Perhaps the best place we have ever stayed for combining amenities, privacy, helpful and welcoming hosts, great staff, and a superb location. Guests stay in villas with well-equipped kitchen, outdoor furniture on a patio with a great view of the river, a barbecue, and jacuzzi. Paul and Sarah are extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and willing. They manage the rare feat of being there when needed, and being invisible when not. Sarah is a professional chef, and runs a great restaurant. And talk about being pampered-our laundry was done, the villas were spotless, and there is nothing like the jungle noises at night.
Highlights for us were swimming in the swimming holes, snorkeling in Uvita, and the wildlife. We are both biologists, and amazed by the birds. Over 400 species are reported in the region, and we saw over 100 of them while sitting on our patio having our morning coffee. The stretch of coast from Ochajal to Dominical and just inland reported 370 species on the last birdcount, the third highest total worldwide. The property is bordered by wildlife preserves, and there is everything from gardens, to second growth, to first growth.
We'd recommend a 4WD for getting around on the backroads. The property is isolated so a car is essential. There is lots to see and do within an hour's drive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manoas (Formerly Villas De Las Aves) has undergone an extensive renovation. We now offer a large 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom house with gourmet kitchen, laundry room with washer & dryer, lounge/TV area and open air dining area all overlooking the river. We also offer both one bedroom & 2 Bedroom villas with kitchen, lounge, TV, washer & dryer, private jacuzzi and sundeck. All villas are fully air conditioned and close to the pool. WiFi is available throughout the property. Private parking is located right next to each house. Staff are onsite. ***A new addition to the property, are 4 luxury Safari tents. Each tent is complete with a luxurious King sized bed, full bathroom, and viewing deck with lounge chairs and shade umbrella. The camping tents offer an accommodation that is just as comfortable as the villas, but brings you a step closer to the jungle around you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manoas Costa Rica/Uvita