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Espadilla Ocean Club
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

My family and I spent 4 nights at EOC three weeks ago. We were very happy with all of the detail to service and attention given to making sure that our stay was memorable and enjoyable. Since the owners, Bobby and Shelly, were not going to be onsite upon our arrival, they made sure that Sarah would meet us at the time of our arrival which was in the evening. Sarah had made sure that our refrigerator was stocked with the items we requested in advance. We loved Unit 1 and the wonderful panoramic view from the master bedroom. Watching the monkeys in the mango trees was so much fun. The walk to the beach is simple, even though while we were there the high tides and full moon had caused the walk to be covered in water, Shelly was excellent at staying in touch and making sure that we were able to reach the beach. Shelly and Bobby are loved by all of the people that we came in contact with from the man setting up our umbrella each day on the beach, the housekeepers, and the wonderful taxi cab driver, Coco. Coco was such a treat to get to know and have make recommendations where to eat each night. You can tell that they are well respected and loved in the area. As soon as Shelly arrived on the property she made sure that we met and wanted to meet any needs that we may have. Thanks for a wonderful time and a beautiful place to stay! My family highly recommends this property. If you have any difficulties climbing steps (we did not) then you may want to consider elsewhere, but other than that make sure this is your place in Manuel Antonio.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2014

Hey guys, so glad you stayed with us! I personally loved watching you embrace the adventure of the tides, the full moon and the jungle. You all did it gracefully! Have a great year and hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

The vilas are of the right size, well made and the design very well thought out and practical. Location is extraordinary. Walking distance to the beach and the national park. Three minute car ride from the local restaurants.

Customer service and attention is excellent. It's paradise. Don't tell anyone so that there is vacancy the next time I want to go to Manuel Antonio. Thank you Shelly and Bob for the great setting. Can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Hey guys, thanks for coming to visit us! Loved seeing you guys on the beach enjoying yourselves (some made it out earlier in the day than others:)). Glad you guys chose us as the place to spend time together. Hope to see you back soon!

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We decided that this vacation was going to be different than our normal all-inclusive Caribbean type and we are so glad we did! We stayed in Villa 2 (great ocean view) for a week and loved it! We are a family of 4 with 2 college age kids. Shelly and Sarah arranged many excursions for us to include surf lessons with Todd, zip-lining at MidWorld, a catamaran cruise out of Quepos on the Ocean King, and a massage at the villa with Todd. All were amazing and we were 100% satisfied with each one! They also arranged for our private transfers from San Jose and on the way back stopping off to see the Poas Volcano. I had them pre-stock the refrigerator for us and they bought exactly what I ordered. What I did not know (and wasn't told)was how expensive certain grocery items are in MA or I would have made some different choices. Bottled water and canned soft drinks (24 pack) cost $25-$35 each! And I bought 3! I had no idea they would cost 5x to 6x more than in the states. I learned later in the week when we stopped by the grocery store that you can buy water in large containers as well as liter soft drinks and it is much less expensive. Lesson learned, so passing it on. We absolutely loved the villa! It is exceptionally well-appointed and has everything you need! Loved being so close to the beach and the grounds/gardens are beautiful! I agree with another reviewer about the mattress being too firm--perhaps a mattress topper might help? The A/C cools off quickly and we loved opening up the ground floor and just running the ceiling fans in the mornings so you hear and see all the sounds of nature. We had a shower head not even completely break, but it just wasn't working properly so I thought I should let Shelly know. While we were gone to dinner, it was replaced! Now, that's customer service! Anytime we needed anything, Shelly was there to provide it...and always with a smile! The plunge pool is great also! The location of this villa can't be beat in MA. All of their staff from Luciano at the beach with chairs and umbrella to Wilson the pool man to the security guard to the cleaning ladies, are all very friendly and professional. This was a wonderful vacation that we will never forget and it's because we picked the perfect place to stay! You will love it as much as we did if you choose to stay at the EOC.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

Hey guys, thanks for the great review! We loved having you here and hope to see you back. Hope the kids have much success in their new phase of life. Enjoy and good luck!

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Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

Cute place, if you want to be able to wAlk to Manuel Antonio and have easy access to the beach. The units have everything you need, and are clean and comfy. Great for a couple days while you visit the park and hang at the beach
Owners are very helpful.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

Thanks for the nice review.......we hope to see you again.......

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Just visited the EOC Villas for the second time and we had an incredible trip. The first trip was great, however they had somewhat just opened when we last visited. The Villas were still 5 star. Awesome modern design, while retaining that Costa Rica feel. Great view of the ocean from the main bedroom and everything we needed to prepare our own meals and just chill out.
The beach is really close. Every time I visit Manuel Antonio, the major concern is getting to the beach without taking a taxi. Out of the back gate of our villa, it literally only took 2 minutes to walk straight to a section of the beach that was private and beautiful. Waves were pretty good as well, however it is a little bigger a few minutes down the beach.
Bobby and Shelly, the proprietors of the resort, are great hosts. Shelly acts as your personal concierge, providing food delivered to our door, taxis at anytime, and great excursions for the days we did not just hang on the beach. Ask her about the ATV Tours and the Superman Zip Line (life changing).
The EOC is not a hotel. It truly feels like you are renting your own house. Nevertheless, you get private security, full daily cleaning staff, top notch concierge service, and lots of amenities you don't usually get with vacation rentals. There is no resort restaurant, however we ate most breakfast meals at the beach restaurant to the left of the resort and got excellent recommendations from Shelly and Bobby for Dinner.
We loved it so much last time that we decided to bring some friends on this trip. Our friend rented the villa next to ours and this worked out great, even though the villas are large enough to house 2 couples.
As for nature, we did not even have to go to the national park. Most of my pictures were taken while I was relaxing in our private lounge pool. I have never been so close to monkeys. We actually named most of them.
Overall, I think my wife and I will visit the EOC at least once a year. We are already planning our next trip. No other hotel or vacation rental can match the EOC, considering the prime beach location, 5 star construction and design, service, and privacy. There are a lot of cool places to visit in Costa Rica, however not many provide the diversity and quantity of activities of Manuel Antonio.
We will be back!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Gary W
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Bobby W, Owner at Espadilla Ocean Club, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

thanks, Gary......we really enjoyed having you guys back......and, your friends too.......it's good to hear that you will be back every year......we'll be waiting.......see you soon.......

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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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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 #5 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: £302 - £351 (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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