We have just returned from a wonderful two and a half week stay in Discovery Beach house. Everything about the house is perfect for a relaxing vacation - the aesthetic, a feeling of being in a home away from home, the wonderful pool and walk from the garden (visited daily by monkeys) to the splendour of the bay and beach. The staff made us feel so welcome and we had wonderful service from the housekeeping, garden/security and concierge teams. Nothing was too much trouble and the service provided very personal yet professional. Thank you all for a wonderful stay - we can not recommend the house and the lovely team more highly.
After a lot of time and research on homes in Manuel Antonio, I feel blessed to have found this gem-it MADE our vacation! The house itself is worth the trip alone. The home has an awesome pool and jacuzzi that we used every night while watching the monkeys put on a show for us in the trees. You’re also steps away from a perfect beach-awesome waves with warm waters. I had been planning this vacation for almost a year for my niece’s graduation present and this place was worth every penny. Not only do you have access to the home, pool and beach but with the rental you also receive excellent service from the concierge, Sabrina, who planned all our amazing excursions as well as being just a text away to help make reservations for dinner, grocery delivery, taxi service or anything else you may need. She spent countless hours emailing me answers to all my questions regarding excursions and the local area. She’s exceptional! There are also staff on hand for grounds keeping as well as security and pointing out the many different forms of wildlife-thanks Roberto. There’s also daily maid service for laundry and any house maintenance needed. Manuela took excellent care of all our needs. The staff made our stay at the Discovery Beach house a dream come true with phenomenal memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re reading this review and wondering where to make reservations-look no further, it doesn’t get any better than this dream home right on the beach. Thanks to everyone who made our dream vacation a reality!
I just returned from a one week stay at the Discovery House and I am so grateful to Desiree, our chef. She was incredibly flexible and accommodated all of our needs and requests. I was there withe my family...6 adults and 4 children and all of us enjoyed every dinner. My nephew has severe allergies and Desiree went out of her way to make sure he enjoyed the same meals as the rest of us. This really meant a lot to him! For me, it was Desiree's vegan chocolate banana muffins that truly made a difference for my vacation and more importantly, for my son. He was suffering from a horrible case of tonsilities and Desiree's muffins were the only thing he would eat. I am eternally grateful. Thank you, Desiree! We will definitely be back to enjoy your cooking in the future!
My husband and I just returned from a week in Paradise. Everything about this trip was perfect. We wanted to relax and disconnect from our busy life. The house is very private, amazing location right on a quiet beach, well equipped and tastefully decorated, beautiful gardens and a large swimming pool and hot-tub to soak at the end of a busy day of activities with the perfect temperature any time of day. The pool and gardens are visited by a mini-zoo everyday. From Toucans to Iguanas, to Lizards and Macaos, you will enjoy the thrill of seeing them everyday. We looked forward every afternoon to greet a troop of white-faced monkeys jumping around the property. Sabrina is an incredible resourceful concierge who was able to accommodate all of our requests. All the activities she suggested were incredible. She was so sweet and pleasant to deal with. Manuela and the guards were very friendly and did a great job taking care of the property and our security. We would definitely recommend this vacation spot to anybody who wants to be pampered while surrounded by nature! We will try to visit again!
Our family just returned from one of our most memorable vacations at the Discovery Beach House.
The house is as pictured - beautiful, well cared for - the staff keeps the property sparkling clean. The pool was the perfect temperature and we loved being able to walk directly onto a very lively beach (few houses in Manuel Antonio have this type of beach access as many are up the hill).
What made the stay very special though was the staff. The concierge, Sabrina helped plan a very active week of excursions for us (we highly recommend the Vacation Buggy, Mangrove and Zip-lining/ Canyoning tours). Manuela kept the house clean (no small feat as we had four children with us) and we had freshly laundered clothes daily. The pool / grounds were immaculate. And - the kids enjoyed visits from monkeys, iguanas and having the company of the owners' dogs on the property.
Sabrina also arranged, and we enjoyed - the chef services several mornings and evenings (not for those on a budget but worth every penny - delicious food served poolside in the morning and in the comfort of your home each evening).
We have traveled extensively with our family and this is one of our best/ most memorable vacation rentals to date!
We stayed at Discovery Beach House in early January 2018. We have traveled extensively around the world and stayed in some pretty nice houses. I am not sure if "perfect" exists, but Discovery Beach House comes really close. This is the first time I have taken the time to write a review - mostly because the staff at the house was so amazing. Sabrina, Manuela, Juan and the others could not have been better and our kids loved the two resident dogs as well (don't worry if you don't like dogs they won't bother you). The location of the house is excellent and we really enjoyed being so close to the great beach, but also having the wonderful (large) pool to use. We loved that there seemed to be many more locals than tourists at the beach and even for a peak holiday period the beach did not seem crowded. The house is an easy walk to a few stores and dining options and within a short taxi or drive are many other options. One can tell the owners take pride in their home and it is tastefully decorated. Prior to visiting the house we did 4 days at Arenal and then once we got to the house we only did one excursion as wanted to relax and enjoy everything at the house which I am glad we did. But, if you want to do a lot of activities there are lots of options and Sabrina can help with all the arrangements. We will definitely be back and would recommend it to anyone. There are only a few homes right on the beach and to us that made a big difference. The home is set far enough back where you still have lots of privacy. Embarrassed to say we never made it to the National Park, but we had a sloth in the front yard, lots of monkeys and toucans in the backyard and a great beach so.....maybe next time. Honestly it is going to be difficult to top our stay at Discovery Beach House as it truly exceeded our expectations. We rarely visit the same place twice as we like to experience new countries and locations, but I can definitely see us returning soon!
We stayed at the Discovery Beach House for one week in Jan. 2018. It was hands down the best vacation we have taken. Half of our family is from Costa Rica, however, have never experienced a trip like this in beautiful Manuel Antonio. Discovery Beach House is in the perfect location - directly on the beach, minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park, restaurants, shopping, and activities.
The staff at Discovery are hands down the nicest people we have met and truly made our stay comfortable and more fun! Sabrina is the sweetest person - she ensured we were all set for our trip prior to getting there and was always on hand to answer questions and book excursions for us. Manuela made sure the house was clean and our laundry was done as well as the guys Cesar and Roberto. We loved getting to know them all and had tears in our eyes saying goodbye to them! They felt like family.
We also had our wedding at Discovery. It is the PERFECT location for small - intimate weddings. Directly on the beach and under the stars. It was the wedding we always dreamed of.
Thank you to every at Discovery Beach House who made this trip a trip of a lifetime!