July 16-23, 2016
We had a blast!!! Everything was better than we imagined. The
food was amazing, the drinks were fantastic. This was the first
bartender that made me throw in the towel from a great Long Island
Iced Tea. For a well needed vacation, it was everything we hoped
for and more! Hate to say “goodbye,” so we will say
“see ya later,” and we will be back next year. Thanks
for such a great time. Adios.
-- Fasho, Detroit, MI
July 2-7, 2016
We had such an amazing time here at Villa Mariposa. G & Ana
were so kind! Ana made amazing meals and G was always asking us,
“Would you like something to drink or are you finished?”
They put so much effort and time into their jobs. We had an awesome
experience ziplining, rock climbing, and rafting. Stephen was
helping my two daughters and kept them safe during rafting. My
husband and sons fished with Antonio’s crew and had an amazing
experience…snorkeling with them was perfect, too. We had
relaxing massages and that was an amazing way to start the week.
-- The Huenes, Colorado
March 28 - April 2, 2016
Thank you for taking very good care of us at Villa Mariposa. All
the delicious meals and drinks! Great fishing with Antonio’s
boat - catching a beautiful Rooster fish…loved the snorkeling
with Michael! Kendall took good care of us on a horseback ride
and zipline trip. We stopped off at a place where we were tasting
sugar cane juice. Hope to be back soon!
-- Ellen & Bob Harris, LaGrange, GA
What a great vacation… We enjoyed
the zipline, horseback riding on the beach, fishing and snorkeling.
We found lots of exciting things snorkeling and Michael was the
best! We can’t wait to visit again.
-- Bella & Nicole Smith :-), LaGrange, GA
March 5-12, 2016
A week is never long enough when you find paradise. Great friends,
breathtaking view, and stiff drinks are the perfect combination
for an unforgettable trip. Every meal was phenomenal and every
beverage was better than the last. Deep sea fishing, the canopy
tour, the mud baths/hot springs, and simply lounging around the
pool are some of the memories we’ll carry with us forever.
Thank you to the entire Villa Mariposa staff for treating us like
-- Mark & Rachal, Kyle & Viv, Brandon & Andrea, Chicago,
IL / Saginaw, MI
February 6-13, 2016
Villa Mariposa and this country has surpassed any vacation hopes
we could have imagined. The peaceful setting with the beautiful
birds, the iguanas, families of monkeys and raccoons - so cool.
Trips to Father Roosters added to the fun. Snorkeling around to
Gringo Beach was a great adventures. We have loved being so spoiled
by Douglas, Anabel, and Mariela - their sweet, kind presence has
been so special. Would recommend Antonio’s snorkeling trip
and cave exploration. ATVs and ziplining were a highlight. Thank
you to Kendall for being so helpful on that trip. “G”
was great getting us to and from trips into Coco Beach. Allen
was so helpful and knowledgeable. Loved Francisco’s welcome
the first day and his checks on us. No works can truly explain
the feelings as we prepare to leave this paradise!
-- Tom & Karen Boyd, Jake Boyd
-- Randy & Sarah Hutchinson, Hartwell, GA
January 17-24, 2016
We had a fantastic vacation with two great friends! Anabel makes
the absolute best food, G is an amazing bartender, and Mariela
did a great job all week with laundry and cleaning. We recommend
Antonio’s boat/snorkel tour and massages with Rosa and the
gang. We know this will be a vacation spot we will come back to
in the coming years. Thank you so much for the hospitality. Pura
-- Stephen & Leesa Welsh, Pierre, SD
We had an amazing week with our two best
friends. Allan was very knowledgeable and helpful setting up our
tours. Absolutely *LOVED* Anabel’s cooking. Every meal was
so delicious!! Gerald, or “G” as we called him, was
an amazing bartender. Mariela did a good job with our laundry
and cleaning. There isn’t one bad thing to say. We’d
recommend Antonio’s boat/snorkel tour. It was wonderful!
Also ask for Rosa and her girls - best massages. This was
definitely one of the best vacations we’ve ever had! We’ll
be back for sure! Thank you so much for all of the great times
and the memories. Pura vida.
-- Rory & Christina Rohrenbach, Meridian, ID
December 26, 2016 - January 2, 2016
We gathered our family together to celebrate our 50th wedding
anniversary, Brian and Leticia’s 3rd anniversary, fun and
adventures for son Craig and wife, Tina, and special moments for
three grandchildren. View beautiful, weather spectacular, staff
special - providing great food from Anabel, special attention
from Luis our bartender to see every need met and a great sport
playing cars with two year old! Our housekeeper kept our rooms
cleaned with our own clothes washed daily. What a great time for
all - ziplining, rafting, snorkeling, river exploration, and of
course, the pool at the villa. Highly recommend this special place
in truly a paradise!
-- Lee & Loretta McMaster, Ponte Vedra, FL / Ridgefield, CT
-- Brian & Leticia, Fairfield, CT
-- Craig & Tina, Purdys, NY
Costa Rica is a country you visit because
you hear and see pictures of its natural beauty. Costa Rica is
a country you return to because of its people. Anabel and Luis
at Villa Mariposa were a huge part of our experience in Costa
Rica, and we are grateful to be treated like family. We can’t
wait to see you again! Muchas gracias and God Bless.
-- Craig, Tina, Natalie, Devin & Shane McMaster, Purdys, NY
Christmas 2015 & 35th Wedding Anniversary
Everything was more than we expected!!! The food :-) , drinks
:-) , pool :-) , tours :-) , all of it. The staff was always on
task and was one step ahead of our needs. Will definitely be back!!
-- The Minnesota Smiths: Rick Jill, Kayla, Clayton, Erica &
Tory, Rosemont, MN
July 18-25, 2015
We arrived to a warm welcome at the villa and a startling view
off the back porch! The scene was better than we ever expected.
With five in our party, ages 5, 25, 29, 41, and 56, we really
present a broad demographic. Every single one of us fell in
love with Mariposa. This cozy cottage on the side of the mountain
is a perfect escape from work and stress.
Our excursions (a
day of snorkeling / monkey watching / cave exploring / beach
time and a day of zip-lining / horseback riding / mud baths
/ water slides) were so much fun for all of us. The food was
delicious and plentiful; more than we ever could eat! The staff – Gerald,
Annabel, and Mariela were wonderful.
Of all the great things
about this trip, my favorite was the simplest – sitting
by the pool with a good book enjoying the view. Oh, how I will
miss the view! Just lovely! Thank you to all who made our stay
From the Five Year Old: I loved swimming
in the pool every day, digging in the sand on the beach, and going
SUPER FAST on the water slide.
-- The Gaither Family, Edmond Oklahoma
April 4-11, 2015
We loved every minute! We went to Easter church on Sunday. We
went snorkeling with Antonio & Michael on Monday (highly
recommend this trip). On Tuesday we went horseback riding,
zip-lining and mud baths with Alan and Kendall. Wednesday we
did a river trip to see crocodiles, monkeys, and iguana. Thursday
we had massages here (also recommended). And Friday we went
shopping at Coco Beatch. We also ate everything Anabel cooked – which
was all very good. We especially liked the guacamole and pica
de gallo. Oscar is the best and Mariella kept the place so
nice and neat. It was one of our most relaxing vacations. We
were here with our two daughters (16 and 4) and they really
enjoyed everything too! We hope everyone else enjoys their
stay at Villa Mariposa as much as we did! Peace! Pura Vida!
-- The Surcek Family from Lexington, SC
Thanksgiving Week, 2015
Everyone from Alan to Kendell and our wonderful house staff was
superb! Anabel’s food was yummy. Gerald anticipated our
every need and Mariela kept the house spotless. We crammed
in everything we could do – zip-lining, horseback riding,
massages, water slide, mud baths, and Rosa came to the house
for a private massage. The safari was special also. We love
the people of Costa Rica!
-- The Frazier Four, San Fernando, CA
February 22 - March 1, 2015
We had a wonderful vacation. This villa (Mariposa) was perfect.
The views are breathtaking. The staff was excellent. WE MEAN
EXCELLENT, and so were the three meals each day. We never ate
and drank so much in one week, especially me (Daisy) who eats
like a bird. We went on Antonio’s boat tour and saw different
beaches and snorkeled -- thanks to Jose & Michael who were
so nice to me.
We went on a canopy tour, our first time to
do zip-lining, what a great experience. We also went to El
Coco beach and town, did some shopping and of course went for
massages at Rosa’s Five Star Salon and Spa. Natalia gave
me a foot massage which was really, really good and Dan had
a full body massage for two days.
I enjoyed practicing/learning my Spanish
from Oscar, our bartender, Anabel our cook and Mariella who cleans
our room and washes our clothes. A huge thanks to everyone –
Oscar, Anabel, Mariella, Alan, Francisco, Antonio, Jose and Michael
for making our first (but not last) vacation in Costa Rica a very
memorable and enjoyable one. Last but not least, muchas gracia
to JOE (Chepc) our friend/neighbor/one of the owners for recommending
this place and letting us stay here. Muchisimas Gracias.
-- Daisy & Dan from Aurora/Woodstock, IL
July 26, 2014
Another vacation that my husband and I have enjoyed more than
words can say. This place is fantastic and we hope to return
in the near future. The staff here is unbelievable at their
jobs. Oscar is always at your beck and call for anything you
may need. Anabelle is the most fabulous cook, everything she
cooked was awesome. Pretty sure we have put on a few pounds.
We came here to relax and do much of nothing and we
did just that. We read and laid in the pool almost every day and the
staff gave us our space. We were both in need of rest and no
stress and I have to say I am feeling the most relaxed and
stress-free that I have in a long time.
Hate to get back to
real life, but it is a must or we can’t go on much-needed
vacations. Thanks to Mariela for keeping our clothes clean
and the place spotless. So much more to say, but running out
of room to write.
Till next time…. Pura Vida.
-- Beverly & Joey Redmond, West Monroe, LA
June 28, 2014
Another fabulous trip to Villa Mariposa! Oscar, Anabelle and
Mariela have once again made our Costa Rican vacation one to
remember. Coming to the villa again is like returning to our
extended family. Anabelle outdid herself in the kitchen as
always. Oscar’s attentiveness and happy personality made
us all want to pack him in our suitcase and take him home with
us. Mariela made certain the villa was fresh and clean each
day. We look forward to returning to our home away from home
in the near future. Pura Vida!
-- Bobby & Tammy Mitchell, Terry & Kathy Combass, Clewiston,
June 7, 2014
We had such a great week @ Villa Mariposa. What a treat it was
to stay here! The beautiful view, comfortable rooms and fantastic
staff made this trip memorable. We enjoyed getting to talk
with Oscar and Julia each day and felt very well cared for.
We loved our excursions and Allan’s staff as well. Our
favorite was ziplining over 11 waterfalls in Miramar. We also
loved the ATV beach tour and snorkeling and private beach on
Antonio’s boat. We’re sad to leave, but Costa Rica
will definitely be on our list for a return visit someday.
-- Jana & Todd Vanden Branden, Tucson, AZ
May 31, 2014
Third trip to CR, second at Mariposa. Every trip has been fantastic!
Our trips span ten years, and we had completely different staff
each time, but the experience, service, and food has been very
consistent! Anabel and Oscar are treasures! Ask about a private
snorkeling and beach tour on Antonio’s boat. That and
a day trip to Nicaragua (ask Allan) are our favorite excursions
on all three trips.
P.S. Anabel makes the best French toast in the world.
-- Jonathan & Danielle Urschel, Memphis, TN
May 17-24, 2014
Our 1st trip to Costa Rica… FANTASTIC! What a lovely country!
The food, views, and people all made the experience a memorable
one. Thank you, Oscar, Anabel, Mariella and Allan for your wonderful
-- Ruby & Lana
April 22-30, 2014
Our second trip to Villa Mariposa and brought newbies with us.
Another fabulous trip!! Excellent food, awesome staff. Our
note from our June 23-30, 2013 trip is exactly how we feel
about this trip, except we missed Anabel!! Julia was fabulous,
though. Can’t wait to visit again!!
-- The Bragg & Bell families, Todd, Kathy, Chris, and Janis,
San Jose, CA
March 22-29, 2014
One of the best vacations I have ever taken. We enjoyed every
moment at the villa with Oscar, Anabel and Mariella. The food,
energy, and enthusiasm of Pura Vida at Villa Mariposa is invigorating.
We are all taking home wonderful memories and clear minds.
Thank you so much. Trying to take Pura Vida back to USA.
-- Andy, Chelle, Ben, Betsy & Lee Wilhelm, Arlington Heights,
March 1-8, 2014
From our first meeting with Oscar, Anabell, and Mariela they
made us feel welcome and comfortable. Oscar called Pat (Maunus)
"Momma", a term of endearment. Always friendly and cheerful,
he brightened the day, as did Anabel's smile. Mariela went
about her duties quietly and efficienctly. Can we take her
The excursions were great, no need to name them except
to say we saw the whales, mother and calf. Wow! -- Walt & Pat Maunus, Johns Creek, Georgia
And of course I second this!
-- Momma Pat
February 22-March 1, 2014
We had an amazing 25th anniversary get-away at Villa Mariposa.
From the incredible scenary and amenities to the fabulous staff
and meals we enjoyed it all.
Oscar always had a smile and Annabel is magical in
the kitchen. Mariela kept our clothes so clean. Rosey's five star spa was
beyond amazing and helped us relax even more.
We loved Antonio's beach and snorkeling cruise and
walking, hiking and running at the local beach.
We are sad to leave and will be back again. Thank
--Dennis & Laura Anderson, Apple Valley, MN
January 2014 -- The Maggie White
We had the most
time. There really aren't even words to describe the amazing
run! Every single detail of our trip was perfect. Between
Oscar's sweet laugh and
Annabel's phenomenal cooking, we literally could not have asked
for a better
experience. Maribel was so quiet and so efficient.I still don't
know how she
managed to get all our rooms spotless and all our laundry done before
even finished breakfast. We were only there for 4 short days, but with
the help of Allan, Francisco,
and Antonio we managed to ride ATV's, visit a waterfall, zipline among
monkeys, bring home fresh fish for dinner, snorkel on several reefs,
up the river, experience what we would consider a monsoon, and take
of trips to the quaint little beach town. We also battled the resident
raccoons, which was highly entertaining! Oscar thought so, too!
other really awesome thing: one of the couples with us was celebrating
their first wedding anniversary the day we arrived. The staff was
in planning something special for them at dinner! They snuck some
of us away
and took us to town to get a surprise cake and a couple bottles of
champagne- Francisco even insisted on paying for the cake! Oscar served
the champagne at the start of dinner for a toast and then lit some candles
and brought the cake out to surprise them for dessert! It was so above
call of duty for them to help us like that, and they didn't even think
before offering! Speaks volumes about the wonderful people of Costa Rica!
I just wanted to thank you, from all of us, for everything.
It was the
experience of a lifetime! We have already recommended your villas to several
people, and we will absolutely be back again! Thank you again! Pura Vida!
December 20-28, 2013
The Jamison Family has taken cruises to the Southern and Western
Caribbean, vacationed in Aruba and Bermuda, cruised to the
Havaiian Islands, and travelled extensively throughout the
U.S. and Canada, but our trip to the Villa Mariposa in Costa
Rica has been the BEST vacation!
With Mariela's housekeeping,
Oscar's hospitality, and Anabell's cooking, our time here was
completely stress free.
Our two sons really enjoyed the villa's
pool and waterfall. During breakfast, we were visited by bluebirds
and iguana. The birds really enjoy Oscar's buttered toast!
And so did our youngest son!
We highly recommend the ziplining,
tubing, and horseback riding tour. We were able to see many
iguana and monkeys. The riverboat tour was great also -- the
crocodiles, monkeys, and iguana were amazing to see. Our
favorite tour was to Nicaragua; the trip to the volcano and
the boat ride was well worth the trip.
-- The Jamison Family - Alice, Dan, Conner (age 9), Braxton
(age 6), Conyers, Georgia (near Atlanta)
September 21-28, 2013
We selected Costa Rica as our first out-of-country experience
more than 10 years ago. We bought books and talked to many
friends about their CR experiences. One of my clients raved
about the Costa Rica Villas, so we made the move and have had
a marvelous week in a most beautiful country. Oscar, Anabel
& Marybel made our stay the best ever. (Anabel should be voted
Best Cook in CR) Oscar made sure we were taken care of in every
way - the tours were wonderful & we are sad to leave... Hope
to be back soon! Muchas Gracias.
--McCarty Family, Mt. Holly, NC
August 17-24, 2013
We can't say enough what a great vacation this has been. Oscar
was fabulous and took care of us, Anabel's cooking was awesome
and Mariella kept us nice and tidy. We loved Borinquan (zip
lines are a blast), fishing and catching on Don Bosco and Playa
Flamingo & Playa Hermosa beaches. And of course massage by
Rosa's was wonderful. Just hanging out at the Villa with the
fabulous views and service was so relaxing. Thank you for a
-- Jacquee & Mike Peebles, Denver, CO area
Villa Mariposa was wonderful. The view and the group
who took care of us were the best. Ziplining and beaches were the
most enjoyable. The weather was fine - rain at night and in the
afternoon. Lounging in the pool and hot tub was also enjoyable.
Sitting at the table, laughing with our friends, eating the great
meals - so memorable. Pura vida. Muchas gracias.
--Kay & George Kauffeld, Vacaville, CA
July 28 - August 4, 2013
What can be said that hasn't been said already? If you are reading
this [the handwritten version], then you are at Villa Mariposa
and being treated like a celebrity. Not a B-list celebrity
either, I'm talkin' about A-list all-star Brad-and-Angelina
style treatment. Enjoy it! This will likely feel like the fastest
week (or two) of your life. If I can make one suggestion that
previous visitors don't mention - treat yourself to a massage.
Rosa's salon left us in such a relaxed near-coma state; just
what we needed before the long trip back to the states. Pura
-- The Sheppards (East Hampton, CT)
June 30 - July 7, 2013
It's with a heavy heart that we pack today to leave Oscar and
his heartfelt enthusiasm behind us. He has bey far been the
most memorable aspect of our tay and our children are begging
us to take him with us! Calling him a "bartender" hardly describes
all the love and attention he puts into everything he does.
Thank you to Annabel for the delicious Costa Rican meals. And
we appreciate Francisco's efforts to make our stay as comfortable
as possible. One of the highlights of our week was the boat
ride with Juan and Michael to several secluded beaches with
crystal clear water, and sightseeing around the area. The kids
loved seeing dolphins, octopus, startfish, and pufferfish up
close! Thank you for this lovely start to oru vacation.
-- Peter, Elisa, Sam, & Lily Rapaport (Long Island, NY)
June 23-30, 2013
What a spectacular vacation we had at Villa Mariposa from the
moment we arrived, we were given first class service.
and Anabell were outstanding. Anabell's delicious meals will
be missed and Oscar's larger than life, always happy personality
will be remembered forever. The staff was wonderful and very
accomodating. The tours to the private island and snorkelling,
Palos Verdes, and the ATV/Zipline trips were all fantastic.
toured the other villas and were very impressed. Steve even
came and met us. He holds great pride in the company and genuinely
wants everyone to have a fantastic vacation.
Thank you to everyone
at Villa Mariposa for a wonderful trip. We are already planning
our next rip.
-- The Jaquet & Bragg families (San Jose, CA)
June 8-16, 2013
We can't say enough positive things about our stay in the lovely
Costa Rica! What a fantastic staff!! Definitely leaving with
beautiful memories and a few pounds heavier for all of us.
ATV, rafting, zip-lines, jet skis, snorkeling -- all just great.
But the best was Annabell's food - we even planned our excursions
around her cooking schedule. Thanks so much!
-- The Ledesma Family, Mansfield, TX
March 30 - April 6, 2013
We were so excited to arrive at Villa Mariposa on Saturday. It
was a beautiful day when we walked in and began being spoiled
by Oscar, Claudia, and Anabelle. The house is just as beautiful
as the pictures on the wesite but the whole vacation has far
exceeded our expectations!! Costa Rica is such an interesting
country to explore. The wildlife is so diverse. We especially
loved watching the howler monkeys from the pool deck! Allen
and everyone from Sunnyside Adventrues as well as Antonio took
such care to show us a great time on our excursions. We especially
enjoyed snorkeling and ziplining! Most of all we enjoyed the
time to relax and be together as a family! This has been our
best vacation ever!! Pura Vida.
--Love Brent, Elaine, Andrew, David, & Kate Mason (Bowling
March 23, 2013
The four of us came from Oklahoma to escape for a while. We did!
The sights we saw were wonderful and refreshing. Swimming,
boat tour, snorkeling, jet skis, the rainforest, ziplining,
river rafting, the sanddiggers, the wildlife -- all spectacular.
The coming back each night to Oscar and Annabel who greeted
us with smiles and food and drink made each day even mroe relazing.
The surprise fireworks were fun. John (our driver) who enriched
each trip with history, sotries, and insights, made each trip
all the better. Thanks for a wonderful time.
-- Red, Sharon, Mike, Gina
P.S. Make sure you ask Oscar for a Tica Linda.
March 9-16, 2013
Our visit to Villa Mariposa has been the best vacation ever!
It was the perfect combination of relazation, fun and adventure.
Anabel is an excellent cook! Oscar was always there to help
us with watever we needed. Antonia kept the house very clean
and all of our clothes will be clean for our return trip. Alan
and his team of tour guides did an excellent job escorting
us to various activities and teaching us about Costa Rica.
Tomato is fantastic - ask for him! We will definitely come
back to Costa Rica and stay here at Villa Mariposa!
--Jason & Candace Eddinger (Raleigh, NC)
February 2-9, 2013
We are so thrilled to have found the perfect place
to experience our first visit to beautiful Costa Rica! Anabellís food surpassed
all expectations. Oscarís friendly disposition made us feel truly welcome,
and Mariela kept us in fresh clothes throughout the week. Allanís recommendations
for excursions were perfect for us. We especially enjoyed seeing the whales
breaching right in front of our boat, and an unexpected fantastic fireworks
display on our last night. Wonderful way to avoid Blizzard Nemo as it hits
Pura Vida and Gracias!
--Kevin & Nancy, John & Ellen
September 15-22, 2012
Muchas gracias -- Five of us from various
U.S. cities came together at Villa Mariposa! It has been a wonderful
visit from our hectic jobs and pace -- we learned to enjoy life
(Pura Vida), see the sites, taste the wonderful foods of this
country and just relax.
Oscar -- loved the drinks and his laughter!
Annabel -- gracias for the wonderful food! Mariela -- you kept
our rooms clean and clothes cleaner! Our trip guides -- Manny,
Jose/Michael, and Allan showed us spectacular sites and zip lining
was awesome. John was a great driver. We could go on and on --
what a wonderful time in CR and Villa Mariposa! Adios!
Thank you! Thank you! Words cannot express
how wonderful this trip has been for me, my husband and time with
friends. We renewed our vows. 25 years! It was beautiful with
the special help from Oscarl & Annabel. Our minds are clear,
our tummies are full, our faces hurt from laughter & we would
love to stay. Oh well, back to reality.
-- Randy & Barbara Honow, Milledgevilla, GA
Wow what a week! This was our second trip to the villas. Couldn’t
think it could be any better, but OMG it was. :) I celebrated
my 60th BD & Oscar’s hospitality, Annabel’s cooking,
and Mariella’s sweet face made for the most wonderful vacation
ever!! Our deep sea fishing trip was awesome. Captain Max and
1st mate Willy were the best. Caught 15+ mahi mahi. Annabel cooked
fish soup, fried, mahi mahi salad, etc. Oh how wonderful. Just
hate to leave, but can’t fit in my clothes. Thank you for
the most awesome vacation.
-- Robine & John Jarvie, Sparta, GA
August 4-11, 2012
We're BACK! As awesome as the first trip.
Different villa, same beautiful view! Mariposa is a perfect villa
for the lazy days around the pool with close friends. Loved being
taken such good attentive care. Anabelle is a fabulous cook. My
scale is going to remind me. We enjoyed all the variety of drinks
we were served by Oscar and his full services of our meals. Mariella
was perfection for all our needs. Thank you all for a trip to
cherish. Pura Vida! Our favorite saying (even when we are home).
-- Dennis & Diana Eberhard, New Braunfels, Texas
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!! What a great
way to spend our 15th Wedding Anniversary! We absolutely love
Oscar, Annivel, & Mariella! And
thank you to Chema & Pedro for chauffering us everywhere. We
had an awesome fishing trip on Antonio's boat with Jose & Michael
as our guides. Caught lots of fish including a 7 ft., 150 lb.
sail fish! We will definately be back. We love it
-- Carlton & Barbie Henk, New Braunfels, Texas
Thanks for a wonderful week and a great
anniversary, it was very special.
August 4-11, 2012
Oh my! What an amazing week!!! So beautiful
& complety relaxing, the environment at Villa Mariposa just
places you in a paradise that makes you a different person, hopefully
a better one. This is just such a pristine, pure and truly awesome
example of God's Creation, that you can't help but sit back and
stare at the amazing view for hours.
We enjoyed returning to Costa Rica Villas
(Steve is such a great host!) and have enjoyed both villas (Azul & Mariposa).
Muchas gracias for the great meals Anabel! And Oscar, you are
the best catering to all our whims! Mariella
is the sweetest, quietest maid -- love them all & would
like to take them home!
Many more happy years to the Henks,
celebrated their anniversary here this year and the Eberhards,
our close friends we have travelled with and love dearly. Costa
Rica is the perfect place to bring family and friends together.
--Weldon & Karon Preiss, New Braunfels, Texas
August 4-11, 2012
Letter sent after returning to Texas... Hi Steve and all! Well, it's Monday, and we feel like it's
a TRIPLE Monday (we left there on Saturday)!!! We're back from
Costa Rica, and wish we could still be
there with yall!!!
Oscar, Annabel, Mariella-- we wanted to stay
with you at Mariposa. You were so good to us! The villa is
beautiful; the view is breath-taking;
the food, amazing; the relaxing atmosphere, so needed. We all
agreed that we could have stayed another week.
and fishing trips on Antonio's boat were GREAT! And, just hanging
around the villa, we saw so many birds, butterflies, and
other Costa Rican wildlife--it was fantastic!
This was our second
trip to Costa Rica Villas, and it will definitely not be our
Villa Mariposa was just the right size for our group
this trip, especially for this time of year. The pool had the
perfect amount of sun, and the hot tub was very secluded and
yet had a gorgeous
view of the bay. The decor of each bedroom was beautifully
done...we were all very comfortable.
Thanks for the hospitality,
staff, and keep up the outstanding measures for our pleasure
in this paradise!
--Weldon & Karon Preiss
July 21-28, 2012
I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at Villa
Mariposa. All was perfect!! Oscar, Annabelle, and Mariela did
a fantastic job in making our stay relaxing and enjoyable.
Once again, we were not disappointed, and
are looking forward to a future visit to one of your beautiful
We had an awesome time here at Villa Mariposa.
We hate to leave. Anabell, Oscar and Mariela were very friendly
and made our stay a once in a lifetime experience. The food was
outstanding and the view was breathtaking. It was a vacation
that we'll never forget. We difinitely plan to return. Pura Vida!
-- Bobby and Tammy Mitchell
-- Terry and Kathy Combass
-- Clewiston, Florida
P.S. The "MAGIC" radio station is the best!
June 9-16, 2012
What an amazing vacation I planned for my 40th birthday! It was
relazing, refreshing, rejuvenating & perfect in every way. Anabell's
cooking was divine and I'm pretty sure we all leave here a few
pounds heavier. Oscar was always quick with a smile and a drink.
We will miss his giggle. It was also a rare treat to have someone
else clean and do laundry - gracias a Mariela. From zip lining,
snorkeling, & fishing to surfing and a river tour, all of our
excursions were wonderfully organized, informative, and entertaining.
Alen, Manuel, and Antonio were super.
Con mucho gusto y Pura Vida!
--Jeff & Jennifer Park, Tucson, Arizona
Our stay at Villa Mariposa was the perfect
vacation in every way. Oscar & Anabell were amazing. So warm
and kind. Anabell's cooking was to die for. I will dream of
tacos, guesadillas and nochos until we meet again. Our beach
tour and snorkeling with Jose and Michael on Antonio's boat was
wonderful. We loved practicing our Spanish with all of the locals,
who were ever patient and helpful. Our guide Manuel on the Palo
Verde National Park tour spoke perfect English and was a wealth
of informtion about Costa Rica. An amazing country for sure!
We loved seeing the monkeys on our walks to the beach, the iguana
who visited as we lounged by the pool and all the beautiful birds.
The service and accomodations and the villa were perfect. I can
no longer imagine vacationing anywhere else. Until next time,
-- Laine & Adam Sklar, Tucson, Arizona
May 12-19, 2012
What a wonderful time with friends from Midland, Texas!
could not have served us better! Anibel's cooking contributed
to ensuring that I diet when I get home! Every meal was outstanding!
Oscar and Mariella provided top quality
services, as well!
The week went by too quickly.
-- Mike & Debbie Tufts
-- Steve & Dee Becker
-- Midland, Texas
April 28-May 5, 2012
Pura Vida Costa Rica! Muchas Gracias! We came to Villa Mariposa
to celebrate "the twins" 60th birthday -- can't think of a better
way to celebrate the occasion. We were promptly greeted by Oscar
& Annibel who set the stage for a fabulous week. Oscar's Pina
Coladas are the best in the world, and Annibel's cooking rivals
Rachael Ray :) We also appreciated Mariella's good housekeeping
and having clean clothes every day.
Alan and his crew, Manny, Jorge, Jose,
Michael, and Carlos, provided us with many hours of excitement
while we explored Costa Rica. We really enjoyed snorkeling and
seeing the howler monkeys, going to see Arenal Volcano, and seeing
the rain forest and country side while Manny educated us about
Costa Rica's diverse wildlife and plant species. He also tried
to teach us some Spanish along the way -- Muchas Gracias, Manny!
We so enjoyed the river tour and seeing the white monkeys (amazing),
crocodiles, and the enormous iguanas.
Our husbands also enjoyed a day of fishing while we enjoyed our
Thanks for the entertainment, laughs, and
your gracious hospitality.
-- Candice Bolton & Randy Smit, Peachtree
-- Karen & Jim McDenagh, Plymouth, MA
March 17-24, 2012
Dear Villa Mariposa,
WOW!! It is our last morning here in paradise and we are once
again drinking our coffee and watching the view. Seven days later
and the view is still as breathtaking today as it was when we
first stepped onto the veranda upon our arrival. We have not experienced
a single bad moment on this trip. From simple days of relaxation
to the more adrenaline filled moments of zip-lining and rafting
it has been one moement of pure peace + no stree to the next.
ALL of the credit for this fabulous vacation goes to Oscar, Anabel,
& Mariela!!! Oscar -- you made us truly fee "Pura Vida" , Anable
-- your sweet smile and big heart can be tasted in every single
tasy dish you proepar! Mariela -- you do your job so quietly and
so well!! Thank you to each of you. You made my (our) vacation
the BEST! A big shout of thanks to Allen, Antonio, Jose & Manny
(Papa & Mama Love, We love you!!! Wish you were here with us!
Thank you so much!)
-- Love, Bobby & Kathy Rogers, Atlanta Georgia
WOW!!! What a wonderful week and boy did
it fly by. Food was amazing. Anabel's cooking is outstanding.
Oscar and the wonderful mojitos, strawberry/mango daquaris and
pina coladas. What a luxury to have the house cleaned and clothes
done daily by Mariella. Our first trip to Costa Rica and we tried
to do it all. Snorkeling, scuba diving, sunset cruise, zip line,
white water rafting, and the National Park. The white-faced monkeys
jumping in our boat was fun. We will definitely be back -- sooner
rather than later.
--The Wights, Houston, Texas
March 17-24, 2012
We appreciate your villa being open and available for our vacation
this year. All of our party(Kathy and Bobby, George and Gail)
had an enjoyable stay. The staff were good and attended to all
needs and whatevers. The food was excellent the drinks good and
the villa stayed neat and our clothes kept turning up clean (wow).
Francisco, Antonio and Allan all provided excellent service and
saw to it that we not only had a good time on excursions but
that we were in good hands and safe in a different country. Jose
his crew were very good to us on the fishing trip and the other
2 excursions that we went on in the boat.
-- George Whitehead, Savannah, GA
What a fabulous vacation! The villa and
staff were way beyond what we expected. The view is breathtaking
-- can't wait to see it when it is green. Oscar, Annabel and
Mariela are so professional and accomodating. We will have to
diet for a month. We enjoyed Oscar's friendly way of making you
feel like you are at home! Annabel's food choices and preparation
were perfect! Mariela quietly cleaned and washed our laundry.
It is wonderful not to have to dread washing all our dirty clothes
when we return to reality! A huge thanks to everyone -- including
Francisco, Allen, Antonio, Jose, and Juan Claude -- for making
our first (but not last!) vacation in Costa Rica!
-- Gail (& George) Whitehead, Savannah, GA
February 25 - March 3, 2012
Villa Mariposa is truly paradise. A million thanks to Annabel,
Oscar & Mariela for making our vacation perfect -- we'll be
-- Brad & Deb Want, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Villa Mariposa was a great place to stay
with the best staff I have ever dealt with. Many thanks to Oscar,
Anabel and Mariela. I now weigh a lot more than when I came here,
the food is so good!!! P.S. We will be back!
-- Sandra & Ed Wiseman, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
A letter from Sandra Wiseman:
Just wanted to say that we had a great vacation at your Villa.
The food was out of this world, we did not even have time to
get hungry. The service was spectacular. Your staff at the Mariposa
are so friendly and boy they do their jobs well.
What we liked the most was the private
feeling, the beautiful rooms, the service and the food that
we got and the ability to travel to town and feel so safe.
Everything for us was well looked after,
from the time we were picked up at the airport until the time
we left. I am recommending this place to everyone I know. We
are trying to get a group together to come and stay at the villa
up the hill from Mariposa in 2 years time. My husband wants
to renew our vows for our 25th.
It was a pleasure working out all the
details with you, thank you. It was also nice to see that you
took the time to come and visit us while we were there.
Once again thank you and have a great
-- Sandra Wiseman, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
February 11, 2012
Perfect weather, great food, excellent services. Enjoyed the tours,
especially the river trip with its crocs, monkeys, etc. We were
joined by 7 other couples @ Paraiso Villa. We are all from Dawsonvilla,
GA / Lake Lanier!
We leave behind a house pet that joined us several mornings for
breakfast. It was a wati and we named his Earl!! FYT... he loves
fruit & French toast!! Remember to introduce yourself to him
& feed him well!!
-- The Uhlirs, the Banks & the Pembers
January 21-28, 2012
Lisa and I had a fabulous time. Annabelle and Oscar were outstanding.
Great cooking, great drinks and great accommodations. Thanks
Allan for setting up our golf and fishing. Since this was our
first trip to Costa Rica, we learned a lot about this beautiful
country. Thanks to all at Villa Mariposa that made our week so
special. We will be back!
-- Nicolas & Lisa Meuller, Cumming, GA
January 11, 2012
Leaving tomorrow after a relaxing week. Thank you Oscar and Annabelle
for great food, drinks, and service. Maribel, all the clean clothes
everyday was a treat. We will pack half as much next time. Accommodations,
weather, and service all 5 star.
-- Layton and Barbara, Oklahoma City
Oscar, Anabel, Mariella, thank you for a
wonderful week. Los Ticos de vera que son muy buena gente. Un
millión de grácias.
-- Agnes & John, Santa Fe, NM
December 24-31, 2011
We couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate Christmas!
The villa is in a great location with beautiful view, lovely morning
sun, and spectacular star gazing at night. Mustachio was always
ready with a drink and a smile! Anabelle prepared delicious dishes
each night that looked as good as they tasted. We all truly appreciated
how clean everything was kept and our fresh laundry -- what extra
special service and thanks to Mariella for her hard work. Our
Costa Rica Christmas as Villa Mariposa was perfect!
-- Doug & Pirkko, Justin & Lisa, Tom & Katie, Lucan,
November 19-26, 2011
Had a total blast this week! It is the perfect place to celebrate
our anniversary/birthday and Thanksgiving! The weather was perfect,
villa was awesome and staff -- fantastic! Started vacation with
the best massage ever! Then fishing with Antonio’s crew!
Caught a rooster fish! Amazing! Loved the zipline and rafting
trip with Allan! Food is out of this world! Very yummy!! Will
definitely come back and recommend to our friends! Great vacation!!
-- The Clarks, Houston, TX
August 8, 2011
This vacation was ideal. What a wonderful way to spend my 50th
birthday. My husband had a fabulous idea. Being catered to and
pampered for 4 days -- what could be bad. Thank you to Oscar,
Mariela and Anabell for all you have done. Anabell, you are an
excellent cook. I hope to go home with some recipes. Mariella,
thank you for the clean clothes and Oscar, thank you for catering
to all our wishes. We hope to be back soon with friends.
-- Ellen & Steve Alperin, Brooklyn, NY
I leave here happier and fatter than when I arrived. The meals
were excellent as was the services. It’s nice to live like
the rich people do for a few days. We’ll be back with friends
to share the villa with us. To all that come after us, ask for
the sangria and salsa, excellent.
July 16, 2011
What a beautiful place to vacation. This was our first visit here
and we will definitely be back very soon! We came on an adult
trip with friends – Susan & Michael and Jennifer &
Blake and had a blast. We ziplined, went white water rafting,
snorkeled, when boating, saw monkeys, and other amazing wildlife
and went ATV riding through this beautiful countryside. Some of
the boys went fishing -- we did it all!! The staff were all wonderful
people -- Gerald, Deyanira, and Mariella -- and the food was soooooo
yuumy. We thank all of you for a wonderful vacation. See you again
-- Coleen & Sean Matthews, Norcross, GA
May 15, 2011
What an experience!! My first impression of the villa was spotless
and very much cared for. My second biggest awareness was the warmth
of Annabell, Oscar, Mariebel. What kind, thoughtful people. We
have done other vacations cruising, etc. This by far really allows
you to relax, be pampered, and enjoy! I am so sad to leave these
3 people. I want to have them at my house!!! You don’t find
this true concern and hospitality very many places!
-- Bob & Suzanne Guillory, Cave Creek, AZ
April 23, 2011
What a wonderful week we have spent here are Villa Mariposa. Our
first visit to Costa Rica couldn’t have been better! Allan,
Francisco and Warner made sure all our adventures were superb!
Antonio’s crew, Jose and Jon Carlo, are rock star fisherman
-- helping Chris catch his first sailfish, 4 mahi mahi, along
with two other large fish! Jon Carlo took us snorkeling -- a first
for our girls -- what an adventure! The zipline was great, too
-- until Papa couldn’t breathe and we too a side trip to
the Liberian Hospital (nothing to do with the zipline, by the
way). Thank you Warner for going above and beyond while staying
by our side the entire day! Of course, Anabel, Oscar and Mariella
made our stay just perfect -- incredible food, attentive service
and clean everything. It wouldn’t have been the same without
you. We truly enjoyed each and every one of you and can’t
thank you enough -- we hope to come back again soon!
-- Love, the Hartmans, Schenectady, NY
March 12 - 18, 2011 - Visitors
from Jersey Village, Texas Wonderful to be back at Villa Mariposa. We couldn't wait
to return. We love everyone heare. The people, food, scenary are
great. We don't want to leave but will return. Oscar, Annabel
& Mariella were so friendly and made our vacation a terrific
one. See you again!
-- Gerri & Hal Becher
February 12-19, 2011 This has been the most amazing vacation we've ever had!!
Everything was absolutely perfect!" Annabel's cooking was
incredible! Gerald's bartending was the best! And the housekeepers
with all their hard work to keep the villa so clean was so appreciated!
We already can't wait to come back!! Thank you for everything!
-- Jason & Ann Leonard, Round Lake Hts, Illinois
Amazing isn't the word to describe Villa Mariposa!
Best food ever! Annabel's cooking out does any gourmet restaurant!!
Gerald's bartending was the best and he always has a smile on
face. House was spotless everyday. Thanks for a wonderful week
we will never forget!
-- Will & Tracy Haas, Sycamore, Illinois
February 5-12, 2011 We had a wonderful time celebrating our 25th anniversary
with friends. Oscar, Annabel & Mariella made our stay awesome!!The
food was spectacular. We took the Palo Verde National Park tour
and we highly recommend that. We won't forget the monkeys and
crocs. Enjoy! This was the way to go!
-- Frank & Chris Esterle, Algonquin, Illinois
February 1, 2011 We have had the best time this week at the Villa. We
have tasted the best foods and experienced many new things. Caught
three mahi mahi with Antonio [on his] boat, which Annibel prepared
that night that was perfecto. Would never imagine a 10 year anniversary
any better. Thanks Oscar, Annibel, Marianna, and Antonio fo reverything.
Cannot forget Tomato, he was wonderful -- could not have done
it without him, or experienced our 1st Costa Rican Bull Fight
at the festival.
--Thanks, Jeffrey & Heather, Valley Grande, Alabama
January 8-15, 2011 This week at Villa Mariposa has been one of the finest
vacations for our family. All accomodations were five star and
the staff did everything within their power to make our stay enjoyable.
Anovel's cooking was superb, Oscar was attentive to our every
need and of course his drinks were fantastic. Antonia kept the
house spotless and us in clean clothes all week, Francisco and
Allan both did great jobs in bringing all our side trips together
and we also thank Francisco for checking on us throughout the
week. A great time was had by all in this lovely home and beautiful
country. We shall return!
-- The Fisher Family, Hervey, Beth, Logan, & Taylor, Wake
Forest, North Carolina
January 1, 2011
Hola! What a great week we have had her in Costa Rica. Annabell's
food is amazing! Oscar thank you for remembering all of our needs.
And as the usual laundry/cleaner of our house - [it was] a true
vacation to have Mariella on staff to have clean clothes and towels!
Thank you for picking up after our boys! We enjoyed our day trips
with Allan - ATVing & ziplining, but the true highlights were
with Antonio's boat with Captain & John Carlo! 3 fish! Beautiful
beach tours! Wonderful! :-) We will continue to pass onyour beautiful
spot to friends as we were the "benefit" of a referral
as well. Happy New Year!
-- With much love - The Murphy's, Mark, Ellen, Maddie, Marshall,
Alistair & friend Dani, New Jersey/Minnesota
December 25, 2010 - Costa
Rica es muy bonita This was the first time to celebrate Christmas away for home.
The atmosphere of Villa Mariposa is warm, wonderful and inviting.
This made Christmas Day very special & memorable for many
years to come. Oscar is the best "bartender" -- person
who works so hard to please us. Anabelle is a MASTERFUL cook --
gentle, warm person who puts her love into her meal preparations.
Marile did a fabulous job keeping all spic & span -- to do
our laundry is a treasure. We love all of you. Thank you! God
belss you and your families also. P.S. Antonio & Francisco
are wonderful in all their efforts for our stay & our fishing.
-- Jennifer & George San Felippe & Family, Austin, Texas
December 25, 2010
Oscar, Tomato, Anibel, & Antonio are wonderful! I have never
eaten such great food as I have here. The staff are eager to please
and arrange all our activities beautifully. Love it here!
-- Justine San Filippe
Agreed with above -- the staff is incredible
and the villa is a true paradise. The property and view would
not be such a luxury without the amzing hospitality provided.
Anibels food is to die for and Oscars dinks amazing! Can't wait
to eventually come back!
-- Christa San Filiippe
December 10, 2010 What a wonderful idea I had to come here! I sure give
my husband great birthday presents, don't I? I hear the weather
is freezing back in Atlanta. Think I'll just stay here and enjoy
these 80 degrees + breezes. The food by Anabel is the best ever!
Oscar did every little thing he could for us and never forgot
a thing. And how nice to have clean clothes to take back home.
Thanks, Maribel! I think for sure we'll be back!
-- Dan & Dona Robertson, Griffin, GA U.S.S (with friends Barbara,
Mandy & Reggan, Boise, Idaho)
Best vacation ever! Especially great with family
and friends. Oscar, Annabel & Maribel were marvelous, food
delicioso, everything "prima"; even the racoons and
iguanas. Hasta Luego from Boise Idaho
-- Barbara, Mandy and Reggan. Thanks Dona for the great idea.
July 19-14, 2010
What a wonderful time. The people are so friendly, the food delicious
and the scenary just breathtaking. I don't want to leave. We will
-- Gerri & Hal Becker, Jersey Village, Texas
Villa Mariposa is gorgeous! Oscar, Annabelle &
Mariela took good care of us - the food was delicious, the drinks
were to die for, and the rooms always clean! Thank you for a wonderful
get away with our parents and brother and sister-in-law!
& Valeri Lundry, Jersey Village, Texax
We had the most awesome time here! The beaches
are beautiful, the animals are friendly and not afraid, and the
zipline was a blast! We were given the star treatment and the food
was fantastic! I can't wait to return!
-- Doug & Nicole Becker,
Jersey Village, Texas
June 19-26, 2010 35th Wedding Anniversary - celebrating with our daughter Ashley and
We arrived on Saturday, June 19,2010 - to have
a full week of relaxing and enjoying our family time together.
Sunday - We relaxed by the pool and enjoyed all the fantastic
cooking by Anabella. Went to bed around 9pm and jut couldn't believe
view of the bay from our villa. So beautiful and we were just
happy to be here. What a wonderful time to share with Ashly & Rufus.
Monday - We took the Super Mega Combo at Buena
Vista Canopy Tour, lunch, manmade water slide 1200 feet long, horseback
mud bath. It was the "Best!"
Tuesday - Massages at 9:30am.
We all had the massages, they were wonderful. We relaxed by the
hot tub and enjoyed all the wonderful food that was prepared
for us. 2:00 pm went to Ocotal Beach, walked around and enjoyed the
Father Rooster Bar-Grill. Rufus & PP played pool - enjoyed the
afternoon. The dinner at the Villa was outstanding.
Wednesday June 23, 2010 - Full day of fishing
- pick-up at 7am - We went to Ocotal Beach to get on boat. We
plan to fish for Rooster fish, mahi-mahi and whatever we could
catch. Rufus caught the mahi-mahi - Ashley the needle fish. It
was so relaxing being on the boat. We did have some rain, but
thankful that it passed. A great day. Back to the Villa around
4pm. We had a relaxing time in the pool - hot tub - then dinner.
June 19-26, 2010(continued) 35th Wedding Anniversary - celebrating with our daughter Ashley and
Thursday June 24, 2010 - We had planned
a relaxing day by the pool - and then shopping at CoCo Beach. So much
Anabel outdid herself for dinner - Fantastic - Steak, salad,
soup - Cake for dessert. I just want to take her back to Lexington,
SC so she can cook for us.
Friday - Breakfast - then Canon La
Vieya Combo Tour - We had a blast on our last day. We didn't
want it to end. So fantastic the zipline over the Colorado River - then
rafting down the river. Lunch - I was so worn out...
had a wonderful 35th anniversary celebrating with our daughter
Ashely & son-in-law Rufus. I will remember for a long time. We are so
blessed. The staff was great. We have loved our stay here, do
not want to leave.
God Bless you all -- Pat (PP) & JoAnn
(JoJo) Patton, Lexington, South Carolina. P.S. The lobster was
wonderful. Dinner to enter into our last night. We will miss the
staff - the fantastic service.
July 10-15, 2010
"Amazing says it all... This vacation truly exceeded all our expectations."
The entire staff treated us as family! Oscar's mango margaritas
were awesome! Anabella's food was so wonderful... wish she could
come home with us! Mariella kept us clean and ready to go each day.
Thanks to Allan & Tomato for great tours and Antonio and his group
for super boat adventrues. Costa Rica is so beautiful... the people
were so friendly. We can't wait to visit again! From Texas to you
- lots of thanks and love!
-- Scott & Denita Young, Emory, Texas
(Wow! Our daily visitors were butterflies, birds, monkeys, a raccoon
and even a crab! Don't forget the lizards!
Sitting here our last evening all I can say is
I'm not ready to go home. Wish I could just fly all the kiddos
here for another week. We have had a wonderful week of unwinding
and fun adventrues. Thanks to Tomato for his wonderful hospitality
taking us on a beautiful horseback ride, canopy tour and the mud
baths. We had a great time. The accomodations and staff at the
Villa Mariposa were amazing. They take care of your every need
and the food was wonderful.
-- Brennan & Michele Potts
May 3-10, 2010 Taft & Whitney Sanders Honeymoon (from Atlanta, Georgia) We wanted to come somewhere new,
somewher we have never been - Costa Rica! Taft and I both have
heard such wonderful things about the beaches, activities, wildlife
and more. A friend of mine lived in Tamarindo for 3 years, no I
know why se never wanted to leave! We have had the best time here
at the Villa Mariposa with Oscar and Annabel. We definitely have
put a few pounds on with Anna's cooking (wonderful food!) and Oscar's
cocktails - pina coladas and mango margaritas are the best.
had plenty of time to relax and catch up on some much needed
sleep. We fished one morning, catching 4 needle fish and seeing the different
beaches and of course some monkeys! We spent the day with Tamarindo.
Taft learned to surf and I took to the boogey board - met some
nice locals and had a blast - thanks Warner for the ride! We
hit Lolas to end the day with a cocktail and to meet "Lolita",
Lola's daughter (yes, a pig!). We traveled to a town just outside
of Liberia with our good amigo Tomato! What an awesome tour guide,
we learned so much!
We ziplined through the trees, saw monkeys
and some tucans, went down the 1200 ft waterslide, horseback
riding then mudbaths and the spa - ending with a wonderful Costa
Rican lunch. Tomato was great company and we enjoyed his history lessons!
Taft and I will definitely be back for the good food and good
This place is beautiful and we could not have
asked for better weather - muy caliente! Gracias to Oscar, Annabell,
Mariela, Francisco, Antonio y Alan for everything - you made our
honeymoon a blast!
-- Muchas Gracias - Taft & Whitney
April 12-19, 2010
It is hard to believe that I am writing this on our final morning
in Mariposa! Watching the birds & iguana - listening to the monkeys
- drinking fabulous coffee! These will be wonderful memories - Vidal,
Annibell & Mariella pampered us - food, drinks & clean rooms! My
clothes are a little snugger as I leave! But the indulgences were
greatly enjoyed! And - we shall return!
-- Judi & Mke Mahaffey and Tom & Claire O'Brien, Flowery Branch,
April 26 - May 3, 2010
On our honeymoon!! It is hard to believe this week is over already!
The weather has been very nice; sunny and warm in the am with afternoon
shower to cool things down. We had massages and peds on the padio;
Evy and Tonya were great. Took the 7 beach tour boat ride, Edwyn
and Jean Carlo were wonderful. If you take an Allan Tour make sure
you do it with Tomato as your guide. We went to Guaitil fo rthe
pottery tour and had the best time all week. Tomato speaks great
English!! The food was great all week. Anavel is a great cook and
you will never go hungry. Oscar will keep you well hydrated and
take care of anything you need, and Mariela keeps the house spotless.
We are both very sorry to return to the real world, but will return
for our 2nd anniversary. Love and God Bless.
-- Ian & Nicole Ling, Courtland, New York
P.S. Jackson loves Mango & Watermelon, He will eat with you daily.
March 27 -April 3, 2010
Our dream to come to Costa Rica has finally come true and this amazing
experience was so much more than we could have ever expected. Villa
Mariposa is truly a special place with and outstanding staff that
took care of our every need! Annabelle, Gerard & Mariella are like
family and showed us "Pura Vida" as only found in Costa Rica! We
have never eaten so much wonderful food... every meal was so delicious
(I loved the Mahi Mahi, pineapple salsa and guacamole best!) We
could not help but eat more and more.
The highlight of my day was
watching the amazing sunrise at 5:15 am... an experience I will
always treasure. The waves crashing on the beach, birds singing,
mixed with the eerie calls of the howler monkeys as the sky turned
from pink to orange to blue as Costa Rica awakened was a beautiful
sight. Every day was a new adventrue starting with our entire
family getting massages from Rosa and her expert staff. Next was
ziplining, horseback riding, a mud bath and waterslide trip which
my son's favorites. Exploring the beaches and snorkling with John
Carlo and Arime on Antonio's boat was also a family highlight.
daughter's favorite as the boat tour at Palo Verde and seeing
the white-faced monkeys up close and shopping at CoCo Beach.
will never forget the wonderful memories and amigos we made here
Mriposa and VIlla Azul. We are so blessed to have the opportunity
to visit Costa Rica and can't wait to come back soon!
-- The Luce Family (Cindy, John, Baylie (12 years) & Matt (10
years), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Here we sit on our last night here on our racking chairs reminiscin
about the past week with bellies full of lobster and Oscar's delicious
mango margaritas, pina coladas and banana daiquiris... Where to
begin, we have enjoyed many many delicious meals prepared by Annabel,
who was like a mother to us during our stay. Seafood dishes, such
as Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi & Lobster, along with all the wonderful
lunches and snacks. We dread the scale at home, but we knew the
consequences and it didn't keep us from enjoying the meals!
numerous activities including snorkeling at Monkey Beach and
gathering shells at Shell Beach with John Carlo & Evin. Viewing Monkey
Head Istalnd and exploring the caves and watching the beautiful sunset
over the Pacific Ocean. These days will never be forgotten! The
canopy tour & ziplines are an adventrue we will never forget!
Fishing was our last excursion and we went for a 1/2 day. I (Laura)
a huge 70 pound Rooster Fish! Great fight! I thought my arms were
going to come off, but I did it and was happy I did - Hopefully
you will see me in the next flier.
This country is a beautiful
one to say the least and the people are beautiful as well -
out! The staff is amazing and top notch - we love them dearly
and miss them already. They treated us like family and I feel
are leaving our family behind. We hope to be back someday and
highly recommend these villas to anyone! Feel free to email to
about your experience. PURA VIDA!! That is the truth!!!
-- Muchos Gracias per toda. Adios amigas! Mucho amor, Laura &
Brian Werner, Brockport, NY
February 14-25, 2010
Don't know what to say - it's been a beautiful relaxing, amazing vacation.
This is our second time here and it's just as good as the 1st time.
Our friends who take care of our every need - Vidal, Jame, Oscar,
Annabell & Mariella - will be missed. I sit here sipping one of
Oscar's pina coladas dreading going home tomorrow to snow! Well
- as the saying goes - all good things... but we'll be back for
sure!To everone at the villas - Thank you so very much
for your kindness, your smiles, your hard work. Stay well!
-- Love, Bruce & Margaret Celotto, Haworth, New Jersey
To all our friends at Villa Mariposa, a simple
Thank You is not enough to say how amazing our stay here was with
all of you. We saw beautiful sights. Your beaches are beautiful
and your people are better. Yami & Vidal are very special to us.
Their smiles and sweetness made us feel very at home. The food
was out of this world. The scenary spectacular. But our staff was
the best. Our sincere Thanks for a job well done. Pura Vida!!!
See you next year!
-- Buddy, Donna Gaelasco, Haworth, NJ
January 5-12, 2010
What an awesom family vacation! I visited with my two adult sons and
wished I could stay and call Costa Rica home. The staff was accomodating
and then some! Never an empty glass or stomach! Fabulous food, yummie
tropical drinks (a little slice of heaven)! There is so much to
do here too. When your not relaxing by the pool, the tours that
Allan offers have something for everyone's taste. My favorite was
the white water rafting, but the ziplines follow at a close second.
Our tour guides Jose & Tomato were excellent in teaching us some
of the culture and pointing out the wildlife. Howler monkeys on
the veranda, spider monkeys at the zipline & white-face monkeys
on the boat were wonderful surprises. We hope to return and bring
-- Pura Vida, Sue W., Devin H, Manteca, CA
December 27, 2009 - January 3, 2010
A few worries lighter, a few pounds heaveier! The perfect vacation
at Villa M!!!
Many thanks from the Quinn's, Bedford, NY
November 14-28, 2009
Another great stay at Mariposa with our friends Anabelle (great cook),
Marielle (who keeps everything clean) & our new friend Oscar (tea
maker & drinks & jokes). As always had a great time and
meals, tours. Can't wait for our next visit.
Pura Vida!! Kelly Lachenmyer, Rick Ranslow, Herb & Colleen Schmidt,
Burney & Hat Creek, California
November 7-14, 2009
Monkeys and racoons, oh my! What a wonderful experience it has been
here in beautiful Costa Rica! Gorgeous morning views, the most delicious
food ever and attentive service from Antonio, Annabelle & Mariela
has made this a trip of a lifetime. Onour 2nd day here a visit from
at least 15 Howler Monkeys, right outside our front door, made our
relaxing vacation even more memorable. God willing we will be back
-- Adios! The Polsons (Vicki & Al), Williamsburg, Virginia
What a relaxing week! Thanks to Annabell, Antonio,
and Mariela - They made the relaxing part easy. Looking out on
the Pacific Ocean also adds to that! "The meals were beautifully
served, yet better to eat - The Red Snapper & Annabell's Tacos
are SUPER!" The Zip-lining was fun & Tomato made the drive to and
from informative. Thanks to many wonderful, friendly people our
stay was very good!
-- Until the next time, Ken & Judy Selzer, Clarkesville, Georgia
August 8, 2008 - The
We had a large time here for our fabulous wedding. 50 people,
5 villas, a thousand beers, plus more fun, food & frivolity than life can
Awesome, just awesome . . .
We will be back. Re-entry to Atlanta, GA will
be tough, especially without Olman, Anabella, & Mariela
taking care of us!
We are off to Jenny Craig & Betty Ford!
The best week ever! Thank you so much.
-- Ginger & Alison Sinton
July 19, 2008
June 7th, 2008 we were married in Georgia.
July 12th - 19th, 2008 we honeymooned in heaven! (aka Villa Mariposa!)
I am sad to be writing this on our last night here... sad that
we are leaving tomorrow. I know we will miss this beautiful place!
Some of our favorite memories we'll take with us:
(1) The food (y Annabella) is always wonderful!
(2) Olman knows all of the best places to shop in Coco Beach
(3) Mariela works wonders, keeping our home and clothes clean!
(4) Fishing with Anotonio's boat and catching mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, yellow
tail, and others - about 15 fish total!
(5) Making friends with the group at Villa Lora and playing together. Jeff & Mandy
(6) Long van rides made interesting by Tomato & Louis, the "metrosexual
the monkey mating call but always seeing the turtles doubled
up! . . . Must be that time of year
(8) Riding with Zorro on the beautiful Playa Conchal
(9) The extreme tour of the canopy on zip lines, the "fast o super-fast?" Water
slide, mud bath, hot springs & horses
(10) Super-steep hills and streets
(11) The school
(12) Learning Spanish all over again - I love it!
(13) Our own little piece of heaven, massages on site!
(14) Great friends (15) Great food (16) Great view!
We will be back! Please take good care of Gordo
for us! (Feed him the butter cookies) This was the best possible
honeymoon and is my new favorite place on earth! Olman, Anabell,
& Mariela - Gracias por todo! Nosotros vamos a extranar ustedes!
-- Siempre, Weyman & Alecia Casper, Bogart (Athens), Georgia
June 27, 2008
As promised, we made the journey back to Villa Mariposa, this time
accompanied by our son and in-laws, Doug & Sharon.
As we spend our last evening together enjoying great conversation,
great company and the to-die-for view, I feel bitter sweet.
It was awesome spending the week with Olman, Anabell, and Claudia.
The food was incredible, Olman was always attentive and considerate.
Claudia kept our rooms and clothes clean. My husband will not let
olman forget seeing his wife and his mother buck naked" as
we got our massages on the back patio.
We had great fun, great laughs, and great company. This week will
be forever in our hearts and minds. Thanks to Olman, Anabell and
Claudia, your are wonderful. Pura Vida!!
-- Doug & Sharon Thompson, Billings, MT & Bonito Springs,
-- Eric, Rhonda, & Christoper Thompson, Pearland, TX
PS - Be nice to Gordo, he really does love everyone who stays at the villas
- He loves the butter cookies and fresh water!
Our tour with Jose was great, in large part, because of Jose's attention
to us. We will return to Costa Rica & Villa Mariposa!
-- Tom & Flo Toner, Caver Creek, AZ
-- Woody Taggart, Orlando, FL
June 21, 2008
We had the most wonderful vacation at Villa Mariposa! Olman, Annabell,
Mariella, Vidal & Anna were all such kind &
attentive people to be sure we always had what we needed. We really
enjoyed Olman's sense of humor & Annabel's wonderful food!
Mariella always kept our room freash & clean. During our stay
we celebrated our 30th anniversary. They made sure to make it extra
special with flowers scattered on the table,
heart shaped cake, lobster dinner, and 2 swans (towels) on our bed
with flowers! This is such a beautiful place & we can't wait to
-- Cathy & Gary Dempsey, OKC, OKlahoma
PS - My husband enjoyed talking to the tree frogs at night by the
June 14, 2008
We had a wonderful week in paradise. Olman, Annabelle & Mariela
treated us like family.
To much food!! The view was awesome. Tomato took us on a wonderful
animal tour down to the river . . . the white faced monkeys were adorable!
Gordo was a great monkey spotter on our walks to the beach. Wish we
could stay another week!
-- Alan, Sheri & Tanner Gordon, Valdosta, GA
May 17, 2008
Mucho Gracias! Our honeymoon has been absolutely wonderful. It's going
to be hard to leave and return to cold MA but we'll be leaving with
Everyone has been so kind and helpful. If you get the chance to take
the ATV tour in Playa Brusilito - the sand is white and soft and the
water is clear blue.
Also, if you want to see the sunset, ask Olman where to go.
Thank you so much! We'll miss you!
-- Love Sarah & John (MA)
April 25, 2008
Currently I spend my last unhurried morning at Mariposa enjoying the
incredible view and coffee. It is my intention to tatto these images
in my mind and keep them with me always.
The friends (staff) here have left imprints like tattoos on my heart
and will be remembered and spoken of for years to come at our dinner
table at home.
Olman has personality, respect and happiness that can be contagious.
He is here to serve and performs his job with a smile.
Annabell is a fabulous hugger and even better chef. It's like Thanksgiving
day full here everday! We had such fun talking with and getting to
know them... you won't be disappointed if you do.
While here, we spent most days relaxing by the pool and reading, but
did manage to pull ourselves away for the Rincon De la Viejo Canopy
Tour & River Rafting combo. It was not scary AT ALL so don't let
any fear hold you back...
promise! Going into town (Coco) is like being in another time zone.
Spend some time people watching, you'll be fascinated with the simple
pleasures they enjoy. Returning home depresses me, but all good things
must come to an end, right?
Can't wait to return ... soon!!!
-- Kelli & Kevin Clem, Kansis City (Pasla)
April 19, 2008
What a great week! We have been fed fabulous meals by Anavel, each
one better than the last. Olman created great new concoctions
in addition to his fantastic Pina Coladas and Margaritas!
Mariela made certain that we were in clean clothes all the time
in addition to spotless rooms before we finished breakfast!
We want to take all three home.
Rosa and her team at Five Star Salon & Spa
were so good. We did a 2nd 90-minute massage at the end of our stay!
Francisco helped with everything from start to finish.
April 5, 2008
It's hard to imagine a place that would fit the definition of comfort
in paradise any better. Or to find kinder, funnier people to be
taken care of by.
Hopefully we will be back next year speaking fluent Spanish so that
we can communicte more freely ;-)
Thank you all so much for everything!
-- Sharon & Jami, Livermore, CA
We love the food. Thank you for letting
-- The Bobo's - David, Pam, Sara, Rebecca, Sally, & Leon,
April 4, 2008
Thank you so much for the best trip ever!
Olman & Annabell absolutely
the most wonderful people ever! The food was to die for!
Thanks to Marianna we had clean clothes every day and a fresh clean
Costa Rica is definitely a great place to spend time with family.
I can't wait for our next trip!
-- Annette Marks & Jake Schmidt, San Jose, California
This visit was even better than the last We'll miss you all so much.
Thank you for your gracious hospitality and wonderful friendships.
Hope to see you all very soon.
-- Love, Herb & Colleen Schmidt
March 1, 2008
Thanks for the great time at Villa Mariposa! Olman, Annabel, &
Mariela are the BEST! Hated to leave but will be back for sure.
One of the greatest experiences I have had. Mucho gracious!
-- Jason, Scott, Steve & Birt, Oregon
WOW! WOW! WOW! It could not have been any
better . . . We'll be back for sure.
The Neagle's (Chuck, Kelli, Elan, & Brogan)
had a fantastic time! The staff was great! The Mia Safari was
very nice, hiking and horseback riding at the Bouquin Hotel was
great. Playa Ocatal beach is not as crowded and beautiful. Deep
sea fishing with Blue Marlin (Playa Coco) was good. We loved our
boat ride at Paulo Verde - monkeys jumped into the boat with us!
Our daught especially loved her "chocolate" massage
at Bouquin Hotel! We LOVE Costa Rica. We'll be back!
-- The Neagles's, Dallas, TX
I loved Costa Rica. I'm 8 and I loved the
deep sea fishing. It was a fun pool at the villa. I'm coming back.
they make the best food in the whole wide world. I saw cool monkeys.
I think they have great service.
-- Love, Brogan Neagle, Dallas, TX
I loved Costa Rica! The food was GREAT. I recommend
everyting we did. Feeding the mondeys was soooo fun! Also, I loved
the Chocolate massage. The Safari was fun too. I liked feeding
the giraffes. We will be back!!!
-- Elan, 10 years old.
February 16, 2008
Everything was wonderful! Especially Olman, Annabel, & Mariella
- they spoiled us. We had a great time here in Costa Rica.
We plan on returning again soon. God Bless,
-- Cindy Carter
-- Patty Russell
-- Jimmy Hughes
-- Washington, DC
January 25, 2008
Sweet friends, Annavel, Olman & Mariella - "God Bless"
It was fabulous! Magnifico, simply marvelous and b-b-b-beautiful!!
We'll be back - can't wait!!
-- Herb & Colleen Schmidt, Hat Creek, CA
-- Rick & Kelly, Burney, CA