Grantourismo in Costa Rica

Experiencing what nature has to offer in Manuel Antonio

Costa RicaAfter Mexico, Lara and Terry set off for Costa Rica in Central America, one of the greenest countries in the world and a place ideal for wildlife spotting and bird watching. The Grantourismo team spent two weeks in the small town of Manuel Antonio where they stayed in two striking and unique villas and some of the most spectacular properties they've stayed in so far during their eight-month trip 'around the world'.

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Manuel Antonio

There is no shortage of activities in Manuel Antonio, so one of the first things Lara and Terry did after checking in at the colossal, open-plan Casa Elsa, was to explore their surroundings. They started off with a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park where with the help of nature guide Manuel Cabalceta Mendez, they spotted some amazing wildlife, including a sloth, Costa Rica’s larger equivalent of Australia’s koala bear. The couple also went bird watching in the forest at El Silencio nature reserve, while later on during their visit they went on a ‘mangrove safari’, a cruise on an open-sided boat on a river, then along canals, and then to Damas Island, to experience seven different types of mangroves and the wildlife that inhabit them.

During their trip to Costa Rica, the Grantourismo team experienced staying in two striking, high-end properties, Casa Elsa and The Beach House. The couple never expected a holiday rental property to offer such a level of service so they were delighted to discover in Manuel Antonio that Susan, their villa concierge, could arrange for therapists from Holis Spa and Wellness Centre to come at Casa Elsa. After getting pampered in their own private villa, Lara and Terry decided to nourish their senses with a visit to the Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation, where they learned more about vanilla beans, cocoa, cinnamon and other spices, while getting inspiration for Terry's quintessential dish.

All in all, Lara and Terry's visit to Manuel Antonio offered them plenty of opportunities to experience what nature has to offer, whether it was wildlife-spotting, bird watching, cruising through mangrove swamps or planting trees to save the Titi monkeys. However, the couple also managed to kick back, relax, unwind and just enjoy Costa Rica's laidback vibe while practising the art of doing nothing.  

Property 177231 Casa Elsa - Lara and Terry's first 'HomeAway from home' in Costa Rica was a private, stylish and bright retreat in the middle of the jungle, yet close to all amenities. The property boasts four bedrooms and an infinity pool with magical nature and ocean views. Over 7000 square feet of open living space on three levels with a suspended infinity pool that is extremely unique including a large underwater viewing window, a bar surrounding the pool and a sunning deck. Monkeys were abundant on a daily basis as well as many other types of wildlife.

The property is available to rent on (Property 177231).

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Property 222501 The Beach House -  Lara and Terry's second 'HomeAway from home' in Costa Rica was a fully gated property with a unique jungle feel and plants and trees surrounding the entrance to the home. Consisting of three air-conditioned bedrooms and three bathrooms, this luxury home can sleep 6-8 guests and is within walking distance of the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. The master bedroom has a king size bed, large spacious bathroom and a covered balcony that overlooks the pool and the ocean.  

The property is available to rent on (Property 222501).

Read Lara and Terry's full review of the property in Costa Rica


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