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“Villa Estrella, Playa Octotal, Costa Rica”
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Back of Villa with Infinity Pool
View of Gulf of Papagayo from Terrace Seating Area
Front of Villa
Villa Pavillion looking back toward Villa
Villa Pavillion looking toward Gulf of Papagayo
Villa Pavillion looking from Villa
Infinity Pool at Night
Villa Lounging Area
Villa Dining on Outdoor Terrace Under Fans
Lower Level View of Pavillion
Lower Level Seating Area looking toward Front Door
Lower Level Seating Area looking toward Gulf of Papagayo
Villa Kitchen Area
Entertainment Area Upper Level
Entertainment Area Upper Level
Entertainment Area Upper Level
Reading Room Upper Level
Reading Chairs on Balcony
King Size Bedroom Upper Level
Queen Sized Bedroom Upper Level
Queen Sized Bedroom Upper Level
King Size Bedroom Lower Level
Queen Bedroom Lower Level
Bunk Room Sleeps 8
Example of In Suite Bathroom
Sample of tropical landscaping of Villa
Outdoor dining table set up
Lunch in Pavillion
Dinner on Terrace Overlooking Gulf of Papagayo
Cocktails at Villa
Group fun at Villa  (girls trip)
Infinity Pool with Gulf of Papagayo in background
Relaxing in Infinity Pool
Artistic Picture Paddleboarder in Infinity Pool overlooking Gulf of Papagayo
Massage on Balcony
Pedicure at Villa
Paddleboarding
Zip lining
Nearby Beach
Beach below Villa
Deep sea fishing (mahi mahi)
Deep Sea fishing  (sailfish)
Volcano mudbath
Hiking and waterfalls
Tubing in Volcano streams
Snorkeling
Rafting
Body boarding
Hiking and waterfalls
Horseback riding
Sailing
Entertainment at Villa
Whale in Gulf of Papagayo
Dolphins in GUlf of Papagayo
Monkey in Trees (Palo Verde Excursion)
Sea Turtles
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Villa -
7 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 20
Playa Ocotal, Province of Guanacaste

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JEANNE_JO...
Amelia Island, FL
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Villa Estrella, Playa Octotal, Costa Rica”
Reviewed March 2, 2010

Had a magical time. So beautiful.

Food was wonderful. We've never had such fresh food. I wanted to bring the chef home with me.

Staff and local people were extraordinary. Scenery was great. All the side adventures were exceptional, also.

The last night was my birthday and the staff did a party outside in the lower pavilion. Juan Diego (J.D.) did a flambé coffee service that was remarkable. Looked like blue flame pouring into the cups with sparklers going off. Plus, it was a full moon. Who could have asked for more?

All in all you have our highest recommendation. I can't think of enough superlatives to explain our wonder.

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TimeTrave...
Brooklyn
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best kept secret.”
Reviewed May 22, 2009 for a stay in May 2009

I almost don't want to rate Villa Estrella too highly, 'cause I want to go back and I don't want it booked solid.... I just got back from a 5 night stay there, and I didn't want to come back. The service is better than the Ritz Carlton, and the views are second to none.
Complaints: Umm, they fed me too much? They could have had a zip line to the beach instead of the full-time private van to take us there?

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Cleanliness Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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sweetkids
bluffton, SC
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Absolute Heaven at Villa Estrella”
Reviewed February 6, 2009 for a stay in December 2008

If you are thinking of an all inclusive resort for a family gathering in Costa Rica, please change your minds and stay at Villa Estrella! We were a family gathering of my father and his wife with two teen aged children, my husband and I with our four children ages 4-9, and my brother and his wife with my two year old niece. We thought of going to an all inclusive, and found the price was only a little bit more to stay at the villa, and we felt the service would be better, and the family togetherness would be easier to come by. We were so glad we made this decision. The house managers made all our arrangements, it was so easily taken care of. If our kids got tired at the dinner table they could jump in the pool and not bother anyone. The service from the staff was better than any Ritz Carlton on the planet. We had a van and driver, so we never had to negotiate the Costa Rican roads (not a lot of road signs there). The food was fabulous, the staff really loving towards children. We did a lot of fun activities, surf lessons, snorkeling/beach hopping, deep sea fishing, zip-lining, horse back riding, white water rafting, spa day at the villa, jet skiing, salsa lessons, Palo Verde Nat'l park...they were all each unique and wonderful. We all loved Costa Rica, it is a beautiful country, hard to express in words...still unspoiled for the most part. I would highly recommend this villa!

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Location Cleanliness
Check in / front desk Service
Liked best: beauty, staff, views, comfort
Liked least: nothing
Visit was for: Quality time with family
Traveling group: Family with young children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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DAVALTrav...
Westerville, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic Alternative to a Hotel/Resort!”
Reviewed December 1, 2008 for a stay in November 2008

We just returned from a wonderful 7 nights at beautiful Villa Estrella overlooking Playa Ocotal in Guanacaste, Costa Rica during the week of Thanksgiving. This was for a family reunion (9 adults, 10 children - from 6 to 17) and we can't say enough about the experience. The villa is large and we never felt crowded or tripping over each other. The staff (of 6) really ROCKS!!!! They were always asking if we needed drinks, the food was great and the house was always clean (with fresh towels always being laid out by the pool. The kids shared a bunk room (can hold 8) and each bedroom has its own bathroom (the showers are huge with plenty of room). The infinity pool overlooks the ocean. They have a great pool table, have wireless internet and satellite TV (so didn't miss any of the football games on Thanksgiving day). Soledad, worked with us to make arrangements for special activities such as a great river cruise (lots of crocodiles, iguanas and monkeys - right up to the boat (and in it!); zip lining; surf lessons and fishing. They also had bottles of champagne to help us celebrate an anniversary and a birthday cake for someone's birthday. Truly an "all-inclusive" experience. Had a 19 passenger van that was available for local trips to town (extra charge for the week). Even though it is NOT cheap, we really felt it worth the money. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation with family and/or friends and looking to be catered to and treated like royalty, give Villa Estrella a try!

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check in / front desk Service
Liked best: Luxury living at its best!
Liked least: Nothing!
Visit was for: Quality time with family
Traveling group: Family (extended)
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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