July 30 - August 5, 2012
Second time visiting is still just as fun, just as beautiful
and just as much of a thrill as before. We love it here.
We love Antonio, Claudia, Maria, and Allen. We can gladly
call them friends. Like to give a shout out to Bill Norman
for his support of the Sawnee Woman's Club!
For now... goodbye
-- Andy, Wendy, Morgan (16), Brook (13), Amy (12) & Johnny
(9) Goodrow, Cumming, Georgia
Juune 23-30, 2012
Everything about this vacation was incredible. The staff here
has been top notch and the food was beyond description. We
love Costa Rica and plan to come back many times. Our first
adventrue was the zipline canopy tour, followed with ATV
ride to the beaches. The second day our 3 men went fishing.
No fish tale - they caught 8 sail fish and 2 mahi mahi. The
Don Basco sailing and snorkeling day was most memorable.
Thank you for letting us be a part of this amazing paradise!
--Steve Shultz, Cumming, Georgia
--Mary L., Cumming, Georgia
--Tyler & Joanna Shultz, Aiken, South Carolina (Thank you
-- Erin Shultz & Kris Hoerler, Athens, Georgia :)
May 26 - June 2, 2012
Pura Vida! We had a wonderful week here at Isla Azul and were
already plotting our next trip back on the 2nd day we were
here! Antonio, Claudia, and Maria were perfect and made our
home away from home exceptionally cozy. It was so energizing
each morning to step out on the porch and stare at the view
we had. Our stay included a boat tour on Antonio's boat;
zipline/rafting tour; massages/mais/pedis, and a morning
in town -- all of which were unforgettable. We hope to be
back sooner than later.
-- Paige & Stephen O'Kelley, Charleston, SC
We are all so sad to leave this
incredible place to return to the real world.
Everything is better in Costa Rica. We snorkeled,
went scuba diving, saw monkeys, octopi, sharks,
lizards, and relaxed for an entire wonderful
week. We've befriended the Villa Isla Azul residential
crabs, iguanas, and birds and I know we will
miss even them. We will most certainly come back
to this gorgeous place.
-- Jeff, Becky, Amanda, JJ Eglen, Mt. Pleasant,
-- Thomas R. Haley III, Indianapolis, IN
May 6, 2012
We hate to leave this slice of paradise! Truly a "complete"
vacation! From the beginning of our girl's week we were pampered
by Antonio, Claudia, and Maria! Then came Rosa & Mary for
the best massages, facilas & nail treatments. There was snorkeling
on the beach, cave exploration and sunsets on Antonio's boat
with Jose & Michael (the best!). The riverboat cruise with
lunch was a real treat. Monkeys (white faced) climbing into
the boat, a red mackaw & much more! The Boingreen resort was
5-star -- horseback riding, zipline, mud baths and spa -
top of our list! Very professional and top notch lunch and
staff. Don't wear anything too tight -- one of our girls
split her pants wide open! This week we wanted for nothing!
Drinks and food served whenever we wanted. 5-star restaurant
here at Villa Isla Azul! The critters at night and during
the day were entertaining. Racoons come in when doors are
open, so keep
an eye out! Thank you Bill for letting us bid on the beautiful
place - you are so generous!
-- Gale Y., Cumming, Georgia
One fabulous place with the most incredible view!!
The staff and the food and drinks were amazing!! I enjoyed
all the animals (even the racoons)! My two favorite excursions
were the river boat and ziplining in the rain forest!! (Also
included riding horses, mud bath, mineral springs, and steamroom
heated by volcano :) We will be back!!
--Lynn Maxim, Cumming, Georgia
May 6, 2012
Perfect vacation, perfect traveling companions, perfect staff,
perfect accomodations!!! Thanks Antonio, Claudia & Maria
for a wonderful time. Incredible food & drinks -- all served
with such sweet smiles. We don't want to leave!!
-- Candy Stephenson, Huntsville, Alabama
P.S. Tell the racoons we WON'T miss them!! Tell the iguanas,
monkeys & birds that we'd like to take them home!!
Everything at the villa was all anyone could wish
for! We stayed at the villa much of the time. Just did not
want to leave. Antonio, Claudia, & Maria made every day relaxing
and our bellies full of wonderful delights! Rosa & Mary gave
us the best of the best massages, facials and pedicures. Truly
the best I have "ever" had! The river cruise was welll worth
the trip. All five of use girls enjoyed that. We each feel
at home here and want to return. Goodby to the monkeys, birds,
and all creatures that came to visit.
--Judi Noack, Cumming, Georgia
May 2, 2012
A letter from Ron Mack:
On behalf of the four couples who journeyed to Costa Rica to vacation
at the Villa Isla Azul, I just want to say THANK YOU VERY, VERY
MUCH. Antonio, Claudia and Maria were fantastic and the stay at
the house was beyond our expectations.
Attached is a column, A Senior Moment,
that I write for our local weekly newspaper, The Cherokee
Scout. The subject I wrote about that week was our amazing
Isla Azul vacation. As a result of the column three people have
asked for information about our trip, and I referred them to your
Can I make one suggestion and you can tell me whether or not
it is feasible. Could screens be placed on the French doors between
the common room and the patio? After the sun goes down the flying
insects seem to gather where the lights are and one night the
TV screen was covered with them. This was after a rain. They were
not quite that troublesome on other evenings. Just a thought.
Thanks again to you, Pam, the Isla Azul staff, Allan, George
and everyone else involved in Costa Rica Villas. Pura Vida!
-- Ron and Helen Mack, NC
A Senior Moment: One Week in Paradise,
by Ron Mack
How many times have your hopes been elevated to the penthouse
only to find the real
thing in the basement? When was the last time your expectations
were not just met, but
blown through the roof? To the first question I would have to
answer, often, and to the second
about two weeks ago.
My wife and I and three other couples recently returned from
spending a glorious week
at a private villa in Costa Rica that was hyped by our son and
daughter-in-law. No way could
such a place exist. No way could that kind of pampering exist.
No way gourmet meals could be
prepared and served with such quality and class. No way that all
of this and more could be
available at an affordable price. My friends, a place and people
like that do exist and we
experienced them. It is one of the few times in my life where
the experience equaled the hype.
Heck, it blew it away.
Where is this place you ask? It is Isla
Azul, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It is a villa owned by
a restaurateur living in Georgia, who rents it out with cook,
butler/bartender and housekeeper
included. Complete with its own pool, Jacuzzi and breathtaking
view of the Bay of Ocotal, it is a
place that my wife and I have only dreamed about. Yet here we
were with six of our best
friends and family experiencing it.
Have you ever heard the roar and growl of a howler monkey? The
sound amazes you;
especially seeing the small body from which it emerges. A large
family of them lived in the area
around the villa and often would entertain us with their basso
renditions. Of course, there also
were the iguanas that hung around the edge of the concrete deck
watching us as we ate, drank
and generally just “chilled.”
We did venture away from the villa for a boat ride across the
bay to a beach to snorkel
and then to a blow hole cave where water rushed in through two
tubes meeting in a bowl on
the beach. Yours truly was kayoed by the incoming wave and nearly
took a ten count. Another
excursion found us zipping through the tree tops on the Congo
Trail Canopy Tour. Here was
another adrenaline rush. Back at the villa, we suffered through
massages, manicures and
pedicures. It was a tough life, but someone had to do it.
Unfortunately our week in paradise soon came to an end, and we
found ourselves on a
plane landing in Atlanta to temperatures about 40 degrees colder
than our previous location.
Brrr. Humbug. Su Diev.
April 28, 2012
What an incredible vacation in an incredible spot. We had a
great time with Antonio, Claudia and Maria -- they made the
vacation extra special. We got to see monkeys, iguanas, crocodiles,
zipe line, fish & eat like kings. We will definitely be back.
-- David & Carol Van Sant, Cumming, Georgia
April 15-22, 2012
Steve & Pam,
Based on what you told us, we arrived with high expectations.
Guess what? Our expectations were met, exceeded and then
went beyond that. What an experience! What a view! Most of all; what
Claudia, Antonio and Maria were incredible. They cooked, served,
cleaned and more and should be the definition of service.
Then there was the boat trip with Jose and Michael
that was amazing. Zip lines, shopping, massages, the animals,
especially the howler monkeys, were all outstanding and amazing.
There are so many more superlatives I could add but I think
I'll stop here and let someone else from our group add a few
words. Pura Vida!
-- Ron & Helen Mack, John & Kathy Hoyt,
Don & Karen Myers - Murphy, North Carolina
-- Jim & Marie Stiles - Columbus, South Carolina
March 20, 2012
In a word, incredible!Thanks to Antonio, Claudia and Maria
for making our adventure more awesome than ever expected.
The views, food, cocktails and experience was exceptional.
From visiting Coco, having a drink at Father Rooster's or
seeing the sunset on Antonio's boat, the vibe was FABULOUS
(Tiff's word)! Thans Bill for the "opportunity" to experience
this venture in your house. Everything and everyone made
this a special 40th birthday for my wife.
Sincerely and with love,
Matt & Tiffany Nichols
Mike & Kim Gravitt
Haylo! :-) P.S. Massages from Rosa & team were awesome!!!
March 11-18, 2012
Our vacation at Villa Isla Azul and Costa Rica has been picture
perfect and enjoyed by all. All expectations were met and
more by the staff. We want to take Antonio, Claudia, Maria
home with us! Great memories and pictures of my birthday
-- Nancy & friends, Philadelphia, PA, Harrisburg, PA, and
February 26 - March 4, 2012
Our second trip to paradise, what could be better!!! Claudia,
Antonio and Maria amazing. Family of nine treated like royalty.
Will dream about this place for a long time.
Sail boat (Don Bosco), lunch on the beach (WOW!!), river boat
through the preserve spectacular!!! Zip line tour will not soon
-- John & Nancy Riede +family, Denver, CO
February 24, 2012
¡Que maravillosa! Muchas gracias por todo. Era una vacación
-- Susan Crutchfield, Burnsville, NC
One of the best vacations ever! So
beautiful and so relaxing! Certainly hope to return to your wonderful
-- Debbie & Bill Dore, Crowley, LA
Rosa’s five star massages were perfect!
We were three couples and we had a great time. A real vacation
in every way.
-- Paul Crutchfield, Brunsville, NC
February 24, 2012 What a wonderful week we had here at Isla Azul. It was
one of the most relaxing seven days every -- we had two days up
here with Rosa and her girls giving us spa treatments -- so luxurious.
It’s a wonder we didn’t wear out the rockers -- the
view is worth every minute of the time spent in them. The staff,
Claudia, Antonio, and Rosa, were the best. Walks on the beach
were nice, especially after so much “pigging out”!
The six of us really bonded -- would love to repeat.
-- Gail & Al Montria, Yuba City, CA
February 11-18, 2012
Our party of 8 had an absolutely enjoyable stay from February
11-18, 2012! This was indeed paradise for us. The food was great,
the accommodations superb! Antonio, Claudia, and Maria took care
of all of our needs. We enjoyed the river cruise, the ATV ride,
and the boat ride. Antonio drove us into town on numerous occasions.
Probably the most enjoyable part was sitting on the deck watching
the birds, ocean, and wildlife. We had the pleasure of meeting
George, the pasota (animal that is a cross between a monkey and
raccoon). George visited with us each morning and evening to get
his share of crackers. George was very tame and we had him drinking
water out of a cup before the end of the week. We named him George
and he seemed to like it. Then there were the blue jays, starting
off with 2 at the beginning of the week and ending up with 4.
I guess the word got out about the crackers, too. These birds
would take the crackers right out of your hand. Then we had the
2 iguanas that would visit. Then 3 raccoons would come by occasionally.
We saw parakeets and many other species of birds. This was a very
relaxing vacation and we appreciate the daily efforts that all
of the people put into making us visitors comfortable!
-- Glenn and Denise Postell --Bill & Judy Caskey --Jason and
Leslie Willis --Beatle and Judy Bailey
January 14-21, 2012
It’s our last day and time to say goodbye to this beautiful
villa with the magnificent view, Antonio, Claudia, and Maria who
pampered us so well, the friendly jay birds, small green parrots,
howler monkeys, iguanas and raccoons who visited us daily and
the warm, gentle (and strong) breezes. We played in a six-day
bridge tournament, took the river cruise, canopy tour, played
golf at Papagayo Golf Club, had an “adventurous” time
on Antonio’s boat, visiting the beaches and river. It’s
been a wonderful week with friends. Pura Vida!!
-- Nancy & Carl Bowen, Suwanee, GA
As a survivor, I appreciate the opportunity for all of us to
enjoy this beautiful week from an auction at the Laurel Springs
Women’s Golf Association Breast Cancer Golf Tournament.
This was a very special vacation in a special place with our very
special friends. Thank you Bill Norman -- we will see you back
in Georgia @ Norman’s Landing.
-- Linda & Osley Borchardt, Suwanee, GA
What a magnificent time we have had! Besides all of the above,
we also enjoyed the ATV tour and the massages by Rosa and her
team. Special thanks to our team -- Antonio, Claudia, and Maria.
-- Terry and Tony Taggart, Suwanee, GA
Such a great time with special friends -- enjoyed cocktails in
the hot tub, rocking chair at cocktail time, watching the clipper
ships sailing past -- everything was fabulous!!
-- Karen Eryer & Frank Poliano
December 18-27, 2011
Wow! What a beautiful place and what wonderful people in Costa
Rica. Villa Azul is a treasure; and the staff of Antonio, Claudia,
and Maria made us feel so welcome and cared for -- they are absolutely
Our family enjoyed so many things -- the views every day from
this great porch; the pool; the magnificent two beaches to walk
to; the Tempisque river trip where we were lucky to see many birds,
crocs, and personal encounters with the whitefaced monkeys; kayaking
down the Colorado; walks into town; mud baths and canopy tour
on Christmas day; and even the cardio workouts on these hills!
This was a magnificent vacation for us with such joyful times
together as a family -- made more so by the generosity and incredible
service of Antonio, Claudio, and Maria! We had a wonderful time
fishing on Antonio’s boat -- a half day and while day with
Captain Jose and mate Randy. Caught a few -- saw huge humpback
whale up close. Lots of turtles and porpoises riding the boat’s
The breakfasts, lunch and dinners were so special. We made friends
with Papagayo, the iguana, the raccoon family and the magpie jays!
-- The Preyer & Oglesby families, Chapel Hill, NC
August 6, 2011
First of all Steve, thank you for booking our trip last minute.
We were torn between Costa Rica and a few other places for our
vacation. Villa Isla Azul was absolutely the perfect choice!
Antonio, thank you for
everything you did for us! We couldn’t have found a better
man to become friends with!! You and your boat are AWESOME!! Claudia,
every meal you made us was delicious! The taste of the food was
incredible and also the presentation. You have a very kind spirit!
Allan, you are a great tour guide! We couldn’t
have made it without you! Maria, you sweet girl!
Thank you for laughing at our corny jokes. You made our stay so
easy with clean clothes everyday. (Next time we won’t have
to pack so much!)
Our activities included the canopy tour,
water rafting, horseback riding, massages and of course shopping.
We tried to narrow down our favorite, but had a hard time so...
Antonio’s Boat!! First of all, he was very
accommodating in every aspect, but the truly extraordinary moments
were Don catching mahi mahi and a huge sail fish! We never dreamed
that villa and the view would be so beautiful! We can’t
wait to return next year! We plan to bring our entire family with
us next time. Words cannot express how much we enjoyed our stay
with Antonio, Claudia, and Maria’s company!
Villa Isla Azul
El lugar mas bello del mundo
-- Don and Rhonda Aydelott, Vernon, TX
July 30, 2011
Costa Rica: HEAVEN! One question – can we smuggle Claudia,
Antonio and Maria out of the country? You all treated us like
royalty! The meals were cooked to perfection! All of the drinks
were delicious and refreshing. The ATVs, Antonio’s boat,
white water rafting, the ziplines, horseback-riding, snorkeling
and pedicures were SUPERB! The service was definitely five-star!
Thank you for the BEST vacation ever! Gracias!
-- The Drapeau family, Cumming, GA
February 2011 This was a wonderful week in paradise! The entire staff
was nothing short of spectacular. Will certainly hope to come
back. Great view for whale and monkey watching. Antonio, Cluadia,
Maria and Tomato are first class! Thank you for a wonderful week!
--Antonio & Tara Dennis, Alpharetta, Georgia -- Mark &
Chris Johnson, Alpharetta, GA -- Kim & Peggy Fortney, Gainesville,
GA -- Dave & Michelle Scoopa, Alpharetta, GA
February 26 to March 5, 2011 What happens in Costa Rica, stays in Costa Rica! And
we had a wonderful time!! It was all A+ wonderful!
-- Eric & Lina Duncan, Suwanee, Georgia
Expectations were high, but you exceeded every one of
them. The facilities were great but nothing beats the staff. Great
-- Fred & Gayle Frechette (see you at Norman's Landing)
OMG - I have died and gone to heaven! I never expected
to feel this way about Costa Rica -- now it is "up there"
on my favorites list. Antonio, Claudia and Maria are part of our
mamilia now -- and of course "Tomato." We all feel renewed
again -- we will take home some great memories. Thank you for
sharing your little bit of heaven. Until we meet again -- Pura
-- Gayle Frechette, Cumming, GA - P.S. You must go to the volcano,
rain forest and hot springs -- it will be the best tour that you
have ever taken. Don't let the 3 1/2 hour drive deter you - awesome,
December 26, 2010 - January 2, 2011 Had a lovely time. The staff was excellent. The meals were wonderful;
service was great. Fishing trip was amazing, beach tour and zip-lining were spectacular.
Couldn't ask for anything more.
-- Faimans & Pramschutes, Washington D.C/
Los Angeles, California
December 19-26, 2010 Today is Christmas, and we are in paradise! But, all compliments about this
magnificent trip must begin and end with the excellent staff - Cluadia, Antonio,
and Maria. Three of the most lovliest people we have ever known! Claudia is
a whiz in the kitchen - EVERYTHING she prepared was absolutely delicious! And
Antonio is so friendly and warm and kind. He served us with a smile on his
face and with genuine pleasure. And Maria is a dear - made us feel at home
and did our laundry so efficiently and quickly.
The view is beyond capre - and we've had so many fun excursions. Allan (and
his son) are great and so informative. We rafted, ziplined, took a boat and
snorkelling tour (on Antonio's boat), the boys went fishing, the girls kayaked
in the ocean, and we all enjoyed a massage.
Tomorrow, it is back to reality. But we hope to return
to Costa Rica. But, to close - I repeat - our vacation was over the top because
of Claudia, Antonio,
Maria and their many talents, warmth, and genuine enthusiasm to serve.
The Darris family (Marietta, GA), Feliz Navidad!
November 20-27, 2010 This was our third
time here at Isla Azul, & we enjoyed it just as much as
the first. The staff was wonderful, the food & drinks were delicious, & the
experience was unforgettable! We loved the trip on Antonio's boat! The beaches
& snorkeling were beautiful. The zip line & white water rafting trip was very
fun! The ATV & surfing in Tramarindo were also a great time! We love this place,
the people (expecially the amazing staff) & Costa Rica's "Pura Vida." We're
already planning our next trip!
-- The Togher Family, Palos Hills, Illinois
October 2010 I think everyone needs a vacation where you are pampered with beautiful scenery
on the tours, great food which was always served fresh and hot and a view from
the villa to die for. My son and I snorkled along the nearby rocky shores almost
daily which we really enjoyed. The highlight of the trip for me was fishing
where my father caught the largest fish (60 pound rooster fish).
This place is really a paradise!!! Beter than we expected.
Magnificent view... Breathtaking and we are very pleased... Maria, Claudia,
and Antonio - we are
going to smuggle and put you in our suitcase and take you home... Thank you,
thank you very much, very humble people. Claudia's cooking is excellent, Maria
made us feel at home, our rooms were very clean and Antonio always with a smile,
margarita and all drinks that he serves are fabulous. Eight days is not enough
for us. The sport fishing on Antonio's boat, catching 35 and 60 pound rooster
fish is the best.
-- M. Bolentini, San Francisco, California
August 17-26, 2010 Thank you! Thank you! Muchas gracias! We had an incredible
10 days in "Paradise." Antonio, Claudia & Maria
spoiled us with food, drink and magnificent surroundings that
were beyond compare. "Tomato" was an excellent tour
guide and helped us experience Costa Rica - zip lining, rafting,
surfing, a wonderful boat trip and snorkeling along the black
sand beaches. It's hard to rueturn to the reality of home - until
we meet again.
-- Pat, Bill, Camille, Joe Gillotti, Redding CT -- Adam Arsenault,
Boston, MA -- Joe Sparveri, Naples, FL -- Mike O'Kane, Easton,
July 25-29, 2010 The most enjoyable vacation
we could ever hope for. Far exceeded our expectations. Antonio has become "The Man" and
his smile, service, and sincerity make him the best at what he does. Claudia
is a magician in the kitchen at
breakfast, lunch and dinner. We loved every meal she prepared. Maria kept our
rooms immaculate, clothes clean and quick to satisfy our every need. This staff
is first class in every way possible! We all loved Antonio's boat tour, zipline
and the massages.
The majority of our week we spent right here enjoying
games, pool, whirlpool, movies, visits from the monkeys, iguanas, racoons,
and birds. We hope to be
lucky enough to come back soon!
-- The Miriella Family: Joe, Pat, Joey & Hannah,
-- The Johnson Family: Ray, Karen, Kyle, & Sheree, North Carolina & Georgia
July 10-14, 2010 What a wonderful vacation! We all love Costa Rica -- this was our first
visit. The monkeys were too cute. Antonio's boat was awesome -- I have never
so many pretty shells on one beach. The guys enjoyed the fishing too. Claudia's
cooking is amazing! We were spoiled by Maria doing our laundry! We hope to
back soon -- thank you Goodrow family for our awesome trip!! : )
-- Love, The
Berry Family: Flip, Juline, & Savannah from Cumming, Georgia
July 1-9, 2010 Back for our second time!
Antonio, Claudia, & Maria -- Thank you for being
the reason we came back and for such (another) wonderful vacation in Costa
Rica! This week was another fun-filled trip that went by way too fast. This
year we all went on ATVs along the beach and all 7 of us got our first (and
definitely not last) massages! Antonio's boat was such a relazing and peaceful
place to look at the beautiful sunset, see sea turtles for the first time,
and even catch a huge rooster fish! There was an entire family of monkeys to
watch and hear right outside the balcony the whole week too! These are just
a few of the many, many parts that made this yet another unforgettable time
at Villa Isla Azul. But nothing would have been as perfect without Antonio,
Claudia, & Maria. You guys are the greatest and we appreciate and thank
your for everything. These 8 days went by way too fast and we can't wait to
see you all again very soon. We will email Antonio pictures!! See you next
year. : )
-- Love always, The Gannon Family: Pat, Patty, Anna (19), Nellie
(18), Madeline (16), Clava (13), and Patrick (11) from Orland Park, Illinois
June 12-17, 2010 This was the most amazing week. We love Costa Rica! Antonio and all
of his staff were just absolutely wonderful, always service with a smile and
food imaginable. We had great fun on the zipline, at the beach, on the toat,
and at the pool with our family. We can't thank Dad/Tom/Grandpa and Mary Anne
enough for planning this excellent vacation for the whole family. Your generousity
is unforgetable. We look forward to coming back with everyone!
The Mall Family... -- Mary Anne & Tom, Gainesville, Georgia -- Tom & Naz,
Dunwoody, GA -- Beth & Hank, Duluth, GA -- Meg, Samantha, & Alex, Alpharetta,
GA -- Mike, Donna, John, & Jessica, Decatur, GA
May 7, 2010 A remarkably superb vacation
with the "best" staff ever! "Perfecto Todos" We will miss
being spoiled in paradise!!
Muchas Gracias, The White Family from Cumming, Georgia -- Dottie White
Cobb -- Betty James White -- Doris White Corona -- Lance White -- John White
-- David White -- Joe White -- Jennifer SanFratello White -- Jackie Freer
Enjoyed everything. Wonderful! -- Betty
One of the Best Vacations Ever -- Lance
March 6-14, 2010 We began our visit in Costa Rico in Villa Lapa because Azul was occupied at
the time we arrived. When we arrived at Isle Azul we were amazed at how big
is was and how this could fit sot so many people and there were only six of
us. The first activity we did was the boat tour where we saw the most exotic
animals and got to feed the monkeys. Then the zipline through the canopy! What
fun that was, and all the crazy ways we could get to the end of the line. We
took a boat tour and rode ATVs. Tomato and Allan made every tour special. Grandparents,
parents and kids all had fun. What a fantastic treat it was to meet Antonio,
Claudia, and Maria. They treated us like royalty and made every part of our
We can't wait to come back and wish we could have had more of our family here
to enjoy this beautiful country. We have been many places in the world, but
never felt so welcome as we did here. Thank you Antonio, Claudia, Maria, Tomato & Allan
for making our trip wonderful!
-- Mary, Sean, Liam (13), & Frank (10) Kelly -- Bill & Fran
Baun (Grandparents) from Ontario, Canada
March 21-27, 2010 What a wonderful time our family had at Villa Azul! This was a trip
our family will talk about for years to come. We enjoyed the zipline and rafting.
boat provided much entertainment with the cave, shells, snorkeling, and rooster
fish. The river boat cruise was incredible with monkeys, crocodiles, and beautiful
birds. What really made the vacation was the hospitality of Antonio, Yami,
and Maria. They were always smiling and pleasant. Antonio and Yami made my
daughter's 9th birthday one she will never forget. Gracias!
-- Mark, Heidi,
Charlie (15), Andrew (13), Henry (11), and Helen (9) Altfillisch from Ottumwa,
February 12-19, 2010
God's beauty laid right before our eyes for these wonderful days
we were blessed to spend at La Villa Isla Azul! Oh how we want to
stay here forever -- we will leave our hearts here and long to return
very soon! Our 40th anniversary with our dearest friends, the Eberhards
& the Henks, was an extraordinary week, but the group just could
not stop saying, look where we are, here in Costa Rica, at such
a beautiful spot, and with such wonderful people! Antonio kept bringing
the "refreshements", and Clauda, oh my gosh!, we all want
her recipes -- she is a magnificent cook; Maria made "our new
home" just so comfy & clean (now we are so depressed to
have to go back & have to clean & wash again!) Our deepest
thanks to all of you!
We had so many amazing experiences just
staying here at the Villa! Relaxing in the pool & hot tub, bird watching on the patio,
enjoying the visits of other wild life & enjoying la Pura Vida!!
We will be back!!
We loved it!!
God bless our staff here at the Villa!!
-- Weldon & Karon Preiss - New Braunfels, Texas
February 12-19, 2010
Pura Vida -- My new favorite saying! I don't think I will be able to
adequately describe this place, even with
all my pictures, to our family and friends back home. The ultimate
in pampering. The privacy of the facilities and the way we all
at home. The view to die for. We have to return for diving and
fishing and more of the sights. Really enjoyed the relaxing, food,
rather than a lot of tours but recommend the Super Combo to Buena
Vista at Rincon de la Vieja. Slide, zip-lines, mud bath & hot
springs & FOOD. Great trip to do. Snorkling & beach tour
was great on our first day too, but don't forget the sunscreen!
We had wonderful massage day here at the villa. We all spent time
just watching the wildlife through binoculars, our feet propped
up along the rail.
Antonio is a gem and my husband would love to steal Claudia away!
Maria kept us taken care of in all ways, our rooms always perfect.
Seriously, we could stay here
forever! Thank you for a great trip shared with our dear friends
the Henks & Preisses
-- Dennis & Diana Eberard - New Braunfels, Texas
December 26 - January 2, 2010
Happy New Year!!!
Muchas gracias senor Antonio & Senora Maria & Claudia. I
think I have died & gone to Heaven. The scenery, food, attention,
chips & pico de gallo, the boat ride, chips & pico de gallo,
rainforest, zip lining, chips & pico de gallo. Oh did I mention
being completely spoiled!!!!
The boys & Kathy went fishing. Nathan (11) caught a 100# sailfish
& Henry (8) a mahi mahi which fed all 11 of us for dinner.
Words can't convey they awesome time we had. The resident iguana
paid us a visit, also the monkeys...got in the house & devoured
numerous cookies & crackers. Also had racoons & several
different birds & parrots.
What a great way to usher in the New Year. It ranks #1 on my list
of family vacations. We will be back!!
Kudos to our wonderful staff! They are the best!
Also, if you take tours, be sure and ask for Jose & Warner.
-- Karlyn & Tom Walsh - Leawood, Kansas
-- Kathy, Bob, Colleen 18, Allison 17, Maggie 14 - Overland Park,
-- Terrie & Chris, Nathan 11, Henry 8 - Redwood City, California
October 24-31, 2009
It was before the GA/FLA weekend and also the start of the World
WOW – what a week – I’ve never had so many wonderful
MASSAGES. (Thank you, Rosa & friends @ 5 Star Spa) and so much
rest!!! This was really a fabulous week – I have never been
so pampered. We would love to come back again and again – next
time to see the whales and turtles. Antonio, Claudia and Maria
are TheBest! I will take the Pura Vida home to Atlanta and never
forget this beautiful and wonderful place. Muchas Gracias!
Thank you so much for a fabulous week – Antonio, Claudia
and Maria made the week. We will be back! Colin wants to catch
and I want the river tour, so we must come back.
--Colin & Charlene Barker - Atlanta, Georgia
July 18, 2009
Antonio, Claudia, y Maria:
Thank you so much for making our first trip to Costa Rica such
an awesome experience. From the house itself to the food to the
view and wildlife... everything was unbelievable. Seeing the dolphins,
cave, fish, and especially whales! on Antonio's boat was
one of the most memorable! You guys made my mom's 50th birthday
the best for her. It was everything she hoped and more. It has
been the best family vacation ever thanks to you. Some events
outside Villa Isla Azul: the Mega Tour where we zip-lined in the
canopy, went horseback riding, slide down the waterslide in the
rainforest, the mudbath + hotsprings, and the Buena Vista waterfall.
Also, the river tour where we saw the howler monkeys for the first
time, iguanas, birds, crocodiles, and beautiful scenery. So much
we saw and did in seemingly so little time! It went by way too
fast. Hopefully we will be back very, VERY soon! Thank you again
Antonio, Claudia, and Maria! We'll never forget Villa Isla Azul,
the experiences, or you! -- Love, The Gannon Family - (Chicago)
Orland Park, Illinois - Pat(52), Patty(50), Anna(18), Nellie(17),
Madeline(15), Clara (12), Patrick(10)
July 17, 2008
This has been the best vacation of our lives!! The villa is as
beautiful as this country. We are going home feeling rested,
What can we say about the drinks & the meals? Muy deliciosa!
Our thanks to Antonio & Maria - you are the best! We will
definitely be back - soon, we hope!
--Steve, Angi, Kyle & Jordan Bennet - Lilburn, Georgia
July 12, 2008
Had a great time! Did it all - zip lines, National Park, snorkeling,
beaches, etc. Great vacation!
--Bob & Linda Shanahan - Cumming, Georgia
The best of everything - the villa,
the people here the flora & fauna,
the boat rides, food, hospitality - a great experience.
--Barbara Shanahan -
Syracuse, New York
Thank you to the staff for taking care of us
uring our vacation and for making our time at the villa just wonderful.
We had a wonderful time on Anonio's boat and Manny loved the zip
line & ATV. We'll definitely come back. -- Manny & Laura
Muchas gracias portodo, en especial a Antonio
y Anairis!! Estas vacaciones no podrean haber sido tan especiales
sin su ayuda!! -- Kate Shanahan y Alfredo Ramirez - Decatur, Georgia
Wow! This has been a fabulous week. We'll miss
the monkeys antics (especially Tinky). Thank you to Antonio, Maria
& Ana. -- Rob & Kay Shanahan - Knoxville, Tennesee
July 5, 2008
We didn't even miss 4th of July fireworks with so many other wonderful
adventures. Truly enjoyed Antonio's snorkeling tour - Gregory
caught a 60 lb. sea turtle to show us. Enjoyed the beach at the
Picante REstaurant. Go at high tide for best snorkeling &
walk around the end to see an amazing blow hole. We had so many
great adventures. We know you will too. We are sad to leave this
beautiful countgry & the beautiful people.
--Tom & Kim McFadden, Huntsville, Alabama -- Randall &
Court McFadden, New York, NY -- Dristen Leich & Dave Pak,
New York, NY
June 21, 2008
Fantastic way for the Pettett's & Corona's to celebrate Wendy
& Cindy's 50th birthday! Antonio & Claudia catered to
all our needs including trips to Coco. Out of many excursions,
our favorites were ATV 4-wheelin' with Peter & the canopy
canyon/rafting trip. The water was up and the class 3 rapids were
more intense. Allan's drivers are the best. Not only would we
do an excursion, but also stop for local "signed" pottery
from villages where it is made. This villa & Paraiso are our
favorites so far. I hope we return in the winter to check out
-- Pettetts - (David, Wendy, Chris & Brett) --Coronas ( Ernie,
Cindy, Brian & Jonathan)
June 14, 2008
What a great week we have had. All the comforts of home &
the hospitality from Antonio, Maria & Claudia! Beautiful days
& nights. Good snorkeling at Ocotal beach. Canopy tours &
rafting were great - would suggest this activity! Warner (our
driver) & Roberto (our guide) were fantastic & accommodating.
Ask for them when you book your tours with Allan. We've shared
this wonderful week with the Butlers (Dave, Karen, Deith &
Ellie) from Canton, GA & us - the Dowdell's ( Bill, Linda,
Meg, Jack & Emily) from Kennesaw, GA so many laughs &
good memories. Birds, fish, monkeys, crocodiles & new wildlife
to enjoy - We hope each & everyone of you experience such
a great time. We are blessed to be able to travel and enjoy such
beauty. Our big thank you Costa Rica! Pura Vida . . . until next
April 12, 2008
Tom and Sue Burnette, Ricky, Jisa, Burnette Brawn and Kelly and
Amber Davice: We are from Georgia and Florida.What a magnificent
week we had here at Villa Isla Azul. The staff was absolutely
wonderful - always exceeding
our every expectation!
The view, the villa, the food, the caring staff - MAGNIFICO! Our
salute to the Chef! And to our superb bartender - Antonio!We had
a great time on Antonio's boat. The tour of the islands, beaches,
and the ride up the river were unforgettable!
recommend it for anyone, but especially for family groups.
The beaches we visited were wonderful - no other people! The refreshments
the boat carried were also great!
We look forward to returning soon.
Thank you all so much!
The best time I had was on Antonio's boat. The captain is very experienced
and personable. His first mate is an old-school fisherman who
is fun to watch at work. We went on two cruises.
The first was a jaunt around to neighboring beaches. One beach
had caves and the kids loved watching the world rush through.
beach was the Four Seasons Beach & it was classy.
We had such a good time on the 1st cruise that we also went deep
sea fishing two days later. We traveled sea fishing together two
days later. We traveled 15 miles and got to see much of the coastline.
The best part was when we ran into a school of about 50 dolphins
who followed our boat. Remember, though if you go deep sea fishing,
try to leave as early as possible in the morning.
-- Dave Lieber, columnist, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas, USA
March 15, 2008
This has truly been an outstanding week in paradise. The villa
is very comfortable & the staff spoiled us rotten. The view
has to be the best around. What a way to wake up each morning.
The food has been unbelievable. I would highly recommend this
trip to anyone.
-- Thanks, Carl & Gwen Hopper, Carson City, NV
Dear Villa Isla Azul, We had so much fun! We
loved the view of the ocean. The staff was amazingly good. The
food was remarkable. Fordo was very friendly and made best friends
with the youngest kid, cambridge (4). The canopy tour was really
exciting. Deep sea fishing on Antonio's boat wass fun, we caught
one 10 pound amberjack. We highly recommend this to all people.
-- The kids, Cambridge(4), Sage (6), Carson (7), Heath (9), Austin
L. (10), Tristan (11) - Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
To the wonderful people at Villa Isla Azul,what
a wonderful home you allowed the 10 of us to share. A marvelous
staff that exceeded our every wish. The best food we've all eaten
- it's back to the gym next week. Zip lining was exciting. The
pool refreshing -- jumping through Tito -- our water Olympics
-- was great fun. The drinks were refreshing and plentiful. Antonio
was put to the test with this group. Gordo - you're spoiled and
so were we. Thank you for a relaxing week
-- Susi and Eric Peterson - Carson City - Nevada
February 24, 2008
This has been a spectacular week. The staff have made us feel very
much at home --- and for trhat we thank you all! The weather,
the scenery, the food, the margaritas and the beautiful surroundings
have mad our vacation one we'll never forget.
Oh yes, we do want to come back to Villa Isla Azul.
From: Marblehead, MA - Lakeland, FL - Westfield, NJ and last but
not least ....Port Washington, L.I. New York (and also North Andover,
Hap, Nate, Jake, Mike, Gap, Daren, Jackie,
Geoff, Julia, Betty & Chas.
P.S. Antonio es muy guapo
February 9, 2008
What a fabulous week. This is truly paradise. Thank you so much
Antonio, Xenia, & Maria for taking such good care of us. We
were very spoiled. This was such a special time as we shared the
wedding of our son with family and friends.
Thank you to everyone who made it so special.
-- Denis & Linda Corrin - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
January 25, 2008
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the staff here. Antonio is a
wonderful host, Xenia is a spectacular cook and Maria took such
good care of us. This is definitely one of the best family vacations
we have had.
The tours were great and just lounging around the pool was wonderful
too. Especially Antonio's margaritas!
Can't wait to return,
-- Cathy & Bob Iversen - Denver, Colorado
I agree with the previous guests - the staff
certainly makes this house and vacation luxurious! We've rented
places before but without
help, it was just a different place - same work. Antonio's margaritas
are the best.
Warner was helpful with carting us around. Ocotal beach was amazing!
I loved the tide pools. We had 10 people her an it was all lovely.
We can't wait to come back!
-- Rob, Jen, Peter (7) and Ian (4) Iversen
P.S. Make sure you get
some of Xenia's snapper!
I just wanted to let you know that our trip
to your villa was the best family vacation we've had! The staff
was beyond wonderful and
I wish I could take them all home with me. My first day back home,
I was wondering how I could survive without Xenia's meals,
Antonio's pampering, and Maria's fabulous housekeeping. They are
the best! Even in five-star hotels, we haven't felt as well taken
care of. I hope we can visit again in the future. We will definitely
recommend your villas to all our friends and relatives.
Thanks for everything,
January 19, 2008
Thanks to Karen for inviting me along to celebrate her 50th birthday
- What a glorious wee - The view from the deck is unsurpassed
- Antonio, Xenia & Maria are the greatest - Their contgribution
is what makes this place such a paradise. Thanks so much!
-- Jim Craig - Sacramento, California
I am not good at writing but I want to say
it was awesome! The time I spent here, I believe it was the best
in my life! Antonio was so helpful withthe drinks!! His good attitude
was excellent and very warming. There are too many words I could
use for Xenia's cooking & big smile, but they were the best.
Maria was quiet with a very nice smile. I will tell everybody
I know about this place and I promise that I will be back to see
new Three-Amigos!! Thank you for Everthing!
-- Steven J. Wright - Sacramento, California
Thanks to Karen for inviting us to celebrate
her 50th birthday in Costa Rica. We did so many wonderful things
while we were here - the canopy tour, horse back riding, the white-faced
monkeys and crocodiles! But nothing was better than spending time
here at the villa - Antonio, Xinia and Maria made our trip perfect.
The food, the endless drinks and the way we were treated was above
and beyond anything we ever expected. Thank you for everything.
I will never forget our time spent here at Villa Azul. I hope
to spend time here again.
-- Lisa Gaspereni & Ken Walsh - Sacramento, California
January 19, 2008
What a way to start a new year and my
fiftieth year, the day started with a car ride thru Costa Rica
with Roberto & Warner. Roberto
sharing so much information with us about Costa Rica. we zip-lined
thru the trees, went down an exhilaration water slide,
adventurous horseback ride, relaxing sauna and hot pools ending
with a wonderful dinner.
Antonio gave us a fabulous fireworks show.
Nothing could have prepared us for such a wonderful week! I'm
so pleased I chose Costa Rica to celebrate my birthday.
Everyone - Antonio, Xinia, Maria . . . all wonderful! They treated
us like family, we felt so welcomed! I'm sure we drove Roberto,
Antonio, Omar crazy with all our questions, they were so gracious
and answered everything! Xinia's cooking! Muy Bien!
I'd like to take her home but then I'd need to buy a larger wardrobe.
My favorite -- "EVERYTHING"!
Everyday was new & wonderful! We couldn't get enough of
the view - it's going to be missed! There's so much that was
the tours, our boat ride, feeding the iguana on the deck,, the
people and experiencing it all with family and friends!
La pasamos muy bien, muchas gracias!
-- Karen - Sacramento, California