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Espadilla Ocean Club
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Moscow, Russia
1 review
“Fantastic place and people!”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Very nice and well located place! The house has all you can think about. The beach, monkeys, birds, excellent restaurants - all nearby. The best seafood is right on the beach at Balu place - 3 minute stroll from the place. The owners are so nice and accommodating so you will want to come back to greet them once more.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 30 November 2013
thanks, guys......we enjoyed meeting you and learning about where you guys were from........hope to see you and/or your friends in the future......
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

A friend of mine and I spent a glorious weekend at the EOC back in mid-August. We had a wonderful, relaxing time.

To begin, the house was AMAZING. The details, energy, and design made for an excellent stay. Bobby and Shelley have made a wonderful contribution and commitment to reduce the impact we have on the environment and our stay there reflected this holistic approach. It felt good to be a part of that commitment and to support them in their endeavors.

We especially loved the kitchen and made many meals there. It was fully equipped and cooking was a pleasure. We equally enjoyed the private pool off the living room and the hammock! Despite not being available to provide a massage herself, Shelley made arrangements for me and I was able to enjoy a massage outside, next to the pool.

The beds were incredibly comfortable and we really enjoyed having the monkeys swing in in the morning. What a show from the window facing the ocean! Speaking of the ocean, it was so nice to see it from the back of the villa and we loved the short walk it took us to get there. It’s an easy walk along the beach from the villa to the heart of Manuel Antonio.

As I already mentioned, Shelley and Bobby were wonderful hosts. We arrived pretty early for check-in and Shelley greeted us and allowed us to store our bags in the villa, put food in the fridge, and change to head down to the beach while the staff readied the villa. Thank you to Bobby for his offer and hospitality in driving us up the hill to dinner at Raphael’s at night and in the rain (Raphael’s was fantastic, by the way!). Thank you also to Carlos, the grounds manager, who is so nice. He checked in on us and gave us information about the place and the sights around. Needing to practice my Spanish, he was very accommodating and patient!

My plan in the future is to organize my family and book the other villa (and any others built in the future) for a week. EOC is wonderful as are the beautiful people who brought it to life and care for it. Thank you!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 3 October 2013
Kristi.....we enjoyed having you guys......please do bring your family back.......our third villa will be finished by the end of the year and the fourth will be finished next year.......see you soon.......Bobby
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Tustin, California
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Wow, what a find! We only were passing through and stayed for a short 2 nights, however we can't wait to back to Manuel Antonio and stay at EOC! The home is absolutely beautiful with it's modern design and location is amazing! Beach front with access to a wonderful beach, wild life all around us was a plus as well. Having the owners Bobby and Shelly and there adorable children living on the property as well was so nice and made us feel so at home. They are there for anything that you might need! Words cannot describe how magnificent of a property this is to stay at! PURA VIDA!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
thanks for the great review guys......we hope you can come back when you can stay longer.......
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Cambridge, New York
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

After spending 2 weeks at EOC, our family fell in love! The location, with true beach frontage, is unparalleled in the area.The only place I've ever been that is more beautiful in person than in the photos. The villas are impeccable in every way (design, functionality, etc.). Words can't describe how amazing onsite proprietors Bobby and Shelly Workman are - They complete the perfect package. In fact, it's so spectacular a find that my only worry is they won't have availability the next time we want to visit!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 3 September 2013
Nick.....thanks for the great review......you guys were great guests and now friends......we'll
see you very soon hopefully.......
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Bloomington, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Manuel Antonio is everything the travel guides say, and more. It is clean, fresh, exotic, natural--we saw sloths and lizards, monkeys and spiders. The beach was spectacular, and although it was rainy season, the weather was very pleasant for most of our trip.

Espadilla Ocean Club is a relatively new property, but it is positioned to be one of the hottest destinations in the region. The villas are spacious and artfully designed, and they are a stone's throw from the beach. Very few properties in Quepos/MA are truly beachfront, but at Espadilla, you can run to the beach for an hour or two and then head back to your villa and relax on the deck or by the plunge pool. Such luxury!

Shelley was a wonderful hostess, and Bobby was very helpful as well. Even the maids and the security guards were warm and welcoming. My wife and I felt right at home from day one.

I've had the privilege to vacation at properties in 14 different countries, and I've experienced a wide range--from high-end luxury to bare-bones backpacker culture. But I can say with confidence that my trip to Espadilla Ocean Club was my all-time favorite vacation. My wife, Heidi, agrees!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Wow, what a review.......we are very flattered......I hope you guys can come back again sometime.....we hope to see you soon.......
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

I just spent two weeks in Costa Rica at the Espadilla Ocean Club with my family (me, my husband and 2 kids, ages 6 and 4) and had a great experience. The villas are exceptional....modern, clean, comfortable and really beautiful. They left out no detail in designing and building these villas. Downstairs is a full kitchen, sitting area and bathroom. Upstairs there are 2 comfortable bedrooms, one with a loft that could sleep an adult or 2 kids comfortably. The view from the upstairs king bedroom is exquisite....right down to the Pacific Ocean. If you look up into the trees, there is also a good chance you will see monkeys. From the kitchen downstairs, you look out over the convenient (and welcomed) splash pool, deck, and towards the ocean as well. AC is available, but not necessary during the day. We kept the doors and windows open and had a great breeze that cooled things off.

The managers of the EOC live on site and are extremely helpful. They were always available for questions and their recommendations (for trips, restaurants, etc) were spot on. They booked all our adventures for us and gave us all the necessary information so we could be ready and have everything we needed for the trips. They are both completely fluent in English and Spanish and couldn't be nicer.

The location of the EOC is spectacular. It sits right in the middle of a one mile stretch of beach. The south part of the beach borders the Manuel Antonio reserve. I would run in the mornings or evenings (depending on the tide) on the beach. My Garmin marked one half-mile out each way on the beach, so I would get a 2 mile run in easily. I felt safe running by myself. The beach is about a one minute walk out your back villa door, making access to the beach and back to the villa very easy. With kids, it was helpful to be able to easily walk back to the villa for something forgotten or a quick break. Not only is the beach accessible, so is the rest of the town. It was a few minutes drive to any of the restaurants we went to or to the park. I really don't think there is a better location for a place to stay in the area.

We plan to return to this area each summer and will stay with the EOC for sure. It is the perfect location, spectacular villas and superb service. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 11 August 2013
thanks guys for the great review.....we'll see you back here next year for that Spanish Immersion program......Bobby and Shelley
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Spring, Texas
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We were so lucky to come across this place. This villa has stunning panaromic views of the beach and jungle canopy. The location is excellent. You can walk to the beach in a matter of seconds. It's also very close to restaurants and the park.

This place is brand new. It's very clean and it's so beautiful. We felt that the villa itself is literally a work of art. From the master bedroom you can wake up watching the monkeys play in the trees and look out another window and see the ocean. True paradise.

The owners Bobby and Shelly are so nice. They gave us a lot of information about restaurants and activities.

We would highly recommend this to anybody. Enjoy your travels!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 24 July 2013
You guys were great......I still can't believe you decided to come to Costa Rica just 3 hours before your flight......you are our heroes.......
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Property: Espadilla Ocean Club
Address: Beachfront in Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio 12345, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 38 Speciality Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Why stay in a hotel, when you can have your own beachfront villa with a private pool for the same price? At the Espadilla Ocean Club, Manuel Antonio's only BEACHFRONT, luxury, tree-top villas, you live 30 seconds from the renowned Manuel Antonio Beach and a 5 minute walk from the famous national park! Imagine enjoying your morning coffee while watching the Titi monkeys play overhead; a refreshing splash in your private pool under the canopy of the mango and almond trees; a tour in the mangroves or on the dark, sandy beaches; and finally, an exotic meal from a private chef with foods from land and sea. Our 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury, modern villas offer A/C, Memory Foam mattresses, WiFi internet, full kitchens, raindrop showers and beachfront pools. Our personal concierge sees to your needs to insure full rest and relaxation during your stay. It's a perfect retreat for families, couples and groups wanting a unique and diverse getaway. ... more   less 
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