Villa del Mar

What Our Guests Are Saying About Villa del Mar


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

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

June 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.
-- Scott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 16-21, 2015
The group arrived to enjoy our annual vacation we first took in the beauty of Villa del Mar, and the very welcoming staff Julia, Oscar, Anavel, Kojak, and Francisco – even Mr. Poston stopped by. Julia was an excellent chef; each meal better than the next. Between Julia and Oscar they were so accommodating, as we had dietary restrictions, we were overjoyed and nice and full after each meal.

Excursions: We took part in one of the canopy tours which included zip-lining, horseback riding, water slide, lunch, mud bath, and hot springs. Our driver was there with us the entire time. Harold even made some pit stops along the way. We participated in an ATV excursion which included a stop to pet/feed monkeys. We rounded out the week with massages by Rosa and her crew and we were left refreshed, rejuvenated, and exfoliated to perfection – so relaxing.

Costa Rica is breathtaking. It was the vacation to top all others from the staff, the villa, and just the pure serenity of this location and the natural beauty we were able to witness while here. We will be back. Pura Vida!!
-- New Jersey Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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