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Espadilla Ocean Club
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

It had been some time since my husband and I traveled without our children. So glad we found the time because, these villas are very well appointed and are located on a prime spot right in front of one of the most beautiful beaches we have laid eyes on. A short 2 min walk and your pallapa awaits you! The surrounding gardens and monkeys that visit are amazing to see. There are plenty of activities to suit your whims. We tried zip lining, kayaking and the guided tour of Manual Antonio National Park. All worthwhile and throughly enjoyed! Shelly and Bobby are wonderful hosts, gracious, friendly and always ready to help you figure out what suits your interests. We would love to return w the kids in tow! So if you're thinking of a vacation to Manuel Antonio, look no further and book your trip now! You'll be glad you did! Mucho Gusto!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2014

thanks for the great review, guys.......please bring the kids back, they'll love it......so will our kids.....

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Thanks so much Bobby & Shel for the wonderful hospitality and the amazing place to stay! Such a beautiful location! Very much appreciated all your ideas on things to do and tips while we were there Shel. Love your girls, they are so Adorable!!!
Bryce & April

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

thanks for the great review, guys......we hope to see you again one day.......

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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Thanks to Bobby and Shelly for being thoughtful, kind and gracious hosts for our first trip to Costa Rica. The EOC is such a hidden gem in Manuel Antonio. We shared our week with some very close friends- a couple who traveled with us, and an ex-pat who lives in MA and is our good friend from home. His knowledge and contacts, coupled with Shelly's enabled us to do many wonderful things while there for the week. If relaxation is what you want, just beaching it and lazing around, you are good to go. However, if you want to explore please look into....Pez Rey, for inshore fishing, big shout out to Justin and Pepsi..The Seahawk for offshore, thanks to Capt. Franklin and crew, Quenoa River expeditions with Scott who is hilarious, and finally the M.A. National park. Bobby and Shelly can make it all available for you with a phone call. Wireless and cellular signals are not what we are accustomed to...do yourself a favor, leave the electronics at home and let your senses take over. This is a very unique spot, surrounded by nature and beauty, and deserves your full attention.

Room Tip: We stayed in Villa 1, and enjoyed the easy access to the gate and the driveway.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2014

Amy......thanks for the great review......we do hope you come back like we talked about......sounds like a 2nd Honeymoon to me.......

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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We spent a week at EOC in Feb. 2014. The villa was beautifully appointed, creatively designed and surrounded by gorgeous private gardens. The three villas are nestled into the surrounding wildlife corridor so you are able to see hear and photograph the howler monkeys, white face lemurs, iguanas and birds and yet be footsteps from the beach.
Manuel Antonio National Park is within walking distance of the villa, as are many fun restaurants.
Our host acted as our concierge and that service was priceless. Our group had many interests and Shelly arranged all of our activities, including transportation when we needed it, guides, and restaurant suggestions.
Espadilla Ocean Club is a sparkling gem on the shores of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Thanks for the review, guys......Shelley is very good at her job......I'm glad you liked the place, as well......hope to see you again soon........

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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We've been to Costa Rica many times over the years and the EOC has, by far, the nicest accommodations we've experienced. The bedrooms are spacious and the kitchen is well equipped with everything we needed to cook our meals (the few times we chose not to dine out). The level of detail in the construction and tile work is absolutely beautiful. If you are looking for a high end vacation rental with beach access in Manuel Antonio, it just doesn't get any better.

We spent a week at the EOC in late January with our 4 year old son and are already planning our next trip! It was great having the beach so close, as we were able to go back and forth to the villa for snacks or to take a quick dip in our plunge pool whenever we wanted. We found it to be the perfect home base for our family to relax between other adventures.

One of our favorite things about the EOC was waking up to the sound of the Howler Monkeys. Nearly every day we saw Howler, Squirrel & White Faced Monkeys swinging from the trees right outside our villa. It was amazing! Our visit to the national park (about a 5 minute walk down the beach from the EOC) was wonderful, but we were able to see almost as much wildlife from the window of our villa.

To top it off, the hosts (Bobby & Shelley) were incredibly helpful. They helped us book all of our adventures and had excellent dining recommendations.

Thanks for an amazing trip! We'll be back soon!​

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2014

thanks for the great review, guys........this place is great for kids.......we hope to see you back one day soon.......

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Reviewed 18 February 2014

We spent a week at the EOC in Jan. 2014. The villas are brand new and amazing! Our views included the beach and various wildlife (monkeys, iguanas, birds). The villas were beautiful and designed with luxury in mind while maintaining a delicate balance of preserving the ecosystems. Our villa had a full service kitchen, two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a patio with a splash pool. The view from the master bedroom was breathtaking! The beach was a 2 min walk from the villa which was convenient with a 9 year old. We were within walking distance to the jungle entrance, beach restaurants, shops and grocery store. Bobby and Shelley were gracious hosts who helped book tours, taxis and gave restaurant recommendations. My son enjoyed spending time with their children and learning about the costa rican way of life. We truly enjoyed our vacation at the EOC!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2014

thanks guys for the great review......I hope you will be coming back sometime soon.....

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

I just got home from a week long stay in Costa Rica, including 4 nights at EOC. I was there with my wife and 2.5 year old son. We were extremely pleased to have stayed at EOC. The way I see it, there is sort of a spectrum of available accommodations for a stay in Costa Rica. At one end, you have your regular hotels. We stayed in two of those (our first and last nights, in San Jose). Those were clean and adequate, but spartan. At the other end of the spectrum is all-inclusive resorts. I'm sure those are nice since everything is included, but they are a little bit restrictive if you want to be a bit more adventurous. EOC is right in the sweet spot between those two options.

First, EOC is absolutely gorgeous. The facilities are brand new, beautifully designed villas. Basically every surface in the villas is tile or stone (of course, there are mattresses and plenty of cushions to sleep and sit on). This makes a lot of sense because there will be sand EVERYWHERE when you come in from the beach. There is a fully functioning kitchen, which we used to make breakfast a couple of times. There are two bedrooms of course, and both have reasonably comfortable beds (better than both of the San Jose hotels we stayed at, for sure). There are also two full bathrooms with toilet and shower. Again, all of the fixtures are brand new. There is also a small patio and splash pool.

Second, location. You can literally see the beach from the master bedroom window. This, by itself, is amazing. Imagine being able to go to the beach without having to worry about leaving your stuff under an umbrella while you go swimming. Worrying about my stuff is the one thing I always hated about the beach. But having it so close to the villa means you can bring your towel and keys, and nothing else. If you need something else, it's a 5 minute walk back.

The villas are fairly close together, but I never felt like my privacy was invaded and I never heard noise from other guests. There was some light construction going on during my stay, but the hosts (Bobby and Shelley) were EXTRAORDINARILY accommodating about that. They assured us that they would try to have the construction done while we were away, and they always called to ask our permission before there was any noisy construction going on. I barely noticed it.

The driveway to the villas is down a short, steep hill. If you rented a manual transmission vehicle for your stay, be prepared to have a challenge getting out. I drove a stick shift car for 2 years, but it was still very challenging for me to navigate the driveway (and the rest of Manuel Antonio) during my stay. And while Costa Ricans were very friendly off the road, they are pretty aggressive and impatient on the road. This, of course, has nothing to do with EOC - just a word of caution.

One of the best parts of our stay at EOC was how helpful the hosts were. Shelley was always available to answer questions and give us recommendations. She obviously cares very much about making sure the guests have a great time. She made some great recommendations for activities (catamaran boat, buggy ride up the mountains to a waterfall, and national park tour) and made arrangements for all of it.

The small staff at EOC does a fantastic job keeping the facilities in great shape. If you are like me, you will be amazed how quickly you make a mess of the place. But then I was amazed how thoroughly the staff cleaned up the villa while we were out.

EOC was the perfect place for our winter getaway, and I'm already trying to figure out when I can get back there!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2014

Bryan........thanks for the great review.......and thanks for being honest about the Costa Rican adventure.......everything is an adventure down here......you guys were great guests.....we look forward to seeing you next time........

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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 41 Speciality Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: £319 - £375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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