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 www.costaricavillas.com. Thank you once again!
-- Robert & Kathy Girndy, Galveston, TX
-- Matt & Cherrell Daeume, Houston, TX
Pura Vida! What a great time. Hope to see everyone again soon! Wonderful stay, great staff and delicious food.
-- Mike & Mary Ross, Galveston, TX
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
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