Stepping through grand teakwood gates into her cool lanai, you're now certain you made the perfect choice for your Tropical Getaway. Feeling her ocean breezes, hearing the trickle of her soothing fountain and seeing her lush garden area . . . you may just decide you’d be content to spend your vacation right there on her veranda, and you're not even inside yet. You have only begun the Villas del Sol Experience.
Conceived by renown Costa Rican architects specifically for her owner as his personal home, you will find a myriad of special touches that sets Villas del Sol above even the most popular villas in Costa Rica. Hand-carved doors lead you onto every floor, distinctive chandeliers light your way, colorful ornaments and paintings from all over the globe, let you know you are in a “home”, not just a vacation house.
Crossing to the “Ocean Side” of Villas del Sol, three large, covered verandas overlook her pristine pool and wrap the villa. Certainly these views will make you feel you can soar out over the Pacific. No doubt it’s a good idea to fight that initial impulse to fly, but you can at least reach out to try to touch the sea . . . it’s just that close. Every morning (assuming you can get all those pesky monkeys from your line of vision) your view is spectacular.
Above this sea-side tower of balconies, if you can tolerate the best view in all Costa Rica: climb the stairway to Villas del Sol’s famous perch, legendary throughout all Manuel Antonio. (The principal photograph you see here on her profile was taken from The Perch). For meditation and yoga, or, with its two cozy chaise lounges that make it ideal for reading, this nest will make you feel you are truly On Top of The World.
Conveniently, Villas del Sol is the only luxury villa in town whose doors open to the Main Avenue. In literally five seconds, you are meeting your tour transfer or driving your car. If you've visited Manuel Antonio, you know just how vital location is for having the ideal holiday; if not, you will soon discover that Villas del Sol is quite the elite address. All the prominent restaurants you have read about on Trip Advisor: only steps away. When locals are offering directions to drivers, 'the big perch at Villas del Sol' is always their favorite landmark. Yet because Villas del Sol’s architects calculated for this unique location, inside the villa is perfectly quiet. After you arrive, you will see just how fortunate you are.
The epic Master Suite encompasses the entire 4th floor. Jetted bath, 42” HDTV (with Netflix, of course), staggering views, enormous king bed, private lounging area, breakfast table on the balcony, and utter privacy are all your rewards if you can just keep the secret. Of course, your Friends in the Jungle and Palm Suites will not feel at all slighted. Luxurious queen beds and linens, huge closets, private living area, and reserved terrace with lounges are all prizes for these Guests. Everything is, of course, air-conditioned.
THE POOL SUITE
For additional space when your family is a little larger, Villas del Sol has just remodeled its Pool Suite. With its separate entrance, offering more privacy, this special first floor 'cottage' opens right onto the pool. It boasts its own suite with queen bed and private bath, living room, kitchenette and even its own walk-in closet. There's also another convertible sofa that makes it ideal for up to four additional guests. It's great for teenagers or the extra couple that wants a little additional seclusion. For $100/night, this cozy addition make Villas del Sol great for up to ten or 12. (If you don't choose it, the Pool Suite will always be vacant; it's never offered independently).
Your most unexpected, and perhaps most valued, pleasure is Nathan, your personal concierge. He lives in the Owner’s Suite at Villas del Sol, and, although completely removed, he is available in moments. Prior to your arrival, through email and/or telephone calls, Nathan customizes all your wishes: transportation, restaurant reservations, tour and excursion bookings. Once you're here, he is available 24-hours a day to implement your plan. If however, you just want to relax, opting to spend your time at the beach and pool, he is equally capable simply to provide your sunscreen and towels.
At Villas del Sol, whether it’s tranquil or thrilling: Your preference is our pleasure. White Wine or White Water Rafting; Sun Tanning or Salsa Dancing; Sailing or Sport Fishing . .it’s our mission to customize the perfect Costa Rica Experience for you.
Nathan has created a presentation of “Insider Tips”. These 40 pieces of advice about traveling to Costa Rica reflect years of experience assisting Guests organize their vacations. With no further obligation, this “peace of mind” is now yours. Send your inquiry now to receive it.
So, until we meet at Villas del Sol we wish you: Pura Vida, The “Pure Life” of Costa Rica. . . ....Read more
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Additional Location Information
Villas del Sol is sits midway between the Costa Rican port town of Quepos and The Manuel Antonio National Park, making it conveniently located to all the best restaurants, beaches, tours and other "must-see" places in the area. Since we are on the West (Ocean), the views are spectacular, and unhindered by any obstruction. Villas del Sol is only a few meters from the main road itself, making transportation simple. Buses, taxis . . . or just walking are all easy. No car is needed, but, if desired, parking is also right in front of The Villa. There is no better location in all Manuel Antonio.
Left on 07/10/2014 for a stay in June 2014 | Cortney BReviewed Jul 10, 2014Stayed Jun 2014
Villas del Sol is a fantastic house. The house is clean, well air conditioned, is in a beautiful setting, has amazing views, a great floor plan, comfortable furniture and a well stocked kitchen. We loved that the master suite is on it's own floor. The young adults loved that the guest rooms were on their own floor. The beds were extremely comfortable with nice linens. The pool area is well kept and the pool was a great place to hang out where many memories were made. The daily maid service was such a treat! One less thing for us to worry about.
The location is better than we expected. We walked to all of our meals (our favorite restaurant is directly across the street). There is a small grocery store nearby and the bus stop is very close. We opted not to rent a car and are glad we made that choice. All tours picked us up and brought us back.
We chose to have the chef come and cook a few meals for us. WORTH IT. One of the highlights of our vacation. Jessica is very sweet and an unbelievable cook.
Starting with the planning of our vacation Donald and Nathan were there every step of the way. They answered questions and guided us in the right direction. Nathan made all reservations and arrangements once we decided what we wanted to do. Since I am the Mom in the family I usually don't get the same vacation as the rest of the family... Moms are always on duty. Because of Donald and Nathan, I was able to just "show up." They planned everything. While we were there they were easily reachable and available if/when we needed anything. They went above what was expected for us.
If Manuel Antonio is your destination, Villas del Sol should be where you stay. I doubt you will find anything that compares to the house and the service.
Cortney, You and Berry and The Girls were such great guests! Thanks for your kind words and for welcoming us into your family. I am so happy you had a great time. You know you are welcome back at Villas del Sol any time you want to return. And we hope it's soon! Donald
Charlotte, North Carolina
"Our stay in Villas del Sol can be summed up in one word, amazing!"
Left on 05/25/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | ericmillerjrReviewed May 25, 2014Stayed Feb 2014
Our stay in Villas del Sol can be summed up in one word, amazing! My wife and I were fortunate to have a close friend stumble upon Villas del Sol while looking at destinations and places to stay in Costa Rica. This was our first time in Costa Rica, but, it quickly topped all of the warm weather destinations we have been too. If you are heading to Manuel Antonio and looking for an amazing place stay, Villas del Sol is the hands down best!
The first thing that sets Villas del Sol apart is the amazing service you get from the owners/managers Donald and Nathan. From the smooth reservation of the home, to the personalized setup of activities for us (they really get to know you and set you up with activities that you will be talking about for months!), and to the genuine caring of us to make sure we had an amazing time was one of this things that sets Villas del Sol apart. They were friendly, professional, and quite simply the kind of people you wish there were more of. Next was Mariangela, our housekeeper, who always had the biggest smile on her face and kept the home in amazing condition. And, it wasn’t just the basic stuff like beds, linens, bathrooms, and floors. Each morning, every single dirty dish was cleaned put away, our dirty clothing from activities the day before was cleaned, dried, folded, and somehow she manages to do all of this while totally being unobtrusive. This team of people is enough to make you want to come back again and again.
The second thing that sets Villas del Sol apart is the location and views. Every single morning you can wake up to the Pacific and amazing views. Each floor has a large balcony where you can be alone if you wish or invite everyone up for morning coffee or afternoon/evening drinks. And, somehow with all of this it has one of the best locations in Manuel Antonio. You don’t need a car if you like as plenty of restaurants, shopping, a small grocery store, and a few places in you wish to stay out late are in easy walking distance. We stayed for a week and left with plenty of places we did not get a chance to enjoy. You are also close to the national park (a must see), whitewater rafting, jungle tours, or a gentle horseback ride in the mountains. Being close to everything sometimes means you sacrifice something, but, that was not the case.
The third thing that we enjoyed is the home itself. My wife felt very safe and secure the entire time. The place is built like a fortress, yet, the atrium with the non-stop water fountain makes sure you are never stressed and always at ease. Each floor has AC if needed, a large full bath, and plenty of room to stretch out and relax with friends or slip away to hide and read a good book. Mariangela keeps each floor spotless and the home is decorated very nicely. Our my favorite places in the home though was down by the pool as it’s a great place to relax, stay cool, and socialize with friends and family. Quite simply though, after a day of hiking or any other activity the home balances everything nicely as you can find a way to relax in any way you like.
We learned that Costa Rica is a beautiful country, with so many friendly people, and so many things to do and see. But, I would HIGHLY recommend making your vacation amazing and stay at Villas del Sol. The only thing I regret was leaving, but, we will be back!
Eric and Lisa, We really appreciate these kind words. It makes us feel really special when our friends notice such details. And I feel like it is we who should be thanking you for including us in your vacation (and "family"). We hope you are already planning your return to Villas del Sol in 2015! We'll stay in touch. Donald, Nathan & Mariangela.
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"Fabulous house and location!"
Left on 04/17/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 17, 2014Stayed Mar 2014
This house is perfect for a larger group as it has 3 bedrooms as well as a loft area. The location is convenient to many restaurants, shops, a convenience store, and the beach via a short bus ride. Donald and Nathan provided fabulous recommendations for activities and restaurants. They were extrememly responsive in coordinating even shorter notice requests. We also really enjoyed having a chef prepare a couple meals for us after busy days! Ziplining, white water rafting, Manuel antonio National park tour, and snorkeling/scuba diving are some of the activities not to be missed!! The house has a wonderful view of the Pacific as well as a pool which is most welcome for cooling off in the afternoon. This is a very comfortable place to stay!
Thanks, Susan, for making our jobs so easy! You & Kent, Pat & Toby and The Kids were great guests, and we'll be looking forward to your coming back to Villas del Sol next year. Just let us know. Donald
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Left on 03/21/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 21, 2014Stayed Feb 2014
Property was as described and the hosts (Donald & Nathan) went out of their way to make certain that we did not have any issues with the property. House is very well maintained and service was great. Don't forget to try the massages that Nathan can schedule for you from the local spa.
Thanks for the kind words, Mike. I am happy you and Tom and (the other) Mike had a great fishing trip. Thanks for letting Nathan and me be a part of it; we really appreciate the dinner "treat". We're looking forward to your being back for the next "best moon" for fishing. Donald
"Fantastic house with stellar views, bedrooms, and concierge serv"
Left on 07/14/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | John CelenzaReviewed Jul 14, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
Villas Del Sol is a terrific place to stay, especially if you have family with you.
The house has many bedrooms and common rooms for family groups to use. My parents stayed upstairs and my husband and daughter stayed with me on the second floor where there are 2 bedrooms.
Every floor has a view, there is a very functional kitchen, and the pool is terrific.
However, the best part is the concierge service provided by Donald, the property manager. He booked all of our excursions, helped us find places to eat, and the best part: he helped keep the family vacation fun for everyone. My parents can be fairly particular, and Donald was terrific at accommodating their needs and ours.
I can't say enough about how lucky we were to happen upon this rental!
Thanks for those kind words, John. You guys were the best Guests ever! Thanks so much for making my "job" so easy. You and your family are welcome back anytime. D & N.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
"Visit to paradise"
Left on 07/14/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 14, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
We had a wonderful stay at Villas Del Sol. Donald was wonderful to work with, and our expectations were correctly set before we arrived. The house was very clean, so was the pool. We spent mornings in the pool, afternoons on adventures Donald help set up, and evenings with a drink on the lovely decks. There are many things to walk to, including an amazing butterfly garden. Our daughter keeps asking "When are we going back to Costa Rica?!"
Wow, Brendan . . .what a nice review! We are really looking forward to you & John being with us again at Villas del Sol next year. Please thank your mom & dad AND Julia, of course. Tell her she is welcome back at "Donald & Nathan's in Costa Rica" anytime she wants to come. Donald.
"Relax in a beautiful, quiet home with amazing views near some of"
Left on 02/12/2013 for a stay in March 2012 | KipReviewed Feb 12, 2013Stayed Mar 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Villas del Sol. So much so, that I came back 3 months after my first visit. Tranquil home with beautiful views from every room. Walking distance to some of the best restaurants and nightlife in town. The service provided by Donald's team was impeccable. From delicious home-cooked meals to booking fun and interesting activities - they do it all.
It was a pleasure to have you here as our Guest at Villas del Sol, Kip. By the time you left, we felt like we had a new friend in NYC. Please come back to see us for your third visit . . . and soon! Donald
"Excellent Vacation Experience"
Left on 02/05/2013 for a stay in October 2012 | RickReviewed Feb 5, 2013Stayed Oct 2012
From the moment we arrived, Don and Nathan made us feel like old friends rather than just touristy travlers. The accomidations far exceeded what I had expected. I would recommend this location to anyone wanting a little piece of paradiese.
Thanks, Rick! You know you and your family are welcome back at Villas del Sol whenever you return to Costa Rica. We'll leave a light on in the window for you. Donald
"Excelente experiencia en Manuel antonio"
Left on 02/05/2013 for a stay in April 2012 | RubengrReviewed Feb 5, 2013Stayed Apr 2012
El año pasado para mi cumpleaños decidí con un grupo de amigos visitar Villas del Sol, para pasar una semana en Manuel antonio. Al principio cuando estábamos tratando de elegir adonde quedarnos, fue un poco complicado por la gran cantidad de opciones, entre casas para rentar y hoteles, pero queríamos una casa por la comodidad y privacidad que esto provee.
Debo decir que la decisión fue la correcta, la ubicación, cerca de restaurantes, el Parque Nacional, la playa, la impresionante vista del mar, las comodidades de la casa, el gran tamaño, así como la atención provista por los administradores, Donald y Nathan, todo esto hizo que la experiencia fuera increíble, que pasáramos todos unas excelentes vacaciones y yo un gran cumpleaños.
Sin duda alguna es un lugar que volvería a visitar y que recomendaría a todos mis conocidos y amigos.
Gracias Ruben por las palabras amables. Estamos muy alegre que pasaste un lindo cumpleaños en Villas del Sol. No podemos esperar verte en abril otra vez por tu segunda visita. Donald
"Better than we could imagine!"
Left on 02/04/2013 for a stay in June 2012 | Beth W.Reviewed Feb 4, 2013Stayed Jun 2012
After my vacation plans fell through last summer, I had the great fortune to be directed by a friend to Villa del Sol. It was so much better than what I had originally planned.
The house itself is amazing. It's open and breezy, but has aC if needed. Plenty of room and looks like it could be the setting for a movie. Balconies on each level were perfect for the breakfasts of fresh fruit and juices and the pastries from the local bakery. The view of the Pacific from the upper floors was indeed peaceful. Stone steps led to the pool and lunches in the patio area were fun.
The house sits right off the main road through Manuel antonio and is protected from the street by a massive wooden door that opens to a welcoming inside patio, complete with fountain. The local bus has stops within a short walking distance and is an experience not to be missed. We ate at a colorful restaurant right down the street. It had white mini lights strung around the trees and plenty of tables outdoors. We could sit there with our meal wataching the sunset. I can't remember the name but our hosts, Don and Nathan certainly can supply it.
They were such a help! I didn't realize that a host would even be a consideration, but it seemed they intuitively knew what would please us and were quick to offer suggestions. Want to eat at home? Voila! They supplied the chefs. Want a massage on the balcony? Again, they made it happen. Need a translator? Call Nathan. Want a suggestion? Ask Don. They were there, and yet not intrusive.
It was a total change of environment for us. One that we will visit again. Even the rainy day we had offered up new sounds of the jungle and fragrances of the flowers.
With a non-stop flight from Charlotte, I can't think of any reason not to return.
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