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Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday villa in El Cerro

1 bedroom, sleeps 2, 1 bathroom

HOMEAWAY Voted us 'Most Romantic' Villa out of One Million vacation rentals! If you do not get a reply from me within 6 hours, please call. 40% OFF OCTOBER (only)

This is our only vacation home, so we would appreciate your contacting us before you make your reservation on line. We do accept on line bookings but we prefer to discuss your booking first.

We are running a special 40% off rate of only $168/nt July 28-Aug 3 only. Our regular rate is $280/nt until

our high season rate is $375 from Dec 15- April 30, 2016.

You’ll be in love from the minute you book this lofty, luxurious Costa Rican home! Exceptionally light, airy, and serene, this exclusive & private, hilltop villa is lovingly furnished in sunny yellows, sky blues and billowy whites. Accented with original art, wrapped in a glistening mantle of tropical foliage, and surrounded by the delightful sights and sounds of Costa Rican bird, butterfly and exotic animal life. The Villa's vantage point gives you breathtaking ocean views by day, romantic sunsets & starry nights. Five minutes from the world famous white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio, The Villa offers one of the few specular ocean views, totally private & secluded infinity swimming pool, wrap-around veranda for breezy, outdoor living & intimate dining. Count on deep, dreamy sleeps in your orthopedic queen canopy bed, fitted with ultra-luxurious 600-thread-count linens.

View the ocean and hear the soothing sounds of nature from your pillow! Every room was designed to take full advantage of the fabulous views, even while soaking in your heart-shaped bathroom Jacuzzi for two. The ultimate place to open a bottle of wine and rejuvenate in your tropical paradise. Ocean breezes, soothing ceiling fans, or remote control air conditioning create a cool, comforting environment-it’s your choice. Relax and drink in the sights and sounds of the waterfall, rain forest and ocean below. Luxurious interior design-vaulted ceilings, gleaming white Italian tiles, large and expansive windows, inviting indoor/outdoor living and dining. A fully equipped kitchen allows you to create a romantic, holiday experience in the comfort of your own private villa. Refresh, replenish and indulge in your own secluded infinity pool or relax and experience therapeutic jets while overlooking your 180 degree ocean view.

As an added bonus, your Costa Rican experience also includes the warm, knowledgeable services of Thomas, our house manager. Thomas is fluent in both English, German, French & Spanish and is intimately acquainted with the Manuel Antonio area, and will be pleased to arrange tours and reservations for you, no extra charge for Thomas friendly services! We’ll put you in touch with Thomas as soon as you book, so you can get started planning your best holiday ever! Amenities: Spectacular 180 degree ocean view and five minutes to famous Manuel Antonio beaches and park, completely private, infinity pool/waterfall with romantic heart-shaped Jacuzzi for two in bathroom, luxurious linens, grace queen-size canopy bed and air conditioning & ceiling fans by remote control, fully equipped kitchen, built in outdoor gas barbecue, microwave, hair dryer, five minutes to amenities, telephone, T.V. FREE WIRELESS HIGH SPEED INTERNET!

DVD, stereo, high-speed Internet access, satellite TV, bi-weekly maid services, laundry available, private parking, gated community, safe, alarm system, outdoor living room/dining with ocean view, English, German, French and Spanish speaking manager/host. Activities: Zip-line tours, jungle waterfall horseback rides, walking tours of Manuel Antonio National Park, wildlife viewing and bird watching, sport fishing, sea kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, diving, river rafting, mangrove boat tours, sunset sailing, language lessons, yoga and spa services, swimming and relaxing to your hearts content on famous white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio!

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Steven Takach
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016
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About Steven Takach

We are a retired couple from Canada that manage this ocean view villa. It's the perfect place for romantic getaways! The fabulous climate, natural beaches and lush tropical setting of Manuel Antonio was just what we wanted to relax and enjoy the best of what Costa Rica has to offer. The people are friendly and you do not have to know how to speak Spanish. We have spotted over 70 species of tropical birds from our terrace and we get daily visits in the late afternoons from the Tiki monkeys!

Our home is spotlessly maintained by our wonderful staff, who respect your privacy and try to come when you are at the beach or on a tour. Our off site manager is always available 24/7 to assist you with anything that you might need or want to make your stay very special. Come see for yourself why so many couples write such rave reviews about our luxury, ocean view, private villa with it's own infinity edged pool!

Steven Takach purchased this villa in 1234

Why Steven Takach chose Quepos

We discovered paradise in Manuel Antonio after 4 trips to Costa Rica. Once we arrived here we know that it was the perfect place for us! We tried to create a very romantic vacation home that we would be thrilled to rent ourselves. It seems to be exactly what other romantic couples are searching for when they want to celebrate their honeymoon or anniversaries. Come see for yourself why The Villa was Voted 'Most Romantic' out of 925,000 vacation rentals around the world!

What makes this villa unique

Privacy is a luxury and we have designed our 3/4 acre property so that you can be totally private and enjoy total freedom. It's so private that clothing is optional from the minute you walk out onto the terrace and while enjoying your own infinity edged pool! We are also just 4 minutes away from the famous beaches and amenities that Manuel Antonio offers for your Costa Rican vacation! Please read our reviews to see what past guests say about their wonderful vacations at The Villa.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you Steven and Susie. Roger and I had an absolute blissful honeymoon! We saw

"Larry the Iguana" and got some nice pics. We did a tour everyday and ended our stay with a wonderful massage by Itza. It was so nice to come back to the villa after a wonderful day exploring. We both talked about returning.

Thank you again, K & R
Apr 2012
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Paradise found in Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

The Villa was everything that was promised and more. Overall, our stay was amazing and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this property. We are 47 and 50 and have done a decent amount of travelling and this was the best vacation of our lives. The property is exactly as pictured and the views of the Pacific Ocean and the sunsets every evening are beyond spectacular. The Infinty pool is what sets this property apart from the others. You have complete privacy and we spent 2-3 hours a day at or in the pool. We had coffee outside every morning on the covered veranda and enjoyed the view and wildlife, including birds, butterflies and a friendly monkey who visited a nearby tree. It is so nice outside that we even chose to stay home and enjoyed dinners we prepared 4 of the 8 evenings we were there. The kitchen is fully appointed and being health conscious types we went to the local farmers markets to get FRESH fruit, vegetables and seafood when we cooked. The bed is absolutely amazing. I have some back issues and was concerned but I slept like a baby the entire stay. The beaches nearby in Manuel Antonio are as good as advertised too. Soft sand, great surf for swimming and all kinds of water activities available for a fee (para-sailing, sea kayaking, surfing, etc.). There is even a beach you can drive onto and park which is more private. Brenda and I enjoyed a day hiking and enjoying Manuel Antonio National Park on our own and saw 15-20 monkeys in their natural habitat, sloths, numerous birds, raccoons, etc., etc. We want to thank Hazel (the Villa's concierge) for recommending some other great activities. We went zip lining at Mid World and did both the normal lines and Superman (worth the extra $40). On another day we went waterfall rappelling with Xtreme Tours. The waterfalls and pools to swim in were great and the drive up into the mountains and scenery at the park where you rappel is beautiful. Both were thrills that we will cherish for a lifetime. Both staff allow you to do whatever you want based upon your ability. I've gone many other places and it’s not even enjoyable because of all the ridiculous rules. Both of these are a must for any adrenaline junkies or couples looking for some fun. Finally, if you rent a car get a 4WD. It helps with driving up the steep driveway to the Villa and allows you to go explore. We drove down the coast to the smaller and more humble towns of Dominical and Uvita and had a great day. Restaurants were fantastic. Can't wait to go back. Thanks!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much William and Brenda for such a fantastic review! We love to read that our guests truly enjoyed everything that The Villa and Manuel Antonio have to offer. We look forward to your return visit. Best Wishes, Steven
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Graet spot. Would stay again, pricy though.

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time here and fully enjoyed our stay.

However it was likely 5 stars in years past but I would rate it a 4 star today.

The views were amazing and pool was well used every day. It is very private and comfortable, clean and secure. internet worked great and we had no problems with anything working that we needed.

The only minor disappointments were the lights for the water fall and the pools Jacuzzi jets were not working.

The first drive up the laneway was very overwhelming but we got used to it after a few times and it turned into an adventure.

One other minor thing is the pics on this site are a little miss leading. The pic of the girl standing against the railing is not from this place and a couple others are not also.. I was anticipating a place more modern and newer after looking at the pics.

We would stay again and will recommend to our friends.

Thanks for a great 6 nights Steven and Suzie and thank you Thomas for being available when we needed you.

Gary and Sheryl

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sheryl & Gary, We are thrilled that you would love to come back and will definitely recommend The Villa to your family and friends. Our staff work very hard to keep our lovely home clean and fully functional. We apologies about the lights being out in the waterfall and our manager will replace them immediately. The driveway is steep but like most of our previous guests, you had no problems navigating it. We designed The Villa to be private and comfortable, with all the amenities you'd expect in a luxury vacation property. The Villa is not a new property but is one of the most popular romantic villas in all of Costa Rica. We were Voted Most Romantic by Home Away out of one million villas worldwide. Thank you for choosing The Villa for your romantic vacation in Manuel Antonio and we look forward to seeing you again. We would like to extend our 10% discounted rate to you for your return visit. Best Wishes, Steven
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Wonderful Stay With Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Villa for our the second week of our honeymoon in Costa Rica. I simply can not say enough positive things about the Villa. We found everything in the listing to be accurate with the exception that you simply cannot do the view justice in a picture. It was even better than we expected- it literally took our breaths away when we arrived. We spent many afternoons just sitting on the balcony and swimming in the pool, watching the boats come in and out. It was absolutely stunning. The pool was beautiful and kept clean the entire week. The entire property was clean when we arrived and kept that way throughout our stay.

Thomas was wonderful and accommodating. He knew our chartered van would not make it up the hill to the villa, so he picked us up right in town and took us back to town for our departure. He also took care of booking all of our excursions when we arrived, and was quick to respond to all of our emails while we were up in the villa getting settled. As far as excursions go, we HIGHLY recommend doing a tour of the national park with Henry- he spotted animals that we never could have seen with our own eyes, and would even take pictures of everything we saw with our cellphones. We ended up doing another tour (Rainmaker tour) in the rain forest with Henry because he was so great!

We read many reviews encouraging us to rent a car, but we decided to wait until we arrived to make a decision. Ultimately, we did not rent a car because many of the excursions we went on included transportation, there was a bus stop at the bottom of the hill, and cabs were very available. However, I will say that we sweat a lot and burned quite a few calories hiking (and I mean hiking) up and down that hill 4 times a day. If you aren't up for a serious workout, rent a car. Personally, we came to enjoy the hike, stopping along the way to catch our breaths and take in the view- and then we quickly jumped in the pool to cool off when we reached the top!

The Villa was in the perfect location right between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, and we felt like we had access to everything while being able to retreat to our own private piece of paradise. I could go on and on about how wonderful the Villa was- we simply could not have chosen a more beautiful, special place to spend our honeymoon. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quieter, more personal getaway. Thank you Steven and Susan for sharing your home with us!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pura Vida! 5 STAR ALL THE WAY!

  • 5 of 5

If you haven't been convinced by all of the other reviews and need just one more bit of assurance, here it is...Stop looking and rent this Villa!!! Not sure even where to begin but when you wake up on the first morning and look out over the Pacific from the deck, you know you made the right decision. Special thanks to Thomas who was a world class concierge. The Villa is fully equipped for cooking in and is centrally located for going out. If you want to eat in Quepos or Manuel Antonio you can. You definitely need a 4X4 as the driveway is unlike anything you've experienced - although my wife said there are some like this in Italy. Don't let it stop you though, it's part of the fun. Manuel Antonio has changed a lot in the past 25 years but is still absolutely stunning and full of beautiful scenery, people and amazing wildlife.

Go for the romance...everything else is just an added bonus! My wife and I completely disconnected while we were there (although there is wifi, you quickly realize you don't care). Enjoy the infinity pool and outdoor shower (only the monkeys will see you). Say hi to Larry the Lizard if you go (this is what we named the house lizard) and make sure you book Henry for any excursion to Manuel Antonio Park and the Rainmaker Tour (Thomas will take care of this for you).

We had more fun than imaginable and were extremely sad to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible Honeymoon Villa

  • 5 of 5

First off let me say, this villa is amazing. My wife and I went to Quepos for our honeymoon (we are 29 and 27 years old, in case any fellow twenty somethings are looking for reviews).

The view is absolutely breathtaking and the pictures just do not do it justice. The villa is extremely clean, and extremely private (read: clothing seriously optional). Having your own private infinity pool overlooking the ocean seriously is a God-send on a honeymoon, the pool alone could give this place 5 stars.

As soon as we left we wished we could go back.

There are a few little pointers and opinions (they are only opinions, do not let them sway you away from this place). First off, you NEED a four wheel drive SUV, don't try to walk it or not rent a car, you just won't make it up the mountain (the view at the top is beyond worth it).

We also found the pillows to be a little flat and stiff, but that could also be something someone enjoys, but if you like big fluffy pillows and/or have neck problems, make sure you bring your own.

The shower takes some getting used to, as the water pressure is a little low and the inside shower is a detachable nozzle inside of a jetted tub (the water won't reach you as-is, you have to take the nozzle off of the wall in order to shower). The out door shower was great, we ended up using that most of the time, which was perfect because of the insane view. (Soap towels etc are included).

Lastly, this is a rain forest, occasionally there will be bugs and leaves. They will get into the pool. Get over it. There is a sweeper thing you can use if the little tiny leavies or buggies are too much for you to handle. Again: rain forest.

A quick list of places we went to and REALLY enjoyed: The Nauyaca Falls horseback riding trip: AMAZING. Manuel Antonio National Park beaches: Literally Corona post card beaches, don't miss it.

Restaurants: Kapi-Kapi, very fresh and wonderful seafood. El Lagarto, incredible steaks and seafood cooked in front of you. For lunch: The Falafel place, there is only one, it is amazing.

If you are on the fence about renting this place, stop right now. We talked to other honeymooners who were staying at the resorts in the area, every single one were jealous of our private villa, and wished they had known about this place. 5 stars all the way baby.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Honeymoon in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

It was s Majestic setting! The property was well maintained and very relaxing. We enjoyed swimming in the private pool, lounging in the sun, having breakfast on the balcony and taking in the beautiful ocean view. Thomas was extremely helpful in setting up transportation, and our numerous outings. Henry was the best guide through the National Park and his positive attitude and relaxing demeanor made the experience one to remember.

Overall, we had a wonderful time and we highly recommend this location as a Must See getaway for every couple who values intimacy and an unforgettable experience.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
5 minutes
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
45 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
3 mintues
Car: recommended

This private hilltop villa is located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica just 4 minutes from the best beaches in all of Costa Rica! We are located off the main road with one of the most spectacular ocean views in all of Manuel Antonio! We are also within walking distance of the small town of Quepos, where you can dine, buy groceries and visit the incredible farmer's market on Friday evening and Saturday mornings!

Golf: Golf is available within 45 minutes.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in El Cerro, Puntarenas

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1 May 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
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There are no hidden costs or fees added to our prices except a $500 damage deposit that we refund within 7 days of departure.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in El Cerro in Puntarenas

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Outdoor - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , heart-shaped for 2
  • Outdoor Shower, Italian tiled pool side shower. Beautifully appointed full bathroom has heart shaped Jacuzzi for 2, with ocean view! There is an private outdoor shower with infinity pool overlooking Pacific Ocean.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , orthopedic mattress
  • Romantic, canopy, orthopedic memory foam queen size bed with 600 count cotton sheets sets the mood for love & romance, complete with ocean view from the privacy of your Jacuzzi for 2, infinity swimming pool with waterfall & your pillows! Comfy robes, luxury furnishings, tropical flowers and complimentary wine complete the setting for a romantic holiday!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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