I chose Villa Le Mas when my medical tourism coordinator, Tom from Platinum Medical Vacations, Inc., suggested it. Typically, I don't read any reviews when I travel as I often find that people are rather nit-picky in ways I am not.
I stayed in Villa Joop which has sweeping views of the mountains and the valley. Waking up to those views and that fabulous mountain breeze is highly conducive to healing and recovery. I got a tour of the different villas and all are beautiful. I'd recommend any of them though next time, I'm going to a pay a little extra and go for Villa Chanel because of the views, the black & white "sheik" decor and the spaciousness.
Petra is fantastic! She has a wonderful sense of humor, skills with coordination and organization and a deep sense of human care. I needed very little while I stayed; however, I knew that anything I may have needed or wanted (within healthy reason) would have been acquired by Petra. She is a great listener, has a fascinating life story and respects the privacy of her guests. Furthermore, she treats her staff with tremendous dignity and consideration. I deeply appreciated that about her.
Justina takes great pride in her work. My bathroom and villa were spotless thanks to her work ethic. She delivered my delicious and nutritionally balanced meals each time with a wonderful smile. She made sure I had clean clothes, friendly conversation and my periodic frosted flakes craving! I valued her presence each day I was here!
Johanna was the kind and helpful nurse that came in each day to monitor my progress. Her gentle and knowledgeable demeanor addressed any care or concern I may have had. She was terrific on every single level. I should also note that my surgery nurse, Erica, also has worked @ VLM so clearly, experienced and quality nurses are hired to care for the recovering guests.
Petra coordinates all pick-ups and drop-offs for doctor and surgery appointments and general needs. The gate guards are very professional, appropriately greeting guests and taxi drivers alike. Randy, one of the drivers assigned to provide transportation for VLM guests, is outstanding! He is a kind and humble. We had some wonderful conversations and I feel like I got a genuine sense of Costa Ricans or Ticos as they are called locally, through his eyes.
Elena is the masseuse with the fabulously magic hands and heart! She is unique and special in ways words can’t fully describe! Not only does she offer phenomenal lymphatic massages, she has an aura of positivity that made an enormous difference in my stay. Describing her impact is challenging because to some, referring to her spiritual essence implies something cheesy or perhaps religiously fundamental! My interactions with her were not cheesy or religious in anyway. She simply has an amazing sense of purpose, hope and inner peace. She blessed me with her kind words and wishes and made me feel invincible! Mil gracias!!!!!
Finally, since I mentioned the meals and a few posted comments have not praised them, I’d like to describe them a little differently to assist with expectations. Yes, healthy nutritionally balanced meals are served each day. They’re also tasty, “slow cooker-type”, casserole-like that warm the belly and keep the healing going. It’s clear there aren’t any preservatives in these meals and I for one appreciate that! Come with clear expectations—no, it’s not US standard gourmet meals. It’s healthy, balanced nourishment for your body which will aid in your healing!
I've traveled the world, lived in underdeveloped countries and embrace opportunities to experience different types of vacations! I have not been disappointed by my experience at Villa Le Mas for 12 days in August 2011. It was worth it on many levels and I’m forever grateful to Petra, Justina, Johanna, Elena and Randy @ the security guards for their kindness and friendship!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Le Mas offers tranquil vacation apartments located in a park-like setting with views of Cerro Pico Blanco and the Central Valley. Our property is the last property before the Nature Reserve begins to the south and to the west there is a creek and then agricultural land. There are many different kinds of birds and wildlife. The property is two and a half acres of tropical gardens with the vacation rentals scattered about walkways through the gardens. Our location and property are very private, peaceful and tranquil. We are only 15 minutes to shopping and restaurants, yet it feels as if you are in the countryside. We have complimentary shared laundry facilities on the property and 24/7 guard service for the safety of our guests and their property. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Le Mas Costa Rica/Escazu