February 10, 2018
Costa Rica has been amazing! This was our first trip here and we will be back. Oscar and Julia are above amazing. This trip would not have been the same without them. We did the combo tour and the beach tour and both were great but we had high winds. Ziplining was amazing and the snorkeling was good in the second place. We would highly recommend this house to anyone. Thank you, Julia and Oscar, for making our trip amazing.
-- Jennifer Reagan, JD, Todd, Lara, Leah and Briana
March 24–31, 2018
What a wonderful week! The Villa del Mar is absolutely beautiful and the wonderful staff (Oscar, Julia and Kenia) could not have been more accommodating. We took two amazing excursions while we were here, a rain forest tour less than two hours away and a sunset snorkeling cruise on a yacht. Would highly recommend both. It’s going to be hard to leave tomorrow! Four couples, eight friends, three awesome staff who now feel like family. Spectacular views, monkeys, sloths, toucans, endless other wildlife, beautiful sunsets, delicious food! Again, hard to leave. Pura Vida! Until next time . . .
-- Monty and Linda Garwood, Gary and Angela riffle, Mark and Heidi Mueller, John and Katy Breckema
August 13–20, 2016
Heard multiple times - "Best vacation ever!" Good friends celebrating three couple's 30th wedding anniversaries - a wonderful week with amazing views, food, service. Exceeded all expectations - thank you Julia, Oscar, Antonia! Kojak added the excitement with river rafting, ziplining, canoe, volcano tours! PURA VIDA!!!
-- Maurers, Peatanias, Cedors, Midlothian, PA
Another fabulous vacation at the Villa del Mar! Two years later, I was wondering if it could possibly live up to the first trip ("girls" vacation to celebrate my 50th birthday). Most definitely! We went on the Don Bosco sailboat/beach BBQ again, did Borinquen Spa again (horseback, zipline, mud baths), plus a few people also did whitewater rafting. SO relaxing with the helpful staff and gorgeous view!! Already planning the nex trip – purchase of real estate?? :-) Pura Vida!
-- The Waltons, Williamsburg, VA
-- The Wyatts, St. Stephens, VA
June 26, 2016
We had the most amazing time! The villa and the staff were awesome. Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed the slow pace and relaxed attitude. Pura Vida!
-- Shannon and Warren Amos
May 26–June 4, 2016
Villa del Mar is PURA VIDA!! We enjoyed walking down to the beach in the mornings to see the howler monkeys and watching spectacular sunsets each evening over the infinity pool. White-throated magpie blue jays would visit us each afternoon around 5:00 looking for handouts. We went on Antonio's boat past Monkey Island to go snorkeling and were bowled over by a wave in a sea cave. Great fun!! Saw sea urchins, starfish and octopus. Kojak took us on a river cruise in Palo Verde National Park where we saw crocodiles with babies, howler monkeys, iguanas and a turquoise browned motmot with a beautiful long turquoise split tail. Took the combo tour at Borinquen Resort at the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano where we bathed in volcanic steam and mud and went ziplining and horseback riding with our 91 year old mother. Kojak is a wonderful tour guide and a really nice guy. He took us to where they train Costa Rican show horses and taught us that the drives to our adventures were adventures in themselves.
Our hearts were won over by the friendliness of the Costa Rican people. The staff at Villa del Mar treated us like royalty. Oscar, with his infectious giggle and warm smile, was attentive to our every need mixing drinks and serving our meals. Antonia spoiled us with her housekeeping and doing our laundry. And Julia (who likes hugs) is an amazing cook. Red snapper, tuna salad, homemade chips, fresh fruit, beet potato salad and eye inspiring salads were just a few of the delectable foods she prepared. Every meal was a delicious experience. Julia, Oscar and Antonia couldn't have been nicer. We love them all. This was an experience that we will forever treasure.
-- Eric & Nancy Brodt, Carmel, IN
-- Jean Johnson (Mama), Marion, IN
--Beverly Young, Gallipolis, OH
-- Eve & Bill Williamson, Blue Rock, OH
May 3–8, 2016
Thank you! Gracias! For an amazing time at Villa del Mar! Our housekeeper did a wonderful job keeping the house looking clean and laundry fresh! Julia is one heck of a chef! She kept our bellies full, but somehow wanting more! We can't say enough about our bartender and server, Oscar. Such a great host! Be sure to ask Oscar to make you the dirty banana! Our house fav. Mucho gusto! Villa del Mar for life! XO
-- Dina, Nikki, Jason, Alisha, Jim, Laura, Theresa & Baby G, Mesa, AZ
April 10–15, 2016
Pura Vida from Curtis & Julie Baldridge of Willis, TX! We were blessed to have visited/experienced Costa Rica for the first time! We were honored to join 7 other couples to come here to witness the renewing of their wedding vows, Graham & Linda Webb, married 25 years! It was a beautiful ceremony that honored their commitment and they were precious to invite us to join them! As for the staff, they pampered us with delicious meals and adult beverages, serviced our rooms, cleaned our house, did our laundry, and shuttled us to town. A first for us was the grilled fish with head and bones! Fortunately, we had someone experienced in our group coach us on how to eat it! The fruit here is delicious with bold flavor! Each meal was devoured with, "Mmmm" to compliment, all agreeing that even a cup of coffee tastes better while enjoyed facing the ocean! I must also say that the beds were comfortable and our room's A/C worked the entire trip! Every night we were comforted by the presence of the man who provided all night security. In the morning, there was evidence that he guarded from multiple points on the property; it was an honor to know that there was one who sacrificed sleep at night to ensure our safety. Of course, it is to God whom we give our thanks for all we enjoyed and give Him glory for His beautiful creation. Funny as it sounds, feeding bananas to white-faced monkeys (at the zip line place) was so cute it made me cry! Ha ha! Some in our group enjoyed fishing and golf as well. And massages! We would love to return someday. In the meantime, God bless and Pura Vida!
-- Curtis & Julie Baldridge, Willis, TX
Costa Rica Villas are #1 in our book. Favorite place to come, the best care - staff - food - view ever. No words other than very blessed to be here in this special place. 4 couples - deep sea fishing - horseback riding on the beach - zipline. The staff goes above and beyond to make everyone happy. Thank you all for a great trip! We will return!!
-- The Dick family, Webb family, Houston, TX
What a wonderful time. Thank you to the staff for all they did to provide wonderful service. The meals were amazing and the beverage service was refreshing. We love the sunsets and the monkeys. Hope to be back one day.
-- Gregg & Lynn Szott, Houston, TX
March 24–30, 2016
This trip has been amazing! Our stay at Villa del Mar was very relaxing and we had great service from all the staff. Julia is such an amazing cook and very sweet and friendly. She accommodated to our food needs and even took time to bake a cake for my 30th birthday. Oscar was very friendly and attended to our needs. His pina coladas and margaritas were the best drinks ever! Our rooms were kept clean and had great laundry service. We had a night watchman, so we all felt very safe at night. We did many excursions while we were in Costa Rica. Ziplining and river rafting were super fun. Overall we had a wonderful stay!
-- Gus, Lorraine, Jessica, Karissa, Rick, Rudy, Sandra, Anaiss, Burbank, CA
P.S. Nicaragua was worth the trip!
February 11, 2016
This was the best week of my life! Thank you so much to all the staff who make this trip unforgettable. I'm already thinking about when I'm coming back next! Pura Vida!!!
-- Claire (the bride), Seattle, WA
Best week ever!!! Thank you so much Oscar for taking care of us like kings and queens. I wish I could take Julia home with us. Best cook in Costa Rica!! Muchas gracias Blanca por siempre estar pendiente de nuestras cositas! Amazing services!!! We will never forget you!!!
-- Karla & Ryan
This trip has been amazing, especially because of Villa del Mar! Oscar & the staff are so nice and welcoming. I felt right at home! We all love you so much for taking great care of us. The food was delicious, the drinks were perfect, and the housekeeping was the best. Thanks for laundry service! Everything is so clean! The staff is so friendly and helpful, thanks for the best conversations! I can't say enough! WE LOVE YOU!
-- Dan & Kaela Bartz
The view, the food, the drinks (pina coladas!) have all been amazing! This stay would not have been the same without Oscar and the amazing staff, always smiling and always great to be around. YOLO and be in the moment.
Mas Pina Coladas por favor!! Muchas gracias! Thank you Oscar and staff for such an amazing week in Costa Rica! Everything in the villas has been perfect - food, drinks, and help getting around town! This is such a beautiful part of the country - I can't wait to be back! PURA VIDA!
What an amazing time, everything worked out so perfectly! Oscar took great care of us and Kojak was awesome! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect week! Definitely will be coming back. Thank you guys for everything!
-- Preston (the groom)
This was such an amazing trip! Nothing but good things to say about the staff and Oscar. Pina coladas, pura vida, muchas gracias!