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Manuel Antonio Estates
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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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“Luxury living in Costa Rica”
Reviewed 19 January 2011

I rented 2 houses for my group of 11. The views were amazing, the accommodations first class. Service was excellent as we left some housekeeping challenges every day ( a group of 11 guys) but the place looked great each day. great location, walked into Quepos every night. Lots to do. Everyone knows the houses so tour services were easy.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

Beautiful Home, Monkeys visit daily, staff EXTREMELY friendly and efficient, Beautiful view, Minutes from EVERYTHING, what more to say. The Villa Manakin was a perfect fit AGAIN for my friends and I. We love Quepos/Manuel Antonio and it's endless things to do area. I would (and DO) recommend it to everyone. Thank you guys for yet another great experience in Costa Rica. PURA VIDA. Until next time. Peace

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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chicago, il
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Reviewed 27 August 2010

Our group of six friends stayed at the Manakin Villa at Manuel Antonio Estates, and we could not have asked for a better experience. Everyone had their own room/bathroom, and the common areas were perfectly spacious and clean. Because the main house has just three bedroom upstairs (we had no couples, all friends in mid 30’s-early 40’s), we were given keys to the extra rooms in the adjoining “houses.” It added a nice touch providing ample room to spread out and not feel like we were stepping all over one another. This particular house had a spectacular view of the trees, the town and the beachfront all from the large balcony by the pool. And sure enough, a day in we were greeted by monkeys in the morning and again in the afternoon, not to mention our friendly lizard who took up residence in the driveway. Location-wise, it was perfect. While I had heard that it was better to stay closer to Manuel Antonio than Quepos (MA Estates is closer to Quepos), I think it really just depends on your preference. It was a very short cab ride to Manuel Antonio, and it’s easy to catch a bus, a cab or even ask the security guard to call you one. Although Manuel Antonio is cute and very appealing, frankly I liked being closer to Quepos. Once you walk down the hill, it's a short walk into town. Quepos just seemed a bit more authentic and less touristy.... the restaurants were fantastic, between the coffee and the fresh fish and the beef, I felt like there were not enough mealsl in the day! (thumbs up to Café Milagro, what a wonderful hidden gem!) Only one minor observation – we could not find a corkscrew in the kitchen! But one of the liquor store owners in town was kind enough to let us borrow (yes, borrow!) his for the night. Finally, having never been to Costa Rica before, making arrangements from the U.S. was quite easy thanks to Shay…she even hooked us up with a great white water rafting adventure that turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip for me. So many thanks to Richard, Shay and the local monkeys for an immensely enjoyable stay at Manakin House, in Manuel Antonio Estates!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 August 2010

Our stay at Villa Quetzal in Manuel Antonio Estates was all positive. The 24 hour security guard helped us feel safe & relaxed in a foreign setting. Our accommodations were spacious & private. This setting offers the opportunity to be in the middle of nature, with wildlife all around & close to the beaches & wilderness of the national park AND the luxury of being a 5 minute walk to the center of a great little town, or a short drive or cab ride away from some upscale restaurants, hotels and other tourist attractions. The staff are always available & very helpful & eager to serve. We highly recommend "Richard's place" for individuals & families of all ages. We are an adult couple travelling with teenagers, and their grandmother & everyone had a great time!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 22 May 2010

This place is a hidden gem, better than we ever expected and we expected a lot. For the first night we had the "house", which was absolutely gorgeous, high on the hilltop, stunningly decorated, extremely elegant. The 2-bedroom condo that we had for the remaining three nights was also very beautiful, large and cozy, beautifully decorated, great balcony, surrounded by beautiful scenery, an amazing pool area, and very reasonably priced. We loved it here! We wished we were staying for more than 4 days. The monkeys that passed through every morning at 10:30 was an amazing sight. And the lizards everywhere were incredible.

The estate itself is incredibly beautiful; surrounded by forest and great beauty; you feel as if you are in another world, away from it all, quite secluded, but yet within easy walking distance of "downtown" Quepos and all the great restaurants. It is a very different place from the resorts of Quepos and Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio National Park is a $5 taxi ride away and incredibly beautiful, with excellent hiking, wildlife and beaches. There is so much to do and see here, from wilderness adventure, wildlife viewing, to stunning beaches, great nightlife and wonderful restaurants. Additionally, a drive down to the beaches of Dominical (about 1 1/2 hrs) is well worth it.

Richard, the owner was wonderful, very good to us, extremely helpful and always available if needed. He is very knowledgeable of the area and things to do and see. He also has great connections for tours, trips, excursions, etc. It seems to be a well-run organization.

The only complaint I can make (and this was relatively minor, with not much that anybody could do about it) was that the large group of young girls (possibly from some Scandanavian country) who had most of the rest of the condos in the two buildings, were quite noisy - outside by the pool, on their balconies, talking on cell phones constantly, and with their laptops with their Skype setup, instead of inside in their rooms - making it very annoying at times.

We absolutely loved it here and at the Estate in particular. We are hoping to go back again some day.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Atlantic Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 20 May 2010

We were greeted by monkeys the second we pulled up to check into the apartments. First thing we did was hop in the pool. It was perfect temp and had gorgeous views! The accommodations were pleasant, especially for the price! It was a short and beautiful drive to get to the town and National Park. I would refer anyone to stay here and I would again if I am fortunate to go back to such a wonderful part of the world.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2010

The people at Manuel Antonio Estates were extremely friendly and helpful, even with booking tours and recommending things to do. Our apartments were extremely nice and very affordable, and the pool was great for the heat. We also saw plenty of wildlife around within the grounds.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Manuel Antonio Estates
Address: Manuel Antonio Estates, Quepos 12-6350, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Quepos
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Quepos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas, homes and condos at Manuel Antonio Estates, offering rentals by the week for all group sizes & budgets! All villas offer private pool, blue Pacific Ocean views, proximity of the bustling fishing village of Quepos, spectacular famed beaches of Manuel Antonio nearby, monkeys, 180 species of birds, essence of luxury & pure tranquility. Peacefulness awaits in our lush tropical jungle w/world class Spa. Our accommodations suit every need and taste from cozy eco condos for 1-4 people to premier/deluxe homes for 18 of your closest amigos. Exciting Tours! Rainforest Canopy, Horseback, Mangrove Monkey, ATV Sportfishing, much more! ... more   less 
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Manuel Antonio Estates Costa Rica/Quepos

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