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Vista Hermosa Estate

Road to Arenas Del Mar
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Costa Rica
+1 (909) 322-0931
vistahermosaestate@gmail.com
https://www.vistahermosaestate.com/

Absolutely amazing house with stunning views!

Gorgeous house, stunning view, absolute 5-star accommodations. Javier, the chef, cooked phenomenal meals, all of the staff was great, Shione was a terrific coordinator. Extremely clean, well-maintained property. Great beach within easy walking distance via either road or thru rain forest trail from the property.

My Response

Hi Scott, We thank you for your review of your recent stay at our Vista Hermosa Estate last week and we all enjoyed your group as well as you enjoyed our Villa and Staff. Even though it was a business retreat, at least you got to enjoy great scenery, meals and do a few special tours. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again. Best regards, The Vista Hermosa Team

Amazing Villa

We just returned from a 5 night stay at Vista Hermosa. If I could only use one word to describe this villa I would say "Stunning". I have been blessed to stay at many wonderful places over the years and I put this villa at the top of my list. While most places when you arrive the pictures are better than the actual property, this is not the case with Vista Hermosa, the pictures do not do this place justice. The owner of this villa did a fabulous job with the architecture, the finishes and the furnishings. The views are unbelievable and the layout is such that it is perfect for large groups. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this property, you will not be disappointed if you book here. We also had the pleasure of having Javier and Hilary cook for us everyday. The meals were out of this world and better than any restaurant. We have had private chefs before and I would say Javier is the best we have ever had. Thank you Javier and Hilary for the extra 5 pounds I put on with your fabulous cooking :) Shiona was great and everything we planned was executed perfectly. I highly recommend using Shiona for all your needs before and during your stay. If you are looking for a tour, I highly recommend the waterfall tours with Paddle 9, they are a great group to work with and Shiona can help set this up. Thank you to all the staff at Vista Hermosa for a fabulous trip and thank you to the owner for building this stunning property that we had the pleasure to stay in.

My Response

Hi Shondo, We are delighted to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your recent stay at our Vista Hermosa Estate and your glowing review. We fully agree that photos do not do the Villa justice which is why it must be seen to be appreciated. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again. Much appreciated, The Vista Hermosa Team

Dream vacation is putting it lightly!

The location of the property, its proximity to the town and beaches were absolutely awesome. Private walkway to the beach by means of walking thru a beautiful mini-rainforest with wildlife like howler monkeys, horses and every colorful bird imaginable. The rooms are hard to explain... much nicer than any resort, but cozy like home. Air conditioning was beautiful :) and the showers offered a beautiful picturesque beach from the large sun windows. The chefs became friends with our whole family and offered service, insight and a whole lot of laughs along the way. The pictures do a great job of showing you EXACTLY what to expect... nothing but pure beauty and supreme relaxation. Pool is the perfect size, the the GINORMUS deck is where our party of 20 hung out when we weren't at the beach or on an excursion looking at whales on the catamaran. If you only go to Costa Rica one time... this is THE place to stay!

My Response

Hi Nick, Thank you for taking time to submit a review of your stay at our Vista Hermosa Estate as we appreciate the feedback and it helps our potential guests as well. The 7 minute walk to the beach through our man-made trail is the perfect access to our wonderful main beach. The animals along the way is an added bonus. We thank you for staying with us and hope to see you again on a future vacation. Best regards, The Vista Hermosa Team

Beyond amazing! A magnificent house & staff!

I can not put in words how amazing this experience was. I celebrated my 40th birthday with 11 friends & family. Everyone was amazed at the home and the service we received. Shiona was the absolute best. She did not leave anything unattended and was wonderful in all that she did. The cleaning staff went above and beyond in service. Jonathan, the security made us feel so safe and secure(not that it was anything to fear). Last but not least we had Javier and his sweet daughter......the food was beyond our expectations. We stopped at the store assuming we may need to prepare our own just in case we were not satisfied with his food. Well the food was never used. His meals were so good that we asked if he was free to come to Houston at our expense to cook for us! This was truly a 5 star experience from the planning stage until the end! We have given their information to everyone that we know who’s looking to travel to Costa Rica. This house has the best views that I’ve ever seen. Some days we didn’t want to do anything except enjoy the house!!!!!!!!!! ATV, Jet Skiing & ZIP Lining.........ready to plan again for 2018

My Response

Hi Toni, We are extremely excited that you and your group had such a terrific time at our Vista Hermosa Estate and we certainly would enjoy entertaining your group again next year. However, please make your reservations quickly as we already have over 30 weeks reserved in 2018. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again. The Vista Hermosa Team

AMAZING!!

Pictures does no justice!!! Shiona made sure our every desire was granted, I worked with her for a few months on planning and she did an excellent job of executing. Chef Javier kept us full, satisfied and smiling with his cooking! The ENTIRE staff were very professional and made us feel welcomed. We will definitely be visiting Vista Hermosa again!

My Response

Dwon, We appreciate you taking the time to generate a review of your experience staying at our unique Vista Hermosa Estate and pleased to hear that our dedicated staff assisted with making your stay pleasant and memorable. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again. The Vista Hermosa Team.

Most relaxing vacation EVER!!!

Most relaxing vacation EVER!!! Staying at the Vista Hermosa Estate was like staying at our own private hotel! Upon arrival we were instantly impressed by the architecture and beautiful design. This place is breathtaking! There is a fabulous view from any room you are in and that's including the shower! The top floor was amazing! The pictures can't even do it justice. The view of the jungle and ocean is heavenly. My family had a vacation we will never forget. Once in a lifetime for most. It was by far the most relaxing vacation. I didn't have to grocery shop, cook, clean, and our laundry was even done for us! Shiona was our concierge and was so great. She was always a phone call away if we needed anything. I called for a few groceries and they were delivered to us in less than 10 minutes! She was so helpful and knowledgeable with the area as well. Javier and Karina were our own private chefs. They did the grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning! They were a dynamic duo in the kitchen. Every meal was beautifully plated and delicious! Desserts were to die for. Not only were Javier and Karina amazing cooks, they were great people too. They felt like part of our family by the time we left. Judith and Isabel were such sweet ladies who kept our rooms nice and clean. They even did our laundry if we wanted them to. The excursions were great. But honestly, we were perfectly fine staying at the Estate. We really enjoyed the beach. They had everything we needed including boogie boards. The beaches were beautiful and the walk down to the beach through the jungle was pretty incredible. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. It exceeded all of our expectations. I wish one day to return!

You won't be disappointed

You won't be disappointed. We have traveled around the globe (Africa, Europe, Britian, South Pacific, Australia, North America to name a few) and this is one of our favourite places on earth. The house is incredible with spectacular views over Manuel Antonio beach. Wake up to the sounds of wildlife or watch an afternoon thunderstorm under a covered balcony. Surf the waves at your doorstep or swim in the infinity pool. Our entire family & extended family had an incredible time. The food was amazing, prepared by Javier & Karina and included some of the local flavours & tastes to experience a little of the Costa Rican culture. Shiona was incredibly helpful co-ordinating tours, the menu as well as medical assistance, not sure what we would have done without her expertise and ability to translate. Words just can't describe the scenery and pictures just don't do it justice. This is one destination you have to include on your bucket list!

Spectacular views set in the rainforest

Our trip to Costa Rica has literally left me speechless. Vista Hermosa Estate is out of this world. Spectacular views set in the rainforest overlooking the beach and bay at Manuel Antonio. The house is more than you can imagine. Every last detail has been thought of. Every room has an ensuite, safe, code on the door and a private balcony overlooking the bay. The Chef Javier and Karina prepared the most delicious meals, are so friendly and accommodated the kids appetites too. Shiona took care of every last detail for our group for the entire week. Planning our day trips and grocery lists. This was one amazing 5* week.

Phenomenal, Breathtaking, First class

Phenomenal. Breathtaking. First class. These are three words that can barely describe the experience my family had a Vista Hermosa Estate. The entire experience was absolutely wonderful; Shiona; the concierge, the personal chef team, and the cleaning crew were very personal and exceptionally friendly to all of us. The air-conditioning bedrooms were wonderful and extremely comfortable. There isn't a single angle in or outside of the house that doesn't have a beautiful view of the ocean or rain forest. This will absolutely be the location my family goes to the next time we vacation in Costa Rica.

Viva Vista Hermosa Estate!!!

This place was beyond amazing! It was 11,000 sq. ft. of spacious luxury. We were a family of 20 including children. There was something for everyone. We all enjoyed the beautiful infinity pool. It has bar; game room, quiet area; balconies with unbelievable views of the ocean and wildlife in the surrounding rainforest. We ate delicious breakfasts and dinners together which were prepared by Chef Javier and Sous Chef Karina. The bedrooms were huge each with its own balcony. The location was a short walk to the private beach and short ride to town. We did three trips with the entire group: The Catamaran; Manuel Antonio National Forest; and a jungle cruise of the man grove trees. Separately, some went on an off-roading trip in side-by-side vehicles through the jungle guided by Jorge of the OFF ROAD company. Some paddled kayaks on the river while others went into town to shop and eat. Shiona was our concierge who took very good care of us. She provided historical information; recommendations of activities; and made reservations for us. The house staff was kind and accommodating. Vista Hermosa is a stunning, fun-filled, yet most relaxing place to where I would return. I would recommend this gorgeous estate to everyone who would like to enjoy beauty and peace. Pura Vida!!! Maria C.

My Response

Hi Maria, We are thrilled that you had such a great experience staying at our unique Vista Hermosa Estate and we thank you for such a fantastic review. Not only is the Villa stunning, but it sounds like you got to enjoy many of our local activities which helps make Manuel Antonio such a magical destination. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to host you again, The Vista Hermosa Team

The Best Vacation I have ever had!!!

The Villa was amazing and the Staff was incredible, it was a vacation of a life time. The beach so close, you can go to sleep hearing the waves. The best time of my life!!!

My Response

John, Your title "The best vacation that you ever had" says it all as our entire team strives to achieve just that and it sounds like we accomplished our goal. We appreciate your kind words and would thoroughly enjoy hosting you again. Thank you for staying with us, The Vista Hermosa Team

Thank you Vista Hermosa! Pura Vida!!!

What an incredible vacation! This trip exceeded all my expectations and made it all but impossible to come back home. This was my family's second stay in Costa Rica. Here are some of the reasons that this trip so great. First of all, the accommodations and grounds at Vista Hermosa were awesome. The location is only 5-10 minute walk from the beach. The home takes advantage of the spectacular views of the beach, vegetation and wildlife. We rarely wanted to leave but if we did we're only a short walk or ride from town and excursions. The size of the home was able to comfortably fit our group of 20. The kitchen, pool, and bar area are all overlooking the beach. The infinity pool literally looks like the sky and water are melting into one another. One afternoon we saw whales swimming in the bay. The owners & staff already had binoculars and a tripod set up for use. It was truly magical. The second reason that made our stay so great was the staff. The chef Javier and his assistants Karina and Hilary were awesome. They were so personable, fun, and great to be around. Not to mention that the food was fresh, and delicious. We loved that they would shop for any additional food items we needed. The concierge (Shiona), maintenance people and maids were also some of the unsung heroes of our stay. We reported any needs or issues and they were taken care of right away. Their hard work gave us all more time to enjoy one another and the surrounding area. Lastly, the welcoming Costa Rican people were a such a joy to be around. I cannot really credit the Vista Hermosa Estate for the the locals friendly and pleasant nature, but I must say that their behavior was so contagious that our family really bonded over our time together there. Mealtimes we're full of fun and laughs.. We were all sharing and enjoying stories about all of our incredible experiences in and around this wonderful place. Thanks again for this great and memorable vacation!

My Response

George, We are thrilled that your vacation exceeded your expectations as that is always the goal of our entire team. You described the Villa and our staff perfectly and it is much appreciated. There is definitely something about the friendliness of the Costa Rican people which is one of the main reasons that Costa Rica is voted the "Happiest Country" in the world. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again. All the best, The Vista Hermosa Team

Vista Hermosa is absolutely AMAZING!

Words can’t even begin to express what an amazing experience we had at Vista Hermosa! From the moment we walked through the front door this place exceeded all of our expectations! I had looked at the photos repeatedly and went through the virtual tour several times, but seeing those views in person was just indescribable! We spent so much time on the upper balcony mesmerized by the beautiful ocean/rainforest view and abundant wildlife! We even saw whales from the balcony! We were so close to beautiful beaches and amazing sites such as Manuel Antonio National Park and the mangroves! The house felt like a private luxurious hotel! Throughout the stay I kept noticing more and more of the beautiful details and touches that were put into this place! The service we received was impeccable! We had so much more relaxing time during this vacation. When we arrived at the house the refrigerator was stocked with all of the groceries we had requested! Whenever we needed something either the chefs or concierge would have it delivered quickly! This was a HUGE relief and time saver! I would usually spend so much time wandering through an unfamiliar grocery store trying to figure out what to get and where it was! Our chefs Javier and Karina were WONDERFUL! They prepared delicious, high quality meals and were so accommodating to the members of our group with various dietary needs. It was so nice to be able to show up at the table right when the food was ready and be able to chat and relax after a meal instead of having to clean up and wash dishes! I don’t know how many hours this added to our vacation relaxation and enjoyment time! Chef Javier and Karina were so friendly and personable we felt so at home and comfortable from the get go. Our concierge Shiona was fantastic! She was there to help with anything we needed both before and during our stay! She was always there when we needed her and was behind the scenes making sure everything ran so smoothly throughout our vacation! It was so nice to be in a private home and have maid service that exceeded any service I have ever received in a hotel! We would come back after a fun day at the beach or on an excursion and everything was so clean and they even washed and folded our LAUNDRY! What a treat!  All of the house staff worked beautifully together to make us feel welcomed and special :-). Vista Hermosa is the ideal place to stay, especially with a large group! It gave us the privacy we needed with bedrooms that have a keypad entry with private bathroom, and the perfect setting to eat, relax, and enjoy the company of our loved ones in a breathtaking setting! Thank you Vista Hermosa! :-)

My Response

Hi Jamie, Thank you for your generous review and we felt privileged to host such a nice group. We also appreciate your "10" star review as that is the highest to date. Too bad VRBO doesn't add more stars! We are delighted to hear that our hard working staff were able to allow you to truly enjoy a tremendously relaxing and memorable vacation. Thank you for staying with us and please let us know when you would like to return, and our doors will be wide open. Much appreciated, The Vista Hermosa Team


A Paradise beyond belief!!!!!!

There are so many wonderful things I could say about the house, the grounds, the views and the jungle setting but the exceptional service given by the house staff that included the chef, the maids and the concierge respectively, really make one's stay at this vacation home an unforgettable one. Upon arrival, Shionna warmly welcomed us for the tour of the house, patiently answered all our questions while we familiarized ourselves with the house. She set the tone for a wonderful week with my family of 22 people ranging from ages 11 to 72. We were all extremely comfortable and the house suited all our needs plus exceeded our expectations. Chef Javier prepared amazing beautiful world class meals and catered to our dietary needs and budget with ease. We had the most beautiful view from every room of the house, but my favorite is the way the glass walls of the living room opens up and allows for wonderful outdoor living with perfect ocean breezes. Every single family member loved the infinity edge pool with endless hours of lounging and relaxing in the pool made this house perfect for our group. The house, the beach access we could walk to the beach in a quick 10 minutes or to town in 10 minutes as well. Vista Hermosa had everything we needed. It was just perfect. All I could wish for after my week stay is that we had booked it longer. I can't wait to come back.Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

Beautiful place and people!

I just had the most wonderful vacation while staying and relaxing at Vista Hermosa Estate. The house itself is amazing and has beautiful views of the beach with beautiful rooms and amenities, but the people made it perfect. Javier and Karina, our talented chefs, Judith and Isabel our housekeepers, Shiona, our concierge, words cannot convey the hospitality they provide the house guests. Not one disappointment my entire week. I want to come back as soon as possible and every sightseeing adventure recommended by Shiona was top notch. Thank you for the experience!!!Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers.

My Response

LeAnn, Gracias for your review and we will certainly honor a return visit from you and your group so just let us know when you want to return, and we will have the doors open. Thank you for staying with us, All the best, The Vista Hermosa Team

Most relaxing vacation EVER!!!

Staying at the Vista Hermosa Estate was like staying at our own private hotel! Upon arrival we were instantly impressed by the architecture and beautiful design. This place is breathtaking! There is a fabulous view from any room you are in and that's including the shower! The top floor was amazing! The pictures can't even do it justice. The view of the jungle and ocean is heavenly. My family had a vacation we will never forget. Once in a lifetime for most. It was by far the most relaxing vacation. I didn't have to grocery shop, cook, clean, and our laundry was even done for us! Shiona was our concierge and was so great. She was always a phone call away if we needed anything. I called for a few groceries and they were delivered to us in less than 10 minutes! She was so helpful and knowledgeable with the area as well. Javier and Karina were our own private chefs. They did the grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning! They were a dynamic duo in the kitchen. Every meal was beautifully plated and delicious! Desserts were to die for. Not only were Javier and Karina amazing cooks, they were great people too. They felt like part of our family by the time we left. Judith and Isabel were such sweet ladies who kept our rooms nice and clean. They even did our laundry if we wanted them to. The excursions were great. But honestly, we were perfectly fine staying at the Estate. We really enjoyed the beach. They had everything we needed including boogie boards. The beaches were beautiful and the walk down to the beach through the jungle was pretty incredible. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. It exceeded all of our expectations. I wish one day to return!Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers.

My Response

Kellie, What a very heart felled review as we are extremely excited that we exceeded your expectations, which is our ultimate goal! Your group was equally a pleasure to host as all of you were so kind, generous and complimentary to our overall staff - which drives us to work that much harder for the next group. We can't wait for your return visit since we are now all family! Thank you for staying with us at our Vista Hermosa Estate, Much appreciated, The Vista Hermosa Team

Dream family vacation-Pura Vida!

Vista Hermosa is a luxury 5 star villa nestled in a lush rain forest with a spectacular ocean view. We woke up to the sounds of the ocean waves, exotic birds and howler monkeys. If your lucky you'll see the most beautiful toucans perched on trees or flying by. We even had a close encounter with white face monkeys. Don't forget to bring your camera with zoom lens to capture the beautiful rainforest wildlife. 
We had the most amazing chefs, Javier, Katrina and Hillary. Three of the loveliest people to work with. We had delicious breakfast every morning consisting of fresh fruits, omelettes, pancakes and French toast. Gourmet dinners; upon arrival we had a delicious steak and chicken dinner. On another night we had fresh lobster, yucca mash and Caesar salad. We asked the chefs for a common Costa Rican dinner and they didn't disappoint. I highly recommend the coconut flan and key lime pie! Absolutely delicious! 
Our concierge was Shiona, she was wonderful to work with. She recommended and booked several tours for us that she actually took herself. One of those tours was Off Road Extreme that I highly recommend for those experienced Off road drivers or thrill seeker! Jorge and Jose were our guides, two of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. 
There were 20 in our group including children and we all had an amazing time. 
Lily and Frank Jacinto Huntington Beach, California 

King for a week

If you hate a beautiful house with spectacular views & beaches and don't want to have an amazing vacation, then this place is not for you. The rooftop has the best panoramic view of Manuel Antonio Beach. Along with the beautiful view, the rooftop also has top notch entertainment; the infinity pool in the middle (perfect place to relax), bar on the left (this where I had the most fun), an ice maker on BOTH sides (super convenient), refrigerators on BOTH sides, TWO restrooms, great sound system, TV's on BOTH sides and a dining area that tops just about everyplace I've EVER been to (including all fancy restaurants). The random visits from the monkeys were very enjoyable, it's something we never get to experience in Southern California or just about anywhere else for that matter. We were lucky to see a sloth on 1 of the days. The chefs are also very talented and make you feel like a celebrity. Every meal was amazing and their deserts were delicious. The room we stayed in was also nicer than just about every hotel I've ever stayed at. THE BEST THING ABOUT THE ROOM TO ME WAS THE SHOWER, IT ALSO HAD A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE OCEAN. I don't think I will ever be able to a shower that will top it. WiFi throughout the entire building was also very helpful and convenient. The yoga area was great, especially for someone like me who loves to exercise. The view from there just made it much more enjoyable. The private trail to the beach was also very entertaining itself. I mean we were literally in a forest and the walk itself felt like a enjoyable mini hike. One morning after jogging the beach, I walked back up and saw tons of monkeys. The beach is also beautiful and is now my favorite beach in the world (I live in San Diego and have been to many other beaches in Hawaii). I enjoy surfing and this place is an excellent place to surf and has NO SHARKS (unlike Hawaii & California). Also drinking did not seem to be a problem on the beach, in fact there were some places along the beach that would that would serve you drinks and food. Also many of places offering surfboard rentals and lessons along the beach. The location of the house is also great one, there are plenty of restaurants that are walking distance or a cheap taxi ride away from. I could go on forever about this place, but it still does fulfill the full justice of actually staying there.Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

My Response

David, We loved treating you like a "King for the week" as we do with all of our guests and pride ourselves on providing supreme Customer Service that matches the phenomenal design, architecture, location and incredible Ocean and sunset views that are unmatched in Manuel Antonio. It seems that each of our reviews elaborate further and further on how enjoyable it is to stay at our Vista Hermosa Estate and we are extremely delighted that the Villa and Staff exceeded your expectations. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see the "King" back again in the near future. Muchas Gracias, The Vista Hermosa Team