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Casa Tranquila: Exactly what you need
Our Location . . .Your View
Your View Every Day
Authentic Bali Furnishings
Second Living Room . . .just off your pool
Luxury Bedding
Huge pool
Modern Kitchens
Fine Linens
Newly Expanded Dining and Viewing Deck
Tropical Feel
The Private Casita . . .for the guest who needs more independence
The Casita's Jungle Shower
View from Upper Balcony
Tasteful Touches
Marble Basins
Daily Monkey Visits
Large Showers
Afternoon Refreshments
Views from Every room
Computer Station . . .if you just can't leave work at home
Poolside Relaxation
Kid-Friendly; Kid-Safe
Morning Coffee
Spacious Suites
Dining for 12
Bali Baths
Cathedral Ceilings
Travertine Tile
Monkey's View
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Manuel Antonio, Province of Puntarenas

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Lisa M
Fountain Hills, Arizona
2 reviews
“Don't think twice about staying at this gem of a vacation rental!”
Reviewed 28 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Casa Tranquila – so many great things to say that I don’t know where to start! We stayed at the end of May/beginning of June at the beginning of the rainy season. The house and pool are beautiful and on a gated street with security. There is plenty of space and a wonderful layout with areas for congregating as well as privacy. The kitchen is “fully loaded” and the views are spectacular. Paulette keeps everything clean and makes beautiful fresh flower arrangements. It’s all the special touches that make Casa Tranquila so memorable! Coming from the US, it can be intimidating to go to another country – especially when you aren’t fluent in that language. It was so reassuring to know that we were working with an American owner – but one that has lived in Costa Rica for over ten years- making it a seamless experience. Donald was wonderful to work with and makes sure that your stay at Casa Tranquila is all inclusive and you can spend your time just enjoying all the beauty and fun of Manuel Antonio and the surrounding areas. He sends wonderful traveling tips and answers any and every question that you may have prior to going and while you are there. Nathan, the concierge for Casa Tranquila is second to none! He is a true pleasure to work with. He is so personable and helps you arrange anything from tours/excursions to meals and cab rides. Our transportation from the airport was effortlessly arranged for us as well. There was never a time where we did not feel totally pampered and taken care. Every excursion/activity that was recommended was a great experience with amazing guides. I recommend Casa Tranquila without hesitation! Thank you for a great first visit to Costa Rica. I think the hardest part was adjusting to the humidity since we were coming from the “dry heat” of AZ and the house does not have central air. The wall units in the rooms were helpful at night as were the fans throughout. We’re missing you all – including Sombra and Fergus!!
The Wood Family

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Liked best: All inclusive service
Liked least: Lack of central air
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
29 Jun 2015
Thanks for the spectacular compliments, Lisa & Chris. You and your family (say "hi" to Mr. Ron for us) were such a pleasure to host. We seldom see see such warmth. Our staff always tries to offer the same stellar experience you had, so thanks for noticing. While "central air" units (as we know them in The US) are not available in Costa Rica, and NO home has one, we are really happy you guys were happy "being cool" in the suites . . .and that the ocean breezes otherwise kept you cool. Please remember you always have a home here in Costa Rica, and we hope to see you again soon. Donald & Nathan.
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Jean T
Columbus, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Could not have been better!”
Reviewed 22 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015

From the several months in the planning stages of the trip to the last good bye, we could not have asked for better service. But, it was more than service. It was like meeting new,"old friends". Donald and Nathan were great from start to finish. The house was beautiful and very comfortable, but I would guess that there are other fine homes near Manual Antonio. The difference is the people and the experience that they create.

It began with Carlos picking us up in San Jose to drive us to Casa Tranquila. He treated us like family. ....took us to a huge, wonderful fruit market, to lunch and then to the grocery before arriving at the house where we were welcomed by Donald and Nathan. From then on, our new best friends "showed us the ropes" and helped/advised us whenever we asked. And, as a group of seven women with a variety of interests and abilities, we had plenty of questions.
Our favorite activities were the sunset sail and the zip line. Thank you Nathan. Of course it was also great planning the have Sombra and her 6 puppies to visit with us. What a special treat!
Paulette, who comes in every day to tidy up had us feeling very spoiled. She was delightful and as Donald had said, she goes about her work and you hardly know she's there. We wanted to bring her back with us.
In all, we had a great time and as I've told people since I've been home, Costa Rica is wonderful, but the best thing is the people. Everyone we encountered was kind, caring and happy.
Thank you all.

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Liked best: The property was exceptional, but I'd have to say it was the people that exceeded our expectations.
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
23 Mar 2015
"Old Friends" are the perfect words, Jean. You and Jan and "The Girls" make us feel like we have have seven new sisters! Being Southern, I am very sensitive to "coming only when invited", so thanks so much including us to your group. Y'all are certainly "one for the books". Thanks for all the laughs!! Please come back to see us again! D&N
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Courtney...
Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
“Casa Tranquila took care of everything!”
Reviewed 18 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

From planning our vacation adventures to providing amenities during our stay, Casa Tranquila thought of everything! When faced with so many choices and vendors of activities it's hard to know where to start but Donald and Nathan not only had suggestions for us each and everyone of the suggestions we took them up on turned out to clearly be the best option of its kind. All of our tours were top notch from the Vacation Buggy to the Zip Lining and all of our tours began with us getting picked up at the house! We had absolutely no need for a car and that was wonderful.

The house had everything too! For example, I own a sarong but didn't bother to pack it and what do you know the Casa had one for each of us and I used mine every day of the week! And the suggestion that we buy our *beverages* at the duty free shop in the airport was brilliant! Saved us a ton of money.

The absolute best part though was that this was a "Turning 40 this year trip" for me and my friends and a co-worked of ours contacted Donald and Nathan and arranged for us to have a chef made birthday cake as a surprise. So not only were they amazing to us. but they were so kind and accommodating to our friend as well. Such gentlemen!

Last but not least, Sombra just had a litter of puppies the week before we got there and most all of us are dog owners/lovers. The fellas brought a couple of the pups over along with Sombra one afternoon so we could get some much needed puppy love.

I just can't say enough good things about Casa Tranquila!

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Mar 2015
Casa Tranquila was fortunate to have you guys here. Thanks so much for all your kindness. And remember, April 20 is the date to come back to Costa Rica for YOUR puppy!! Donald
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Dalia D
Madison, Wisconsin
Level 1 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Trip of a lifetime”
Reviewed 8 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

I contact Donald and Casa Tranquila early in our planning of a Girls' trip to celebrate our 40th birthdays. Immediately, he reached out and helped us decide that this was the house and location to be. There were seven of us and both Donald and Nathan created an itinerary that fit all of our needs. It was ideal in that we had all of our active adventures early and still had plenty of time to relax at the house in the pool. I cannot express how much we enjoyed our trip. The house was perfect and the service was phenomenal. The entire Casa Tranquila team (Paulette, Florence and Juan) did everything to make our stay at the beautiful house perfect. The bedrooms and living space were wonderful and views were breathtaking. Donald and Nathan even helped plan a birthday surprise from one of our friends stateside. It was indeed the trip of a lifetime.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
9 Mar 2015
You and your friends know how to have fun, Daniella!! We were honored that you chose Casa Tranquila to celebrate your birthdays! Thanks for allowing us to enjoy your week with you all. And we will be looking forward to seeing you again next year. You are always welcome here. Donald
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PennyRIC
Richmond, Virginia
1 review
“Great house, location and service!”
Reviewed 2 March 2015 for a stay in January 2015

We had a GREAT TIME at Casa Tranquila! The house is beautiful and as advertised. We loved the layout of the house and especially enjoyed the beautiful outdoor spaces! We felt so taken care of by Donald, Nathan, x, x and Sombra! The group I was with stayed very busy with many excursions all taken care of and agreed to well before our arrival. All we needed to do was be ready for the designated pick-up time which was right from our front door!! I can’t stress enough how friendly, warm and accommodating everyone was. We made a few last minute changes to our itinerary and all was taken care of promptly and with a smile! We do recommend taking advantage of on-site massage that can be set up (we ended up booking Massage Todd twice because he was so good) and taking advantage of an in-villa prepared meal. While there are many good restaurants in Manual Antonio with excellent views, you will be hard pressed to get a better meal or view from anywhere other than Casa Tranquila! We are already talking about a return visit!! GREAT HOUSE, GREAT ATTENTION TO DETAIL, GREAT HOST, GREAT CONCIERGE SERVICE, GREAT ADVENTURE, CLOSE TO BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, GREAT LOCAL PEOPLE, GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE MY 50TH BIRTHDAY WITH GREAT FRIENDS AND NEW FRIENDS!!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
3 Mar 2015
We are so humbled by your kind words, Penny. You & Bonnie, Anne & Patty helped Nathan and me start off our new year in incredible style. You certainly set a high bar for the rest of our 2015 guests, and we hope we are up for the task. We are particularly grateful for your acknowledgement of the PRELIMINARY work Nathan does to guarantee you have an ideal week. Thanks for make our jobs such a pleasure.
Donald, Nathan, Paulett, Juan & Sombra.
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NorthBayJ
Sonoma, California
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Perfect Home/Location and Customized Activities in Manuel Antonio!!”
Reviewed 9 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We arrived as guests and departed as part of the extended Casa Tranquila Family! Three generations of our family stayed at Casa Tranquila, ranging from age 2 to 61. Donald, Nathan, Paulett, Juan and Florence combined to make our stay simultaneously exciting, relaxing and most memorable.

Donald and Nathan were thoughtful in making suggestions for the best activities, considering our varied interests. Florence prepared an amazing customized dinner for our family one evening. Although there are plenty of good restaurants in the area, I would recommend having Florence prepare at least two evening meals during your stay. She is an experienced French chef, who is generous with sharing her cooking tips, if you are interested.

Casa Tranquila was in the perfect location for our family’s activities. It allowed for a glorious view of the ocean, with the benefit of our own swimming pool. A multitude of restaurants were within a comfortable walking distance and the local bus was convenient for getting to the beach. For the 25 year olds, the ATVs were the highlight, with the ziplining coming in next. Be sure to use the companies recommended by Nathan for at least these two experiences. Aquas Azules, the parasailing company recommended by Nathan is also excellent.

It is important to pay attention when signing up for some of the adrenaline type activities, as not everyone is competent and ethical. Donald and Nathan have researched the local companies and will connect you with some good folks.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
10 Feb 2015
You gave US an amazing week as well, Jeanne, and we thank you. Please know you are welcome at Casa Tranquila anytime you wish to return. You family was kind and endearing, and we loved having you all. Donald
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Michael F
Dalton, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exceptional!”
Reviewed 5 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Stayed here recently with a group of friends and had a great time. The house keeper, Paulette, was amazing. I had to sleep on the pull out couch, but to my surprise it was extremely comfortable. The view was exceptional! We will definitely be returning here in the future.

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Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
6 Feb 2015
Thanks, Mike!! True . . .it's the most comfortable bed in Casa Tranquila: we hear it all the time. Even though all the other beds are traditional kings & queens, it seems our happiest guests are always the ones who sleep in the Private Casita. (Must be that "cushy" down topper we have on it). You were the Lucky One this time. And Paulette loved you guys too! We all did, We're waiting for your return in October 2015 for your next fishing tournament!! Donald
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