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“Wonderful vacation rental near Quepos” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manuel Antonio Estates

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Ranked #9 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Quepos
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Lawrence, Kansas
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful vacation rental near Quepos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

My wife and I just spent a wonderful vacation with the kids and grandkids at Manuel Antonio Estates near Quepos, Costa Rica. We had booked a 5 bedroom home and were upgraded at no additional cost to a 7 bedroom estate at the top of the hill overlooking Quepos and the bay. The house was elegant, clean, well maintained, and very convenient to Quepos, the national park, and the beaches. This was our fourth "grandkids" summer trip and the best by far. The kids especially enjoyed the pool built into the deck. We saw monkeys in the trees next to the house, as well as many birds including Toucans. We highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Budapest, Hungary
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We rented this property for one of my tour groups as an upgrade. Usually we don't stay in luxury but if you divide the price between 14 persons it comes even less than a hotel but gives you much more!
I prefer this type of accommodation instead of boring big hotel chains. You are close to everything yet separated on a small hill (which can be frustrating to climb in a heat if you are without a car or taxi). Its not the most modern, highest luxury, but a very comfortable, affordable place for up to 14 persons. The rooms have with private bath and AC plus there is a little pool and the really big sun deck where we all fit during the night barbecue. The living area could need an A/C but apart from this you have everything here!

Room Tip: the one with a tube in the main house over viewing the coast can be a good choice if you are with yo...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank EncanTours2012
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ManuelAntonioEstates, Front Office Manager at Manuel Antonio Estates, responded to this review, July 17, 2012
Hi EncanTours,

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us!
We very much appreciate your feedback and are glad you and your group enjoyed your stay at our ocean view villa.

We look forward to welcoming you back at Manuel Antonio Estates in the near future!

Pura Vida,

Dorit
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Twin Cities, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

My husband and I stayed in the eco apartment #8 for 3 nights. The best thing was the feeling of being at home instead of a crowed hotel. We had privacy and there was only one other family that we saw in the apts. Which meant that we had the pool to ourselves all the time except for the little dude that lived at the pool. A large iguana which would come out during the day to sun himself on the pool side lounge chairs. It was great and you knew you were in Costa Rica. The apt was a nice size and the bedroom had AC which was perfect for the hot and humid nights. Yes, the whole apt does not have AC and it is hot but not too many places that you will travel to during the day have AC so it is better to adjust to the temp. You have AC at night to sleep in so it was fine for us. We also had a kitchen with some cooking supplies and so we went to the farmers market on Friday night in Quepos and bought some fresh food to cook up for breakfast the next morning. I would recommend the market on Friday nights and Sat mornings. We walked to the market and back. The walk is not far but the hill up to the apt is very steep so be prepared. It was our daily exercise. The guards at the gate our friendly and called us a cab a few times when we wanted to go out for dinner up the road in Manuel Antonio. We had no problem walking to Quepos but I would not recommend walking up the hill toward "tourist road" towards MA. The restaurants and bars on this road are much better to visit then anything in Quepos. Head to Byblos bar down this road by taxi which cost about 3 mil for drinks, watching sports on their TV, billiards and music. Friday nights was ladies night with free drinks. MA national park is at the end of the road and the estates apartments are at the start so taking a taxi is costly and it is not in walking distance. Take the local bus which the bus stop is down the hill toward Quepos a few blocks on the left side of the road. The bus is cheap maybe like 50 cents to the park and runs every half hour during the day. Dorit was the host at the office and was very helpful. She told us fun places to go and things to see and even gave us her personal cell phone if we had any problems because we checked in on Friday and the office was not open Sat afternoon and Sunday and we were leaving on Monday. I think it was a good value. The rooms are older but well maintained and if you have any issues just bring them up to the office staff. We would have loved to stay here longer! We did not use the spa so I'm not sure how that is.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank ifrom
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, Front Office Manager at Manuel Antonio Estates, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
Hola ifrom!

Many thanks for taking the time to review us and for your kind comments.
We enjoyed having you here and sharing the PURA VIDA with you!

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future and this time maybe for a longer stay!

Thanks again,

Dorit Wendrock
Manuel Antonio Estates
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Sugar Land, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Fabulous place to stay for our 4 families. The night guard was awesome and brought us fresh Mangoes off of the trees. This place is awesome, beautiful and amazing!

Room Tip: There are 7 rooms. Main House has 3 rooms Master - Queen bed, jacuzzi tub. Cons are w/ curtains o...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Kimberly J
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, Front Office Manager at Manuel Antonio Estates, responded to this review, June 23, 2012
Hola Kim,

Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your nice comments!
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Manuel Antonio Estates, as well as the monkey and iguana visits at the villa.
We hope to be able to welcome you and your family & friends again in the near future!

Pura Vida & Hasta Luegeo in Costa Rica
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San Leandro, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

Our stay at Manuel Antonio Estates was very private. We stayed in the 2 Bedroom condo on top and had a great view all around and of the pretty blue pool. We had the pool to ourselves all the time and loved it. Dorit was very helpfull booking our activities and in every way. The spa on the premises the Raindrop Spa was also excellent for the facial I experienced. It was all a very enjoyable stay and i would return to this place again.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the Richard condo
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Victoria, British Columbia
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

I stayed in the smaller studio apartment in the eco condos at Manuel Antonio Estates for six months during 2011/12. I wanted close proximity to the jungle, the town and an easy bus ride to the beach and it was absolutely perfect. My apartment had everything I needed, including a full kitchen and a table where I could do my computer work. The new owners have also taken great care to fix the place up, adding nice finishing touches to each of the units. During the high season it was fun to connect with other travelers by the pool and there is a very friendly atomsphere.

WILDLIFE
Monkeys (titis/squirrel and the capuchins visited the property almost every day during my stay) thanks to a ton of fruit trees all over the property. You are pretty much guranteed to see wildlife during your stay!

PROXIMITY TO TOWN
I loved that I was so close to town (10 min walk to the grocery store) and yet I rarely heard any town noises and my view was 100% jungle. You'd never know you are so close to Quepos. There is a bus stop within one block of the property which will connect you to the beach.

APARTMENT & STAFF
The studio apartment was great for a long term stay and had everything I needed. The staff are awesome and Jessica took great care to keep the room very clean (she's very friendly and sweet, too). The security staff were also awesome and there is someone patrolling the grounds at night and someone at the gate at all times.

OVERALL
I highly recommend the eco condos, whether you are staying for a week, a month or more. You really won't find a better place.

Room Tip: The top floor units will have you overlooking fruit trees where the monkeys like to play.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Thank ccraft
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san jose, ca
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

This house is one of the highlights of our trip. Can't wait to come back! Even better than the pictures shown on the website.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Manuel Antonio Estates
Address: Manuel Antonio Estates, Quepos 12-6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Quepos
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Quepos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas, homes and condos at Manuel Antonio Estates, offering rentals by the week for all group sizes & budgets! All villas offer private pool, blue Pacific Ocean views, proximity of the bustling fishing village of Quepos, spectacular famed beaches of Manuel Antonio nearby, monkeys, 180 species of birds, essence of luxury & pure tranquility. Peacefulness awaits in our lush tropical jungle w/world class Spa. Our accommodations suit every need and taste from cozy eco condos for 1-4 people to premier/deluxe homes for 18 of your closest amigos. Exciting Tours! Rainforest Canopy, Horseback, Mangrove Monkey, ATV Sportfishing, much more! ... more   less 
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Manuel Antonio Estates Costa Rica/Quepos

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