Villas de Las Aves is truly a gem. We stayed in Villa Paloma, the one bedroom villa overlooking the river, and have to say had one of the best stays in all our years of travel in Costa Rica. There is something special about this place! This is the closest I have come to a "religious experience" in nature.
Paul and Sarah have created an oasis for all types of animals, both in the wild, and for their rescues, which include parrots, dogs,cats, pigs, geese, and a donkey. They have planted a wonderful variety of bushes in front of the villas that attract an incredible amount of hummingbirds and butterflies. We could not tear ourselves off the spacious front patio, it was heaven! I saw more species of birds at this place than I have ever seen at any other place in Costa Rica.
The Restaurant was closed while we were there, but Paul and Sarah were kind enough to provide a delicious breakfast for us every morning. Their goal is to have the restaurant open again in the near future. The "Chef's Table" had glowing reviews before it closed, and we hope that it will be open when we return.
As you know, VDLA is about 2 km up a very adventurous road, so you will need a 4 WD for your stay. That said, we always stayed in at night, and cooked freshly caught mahi mahi and shrimp on the BBQ, sipping on margaritas, and lounging in the hot tub. You can drive to a great variety of fabulous restaurants in Uvita, Ojochal or Dominical, if you want to dine out.
There is a beautiful waterfall that you can walk to just up the hill from the Villa, and it is definitely worth the trek. There is a well marked trail down through the forest to get there,and you can just relax in the soothing fresh water and massage your shoulders under the falls.
Thank-you Paul, Sarah and Juleeana for creating this magical spot. We'll be back again before you know it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manoas (Formerly Villas De Las Aves) has undergone an extensive renovation. We now offer a large 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom house with gourmet kitchen, laundry room with washer & dryer, lounge/TV area and open air dining area all overlooking the river. We also offer both one bedroom & 2 Bedroom villas with kitchen, lounge, TV, washer & dryer, private jacuzzi and sundeck. All villas are fully air conditioned and close to the pool. WiFi is available throughout the property. Private parking is located right next to each house. Staff are onsite. ***A new addition to the property, are 4 luxury Safari tents. Each tent is complete with a luxurious King sized bed, full bathroom, and viewing deck with lounge chairs and shade umbrella. The camping tents offer an accommodation that is just as comfortable as the villas, but brings you a step closer to the jungle around you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manoas Costa Rica/Uvita