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Architectural Masterpiece in Tropical Setting Near the Beach

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs2
Space 7,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Glass house in a jungle setting with monkeys and sloths at your doorstep!

**Book this stunning villa directly with the owner!**


1) If you have a group of 10 or less, book the 4-bedroom main house.

2) For larger groups of 11-18 guests (or if you just want to spread out more), book the main house PLUS the guest house, "Casita Romantica" for a total of 6-bedrooms and 7 1/2 bathrooms.

Note: rates shown are for the 4-bedroom main house (except Christmas and NY weeks which include both houses). Add $300 per night to book the guest house - this rate is for up to 12 total guests if renting both houses. Each additional guest will be $75 per person per night in 2018 and $85 per person per night in 2019, up to a maximum of 18 guests. 13% Costa Rica sales tax will be added to the total.


This stunning villa and separate casita, featured on HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL, was designed by an award winning architect in beautiful Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The Villa Mariana and Casita Romantica are located on the same property in an extremely private area, yet close to the beach and all amenities. With approximately 7000 sq. ft. of overall living space, this sophisticated and spacious retreat is definitely “one of a kind”. The property includes the main house, known as The Villa Mariana, and a guest house, known as Casita Romantica. The houses sit on over two acres of beautiful jungle (with tons of monkeys, sloths and toucans) and lushly planted gardens surrounding the compound.

The Villa Mariana has a vast sweeping garden walkway which traverses down to a serene waterfall with a massive steel door (counter balanced to move with only a finger) at the entrance. This opens up to a living room with 25 foot vaulted wooden ceilings surrounded on all sides by glass doors, which open entirely to the infinity edged pool, expansive deck and jungle. This allows the guests to truly experience the jungle while sitting in the comfort of the home. The unique indoor water feature, which leads to the infinity pool, is only one of the many features provided in this luxurious custom home that will have you in complete awe! The villa accommodates up to 10 guests and includes 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a full chef's kitchen, indoor/outdoor bar, and a large infinity edged pool with plenty of lounge chairs and outdoor seating for large groups. An additional outdoor shower is located just behind the pool in the lush, tropical setting outdoors! NOTE: With the exception of Christmas and New Years weeks, all rates shown are for The Villa Mariana only. For larger groups, Casita Romantica can be rented as well for an additional nightly rate.

Casita Romantica is underwent an expansion from July to December, 2017. This separate guest house will accommodate up to six more guests (four comfortably in true beds) with it's own eat-in kitchen and infinity edged pool. It includes two full master suites and a living room with a pull-out sofa, as well as three full bathrooms.

The completely gated grounds with an electronic gated entrance and parking for up to 4 vehicles, are spectacularly illuminated at night providing a magnificent nighttime ambiance.


Hazel, our concierge, will pre-book all of your transportation needs. Most of our guests hire the shuttle service for their group to pick them up at SJO airport and drive them to the house. Upon arriving at the house (or when you decide you first need a car), Hertz rental car will be happy to bring cars to the house to drop them off and they will also come to the house to pick them up upon your departure. The shuttle service would then pick your group up at the house for your departure out of SJO airport. All of this would be coordinated prior to your arrival and could not be more simple.

We also have cab services in Manuel Antonio that are very reasonably priced. The phone numbers are listed on the wall in the kitchen for your convenience.

Any excursions that you book will include transportation from and back to the house. Some of the excursions also include a meal and/or snacks in the price.

With just a phone call, the local supermarket will deliver anything that you need for your stay. There is a phone located in the kitchen. However, if you prefer, Hazel can pre-stock the house for you, or you can rely on the chef to do the shopping and prepare meals for you!

Keep in mind that you'll want to spend quite a bit of time enjoying the house, the scenery, the chef meals/cocktails, the pool and the wildlife on the property. Therefore, your transportation during your stay in Manuel Antonio is not as necessary as you may think.


The drive down the main road from the town of Quepos to the town of Manuel Antonio along the Pacific Ocean is about 10 minutes total. To give you an idea of where The Villa Mariana is located, it sits IN BETWEEN Quepos and Manuel Antonio; therefore, ALL local activities are either a short walk or within a 5-10 minute drive from the house, depending on what you would like to do. Marina Pez Vela, all beaches, restaurants, shopping, Manuel Antonio National Park (a must!) - all are very close!

The Villa Mariana is one of the FEW houses in the area that is situated so perfectly to the beaches AND both Quepos and Manuel Antonio activities.


The full time staff will take wonderful care of you and your group, not allowing you to lift a finger! They are happy to welcome you to your totally turn-key vacation.

Hazel - Our Concierge - She will be in constant contact with you to answer questions about your trip and to pre-book all of your transportation, excursions and chef meals. She will also greet you upon arrival at the house to familiarize you with the grounds and the house. Once you book, you'll be introduced to Hazel via email and she will answer any/all questions that you have and will begin preparing to make this a vacation of a lifetime for you and your group.

Flor - The Housekeeper - She keeps the house tidy throughout your stay and works each day from 8am-4pm with Sundays off. You can feel free to pack light and throw your clothes in the hamper. They'll be folded and ready for wear the next day. Flor has been with The Villa Mariana for 6 years and knows the house like it is her own.

Juan - The Groundskeeper - He maintains the grounds and takes care of all of the maintenance in the house. Juan has been with The Villa Mariana since the house was under construction in 2006. He works each day from 7am-6pm with Thursdays off. Juan will be happy to open and close all of the glass sliding doors each day. He loves to point out the monkeys, sloths, macaws, toucans and other wildlife around the pool and house for the guests!

Cristopher - The Chef - For an additional fee, Chef Cristopher will prepare some amazing meals for you throughout your stay. Cristopher has worked in many high-end homes along the Pacific side of Costa Rica and his presentation and taste of food is impeccable. For groups of 11 or more guests, Chef Cristopher will also bring a chef's assistant, making your dining experience truly special.

Guest safety is important at The Villa Mariana. For your safety, protection, and privacy, both houses contain safes for valuables and a monitored alarm/security system.


Chef Cristopher's services for your 5 to 7 night stay will be available to you at the absolute lowest rate in Manuel Antonio! Cost of groceries is extra. Cristopher will hold onto all of his grocery receipts and will settle up with you every couple of days during your stay. Check out his menu and rates on TheVillaMariana website.


Typically, groups will coordinate (through Hazel) a private shuttle to greet you at the airport and take you directly to the house. Upon arrival at The Villa Mariana, Juan will get you settled in and deliver your luggage to your rooms. If chef services are purchased, Chef Cristopher will have his famous warm chips, guacamole, spring rolls and margaritas awaiting you!

Each day upon waking, breakfast will be served in the dining room. You will not have to worry about any cooking or cleaning during your entire stay. If you have an excursion planned for the day, they will pick you and your group up at the house and will bring you back to the house after the excursion ends. You'll arrive back at the house, just in time for late afternoon cocktails (for pool time), clean clothes are folded, the house is spotless, and dinner preparations are smelled throughout the house. Monkeys are playing on the banisters by the pool, macaws are flying overhead in pairs, sloths are slowly climbing around on tree truly is a spectacular place!

So, what are you waiting for? Check your dates, get your groups together and let's get your dream vacation planned!

More Details

Rocky (Raquel) Moss
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2018

About Rocky (Raquel) Moss

My husband and I love to's our passion. We stayed in this villa and loved it so much that we purchased it! We hope that you love it as much as we do.

Rocky (Raquel) Moss purchased this villa in 2015

Why Rocky (Raquel) Moss chose El Cerro

The Villa Mariana is the most unique home that we have stayed in, from India to Monte Carlo! This home is truly special and known throughout the region as an architectural masterpiece. Not only that, it is also known as the "sexiest villa in Costa Rica". Being a glass house in the jungle with so much nature surrounding you, but yet close to the beach, how unique is that?!

What makes this villa unique

From the moment that you pull into the car park and close the electronic gate behind you, you'll realize that you have arrived in paradise. Words cannot describe how beautiful the pathway is that leads to the house. It is truly stunning! Once you make it down the pathway to the house, the massive steel door that you walk through leads to an indoor river within the living room, spilling into the infinity pool. That is just the beginning of what you'll see in this amazing home. If you like wildlife, monkeys are an every day visitor to the pool and patio!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the El Cerro around the Manuel Antonio

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Located under the pool deck
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Located by the front door
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Located by the living room in the guest house
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Located in 1st level bedroom in guest house
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Located in 2nd level bedroom in guest house
  • Main House: 4 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms Main House + Guest House: 7 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 2 (Heliconia Room) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Air conditioning, ceiling fan, patio, optional baby crib
    Bedroom 1 (Master) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Air conditioning, ceiling fan, safe, balcony
    Bedroom 3 - Madera Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Air conditioning, ceiling fan, patio, optional twin bed
    Bedroom 4 - Ginger Flower Room - 2 Large Double Bed , Air conditioning, ceiling fan, patio
    Bedroom 5 in Guest House - 1 Large Double Bed , Air conditioning, ceiling fan, patio
    Bedroom 6 in Guest House - 1 Large Double Bed , Air conditioning, ceiling fan, balcony
    Bedroom 7 Guest House Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Pull out sofa in guest house living room (can be closed off)
  • The main house sleeps 12 comfortably; however, the nightly rate is based on 10 guests. Each additional guest will be $75 per night (2018) or $85 per night (2019), no exceptions, regardless of age. 13% Costa Rica sales tax will be added to all totals. The casita is an additional nightly charge and can accommodate up to 6 guests. If renting the main house + casita, the rate given will be based on up to 12 guests in both houses. If the group is larger than 12 guests, each additional guest will be $75 per night (2018) or $85 per night (2019), no exceptions, regardless of age. 13% Costa Rica sales tax will be added to all totals.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The drive from SJO Airport to The Villa Mariana is between 2 to 2 1/2 hours, door to door. Guests have the option to fly NatureAir or charter a plane to fly from SJO airport to the Quepos airport instead of driving. Our concierge can book all transportation for you. You'll simply show up and will have someone holding a sign for you as you exit the airport. Our staff makes your vacation as simple and stress-free as possible.


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average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Great Time at the Villa Mariana!

  • 5 of 5

The house was great and the staff is fantastic. they definitely add to the experience. Splurge for the private chef services (2 meds a day). Chef Christopher will not disappoint. The nearby private beach was beautiful, but not an easy walk for some. Great location between Quepos and Manuel Antonio (take a day to visit the National Park). Hazel, the concierge, will take care of anything you need, including transportation to/from the airport. Not sure when we'll be back to Costa Rica, but I definitely know where we'll be staying again!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at The Villa Mariana! We are so happy to hear about your wonderful experience and hope to host you and your group again in the future. Pura Vida!
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Chic and Luxurious Jungle House

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Villa Mariana with my wife, 5 kids (infant-12 yrs), and wife's mother to break up the long drive to Cabo Matapalo for a surf trip. The grounds are landscaped with bright flowers, banana tree's, and other jungle plants. During our stay we were visited several morning's by lots of squirrel monkeys (20+) running around the deck wresting. It was really funny and the kids loved it. We also saw white headed capuchin monkeys, red iguanas, sloths, toucans, and green parrots. It was surprising how much wildlife was steps from the door. The house itself is very chic and clean. You have to be mindful of the septic system and inverted power, but no biggie. The common space doors and sliders open up giving it the "open air" feel. It often had a nice sea-breeze making it very comfortable. The high ceilings made the house feel huge. Each bedroom had its own bathroom, AC, and TV. This was great to keep the baby comfortable during naps and the kids loved having their own TV's. The bathrooms are very tasteful, modern looking, and clean. Flor and Juan were mellow and very helpful when needed. We highly recommend the services by Chef Christopher. He cooks with fresh ingredients and is really talented. He accomodated us with kid friendly dishes too. Hazel the concierge was very responsive and even helped us track down a better SUV to rent. Our stay at Villa Mariana was a result of last minute change of plans, but it ended up being a great part of our trip. We enjoyed it so much we stayed again on our way back from Cabo Matapalo and the kids were so excited to return. I highly recommend staying here and we will definitely be coming back. Thank you Rocky and Kyle!


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  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed and wonderful review! Kyle and I are so glad to hear about your positive experience at our home, The Villa Mariana. We also feel that it is a truly magical place and we love opening it up to others to be able to experience that same feeling that we have. Please reach out to us when you're ready to come back. Until then, Pura Vida!
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Lush Luxury. A truly amazing experience

  • 5 of 5

This place is like being in a movie. The views and lush green scenery are only rivaled by the modern luxury inside. They leave no detail unaddressed. This house is beautiful and spacious yet it has a warm comforting vibe. The infinity pool let's you look right out into the jungle but you feel very safe. The staff is friendly and on point. They work exceptionally hard to ensure you have a relaxing time. I would recommend this property to anyone regardless of their reasons for visiting Costa Rica. It is a gem!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our home. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at The Villa Mariana. We would love to host you again in the future!
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The most amazing getaway tucked away in the middle of the rainforest!

  • 5 of 5

We’ve stayed at the Villa Mariana multiple times and it’s by far our favorite vacation. The house is tucked away in the middle of the rainforest with beautiful tropical plants and tons of wildlife! Villa Mariana won’t disappoint! The house is beautiful and pictures don’t even do it justice. It’s a must see!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brittany, we love that you are a repeat visitor and are making so many memories at The Villa Mariana!
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Great Costa Rican Home Base

  • 5 of 5

Villa Mariana is the perfect place to use as a "home base" from which to see everything Costa Rica has to offer. It's convenient - in the hills just above the Quepos marina and just down the road from the National Park - and it's also the perfect place to relax. The staff and food was incredible too! A big thumbs up to everyone who made our stay an enjoyable and memorable one! KC

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Keith - Thank you for your excellent review! Mi casa es su casa! Keep us in mind should your future travels bring you back to the land of Pura Vida!
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Top Shelf all the way!

  • 5 of 5

Will definitely be coming back! Great house with the best staff ever. They could not do enough for us!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
96 Miles
Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Barba Roja
Nearest Golf
48 Miles
Los Sueños
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
El Arado
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Playa La Macha
Car: recommended

Our concierge will assist you in booking the best excursions and activities in the area. Don't miss the Manuel Antonio National Park and beach! There are plenty of adventure tour companies in the area that will provide transportation to and from The Villa Mariana and the adventure locations including: ATV tours, canopy tours, ziplining, white water rafting, rappelling and catamaran tours. The Marina Pez Vela is located only two miles from the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the El Cerro,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Dec 2018 (Main House)
1 Dec 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £64 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2018 (Both Houses)
22 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £64 per night, per additional guest
New Years (Both Houses)
29 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £64 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2019 (Main House)
5 Jan 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £72 per night, per additional guest
Transition 2019 (Main House)
28 Apr 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £72 per night, per additional guest
Dec 2019 (Main House)
30 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £72 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2019 (Both Houses)
21 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £72 per night, per additional guest
NYE 2019/20 (Both Houses)
28 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £72 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £64 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £753.6

- Refundable security deposit of $1,000.00 is due with the final payment, 45 days prior to check-in.
- There are no refunds or re-booking of dates once confirmed.
- Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
- If a credit card is used to pay for the rental, a 3% fee is added to the total transaction.
- The "Main House" rate includes ONLY the 4-Bedroom / 4.5-Bathroom Main House. During these times, the guests have the option to also rent the separate guest house, "Casita Romantica", which includes 2 master suites, each with a queen bed, en-suite bathroom and storage closets. The casita also includes it's own eat-in kitchen, living room with pull out sofa, lots of outdoor living and an infinity-edged swimming pool. The guest house can be rented for $300 extra per night. Christmas and New Years weeks are the only weeks where Casita Romantica is automatically included in the rate (4-bedroom rate is not available during these weeks).
- Main House Rates are based on 10 guests. Main House + Casita Romantica rates are based on 12 guests.
- Both houses together can accommodate up to 18 (maximum) guests. During 2018 bookings, each additional guest over the 12-guest rate will be an additional $75 per person per night, before tax. During 2019 / 2020 bookings, each additional guest over the 12-guest rate will be an additional $85 per person per night, before tax.
- Daily Housekeeping, Groundskeeping and Security services are included in all rates. Chef services are not included in rates, but are available for an additional cost (not taxed) if requested.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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