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Espadilla Ocean Club
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Eagan, Minnesota
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3 reviews
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

As you can see from previous reviews, the EOC is fabulous. Without a doubt, our family's week at EOC was one of our best vacations ever! The location of EOC is perfect: within a few minutes walk of the beautiful beach and close to many nice restaurants, but yet we felt secluded and close to the wildlife of Costa Rica. The fact that we could watch the monkeys in the canopy right outside our villa was incredible. The units themselves are wonderful. Custom-built, contemporary and upscale, but also very comfortable and roomy. We ate most of our meals outside on the little patio, which was nice and relaxing, and we could see the beach from our villa. Shelley and Bobby were so welcoming and helpful the entire time. Shelley really goes out of her way to help find activities and restaurants to your liking. We enjoyed all of the activities she arranged for us. We highly recommend Ernesto, the personal chef, who made two meals for us in our villa. The meals were delicious and it was great to stay in the villa at the end of a busy day. All in all, EOC and Costa Rica made for a trip of a lifetime! I highly recommend that you book EOC for your stay in CR!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
wow, what a great review.........we love to see these.......we try to pay attention to detail and take good care of our guests.......thanks for noticing.......
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Our family of 5 recently spent 4 nights at the Espadilla Ocean Club. I'll highlight the things I most wondered about before our trip in hopes of helping others decide if this is the right place for you. First, Bobby and Shelly the owners are very nice people and you can tell they really enjoy being hosts. They don't bombard you with "rules" and "policies," they are very laid back and leave you alone, but are always available when you need something. I never felt like we were being watched even though they live on site. The whole place is fenced in and night watchman patrols the place, so we felt very safe and secure. As for the location, I don't think it can be beat in Manuel Antonio. You can see the water across the parking lot in front, and you are just steps from a very pretty beach, which was really convenient. Unfortunately for us, it was Easter Week, and the beach was very crowded, but I understand that is not the norm and we just avoided the crowds by going into Manuel Antonio National Park (which you can walk to), where the beaches were deserted. Shelly will arrange for you to rent chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards from the little restaurant on the beach. We took advantage of Shelly's service of stocking the kitchen. I sent her a grocery list, and everything was waiting in our villa for us upon arrival. While I normally prefer to eat out on vacation, we were always so exhausted by the end of the day that the kids were happy to just stay in and eat most nights. I also took advantage of the laundry service. We arrived from LaFortuna with a big load of dirty clothes, and they were washed and back to us early the next day. The villas themselves are very modern and cool. There is in outdoor shower that the kids loved for its novelty. The air conditioning works great. You can watch the antics of the monkeys right from the porch and the little pool, which was also a nice bonus (although I wish howler monkeys slept a little later . . .). All in all, we highly recommend this place and would return in a heartbeat.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write an extensive review........I know it is helpful for potential future guests.......it is a little crowded at Easter and Christmas here, but it sounds like you guys handled it well and stayed out of the busy areas.......hope to see you again soon.......thanks again......
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

The best part about the EOC is the location. We learned in our visit that we were one of few people actually on the beach. It was great being able to walk to the beach or the few restaurants/stores in town. Most other restaurants required a cab. The owners of EOC were awesome and set up all of our excursions throughout the week. It was a great place to stay, just don't expect hotel amenities - you're renting a villa. The only downside for us was that the beds were very firm.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Brian.......thanks for your review......we enjoyed having you guys.......we hope to see you again down here one day........
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

Espadilla Ocean Club's location is less than a minute walk from the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio. This is advantageous in comparison to other hotels/hostels primarily because there is no need to take a taxi or to walk miles to the beach. The villa is luxurious and spacious, allowing the family to use all rooms to eat, play the guitar, or relax on the hammock. The fact that the villa was cleaned every day made our vacation even more relaxing and carefree, which gave us free time to do more exploring throughout the city. All employees were helpful at all times with any questions that we might have had, and the air conditioning available, as well as the pool helped us stay cool on the hot days. This is truly an excellent place to stay if visiting Manuel Antonio, especially with the privacy that the villas provide. Fantastic stay at Espadilla Ocean Club! Pura Vida!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
thank you very much for your nice review, Vanessa......we hope to see you back.......
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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 22 March 2014
thanks for the great review, guys......we hope to see you again one day.......
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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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Property: Espadilla Ocean Club
Address: Beachfront in Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 12345, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Manuel Antonio National Park
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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