- 3 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- Sleeps 10
Description from the owner
Casa de Frutas
Bali Modern Design - Wildlife Visits Daily - Pool - Private Beach - TripAdvisor Favorite!
Casa de Frutas is a privately owned luxury rental villa located in the renowned gated resort of Tulemar Gardens in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. This "Bali Modern" style house totals 4,000 square feet of tropical, open-air living with 3 private, air conditioned suites. Some of the many amenities include panoramic ocean views, an infinity edge plunge pool, Balinese pavilion and a private, award winning beach just a short walk down the hill. Perhaps the most unique and distinguished feature is the service of your own personal butl...er to attend to your every need. This villa is now available to rent throughout the year and is best suited for 3 couples, one family with 3-8 persons, two families with 4-8 persons, one couple looking for luxury and privacy or 10 close friends. Your perfect vacation begins at Casa de Frutas. (A 12 page photo spread of Casa de Frutas was featured in the architectural magazine Su Casa)Read more
Luxury Villa- Panoramic Ocean Views, Walk to Beach
Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Additional Location Information
Casa de Frutas is located in Tulemar Gardens. Tulemar is exactly where you want to be in Manuel Antonio. It is the only gated and secure, 33 acre resort development in Manuel Antonio with it's own beach. There are nature and hiking trails leading thru the jungle areas complete with plaques describing trees and vegetation. You will see as much wildlife in Tulemar as you do at the national park including all three types of monkeys, sloths, exotic birds, insects and other wildlife. The beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling and has free lounge chairs, umbrellas, sea kayaks, and boogie boards for all guests to use. Tulemar's beach was also proud to have just received the prestigious "Blue Flag" award (Programa Bandera Azul Ecologica) signifying pristine water and beach area, and environmentally / ecologically protective practices. Food and beverage service is available. You can walk 5 minutes down the hill to the beach and either walk back up or take the resort shuttle. Tulemar is located in the heart of Manuel Antonio, within walking distance to the best restaurants and fun bars. The national park is just minutes down the street.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Mountain nearby, Warm winter getaways
Horse riding nearby, Fishing nearby, Water sports nearby, Tennis courts nearby
Nearest shops, 0.5 miles
Nearest beach: Tulemar Beach, 0.25 miles
Nearest airport: Quepos Airport, 5 miles
Car is not necessary
Last updated on July 23, 2014
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- Tax rate | 4% of rent
- Alarm Clock
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- High chair
- A/C or climate control
- Ceiling Fans
- Clothes Dryer
- Long term rentals allowed (over 1 month)
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Towels Provided
- Hair dryer
- Local Guides/Maps
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
- Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
- Children's pool
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Secure parking space
- Private fishing
- Private Beach
- Mountain Views
- Ocean or water views
- Stove or Oven
- Stereo or CD player
- DVD Player
- Satellite or cable TV
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Balcony or terrace
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - ask
- Suitable for children - ask
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 4000 square feet
What Past Guests Are Saying
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108 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Huntington Beach, CA
Highly recommend Casa de Frutas in Tulemar
Just finished my second vacation at Casa de Frutas and it was equally as amazing as the first. You feel as if you are in a 5 star hotel, but with all the comforts of home. With a private beach a few minutes away, there is no reason to leave Tulemar but to dine and sightsee if you wish to. Dave and his staff are there for your every need, but also respect your privacy. The Villa is absolutely amazing in every little detail. Fresh tropical flowers in every room, private pool with surrounding grounds that are kept beautifully. Tulemar is very secure with a gated community so you are very safe if you are concerned about that. You are within walking distance of both casual and fine dining, but take Dave's advise and try something "a little different" away from the area at least once. I would give it 6 stars if I could; once you go, you will be hooked! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 10/10/2012
Thanks for the kind words, Dann, we loved having you and your family at Casa de Frutas again and hope to see you back again soon!
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Tim & Kim
This was our second time staying in Tulemar at Casa de Frutas. We would highly recommend this vacation and villa to anyone who wants to enjoy relaxation, amazing adventure, beautiful scenery, and an incredible casa. Casa de Frutas is situated perfectly atop a hill that provides magnificent views in every direction. The amenities are incredible and all staff members were helpful with any questions and accommodations. Dave and Maricio are perfect hosts and helped make our vacation unforgettable. Best vacation ever!
Tim & Kim Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 07/13/2012
Hi Tim and Kim....we loved having you and your family with us again....you were wonderful guests......looking forward to your next stay!
Casa de Frutas
my Costa Rican vacation...spectacular
Casa de Frutas, Costa Rica
If I had to be brief, spectacular would be my word of choice. However, Manuel antonio, Tulemar, and especially Casa de Frutas deserve so much more than brevity. If you want to enhance your life simply go to Manuel antonio, Costa Rica and stay in a Tulemar vacation home . If you want to have an exceptional life experience, stay at Casa de Frutas, in Tulemar. These three words, Casa de Frutas, are all you need to know to guarantee a great vacation experience. If you like that "wow” feeling, merely open the front doors of Casa de Frutas during daylight hours, the views are breathtaking. The attention to design, style and detail by the owner David are just as impressive as the views. The house staff are friendly and very accommodating. The use beautiful fresh cut flowers tastefully displayed thoughout the house is another subtle touch of class you will enjoy daily. Then there is the intangible aspect. That would be the domain of Mauricio, master concierge. Whether it is telling you the best places for dinning, setting up a great masseuse or sharing a Costa Rican cultural tidbit, having access to Mauricio drops another 5 points on your stress-o-meter. Which at this point should be around 1. And that's only because you still have to decide what to wear each day...swim suit or cargo pants. Indulge yourself, it's your vacation...
Response from Dave Houck - 06/25/2012
Thanks for the review on Casa de Frutas, Gary.....we really enjoyed having you and your friends stay with us.....looking forward to your return!
Casa de Frutas
Brunch at the Beach
During our recent visit to Tulemar we very much enjoyed our stay at Casa de Frutas. The house is incredible and has amazing views from both levels. We had an idea about the house from the photographs and many reviews from previous guests. However, we were pleasantly surprised with an impromptu brunch we planned at the private beach in Tulemar.
Not only was there a great selection of incredible items on the menu, everything was made to order. Two of our group had dietary restrictions and were accomodated without hesitation.
As we look back on all the fun we had in Manuel antonio, the "Brunch at the Beach" will be an experience we will remember fondly.
Although it was one of those things that was put together at the last minute, the great quality and tremendous service made it one of the more fun days of our vacation.
If you choose to stay in Tulemar, make sure you work "Brunch at the Beach" into your plans! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 06/06/2012
Thanks and we're so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us at Casa de Frutas and it sounds like you really enjoyed our little beach bar and grill at the Tulemar Beach! We'd love to have you back again!
Spectacular views rivaled only by superior service!
Five of us stayed at Casa de Frutas for 10 days in May 2012. First of all, the home was amazing. The view from the house and the pool actually made it hard to get motivated to go to the beach. Why leave when you have everything you need? Of course, we got out and about, and when we returned, it was like walking into a brand new house again. Housekeeping was that good. The entire staff was incredible. Dave, Mauricio, and Julien make you feel like old friends. This is truly a vacation home where one can sit back, relax, and let someone take care of you. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 06/06/2012
Thanks, Dewayne....we loved having you and your friends with us.....hope to see you again soon!
The happy camper
Only one word can describe Casa De Frutas. Heaven!
From the view, staff, location, and amenities, my stay was amazing! Waking up to the most beautiful view of the ocean from Casa De Frutas is unbelievable! Watching the sunset from the pool is a sight I will always remember! A week stay was not long enough! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/26/2012
Thanks, Nick, for your comments on your stay at Casa de Frutas....we loved having you with us and look forward to your return!
Casa de Frutas
Nancy and Phil
A true, relaxing get-away
A truly wow! experience. The Villa easily accommodated the two other couples we vacationed with - spaces for group gatherings and sunset martinis, and very private spaces for 'quiet time'. The best surprise was the attention to detail for amenities, and especially our 'own' concierge, Mauricio. He checked with us every day for tour bookings, as well as dinner reservations. He helped us with any request. Both he and Dave were attentive. It was a true, relaxing get-away.
Nancy and Phil Smith, Arizona Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/08/2012
Thanks, Nancy and Phil! We loved having you and your friends with us! Mauricio really does make the trip easy, handling all of the details. Hope to see you back with us again...
Dave and Mauricio
Casa de Frutas
Finest home in Costa Rica
What words are there for paradise? First, you should know Casa de Frutas is even better than the photos -- and those are pretty spectacular. This is luxury at its best. And then, there's Dave and Mauricio who will attend to your every need. Reservations in Manuel antonio's best restaurants (even those that don't take reservations)? Or, do you want someone to come cook for you? No problem. Want to go jet-skiing, white water rafting, zip-lining? They will make it happen on your schedule. Those activities were wonderful, but we were always anxious to return to Casa de Frutas. The house is simply beyond belief. Beyond. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 03/24/2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to post the review....we loved having you and your family with us.....and look forward to your return!
Dave and Mauricio
Casa de Frutas
In a word...Wow!
This was our second trip to Manuel antonio and our first stay in Casa De Frutas. This is an amazingly beautiful home - incredible design and building materials, amazing vistas, elegant and comfortable. Dave, Mauricio, and the thoughtful staff of the home attend to every detail to make your stay magical - and just when you think this is as good as it could possibly get -things get even better. Fine champagne, tropical exotic flowers, hot tasty brownies, an abundant breakfast, fresh coconut water, special things for our children...We were so spoiled. We could not have asked for a better destination to ring in the new year - complete with a view of the fireworks along the coast. We loved waking up to the sound of monkeys and birds in the mornings, enjoyed the peaceful beach, and had a great time practicing our Spanish. Casa de Frutas is a very special place and Dave and Mauricio are very special hosts. We can't wait to go back!! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 02/03/2012
We loved having your family with us over the holidays and so glad you took advantage of the "mini course" in Spanish offered by the school right next to Tulemar! You did leave plenty of time to enjoy the beach, the park and lots of excursions as well. Hope to see you back again, soon....
Dave and Mauricio
Madeleine & John
Kanata, ON Canada
There are no photos that can show the perfection of Casa Frutus.
Before leaving for Costa Rica, we checked out Casa de Frutus on the Internet and were most impressed. However, ther are no photos that can show the peace, calm and serenity of the elegant surroundings. The views and sunsets were breathtaking.
The staff was efficient and pleasant in addition to providing us with stunning artistic floral arrangements throughout the Casa.
Dave and Mauricio took on the responsibility of seeing to our every wish and need and made all the arrangments for our taxis, restaurants and tours, leaving us to simply enjoy ourselves.
After two weeks, we returned home relaxed and re-enegerized. This was a perfect holiday!
Response from Dave Houck - 12/10/2011
A two week stay.....a true luxury experience.....we really enjoyed having you.....you were great guests.....we hope to see you back again soon!
Dave and Mauricio
Ottawa ON Canada
Thankfully in this world but out of it in every other way!
This is the best vacation that I have ever had.
The location was breathtaking with all the lush vegetation and ocean views. Everything about the villa casa de frutas was extravagant and gorgeous including the exotic flowers everywhere and the monkeys outside. The service down to every last detail was exemplary and included reservations for restaurants and excursions, multiple surprise gifts and beds made up with fresh ironed sheets every day. The people were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The beach was beautiful, towels, lounge chairs and umbrellas provided and the ocean was warm and fun for body surfing. Every amenity seemed to be available, the drinking water was clean and the food delicious. We had an amazing time in this pure paradise. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/07/2011
We loved having you stay with us!
Thanks for such a glowing review of your stay. We already miss you....
Hope to see you again soon....
Dave and Mauricio
You will not have a better view of the ocean or a better Villa than Casa de Frutas. The staff are genuine and lovely people who were helpful and fun to get acquainted with. The house has everything you could ever dream of wanting. I will definately be returning. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/02/2011
We loved having you and your friends stay with us! Hope to see you back soon!
A retreat to heal body and soul.
In all my travels around the world, never have I experienced such splendor. Paradise pales in comparison with this retreat.
From the moment we arrived at the villa we were treated like royalty. Everyone was waiting to greet us when we arrived and the villa far surpassed our every expectation. The attention to detail was amazing. We could not have asked for more.
It was fabulous being able to simply talk to Mauricio about our wishes regarding restaurants and excursions and have him arrange every detail from transportation to reservations.
There was so much to do (beautiful beach, amazing animals at your doorstep, zip lining, white water rafting, fabulous restaurants ect. We will have to come back.
Thank you Dave, Mauricio and allof your amazing staff. We leave totally rested and renewed.
Response from Dave Houck - 12/07/2011
Thanks for such a wonderful review....we loved having you with us and look forward to your return!
Dave and Mauricio
Victoria, BC, Canada
A group of 9 ladies stayed at Casa de Frutas for a week in November 2011 -it was paradise... We couldn't have picked a better place -for luxury, the view, amazing staff...
Mauricio attends to whatever you need -reservations for dinners, activities etc.
The villa is spectacular -spacious & beautiful!
I plan to go back!!! Thanks Dave & Mauricio and all the staff for a wonderful vacation! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 11/29/2011
This group of fun ladies were here to celebrate the 40th birthday of their friend! The week was filled with celebrations, activities, private chefs and even some beach time! We hope to have them all back again.
Dave and Maurico
Casa de Frutas
We stayed in Dave's house for a week. From the second that we arrived, it was perfection. The full staff was waiting for us, the driver that Mauricio arranged had already taken us to lunch and to see the crocodiles and Dave and Mauricio were on hand to show us everything. They had fresh fruit and snacks ready, what a welcome! We have traveled quite a bit and rented several large houses in Europe, Dave's house was my favorite of them all. I never tired of looking out at the gorgeous view. The kids rooms were downstairs, it would not be a good arrangement if you only had small children, but it is perfect if you have older children because we all had our own space. Wonderful Mauricio arranged for us to go ziplining, atving, and white water rafting -- he also rented a sailboat with a crew for us, helped us find a surf instructor and a private yoga teacher who came to the house, a chef who cooked a terrific meal for us all and a masseuse who came to the house. I was also able to pay a little extra to have the wonderful cleaning ladies do our laundry (so it was a real vacation!) The private beach was perfect -- fun for boogie boarding but not too rough. Kayaking was easy and fun for the kids. The bar was good and the people were friendly and you don't have to worry about your stuff getting taken, it's all private. The shuttle drivers took us to the beach and back each day (too steep to walk with tired kids), so it could not have been easier. Rent this house, you will not regret it (but don't tell all of your friends, I want to go back!!) Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/25/2011
Thanks for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! You were great guests and we'd love to have you back with us again!
Dave and Mauricio
The Ryba Family
A 5 Star Plus Tropical Experience
Casa de Frutas was the experience of a lifetime.
I traveled the world in my working life, but never encountered the service and amenities provide by Dave and Mauricio and their team. From the greeting upon arrival to the fairwell, they were there to see to our every need, but they weren't underfoot either.
The home was absolutely beautiful, but only exceeded by the views from the open air living spaces. A terrific kitchen to work in if you so choose. The swimming pool was a daily stop after getting back from the days activities and just as a peaceful gathering space with world class views. Sleeping accomodations were very comfortable. Overall a 12 on a scale of 10!
Tulemar as a community was superb - the beach, the local pools, breakfast, the Bloody Marys and Mojitos!! As with Dave and his team, the Tulemar folks were equally ready to make you at home.
Quepos/ Manuel antonio is a wonderful part of the world. Great local restaurants, zip lining, world class fishing, beautiful beaches - just to name a few of the available experiences. Or, relax and take in the views and enjoy the wildlife!
Our visit to Casa de Frutas was truly one of those few life experiences which met every hope and expectation, accented by wonderful people. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/23/2011
Thanks, Larry, for the great review! We really enjoyed having you as our guests and look forward to your return....
Dave and Mauricio
Casa De Frutas is absolutely stunning. We did not want to leave. The people who looked after Casa De Frutas from the owner to the groundskeeper were all first class. Mauricio, our concierge, was very helpful in coordinating every detail. We especially liked our dinners prepared in the house by Christopher and Mykal. The housekeepers were especially attentive in keeping everything tidy and nice. Costa Rica itself is beautiful and we took advantage by doing activities (zip lining, horseback riding, repelling, jet skiiing, Atving, whitewater rafting, etc.) every day. But it was such a great feeling to return to Casa De Frutas at the end of the busy day. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/23/2011
What an active family....and great guests......we're so glad that you enjoyed your stay....thanks for posting the review and we hope to see you back again!
Dave and Mauricio
It looked and sounded great on the website, and was even better in person. The house is really magnificent, the view is incredible, and the resort beach is perfect. Dave and Mauricio took care of everything we needed including answering all of our pre-arrival questions and helping us book our daily activities. They know the area well, and hook you up with the best guides and restaurants. We especially appreciated the daily extras, such as warm brownies. My facebook pictures of our trip to Casa de Frutas in Manuel antonio were instant hits among family and friends. My family had a really fantastic experience, and I recommend Casa de Frutas without reservation, knowing that your expectations will not only be met, but exceeded in every way. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 07/15/2011
Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We really enjoyed having you and your family with us and hope to see you back again!
Dave and Mauricio
Full Sensory Escape
We were seeking a relaxing, low-stress escape, and Casa de Frutas ws the perfect destination. The house is beautiful and well-designed, with three separate suites that allow privacy when you want it and shared living space. The views from every room are magnificent - rain forest and ocean. We loved the fact that there is no real distinction between indoors and outdoors - you really experience the exotic environment, complete with the sounds of exotic birds, monkeys and of course, the ocean. The service is impeccible, from the daily cleaning/ maintenence, an attentive personal concierge, and the fact that our host obviously has strived to anticipate every need. The special extras - like homemade brownies, a chef-cooked breakfast, dropping off a tray of tropical fruits - really put it over the top. The grounds at Tulemar are as beautifully lush as the nearby Manuel antonio National Park. There is a convenient shuttle service for the grounds and some nearby restaurants/shops, but we often walked - a nice hike from the house to the pools, beach or retail area. Overall, an amazing experience. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 07/01/2011
Thanks for the wonderful review....Mauricio loved working with your family.....such great guests.....we hope to have you back with us again!
Dave and Mauricio
Glen & Kathy
The Best Family adventure Ever!
Casa De Frutas & Tulemar was true paradise. This marvelous open air home was perfectly appointed, the service was beyond attentive, and the jungle delivered amazing sights and sounds. We couldn't take our eyes off the view and every tour and restaurant tip was right on. Dave and Mauricio have created an amazing experience and we enjoyed every minute. Already dreaming of a return trip! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 06/23/2011
We loved having your family stay with us, you were so much fun! Thanks for taking the time to post a review. We hope to see you back again!
Dave and Mauricio
Pagosa Springs, CO
Luxury in the tropics!
This places really needs 10 stars! Beautiful accomodations, every need catered to, wonderful owners! It also has a view to die for, and birds and monkeys galore. If you want the best on the Pacific coast in Costa Rica, this is it. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/20/2011
Thanks...we loved having you with us!
San Francisco, CA
We just got back from our stay in Tulemar and had to share what an amazing time we had. The staff and service was impeccable, the property was pure luxury and comfort, and the setting was perfect. Access to the beach made for a very relaxing stay. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/17/2011
Loved having you at Casa de Frutas!
Mike and Layne Blanchard
We have traveled all over Costa Rica and have stayed at 13 different properties. Our week at Casa de Frutas is one of our most memorable. The house is beautiful, the views breathtaking, and the service outstanding. From the time we stepped in the door until the day we left we were awed by all of the special touches and the friendliness of the staff. We are still talking of about Maurico's homemade brownies!
Response from Dave Houck - 04/30/2011
Thanks for your comments about Casa de Frutas....we loved having you and your friends with us.....the villa works well for three couples (or a family of 3-8 persons!)......we appreciate your remarks about the service....we all work together to provide a complete "experience".....right down to those famous brownies!
Hope to see you back...
Dave and Mauricio
Casa de Frutas
George, Jan, Karen and Jeff
Sonoma, CA USA
Mauricio, release the monkey's
Our adventure begins as we pull up to the front of Casa de Frutas and Mauricio, Dave and the staff are greeting us with smiles and a sip of the local fair. The house was all it was said to be and more. The comfort of your own home with the services of a five star hotel.
Our week was full of activities that Mauricio recommended and help arrange. The evenings were spectacular and relaxing.
But its really the service that Dave and Mauricio provide that made the week so special. Just enough, not over the top, but always helpful when needed.
To give you an idea of the extra effort they put in to making sure your stay is special, on the last day of our trip we told Mauricio that our daughter in law wanted to make sure that we get pictures of a sloth. Well we had not seen one yet. Monkeys yes but no sloths. About a 1/2 hour later we get a knock at the front door and it's Mauricio and the crew. Sure enough they had gone sloth searching and found not just one but 4 to show us and get pictures.
Way to go guys.
Thanks again for a very special week.
George, Jan Karen and Jeff!
Response from Dave Houck - 04/22/2011
Thanks for the kind words....and yes....it may seem like Mauricio has "wildlife on demand"....but he doesn't keep them caged....he just knows where to find them.....IF they don't hang around the villa.....we're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back again!
Dave and Mauricio
Kitchener Ontario, Canada
Luxurious Private Villa in Paradise
After a long travel day, we were greeted with warm welcoming smiles at the front entrance of Casa de Frutas. Dave, Mauricio and the staff then served each of us with a refreshing eucalyptus scented face towel - soon I would realize this would be just one of the many ways would impress us during our week-long stay. There's a distinct feeling of attention to detail - they seem to anticipate what you will need before you even realize it yourself - I think their personal mission must be to make every moment as perfect, and as memorable as possible.
They then opened the large beautiful double door, and we walked inside. There isn't a picture on their site or comment you will read that can prepare you for that moment! The open air living, the stunning ocean view, and rain forest surrounding you, the warm breeze, the tasteful luxurious bali style design that showcases complete comfort and tropical living. Words or images can't capture how breathtaking this villa truly is.
We felt extremely safe, well catered to; our every need or desire taken care of. We had two families which included 3 boys ages 10, 12 and 13, and there was more than enough space and plenty of activities to keep us busy when we wanted - Mauricio has the magic touch in organizing anything from dining to excursions. We saw more wildlife sitting at our kitchen table then we did walking through the National Park. This is a "pinch me" rental that's all about "the good life". I'm conflicted in recommending it because selfishly, I want it all to myself. The only thing I would change is to lengthen my stay which I hope to do next time.
Response from Dave Houck - 04/20/2011
Thank you so much for describing just a part of our "welcome ceremony" and your first impressions of entering Casa de Frutas....you've captured it well!
Hope to see you back again for a longer stay.....
Dave and Mauricio
Brad, Susan, Brady & Cooper Honderich
New Hamburg, Ontario Canada
Amazing, Stunning, Awe-Inspiring, Spectactular!!!
Words can really not describe the stunning beauty nor the exceptional way you are treated at Casa De Frutas! This is a one of a kind experience is all I can say. There is a not a single thing that could be improved - unless Dave, Mauricio and the staff can figure out how to slow down time! This part of Costa Rica is stunning but they truly made the difference. Mauricio is a delight and takes all of the 'work" out of important vacation decisions. We loved "Dave" at the beach. All of the staff - Chris, the girls who made the home an oasis of perfection each day, the shuttle drivers...Wow. You truly feel special - in a special place. I would list all of the wildlife we saw right from the house but the review would be too long! One FYI for parents is our boys and our nephew are 10, 12 & 13 - and I wouldn't recommend kids any younger in this house, but for those with more mature kids, and for adults - Perfecto!!! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 04/19/2011
Thanks...we loved having you and your friends at the villa....we often talk about the amazing ocean views and forget to mention all of the wildlife that "visits" the villa on a daily basis......and you are right....we don't reccommend the villa for children under 10 years of age for safety reasons....hope to see you back again soon.
Casa de Frutas has it all---view, pampering, monkeys an
Casa de Frutas far exceeded our expectations. There is no way we could have imagined all that we experienced during our stay. Casa de Frutas provided an open air architectural masterpiece, spectacular views, abundant monkey activity, a truly private beach and much welcomed pampering. We especially appreciated our warm welcome by the entire staff, the delivery of warm brownies after a long day at the beach, our authentic Costa Rican breakfast and the incredible floral arrangements found throughout the house. Dave, Mauricio and staff delivered the perfect balance between making sure our every need was met and allowing us privacy to enjoy the house. Furthermore, Manuel antonio is a gem itself. It has great restaurants, a variety of excursions available and the friendliest people I have ever encountered in all my travels. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 04/15/2011
Thanks for the kind words....we're happy that you enjoyed all of the special amenities and services......including our beach....it is pretty amazing! Hope to see you back again!
Dave and Mauricio
Comfort with class
Enjoyed the view and wildlife as well as the service.
Casa Frutas, Manuel antonio Costa Rica
Costa Rica and Manuel antonio have enough to offer in and of themselves but the added pleasure of staying at Casa Frutas truly made this an exceptional getaway. The architecture, the staff, the fresh flowers and the view all combine to make it truly memorable. Thanks Dave and Mauricio.
New York, NY
Perfect Vacation Rental
Our week at Casa de Frutas was the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Dave, Mauricio and the house staff were attentive, organized and full of great suggestions. The activities Maurico arranged were unbelievably fun and the days spent on the community's private beach were just splendid. However my favorite part of this vacation home was the view! Every room is built to direct your attention to the breathtaking scenery. I can't wait to make my next trip! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 04/07/2011
Thanks for your post.....and I agree with you.....it's ALL about the VIEW.....and Casa de Frutas has one of the TOP views in the area! Hope to see you back again, soon....
Dave and Mauricio
Los Angeles, CA
A high class rental where no detail is overlooked
Casa de Frutas was the best place we have ever stayed. And, we do a lot of international travel! The house, the service (housekeepers, Mauricio, and Dave), the property, etc. were unparalleled. You can't go wrong here.
The Definiton of Paradise - Casa de Frutas!
The Definition of Paradise - Casa de Frutas
My family had a fabulous week at Casa de Frutas, located inside of beautiful Tulemar Gardens. Dave, the owner, is a gracious host. Mauricio, the house manager (and more) is a gem. Trust me, you will want to take Mauricio home with you! The staff is top notch. Think the Ritz Carlton brand is the best? Think again...Casa de Frutas is hands down the best! The villa is absolutely beautiful, and the attention to detail is amazing. The villa overlooks the Pacific Ocean. We have fabulous pictures of the sun setting each evening. We walked to the private beach several times throughout our stay and enjoyed brunch and drinks at the beach. Life should be like this every day! What a treat to leave cold and snowy Michigan and travel to beautiful Costa Rica. My family had a great week, and we all voted this the best vacation ever. If you want to experience paradise, then I offer three words...Casa de Frutas! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 03/24/2011
Thanks for the wonderful remarks....we really enjoyed your family.....you were great guests......and I did check to make sure you weren't taking Mauricio home with you!
Salt Lake City
Don't miss it
Our stay at Casa de Fruitas was every thing we had envisioned. Dave and his staff we're amazing and did everything to make our stay truly memorable. This location was great. Close to Manual antonio and Quepos with more great restaurants than you can imagine. We thought of Mauricio and the rest of the staff as family by the time we left. The house is very spectacular and the area this is in is the best there is and how about those fresh beautiful flowers! Pura Vida to you all!
Best vacation ever!
I traveled with 9 friends down to Manuel antonio and stayed at Casa de Frutas. I could not believe how beautiful the house was and how exceptional the staff was. We were greeted like celebrities and treated as such our entire vacation. Plans made through Mauricio and Dave were executed flawlessly. They never missed a beat and in turn we were able to enjoy our vacation completely! I am definetly coming back and I will be recommending Tulemar to my friends and family! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 03/04/2011
At Casa de Frutas, you ARE celebrities....
We loved having you and look forward to your return.
Dave and Mauricio
Marlene & Tom
Casa de Frutas is the most beautiful place on earth, not just physically but also mentally, from the moment you step into the house you feel like you have just witnessed a piece of heaven. The staff was so friendly and helpful, the house was always pristine but never uncomfortable. If you are looking to be pampered this is the place to stay,Mauricio takes care of you and makes you feel like you have been friends forever. I can not wait to return!!! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 03/01/2011
Thanks for the wonderful comments.....yes....our goal is to overwhelm all five senses as you enter and are welcomed to Casa de Frutas.....we loved having you as our guests.
Dave and Mauricio
Best vacation we've ever had. Beautiful accomidations, Beautiful surroundings. Friendly and helpful staff.
Paradise is only hours away
We have traveled to Costa Rica 7 times in the last 10 years, of which 6 were visits to Tulemar where Casa de Frutas is located. Without a doubt this was our best vacation ever! From the hospitality of Dave and Maurcio to the secluded beach to the service and accommodations, we could never expect a better experience. Casa de Frutas and its amenities will meet everyone of your needs. We can't wait to return next year. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 02/25/2011
We love our repeat clients...it just keeps getting better every visit!
Larry & Lynn Thompson and Family
Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada
Vacation of a lifetime
From the very minute when we were greeted by Dave, Mauricio and the staff of Casa de Frutas we could not have been more pampered and catered to. The house was amazing, beautiful, clean and well kept. The maids were quiet, friendly and went about their business. Mauricio was so friendly and extremely helpful, from finding lost luggage to arranging doctors appointments, booking all our activities, I don't know what we would have done without him. We love Mauricio!
The added little touches, brownies, breakfast, beautiful flowers, books to read, movies, gifts coming and going were beyond what we expected and were certainly appreciated.
We, as a family all agree that our trip to Costa Rica could not have been better and we miss it every day. We came home to lots of snow and cold weather. No more flip flops, no more beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunsets, what can we say, we have told a lot of our friends and family about Casa de Frutas and they are all interested in visiting.
We got all our pictures back from white water rafting, zip lining, touring the natiional park, horse back riding and they are great, good memories of our trip.
If I could say one thing to your future guests or anyone thinking about it, just go, you will love every minute of it.
The house, the area, the people, the sunsets, the food, everything was perfect. We'd ;love to come back, we miss you. Thanks for a great vacation.
ip. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 01/30/2011
Thanks for the wonderful remarks! Mauricio really enjoys serving our guests and it does show. We hope to have you with us again!
Casa de Frutas
Amazing villa....Outstanding service
One of the very few places I found hard to leave.
Casa de Frutas, managed by Dave and Mauricio, cannot come more highly recommended. I have travelled quite extensively and stayed in some of the worlds most highly rated hotels, and Casa de Frutas is definitely a contender.
If I had to compare my experience to one other place I've stayed in, it would be the amanpuri resort in Phuket.
From the simple stylish decoration to the maids who somehow manage to go about their duties without you noticing they are there. This is truly a very special place that obviously prides it self on service and attention to detail.
Mauricio who is the 'personal butler' of the house is like a magician. Faced with any daunting task from lost luggage to last minute excursions, he was able to remedy anything within minutes...but more impressively with a sincere smile and zen-like demeanor.
The balance of having this level of service and yet not have someone leaning over your shoulder is what Casa de Frutas has mastered. Like a Swiss Finishing School in hospitality.
I have been back in London now for two weeks since my vacation and not one day has passed that I didn't have a passing thought of being back at Casa de Frutas.
Response from Dave Houck - 01/30/2011
It was a pleasure to have you and your family with us for two weeks. You were great guests! Thank you for the wonderful remarks; your comparison to Aman Resorts put big smiles on our faces. We hope to see you again...
Dave and Mauricio
Casa de Frutas
New Orleans, LA
Spectacular Costa Rica villa
As we wrote in the house's guest book, how do you add superlatives on top of superlatives? We've rented vacation villas around the world during the Christmas-New Year's holidays for years. We all thought this was in the top one or two best experiences we've had. House was ideal for an extended family or for (3) couples with just the best mix of common areas and private spaces. There was absolutely no detail about the design, setting and/or service that wasn't over the top. Take it from us - the villa was perfection. Only change we think they should make is a new video about the property. The current one doesn't do it justice. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 01/05/2011
Thanks for the kind words; we really enjoyed having your family with us as well. You were wonderful guests!
Dave and Mauricio
Amy, Gary and Family
I am hesitant to review honestly because then other people will discover our favorite vacation spot of all time! Seriously, the house is spectacular, the view is breathtaking, but both are surpassed by the care and attention of the staff, especially Mauricio. We couldn't have asked for a more fabulous vacation. We will be back! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 01/05/2011
Thanks for the wonderful comments.....you were great guests and we loved having you with us.....Mauricio really is the "mayor of Manuel Antonio"....he can do almost anything....from reservations at spots that don't take reservations to retrieving lost luggage! Until your next visit....
The staff was great!
the grounds were great!
But most of all, the house was wonderful! Words cannot describe how awesome the entire experience was.
Five Star Experience
Amazing experience, better than any five star hotel! Cannot wait to come back.
Amazing view, amazing people, amazing house!
My wife and I just got back from Casa de Frutas in Tulemar. If you want to visit Manuel antonio, please, please, do yourself a favor and stay here. First, the people are great. Dave and Mauricio are the best. They are not only nice, but they genuinely care about their guests. They want you to have a great time! I can't even to begin to describe the beauty of the house or the area. Wildlife everywhere! The house makes you feel like you are in the lap of luxury but in the middle of the jungle. Dave and Mauricio did so many nice things for us at their guests. They brought us warm, hot brownies. They had a very nice lady come in and make us breakfast. They made sure we got everywhere safely. They really went above and beyond. The tours were awesome. We went zip lining and white water rafting - both cannot be missed!
Back to the house - we could easily have slept more people. I think that 3 couples would be the perfect amount at Casa de Frutas. It was in a safe area and had a gate. We never felt uncomfortable. The housekeepers were sweet (they scrubbed our shoes after going out all day; I have never seen that level of commitment to making your guests happy). The gardner was so friendly, he showed us all the plants and animals. They were all there for you but never intrusive.
Most of all, go and enjoy the scenery and the people. Both are unforgettable.
Pura Vida! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/05/2010
We had a great time with Ric, his wife and friends. They were great guests really enjoyed their first trip to Costa Rica and Casa de Frutas. We hope to see them again, soon....
The most stunningly beautiful home in paradise!
I felt like I was in a dream. The view from the home was just breathing taking. The sights and sounds of nature made for a relaxing atmosphere along with the beautiful view of the ocean. The experienced staff were great! They all greeted us at the front door when we arrived and continued to pamper us throughout our stay. I look forward to my next visit with great anticipation.
Jeff and Kathy Lundin
Apple Valley, Minnesota
Amazing, Relaxing, and Exciting adventure
Our vacation at Casa de Frutas was more than we ever imagined. The setting, including the beautiful ocean view, monkeys and toucans in our backyard, and gorgeous flowers everywhere, was unbelievable. The highly trained staff made our experience so comfortable and unforgettable. The tours and adventures that the house manager helped us schedule were perfect. The home itself was beautiful, roomy and comfortable. We will treasure our memories of the fabulous week we spent at Casa de Frutas.
The best I have ever had...
I would say continue to do what your doing it was fabulous words cant say enough out the place, the staff or anything else simply wonderful
Wow! What an amazing place! This home is fabulous and the service unbelievable. There wasn't anything that we would change - everything was perfect!
The most amazing vacation imaginable
The most amazing vacation imaginable, and I can't wait to go back. The cournty, the people and the animals are beautiful. Casa de Frutas is incredible...the views, the animals, the style and decor and the staff made this a 5-star vacation destination.
A spectacular vacation celebration
There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe the wonderful experience that we had at Casa deFructas. From arrival to departure and everything inbetween was done in a "first class" manner. Our family not only enjoyed the villa .and everything in it but also the beautiful country, Costa Rica/ Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/21/2010
Connie and her husband were celebrating a very special wedding anniversary and brought the whole family! They were a lot of fun and great guests!
Redondo Beach, CA
beautiful location and great service
What a wonderful vacation! This is a beautiful home with a staff that takes care of all your wants and needs. The location is excellent for those seeking adventure or for those who want to rest and relax at the beach or pool. Our group of eight friends had a great time.
'Had an absolutely wonderful time.The accomodations were perfect. The company was great! Your house staff was the bomb. Your hospitality was very much appreciated. We certainly enjoyed spending time with you. What a magnificent home! The view is to die for! Sandy & I send our thanks, and regards. Pura Vida! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/03/2010
Thanks, Rose and Sandy....we really enjoyed your group....hope to see you all again next year!
Joy Dress Neitling
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse Gone architectural Digest!
Our stay at Casa de Frutas was truly amazing! The casa was absolutely breathtaking - every little detail was thought out and cared for, the views were spectacular, the private beach is stunning, and the home tisruly a work of art. Dave was a wonderful host - he took the time to connect with us and get to know us before we arrived and was always making sure our every need was taken care of. Maurizio was more than accommodating to all of our special activities - always lining up our tours, transportation, and dining options. I highly recommend this casa to anyone looking to have an outstanding dream vacation. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 07/24/2010
Two Moms....four college aged daughters....LOTS of fun! Hope to see you again....
Dave and Mauricio
Ive never seen a house so amazing. Beautiful views, the location was key, and the house was uniquely breathtaking. Dave and his crew treated us like princesses!
excellent, grade a vacation
everyone was great, from the people in the area to the staff at casa de frutas. Thank you for a excellent vacation.
Casa de Fruitas in Queopas, Costa Rico was an outstanding home. The accomodations were first class and the managenment with the ownwer next door made the trip remarkable.
Key West, Florida
Hopefully, Heaven will be as good as this!
Vacation time is a very special thing. No one wants to take a chance that this valuable time is less than spectacular. I've stayed at Casa de Frutas on several occassions during various times of year over the past 4 years. I can only say, the experience gets better each time. Dave, Mauricio and his wonderful and caring staff always exceed my expectations. Five stars just doesn't seem adequate given the level of service, hospitality, location and grandeur of this very special place. I only hope that Heaven will be as good as Casa de Frutas! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 07/07/2010
Thanks for the kind words....we always try to make each additional stay a little different and special!
Costa Mesa, California
It was the most relaxing vacation I've ever had.
The natural beauty of Costa Rica aside, this house is incredible! The panoramic views are nothing short of breathtaking, the house itself is impeccably maintained inside and out, and the staff is truly wonderful. Dave and his people have created an environment that is absolutely worry free, thereby allowing his guests to experience a vacation like no other. I'm counting the days until I am able to return. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 06/05/2010
Thanks, Alex....we loved having you and your friends with us!
Unbelievable beauty, service, surroudings, and people!!!
I would go back tomorrow if I could! Dave, Mauricio, and their entire staff made this remarkable property an unbelievable vacation experience. My friends and I literally cried when we left. Not only is the home beautiful beyond imagination, the service is better than any 5+star hotel. The surroundings are perfect, the sunsets magical and the attention to detail unforgettable. Our every need was met before we even knew they existed. Staying at Casa de Frutas was a dream. I’ve never experienced such warmth and beauty (both in the surroundings and in people) in my life. I cannot wait to return.
Costa Mesa, CA
Spectacular home with phenomenal service!
If I could give this rental 20 stars, I would. Beautiful home, in a great location, with awesome service. The Concierge arranged every detail -- felt like I didn't need to lift a finger. The staff was helpful and efficient, but not intrusive. Overall a great group of people! The area is beautiful and full of wildlife. Area restaurants are great -- and the Concierge made sure we had the best tables and top notch service everywhere we went. Would recommend this home to anyone who enjoys tropical locations and feeling like a billionaire (without having to be one)! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/30/2010
Thanks, Tonya, for the great remarks....Tonya and her friends stayed with us for two weeks! Very active....tours....the beach....and morning runs up and down the hill!
I have never had an experience like the one at Casa de Frutas. Everything was a amazing. The house, the gated community, the view, the beach, the town and the hospitality were first rate. I typically do not return to travel venues, but I will definitely consider returning to Casa de Frutas. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/20/2010
We would LOVE to have you back, Gina!
Dave and Mauricio
Raleigh, Noeth Carolina
A Piece of Heaven on Earth
Excellent service, beautiful scenery, all needs and wants met without even having to ask. The best vacation I have ever taken. Would love to go back each year! No suggestions for improvement because it was perfect in every way!
Kitty and Rich Shildt
Casa de Frutas
We had a fabulous time at Casa de Frutas. The house was even more beautiful than the website indicated. We took two other couples and we agreed it was one of the best vacations ever. Besides the property and all its amenities, Dave, Mauricio and the house staff made the vacation even more personal. Every detail during our stay was addressed. Mauricio suggested and made all our restaurant reservations (all excellent choices) and planned our tours. We loved the private beach and went boogie boarding every day. We were terribly spoiled and we plan to return the same time next year.
This was our first time to Costa Rica. It is a beutiful country with great people who make you feel very welcome. We are wondering why it had taken us so long to discover Costa Rica!! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/13/2010
Rich and Kitty were referred to us by friends of theirs.....almost 40% of our guests are "word of mouth" referrals.....we love that....looking forward to their return next year.
Spectacular As Always
We just completed our second trip to Casa de Frutas in April and had another outstanding visit. It rates an enormous five stars in terms of total overall vacation experience. I wouldn't have changed anything.
The House -- magnificent yet comfortable
The Location -- private, secure and surrounded by beauty, amazing flora and fauna
The Service -- friendly, helpful, available without being intrusive. They catered to our every need to create an effortless, restful and adventure-filled vacation.
The Amenities -- a wonderfully, clean, accessible beach with all the services you require; fabulous in-home chef services were top rate enabling us to enjoy meals of our choice with the best view in the area(Casa); the pool area spectacular; the household service was exceptional; wireless/cell phone capabilities; concierge service spoiled us - we didn't lift a finger.
The welcome -- the hosts of Casa make you feel welcome and at home, as if you are family. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/10/2010
Our "repeat" guests are always a treat.....we already know their preferenes and the staff can really pamper them.....plus Carey and her friends are such special and gracious guests....we really enjoy them!
10 Toed Sloth
True Tropical Paradise
Dave and his team provided excellent service that was beyond any expectation I had for my stay. The atmoshere they created let me relax in luxury and comfort. On top of my stay in the house, they also provided outstanding recommendations and reservation on dining, zip lining, surfing, and all sorts of activities. Truely one of the best vacations I have ever had!! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 04/30/2010
I think Jason is referring to himself as the "10 toed sloth", but he kept pretty active with his future in laws. This was their second trip and Jason's first, but I think we'll be seeing lots more of all of them!
heaven on earth
Your experience begins as you enter Casa de Frutas, with warm towels for your hand, and the luxury never stops as you enter one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Dave has built an amazing vacation home, and you get to take full advantage of the Costa Rican jungle as well as the amazing ocean views with the complete open air concept with state of the art accomodations. I dont want to share all the goodies that the wonderful Mauricio and Dave have cooked up to make your experience at Casa de Frutas one of a kind, but I cant wait to go back! The pool and patio is another highlight of the estate, and you will find yourself torn between spending time on the comfortable furniture in the house, or the wonderful infinity pool overlooking the jungle and ocean. Casa de Frutas is A++++++++ Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 04/16/2010
This was the second stay at Casa de Frutas for Allison's family, but her first, as she wasn't able to join them last year. We always enjoy their visit and Allison and Jason (her fiance) made the family complete!
Me Gusta CdF
Fantastic Way to Experience Paradise
Casa de Frutas was fantastic. Views from the open air house often times seem like your own panoramic postcard of paradise....... then you remember its real! Everything about the home is top-notch, designed with discerning taste, and incredibly functional. While the open air design was wonderful during the day, I was quite happy to air condition the bedroom at night. Dave and Mauricio were very welcoming and kind. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 04/16/2010
Ryan and Lindsey spent their honeymoon at Casa de Frutas; we really enjoyed sharing this time with them. Great guests and we wish them the best!
Looking for luxury in a tropical setting? Casa de Frutas in Manuel Antonio is a rare combination of a beautiful tropical home with great amenities overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The dip pool is amazing we spent many an afternoon there enjoying the sounds of the jungle and of course sipping tropical drinks. The landscaping is meticulous but very natural. The fresh floral arrangements in the home are just beautiful. A walk to the beach for lunch is highly recommended. Dave and Mauricio are amazing hosts, always there for assistance for a dinner reservation, excursion or to answer a question.I won't give away any of the surprises they provided. They also arranged a gourmet dinner at the Casa to celebrate two birthdays. You really never needed to leave the house but there are so many great restaurants to experience you just had to go out. We will be returning just as soon as we can. The only real bummer was leaving. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 03/27/2010
Four couples that work together shared Casa de Frutas (and an extra bungalow in Tulemar)....they were so much fun.....and a favorite of the staff!
March Break at Casa de Frutas
Where can you go on vacation, walk in to a house and feel so overwhelmed of beauty and hospitality... I can personally tell you ... Casa de Frutas.
My husband, 2 daughters (10 and 14) and my mother were there for March Break. What an outstanding week of relaxation, adventure, hospitality, beauty and fun.
Mauricio, Dave and the other staff were there when we arrived with cold towels and a freshing drink welcoming us into their home.
The house is exquisite with a million dollar view. We all enjoyed swimming in the infinity pool and watching the sunset. We all had fun at the private beach jumping in the waves when we could catch them.
Within 24 hours of being at Casa de Frutas we had seen monkeys, a sloth, crabs, geckos, lizards, iguannas and many interesting insects. We loved waking up hearing the sounds of nature (usually around 5:30 each morning).
Mauricio was such a great assistance. Whatever we needed he was there for us. He helped make our trip unforgettable and even had a few surprises for us!!
Casa de Frutas is located in an excellent location and within walking distance to a few wonderful open air restaurants - our favourite was Agual Azul. The food and service was amazing!!
As we were leaving a few monkeys even came by to wish us off :). I will be honest in saying I had a few tears as I gave them all a hug good bye. That is how well they made us feel at home!!
We really look forward to coming back!! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 03/26/2010
We loved having the Prince/Ferris family with us....so many Canadians are discovering Costa Rica....our guests really feel like Mauricio has all the monkeys trained to show up on cue...during arrival and departure......maybe he does!
Mike, Linda, Keith, Sabine, Janet & Dave
Markham, Ontario, Cnada
Mere Words Are Not Enough!
Where do I begin, when we (3 couples) first walked into the main living area we were left breathless. I know some of you are thinking that's an exaggeration but let me assure you it is not. The rooms are all 5+ Star quality, especially the Master Suite (la Casa) which I was fortunate enough to spend the week in with my lovely bride. The other two couples also indicated they were thrilled with their accomodations as well. The services provided by the staff were better than any hotel and sometimes we felt that they thought they were neglected because we chose to do some things on our own (like make dinner reservations, pick-up after ourselves and load the dishwasher). The views were spectacular, the beach had soft sand, warm water and very helpful attendants. It was only a 5 minute walk to the beach (down hill) and a shuttle was available for the ride back up the hill. The house had it's own pool with plenty of shade (at 90+ and sunny every day we would have roasted otherwise. The walk into town was easy and very safe. Supplies, food and escentials (beer & liquor) were easy to get and made for easy convienient breakfasts. Wildlife was abundant, from several types of monkeys, sloths, friendly mosquito eating geckos and birds. Tours and extra ciriculars were easy and a very good value, the zip lining was even well accepted by the people with height issues. There were so many restaurants within walking distance that when you did take a taxi to one further away you sometimes felt a little guilty.
In a nutshell:
It was beautiful, it was afe, it was very well appointed and well kept.
It was close enough to everything to make it convenient, but far enough away to make it private.
What we liked the best, the views.
What we liked the least, walking up steep hills (oh boo hoo hoo).
Was it worth the price, definately.
Would we go back?
In a heart beat Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 03/17/2010
We really enjoyed Mike and his friends.....they were great guests.....thanks for the kind words and we hope to see them again!
Couple from Virginia
From the east coast blizzard to a piece of paradise!
My husband and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Casa de Frutas. What a perfect setting for an anniversary we will never forget!!
I did extensive research online before booking; I may have looked into most of the available accommodations in MA! When I found Casa de Frutas, I knew I had found a real jewel! And Dave was amazing to deal with from the very first inquiry. He was most accommodating, generous and kind in not only assisting us with our reservation for CDF, but in also helping us find another place for the days prior to our arrival at CDF. Thank you Dave for your patient assistance and for making our visit to your casa possible.
ALL of the comments on TA were glowing, positive and accurate. There was not a single negative statement and that is because, in our opinion, there are none.
The casa is decorated and equipped with impeccable taste. Every conceivable need is anticipated and provided for with first class amenities. The open layout and comfortable furnishings are not only beautiful but functional. The pictures online are true to life but even more amazing in person. With the infinity pool, Balinese pavilion, waterfall showers, fantastic views and sunsets, morning visits from the monkeys, we didn't find the need or desire to leave the house very much. It was a peaceful, relaxing respite in which we soaked up all the natural, tropical beauty that surrounded us.
The staff couldn't be more friendly and helpful, yet not imposing at all. Mauricio was so personable and professional. He anticipated our every need before we knew it ourselves and was so helpful and thoughtful. From recommending restaurants,(we especially liked Aqua Azul,Kapi Kapi and Barba Roja) making reservations for us and arranging transportation, he couldn't do enough to make sure our visit was perfect - and believe me, it was! Thank you Mauricio for all of your kindness and attention.
Our only regret was leaving this paradise.
We will definitely return. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 02/22/2010
It was our pleasure to have Karl and Patricia at the villa for their anniversary and we look forward to their return!
Dave and Mauricio
We were welcomed by an entourage of the house staff bearing hot wash cloths, tropical beverages, and smiles. Impressive music played in the backgound while incense and candles burned everywhere. The house is open-air, allowing in the full experience of the outdoor environment at its best. The view is incredible.
We were given a full review of the house before reservations were made for our dinner. The house manager consistently followed up on a daily basis to help us plan our itinerary and make the necessary connections. His suggestions and recommendations were right on.
The daily staff that tended to housekeeping chores and exterior maintenance were unintrusive, yet welcomed the opportunity to engage with us by invitation. By the end of our stay, they all felt like part of our family.
Response from Dave Houck - 02/16/2010
It was Dean's first stay with us and we hope he'll return soon!
A week in the lap of luxury
The first thing you notice abou Casa de Frutas is the stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean that can be seen from any part of the house.
The service we received from the staff at the home was second to none. It could not have been easier to set up excursions and tours everyday. When we would come back every night, the house looked immaculate.
The location placed us within walking distance of cafes and restaurants and a short drive to Manuel Antonio.
Truly a memorable week and an unforgettable home.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Felt like I was living in the lifestyle of the rich and famous!!
'Casa de Frutas' is the kind of home you dream of but never expect to have the opportunity to actually live there -- even if only for a week! The home is elegant, well designed and yet so welcoming and comfortable.We were traveling with 3 couples, but had complete privacy with our individual suites. The staff is excellent and the additional attention of Mauricio, and the owner, Dave, means that there is no detail left undone nor request left unfufilled. With the fabulous sunsets, infinity pool, private beach down the hill, it was hard to leave. Yet, we were conveniently close to attractions like the jungle canopy tours, and jet-skiing. We got excellent restaurant recommendations as well as arranging for us to have a chef in for a few nights. We'll be back. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 02/02/2010
Thanks for the kind words and we look forward to your return!
Michigan, United States
A Wonderful Week!
Our stay at Casa de Frutas was a dream come true for my entire family. Our week was part family vacation and part wedding. Everything was perfect, including the support staff who helped with everything from meals and cleaning during the week to help with local attractions, restaurants and tour arrangements. I would recommend Casa de Frutas to anyone looking to make a memory and have the vacation of a lifetime!
Wonderful wedding week!
Our stay at Casa de Frutas was magical. Words cannot adequately describe what a stay at Casa de Frutas is like. It is something that has to be experienced to understand. The design of Casa de Frutas allowed us to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding jungle and its inhabitants while at the same time enjoying all the comforts of a fashionable resort.
Dave and the staff of Casa de Frutas were attentive and ready to help with any needs or requests. It was a week we will never forget and we hope to return someday to our favorite Casa and the friends we met there. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 01/27/2010
Sue's daughter, Cindy, was married on our beach at sunset and had an amazing reception afterwards. We were honored to be a part....
This property beautiful in its design, location and decor. Every attention to
detail was noticed from the minute you entered the front door. Dave and
Mauricio made the stay a very easy transition from a day of travel to having
everyone greeting us upon arrival. We are a family of many personalities and
Dave and Mauricio found a way to make it all go smoothly. Yoga, massages,
activities, restaurant reservations, private chefs.....Yes, it was hard to leave!!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful home with us. We do hope to return
again and experience the magic of Casa de Frutas. Happy New Year!
Karen and family Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 01/07/2010
Karen and her family were great holiday guests!
J & K Webb
Casa de Frutas was simply amazing!
My husband and I had never been to Costa Rica, we heard about Casa de Frutas website from some friends. Upon arrival at Casa de Frutas we knew we had made the right choice. The warm and friendly staff greeted us and immediately made us feel welcome and relaxed. The house itself is beautiful, wonderful views of the ocean, wildlife, and grounds. The house has (3) private suites each with their own verandas to enjoy the magnificent views. The private pool and cabana were our favorite place to relax and watch the sunset. The very attentive staff helped to make our sightseeing trips very unique. We especially enjoyed the Canopy Tour. The public beach in Manuel Antonio is perfect for walking and enjoying the locals, we also enjoyed the private Tulemar beach. There are several wonderful restaurants in Manual Antonio; our favorite for dinner was Kapi Kapi. We will definitely keep Casa de Frutas and Costa Rica on our travel list, can't wait to go back. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 01/04/2010
Kapi Kapi is one of our favorite restaurants....we're happy to share all of our favorites with our guests....thanks for the kind words, Karen and we hope you return soon!
Attentive, sensitive service combined with an outstanding villa.
These guys have it down. From the moment they greet you (actually, during the previsit phone call, they let you set the pace for your vacation. If you want to enjoy the peace and quiet, they leave you alone. Their great service is almost invisible. If you want a "action packed" week they help you set your agenda. The actual villa, Casa de Frutas is the best in the area. Well maintained, great views combined with a great location. But it is the service that will bring you back. Pricy, but worth every penny. I highly recommend no matter what the purpose of the trip is, they have it all. I have worked 30 years in the hotel business and these guys have mastered it. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/28/2009
This is at least the third trip for Bob....sometimes with his family....sometimes with friends.....always a pleasure!
Last July was my 4th trip to Costa Rica 2nd time to
stay at Casa de Frutas, this trip we brought along our family, we were most excited about sharing the expreience with them because of the treatment at Casa de Frutas. We love spending time at the villa and around the pool, the views from the entire villa are breathtaking. The services provided are better than most resorts. We had the WOW factor from the minute we arrived, and it remained until we sadly had to go home. the service is impecciable
and no was not in their vocabulary. The location of the villa is perfectly situated right in the middle of Quepos and Manuel Antonio state park, transportation is easily available to the many many
restaurants in the area. We especially enjoyed the abundance of monkeys that played in the trees suronding the Villa, we are now planing our next visit to Costa Rica, and the only place for us is
Cas de Frutas. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/19/2009
We loved having Bob and his family with us and look forward to their return!
what more could you ask for
it was a truly magnificent place to stay in
immaculate facilities and superb hosts
weather and views where stunning
close to all the best manuel antonio restarants Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/18/2009
Our first guests from Australia! A fun group!
Angie Food Muse
Heaven on Earth
If I were to pick my choice for a Heaven it would be Casa de Frutas.
Located in the heart of a friendly jungle (monkeys every morning)and overlooking an amazing view, this Bali inspired home is still close to restaurants and other services.
You know you are in heaven from the time you walk in the door to an amazing view and a staff ready to meet your every need.
After 2 visits, I highly recommend Casa de Frutas for your Heaven on Earth! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/17/2009
Angie and Greg are wonderful guests and Angie is a great cook! We're looking forward to their next visit.
Marco Island Fl
It was my very first trip to Coasta Rica and it couldn't have been better. The accomodations were fantastic. The attention to detail in the furnishings and overall design were excellent. This was only surpassed by the friendliness of the staff. They went beyond all expectations!!
The only word to describe this Villa is WOW !!!!Spectacular views, large open living areas, private pool and all the immenities you'd want in a vacation spot. Dave and his staff were terrific! They were there to answer all questions and meet any needs. They will set you up for any adventure. It felt like we were in a five-star resort.This was my first trip to Costa Rica and it will not be my last! My Brother was so impressed with Casa de Frutas that now he and his family are going.
Response from Dave Houck - 12/15/2009
We are looking forward to seeing Sue's brother and his family in June of 2010!
We can't wait to return!
From the moment my family arrived at Casa de Frutas, all of our senses were bathed in the true meaning of relaxation. As we followed the alluring music that was emanating from the entire property we were welcomed with warm hand towels to cleanse our travel weary skin, before us a monumental view of the ocean, flickering candles adjacent to the scent of an exotic incense and a much needed cocktail infused with a tropical juice that made us instantly realize we were on vacation…and that was only the first 15 minutes of our trip! From there we explored an exquisitely designed home which included plenty of space for our entire family to enjoy, yet the suites enabled the privacy each individual family desired (like morning coffee on our private verandas!) Each excursion we desired was fulfilled with Mauricio’s professional assistance, from sunset horseback rides on the beach, fishing trips, zip lines in the jungle, ultralight aerial tours to yoga and a massage delivered personally in our suites! We were able to procure personal chefs to come and prepare local distinctive dishes to enjoy in our open air dining room with a view. It was a wonderful experience but created the dilemma of which restaurants were going to be missed considering we only had one week to explore them! Most of the establishments we chose had exquisite service, delightful cuisine and phenomenal views. This vacation was like nothing we had ever experienced in a property rental. We are so grateful to Dave and Mauricio for providing our family a vacation that will never be forgotten. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/14/2009
Thank you Lori and Tim.......it was our pleasure!
The Most Incredible Vacation Ever!
Casa de Frutas is the closest thing to paradise on earth that exists! It is the most uniquely designed home I have ever seen- completely open on the back with the most incredible view of the ocean in every direction. The view is not restricted to the main area of the home. Every suite has an incredible view as well.
It was amazing to have coffee in the mornings and watch the monkeys literally swing from the branches a few feet from the house.
The private beach is also quite beautiful and peaceful. Whether you want to relax and read a book, or join friends for a refreshing cocktail from the bar, it is the perfect spot.
Mauricio and the all of the incredible staff looked after our every need. Mauricio often anticipated things we hadn't thought about!
I highly recommend Casa de Frutas. Vacations will never be the same again!
Response from Dave Houck - 12/13/2009
Thanks, Tom.....you're group was so much fun......we've had so many great guests from the Philadelphia area.
san francisco, CA
Cannot possibly describe the experience!
David and Mauricio have done a really amazing job of providing a perfect balance of nature and comfort at Casa de Fruitas. I could write an entire book about our great experience but here are a few of the bullet points I think will be helpful to potential guests:
Service: To say that it was fantastic is an understatement. Superior to any Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, or other luxury hotel brand I've experienced. I Really am not exaggerating. It was very friendly, personal, and attentive but not intrusive in any way. This is a very difficult balance to achieve. To go into any further detail I think would spoil the pleasant unexpected efforts that future guests will enjoy!
Luxury accommodations: The house is absolutely beautiful and very comfortable and is much more spacious than the pictures indicate. The division of the suites makes it perfect for a large family or group of friends. The open air design of the living areas provides a bird's eye view of the natural rain forest and ocean. The bedroom areas are air-conditioned (we hardly needed it) and were very comfortable.
Location: This is the best and most convenient location in Manuel Antonio. The beach (definitely the nicest one I experienced in CR) is steps away and is great for swimming as well as other activities. Restaurants are within walking distance and there is a grocery store which caters to Americans about four blocks away. We also stayed for a few nights at The Arenas del Mar while waiting for our friends to arrive and while it was very nice, it could not even begin to compare with CDF.
Activities: Highly recommended is white water rafting. This was definitely a high point of the trip for me. I sat out the canopy tour for fear of height and now regret it as I told that it was amazing. David and Mauricio give great advice and not only steered us in the right directions but made all of the arrangements for us!
In summation, I can't imagine returning to CR without a stay at CDF! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/04/2009
We had a great time with Brian and his friends; excellent guests! Looking forward to their return.
The best vacation we have ever experienced,,,,
Casa De Frutas is one the the best homes we have ever experienced. The location in Manuel Antonio and the house itself was absolutely fantastic.
The service provided by the staff was top notch and always delivered with a warm greeting, and and a beautiful smile. The best part of the house is the the comfort and all the amenities that they provide, the great bathroom products, fresh baked brownies delivered by Mauricio, wonderful welcome basket provided when you arrive and many more great surprises throughout yor stay.
I cannot think of anything I did not like about the the house. It just is a bit of heaven on vacation..... Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 12/04/2009
It was a pleasure to have Richard and his family back for their fourth stay at Casa de Frutas.
Mcaanuel Antonio,,Costa Ri
An eyepopping experience no one should ever miss
My girlfriends 43rd birthday was on Oct 3rd so we decided to rent Casa de Frutas for an intimate dinner party for the evening. We and all of those lucky enough to have received an invite were in awe of the spectacular views, the service of the staff and our surroundings. That house is a must stay and with luck we'll do the same again next year. David and Mauricio,,,you made my weekend,,,Thank you very much. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 10/06/2009
Brian and Sylvia were wonderful guests and we look forward to seeing them again!
J and M
Our time at Casa de Frutas was amazing. I have had the privilege to visit many places and stay in many wonderful houses, however this house was by far my favorite. Casa de Frutas combined simplicity, tranquility and luxury.
We were welcomed with ease and they were respectful of our short time there...leaving just the right amount of privacy, yet full accommodation. The location of the home offered great restaurant choices, yet a secluded oasis of relaxation. The views were stunning.
If you are looking for a majestic view, a luxiourious home, every wish answered every day then you are looking for Casa De Frutas.
Each day was more spectacular than the one before!
Howard and I stayed for a week. We felt as if we were the only people on the planet! Everything we asked for was done effortlessly and with so much kindness.
Mauricio arranged for us to enjoy a massage at home at sunset, the house staff cooked us a private breakfast while we slept in, zip line canopy tours were arranged, a day at sea fishing was all taken care of and on the last day Dave took us out for breakfast in an amazing little restaurant on the way to the airport!
Mirasol (your private housekeeper) placed her gorgeous flower arrangements at our doorstep, in our bath, on our bed and even did our laundry.
Every morning I looked forward to seeing her and trying out my very bad Spanish. Everyone is eager to help you with everything including your bad language skills!
Everyone who tends to you does it because they truly care about your happiness, relaxation and enjoyment.
There is nothing like Casa de Frutas that I have ever experienced. EVER!
Dave and Mauricio and the staff at Casa De Frutas will make you feel very special. You will have as much or as little to do as you choose, but you will always feel as if you are the only people in the world.
They are truly gentle souls who care for their guests as if you were family and friend!
GO...Just GO! Enjoy!
With thanks and much love
Randi and Howard
US Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/27/2009
Wow....thank you Randi and Howard for such a wonderful review.....without invading too much of their privacy....she's a famous, national radio talk show host and he's a Washington DC lobbyist....very influential people....and great guests.....they had the entire villa to themselves...(which we do fairly often)....they were very low key....down to Earth....fun and caring people.
A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE!
A TRULY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE IN A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IN AN EXCEPTIONAL HOUSE WITH DEDICATED STAFF. FROM THE MOMENT OUR FAMILY ARRIVED, WE WERE GRACIOUSLY WELCOMED AND PAMPERED OUR ENTIRE STAY. WE COULD NOT HAVE CHOSEN A BETTER VENUE FOR OUR 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AND TO KEEP OUR FOUR TEENAGE SONS OCCUPIED. THE BALI INSPIRED ARCHITECTURE OF THE HOME WAS SYMBIOTIC WITH THE TROPICAL RAIN FOREST. THE SLOTHS, MONKEYS, IGUANAS AND GECKOS WERE A DAILY TREAT. THANK YOU DAVE, MAURICIO, & STAFF FOR A FABULOUS VACATION. THIS IS OUR DESTINATION WHEN WE VISIT COSTA RICA.
THE PATTON FAMILY Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/18/2009
The four teenage boys kept Mom and Dad busy! White water rafting, canopy zip lines, jet skis, National Park, our private beach and the daily monkey show; they did it all! We look forward to seeing the Pattons again...
Jay and Ed
Central Valley, CA
Recently returned from a wonderful stay in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.Had the good fortune of staying in a fabulous vacation home in TulemarGardensjust outside of Manuel Antonio. The villa, Casa de Frutas was designed and appointed by Dave the owner. This house could appear in Architectural Digest. Dave provided every detail for our stay at this secured and gated community. From the moment we arrived we were greeted by his staff with chilled wash clothes, and gifts, and for the senses music and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. As staff got us settled to our new and pristine environment they carefully explained all the amenities that included, safes, refrigerators in each room. In addition,each room also provided microwaves, and coffee makers. The bathrooms are like going to a day spa which provided all Aveda soaps, shampoo, and conditioners
While there Mauricio the house manager provided guest services that included arranging our excursions, to the jungle canopy tours, sailboat, and Jet Ski outings. Mauricio speaks English and helped us with restaurants or any need that arises, including a relaxing message.
On the days we stayed home to relax we enjoyed the beautiful view from the Infiniti pool that appears to spill into the Pacific Ocean, and the semi-private beach just a short 5 minute walk inside TulemarGardens. While there, you are provided lounge chairs and attendants will provide drinks which can be charged to your villa. In addition, Kayaks where available in the quite bay. However, the main attraction is the occasional monkey hovering in the surrounding trees.
Casa de Frutas, is designed for the vacationer who wants nothing spared, and the staff is completely client focused, but yet provide you with the appropriate amount of privacy. We always felt like we were pampered and part of the family during our stay. We are definitely going back and look forward to future visits. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/12/2009
Ed and Jay were really fun guests.....we enjoyed them as much as they enjoyed Casa de Frutas!
Patrick and Robin
Our experience at Casa de Frutas was perfect from
the very minute we arrived to the time we
reluctantly said goodbye. Dave, Mauricio, and all
the staff were terrific, extremely attentive yet
respectful of privacy, we never felt anything but
extreme generosity. The house itself is breathtaking,
tucked into the hillside with panaramic views of the
sea below, it's serene but yet because of the
rainforest very lively.
Very highly reccommended. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/12/2009
Patrick and Robin spent the week at Casa de Frutas with three other family members...a wonderful family....we enjoyed our time with them and look forward to another visit!
We didn't want to leave!!
The atmosphere was so intimate and relaxing, and Casa de Frutas is amazingly beautiful and very peaceful. Dave, Mauricio, and the rest of the staff greeted us upon arrival and immediately made us feel as if we'd been there before. The spacious, comfortable, and open floor plan of Casa de Frutas allows for great indoor lounging while gazing at one of the most gorgeous ocean view imaginable surrounded by jungle vegetation. Casa De Frutas has all the amenities (and more) of a luxury villa which made it an extremely comfortable home away from home. We took advantage of Casa de Frutas' amenities including the infinity pool and the nearby private ocean beach. Casa de Frutas is an amazing vill and the perfect place for your needs! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 08/11/2009
Thanks for the kind words.....Gary spent most of his time reading, sleeping and lounging on the day bed in the Balinese pavilion next to pool....but at night he was ready to dance....so we sent him out to Bambu Jam and Republik to meet the other tourists and locals!
San Mateo, California
The Ideal Vacation Retreat
We spent a week during the month of July in this spectacular house and didn't want to leave! The view and location is even better than imagined. Casa de Fruitas is truly a beautiful luxury home. One of the best surprises was the infinity pool over-looking the Pacific Ocean. We spent many an afternoon just relaxing in the pool and looking at the amazing views. To top that, the house is well located -- a perfect distance from every sight we wanted to see on our vacation as well as very close to the beaches and great restaurants.
When we arrived, we were greeted by a warm and caring staff. I felt truly welcomed and not just ?another? guest. Mauricio, the house butler, did everything to ensure our trip was a success- from booking excursions to recommending incredible restaurants.
The house itself is amazing and beautifully decorated. Fresh cut tropical flowers were through-out the house. The main living area is open with an incredible view of the Pacific. It was great having breakfast while watching the wildlife outside. Downstairs, are two separate air-conditioned suites with great views. The entire house has a very open feeling, which gave us the chance to truly enjoy and experience Costa Rica. It was in just simple terms ?The ideal retreat?.
Response from Dave Houck - 08/10/2009
Peter and his group were great guests....some days, very active....other days, just lounging at the pool or our private beach....they wanted to eat lunch "with the locals", so Mauricio arranged for them to eat at very authentic spots....including a BBQ rib lunch in the middle of a palm plantation....at night they enjoyed dinner at our favorite, local, open air restaurants nearby...great food, drink and atmosphere!
PARADISE...and then some!
WOW...breath taking gardens and scenery, spectacular ocean views, extraordinary architecture, amazing plunge pool and cabana, gorgeous private beach, fabulous shops and restaurants and 6 star services...I could go on and on and on.
My wife and I, and two other couples were privileged to stay at Casa de Frutas for the vacation of a lifetime. I always said I would never travel and stay at the same place twice (too many beautiful places to see in this great world of ours)...but we will return to Frutas. This is a very special Villa in a stunning gated community that is so spectacular it is difficult to put into words. If you are looking for the best of the best, then you have arrived.
Steve & Denise
Response from Dave Houck - 08/10/2009
Steve, Denise and their friends were so much fun! We love our "other" North American guests, the Canadians! Thanks and we hope to see you again soon!
amazing oceanfront house with first class service
My 11 yr. old son and I just got back from our third visit to Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica, and we had the oppurtunity to stay at Casa de Frutas again. From the moment you enter the house greeted by an amazing staff offering a tropical drink and a cold towel PLUS a breathtaking view of the ocean, ... you will not want to leave. The gardens/jungle surrounding the house have been carefully preserved and engineered with local wildlife in mind,and it is not unusual to wake up with the sound of exotic birds, and to see 3 species of monkeys right in front of you, and you're still in bed!! Most excursions/tours in the area are geared to show the beautiful nature trails, where you see tucans, mono titi, white face, and howler monkeys, 2/3 toed sloths, coates.., and you can see ALL OF THEM and lots more just being at this house and walking the trail on this property! Take a complimentary cayak and a snorkel from their beach (David will set you up) and in less than 10 minutes of rowing, you are snorkeling at a very popular spot with some great tropical fish. I practically have to drag my son from boogie boarding the waves as sunset comes so that I can rush back to the house for the 'sunset countdown' to settle in the main living room or the negative edge private pool- with a glass of wine-just breathtaking! Dave's (the owner of Casa De Frutas) attention to detail is evident from the design/decor of the house to assembling a staff that will happily take care of any need that may arise. His appreciation of the Costa Rican people and the preservation of the environment is refreshing. The flowers! I must've taken a hundred photos of the stunning floral arrangements that are custom made at the house. Last but not least Mauricio, who manages, organizes any details with class, and helps cook a fab Costa Rican breakfast with a knockout smile! Thanks guys for another great stay!
Response from Dave Houck - 08/07/2009
Wow...we are humbled by the review...thanks for taking the time, Sandra...as she mentioned, this was her third stay at Casa de Frutas....we look forward to their fourth!
Los Angeles, California
I stayed in Casa de Frutas for a week with a group of friends and it was like
vacationing in paradise. The staff was wonderful! It was so nice to have
everything arranged for us and come home to a fresh, clean room everyday.
The view was amazing and the sunsets were gorgeous! It was a perfect
location because you had the option of walking to the private beach or
hopping into a quick cab down to the public beach, you could walk to many
delicious restaurants or take a short cab ride to others. I had the most
fantastic time and would highly recommend others to take full advantage of
the opportunity to stay in Casa de Frutas.
A slice of paradise
My family and I enjoyed a wonderful stay at Casa de Frutas May 23-30th. We
were greeted by Dave, Mauricio and the whole staff. It was at that point we
realized we were in a first class home where friendliness and hospitality
abound! This home is so well set up for vacationers. The Bali decor is amazing
as each detail reflects style, comfort and class! Our every wish was catered to,
from restaurant reservations to setting up all the activities we wanted to
experience. Marisol (great brownies) and Julian were fabulous as maid and
gardener as well, very friendly but never intrusive. We loved everything about
that week and can think of nothing that needs improvement!! It is a perfect
location for a first class get away! We can't wait to come back to Casa de
Frutas next year!!
Jill and Barry Smith
My experience at Casa de Frutas was absolutely amazing. My son(6)and I woke up each morning to incredible views of the ocean, troops of monkeys(with babies)just outside the balcony and hearing the howler monkeys off in the distance. The house is breathtaking and immaculate truly a dream home w its own dipping pool.....nice! Last but not least Dave and Mauricio are incredible hosts and organize any and everything you might want to do while your visiting Costa. I feel like I could not have had a better experience and truly a personalized vacation.
My vacation at Casa de Frutas was amazing. Not only is the setting surreal, but the staff and amenities are beyond expectations. From the little things like making sure to restock the mood candles and incense every morning to the big things like helping us find the right excursions that fit our vacation.
The ambiance of the house and private setting made my vacation one to remember. The open air setting is beautiful and somehow the bugs and wildlife stay clear.
Dave, Mauricio and the entire staff at Casa de Frutas are phenomenal. The personal touches of the house and staff make Casa de Frutas the perfect getaway.
Fresno, California USA
Christmas 2008 at Casa De Frutas
Our family of 4 and our Friends (family of 5) shared Casa De Frutas for the Christmas week 2008. trying not to sound as if we were paid to write this (we were not), it is hard to imagine a better experience! we typically Vacation at venues like the Ritz Carlton or 4 Seasons Organizations, and can say without reservation that the quality of the Casa, and its Amenities are every bit as nice (or even better). The setting and view are so spectacular that we use the view from the house as our screeen saver. the private beach and club hae to be experienced to be believed, you feel as if you own your private tropical island. the staff ( Owner David and Consierge Mauricio, as well as house and Garden staff) keep things pristine throughout your stay. cocktails in the infinity pool at sunset are a must. Mauricio is incredibly skilled and can aquire and or arrange anything you desire. From river rafting, zip lining, jet ski, fishing, guided jungle walks, to private chefs, massage therapists, salon treatments, ask and Mauricio will make it so(using only the best qualified and most responsible of individuals and companies. in summation, i cannot imagine a finer combination of venue, facility, staff and service. if a Costa Rican Tropical paradise is your goal, look no further! Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/23/2009
These two families were so much fun....a great combination of activities and relaxation...plus beautiful weather!
No More Hotels
This is the only way to go. All the ammenities of a 5 star hotel ... and no crowds. We lived in Manuel Antonio for the week, and enjoyed every minute. You wake up to natures sounds in the open air (A/C if you want it)rooms, add some local Costa Rican coffee and a good book ... it doesn't get any better. Your hosts Dave and Mauricio are attentive to all needs, maintaining this jewel property with passion and pride. Add a perfect private beach and outstanding local dining ... Our family can't wait to return.
Patty from North Carolina
Paradise Found in Costa Rica
Casa De Frutas is not just a beautiful house it is an "experience".
From the arrival til departure David & Mauricio will exceed your
I went for a Girls' Week- we had 5-and easily could have had more.
There are so many "areas" within the house and by the pool - take a
peek at the floor plan-that you can find alone time if you need to
curl up with a book.
I was in the upstairs bedroom and that is the one that you would
want the person who rises first and goes to bed last because if you
use the main kitchen as a group, you want it accessible. Each suite
- upstairs and 2 downstairs - are almost "separate" units within the
house - they have their own keys and are self-sufficient.
Mauricio will schedule any adventures you want- and he knows the
"best of the best" and they know him.
We enjoyed going out to dinner - seeing the beautiful people of
Manuel Antonio - we did have a chef come cook at the house 1
night too. The food here is AMAZING! The fruit is delicious.
Being a group of 5 girls, we did feel completely safe here at the
house and in this area. 2 of the girls who were with me have
already booked return trips with their families.
I can't say enough about our week - this is well worth every penny
and the pictures you see on-line do not give the complete picture
at all - you will be amazed. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/11/2009
Patty and her friends were very active and lots of fun! We are looking forward to their return....
Dave and Mauricio
Paradise in Costa Rica
I discovered Casa de Frutas on a random website when looking for property to rent in Costa Rica. Wow! What a discovery. Even though we had looked at the virtual tour, nothing prepared us for the moment we were met by Dave, Mauricio and the lovely Marisol and led in to the house. It is a jaw dropping experience to first witness the view made possible by the fact that there are no walls in the living areas of the property. The house is sympathetically decorated in a Balinese style. An extremely comfortable place to live in and a very difficult place to leave.
We could not have been more spoilt by Dave & Mauricio. After the extremely warm welcome, we were then treated during the week to Mauricio's home made pina coladas, one morning we had a traditional Costa Rican breakfast made for us, Marisol made us a tray of Brownies. It is just as well there is a hill to climb to the local restaurants to lose those extra calories!.
We were very happy to discover how lovely and friendly all the locals were. Always happy to help you out and the majority speak good English. The food in all the restaurants we tried was of the freshest ingredients, served with a smile. Kapi Kapi an Asian fusion restaurant was our favourite.
The position of the house is right in the jungle canopy and we had the pleasure of watching monkeys at play, quite a few sloths, (one who despite his name, moved quite quickly)bird life etc.
The private beach can be walked to by various trails and for the super fit the walk will keep you that way.
I could go on forever praising Dave, Mauricio, the staff and the gorgeous house but I had better stop now, just to say that we enjoyed our Casa de Frutas experience so much, that although it is a bit of a trek from the UK, we would love to stay there again.
I am sure Dave & Mauricio will now be our friends in all the years to come. Thank you both so much for such a wonderful experience. Read more
Response from Dave Houck - 05/11/2009
Two couples, one from the UK and the other from California, reunited at Casa de Frutas enjoying our beach and their friendship. A great week for everyone.
Like No Other!
Our stay at Casa de Frutas was beyond words. We spent a week there with our extended family and would go back in a heartbeat! The architecture and view are breathtaking and the hospitality shared by the owner,Dave; house manager, Mauricio; and the rest of the staff is like no other.
Our every need was tended to while giving us as much privacy as we wanted. Our kitchen was stocked with groceries when we arrived so we were able to make breakfasts on our own or take a short walk to any one of several great cafes. Though we could have cooked all of our meals in that fabulous gourmet kitchen we decided that vacation was vacation and took advantage of the private chefs that were available. Mauricio arranged for them to cook at the villa several nights so that we didn't miss the beautiful sunsets from our open-air living area. The menu choices were unbelievable and the meals were delicious.
Each day, Mauricio made arrangements for each of us to experience the many adventures of the Manuel Antonio area. Those who were less adventurous enjoyed the villa, the private beach, the nearby restaurants, and the beauty of Tulemar. At the end of the day, we all returned to the villa to enjoy the sunset, the wildlife, food and drinks together - the best part of each day!
Between all of us, we have traveled around the world to some unbelievable places, but everyone agreed, none as special as Casa de Frutas.
Looking forward to our return.
Family in Paradise
From the moment we got out of the van, our family vacation at
Casa de Frutas was a week of Paradise!
Dave and Maurico were perfect hosts - very attentive via email from
the time we signed the contract. They were waiting at Casa de
Frutas the night we arrived with warm wash cloths, fruit punchThey
were there whenever we needed them, but let us alone when we
wanted to relax.
Dave and Maurico quickly got to know our family. Their suggestions
for restaurants, recreation, groceries etc were perfect for us. We
loved learning about Costa Rica and Manual Antiono - the people,
the animals, vegatation, history, where to go and what to look for -
through Dave and Maurico. They became our friends for a week and
Casa de Frutas is a spectactular home. We appreciated the attention
to detail - fresh flowers, candles, coffee, fruit etc. While the online
photos are beautiful, you have to be there to feel the warmth and
natural beauty day and night. The view is breathless and the
The accommodations for our family of 7 adults worked very well.
The two married couples had the suites, which are very private
(each suite sleeps 4). Our son slept on the couch.
The master bedroom and open bath was beautiful - we loved the
luxury of the waterfall shower, seperate sinks overlooking the pool
area. Slept like babies at night.
The kitchen was our "hangout" before dinner cocktails and after
dinner games of black jack. It is a very workable kitchn and equiped
with everything a "gourmet cook" needs. We cooked several meals.
We all helped with the meals.
I won't go on anymore about Casa de Frutas, because a week at
Casa de Frutas is full of surprises. It is an experience! I
I will say, if you are not "outdoor/fresh air" lovers and you cannot
tolerate lizards, you may not love Casa de Frutas as much as our
Our family came away with life long memories of a very special
David & Linda Bainer