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“Paradise in Manzanillo”
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Main entrance and two balconies with ocean view
View from the ocean
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kitchen
View from the kitchen
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Room´s deck
Bedroom´s balcony
view of the surf
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Santa Teresa, Province of Puntarenas

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Elena T H
Guelph, Canada
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2 reviews
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“Paradise in Manzanillo”
Reviewed February 12, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying in Casa Jakal at Villa Anazasi during our one-month visit to Costa Rica in January 2016. The first thing that captured our heart when we arrived was the beautiful nature that surrounded us at Casa Jakal. Every day we woke up to the beautiful sights and sounds of the ocean. In the morning you see the ocean waves and birds and in the evening you enjoy beautiful sunsets and a sky filled with stars. The sunsets are unbelievable. At Casa Jakal, all of the windows swing open making it feel like the villa is one with nature. The property at Villas Anazasi is rich with trees and plants that bare tropical fruit, herbs and wild edibles. A five-minute walk to the long stretch of beach offers both rocky and sandy spots so you can really enjoy walking right out into the ocean or dipping in the tide pools at low tide. There are a few bars and restaurants that are 5-10 minute walk from Casa Jakal.

The great thing about Manzanillo is that it is not far from the more tourist area of Santa Teresa. If you have transportation Manzanillo is the perfect destination as you can easily access playa Hermosa for surfing, Santa Teresa for various restaurants, surfing, and a Saturday Farmer’s Market, Mal Pais with a fisherman’s harbour and snorkelling, Montezuma for the waterfalls and Cabuya for a walk at the nature reserve.

We recommend, if you can, to stay more than a week and really let yourself appreciate the ocean, nature, and beauty at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. Axel and Martha were wonderful hosts and available to accommodate all of our questions and requests. They’ve lived there for over 20 years and have a wealth of knowledge about the area and all the places you should visit while you’re there. Axel and Martha are very warm and kind people and enjoyed hearing about our travels over a beer in the evening, while watching the sunset. We really feel that that less is more and that Casa Jakal has all you need to feel muy tranquilo.

We can’t wait to visit again in the near future and recommend you consider this place as your home base while you explore and experience the neighbouring sights and sounds that the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula has to offer.

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Management Response
Feb 13, 2016
We wish some day in this platform is possible to rate the guests in the same way they rate the hosts, in this case Elena and Stephan will get the 5 stars, applause and kisses, looking forward to see you both again and again, Axel.
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Heidi B
Laguna Beach, California
1 review
“The ultimate tranquillity”
Reviewed June 23, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

If you're looking for an unspoiled beach in old Costa Rica, you will find it at Playa Manzanillo.
With the best place to stay is at Villas Anasazi with Axel & Martha. Private, quiet, safe and close to the best beach on the pacific coast!
Truly Pura Vida!

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Liked best: Beach Access
Traveling group: Solo
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Management Response
Jun 24, 2015
Thanks for your review Heidi, we appreciate the opinion from some one like you that have been already around 20 times in our town and hope you can keep comming, you are welcome, Mi casa es su casa!
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Erica B
2 reviews
“So much love so little time...”
Reviewed May 8, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed my one-month stay at Villas Anazasi. Stayed in Studio Quincho and it was perfect. The view is amazing! Somehow I felt more compelled to enjoy the view from the studio than to walk down to the beach.

The owners, Martha and Axel, are very friendly and accommodating. They were able to meet my needs as a solo traveler without a car. Spending time with them added an unexpected touch of heart-felt joy to my stay at Villas Anazasi.

Playa Manzanillo itself is quiet in comparison to the surrounding beaches, it was exactly what I needed. And the people there are super friendly, as well. I felt very safe.

Next time I'm in Playa Manzanillo I'll be sure to visit Villas Anazasi again! Thank you Martha and Axel!

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Liked best: The good vibes!
Liked least: The crabs after the first rain.
Traveling group: Solo
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Management Response
May 9, 2015
Was our pleasure to have you an entire month with us, time enough to make us feeling you more as the family than a guest. This time you enjoyed the Sand Castle contest in our beach, granted your scuba certificate for open water with our on site instructor and scaped to the vecinity Santa Teresa for fun a few times, girl, you make that month,intensive. Love for you prima and come back. Yours, Martha & Axel.
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North Carolina
Reviewed March 12, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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Management Response
Mar 12, 2014
Anna and George,we are gratefull because the time we spend together, wish your plans come true this yeear and we will wait until your next hollidays, if we are honored with your visit again.
best
Axel
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Wayland MA USA
Reviewed March 1, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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Management Response
Mar 1, 2014
Thanks you Anne and Ted for this review, we were blessed for your visit and your good energy. Your words are very usefull for us but most for future guest.
Wish you the best,hope to see you again.
Axel
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WintersR4...
Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“A secret get-a-way in Paradise”
Reviewed March 1, 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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The two main reasons to stay at Villa Jakal are the owners Axel and Martha. They can't do enough for you. They live on the property and they answer their email and requests while you're there immediately. We asked to rent bikes and 2 were delivered the next morning. We wanted to rent a quad, the rental guy was there to pick my husband up to take him to the rental place. AND he drove him home when we returned it. Axel picked us up at the van drop off point in Santa Teresa and stopped so we could buy groceries and charged half the price of a taxi! They even arranged for someone to pick us up and take us to the van drop off when we left because they weren't available. I could go on and on about how helpful they are.
As for the condo, you can tell from the price, it is not going to be a 3 star resort. It is basically a kitchen, bedroom, small bathroom. Certainly adequate for our needs. The stove is 2 burner propane, a full sized refrigerator, and utensils for two. There were no closets but Axel had made 4 hanging shelves in the bedroom that held all our things. The bed was comfortable with an overhead fan. There was air conditioning but we did not use it. There was a TV cable but we did not ask for a TV. They charge extra for electricity but don't worry, ours came to $14 for 10 days! Showers were warm with the typical Costa Rican water heater over the shower head. There were also shelves in the bathroom. I saw other complaints but we had no problem with the internet anywhere in the condo. The two small balconies overlooked the ocean. We were walking distance from the ocean. The condo is up a good sized hill but you will be glad it is. All roads are dirt and the dust is incredible at street level. We were above all that in the clean air where you could wake to the sound of the ocean, the howler monkeys and the birds. Manzanillo beach is calm water for swimming. Surfing is about 2 miles away at Playa Hermosa or 5 miles away at Playa Santa Teresa. The beaches must be undiscovered because nobody is there. Even at the surfer beaches there were about 30 people surfing. It is like having your own private beach! Would we go there again? In a heartbeat. Finally, thank you Axel and Martha for making our stay like visiting friends. We came as strangers but left as friends.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: The dirt roads
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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  • Was the property as advertised?
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Management Response
May 9, 2015
Thanks you for such descriptive review, for your time and dedication on it, future guests and our team always learn from the feedbacks. You described our real status and this help our clients to have moderated expectations, in the level of this primitive area, best, Axel.
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CA
Reviewed July 6, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Management Response
Jul 6, 2013
Tommy: thanks to give us the opportunity to be the host of this family reunion that meet here from places so distant as California and Honduras. If we had vacancy in the other bigger house we could make an upgrade for you, the 3 to be more comfortable, but was reserved because the hollidays brake. Also thanks for share the pictures about the wildlife and horse ride on the beach of the wildlife refuge. Hope to see you and your family again. Martha
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