Located on the cliffs of Costa Rica “Whales Coast”, Villa Mareas is a private villa catering to Weddings, Yoga Retreats and Friends and Family Reunions.
Villa Mareas Suites
Nine unique suites, a full staff and access to several waterfalls on the 36-acre of dramatic landscape covered in thick forest plunging down to a sandy coastline of deserted beaches and quiet coves.
Within the incredibly lush and green jungles of the Southern Pacific Whales Coast of Costa Rica, Villa Mareas is a sanctuary of its own. The nine-suite estate is 18,000 square feet and sits on 36 acres of pristine rainforest and offers trails to waterfalls and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy the wild life that surrounds Villa Mareas with over 400 acres of dedicated wild life sanctuary home to several troops of monkeys and exotic birds. Stroll through the gardens take in the Kaleidoscope of tropical flowers, or check out our resident sloth from your terrace.
This is not your typical villa experience, the staff is highly trained and well educated in the Costa Rica history and surroundings; who also serve as guides greatly enriching the experience.
The word Mareas means Ocean Tides, which is appropriate for the beautiful wild beaches of the “Costa Ballena” or “Whales Coast”, where the jungle meets the sea, great for surfing and watersports.
Villa Mareas boast fervent waterfalls, fresh open spaces, and inspiring natural views making Villa Mareas a welcoming and uniquely memorable place, where guest reconnect with family and friends and feel if the staff has been friends for many years.
Easy, relaxing and inspiring; the villa is designed to provide guest with what ever they need. The owners and staff are the experts and local residents. They know the area best and want to share their life and traditions with guest.
Any size group will feel comfortable at Villa Mareas, watching food prepared in the open kitchen, enjoying a cocktail at our open bar or meandering between the terraces and strolling along the tropical manicured gardens. The Estate features a spa, yoga platform, one bar, large open dining areas, 1.700 square feet infinity-edge swimming pool surfaced entirely in blue iridescent glass tile and many terraces.
Chef Service Dining
In addition to the experience, Villa Mareas offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an additional price . Villa Mareas chef will hand craft every exceptional meal during your stay. Tim's expertise is combined with a culinary creativity that results in varietal, organic, specialize and local gourmet cuisine.
Special diets and detox plans are happily honored. Tim is happy to create menus that will be unique and distinctive each night of the stay and he is equally enthusiastic about working with the guest to cater to their individual tastes.
Exotic and Romantic Wedding Destination
Costa Rica is very popular destination for weddings, a small country with lush rainforest, waterfalls, wild life and adventure.
The cost of a traditional ceremony and reception at a banquet hall or hotel can be outrageous and last only a few hours. Planning a destination-wedding can cost considerably less, often include more and are affordable for every budget.
A destination wedding allows couples to choose a beautiful and unique destination wedding venue like Villa Mareas.
Spend five to seven days creating unforgettable memories with your closest friends and family. Villa Mareas has options for fabulous entertainment and customizable wedding packages in all price ranges.
Craft your own Yoga & Nutrition Retreat
The jungles and beaches of Costa Rica have turned in to the favorite scene for the lovers of traditional physical and mental discipline. Yoga and Wellness Retreats, enjoyed among the exotic nature of Costa Rica, are the new attraction in health tourism.
Mareas Yoga & Wellness Retreats take people away from their busy lives and put them back in touch with tranquility. At Mareas you are surrounded by over 400 acres of pristine rain forest teaming up with wild life.
Mareas has created a “ØKm Cuisine” a farm to table retreats featuring Tim Davis and International Yoga and Wellness doctors and teachers focusing on the healing experience.
Amenities & Adventures
Costa Ballena area is a haven for wildlife; the Estate features meandering trails to 4 separate waterfalls. The villa's naturalist guide is available to lead adventures to experience the culture and fun that defines Costa Rica.
Below are some of the other amenities offered at the Villa and surroundings: spa, yoga terrace platform, jungle yoga platform, infinity edge swimming pool, walking trails and waterfalls. Our guests are urged to relax at the villa in serene peace and quiet or take off on an adventure.
Take a tour through the Sierpe Mangrove, the largest mangrove in Central America, your guide will point out all kinds of creatures, Howler Monkeys, Capuchin Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, exotic tree frogs, sloths, coatis, kinkajous, anteaters, Red Macaw, Caymen and the American Crocodile.
Other excursions include: Archeological Spheres - ATV tours – Artisan Markets – Canopy Zip Line -Cano Island snorkel – Cano Island Diving - Cooking Classes – Day hikes – Farmers Market – Horseback Riding – Kayaking - River Rafting – Secret Beaches – “Sierpe” Mangrove Boat Tour - Spa – Sports Fishing – Stand up Paddle Boarding – Surfing lessons – Water Fall Exploration – Whale Watching - Yoga – 4 x 4 Driving –
Tim Davis, the Villa manager, along with his wife Pilar, oversee the Villa Mareas team. Tim and Pilar have years of experience living in Costa Rica and will contribute a wealth of knowledge to your experience.
Villa Mareas is dedicated to creating custom fun and adventure filled itineraries for each guest, from individually designed menus to explorations of the jungle and sea to language and cultural immersion....Read more
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Additional Location Information
Mareas Villas is located in the South Pacific of Costa Rica, our beach Playa Hermosa which borders the only National Marine Park called the "Whales Tales". We are located near 4 National Parks that are within 30 minutes from our villa.
Left on 12/13/2011 for a stay in December 2011 | bob
We have just returned from a week at Mareas Villas. It is an elegant facility in an beautiful and interesting location. Awakening to the call of the Howler monkeys, gazing at the ocean in the near distance, feeling the cooling breezes sure took away the everyday cares. Going on a river cruise to observe the flora and fauna, zip-lining through the canopy, hiking to waterfalls, walking on the beach, water aerobics in the pool and visiting the market town an hour away were all part of our days. Ending the day with a swim in the gorgeous pool and finally good food and camaraderie sent us off to bed and looking forward to the mornings Howler call. Pilar and Tim provided a wealth of information about the local area and activities. The rooms were spacious, beautifully decorated, and very comfortable. The open air shower with it's shimmering glass tile walls was an added touch of elegance. Being a chef, I prepared most of our meals in the well-equipped communal kitchen and Tim was an invaluable resource for locating the freshest seafood and the best butcher.
Left on 12/13/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
After hours of research on the internet, I thankfully found Mareas Villas (www.mareasvillas.com)! On the surface, it had everything I was looking for. A total of 8 very spacious bedrooms with a perfect bed count (4 King size and 8 Queens.) The villas were very private, with ocean & jungle views, a fantastic infinity pool and a Jacuzzi. We wisely opted to rent two 4X4's (from Vamos rental - we will use them again!) The driveway alone is amazing. The best part of Mareas Villas is that it comes with a Tim and a Pilar! Tim and Pilar are the dynamic duo who make the Mareas experience. Pilar is the coordinator who helped plan all the details of my destination wedding and Tim is the executive chef that handled all of our meals. We strongly recommend letting Pilar handle the planning and Tim the meals. My new husband and I are planning a trip back just so I can have another serving of his cream of mushroom soup and that macaroni and cheese! I was at first intimidated (control freak) about handing over the reins to a stranger to plan my wedding. I had no need to worry. Pilar knew just what needed to be done. My flowers were perfect. My table & wall decorations were perfect. Pilar knew exactly which baker to use to make the rolled fondant cake I sent a picture of! The lawyer who married us, Kristi Penland, was perfect too. She speaks English and Spanish fluently and even though the first time we spoke about the ceremony was Monday the 28th, she put together the perfect ceremony for us. From our very first contact, Pilar kept me on task with her expertise and we were able to talk back and forth via email and Skype. Other than that, we are happy to say that Mareas Villas was the perfect choice for our trip. I read a lot of reviews and after visiting myself, I know that every place is what you make of it and Mareas was a slice of heaven to begin with. Thank you for everything, Tim & Pilar!!
Left on 11/23/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We were really tired of the typical resort vacation, we wanted to reconnect with nature, truly relax and have new experiences. Mares was all that and more. Our extended family group of 15 were all taken back by this luxury villa set in the middle of the jungle. It was great to be away from it all but at the same time have all the service and amenities you expect. The food served at the villa was incredible and great restaurants were also a very close drive. I especially enjoyed the pool and pool waterfall - the view from the pool which looks over the jungle to the ocean were like being part of a National Geographic special. We will go back! We also got to see tons of wildlife; monkeys, birds, sloth... The hosts at Mareas are also very knowledgeable about the area and can tell you many special places to visit. All our best! Cat and family
Left on 11/21/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
I don't know where to begin to explain the week long vacation and stay I had at Mareas. The property, location and setting were stunning. The layout and design of the main house, suites and pool where perfect for our group of 17. We spent our days and nights relaxing, enjoying and doing the adventures we have waited a lifetime for. The waterfalls and trails on the property made our morning walks perfect. This is better than I imagined in every way. We will be back soon! Dennis & Maria.
Left on 11/13/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
What a gorgeous place Villas Mareas was...early morning walk to the waterfall on the property was amazing with the sound of howler monkeys,toucans and exotic birds.
The infinity pool, a jewel in itself,overlooking the Pacific was our favorite place to relax and hang around with our exotic drinks.
Our hosts Pilar and Tim went out of their way to help us with our activities.We also had a chance to enjoy a few delicious meals done by Tim who is an amazing chef.
Our bedroom was stunning with an ocean view and the green glass tiles in the bathroom was gorgeous, Pilar thought of all the special details in the villas.
Definitely,it was an unforgettable vacation at Villas Mareas and very relaxing.
Left on 11/08/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Passing through the iron gates of the Mareas property one knows they will be staying at one of the most special travel destinations in the world. We are greeted at the villa door by the most accomodating hosts that you would ever be able to find. They will attend to your every need whether it be scheduling a river trip, taking a yoga class, finding an excellent place to celebrate an anniversary, doing a hike to one of the waterfalls on the property or just finding a perfect lounging place by the beautiful italian tile infinity pool that overlooks the Pacific. If you feel like eating at the Villa you will be able to enjoy one of the chef prepared exquisite meals prepared by Tim. The property is perfect for groups and individuals because there are spaces where you can have total privacy or be with 18 people. Our room, the front room of the Pacific villa was beautifully furnished, spotless, luxurious,about 1600 square feet with a view that is astonishing for its beauty. The property is a biological and botanical wonder because of all the plant specimens (labeled), animals, toucans, sloths, howler monkies,morpho butterflies, hummingbirds and brightly colored tree frogs. We have made 5 trips to Mareas and the property only gets better and better. We would like to say that we have traveled all over the world but Mareas is our choice for our favorite place to stay on earth.
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Recommended for: Friends, Groups, Tourists, Families w teenagers, Rugged, Romantic, Families w children, Singles, Luxury
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Enjoyable and relaxing
Left on 11/06/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The minute we arrived,we were warmly greeted by Tim and Pilar and shown around the villa. The villa was beautifully designed. I was impressed by the bi fold doors which opened up to the infinity pool with the ocean serving as a back drop. The rooms are large with incredible bathrooms. Every room had views of either the ocean or the jungle. The villa is nestled between two high hills of jungle and exotic wildlife. We walked everyday on the beach below and hiked the trails that led us to one of the many waterfalls on the property. The evenings with spent watching the sunset over the ocean from our balcony with a glass on wine in hand. We will never forget our visit to Mareas Villa.
Left on 10/29/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
The minute we arrived, we were greeted by the Tim and Pilar and shown around the incredible villa. The amenities were amazing. The Master Bath, the shower, the views from every room. My son immediately went swimming in the infinity-edge pool. The view is spectacular; with an unobstructed view to the ocean and nestled in between two high hills of jungle and exotic wildlife. We walked everyday to the beach below and hiked the trails to private waterfalls. Mareas Villa is very private and secluded and a much better way to spend time in Costa Rica then to do the tourist hotel thing. The evenings spent watching the sunset over the ocean from the balcony with a glass of wine will always be cherished.
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