Astonishing staff! Thanks
Chema, Demaris, Reina, Susana :-) Never hungry or thirsty! Terrific pina coladas! Tremendous service! Oh so exciting ziplining! Night skies breathtaking! Incredible wildlife - iguanas & monkeys
& crocs, on my! Outstanding beaches and river excursion!
-- Marcy Niemlier, Debbie Krucish, Sylvia Cehe, Louise &
Gorman Sakula, Kathy & Ralph Beaman , Ruth & Bob Lanneau,
July 23, 2016
We all want to thank you for your wonderful hospitality. You
made our vacation fantastic. You will always be among our best
memories. So we will not say goodbye, instead we will say until
we meet again. Pura Vida.
-- Autumn Markwell, Nashville, TN / Muhlenberg County, KY
-- Spencer Burke, Nashville, TN / Muhlenberg County, KY
-- Craig Lax, Muhlenberg County, KY / Buchanan, TN
-- Vince & April Schmitt, KY / Jacksonville, FL
-- Jerry & Angela Woodlee, Russellville, KY
-- P. Drake, Greenville, KY
-- Jane Jones, Anderson, SC
-- Randall Chumley, Sarasota, FL
-- Roland & Vickie Burke, Muhlenberg, KY
-- Ernie Murphy, Sarasota, FL
May 18, 2016 Views of perfection Impeccable country Lifetime friends Lavish golf grounds at Four Seasons Absolute best massage ever
-- Edward & Lori Reynolds, Dave Dowling, Misty Quimby, Joe
& Cindy Couey, Rod & Jane Martin, Eugene, OR / Huntington
April 16-22, 2016 Another fabulous stay at this incredible villa. As
usual, the service and food was incredible. Thank you for keeping
such high standards. It is so nice to return (trip #5) and see
the smiling faces of the staff we have come to know and appreciate
so much. Muchas gracias!
-- Lois Frissell, Monroe, GA
Thank you so much to Demaris, Chema, Susana!
The service, food and everything you all did for us has been
wonderful. We all had a great time. I will definitely be back.
-- Jeannie Fulp, Alpharetta, GA
What a wonderful trip for my first trip
to Costa Rica. Chema, Demaris and Susana were wonderful. The
food and drinks were awesome. So happy that Beth Heth invited
me to come! As we say in Gainesville, GA, JAPDiP (just another
perfect day in paradise). Loved every moment.
-- Joyce Shaffer, Gainesville, GA
Another fabulous week in paradise! Thank
you so much for taking care of our group of ladies this week!
The food and services was perfect. Chema, Demaris and Susana
- so awesome to see you all again. We have felt like your family.
Again the ziplining and Don Bosco were wonderful! Thank you,
Francisco, for spoiling us! Maybe I’ll be back for #6!!
Love to all!
-- Beth Benson-Hesh, Duluth, GA
This was my second trip to Villa Paraiso!
The only complaint I have is our week went by too fast. Chema,
Demaris and Susana took care of our every need and more. They
were always smiling. They were warm, friendly and courteous.
Our group of ladies laughed, cried, talked, ate and drank together
in the paradise known as Costa Rica! I would not change one
moment of this trip. It was AWESOME!
-- Teresa Rump, Union Springs, AL
This was my second trip to Costa Rica
and Villa Paraiso. The staff at this villa never disappoints
- Chema, Demaris and Susana. They were fabulous! I hope to be
back for trip #3!
-- Lisa Nash, Monroe, GA
Everything I come (#4) you never disappoint
me. Chema, Demaris and Susana, you all are awesome. Francisco,
you do job taking care of us. Back home, I never stop talking
about this place. Thank you!
-- Linda Scolameio, Cumming, GA
I was sad packing my suitcase to leave
to leave today! My first experience in Costa Rica was simply
fantastic. The smiles, drinks, food, having my laundry done,
etc. was amazing and very much appreciated. Thank you to Chema,
Demaris and Susana for the hospitality all week! I would definitely
keep this location on my vacation list! Also, I have to thank
Beth Heth for organizing the trip and inviting me!
-- Debbi Aery, Lady Lake, Florida
April 2-7, 2016
Wow!! It’s our last night here and we are all sad to leave!
The crew here was AMAZING!! All so friendly and accommodating
every moment!! They became our family this week. We had 13 people
here (6 adults, 7 children) and enjoyed everything!! Always
smiling!! We don’t want to leave. We are about to blow
up your Facebook page with pictures of our awesome time!! Muchas
gracias!! We love you!!
-- The Morlans, the Tiltons, the Daloneys, Marietta, GA
January 30 - February 6, 2016
Paradise. This was a perfect venue for the “couple’s
retreat.” Everything was perfect! Staff is amazing!
-- The DeLaForests, Deutschs, the Quaintances, the Ericksons,
the Hellemanns, Excelsior, MN
Riverboat tour is a must see for nature
wildlife. Don Bosco could not be beat. Sunset cruise, warm Pacific
coast water, spectacular vista. Will definitely come back.
--Tony & Anita Deutsch
The homemade birthday cake that Demaris
made was very special!
--D & M DeLaForest
So very sad to leave this beautiful abode! We had a fabulous
time - the house is a dream and the services spectacular, especially
the cook! Meals were fantastic. Hope to return in the near future.
-- The Peakes, the Edmundsons, the Johnsons, the Maynards, Flowery
January 16-23, 2016
Thanks to all the wonderful villa staff for making us feel welcomed
and well cared for during our stay. The service was second to
none. Excellent sightseeing tours, delicious food prepared to
our dietary needs, rooms cleaned daily - all provided by warm,
smiling folks! Paradise for sure!
-- Ginny & Bill
This was a great first trip to Costa Rica,
the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Thank you for
-- David & Pam
-- Linda & Moe
January 10-15, 2016
We had an awesome week! Staff was very friendly and made the
week that much better. To top off a great week, my boyfriend
proposed! Thanks for everything!
-- The Cook Family & Friends, Houston, TX
January 3-10, 2016
Thank you for an amazing time. We can’t wait to come back.
-- XOXO The Cummins Family
Thank you for making my 70th birthday
celebration with my family a very special time.
-- Joan Kelly
Thank you for the most amazing trip ever!!
The staff was incredible and most accommodating to our large
-- Dave & Mare Gunzenhauser, Brick, NJ
Thanks. All the crew was wonderful. Wil
come back soon…
-- John & Mimi Kelly ‘n’ Family
Thank you for your hospitality, constant
smiles and memories for a lifetime. We cannot wait to come back
-- Jini, Meagan, Cali & Skylar MacConchie
Thank you for a wonderful time, best vacation
ever! The staff was amazing. We’ll be back. :-)
-- Barb & Denny Cahill
September 27-October 3, 2015
Could not have been a more beautiful vacation – starting with a wonderful
staff, magnificent weather, amazingly beautiful countryside, and comfortable
accommodations! We depart rested and happy and committed to return again – soon!
Thanks to Steve and his top-notch team who made it all happen! An unforgettable
experience. Until we meet again – Pura Vida! What an awesome week!
Thanks to Chema, Damaris, & Susana.
-- Fettig, Morey, Baddley, & Miller families from Omaha, NE
September 12-19, 2015
Muchas gracias for an awesome week of unadulterated fun in the
sun. The villa, the staff, the food, the view, were all magnificent.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!!
Until next time… because we will be back! Pura Vida!
-- Jenkins, Harris, Perry, & Kary families from Atlanta, GA; Jones
family from Birmingham, AL; Lewis family from Meridian, MS
September 5-12, 2015
Thank you for a wonderful week at your fantasy home. The setting
is beautiful and the staff is fabulous.
-- The Manning Group, Marietta, GA
August 23-30, 2015
What a wonderful week we’ve had! The staff waited on us hand and
foot, the endless amounts of food and drink were incredible, the pool
and the views were picture perfect! We loved our excursion to the canyon
with Kendall where we rode horses, zip-lined, enjoyed lunch and played
in the mud baths! This has been the most relaxing vacation ever and we’ve
decided it has to become an annual tradition for all of us. We can’t
think of a better place to visit. Thank you to Chema, Demari & Susannah
for treating us like royalty!
-- Sean & Tiffany Borner, Jim & Cynthia Bacik, Dwayne & Lisa
Hill, Terry & Melissa Swanson from Suwannee, Georgia
August 15, 2015
A wonderful week in your beautiful country. The staff was top
notch. Our group was from age 1 to 29. There were 12 of us and the staff
catered to our every need.
The Morris group (from AL & MD)
August 8, 2015
Outstanding week for our family and friends! We couldn’t have chosen
a better place to come for our 50th anniversary. We were all
treated like kings and queens by the entire staff (Damaris,
Chema, Douglas, and
Susannah). This truly is paradise! We’ll be back.
*Dear Damaris, Chema, Douglas, and Susannah
– It’s our “DREAM COME TURE” vacation…
… perfect villa, perfect pool, perfect view. But the reason
we all love Costa Rica is mainly because of YOU!!! Your SKILLS,
your SERVICE, your KINDNESS – with a smile – always
doing your part. We can’t fit your into our suitcase,
but we will take you home in our HEART!!
-- The Summer Group of family & friends (from CA, NY, AZ,
VT, UT, and TX)
July 18-25, 2015
Hands down this has been one of the best vacations ever! Our week
here has guaranteed our return to Costa Rica on a regular basis for future
vacations. The staff: Chema, Demari, and Suzanna are top notch and we
wish we could take them all home with us! We will be back in 2017! Thank
you all for a wonderful week!
-- The Cooksey Group, Ownings, MD
May 23-30, 2015
We’ve enjoyed our week at Villa Paraiso very much! This was our
second trip to Costa Rica, first time at this villa (first trip we stayed
at Isla Azul). Chema, Demaris, and Susanne took great care of us and
we’ll all be heading back to American 5 lbs heaveier from all of
the delicious meals. ‘Til our next trip – Pura Vida! Thanks.
-- The O’Kellys, Hanahan, SC; The Clarks, Mt. Pleasant, SC; The
Wilsons, Hanahan, SC; The Smiths, Lexington, Kentucky
May 16-23, 2015
Thank you for a wonderful week on family vacation – our third visit
to this beautiful villa. It is a great blessing to be together in this
grand place. The setting is spectacular, the food delicious, and the staff
perfect. We plan to come back soon.
-- The Templeton Group from South Carolina and Louisiana
April 25-May 2, 2015
Wonderful week in paradise!
-– Nancy & Pete, Woodland Hills,
Our third visit to Costa Rica – twice in this beautiful Villa.
The staff was wonderful. All 15 of us had a wonderful time. We will be
-- Sue & Larry, Phoenix, Arizona; Jim & Peggy, Atlanta, GA; Brenda & Gary,
Phoenix, AZ; Sandy & Randy, Thousand Oaks, California; Tim & Lynn,
Los Angeles, CA; Pete & Nancy, Woodland Hills, CA; Marilyn & Vince,
Chino Valley, AZ; Bobbi & Norris, Granada Hills, CA
April 11-18, 2015
Awesome week!! For eight of us, it was our first time. The other
two had been before and recommended this villa. The eight newbies were
not disappointed. From our airport pick up; to the waiting drinks and
snacks; to the pan-fried snapper; to the excursions (zip-lining, horseback
riding, mud baths, sunset cruise, deep-sea fishing); to the spa staff “3” times;
to the most amazing staff (Chema, Demaris, & Susannah); and one of
the world’s most beautiful views… None of us wanted to leave.
Congratulations to Steve for finding this piece of heaven and having
the vision to “see” this place. Hopefully, we will all return
some day. Until then, “Pura Vida.”
-- Ruth & Chuck Rennick, Tallahassee, FL, Jim & Leslie Snyder,
Monticello, FL; Curtis & Sheri Whigham, Tallahassee, FL, Jim & Carol
Smith, Cumming, GA; James & Meg Jennis, Tallahassee, FL
February 28, 2015
Muchas gracias mis amigos. Thank you very much my friends. Our
stay at Villa Paraiso was most enjoyable and relaxing. Your professionalism
and kindness is exceptional. You exceeded our expectations and your services
are of the highest caliber.
-- Bailey & Brandi, North Carolina
February 7, 2015
This was our sixth time here and it is as wonderful as our first
visit. Chema, Demaris, and Susanne are wonderful and we consider them
our friends. Couldn’t have had a better vacation!
-- The Lawson Group, New Paltz, New York
January 31, 2015
Thank you for everything! This is our fourth time to the Villa
and every year is better and better! The staff is amazing and they treat
us like kings and queens! We can’t thank you enough… Pura
Vida Costa Rica until next time…
-- The Brooks Gang, Alberta, Canada
Thanks for everything! Loved your beautiful country!!! You are
ALL so kind XXOO
-- Erik & Christy Christensen
August 23, 2014
Amazing!! That is the best word to describe our stay here at
the Villas Paraiso. We had been looking forward to our Costa
Rica vacation for months, but had no idea that our trip would
exceed our dreams by so much. Our family and friends had the
best time being pampered by the fabulous staff. We all wanted
to take them home with us and were sad to say our goodbyes.
This was no question, one of the best vacations EVER!! Take
care of Sandy Raccoon. Love,
-- The Pryors, The Baileys, The Woods, The Greggs, Bryans Road,
August 9-16, 2014
Third time at Paraiso -- best time ever -- we are already counting
down until our next visit to paradise. Only 1,100 days to go!
We love you guys and cannot wait to see you again. PURA VIDA!!
-- Lana Collarp, Houston, TX
Thank you Damaris, Chema, and Suzanna for
a wonderful and unforgettable week at this beautiful villa.
Words cannot begin to express our appreciation for all you have
done for us. We love you all and will see you again soon. XOXO
-- Mary & Roberto Briseño, Houston, TX
July 6-13, 2014
Villa Paraiso is lovely and the scenery gorgeous. But the true
beauty -- the warm and gracious people who are here to meet your every
Thanks to Damaris, our meals were delicious and our
days were brightened by her beautiful smile. She is adorable and a marvelous
cook. Chema can
be described in one word -- Superman! He is so much more than
a bartender -- though his drinks are GREAT! He is a kind and hardworking
is willing to do anything asked -- also with a smile. Susana
is a sweet and quiet lady who we suspect may be a magician. Our rooms sparkle
our clothes are washed and neatly folded. But she is hardly
seen! It may or may not be a trick, but for sure, it is definitely a treat!
they made our trip to Costa Rica one of our best vacations
One complaint though -- all of us are going home
a little bit heavier!
-- The Roussels and Navaltas
June 29 - July 6, 2014
We had such a wonderful time in Villa Paraiso. The staff was awesome,
the food was fabulous and the weather was perfect! Fantastic day on the
Don Bosco -- snorkeling, beach barbecue and the most beautiful sunset
ever! We will miss being pampered by Chema, Demaris, Yamileth, and Susana!
Can’t wait to come back! We had great time catching the World Cup!
Go COSTA RICA!!
-- The Payne family, Canton, GA
-- The Jarbeau family, Marietta, GA
June 22-29, 2014
Our group of friends, from Reynolds Plantation Greensboro, Georgia
truly enjoyed a wonderful wee at Villa Paraiso! Chemma, Damari,
and Susana were delightful and provided excellent service throughout
our stay! The views are spectacular, the food was fabulous,
Chemma did a great job keeping our glasses full and our group
happy. Its a trip we will always remember... and hope to return
-- "Don" Tomas & Pam & Friends
June 15-22, 2014
Our first time in Costa Rica and the villas. What a relaxing experience!
The view is unbelievable. Felt like family with Chema, Damaris and Susana.
They were so friendly and helpful. Could have stayed in the villa every
day and be happy, but we did go deep sea fishing, ziplining and a river
cruise. The whole trip was spectacular!! We will be back again for sure.
Can’t come soon enough…
-- The Sutherland family, John, Patty, John, Nick, Katie and Stephen,
Apple Valley, MN
June 8-15, 2014
What an amazing time we have had here at Villa Paraiso!!! Chema,
Damaris, Susanna and rest of the staff have totally spoiled us!! What
a great place to make wonderful lifetime memories! Excellent food, fun,
excursions and relaxing evenings just hanging out around the beautiful
pool enjoying great friends and family! Hopefully we will be able to
do it all again next year! Pura Vida!!
-- Marc, Jenny, Nicholas, and Maggie Horne
-- Cindy Anderson
-- Kathy Windham
What a wonderful vacation! The villa is perfect for
large groups -- plenty of space, but good gathering places. The staff is
fantastic! They accommodate every need cheerfully! Highly recommend!
-- Don & Julie Hesher, Ravevel, SC
May 17-23, 2014
Had a great time. Service was exception! Food great. The gang from Georgia.
-- Carol & Art, Canton, GA
-- Dean & Pat, Marietta, GA
-- Dave & Toni, Marietta, GA
Had a great time, will be back!
-- Richard & Kathy Goodroe, Grayson, GA
-- James & Betty Hammick, Covington, GA
April 26 - May 5, 2014
Had an amazing week! Everyone at house was so gracious… nothing
was left out! Best excursion was Don Bosco. Not to be missed! Don’t
forget to feed the birds. See you again!
-- Lenny & Trish, Cumming, GA
-- Jen & Jack, Cooper City, FC
-- Darcy & Chris, Dunedin, FC
-- Sherry & Tom, Davie, FC
-- Barb, Ft. Pierce, FC
-- Kathy & Derek, Cumming, GA
February 15-22, 2014 - The Cruise
We have a group of 16-20 retired navy (plus Joe & I) that vacation
every February. We only had 8 for this trip and we will correct
that for future trips. We were spoiled by Susana, Demaris, & Chema
- and are lucky to now call them friends.
--Denise & Joe (MD)
We had a wonderful time. The staff is fabulous. Chema
& Demaris made sure we were taken care of with smiles and a very
friendly attitude. We had a blast on the tours - River Cruise,
Snorkeling on the Don Bosco and Ziplining - How fun. I'm sure
we'll be back and we will pass the word - Worth every penny -
Love it. Pura Vida.
--Terry & Jennette Baxter (CA)
Had a BLAST. Pura Vida! Snorkeling on Don Bosco -
an afternoon at Cocoa Beach. Wonderufl day at Vandara - ziplining,
horseback, hot springs, mud baths, and a river boat ride. Wow!
Wow! Wow! What a place, what a view... great staff!Thank
you Damaris (Best Cook Ever!), Chema, Susana, and Allen.
--Jill & Sam (Tampa, FL)
We will be back. It was a wonderful week. Everything
was absolutely great. Meeting Steve & April: icing on the cake!
--Lou & Penny Tardona (San Antonio, FL)
February 15, 2014
Fantastic vacation!! We hope to be back again to enjoy the wonderful
hospitality of Villa Paraiso and Costa Rica!! Unfortunately
we no have go home...
-- Howard & Barbara Smith Group, Mississippi
Our group of friends, from Reynolds Plantation Greensboro, Georgia
truly enjoyed a wonderful wee at Villa Paraiso! Chemma, Damari,
and Susana were delightful and provided excellent service throughout
our stay! The views are spectacular, the food was fabulous,
Chemma did a great job keeping our glasses full and our group
happy. Its a trip we will always remember... and hope to return
-- "Don" Tomas & Pam & Friends
January 18-25, 2014
This was our 5th time back to Villa Paraiso and it only reminds
me why we keep coming back. Chema, Susanna & Demaris rock! No
request is too big or too small. It's also comforting to see
that the awesome level of service they provide here has not
waned over the years we've been visiting. Our friends now want
to make this an annual event so it looks like #6 will be in
our future. Truly a wonderful and relaxing visit. See you soon!
-- The Lawson Crew, Gardiner, NY
January 11-18, 2014 -- Out Motto: We do nothing - WELL!
Words cannot express what a wonderful week we have had here
at Villa Paraiso - the staff, the drinks, the food, the surroundings
and sights - so beautiful!!! Chema, Damaris, and Susana - the
level of attntion they gave us left us wanting for nothing -
thank you! We are already planning our next visit...
Thank you again for the wonderful week!
-- Danny & Gail Quesada, Lynn & Rick Weber, John & Gretchen
Ken & Mary Anderson (Katy, Texas)
November 2-4, 2013
We united two families this week in a beautiful Costa Rican wedding!
We hope for many more vacations together.
-- Zach & Brittany Few & Family & Friends! (Wadsworth, Ohio)
The Long family -- all 19 of us -- had such a fantastic week
at Villas Paraiso & Mariposa. Everything was
perfect - just like we remembered it. Thank you.
-- Joan & Brad Long
October 5-12, 2013 -
The Smiths & Jacobs from Marietta, Georgia
We had a wonderful time!! Celebrated our 45th Anniversary and
a 70th Birthday. Mucho Gracias.--Don & Pam Smith
Great food & excellent staff! We can't wait to come back
-- Matt & Sundus Smith
September 28 - October 5, 2013
Costa Rica is incredible! The people,the beauty,
the adventures and most of all Villa Paraiso & the exraordinary
staff! (Demaris, Chema & Susana) We have had a fantasitic time.
This has been a 6-star vacation all the way. The food was great.
Demares is a wonderful cook and Chema is a fantastic bartender.
The villa is kept spotless daily by Susana - they are precious!
We don't want to go home. We will definitely return. Anyone staying
here will have a vacation of a lifetime! Promise! I can't not
mention Francisco, Alan, Antonio & Johnny - they're all wonderful!
-- PJ Norman & Group from Vidor, Texas
July 27 - August 3, 2013
Truly a paradise on earth. The most wonderful
time! Staff is super! Accomodations superb...
see you next year!
-- Bobby & Tommy, Amy & Matt
Dean & Tracie, Kate, Jayna, Shelby, Pearl, Fluffy & Terry & Kathy
P.S. Bring your "fat clothes"
May 18-25, 2013
Our 4th time at Villa Paraiso and every one has been perfect!
This place is a little piece of Paradise! Chema has taken
great care of us -- always with a big smile. Damaris made
fabulour meals! OMG!! I know everyone want to take her home.
And Suzanna has been here since our first visit in 2002 and
keeps our rooms and our clothes clean! Thanks so much to all
of you!! We enjoyed our beach day with Manny & John too! Can't
wait to come back!! Pura vida!
--Beth & Stan Heth, Suwanee, GA
This was our 1st visit to Villa Paraiso and Costa
Rica but it will not be our last!! We came with the Heth's
and the Fussells, both couples have been here multiple times!
This has been the most relaxing week EVER. I have never seen
my husband so relaxed. Everything is wonderful - staff, food,
view - oh the view!! The view is wonderful! This has been
the best vacation ever!!
--Greg & Lisa Nash, Monroe, GA
What can we say that Beth, Stan, Lisa, or Greg have
not said, nothing. Once again, a fabulous week full of relaxation!
Looking forward to the next time.
--Larry & Lois Fussell, Monroe, GA
April 19-28, 2013
This was our first trip to Costa Rica and it certainly won't be
the last! We were so lucky to have Chema, Demaris, and Susanna
here to take care of us... we were spoiled! When not getting pampered
here by them or Rosa and her crew, we had other fun on the Don
Bosco sunset cruise, ziplining, and scuba diving. Wanted to surf
but will have to wait until next time. Gracias por todo!
-- The Cole Caln from NJ, PA, & GA
March 26, 2013
It was our first group trip to Costa Rica (definitely not
our last -- we'll be back for sure)! With the staff, Chema,
Demaris, & Suzanna pampering us, the fabulous view, the ocean
breezes, hot tubbing, ziplining, and boat tour with Captain
"Eagle Ey", Mani & John, massages at the villa day after day,
Cluadio every morning... everything was paradise! The villa
& Steve truly lived up to our expectations and beyond! We are
sad to leave, but know it won't be long before we return! Pura
Good afternoon, Steve! I just wanted to take a minute of your
time, just to tell you how impressed we were with Villa Paraiso!
Words simply cannot describe our experience
in Costa Rica. From meeting you, the staff at the villa, Allan,
John, Manny, the people in Coco Beach and Father Rooster's....Incredible!!
As you MUST know, the Villa is absolutely everything
and more that we ever expected! We were all "in love" with Chema "Bubbalu" and
Demira "Baby", Suzana "Honey", John, and Francisco....
and we were certainly all sad to have to say goodbye after
our stay. The hardest part was returning to Texas wishing
we could see them each day,
as we did while we were there....back to reality! You and all
of your staff certainly BLESSED each and everyone of us
during our visit this year! We are certainly planning to
return fairly soon!!!!
We are also very interested in getting more information
on your Destin, Florida properties.
We did receive your check
to compensate for the excursion to the waterfall. Thank
you so much for that. We appreciate your prompt response to
our questions. You have been wonderful to work with in planning
the entire adventure. Thank you so much! We look forward
to many return visits to
As soon as we all get together to compare pictures,
we will email some photos. We have many great photos to
share.... and particularly some with
Bubbalu, Baby, and Honey. They even threw a birthday celebration
for Melinda, Lindy and me... it was wonderful!!!!!! All
of the sudden, turning 50 didn't
seem so bad! Ha. God BLESS you and your staff! Thanks for
a trip of a lifetime!
--Stacie Lloyd, Hereford, TX
March 3, 2013
Most relaxing vacation ever! Made lots of friends and the staff was amazing. Great food and fun. I love the raccoon.
--Jan, Apple Valley, California
February 2-9, 2013
Wow! Second trip and we were not disappointed! Damaris, Chema,
and Susana are so kind and loving. We have been pampered totally!
Even a full day without electricity didn’t spoil our vacation. Five Star
Spa services and Alan’s tours were awesome. We look forward to our next
--Craig & Diana Smith, McKinney, Texas
Ditto!!!! First time –- would come back for
--Steve & Shauna Kaufman, Prosper, Texas
We had a fabulous time. What a
blessing to be in such a beautiful place. The staff was wonderful and
made the week even better.
Every need was met! We hope to be able to return in the
--Scott & Chris Anderson, McKinney, Texas
January 24-31, 2013
Third visit to Villa Paraiso!
Visit #3 and our holiday is as spectacular as ever! Thank you
so much to Chema for being as charming and helpful as possible, Damaris
and Inisa for the awesome meals, and Susana for quietly going from room
to room cleaning, plus the daily laundry. A holiday in paradise – Pura Vida!
--Gwen & Paul V., Barry & Carol W., Jean
C., Jae & Sandy M., Barb & Bob M., Myles & Janny F., Janice & Kentucky
January 13-19, 2013
This is truly a paradise on earth! We can’t thank the wonderful staff enough
for all the care they provided – from the delicious meals and beverages,
clean laundry and linens, and attention to making sure our every
need was met. The views and pool area are unforgettable and will give us
memories while we “ride out” the rest of our winter in “el norte”!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Nicarauga, boat trip to
Palo Verde, zip-lining, horseback riding, golf, and beach walks.
Some of us even saw some whales! (Even our 83-year-old mom/grandmother went
and horseback riding!) Thanks again for a great family vacation!
--Monique & Adam (Long Island, NY), Bill & LeeAnn (Fairfield, OH), Alice & Don (Bloomville, OH), David & Kendra (Baltimore, MD), Lydia & Monico & Sophia (Redondo Beach, CA)
December 15, 2012
Our second visit to the villas,
but our first at Villa Paraiso. We brought the family this time and everyone
loved it! The ultimate vacation! We loved the ATVs, sailing, fishing,
and scuba. If you have never scuba dived, you need to go! We are ziplining
and rafting today, and ending the day with massages. Thank you for sharing
your beautiful villa and views with us.
--The Harris Family (Sharpsburg, Georgia), The Hardin Family
December 1-8, 2012
Just like home, only waaay better! Loved the adventures, the
company, the staff, the villa, weather. Wonderful place. Will
come again… sorry Chemma. :-) :-) Pura vida!
-- Ken & Sue LaGrandeir, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Villa Paraiso -- Villa Paradise! Trip of a lifetime -- want
to stay forever!
-- Ken & Joanne Baxter, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
Wow, what a vacation, unfortunately spent
it with family… already planning next go around, in fact,
tried to extend this trip after lots of libations (theme of
week’s stay). Excursions done were Don Bosco, ATVing/ziplining,
all highlight recommended. ABSOLUTE BLAST. PURA VIDA, PURA VIDA,
-- Geoff Baxter, Oakrille, Ontario, Canada
Today is a very sad day for me because
I have to leave this paradise. I can’t remember ever
enjoying a vacation quite as much as this one. The weather,
the drinks, the Don Bosco trip, the drinks, the ATV/zipline
trip, the drinks, the massage, the incredible family I have
that I wouldn’t hesitate to do this with again in a second.
You truly don’t know what Pura Vida means until you’ve
actually experienced it. We will definitely be back. P.S. You
absolutely must have a massage!!!
-- Jill Baxter, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
The staff made our vacation and for that we are very grateful.
It will be difficult to leave paradise.
-- Stephen Baxter, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
September 8-16, 2012
Thank you for making this the most relaxing and exhilarating
vacation we’ve ever been on! The service is beyond compare!
Chemma, Damaris & Susanna! We are spoiled to their tender
loving care. The accommodations are excellent. You only have
to ask and the staff meets your request. We will return to this
villa and this staff. Highly recommend you get a massage, you
snorkel, deep sea fishing, ziplining, river rafting, and river
tours! Manny, John, and Allen were great! We would have loved
for there to be a TV in every room, but this was a wonderful
memorable vacation. Thank you! Pura vida!
-- Wayne & Sam Bradley, Orange, TX
-- Earnest & Debbie Moon, Evandale, TX
August 11-18, 2012
Wow! Until we arrived, we had no idea how aptly named Villa
Paraiso is -- this truly is paradise! Words cannot describe
our gratitude and delight with the fine staff. They made our
stay comfortable and unforgettable. The food -- all 400 plus
meals -- was delicious! We hate to leave, but are happy in the
expectation that we will be back someday.
Muchos gracias & Pura Vida!
-- The Graham Family (21 strong), Miami Lakes, FL; Tallahassee,
FL; Boston, MA; Washington, D.C.
August 1, 2012
Absolutely the Best Vacation ever! It's difficult to leave
paradise! Compliments to the staff from begining to end.
Our expectations were always exceeded. Hospitality here is
-- The Tam Family, Atlanta, Georgia
This has been the best week we have ever had.
Every day was an adventure. The staff was outstaning -- the
best part was sitting at the table for each meal as a family
-- 11 in all!
-- The Frazier family, Madison, Indiana
July 21-28, 2012
Best vacation ever! The wonderful staff took very good care
of us. Chema - wonderful drinks, Cook - Best food ever, our
room and clothes were clean the whole trip (vacation in itself).
Ziplining, monkey holding, snorkling, and sailing!! Thanks
again for the best vacation ever!!
--Michael & Pam Purdy, Anderson, South Carolina
The best vacation ever! Excellent staff: courteous, frinedly,
kind, pleasant -- go out of their way to please everybody!
Chema, Damaires, Douglas, Susana, & Deyamira -- Like friends
to us!! View amazing, food excellent!! The best!!!
Be back! :-)
-- Hilda & Sixto Santoes
July 14-21, 2012
Great! Excellent! Wonderful! The best vacation we ever had.
My hat goes off to the wonderful staff.
-- Roy & Roz Williams, Lafayette, Louisianna
-- Andrew & Dianna Reaux, Lafayette, Louisianna
-- Terry & Denise Jones, Austin, Texas
Wonderful time AGAIN! So glad to have to opportunity
to return. Great time.
-- Gerald & DeAndrea Thompson, San Antonio, Texas
Ohh what a wonderful and perfect place to be for
those of us that NEEDED and desired a much needed vacation!!
We could not have asked for a better place to have fun, eat
well, and relax! The staff and food were simply awesome!! Thank
you sooooo much!!
-- Larry & Betty Mosley, Austin, Texas
June 23, 2012
Villa Paraiso and Villa Mariposa - just fabulous! Views are
magnificent - food spectacular - friends old & news - such
special times. Ture Paradise - Love it here!!!
--Sandy & Jim from Florida
Great food, great company, spectacular views and
service! We could not have asked for a more wonderful time.
Thanks to Kimberly & Rocky and all of the staff for a fantastic
vacation! Hope to be back soon :)
-- The Andersons
Second time here - WOW! Thank you for such wonderful
memories! Thanks to the staff who made our vacation 1st class.
Thanks to Kimmy & Rocky for everythign!
Great, great, great!! New friends, new experiences
to refresh us for reality. Hope to be back soon. P.S. I am
kidnapping the staff.
-- The Henry's
June 9-16, 2012
When you visit Costa Rica you're looking for a good time. When
you land at Villa Paraiso you are guaranteed an unforgettable
experience. The spectacular views and amazing house are surpassed
only by the warm, welcoming staff that ensure every need
is met. From pina coladas to pica de gallo (a must have on
everything!) you will NOT be disappointed.
Many thanks to
Damari, Chema, and Sussana for turning a vacation home
into a residence!! :)
-- Santiago II, Aimee, & Santiago III Flores, Houston,
-- Jessica Yager & Brian Lecke, Houston, Texas
-- Santiago Flores Sr. & Gloria Flores
-- Sean & Sara Miller (2nd time here at our home away
from home), Corpus Christi, Texas
P.S. Recommended activities:
Morning Sail with beach BBQ, Zipling & ATVs, Offshore/bay
fishing (caught lots of sailfish,
mahi, and rooster fish), Shopping/bar hopping in Playa
April 2-9, 2012
We had a great time. Wish we could stay longer! The food, oh
the food. It was fantastic. The weather, Chema's drinks,
the view, the ppol, all were unbeatable. We fished, went
ziplining, rode horses, snorkeled and watched the monkeys
and crocs on the river. What a blast!
Thanks for everything.
-- Scott, Tana, Nicholas, Madison, and Christopher Jaeger
-- Cathy Jaeger, Terre Haute, Indiana
-- Carla Kavanaugh, Indianapolis, Indiana
Susan Nowak, Warner
-- John Baxter & Kim Flute, Durango, Colorado
March 17-24, 2012
What a wonderful vacation we
had at Villa Paraiso! The weather was perfect and the hospitality
was second to none! Zip lining, surfing, rafting, scuba diving...
not to mention karaoke, dancing and birthday celebrations.
Thanks for adding fabulous memories to our friendship.
-- Jean & Mike Gaspar, Chesapeake, Virginia
-- Mark & Susin Hartman, Anderson, SC
-- Mark & Gwen Dever-Gallman, Lake Zurich, Illinois
-- Ken & Connie McDaniel, Atlanta, Georgia
-- Kevin Waits, Atlanta, Georgia
-- LeeAnne Gay, Tappan, NY
March 3, 2012
Another unbelievable week with another incredible group of friends!
If you can’t relax and enjoy life here -- you can’t
do it anywhere! The staff is absolutely the best and we all
appreciate everything they do for us. The landscape, flowers,
and greenery and pool view are the best of all villas in the
area. We enjoyed meeting Steve Poston this year. We have laughed
and sang our way through the week and had fun with our “red
solo cup” night, which included our staff. Our blessings
-- Rheta & Randy Johnson, Dawsonville, GA
of a lifetime I ncredible view L uscious meals L azy days A mazing staff
P aradise found A bsolutely perfect R est and relaxation A bundant sunshine I rresistable food and drinks S ure to return O UTSTANDING!
-- Emily Hitchcock group, East Aurora, NY
February 11-18, 2012 This group is a traveling group. We have seen great
and this place is great. Views, staff, tours, food, and drink
met all our expectations and more. Gave wait staff standing
O after every dinner. Did I mention the views? With friends,
weather, food and drink, this place is extremely hard to beat.
The world is a big place, but this will be given serious consideration
for a repeat journey. Thank you. Did I mention the views?
-- Denise Wilson group, Madison, MS
February 4-11, 2012
And again from Dawsonville, Georgia, it’s fourteen fabulous
friends sharing “THE BEST OF EVERYTHING.” We count
our blessings, our friendship, our families, our endless fun
at Villa Paraiso with Chema, Demaris, Girard, and Deyahira!
We thank you for everlasting memories.
-- Dan Miller group, Dawsonville, GA
Nothing has changed –
it is all still as marvelous as I remember. First time (since
I was 13) that I had to hitch-hike to get up the hill from Picante
Restaurant -- and someone from Delaware was nice enough to stop
and pick us up! We love you all.
-- Pricilla & Dan Taylor, Dawsonville, GA
The McNeill’s had a “spectacular time” with
our dear friends from Dawsonville. The villa, the staff, the
food, the excursions, the laughs combined to make this week
one of the best in our lives.
-- Nancy & Dick McNeill
February 4-11, 2012 Dear friends of Villa Paraiso, we want to thank you
mucho. You are so thoughtful of two old babes 75 and 76 too
old for a lot of new tricks. The cake was the best: thank you
for that and the rest of the jewelry we adore. Couldn’t
ask for more. You guys are the best.
-- Carol Barry & Priscilla Taylor
We enjoyed yet another wonderful week at Villa Paraiso -- shared
with twelve wonderful friends. What a special vacation!
-- Ron and Elaine Cotae
-- Jeannette & Gordon Brend
What a “wonderful week”! Everything perfect --
the weather, the sunset cruise, the birthday celebration at
“Picante,” time at the pool, game time (Catch Phrase),
fishing, and shopping. We loved every minute... especially our
Villa Paraiso staff.
-- Marge & Steve Carey, Dawsonville, GA
We will miss the piña coladas served
pool-side each afternoon, the fabulous view, and the wonderful
Costa Rican people -- especially those at Villa Paraiso!
-- Charlie & Carol Barry
January 1-20, 2012 Without a doubt one of the seven wonders of the world.
Fabulous, friendly, and relaxing. We thank each and everyone
for making us feel special.
Always wanted to come to Costa Rica and it is better than I
imagined. The people are wonderful, the accommodations great,
the views are beyond description. I want to take Chema, Demaris
and Susanna home with me. Thank you!!!
We cannot express the level of customer
service each of you provided us in your own special ways. The
smile Chema greets you with upon each request. Demaris is absolutely
the best cook in Central America and we want to take her home
with us. Susanna quietly provided clean sheets and clothes daily
for us without even noticing her efforts make our stay so much
nicer. Thank you all for making our stay with you so very special!
Extraordinary, spectacular event! Weather was phenomenal and
Demaris, Chema, and Suzanna were fabulous! We made friends with
the birds and skunks who we have named “Pepe Le Pew”!
The rooms, the pool, and the home was the best! We are ever
grateful for providing us with such beautiful accommodations.
Hope to come back soon!
Fantastic, beats the hell out of Canada
in January. Loved it. Thank you!
-- William & Janice Alberts group, Brooks, Canada
December 17-25, 2011 OMG!!! Where do we start? The food was amazing, the
view spectacular, and the staff is awesome!! We are taking lots
of good memories home with us. Costa Rica is a beautiful country
and the people are very welcoming. We were fortunate enough
to catch a beautiful sunset and have dolphins swim along side
the boat. It was the Don Bosco sail boat and the captain was
full of stories. We had massages, facials at the house, ziplining,
hot springs, nature cruise, and much more! We cannot say enough
good about the staff here. If we could bring them home with
us, we would! We had 14 people with us from the age of 14 to
75 and we all had fun. We ended our trip by singing “We
Wish You a Merry Christmas” to the staff and there were
some tears (of happiness, of course).
-- Todd & Tracy Grimm, Philo, IL –- Ted Rund, Philo,
IL –- Rod & Shelly Schweighart, Philo, IL –-
Morgan & Wes Stone, Philo, IL – Tonya & Jame Muskegan,
November 19, 2011 What a beautiful villa! Our first vacation as a couple
since our honeymoon -- 10 year ago! What an awesome way to celebrate
our anniversary! This truly is paradise, and Chema, Allan, and
Demaris are amazing staff and planners! How very blessed we
have been! Hope to see you again in 2 years! Pura Vida!
-- Gina & Doug Hopkins
Thank you again for a fabulous time. The food and service was
just as great as it was 2 years ago and we will be back. Chema,
Demaris and Suzanna, we appreciate all you do.
-- Scott & Kelly Medeiros, Stevensville, MD
September 10-17, 2011
Well, our bags are packed...we’re
not ready to go. We’re leaving on a jet plane --
hope to be back again.
Our thanks and love to the terrific staff. Demaris, who cooks
so wonderfully, assisted by Danariya. Chema who is always there
and cheerfully looking after us. Last, but not least, Susanna
who cleans our rooms and laundry, and always with a smile.
-- Yvonne and Steve Havas, Gainesville, GA
Ditto! Ditto! Ditto! We want to be adopted by these wonderful
people! Thank you so much for making our week here “paradise”
on Earth! We appreciate your kindness and hard work. You have
made us feel so very special! Gracias and Pura Vida!
-- Anne & Fred Beckuy
Second trip, couldn’t believe it could be better, but
it was! Chema and Ann are so friendly and their laughter infectious.
The food was wonderful and the company outstanding. Goodbye
for now my friends!
-- Pat & Jim
September 10-17, 2011
Great villa, great food, and more importantly, great staff!
Thanks for a memorable week.
--Peter & Chris Benett
Our first trip here...
but not our last! The country is beautiful as are the staff!
Maybe out best vacation ever! Thank you, thank you, Chema, Demaris,
Danariya and Susanna!
-- Joan & Will, Marietta, GA
Fabulous 50th birthday celebration! Great friends, great food,
delicious cocktails and plenty of excitement and adventure.
We love Costa Rica... the monkeys and raccoons also kept us
-- Michelle Mills, Atlanta, GA --M. McGrath, Charlotte, NC --Barbara
Wright, Charlotte, NC --Holly Kiney --Karen Riddell --Sandy
July 30 - August 6, 2011
All we can say is “wow”! For the view, the wonderful
staff, the villa and this beautiful country and its people.
We all had a vacation of our dreams ... ziplining and whitewater
rafting with Allan was exhilarating and such a rush. The Palo
Verde river tour with “Tomato” was the best every
-- monkeys jumped on our boat and in our arms. What and experience
with wild animals -- unbelievable! A day sail with Sea Bird
Sailing was fantastic with Heather, Sebastian, Angela, Hector
and Diago! They were all so accommodating and knowledgeable
of the area. Snorkeling was okay (not the best), but the sailing
was great! Tamarindo to surf was great for the “Surfer
Dude” of our family.
Best of all was our time together around the pool and table...
what wonderful memories were made for this family. Thank you
to Chema, Demaris, Deya and Suzanna for making this a relaxed
and memorable vacation. They became a part of our family! Every
meal was outstanding and Chema was the greatest bartender.
Adios Costa Rica... we hope to return again soon!
P.S. When we picture Heaven, we think of our view from the
villa. The only thing that departs from this picture are the
skunks that visit the villa each night! Beware -- they smell!!
-- The McNaughtons, Raleigh, NC
-- The Plages, Wilmington, NC / Chapel Hill, NC / Nashville,
-- The Doyles, Raleigh, NC
July 16-23, 2011
Best staff in Costa Rica! Damaris made us all gain 10 lbs+ each!
The food was divine! Chema kept the girls happy with piña
coladas and strawberry smoothies -- plus he is a great taxi
service -- always at your beck and call -- Thanks Chema! Susanah
kept us tidy and neat with clean clothes and rooms. Our furry
friends (raccoon & raccoon-like creatures) were fun to feed.
The king-sized blue birds and yellow birds were fun to watch.
We caught a Barracuda, a rooster fish, and needle fish and
another fish I can’t remember the name of -- thanks Antonio
for hooking us up with Jose and Nome -- great guys! Zip line
and water rafting set up by Allan was an incredible experience!
A wonderful week with wondering friends! Had lots of sunshine
in the rainy season -- lucky us! Francisco does a great job
overseeing all of this wonderful paradise!
The pool volleyball brought out the competitive
spirit in all of us -- hate to go home! Chema is great at fetching
the overthrown volleyballs, too -- what a guy! We will miss
you all! Thanks for the memories! Pura Vida!
-- The Granthams & Gordons, Valdosta,
April 9 - 16, 2011 The Four Seasons? The Ritz-Carlton? They don't compare to
Villa Paraiso! The beautiful staff, scenery, exquistie food -- the
fun trips and tours -- this has been the best vacation ever!! What
wonderful muemories this place has given us!
--Patti Ball & Bill Staab,
What a life! No one wonats to leave. This has been
a wonderful experience. We will never forget! All the staff is
the very best and we want to take them home with us. Now we will
just count the days until it is time to return to paradise and
-- Marian Weeler & Bill Latroach
Our family has had the most amzing time. The beauty
of the Villa and the ocean beyond will stay with us forever.
The staff made our stay complete -- always a smile and a kind
work!!! We will never forget Villa Paraiso and look forward to
coming back soon!!!
-- Parri, BJ, & Bella Abbott
The trip of a lifetime! It was literally waking
up to paradise every day -- the sites, the people, the adventrues,
-- EB Blount
March 12-19, 2011 What a wonderful place. I cannot say enough about the great
food, accomodations, & especially the Staff!! Would love to stay again!
-- Roy & Debby Benner, Dallas, Texas
What a great vacation. Your villa could not have
been better. WIsh I could stay longer! If you're in Pittsburgh,
PA look up up. -- Henry & Denise, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Amazing - amazing!! We love it. -- Dan & Jamie Hutton,
Frankling, Indiana -- God Bless. Go Colts.
Thanks for letting us "waste away at Villa Paraiso".
We loved our stay!! -- Ginger & Mark Skinner
We had such a wonderful time. Great food, friends,
and service. Always with a smile. -- Butch (Gerry) and Lynette
Oaks, Fremont, Nebraska
We enjoyed our stay very much. Beautiful views,
weather, great food & service. Enjoyed old & new friends. --
Curt & Eunice Warren, Fremont, Nebraska
Best vacation ever! Great food, great friends, great
staff. -- Marvin & Laura WIndham, Birmingham, Alabama
March 19-26, 2011 Paraiso is paradise. We enjoyed our time relaxing with our
friends overlooking the most beautiful view through our infinity pool.
Thanks to all the staff. You are the best!-- Love the Selestays,
We have truly enjoyed the week here! It has been
wonderful to be spoiled. Thank you! The weather has been great.
The view awesome. -- Love, The Halls, Herndon, Virginia
This was the BEST vacation we've ever had! Chamma,
Demaris & Susanna are the BEST!! The drinks were excellent -
the food was fabulous! It was so awesome. Everything anyone could
want. Thanks so much for the attention to detail! We will miss
all of you! Thanks so so much - we love you all and we love Costa
Rica! -- Pura Vida - The Basiles, Herndon, Virginia
February 5-12, 2011
Jeannette & Gordon Blund, Marge & Steve Carey, Elaine & Ron Coker,
Rheta & Randy Johnson, Jane & Dan Miller, Joann & Ken Newell,
Priscilla & Don Taylor -- From Dawsonville, Georgia
"Sometimes: magic happens" by Jane
Miller, February 12, 2011
In Atlanta 20 degrees with rain, fourteen friends say goodbye
Costa Rica bound and not a tear in our eye
Villa Paraiso, Ocatal in three hours we arrive
Wow! Extraordinary, perfect.. we are "Staying' Alive"!
We are welcomed by Chema, Jaime, Juanita and Damaris
Margaritas are ready. This is better than Paris!
At our fingertips... There is everything
Avocado, Absolut & hot tubs... make our hearts sing.
There's RonRico Rum for lunch, yummy breakfasts & dinner
Every single meal is a winner!
Superbowl Sunday & Coconutz Bar
Ginger wants company and Dandy's the star
It's a laugh a minute around our table
We treasure it all, we're in the same stable! continued...
... Randy left Tuesday to seal a master
and Tomato drove us to the river to hear the howling monkeys
We can't forget the Don Bosco & Captain Hook, such a deer
If you'll get your ass off that cooler DonTay, you can have
Thursday Feb. 10 dawns calm and bright
but for our seven sportsmen, there are no fish in sight.
Hundreds of dolphin visit their boat
But the catch is on bonita & only Randy can gloat
Filet for dinner, but the game by Rheta
"Catch phrase" is all the fun we needa.
Cilla had the all star team
And Joann's cartwheel was but a dream.
Elaine's so quick, she cooked our goose
Best of all, it's a game no can "loose." continued...
... Now if you want to be a monkey and
hang by your tail
Try this excellent adventure, the Congo Trail
We rode through the air with the greatest of ease
Rheta hung by her legs and sailed through the trees.
Jeannette is shopping down in Coco, looking for
For her darling little Eesa, the apple of her eyes.
The Pool is centerstage, to that we attest
and, Marge Cary's store are the very best.
Ken's Ipad is always out, he keeps us in the know
About Egypt and our Dawsonville, which is full of rain and snow.
Hats off to Gordon for the catch of the week
And to Ron and his Dorado, so large and so sleek.
Steve's blessing showered us with thankfulness and
And made us evermindful there is nothing like this place.
Fourteen friends are leaving Villa Paraiso soon.
It is time to say goodbye.
And as we board our plane to Atlanta, there will be a tear in
-- by Jane Miller, February 12, 2011
January 18-25, 2011 Mucho gracia to Chema, Oscar, Damaris, Suzanna, Annabel,
& Jamie! We love you all like familia. The "Happy Birthday Joe" cake
was delicious!! Jeannie shouting "OSCAR!" for vodka limonada, then
smiling Oscar comes running! The seafood was numero uno - Gracia for
all the beautiful food. Chema rings the bell & wheels a come a running!
Suzanna quietly cleans our clothes and rooms with pride! Gracias to
our cooks, Demaris, Annabel, & Jamie - Your are on your feet all day
- always giggling and smiling. Thanks so much & we'll be back! --
Pura Vida amigos, The "Alberts" Group, Brooks Alberta Canada & Claresholm,
January 2-9, 2011 - Family Vacation Happy "60" Birthday to Sandy on January 4, 2011. This
is a return trip for Miny & Sandy - after staying here last year
we knew we wanted to return with our family for a vacation and
it has been wonderfull!!! We celebrated Sandy's 60th birthday
and Anne & Stephen announced they are having a baby! Lots to
celebrate as a family. We read many books, walked, lounged, relaxed,
and also enjoyed field trips: Don Bosco with Captain Richard
Hook which we loved and the canopy zipline tours. Massages to
celebrate and spoil ourselves. Chema & crew were amazing. Damaris
made the most beautiful birthday cake for Sandy and Chema decorated
the table with flowers and confetti. We shot off champagne bottles
with a large sword and introduced a new tradition to the stay
at Villa Paraiso. We return to the states at least 10 pounds
heavier from amazing, delicious food and drinks! We've found
a lovely, special place at Villa Paraiso and hope to return again
one day. -- The Tyard-Schenck Family, Flat Rock, NC & Charleston,
November 21-28, 2010 From the minute we walked in the door, we knew this would
be an amazing trip. Chema had delicious drinks waiting, and it wasn't
long until we hit the pool! Damaris and Deyanira made AMAZING food
and Susanna kept the place spotless in spite of five crazy kids. Every
day was an adventrue - zip line, water slide, the Don Bosco, sport
fishing and just having family volleyball tournaments in the pool.
As we sit here on our last day looking at the view it's hard to imagine
life at home in freezing cold Boston without Chema and the rest of
the gang. We hope to come back sooner rather than later!
-- L. Hanrahan Group, Boston, MA
November 7-16, 2010 Wow, is all we can say! This is our second time to visit
this beautiful villa. We all had a wonderful time and expecially
enjoyed the staff. They are superior. The view is spectacular,
the wild life was something we truly enjoyed. WIsh I could write
more but the bus awaits. We will be back. Thanks to everyone.
--The Caraway Group, Crestview, Florida
October 30 - November 6, 2010 First there were emails, then strategic planning (Oh what
shall we take?). The anticipation of this trip did not disappoint.
It reminded us of the old adage "love at first site!" Wehn we arrived
at Villa Paraiso we found a breathtaking view and knew this was going
to be a breathtakinly fun week. The morning monkeys howling, the newly
learned sounds of the Maggie jays (& their sweet begging), the morning
squawking of the parrots buzzing by and our days began. There were
raccoons & geckos, Oh My!! It was dinner, that first evening that
began the food fest. Demaris & Deyanita are wonderful cooks/chefs/bakers.
Every meal was a feast for the palate and eys. The only thing that
came faster than our meals were the margaritas! Chema is a superb
bartender who came to us with a smile and answered each of our wishes!
Susana kept the villa so clean! Thank you, thank you, thank you !
12 Friends of Williamsburg, Virginia
--Tom & Mindy -- Al & Vicki -- Ken & Judy -- Tracy & Brian
& Steve -- Diane & John
October 30, 2010 Thanks so much to everyone at Villa Paraiso! We all
had such a wonderful and memorable time here. We truly are in
paradise. The staff has been "10+" and the villa is
a beautiful dream come true. We are a group of seven couples
from New Port Richey, Florida. A previous group came last year
and were so delighted that they immediately began gathering
a group for this year - I think that says it all for these villas.
The views are breathtaking and the food and service superb.
I, personally, am 73, and I have never had such a totally fulfilling
vacation as this. My hats off to the entire staff. We have come
to love each of them. Thank you, thank you, thank you. -- The
October 9, 2010
Thank you for a wonderful vacation. May God continue blessing all the
staff here in Costa Rica and truly hope to see everyone soon. We will
truly miss you!!
-- Love, Diana & Darrel, Miami, FLorida
What a vacation, fabulous staff, food, and lodgings!
We had a wonderful time. We are planning to come back next year.
-- Many Thanks, Ed & Meris
One of the most wonderful vacations
I've ever experienced. Hope to be back next year.
-- Meris, Highland Beach, FL
To Steve and the staff at Villa Paraiso: Thank you!
Walking into the villa for the first time was absolutely breathtaking
-- WOW what a view. Of course, the staff -- Chema, Damaris, Deyanira,
Susuna, Francisco and Tomatoe -- they were awesome. We enjoyed
zipping through the trees, going to Ocotal beach and just handing
around the pool. Que Dios los bendiga a todos!
October 9, 2010 This was the most awesome vacation I have ever experienced.
Friends were cemented forever and memories that will always last.
-- P. Wilkie, FL
Wow! Wow! What an awesome place. We absolutly loved
it. We ate 'til we couldn't move!!! The service made it so relaxing.
But being here molding relationships we will have until the day
we dies, was the best. I loved our cooks, house keepers, and
bar tender. They were fun too!! We danced a lot, wam a lot, sunned
a lot, and ate a lot. A really relaxing, fun time. Make sure
you zip line and feed the racoons. But not close to the house.
Greatest vacation ever.
-- Sunny Swilley, Miami, FL
Steve, the villa was beautiful, the staff was incredible,
and the view was spectacular. I hope to bring my family back
and visit with Polly again next year. What a great experience.
I totally relaxed.
-- D. Swilley, Miami, FL
June 13-18, 2010
We will return to Costa Rica -- hopefully we will return to Villa Paraiso.
It was so much fun. Thank you to Demarius, Chema, and Susanna for taking such
good care of us while we were on vacation.
Thank you to Francisco for
having everyone here take good care of us when we arrived. The Congo
Canopy Tour was full of monkeys and ver adventurous.
and Allan of Allan Tours. Antonio arranged a fishing trip on Yarelis
-- a huge red snapper and a baracuda were enjoyed all week - in
addition to the meals already planned by Demarius and others. We went
Yarelis to cruise the beaches - great snorkeling, beaches and the
We must leave tomorrow - We will miss you all!!!
Thanks for a wonderful vacation.
-- Ellen, Bob and Robert Harris from Georgia
March 27 to April 3, 2010
The Boemer Family 5th Bi-annual "Kids Place - Parents Pay" Reunion
This "reunion", our first out of the U.S., has taken over first place.
There are not enough superlatives to describe the many wonderful memories
our family will take home from this trip. Weather - food - tours -
pool - rooms - staff - you name it - it all was great. Certainly a
place we would all recommend highly as it was recommended to us. Many
thanks to all who made it our best reunion ever!
Bill & Linda Boemer (Parents 76 & 75) - Pittsburgh,
Karen & Dave Thielges - Medford, Oregan
Jim Boemer - Medford, Oregan
Sarah & Anton Davis - New York City
Gail, Elio, Alex, Laura & Nicki Montenegro - Chicago, Illinois
-- Patti Ball & Bill Staab, Canton, GA
March 13 - 20, 2010
Wow - what a week. Thank you so much for making our stay so fantastic
and Hudson's 2nd birthday so memorable. You treated us like family
and made everything fun.
We loved all the tours that we did, but loved coming
"home" to the Villa even more.
The food was SUPERB!! Thanks for catering toour
food allergies, too!
We fell in love with the staff and hope to return
Much Love, The Smiths
Craig & Diana Smith and family - Texas (Dallas, Houston, San
-- Ruth, Helen, K.C., TIm, Lexi, Bryson, Liz, Hudson, JoAnna & Ethan
March 6 - 13, 2010
What an amazingly relaxing vacation!! Awesome views, the villa offers
a spectacular venue for enjoying time with family and friends!! The
food and service providers were exceptional!!!!! The infinity pool
provides a refreshing escape for anyone wanting to relax, play water
swim, etc.The Costa Rican people are an exceptionally friendly
people, which made our vacation even more enjoyable!!!
-- Donna & Jerry Blankenship, Cumming, Georgia -- Dennis & Daria
Ficco, Johns Creek, GA -- Dewey & Connie Bertram, Bartonville,
Februarly 6 - 12, 2010
Beautiful view! Great company! Wonderful staff - Gerard, Chema, Demaris
took wonderful care of us. Amazing week! ... A week of renewal and
rejuvination. "Be still and know that I an God."... Absolutely the
most stress free
environment, weather, location, view from our deck - second to none...
Great week! Wonderful staff! Exceeded my expectations - which were
high indeed... I was somewhat nervous about this trip because we had
no reference only an internet site to rely on. We were completely satisfied.
"The willa is magnificent. The staff has been superb. The food is to
die for." We will definetly be back. Thanks Steve, Thanks Chema. Pura
-- Jack Reed Sr., Scott & Annette Reed, Jack & Lisa Reed, Buzzy & Catherine
Mize, Crofton & Camille Sloan, Mary Catron, Monnie Vail, Lex & Judith
Jackson - Tupelo, Mississippi
January 23 - 31, 2010
-- Yvonee & Steve Havas, Gainesville, GA - -Anne & Fred
Becking, Dawsonville, GA -- Maryann & Paul Sheehy, Dawsonville,
GA -- Mary & David Egelston, Salt Lake City, UT -- Pat &
Jim Ellis,St. Michaels, MD -- Wendy & Paul Gambel, Paso
This is our second visit to one of the villas. The
view is like eye candy. The staff and the food are superb. We'll
be back next
I didn't think the second trip could beat the first,
but it did! The staff was fantastic! The food was superb & oh
so fresh! The view with the infinity pool was incredible! Hope
to come back next year! Pura Vida!
You know it is going to be a very special week the
second you step out of the van, look through the breezeway past
the incredible infinity pool, and out to the ocean. It takes
your breath away! The staff was wonderfual and the food incredible.
I believe if you look up the definition of "Pura Vida" in the
dictionary you will find a picture of Villa Paraiso and its staff!
For me it was a very unexpected week. He proposed! At the edge
of the infinity pool! Chema delivered a drink and a beautiful
diamond ring. Pura Vida for us for sure! -- Paul & Wendy, Pasa
P.S. Thank you Steve & Yvonne for giving me the perfect place
to ask the questions - Paul Gambel
Gracias a Damaris, Chema, Yamileth y todos los otros.
Ha sido un gran placer pasar nuestras vacaciones aqui en Villa
Paraiso. Uds son tan amables que es casi increibles y nosotros
estamos muy agradecidos. -- Gracias por todo, Pablo
November 8 - 15, 2009 - Kathy's 50th Birthday
-- David Brooks & Elaine Cason, Valdosta, GA -- Tara Reardon
& Troy Michael, Marietta, GA -- Kathy Long, Marietta, GA
-- Jodie Caldwell, Roswell, GA -- Carla & Glenn Davis, Marietta,
GA -- Paul & Eileen Long-Menz, Millville, NJ, Lynne Long,
Yardley, PA -- Susan Long & John Cannizzaro, Greensboro,
Super Staff took care of us all week. We love you.
The whole staff, house,
Long's B'day (50) and had the time of our lives! The entire staff
is AWESOME! You will never get hungry here!
Good food, good drink, good sunshine, good staff.
Mucho gracias. Great 50th party by and for Kathy.
Great Villa, even greater staff! Your country is
beautiful. Thanks to all for a wonderful time. Watch out for
the "Girls gone Wild, Costa Rica" and the "Birthday Water Ballet"
by DB & SL on youtube!
Thanks for taking great care of us!! Great time
November 1-8, 2009
We all came to Costa Rica to celebrate the 50th birthday for 6 of us
and we want to come back to celebrate as often as possible. Damaris,
Chema, and Susana were absolutely FABULOUS. We wish we could tak them
home with us but we look forward to coming back to see them again.
We definitely recommend the zipline tours and snorkeling
with Pelicano Tours, Playa Juevos, Egg Beach, exploring the caves and
dolphin watching. Also
enjoyed the morning walks to the beach - you'll need them after eating
Damari's great food and drinking Chama's margaritas. Chema can schedule
a massage whenever you want - the best I've ever had. Loved the zipline/wihite
water rafting with ALlan's Tours and Tomato was a great tour guide.
Hope you have as great a time as we did!
-Keely Peters Kirkland, Chattanooga, TN via Sarasota,
FL -- Michelle Keehl Lavigne, Marstons Mills, MA (Cape Cod) --Susan
Peters Royal, Lilburn, GA --Sharon Peatross, Lilburn, GA --Lynn
Alley, Orlando, FL --Nancy Fasciana, Alpharetta, GA --Susan Leeder,
Atlanta, GA --Susan Butler, Lilburn, GA --Michelle Schlesinger,
November 1, 2008 What a wonderful week we had at this beautiful villa. Weather
was terrific, staff was fabulous and very accommodating! The food
was beautifully served. Our excursions were great - we
saw the Arenal Volcano erupt! Zip line tour was fun but most amazing
was having the capuchin monkeys eating right out of our hand!
We have had a once in a lifetime opportunity
to bond with close friends. We have shared a special time that we
will remember forever.
Mary & Charles Olimpio-Mt. Pleasant,
-- Laura & Pat Ecklam - Columbus, Ohio
-- Jim & Marilyn McSkemin - Pickerington, Ohio (Go Bucks!)
-- Tim & Kathleen Richardson - Columbus, Ohio (Fabuloso Pais!)
-- Phil & Cindy Haney - Bowling Green, Ohio
Two weeks @ the villa. First week w/
5 guy friends (week long bachelor party). Fishing everyday w/
3 different boats & captains - 4
sailfish (mine was the largest) and approx. 1500 lbs of mahi mahi,
wahoo tuna etc. Fishing was either great or awful - that's fishing.
2nd week - buddies leave - Wendy comes down - marriage @ the villa,
diving, snorkeling, pottery village, mountains, jungle, zip line
(very, very cool). Along w/ lots of great food, great people, some
rain, some sun - Thanks to all the staff & Steve for making
this a great trip. Gordo Rocks!
-- Rodger Helms - Roswell, GA
Thank you all for making our wedding
week so special. Such a beautiful place, great food, everything
was like a dream.The diving is good, lots of diverse species
. . . whales, dolphins, sharks. Canopy tour was also great
- "Tomato" is the best guide. We will always remember
this week - Pura Vida!
-- Wendy Whittemore - Nashville, TN
"Wildlife We Saw"
Whales - Wendy swam w/ two
Many fish, dolphins, monkeys, raccoons, skunks
Lots of birds
Some kind of big rats?
My fishing buddies!
September 6, 2008
What a wonderful country! The house is lovely and the staff fantastic. A few
rainy days did not dampen our fun. We will miss Gordo and were grateful for
his easy company and sweet spirit.
The Georgia Folks
-- Sarah & Brian Douglas - Atlanta, GA
-- Jennie & Michael Douglas - Atlanta, GA
-- Jennifer Spence - Atlanta, GA
-- Tracy & Wendy - Augusta, GA
-- Vanessa & Blake
Anderson - Thomasville, GA
-- Domick & Justin Williams - Cairo, GA
-- Robert Pattie - Thomasville, GA
July 26, 2008
Corpus Christi, Houston, Lubbock, Texas
cocktails, POOLSIDE! Love the
Found A sweet
dog named Gordo (we love you!) Recommend
the guacamole A lifetime
of memories It's 5:00
somewhere (and ALWAYS here!) Such a
great vacation OMG! We
never want to leave
The experience of a lifetime - anything and everything we could
have dreamed of. Chema, Demarias, Sylvia, and Susana made our stay
fabulous! We recommend tours w/ Tomato, especially zipline, rafting
and the nature tour. Fishing, surfing, and lounging by the pool
were also highlights of the trip. Don't forget us Villa Paraiso
- we'll be back!
-- Adrienne & Scott, Sara & Sean, Mike & Stacy, Rosemary,
July 12, 2008
What an awesome place . . . we will be back. Thank you to all the staff & guides
who made our visit pure paradise!
-- Sam Andras
The view, the breeze, the food, the drink,
the staff, the friends, the Love! Pura Vida Costa Rica!
-- Victoria French
Mucho Gracias! Paradise on Earth!
-- Love, Susie Q
June 21, 2008
I love Villa Paraiso because of Gordo and the people who made our stay wonderful.
Gordo is very nice. I wish I could stay longer. I hope you like it as much
as I do.
P.S. Gordo likes cookies
The Bihlmeyers & The Walls & The Deals
could not have had a more wonderful experience than the one we had
at Villa Paraiso.
Many, many thanks to Damaris, Chema & Susana who made us feel
right at home. We will be back! We can't say enough about the gift
of family time you've given all of us. We will treasure all our
memories and look forward to
making new ones! I've had so much fun here. I love everything about
this place. The people are SO nice and sweet. Everything is so beautiful
green. I love, love, love the food, so does Gordo. I love this place!
June 21, 2008 I have had a lot of fun here. I loved the rooms. This place is
beautiful. The best part about it was having Gordo. The staff was
great and the food was awesome. This place is really cool!
Villa Paraiso is the best! The
food, people, rooms & swimming
pool is great. Another thing is Gordo. He's the best. He protects
us & the first day he showed us to the beach. He likes to walk
in the water. The food is awesome! The mahi mahi is the best. The
service is great. The people are really nice. The people
are so nice they baked us a cake when were leaving. Villa Paraiso
-- Tom, Mary, Nikolaus & Elena Bihlmeyer - Baton Rouge, LA
-- Troy, Ann, Lauren & Sarah Wall - Chattanooga, TN
-- Patricia Deal - Denham Springs, LA
May 17, 2008, Arkansans in Paradise
Villa Paraiso is an experience made possible by Costa Rican people that want
to serve & share their way of life with you. They are all friendly, honest,
intensely intelligent, kind and gracious.
We encourage guests to take advantage
of the many great adventures we enjoyed such as feeding the gentle
white-faced monkeys out of
our hands on the river tour, white water rafting - ziplining 100'
above ground & water sliding @ Polo Verde. During these adventures,
you will see incredible wildlife such as crocodiles, bats, exotic
birds & monkeys. Awesome guides
supplied by Allan - ask for Tomato & driver Cheeks.
Back to the villa, the following activities
were enjoyed by all: relaxing in the infinity pool overlooking
the gorgeous view, waking
up to paradise, the surprise cake especially made for us on Mother's
Day, pampering spa services, sunset cocktails @ Hotel Ocotol, being
with friends in an exotic place, Gordo, howler monkeys & the
REMEMBER - the best memories you make are with the ones you're
-- Brent & Martha Roberson - FSM, AR
-- Marran Maurras - Little Rock, AR
-- Carole J. Smith - Little Rock, AR
-- Herren & Susan Hickingbotham - Little Rock, AR
-- Scott & Shayla Copas - Little Rock, AR
April 20, 2008
We had such a wonderful time. The service was great and the views spectacular.
We came here on a family vacation and could not have asked for a better place
to be. Zip lining, fishing, rafting, monkey viewing, and all the wildlife
we saw will be etched in our memory forever. The Grumm Family thanks
everyone who made it possible. Mucho Gracias!
-- Dan, Lynn, Jack, Jeffery, Chris, Jill, James, Sarah, Phil, Jennifer, Brian,
Lieveke and Rennca (from Connecticut and New Jersey)
March 29, 2008 - Santa
Clara University Seniors: Spring Break '08 Gracias para todo! -- Patrick Tyran, Littleton
Best spring break EVER; LOVED Villa Paraiso! -- Tera Linsley, Manhattan Beach,
Donde esta la bibliotecca?! -- Laura Newman, Park City, UT
Amazing house, food, & drinks! Very fun Break! -- Lauren Crooks, Seattle,
Amazing time, cannot ask for a better break! -- Jason Magrisso, Miami Beach,
Great time, make sure you say what's up to the monkeys! -- Brent Haase, Castle
Amazing villa, people and vacation! I couldn't have asked for a better Spring
--Natalie Cummins, Yorba Linda, CA
Best Spring Break. Beautiful house, amazing staff, everything
was taken care of. Could not have asked for anything more! --
Ben Strobel, Winnetka, IL
Words can't give this vacation justice. Villa Paraiso is heaven on earth. What
a great way to end my collegiate career. I will miss this place.
Kansas City, MO -- Ben Patriacca, Newton, MA
February 23, 2008 - An absolutely
It was both relaxing and exciting. The days
spent lounging around the pool being waited on by this great staff were fabulous.
The trips to see the birds and monkeys were spectacular. Never have we had
a more adventurous day than the one spent on the canopy tour. The zip line,
water slide, mud bath and swim were thrilling, especially for the two 3-year-olds!
Loved the Don Bosco sailing trip so much we did it twice. Deep sea fishing
produced a mahi-mahi for dinner. Gordo was a huge hit for the 6 grandchildren
here (aged 14-3). Very smart, protective and loyal.
The staff is extremely
friendly and anxious to please. A great time was had by all. We plan to return
next year. The family of: Gerry & Carol O'Connell - Bristol, Rhode Island,
Tony & Blakney
Ciciolo, Tate, Brett and C.C. - Sudbury, Massachusetts, Todd & Erin Langton,
Cal, Troy and Elli - Medfield, Massachusetts
January 20, 2008 -
Villa Paraiso is exactly that! Paradise . . . A great staff
Chema, Ruth and
Susanna - made us feel welcome immediately and took great care of all of
us! Gordo protected us and enjoyed the many walks and runs with us. He fared
a little better than some of us - Grande, grande hills. We will hopefully
be warmed by our beautiful memories of Costa Rica - our trips to the river,
the volcano, rafting, a day on the Don Bosco and always our return to the
Villa and the view that defies description. "Muchas gracias for todo" to
Allen for these adventures - The best vacation ever. We will return!
-- Gail and
Bob Leonbardt, Mcguon
-- Pat & John Dowd, River Hills
-- Bob and
Penny Bevin, Perwankee
-- Mary Beth and John Wendlock, Jacks, Karen and Dick
--Town of Trenton, Wisconsin "The Frozen Tundra"