**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.
THE HOUSES & SURROUNDINGS
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.
YOUR TRUE TURN-KEY VACATION
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 limbs...it 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!