celaje is an outstanding residence! All seventeen of us fit comfortably in the house. There was so much common area that we never felt as though we were cramped. Each evening we gathered on the deck and in the pool to watch the sunset and each one got better and better. We were at the house on New Year’s Eve and it was quite a treat watching the many firework displays from the towns/resorts below.

While the house was really magnificent, what really made our trip were the incredible were the people we met at the house. Tatiana came in every morning with a smile to do the housekeeping – she was so thorough and friendly – it felt like we were staying in a hotel. Prior to the trip we had signed up for chef service for two of our dinners, after the first dinner we asked if they could come back for a third. Michael and William were excellent! Each dinner we had was absolutely delicious and it made it much easier for our group of seventeen to dine together rather than go out. Michael did a wonderful job in the kitchen and William was outstanding with service…meeting them was a highlight of our trip!!

Finally, I had the pleasure of working with Johan to coordinate all the details of our trip. We stayed during the holiday week and because of the large amount of visitors to the area most aspects of our trip had to be booked prior to our arrival. Johan handled everything from transportation to/from San Jose, groceries for the house upon arrival, car rental, excursion reservations, restaurant reservations and the private chefs. Coordinating a trip for seventeen people ranging in ages from 22-70 was quite daunting, but having Johan’s help made the trip seamless! There was not one glitch or issue that came up during our time there. Johan was extremely responsive in the planning process and every one of our excursions that he booked was perfect. Our group did whitewater rafting, surf lessons, zip-lining and a sunset sail. He even recommended a beach that was more of a local beach past Manuel Antonio and we all enjoyed the surf! Many of us opted for a park tour, but we did it on our own without a guide and that was fine. The house has great restaurant recommendations as well and the groceries stores in Quepos are accessible by car.

Villa Celaje is perfect for a large group like ours – we never would have experienced all that Manuel Antonio/Quepos had to offer without the guidance of Johan. Everything about the trip was simply outstanding! We can’t wait to return.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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theresane...
Edmonds, Washington
2 reviews
“Best Vacation EVER!”
Reviewed December 11, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

Casa Marbella was first class accommodations. The home was exquisite down to every detail. We felt like we were living the life of the rich and famous, especially with the 5 star service. We had lovely household help and concierge service 24/7. Whatever our needs were, they were covered. We had assistance with lost luggage, medical issues, planning and organizing trips, and whatever else we needed. The location on the hilltop provided privacy and plenty of bird and animal observation. We had a lovely sloth munching in a tree, monkeys, Iguanas and beautiful birds and butterflies, right off any of our beautiful decks. Manuel Antonio has a lovely beach, great National Park and plenty of great restaurants. I hope one day to return. It was a huge memory for myself and family members.

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Artie S
Seattle, Washington
1 review
“Memories to last a lifetime!!”
Reviewed December 11, 2014 for a stay in December 2014

For the last 2 days we have been feeling the vacation blues in that we would have loved to stay there an extra week. Our trip consisted of a family vacation with a grand finale wedding on Dec. 6th 2014. The home was amazing to say the least and very accommodating for the size of group we had. Every detail in the house was thought of to the comforts of our own home in Seattle WA. At the Villa, Kirsten and I have made some amazing memories to last us a lifetime. Villa Celaje will always hold a special place in our hearts because it provided a beautiful setting for us to tie the knot, host several meals with friends and family, and exposed us to some amazing wildlife that Manuel Antonio has to offer.

The staff that services the Villa is first class. Johan was available to us at any time of the day or night. He was on top of every request we had whether it’s for coordinating an excursion or figuring out how to work the safe in the rooms. He was a pleasure to work with and very friendly. Ingrid did an amazing job in providing top of the line Chef, photographer, DJ, and a wedding setting that made it very special for us. She made planning a destination wedding be simple and flawless. Of course, we did have a small 15 min. delay due to weather but she made it all come together nicely!! The cleaning staff Tatiana and Katherine were very helpful and attentive to our needs. Everyday cleaning, laundry on Wednesday’s & Friday’s allowed us not to have to bring back dirty clothes. They were a great help!

All in all, we have already discussed a plan to come back to Manuel Antonio (Villa Celaje or Marbella) for a reunion with those that attended our wedding in the next couple years!

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Traveling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jody H
Des Moines, Iowa
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Spectacular in Every Way!”
Reviewed December 2, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

I own an outdoor adventure company and book large groups to travel to exotic places. We always book large high end homes for our clients to add to the wow experience and this estate did just that! It was nothing shorts of amazing in every way! Outstanding service from Johan and the rest of the staff, beautiful views, privacy and overall spectacular homes! You can't image how breathtaking the view is from these homes! You can't go wrong with any of the homes in this estate! I will be back with more groups!

Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Noelski33
1 review
“Best part about our trip to Costa Rica was Villa Celaje”
Reviewed October 16, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Villa Celaje saved our vacation. We had originally booked another location, which upon arrival in Costa Rica, turned out to be a horrible dump. Frantically, we were scrambling for a new place to stay, and Michael responded to us immediately. He worked with us to check in first thing in the morning, and the entire staff rushed the clean up to have the house turned around in time from the last renters. Johan, the concierge was phenomenal, helping us get settled under the hectic circumstances. We went for my mother's 60th birthday party, and with the rough start, Villa Celaje turned it from nightmare to paradise. We had 11 adults and 8 small children, and it was the perfect space to be together but still have privacy on our own floors (3 levels) and bathrooms. All the amenities were top notch, nothing lacking. They even had a pack&play and high chair for the baby. We will absolutely come here again. It FAR exceeded our expectations!!

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Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Stephanie...
1 review
“Beautiful home, amazing views”
Reviewed August 18, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

The home was stunning and spacious. The views were amazing. We had a sloth living in a tree right outside our porch and monkeys came to visit us on several occasions.

The staff and service were top notch and willing to go above and beyond to help with anything asked.

Location was close to Quepos and the Beach. Security was good also.

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Liked best: Views and wildlife
Liked least: going home
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Wisconsin...
Marshall, WI
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Simply Spectacular”
Reviewed August 6, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Our whole experience at Villa Celaje was wonderful from beginning (arrived just as the western sky was colored by a beautiful sunset) to end. The villa has huge and simply amazing with great views in all directions through floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors. Every master bedroom (there were three) had its own balcony as did the dining area and great room to further enhance the views.
The villa was clean when we arrived and thanks to Tatianna it stayed that way. She did a great job of keeping the villa clean and supplying us with fresh towels and even doing our laundry when we set out the provided hampers.
The pool area was just perfect and kept the kids occupied and cooled off after a morning of touring. We were especially thrilled when a troop of squirrel monkeys joined us one afternoon to play around the pool. We stayed quiet and just watched their antics for at least an hour.
The staff was very efficient from Johan who stopped daily to see if we needed anything to Michael our great chef who even baked a birthday cake for our youngest traveler who turned five while in Costa Rica.

We would love to visit again. Thank you all.

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Liked best: The spectacular views
Liked least: I can't think of one negative to mention.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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