What Our Guests Say About Villa del Mar
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August 13-20, 2016
Heard multiple times - “Best vacation ever!” Good friends celebrating three couple’s 30th wedding anniversaries - a wonderful week with amazing views, food, service. Exceeded all expectations - thank you Julia, Oscar, Antonia! Kojak added the excitement with river rafting, ziplining, canoe, volcano tours! PURA VIDA!!!
-- Maurers, Peatanias, Cedors, Midlothian, PA

August 2016
What a lovely week! We are a group of 10 friends from Florida and this is our second visit. Julia, Gerard and Antonia are lovely and so accommodating. We were thankful to have them. We visited four years ago and just had to come back. What a blessing! We fished four days and caught snapper, tuna, bonita and sailfish. Whitewater rafting and waterfall visits were great. Ask to do them on the same day. Enjoy your time! We love Julia, Gerard and Antonia! They are angels.
-- Smittellis, Bishops, Deans, Jones & Kirks

July 2016
Another fabulous vacation at the Villa del Mar! Two years later, I was wondering if it could possibly live up to the first trip (“girls” vacation to celebrate my 50th birthday). Most definitely! We went on the Don Bosco sailboat/beach BBQ again, did Borinquen Spa again (horseback, zipline, mud baths), plus a few people also did whitewater rafting. SO relaxing with the helpful staff and gorgeous view!! Already planning the nex trip…purchase of real estate?? :-) Pura Vida!
-- The Waltons, Williamsburg, VA
-- The Wyatts, St. Stephens, VA

June 4-11, 2016
We came to Costa Rica to celebrate a graduation, 2 wedding anniversaries (23 & 25 years) and a birthday (50th). Villa del Mar was more than we expected. Oscar was fantastic! His daiquiris and pina coladas were refreshing. He taught us some Spanish and we taught him a little English. He was funny & attentive to all our needs. Ms. Julia’s cooking was so amazing! She also had a smile on her face and she was generous with big hugs! Antonia did a great job keeping the house spotless. You put you dirty clothes in a basket and by afternoon she had your clothes washed and folded on the table. The house is just a house, but they make it feel like a HOME!

On Sunday it rained, so we went to Coco Beach in the afternoon and walked around. There’s not much to buy, just some trinkets. We do recommend buying pottery from the guy at Ocotal Beach, his is definitely the best quality for the price ($25). Monday, the guys went fishing the The Three Brothers, aka “The Pelicans.” They caught wahoo, rooster fish, snapper, rainbow runner fish. No sailfish or marlin. The girls stayed at the house for pedicure, manicure and massage. I definitely recommend Natalia for massage. She placed a table on the balcony and played relaxing music while giving the best massage ever! Tuesday was ziplining in rainforest. Awesome experience! Wednesday was surfing at Tamarindo Beach for the kids. Recommend surfing lessons! Warning: You will be bombarded with people trying to sell you stuff. Just say “No gracias!” Thursday we did river cruise; it was okay, not sure it’s worth the money. We did see “white-faced monkey” and that was cool. Lunch was good at a ranch. Friday we went snorkeling and beach exploring where we found a cave. Definitely recommend using Antonio & his crew.

You know it’s a great vacation when you don’t know what day it is. We really enjoyed the pool and the view. A couple of adventurous people decided to walk to the beach from the house. You will get a workout! One of the best vacations ever! Very relaxing! Would come back and recommend to everyone. Pura Vida!
-- The Harpers, the Masons, Tallahassee, FL

May 26 - June 4, 2016
Villa del Mar is PURA VIDA!! We enjoyed walking down to the beach in the mornings to see the howler monkeys and watching spectacular sunsets each evening over the infinity pool. White-throated magpie blue jays would visit us each afternoon around 5:00 looking for handouts. We went on Antonio’s boat past Monkey Island to go snorkeling and were bowled over by a wave in a sea cave. Great fun!! Saw sea urchins, starfish and octopus. Kojak took us on a river cruise in Palo Verde National Park where we saw crocodiles with babies, howler monkeys, iguanas and a turquoise browned motmot with a beautiful long turquoise split tail. Took the combo tour at Borinquen Resort at the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano where we bathed in volcanic steam and mud and went ziplining and horseback riding with our 91 year old mother. Kojak is a wonderful tour guide and a really nice guy. He took us to where they train Costa Rican show horses and taught us that the drives to our adventures were adventures in themselves.

Our hearts were won over by the friendliness of the Costa Rican people. The staff at Villa del Mar treated us like royalty. Oscar, with his infectious giggle and warm smile, was attentive to our every need mixing drinks and serving our meals. Antonia spoiled us with her housekeeping and doing our laundry. And Julia (who likes hugs) is an amazing cook. Red snapper, tuna salad, homemade chips, fresh fruit, beet potato salad and eye inspiring salads were just a few of the delectable foods she prepared. Every meal was a delicious experience. Julia, Oscar and Antonia couldn’t have been nicer. We love them all. This was an experience that we will forever treasure.
-- Eric & Nancy Brodt, Carmel, IN
-- Jean Johnson (Mama), Marion, IN
--Beverly Young, Gallipolis, OH
-- Eve & Bill Williamson, Blue Rock, OH

May 10-16, 2016
Attended wedding with wonderful family. But the best part of this trip was the staff. Julia is the BEST cook ever, delicious!! Gained 10 “wonderful” pounds. Oscar goes over and beyond to bartend, service and all with a smile. He is “jack of all trade.” Kojak-- what can I say? So accommodating. He is the best!!
-- Kathy Martin, Ft. Payne, AL
-- Marge Crawford
-- Judy Gustofson, Hamburg, NJ
--Donna Crawford, Santa Rosa Beach, FL & Hudson, MI

May 3-8, 2016
Thank you! Gracias! For an amazing time at Villa del Mar! Our housekeeper did a wonderful job keeping the house looking clean and laundry fresh! Julia is one heck of a chef! She kept our bellies full, but somehow wanting more! We can’t say enough about our bartender and server, Oscar. Such a great host! Be sure to ask Oscar to make you the dirty banana! Our house fav. Mucho gusto! Villa del Mar for life! XO
-- Dina, Nikki, Jason, Alisha, Jim, Laura, Theresa & Baby G, Mesa, AZ

April 10-15, 2016
Pura Vida from Curtis & Julie Baldridge of Willis, TX! We were blessed to have visited/experienced Costa Rica for the first time! We were honored to join 7 other couples to come here to witness the renewing of their wedding vows, Graham & Linda Webb, married 25 years! It was a beautiful ceremony that honored their commitment and they were precious to invite us to join them! As for the staff, they pampered us with delicious meals and “adult beverages,” serviced our rooms, cleaned our house, did our laundry, and shuttled us to town. A first for us was the grilled fish with head and bones! Fortunately, we had someone experienced in our group coach us on how to eat it! The fruit here is delicious with bold flavor! Each meal was devoured with, “Mmmm” to compliment, all agreeing that even a cup of coffee tastes better while enjoyed facing the ocean! I must also say that the beds were comfortable and our room’s A/C worked the entire trip! Every night we were comforted by the presence of the man who provided all night security. In the morning, there was evidence that he guarded from multiple points on the property; it was an honor to know that there was one who sacrificed sleep at night to ensure our safety. Of course, it is to God whom we give our thanks for all we enjoyed and give Him glory for His beautiful creation. Funny as it sounds, feeding bananas to white-faced monkeys (at the zip line place) was so cute it made me cry! Ha ha! Some in our group enjoyed fishing and golf as well. And massages! We would love to return someday. In the meantime, God bless and Pura Vida!
-- Curtis & Julie Baldridge, Willis, TX

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Costa Rica Villas are #1 in our book. Favorite place to come, the best care - staff - food - view ever. No words other than very blessed to be here in this special place. 4 couples - deep sea fishing - horseback riding on the beach - zipline. The staff goes above and beyond to make everyone happy. Thank you all for a great trip! We will return!!
-- The Dick family, Webb family, Houston, TX

What a wonderful time. Thank you to the staff for all they did to provide wonderful service. The meals were amazing and the beverage service was refreshing. We love the sunsets and the monkeys. Hope to be back one day.
-- Gregg & Lynn Szott, Houston, TX

April 3-10, 2016
Costa Rica Villas was recommended through friends and it did not disappoint. We traveled to Villa del Mar for spring break with six busy kinds in two families. Kojak and his team did a great job for us - we did everything from ziplining and horseback to surf lessons in Tamarindo (Carlos taught 10 of us and was amazing! We all got up!) We did a half day fishing charter. Learned what a rooster fish was plus whitewater rafting. Our service at the house was first class - Oscar took great care of us on down days by the pool while Julia cooked fantastic meals for us. The housecleaning/laundry service was top notch - the mamas on this trip are going to struggle going home! We loved our time here.
-- The Donnelly & Keere families, Milton, GA

March 24-30, 2016
This trip has been amazing! Our stay at Villa del Mar was very relaxing and we had great service from all the staff. Julia is such an amazing cook and very sweet and friendly. She accommodated to our food needs and even took time to bake a cake for my 30th birthday. Oscar was very friendly and attended to our needs. His pina coladas and margaritas were the best drinks ever! Our rooms were kept clean and had great laundry service. We had a night watchman, so we all felt very safe at night. We did many excursions while we were in Costa Rica. Ziplining and river rafting were super fun. Overall we had a wonderful stay!
-- Gus, Lorraine, Jessica, Karissa, Rick, Rudy, Sandra, Anaiss, Burbank, CA

P.S. Nicaragua was worth the trip!

March 5-12, 2016
This was our 2nd trip to Playa del Carmen and again, we had a wonderful time! Oscar was our bartender again and we were so excited to see him! The kids love Oscar! Julia cooked us A-mazing meals - no need to go out and eat anywhere else. Elena took wonderful care of our rooms and laundry. Kojak was awesome with our kids! When my son had issues with fear on some tours, Kojak was the one who calmed him down and got him to go! I really appreciated his patience with my son.

It was a 1st trip to Costa Rica for some of our group and they loved it! We will definitely be back again! Much love from the North Dakota Crew! Pura Vida!!
-- Kitzman’s, McIvor’s & Quale’s, Williston, ND

February 11, 2016
#DahlingIDo
This was the best week of my life! Thank you so much to all the staff who make this trip unforgettable. I’m already thinking about when I’m coming back next! Pura Vida!!!
-- Claire (the bride), Seattle, WA

Best week ever!!! Thank you so much Oscar for taking care of us like kings and queens. I wish I could take Julia home with us. Best cook in Costa Rica!! Muchas gracias Blanca por siempre estar pendiente de nuestras cositas! Amazing services!!! We will never forget you!!!
-- Karla & Ryan

This trip has been amazing, especially because of Villa del Mar! Oscar & the staff are so nice and welcoming. I felt right at home! We all love you so much for taking great care of us. The food was delicious, the drinks were perfect, and the housekeeping was the best. Thanks for laundry service! Everything is so clean! The staff is so friendly and helpful, thanks for the best conversations! I can’t say enough… WE LOVE YOU!
-- Dan & Kaela Bartz

The view, the food, the drinks (pina coladas!) have all been amazing! This stay would not have been the same without Oscar and the amazing staff, always smiling and always great to be around. YOLO and be in the moment.
-- Scott

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Mas Pina Coladas por favor!! Muchas gracias! Thank you Oscar and staff for such an amazing week in Costa Rica! Everything in the villas has been perfect - food, drinks, and help getting around town! This is such a beautiful part of the country - I can’t wait to be back! PURA VIDA!
-- Mateo

What an amazing time, everything worked out so perfectly! Oscar took great care of us and Kojak was awesome! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect week! Definitely will be coming back. Thank you guys for everything!
-- Preston (the groom)

This was such an amazing trip! Nothing but good things to say about the staff and Oscar. Pina coladas, pura vida, muchas gracias!
-- Ethan

January 28 - February 2, 2016
Awesome! Never would we have thought that our vacation here would be so spectacular. From the food, service, tours and course the views, everything was perfect. Thank you so much Julia, Oscar, Blanca and of course Kojak. We are already planning for our next trip here and will only use www.costaricavillas.com. Thank you once again!
-- Robert & Kathy Girndy, Galveston, TX
-- Matt & Cherrell Daeume, Houston, TX

Pura Vida! What a great time. Hope to see everyone again soon! Wonderful stay, great staff and delicious food.
-- Mike & Mary Ross, Galveston, TX

January 3-10, 2016
We thought we were in paradise when we saw the view. But then we were treated like kings and queens by Oscar, Julia, and Blanca. Between the deliciously home-cooked meals, spectacular housekeeping, and awesome all around service from Oscar and Antonio. They managed to attend to our every need while also having fun with it. They accommodated all 32 of us at Villa Paraiso for dinner every night, which was more than we could ask for! They even cooked our grandma a birthday cake! They weren’t just our staff, we felt like they were a part of the family on the days that weren’t spent at the villas. Kendall (our tour guide) managed to not only manage our excursions, but gave us insight on Costa Rican culture. We will never forget the chili water!! Our whole family is already talking about coming back. Thank you for a once in a lifetime experience. We will NEVER forget you guys!
-- Lisa Aauchelli, Paige Kelly, Jessica Dau, Eimile Cummmins, Samantha De Vos, Cheyenne Kelly, Brick, NJ

December 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Best vacation EVER!! We came to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary along with our son, daughter, son-in-law, and 4 granddaughters. Everyone had a spectacular time! We that Julia, Oscar, Blanca, Kojak, and Francisco. They each did their best to ensure that our vacation was a complete success. We’re planning to return - - - for sure!!
-- Terri, Steve, Paul, Andrea, Frank, Julia, Alexis, Liza, and Ruby, Maplewood, NJ

July 6, 2016
Thank you for donating a week at your house; we had a wonderful visit. That is the most relaxed vacation I have had in many years, and the staff was very accommodating to say the least. (and the attached fish was very tasty)

-- Bryan Corr

June 26, 2016
We had the most amazing time!
The villa and the staff were awesome.
Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed the slow pace and relaxed attitude.
Pura Vida!
-- Shannon and Warren Amos

April 19, 2016
I wanted to let you know what a GREAT time we had at Villa del Mar. The villa is beautiful, the view incredible, the meals spectacular, but what really makes it is the awesome staff. The meals were plentiful and delicious. I'm convinced Julia could cook an old shoe and we would enjoy it. Douglas had a drink ready every time we turned around. They really are great, hard working and personable.

We took advantage of Kojack's various excursions and enjoyed them all, whether it was deep sea fishing, zip lining, volcanic mud baths or sailing. He made it really easy and took care of everything, drivers, guides, lunches, etc. All we had to do was be ready to go at the appointed time.

All in all our family had great time. As we were leaving our three girls all said it was the best trip our family had ever taken. Something tells me we will be back again.
-- Ray McGovern

October 24 - 31, 2015
The Bird family (Gail, MaryAnn, Geary, Cathy, Christine, and Carol) arrived on Oct 24th and were greeted by Oscar, and knew from that moment on that we were in for a treat. Oscar was delightful, attentive, professional, and so courteous throughout the week. Julia was so sweet, and her meals were out of this world! She is an extraordinary cook and her presentation of each meal was so beautiful. Yamileth took wonderful care of our rooms, added a special little touch each day – all with a sweet smile! Kojakc was funny, personable, knowledgeable, and so pleasant! The staff, the food, the accommodations could not have been better. The house, the rooms, the spectacular views made our time in Costa Rica very memorable. We hope we are able to return again. Thank you so very much.
-- The Birds from Hartwell, Georgia

August 16-21, 2015
The group arrived to enjoy our annual vacation we first took in the bauty of Villa del Mar, and the very welcoming staff Julia, Oscar, Anavel, Kojakc, and Francisco – even Mr. Poston stopped by. Julia was an excellent chef; each meal better than the next. Between Julia and Oscar they were so accommodating, as we had dietary restrictions, we were overjoyed and nice and full after each meal.
Excursions: We took part in one of the canopy tours which included zip-lining, horseback riding, water slide, lunch, mud bath, and hot springs. Our driver was there with us the entire time. Harold even made some pit stops along the way. We participated in an ATV excursion which included a stop to pet/feed monkeys. We rounded out the week with massages by Rosa and her crew and we were left refreshed, rejuvenated, and exfoliated to perfection – so relaxing.
Costa Rica is breathtaking. It was the vacation to top all others from the staff, the villa, and just the pure serenity of this location and the natural beauty we were able to witness while here. We will be back. Pura Vida!!
-- New Jersey Group

July 29 - August 4, 2015
The Carlson Family arrived to Villa del Mar to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jeff & Debbie Carlson. All traveled Delta Airlines our of Milwaukee, WI (USA) with a short layover in Atlanta, GA. In addition to the matriarch and patriarch of the family, 11 others were in tow (not including a 25-233k-old fetus who made the trek). The 11 family members included the three bosys, their spouses, and the five grandchildren: Lucy (8), Simon(6), McKenzie (4), Esta (2), and Ellis (7 months).

We took it easy on our first day here, lounging in the pool and testing out the bartending skills of Oscar. Some of our favorite drinks from Oscar include his Miami Vice, Pina Colada, Strawberry-Banana Moothie (virgin), and late-in-the-game his Bloody Mary. On the second day in paradise, we ventured down the hill to the black beach and endured the challenging walk back up the hill. The ladies enjoyed their full-body massages and one of them even enjoyed a haircut. On the third day, we took an hour-long van ride into “the middle of nowhere” to view all kinds of wildlife from a boat. We saw several species of iguana, crocodiles, birds, and even had a close encounter with several monkeys on the boat. After the tour, we enjoyed a Costa Rican meal of rice and beans, chicken, and rice pudding, followed by our first experience with the unique Costa Rican coffee “machine."                  continued...

... On Day 4, half of the clan did a zip-lining excursion that included horseback riding, a concrete slide, and a volcanic steam bath. The experience was memorable for all involved. The group returned home and imbibed on Oscar’s margaritas to the full extent. Whether a few party members were overserved or overindulged is still up for grabs. Day 5 involved a short ride in to Coco Beach for an excursion on the Don Bosco sail boat. After a 45-minute sail past “The Monkey Rock” we arrived at a beautiful beach where we would frolic on the beach and where nearly everyone would get a strong dose of the sun. This trip was a highlight for many. On the 6th day, we traveled with Kojakc to a “shell beach” and to Tamarindo Beach. On the way to the shell beach we visited a monkey farm of sorts. In Tamarindo, some did a little shopping while others relaxed on the beach. All were impressed by the waves, and if there were a time for surfing, this would have been it.

All said, the family had a wonderful experience and there were no disappointments in terms of service or food. Everyone leaves here feeling relaxed, and all look forward to a return to Costa Rica.
-- The Carlsons from Belvidere, Illinois; Brooklyn, Wisconsin; and La Crosse, Wisconsin

July 2015
I am without words. That is the only thing I can really think of to describe this 50th anniversary trip. Whether we were lounging around, languorously soaking in the sunshine, or trekking through exhilarating pulse-pounding expeditions, every second of our week has been intensely packed with the most fun, ever.

The staff has been just fabulous. The bartender, Oscar, in particular is the most amusing, friend, and fun man you’ll meet here. I loved him – and I’m the kid!! By the way, he has a wide array of virgin drinks to inform any minor reading this, and they’re all delicious. Speaking of delicious, however, that award has to go to Julia, the cook. Her meals are immense, sumptuous, and mouthwatering – you will be perpetually full. We were. Combining with Candidas, the maid, they made our time at the villa fun, delicious, and pristine. Kojakc, however, really steals the show. His grasp of English rivals my own, making communications a cinch. And that’s a good thing. Not only is he extremely funny, Kojakc knows all the best tours, expeditions, and adventures. He definitely made our week shine.

But the real star of the show was Costa Rica itself. The beaches are gorgeous and picturesque! The snorkeling is fantastic; the roads are scenic – all just outside Villa del Mar’s doorstep! Costa Rica’s bountiful ocean did not disappoint. We intended to go fishing once, and ended up paying for three trips! Our harvest was impressive: a gleaming rooster fish, three snappers, a grouper, more mahi than I can remember, and a nine foot plus sail fish for each of us! That’s six sailfish! Our 4-person fishing boat, quickly titled Afishinados is one that I could recommend without missing a beat. The crew dazzled us with their expediency, friendliness, and expertise – especially Freddie! Definitely ship aboard the Afishinados when you go out – it will be worth it.                 continued...

... Our zip-lining experience was mind boggling. We started the day with a rustic ride on trusty horses, leading us through rugged forests, across bubbling streams, onto picturesque plains, and up to two cascading waterfalls! Then we dismounted and headed for the zip-lines. The ride was amazing as we soared through the air, suspended above forests, hot springs, cliffs, and streams. Finally, we finished with a trip to the hot springs and mud baths. It felt amazing. The entire experience was perfect, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I could go on forever. I could fill up the book, but I don’t think I should waste the paper, so I’ll stop here. Costa Rica is breathtaking. Villa del Mar is perfect. And I am without words.
-- Cat, Cam, Chris, Gayner, Tina, DJ, Sherry, Dave Blockhus, plus Mary! From Sugar Land and Rockwall, Texas. Celebrating Sherry & Dave’s 50th

July 4-11, 2015
Our stay at the Villa Del Mar has been magical. We were welcomed into the Pura Vida life at day one. Our family will forever cherish Julia and her five star meals. We appreciated Oscar and Cesar’s attentiveness and personalized treatment. We felt at home and instantly relaxed thanks to all of their efforts. Thanks to Candida for keeping the Villa beautiful! Kojak was the perfect host for our adventures. From the canopy tours to water rafting, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Costa Rica. It will be a challenge to try and top this vacation. Many thanks from Humble, Texas.
-- Willis & Vera, Eric, Kim, Chase, Cam, Colby & Peyton, Rodney, Korie, Ashton & Peni

June 27 - July 4, 2015
We don’t want to leave!! This week has been awesome! We were treated like royalty. Julia is an amazing cook – all of her dishes were fantastic. Oscar was attentive with our drinks, making the kids snacks, running into town for more sunscreen, and so much more! Susana washed our clothes daily and cleaned our rooms. Our tour guide, Kojak was FUN! And he explained the history of the towns we drove through, scheduled our excursions and made sure we had the time of our lives! We went deep sea fishing and caught TWO large sailfish. We went whitewater rafting – so FUN! And we went zip-lining, horseback riding, water slide, mud bath, and hot springs tour. The best adventure EVER! My mother went deep sea fishing twice! This was the best 40th birthday vacation ever and Julia even made a cake and sang to me – so sweet! We will be back but for two weeks next time! See you soon!
-- Brad, Kim & Colby, Sandra, and Zach from Katy, Texas

April 11 - 18, 2015
This week has been awesome! We felt like we had been transported to paradise. The staff could not have been more courteous and professional. The food was delicious. The excursions were so great and everything went like clockwork – down to the smallest detail. We have been so pampered the whole week. We are all so glad we came to Costa Rica – one of the best vacations ever! Ten thumbs up from all of us from South Carolina.
-- Jimmy & Donna Culbreath, Pam & Jerry Faile (planning to return in July 2015 to fish more), Theresa & Ronnie Justice (Pura Vida!), Ann & Dave DeDonato, Marie & Jim Stiles

March 7 - 14, 2015
The Villa del Mar was the perfect place to celebrate Karen and King Hoermann’s 50th wedding anniversary. No other venue could have provided the high standard they deserve! Great views, friendly helpful staff, delicious healthy food, and “five star” accommodations! What a week! Viva Villa Del Mar!
-- Kathy & Dan Myers, Dallas, Texas

August 31 - September 7, 2014
Can you say paradise all wrapped up in one villa? We’ve had the most amazing time celebrating our sister/cousin’s 60th birthday! Sure wish we could pack up the staff and take them home with us. They have pampered us all week long. All of our meals have been 5 stars! Our 2 favorite things to do were sailing and spending the day on the Don Bosco and ziplining. Both were amazing! Thank you all for a most wonderful and fabulous week!!
-- Larry & Dee Marsten, Suwanee, GA
-- Jim & Darwyn Fletcher, Cape Canerval, FL
-- Tim & Denah Bell, Carrollton, GA
-- Patricia & William Schriver, Spartanburg, SC

July 26 - August 2, 2014
Awesome time, food & people. I will be back!! Great staff and wonderful service! I’m sooo happy! The BEST vacation of my life. Happy birthday, Denise and pura vida!!!
-- Nora Tompson, St. Stephens Church, VA

This was a fabulous way to spend my 50th birthday! The staff here is better than anywhere else I have stayed in the world. Fantastic food by Deya, Antonio mixed us fabulous drinks, the rest of the staff was so attentive… Kojack is the ultimate tour guide! We thoroughly enjoyed the Don Bosco sailboat and loved our day at the spa -- horseback riding, ziplining, mudbaths, etc. PURA VIDA!!! XOXO
-- Denise Wyatt, St. Stephens Church, VA

Thank you for your AMAZING hospitality and pampering. Will be difficult to return home to reality. Beautiful place and staff. Pura Vida!
-- Sherry Angle, Quinton, VA

Had a great time, thank you!
-- Becki, St. Stephens Church, VA

Awesome vacation! Thanks to all the staff & Kojack! Will come back one day. Great food and spirits.
-- Teresa Whitlock, St. Stephens Church, VA

Awesome “Ladies” vaca and birthday celebration!! Food, service, views and accommodations were more than anticipated. Will def be back.
-- Angie, Venice, FL

July 11 - 21, 2014
To the owners and staff of this home. We are forever grateful and will never forget our time here. Much gusto, we love you! XOXO XOXO
-- Angela, Katie, Princes, David & Lanee, Atlanta, GA

May 31 - June 5, 2014
A wonderful place to get the family all back together! It has been awesome and delightful! The villa, setting, and pool were beyond wonderful and exceeded our expectations. The food was absolutely delicious, we all ate too much… happily! Everyone enjoyed the excursions with Kojack and on Antonio’s boat, getting to know a little bit about beautiful Costa Rica! Memories we will never forget! Thank you!!!
-- The Burtons, Chicago, IL

March 29 - April 5, 2014
We had a fabulous time! Everyone loved the pool, the drinks, and the food. We had a blast horseback riding, ziplining, and seeing all of the unique wildlife. We are definitely coming back! Thanks so much Antonio and Kojack!
-- Alec Freytag

THE BEST! We are LOVED Deya’s cooking; the lobster was the best. I had the absolute best time ever and we are definitely coming back!
-- Sophia Freytag

That was an amazing trip! The food and drinks were amazing, especially the smoothies! We loved watching the sunset, too! The horseback riding was great, we also went on the riverboat cruise and we got to see monkeys and crocodiles, too. I hope we come back soon!
-- Ethan Freytag -- The Freytags from Columbus, OH

March 21 - 26, 2014
Wow! Wow! Wow! From the moment we arrived we knew it was going to be extravaganza! Pura vida! Antonio love & kisses. The cook fed us like we never knew we could eat. Fabulous! We loved Costa Rica! We will be back.
-- The Jefferson Group

February 1, 2014
Our stay here was great! We especially loved certain things...
1 - The food was excellent
2 - We all love the view and the pool was relaxing
3 - The kids loved the non-alcoholic smoothies (strawberry daquirre & pina colada)
4 - Our favorit lunch was tacos, dinner was chken and spaghetti
5 - The wildlife was beautiful, we saw butterflies, baby whales, fish, sharks, lizards, geckos, and iguanas. Try to keep them out of the house though! ;-)
-- The Hendricksons & Andersons

December 20, 2013 - January 2, 2014
Wow! This was turly an amazing experience. We spent two weeks here for Christmas and New Years, and the staff made our holidays lovely. Three teenagers and 4 adults, we were always entertained. The view is beautiful, the weather is perfect, and the staff are extremely riendly and great at what they do. Antonia kept the house extremely clean, and was very efficient . The food here was amazing! Julia made the most amazing meals, we were never hungry. Gerrard was the sweetest guy who always helped us when we needed it. Not to mention, the drinks were also delicious. Kojack and McKensi were lovely chauffers, not a single complaint. The staff were all friendly, efficient, and very professional. They made our stay perfect. Thank you fo rthe wonderful holiday :) Pura Vida!
-- Harris & Monk Family, Ontario, Canada

December 7-13, 2013

What a fabulous place. The staff was great - catered to our every whim. They were so attentive. Kojac took us to some great locations which we all enjoyed and were happy to experience.

The trip on Antonio's boat with his attentive crew was a lot of fun. Would love to return to this paradise.
--Jack & Pauline Carwell and friends, Brandon & Jackson, MS

March, 2013

I wanted to reach out to let you know what a FANTASTIC time that our group of friends had at Villa Del Mar. It was an amazing vacation. Kojak and Antonio made our trip. :)

We will be back! Thank you for providing a wonderful experience.
-- Allison Kinker, Atlanta, Georgia

July 4-11, 2013

Thank you to all at Villa del mar for the BEST trip we have every been on. What a way to celebrate family, friends, and Cancer Free! Can't wait to come back next year! Pura Vida!
--Lynda, Jeff, Aiden, Haley, Robert, & Brooke.

May 7, 2013

What a fabulous villa & awesome vacation. The house has the best of EVERYTHING... view, meals, drinks, laundry services & always clean. We will be certain to recommend to our friends and family. Thanks for everything!
--Liza Jane, Tegla, Mert, Awia, Melissa, Tonyita, Carrita, Christina, and Laurita

The "Six Pack" from California --Lee, Adrienne, Nikki, Sil, Oscar, and Trish

AURA - Our singing maid! She is so sweet and positive. An inspiration to all of us.
DEYANIRA - OMG! Everything she makes is delicious, fresh, and fabulous. She never stops working, so give her a break and take a tour a day or two.
ANTONIO - The ultimate gentleman. He is so attentive and mild mannered. His wife is expecting a new baby girl on May 10. He makes the best frozen dirinks.
MACKENZIE - Really lad back adn very professional. He is an excellent driver and took really good care of us. Try out his soda. They make really good and fresh smoothies.
KOJAK - He picked us up at the airport and provided a warm gretting. KoJak and Mackenzie are partners in the tour guide business. We went on two tours, Borinquen and Palo Verde. Mackenzie provided an excellent and memorable tour.
WE HAD A BLAST! ZIP LINE FOREVER! PURA VIDA, BABY!

May 11-18, 2013

WOW! What a great trip. Days of overeating, overdrinking, relaxing, fishing, ziplines, ATV, swimming, shopping, massages, and snorkeling! Antonio never said no, he always came through on every request. Aura cleaned up after us every day and Dayanira prepared the most wonderful meals. Did I say WOW!? We will definetly come back.
--Mark & Sandy Hamilton (Cumming, GA), Britteny Hamilton (Cordele, GA), Booke Hamilton (Cumming, GA), Jonathen & Brie Hendry (Colonial Springs, CO)

April 21-27, 2013

Wow! What an "amazing" vacation we have had. Everything at the villa has far exceeded our expectations! The view is "amazing". The comida es excelente. Deyanira has truly spoiled us with her "amazing" meals. Antonio was always there to serve us our yummy drinks. His smile and willingness to always help is truly appreciated. The house was always clean. The staff was "amazing". We enjoyed our time with Mkenzie on our excursions. The day beach trip on the Don Bosco was "amazing". We couldn't have asked for a better trip to celebrate our 40th birthdays. Oh... did I mention how amazing everything was?
--Traci & Steve Adams (Dallas, TX), Mike & Jen Ondreyka (Dallas, TX), Brian & Shelly Ondreyka (Austin, TX)

April 11, 2013

This is Paridise! We are having an amazing vacation. Douglas has been so kind to us. You make the best dirinks! The food is delicious. Costa Rica is a beautiful place to be. It is one of my favorite vacations EVER! You make us feel very happy and welcomed. Thank you, so very much. All the service, the cook, and housekeeper were perfect. Zipling was very exciting. A super awesome experience.
--Joe and Elaine Shank, Massachusets U.S.A.

March 2 - April 3, 2013

PARADISE!! This has been the best girls' trip ever! Antonio is truly awesome, with his perpetual smile and fruit smoothies. And, of course, the frozen margaritas. Deyanita's food is to die for -- especially the lobster, guacamole, omelets, chicken salad, and birthday cake... Oh heck, just all of it! And Aubra took such good care of our rooms, and we loved hearing her infectious "newly wed" lauch. Then there was Mackenzie, who just did so much to make sure we enjoyed our ziplining and spa excursion. He bought us coconuts to drink and even went up the mountain to bring us really hot mud for our mud baths. What a totally wonderful vacation -- we'd love to come back!
--THE FAB FIVE, Manasquan, NJ

March 2013

Favorite trip events: *Kojak our guardian during Lizard Lounge antics. *Don Bosco sailing adventure. *Best Food! We loved tuna noodles and most of all GUACAMOLE and lobster. *Antonio's rum smoothies (and his sneaky smile). *Sunsets by our pool - and in Tamarindo too. *Our stray dog "Perro" in the beach below. *Ziplining upsdie down & superman too. *Hot Springs were badass! We would def recommend. *Caves at Huevos beach were our favorite photo moment. *Lola's beach bar - Tuna Poke. Yummmm. *Matt & Josh surf session in Tamarindo.
--MIchell, Meghan, Josh, Auison, & Matt, 6 Atlanta/San Diego Friends

March 5 - 12, 2013

Pensacola, FL
First: The staff here at Villa del Mar is the best. The cook is fabulous, Antonio is wonderfual and the houskeeper laundress is amazing. The view both night and day is beautiful. We liked the local zip line but it doesn't compare to the one near Lake Arenal - It is a thrill ride. Fishing on the lake is fun too. The turtle egg laying trip was extremely moving - the 200 pound mama turtle laid about 70 eggs as we watched and filmed. Kojak and McKenzie are wonderful guides and drivers. They can find anything you need and are totally reliable. This week long adventrue was the best ever.
-- Wes Sarginson, Ann Sarginson, Dick & Linda Gepfer, Rob & Mary Ann were with us and loved every moment of it. We hate to leave!

February 26 - March 5, 2013

If you find Deyanira, Douglas, and Elena missing, it's because we have taken them with us back to Texas! (Kojak and Mackenzie are piloting our plane!) Believe us, this is your loss!! They have truly made our time in Costa Rica memorable. The villa was everything we expected and more. It turly is "Pura Vid.a"
--The Carrs, Hartmans, Hoermanns & Thortons, Breckenridge, TX

February 6-13, 2013

From the moment we walked through the door and saw the view, we were all completely taken! From there on it only got better. Deyanira’s amazing meals kept us wanting more, Douglas’ pina coladas, strawberry banana daiquiris and the infamous “Chili Guaros”! Kojac & Makenzi were more than just tour guides, they enjoyed hanging out with us as much as we did with them. We truly feel we have made great friends here. This vacation would not have been so memorable if not for Deyanira, Douglas, Maria, Kojac & Makenzi. They all truly were the icing on the cake to our stay in beautiful Costa Rica! Pura Vida Mai mas Chili Guaros en la promxima! Gracias con todo corazon por las mejores vacaciones que hemos disfrutado!
--Jose y Paula Torres, Stephanie Bolwar, Sandra & Ducky

February 5, 2013

Des Moines, Iowa

Pura Vida. Thanks to all. We had a wonderful experience with everyone. Thank you !
--Kim & Denny H, Dawn & John E., Sue E., Marla E, Barbara & Tom W.

January 19-26, 2013

Our stay at Villa del Mar was so memorable – the staff were wonderful and so accommodating. We will remember the wonderful view, amazing meals, and many strong drinks “con leche” from Douglas!
Muchas gracias,
--Kate Todd, Manhattan, NY

We had the most amazing week here at Villa del Mar. The staff and excursions completely made the trip. So sad to go back home to 16-degree weather!
--Katie

Con Leche! Go Dawgs!
--Jay Smith, Charleston, SC USA!!!

Pura Vida!!
--Andrew Solomon, Boston, MA

October 13-20, 2012

This was the perfect place for our destination wedding! We were married October 7, 2012 at Villa del Mar. Robert and April Lewis. We brought four of our closest family and had a small intimate ceremony. The views speak for themselves!! But Antonio and Claudia made this experience one of a kind!!! We went to the hot springs, zip line, and horseback riding. We also went deep sea fishing on Antonio’s boat. His captain and first mate were so great! We caught four mahi mahi. The biggest was 30 lbs! We brought it home and ate it for dinner. We will absolutely come back! We lived like kings for a week! The food is unreal! So fresh! We hope everyone enjoys as much as we did.
-- Robert, April, Steven Lewis, Eric Lynn, Doug Herrin, Cumming, GA

Kojack, Antonio, and the rest of the staff were the best anyone could ask for. Kojack’s connections and hospitality made sure we were not going to leave Costa Rica not having seen the sights. Kojack knows everything that is a must do/see/drink. Antonio kept the drinks flowing and cleaned up after our true sloppiness.

2012
We love it here!!! The pool is amazing and the staff is equally amazing. We will have cuts that will last a week, but memories that will last a lifetime.
-- The Martin Family, Texas/California/Indiana
P.S. Also, the food is so good that it will make the gods jealous!

It was all wonderfual. From the food to the staff to the things I did during my stay at this villa.
-- Griffin Tigre, Santa Barbara, California

July 24, 2012
We loved it all! We got quickly used to being spoiled by Douglas, Desgarita, and Jackeline. How can we go back to our regular lives?! Costa Rica is awesome -- the people, the beauty, the culture. We leave totally understanding Pura Vida!
--Mary Tighe & Andy Liepman, Falls Church, Virginia

Our stay here was fantastic. Everybody was so kind and generous every day. Each of them really took the time to make sure we were comfortable and very, very busy every day. I hope we can return to Costa Rica because we really made memories that will last a lifetime! YAY!
--Megan Tighe, Santa Barbara, California

The experience I face here totally rocked my world out. I snorkeled through warm, salty waters, endured rough white rapids, traveled through bumpy hills on horseback, and ziplined.
--Andrew Tighe

A divine spot to learn how to relax and spend time with friends. Hospitality of the staff was foremost but the views and pool topped that! Thank you all!
-- Michele Curcio, Westchester, New York

What a great vacation. Celebrating our daughter's 30th birthday. Great staff, great food. Kojak was the best our guide - friendly and accomodating. Taking great care to make sure all went well. We would love to return again with friends. Thank you!
-- Roxanne & Dennis Fulton, Mount Sinai, NY

March 17-23, 2012
Awesome week!! Most relaxing vacation in years! The neat people in the country. The most beautiful setting. Loving life and celebrating my birthday. Thanks!
-- Mike, Cindy & Mary Gates, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Beautiful views, fantastic food, and Douglas the bartender is a treat! Staff was so accomodating -- loved the BLT Costa Rica style. Kojak was a hit from the start. Tours were a blast -- can't wait till the next mud bath! Enjoyed the week with great friends -- Mike, Cindy, and Mary Gates -- Happy Birthday! -- Jeff, Katherine, Bradley & Morgan Mennis, Ft. Walton Beach, FL

March 31 - April 7, 2012
Awesome time! Pool and wildlife are amazing. House staff are the best!! We will be back.
-- Jim & Ronda Parsons, Destin, FL

Great times & great staff!
-- Annie & Tom DeBaets, South Bend, IN

Fantastic time had by all. The staff was amazing Gerald -- you rock!! Food was great. Really nice to have laundry service each day. Pura Vida!!
-- Hendrix, Party of 7, Nashville, TN

Fabulous!!! Had a wonderful time and Douglas is terrific :-)
-- Ron & Jill Holtzman, Roswell, GA

I had an unbelievable time here. This is definitely the best place in Costa Rica to stay. The staff is amazing! Our cook was incredible. I would highly recommend this villa to anyone!
-- Natalia W, Seattle, WA

Great time, wonderful staff, would definitely do it again!!
-- Joe “the Catholic”, Detroit, MI

Loved it! So sad to leave Douglas! Awesome! Thank you for everything. I can’t wait to come back again!
-- Heather Hurley

Definitely planning a return trip, great staff, comfortable -- thanks for all.
-- Mary, Detroit, MI

Thanks for making this the best birthday ever! So beautiful and relaxing! Loved it!
-- Taca, Detroit, MI

It is paradise! Thank you for all the pampering -- wonderful bartender, the meals fantastic and great tours.
-- Wil & Becky Morgan

The best food, staff, accommodations, views, everything. The best time ever. Thank you!!!
-- Edd & Karen Clark

There is nothing more to add... it is the best of the best. We have had the royal treatment by everyone at the villa, on the tours. Wonderful trip.
-- Jerry & Jaynan Ball

Thank you for a great place and a wonderful time. We will be back with another group. The staff was great!! Kojak was as good as always. He is a well kept secret.
-- Jerry & Barbara Patton

November 2011

We really enjoyed ourselves at this home. The service was excellent and the food was very well prepared. Our driver was great and so was Kojack. The rooms were very spacious, clean and the whole house was just perfect for our size family.
-- Karen Gallagher

I can tell you that it has taken us a while to get back in the "swing" of things after such a delightful week in Costa Rica.

First of all ... THANK YOU for the Mariachi band ... it was a hit and everyone certainly enjoyed having a little culture come to the party. We danced all night. It was such pleasant treat ...

Let me also tell you how wonderful the accommodations were ... the views, the food, the pool, but best of all was the service from Kojak (he is a rock star in our book), Lina, Abraham and Dona Julia… they are all so wonderful !!! It was hard to leave them ... they certainly made our trip complete.

I don't think any of us knew we would fall so in love with the people of Costa Rica. We did it all ... Zip line, Spa, massages by the pool, mani, pedis, horseback riding on the beach, surfing, fishing, sunsets, mud baths, water slides ... and there is so much more we kept for the next trip.

I think Rob's 50th was a great success and one he will never forget. We build some great memories with friends and the locals.
Thank you again for everything ...
-- Sabine

Our trip was the highlight of our year. SO many wonderful parts - the animals, the food, the scenery, the tours, the zip line!! We have and will continue to recommend the Del Mar to our friends!

Both our family and my parents were picked up and dropped off right on schedule, no hassles! Our main driver, Mackenzi, was a super - very glad we were not driving, yikes! ... The house is in very nice condition - new, clean, updated and very well kept. ... The beds were all comfortable with very nice linens. They were changed every two days and that was great! Lena was fabulous as our maid. She was attentive and cleaned each room daily! ...

The food was FANTASTIC! We really enjoyed the variety and flexibility with the kids. Plenty of food was provided - we were stuffed after each meal! We felt the food was fresh with a variety of meals served. There were no duplicates, and any of it could have been, it was all delicious. The kids loved the smoothies, the virgin margueritas and daiquiris. The adults enjoyed the mixed drinks as well as the blender choices. ... Carlos was very capable of understanding both our English and our rugged Spanish! Carlos and Holia were TOP NOTCH! It was a 5 star experience each day with them. Great service. Friendly, smiling and we truly enjoyed them!! My younger two kids really got along nicely with Carlos - lots of teasing and laughter! (And now, we really miss them! ) We felt very comfortable asking them for what ever we needed.          continued...

...We greatly enjoyed the tours. The information and pricing you sent prior to our trip was invaluable. Without that, we felt the price of the tours could have been much more expensive. Kojak was very attentive and willing to set up anything we wanted in addition to the information you provided. We did the boat tour, the trip to Arenal (including the rain forest walk, tram tour and hot springs), a beach tour to Tamarinda, and the local zip line tour. My parents did a tour to Liberia with Mariella one morning as well. The scuba shop at the Ocotal Hotel was GREAT. We set up two mornings for my son to get his scuba certification and one of the mornings we all went out on the boat and did a snorkel trip. Great recommendation as well!

Many thanks to [all]. We felt like we knew what to expect when we arrived. Everything was just as you described, which is a nice and relaxing feeling.

Many thanks for a great trip!! We hope to join you again someday!
-- Laura

How can I come back to Dalton Georgia and live my regular life when I've been to Costa Rica??? Our vacation was PERFECT! Villa Del Mar was even more beautiful than the description and pictures you sent. We spent a lot of time just standing at the edge of the pool looking out at the ocean, watching the boats off the beach, marveling at the birds that flew by or stopped for a drink or bath in the pool, and listening to the howler monkeys in the trees. I will never forget the view. We were up before 6:00 a.m. every morning and struggled to stay up until 9:00 p.m. in the evening - our days were full with Lawson (saw octopus, shark, manta rays, and many many beautiful fish), went to Palo Verda for the river tour, to Buena Vista for the canopy tour, Rincon National Park for hiking, and Coco for shopping! The week was way too short.

The staff at the villa was wonderful. We came to think of Socorro, Makensi, Lina, Carlos and Leslie as family - they certainly treated us like theirs. They were kind, funny and always helpful.

Socorro's cooking was to die for - and she was happy to accommodate any special needs (my son doesn't eat fish and she always came up with something he loved).           continued...

...Makensi was funny and friendly and helped us with our Spanish and kept us happily sipping drinks by the pool; he was an artist with the blender!! Lina was always cheerful and kept the house spotless - and it was nice to come home with no dirty clothes!

Carlos was always around to answer questions and help us with anything we needed. Leslie was a master tour guide - very knowledgeable, very accommodating. He was always available with our transportation (and always had it cool for us!) and always right there when we were ready to be picked up. We enjoyed spending time with him; we learned alot about Costa Rica from him.

I had pretty high expectations for this trip from the information that you provided, but in EVERY area, the expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much. We will sift through the 700-800 pictures we took (4 cameras!) and get a few for your website.

Pura Vida!
-- Priscilla

I want to thank you for your help arranging our stay at Villa Del Mar. Our flight went smoothly. Leslie was there to meet us at the airport and the staff were there to greet us at the Villa. The food and service could not have been any better. We loved Leslie, Carlos, Socorro, Lina and McKenzie, and Raphael the pool man.

We stayed at the Villa most of the time, as we went to relax. We did go on the Adventure Tour and fishing. We enjoyed the Canopy adventure. The fishing was great. We caught eight or nine Yellow Finned Tuna and a few Bonita. That night Bill fixed sushi for us and even my friend Butch [liked it]. We will [ask] anyone interested in a trip to Costa Rica to contact you.

--Jim Dille

Thank you all for being so wonderful to work with! Doris and I love bragging about Villa Del Mar and everyone involved. I wanted to let you know what an awesome time we had at the Villa. It was everything you said it'd be - and more!! It was the best vacation we ever had.

The Costa Rican country side is beautiful. We went on some great tours - Leslie (or those he set us up with) were the best, really informative. The house was absolutely beautiful. The pool was awesome. We all have so many pictures of the pool - couldn't get enough of it. The house staff was absolutely the BEST!! Leslie, Carlos, Mackensie, Socorro and Lina are now like family to us. They saw to our every need - and were so much fun to be with. We actually could have stayed at the house and been perfectly happy!

We thank you for having a place like the Villa Del Mar. It was perfect for our family vacation - and we can't wait to go back.
-- Terry Wyhoski

Well, not sure where to begin…to say we had a blast on our trip would be the understatement of the year! What a majestic place; both the house and the country! Everything from the views, the food, the beds, the people…we canopy'd, fished, rafted, surfed, hiked, ate, drank Imperial, PURA VIDA!!!! Kojack was great, and the staff of Eddy, Soccoro, and Lina were all great. We spent a lot of time with McKenzy as well…what a great guy… Thanks again for being so helpful…we will def. be back to Playa de Coco again!
Thank you so much,
-- David & Jessica

What a wonderful time we have had here at your beautiful villa. We have made wonderful memories, spent time relaxing (which our family greatly needed) and was introduced to some great people. We will take a part of your staff home with us. They will hold a special place in our hearts. They have worked very hard to make our stay pleasurable. From the great food, to clean laundry, to cocktails by the pool. GRACIAS! Oh yeah! Let's not forget Leslie. He made our stay here come together. The driving was always adventurous. What a nice guy. He seems to be a hard worker and always wanting to do the right thing. Thank you very much!
-- The Coopers

This week in Costa Rica has been wonderful! Each day was filled with so much beauty and adventure.
-- Diana & Alex

A beautiful place, wonderful hospitality, and great food. Thanks for sharing,
-- John & Dot Barber

Wow! What a fantastic vacation! We were sure made to feel special each day here. Everything was outstanding, especially the food and service from the staff. We appreciate all your thoughtfulness and caring. Bless you,
--Kim & Eric Cagan

What a treat! Thanks for the opportunity to experience Costa Rica. We all need to learn from the locals - laid back is good. The view is spectacular. I found myself just gazing across the bay - at peace. The staff - what can I say? They could not have been more considerate. Thanks again for everything.
-- Jane

Could be you might have a permanent guest - this is an experience I will always remember. Thank you for your hospitality!
-- Mary Bonkston

Had a wonderful time. The villa is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the service is great. The best part of our summer - loved it. We'll be back soon.
-- Justin and Cody

Staying was lots of fun. I am sad to leave.
-- Delaney

Thanks for the memories.
-- Deb & Rick Fail

 

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