Villa, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)
Paula Kramer or Marty Zabel
- English, Spanish
About Paula Kramer or Marty Zabel
Twenty years ago we took our first trip together to Costa Rica and fell deeply in love with the country. Making our way to the coastal village of Uvita, where the mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, we found the beauty of the country rivaled only by the beauty of the Tico people. We felt that we had 'come home' to a place where the inter-connectedness of true community, and the ease and opennes that radiates from the people is present in every interaction. Four years ago Paula designed the Villa we now offer to you. It was a true labor of love and we hope you have the opportunity to enjoy it and all the surrounding beauty. It is truly a tranquil paradise with so many wonderful things to see and do.
Why Paula Kramer or Marty Zabel chose Uvita
We found the people and the stunning beauty of the area impossible to resist. Our property sits 600 feet above the town of Uvita, amidst the surrounding mountains providing you with total seclusion yet only 7 minutes to town, 8 minutes to beaches and all amenities.
What makes this Villa unique
If you decide to join us here you will enjoy total peace and quiet as well as amazing beauty, both of the Villa and the surronding area. The 51ft saltwater pool perfect for lap swimming, floating, water jogging. Both the Villa and the pool are custom designed and inspired by Indian and Morrocan style.
Pool / Spa
Children not allowed
No smoking - This is a smoke free environmentThis is a smoke free environment
Max guests: 2
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Romantic tropical adventure
Paula and Marty's villa is a slice of tropical heaven! They have created a peaceful retreat on top of this mountain, where you feel like you are the only one there, except for all the wildlife. They have done an incredible job in creating a relaxing, peaceful zen-like atmosphere and incorporating beautiful statues, art, and flowers into the tropical landscape. We spent 9 days in this paradise and loved staying in for the night, where we cooked in the well-equipped kitchen, and then just listen to the sound of the jungle in the outdoor living room, and cool off in the beautiful pool just a few steps away and watch the stars.
There is a beautiful walk to the top of the mountain, where you can see the whole coastline and the Uvita whale tale. On the way up we were surrounded by butterflies, and the sounds of howler monkies (we never saw them but heard them every day) and saw countless birds including scarlet macaws, toucans, hummingbirds, hawks, you name it! There is also an easy walk to a waterfall just up the road. We truly enjoyed the adventure of the drive up the mountain in our 4x4 and saw something new every time.
There are plenty of things to do in the area, and we visited a new beach almost every day, there are so many of them. Our favorite was Playa Piñuelas, where we would be the only ones on the beach, and also the little beach right behind Villa Leonore just south of Uvita.
Paula and Marty were gracious hosts, easy to communicate with, and we enjoyed interacting with them. The bed was really comfortable with nice sheets, the bathroom, which is a piece of art in itself, was stocked with nice fluffy towels and a spa kit with fancy soaps.
We have visited many places around the earth, and this is one we will come back to!
Thank you so much for gracing the Hidden Villa with your presence.
It is a pleasure for us to know that you felt such a beautiful connection
to our home , the land and our wonderful coastal area
We would greatly welcome your return!
My girlfriend and I stayed here for five nights while exploring the beautiful natural world of Uvita and Osa Penninsula. The Pictures don't do this place justice! Marty and Paula paid incredible attention to detail when building the quite and cozy retreat. Beautiful sculptures and statues surround the property and are built into the design in some cases, like the buddah next to the shower in the bathroom. Also the lighting is really great here, most lights are on dimmers allowing you to really create the perfect mood, and there are plenty of candles outdoors as well. On a clear night the stars are just breathtaking. There is a short (15 - 20 min) hike to the top of the mountain here where you have incredible and absolutely private panoramic views of the sun setting over the ocean. Marty and Paula have even provided a table and bench at the lookout point in case you would like to pack a picnic or a bottle of wine for the top. We also really loved driving up the dirt road to and from the house. It is unlike anywhere we drive at home and really added to the experience and adventure.
We hope to stay here again on our next visit!
Enjoy your time in paradise!!
Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words.
We appreciate the way you dove into this natural environment and piled in so many
experiences in such a short amount of time. You must come back so we can see whatever you do next! It was a pleasure to meet you both.
Beautiful but difficult to get to
The Villa is really beautiful. We loved all the design elements and little details that Paula and Marty so lovingly selected. And the pool is absolutely awesome. We spent quite a bit of time around the pool, in large part because we found it so difficult to get up and down the mountain. We had a 4WD but the road was a mess.That also meant that we cooked in almost every night, which was fine (we got some fantastic tuna at the farmer's market on Saturday), although it would have been a bit easier with a sharp knife. Paula and Marty were very helpful, but we would have preferred if they didn't straighten up our stuff every time they came up for a swim. They were very considerate about when they came, but it felt sort of like we were being watched over by mom and dad.
We always invite our guests to please let us know anything that they need or want while staying at the Villa. I would have gladly sharpened any knife or adjusted to whatever felt right for you. I"m truly sorry that I did not know the problems you were experiencing while you were here as I certainly would have adjusted to your satisfaction.
Heaven in the Jungle
Where do I begin!! From the moment we arrived in the country (even months before when all the planning took place!), Paula and Marty were there for us every step of the way. It was our first time visiting another country, and for our wedding no less! We got married at Nauyaca Waterfalls, which are only about 30 min away (It was a DREAM!!).
As we drove up the road to our temporary home we were blown away by the surrounding jungle. The drive was a lot of fun! Safe, but make sure you have a 4x4 with decent ground clearance. We fell in love with the Villa right away, from the many birds that visit you every day, to the geckos chirping away merrily every evening (my fav part!!). I have never felt more at peace, and at home. We loved the mix of outdoors and indoors, and even indoors felt like we were part of the jungle. The property is so beautiful, there is so much to explore, I only wish we had longer to do so! We were blessed to experience a family of howler monkeys playing in the trees on one of our hikes- A tip: Really take your time to look at everything in silence and the jungle will come alive! There are many waterfalls to discover, Uvita is truly magical.
Make sure to check out Playa Ventanas, it is on private property (has security watching the parking area) and just outside of the town, is absolutely gorgeous and not to be missed. Also make sure to visit the bus depot cafe, Marty was kind enough to aware of this cheap and delicious place! I'm sure I amused the very friendly and helpful workers there as we returned many times. They were very patient as we stumbled with our Spanish. (The fried chicken and rice are amazing!)
Paula and Marty are very special people, they genuinely care about their home and their guests. They were always there when needed, we felt safe and well looked after. Leaving was the hardest thing I've had to do! A piece of my heart was left behind, I can only hope we return one day.
Thank you Paula and Marty, from the bottom our hearts, for making this the trip of a lifetime that we will never forget! You made the most special moment of our lives all the more special...
A Costa Rica Gem...
We've been grateful to visit many places around the globe, but it's still a thrilling surprise to find a place crafted and decorated with such care and inspiration. The owners are gracious and exceptionally accommodating, the setting is gorgeous, and the villa is nothing less than extraordinary. Yes, a 4X4 is a MUST; but that simply goes with the territory (side road in Costa Rica hills). Easy access to three entirely charming towns. Uvita has a great farmers market, not one but two supermarkets, a great coffee shop/restaurant, and others besides. Ojochal is home to some extraordinary restaurants. And Dominical has some brilliant places to eat and shop at and see. Gorgeous wildlife and countryside all around. We stayed at this Villa hoping to have a wonderful and rejuvenating holiday. It was indeed that; a truly exceptional place and setting.
This zen little getaway is perfectly secluded high in the mountainous rainforest. It was so relaxing and romantic to feel like the only two people in the world. The constant buzz of cicadas and cries of birds of prey played the perfect soundtrack for ambient white noise. I can't imagine a better backdrop to recharge one's body, mind and soul than the dramatic sunsets with a 360 view from the mountains to the Pacific. It was so obvious that Paula and Marty care deeply about their guests and their chosen home, down to each exquisite detail and the gracious hospitality we were shown.
On the property there are walking trails with gorgeous Pacific Ocean Views. A short walk up the road from the Villa is a beautiful waterfall and natural swimming pool.
Massage Therapy can be provided at the Villa by a North American trained therapist with 9 years experience. This service is offered by appointment only for a charge of $50 per person.