Perfection! First, our flights got delayed and we arrived late at night rather than in the early afternoon. Sabrina ensured our transportation from the airport was easy and welcomed us at the Discovery Beach House at 1:00 a.m.! The next day we woke up to find ourselves in a truly unique setting. The house is beautifully decorated with artwork, pictures, and decor from the owners world travels. Each bedroom is beautifully and comfortably decorated. A safe is located upstairs to secure any valuables. Robes, soaps, shampoos, plenty of bath and beach towels found in the house. Our daughter stayed in the tree house room and loved it. You are literally sleeping at the same level as the tree canopy and it's the perfect spot to view the wildlife. The second floor bedroom has a huge balcony and table which is a perfect spot to sip coffee and take in the beauty. The kitchen is fully stocked with every modern appliance for those who enjoy cooking on vacation. The housekeeper Maneula was so sweet. She kept the place looking amazing and did our laundry every day. The pool/grounds keeper Roberto and Caesar were great. The pool is tended to several times a day and is spotless. They had the jacuzzi ready every day whenever we told them what time we planned to use it. The grounds of the home are kept pristine and it's obvious what a great relationship the owners have with the staff because they care for everything as if it were their own home. We saw iguanas, Jesus Christ lizards, sloths, monkeys, birds at the house and could not believe we had the joy of staying here! The beach can be seen from the house and we spent our free days going from beach to pool. The waves are great and it's a good spot to boogie board and surf. It's an easy walk down the beach to reach a few local shops including a store that has pretty much anything you need from coffee, milk, eggs, etc. Sabrina was amazing and planned excellent tours for our family. Our favorite was with Vacation Buggy Waterfall and Jungle Tour with Luis. Swimming in the waterfalls and hiking into the jungle crossing the suspension bridge was thrilling. You must do this tour! It followed with a delicious lunch at a family operated restaurant. We hired Chef Javier and Kathy two nights and they prepared a delicious meal for our family. They did a good job of catering to our 7 year old boys tastes as well as our older daughter and the adults. We did the Mangrove Estuary Boat tour and the guided tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Sabrina went above and beyond by assisting us with securing medical supplies that we needed unexpectedly and delivered them to the house so we could continue to enjoy our vacation. We had a wonderful Christmas in Costa Rica and will definitely come back to the Discovery Beach House.
My family and I stayed at this house in July and our vacation could not have been better. The house truly feels like a home in paradise and the staff made us feel so welcome there. The house has everything you need from a fully stocked kitchen (with coffee beans and fruit!) to towels, bedding, TV, Wifi, you name it. (But FYI do not throw anything in the toilets, because of the septic system, instead there are trash cans in each bathroom. We got used to this quickly though and it wasn't a problem)
The house is gorgeously decorated with unique touches from Evelyn's travels that you won't find anywhere else. But most importantly it was comfortable for my family of all ages ranging from children ages 1 and 5 to adults in their 60s. This is one of the few houses on the beach in Manuel Antonio and the beach and the ocean is right outside your backyard. I thought this was even better and much safer for the little kids; no scary drops from the hills and no traveling to get to the beach. Just wake up and go. Our family enjoyed waking up, making breakfast and casually heading to the beach, then back to the pool and hot tub. Can't beat that! One day we had a troupe of monkeys come by and we watched them play in the trees and on the fences. The staff Sabrina, Manuela, and the gardeners/security were so friendly and made us feel safe and taken care of. Sabrina the concierge even helped us order pizza in Spanish one night! And I can't forget Evelyn's dogs Diego and Freda who are so tame and friendly.
We were there for vacation but also for my wedding! We held the ceremony on the beach and reception on the patio in back of the house. If you're thinking of a unique, intimate place to get married I highly recommend doing it here. It was truly a unique experience to see all the vendors come to the house and prepare for your wedding right in front of your eyes. The best part was seeing the food being made that day in the kitchen and grill outside. Chef Desiree was amazing and I highly recommend her to cook for you even if you're not getting married there! We were eating leftovers for days afterwards.
All in all this was an unforgettable experience and we can't wait to go back!
My husband and I just returned two days ago from our fantastic trip to Costa Rica with our son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons, ages 7 and 10. The lovely tropical landscaping and the beach directly out the back garden gate made the Discovery Beach house our own personal paradise during our family's one week stay (and we would happily have stayed there forever)! It was such a treat to watch the wildlife that visited our yard - the iguanas sunning themselves by the pool, the monkeys playing in the trees, the sloths hanging from the tree in our driveway, and more. In addition to the beatiful beach, the pool and roomy hot tub were greatly enjoyed by all, as were all the comforts of the spacious, exquisitely decorated (with pieces and photos from the owners' fascinating travels) house. The household and grounds staff, Manuela, Juan, and all, did a wonderful job, as did the concierge, Sabrina, making our stay extremely comfortable and easy. Evelyn and David, thank you for sharing your spectacular house with us!
Stayed here in mid February and had an awesome experience. Everything was clean and well kept, the staff were excellent and the location was perfect. You can see and hear the ocean from the house, stars at night are amazing and monkeys swing through the trees each morning while you enjoy delicious Costa Rican coffee on your private balcony. Can't wait to go back and highly recommend it to others!
We just got back from Discovery Beach House and are having serious withdrawals. The house could not have been better. The location on the beach is perfect and the staff is absolutely wonderful. Sabrina was great in helping us plan our vacation and taking care of any needs we had while there. The staff (Manuela, Cesar and Julio) were great and felt like part of our family. We loved getting to see the dogs, Diego and Frida every day. They were one of the highlights for the kids. I would highly recommend Discovery Beach House to anyone and I hope we are able to return down the road. Pure Vida!
Our family of 5 -- including children ages 16, 13, and 11 -- had one of the best vacations EVER staying here. Not only is the home's interior lovely, but its situation right on the beach yet with an amazing private pool, couldn't have been better. The kids took surf lessons right down the beach and then came back to swim in the pool for hours and hours! The Manuel Antonio area is gorgeous but hilly. Many of the resort hotels and other homes are on hillsides with lengthy walks or rides to the beach. This home truly is on the beach, yet this home is secluded on gorgeous gated grounds of its own. Monkeys, sloths, lizards, and tropical birds all hung out here, giving us up-close & amazing views. I can't imagine a place being more relaxing yet thrilling to stay in.
The house itself is more than merely comfortable. Not only is it absolutely clean, but the furnishings are lovely and special yet not so fancy as to make me worried about staying there with our teen and pre-teen kids. They loved the place and are already clamoring to return.
While staying in comfort, we also had amazing adventures. Sabrina's concierge services were invaluable. Prior to the trip, we discussed with her the area's many activities and she set us up with excursions that our family will remember for the rest of our lives. Zip-lining through the canopy, animal spotting in the National Park, snorkeling, sunset catamaran, surf lessons, canyoneering, and best of all waterfall jumping and sliding -- all were arranged via Sabrina. And she doesn't recommend any company that she hasn't used herself. Sabrina was always available to help -- she facilitated easy retrieval when we left our cell phone in a van, she got us last minute reservations for New Year's Eve at a restaurant perfect for our family, she delivered my daughter's custom-made swimsuit when we couldn't pick it up during business hours. In short, Sabrina was instrumental in making our vacation both fun and worry-free. And she's nice!
Perhaps the other best part of this fabulous home is the staff on-site. Manuela, the housekeeper, is so friendly and lovely. And the security/groundskeepers are the best! Every day Juan would let us know if the sloth was back and help us see it. He pointed out all kinds of wildlife to us. And he wove the most beautiful palm frond decorations for the house. The staff is simply the best and was a crucial part of what made our trip so special.
We can't wait to return!
Our family of seven had an incredible stay at the Discovery Beach House. It met and then exceeded our expectations, from all the pre-arrival planning that Sabrina and the team provided, to the final drive to the airport, everything was done to perfection. We were picked up by Riccardo's limo service and had planned a chef prepared feast by Desiree on arrival-- a must for anyone -- which was a perfect welcome. The place was amazing, with perfect beach access and great grounds, pool and hot tub and all the amenities. The staff, Manuela, Roberto, Juan, Ceasar and Sabrina were like family and the pups, Diego and Frieda, made us feel at home. There were the daily sloth or monkey sitings which the staff made sure we saw. The excursions that Sabrina helped us choose were perfect, from the zip line adventure to the catamaran and buggy tour and deep see fishing. Even when we needed to order pizza or make last minute dinner reservations, Sabrina was there. We felt taken care of and secure.
The location is perfect, the beach and setting of Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla is beyond beautiful--an idyllic setting for maximum relaxation or fun. There were plenty of casual eateries and the food in town was quite delicious. All in all we were delighted by our stay and would, and have, recommended this special place to our friends.