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Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices

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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2779 1155
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Lovely and interesting tour

We visited the Villa Vanilla on a sunny day and were guided by tGuiselle on a beautiful tour of the... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2018
Hagit H
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Amazing spice tour!

This was such a cool little tour from start to finish! Myself, my husband and our four small... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2018
Amy N
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Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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Come experience Villa Vanilla's Spice Tour and Gourmet Tasting!! Only 10 miles east of Quepos/Manuel Antonio Park our 2.5 hour plantation tour includes: 1. Post-harvest warehouse where spices are dried,processed and packaged. Our "bean to bar" spicy chocolate is tasted here. 2. A garden walk thru our Epiphyte Trail where you'll see, smell and taste our tropical spices and plant collection 3. Flavors of the World Spice Tasting at our breathtaking Mirador viewpoint from our vanilla, chocolate and Ceylon cinnamon. 4. Spice Shoppe where you can stock up on our vanilla, Ceylon cinnamon, cocoa, peppers, ginger, red turmeric, allspice and cardamon.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Villa Nueva, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

We visited the Villa Vanilla on a sunny day and were guided by tGuiselle on a beautiful tour of the estate. Many species of plants were introduced to us, including of course the vanilla orchid, black pepper tree, cocoa tree and others. Decorative plants are...More

Thank Hagit H
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

This was such a cool little tour from start to finish! Myself, my husband and our four small children really enjoyed it- from the education on the spices to the gorgeous walk through the plantation, to the relaxing tasting in a treehouse with an amazing...More

Thank Amy N
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

If you are into truly understanding the benefits of cooking with spices this is a must visit spot. I take friends there every time I visit. Henry the owner is engaging, friendly and knowledgeable. I love the new chocolate machine he’s got. The chocolate he’s...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Amazing few hours spent at this farm. Learnt a lot about the regular spices we use everyday and take it for granted. Had a chance to taste excellent desserts at the end of the tour.

Thank Richard D
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Great tour of a vanilla bean farm. The guide was very knowledgeable and personable who took us through the vanilla process and chocolate making. Great presentation on cinnamon production as well. They also took us on a tour of the beautiful grounds. After the tour...More

Thank mart38655
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

I needed vanilla beans at home (in the U.S.) for a recent recipe and almost choked when I bought two beans in a major grocery store. Then I toured Villa Vanilla and came to fully appreciate what goes into the product. This is a fascinating...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2017

We were definitely looking for some farm/plantation tours to take while in Costa Rica - we kind of struck out with Coffee/Chocolate while in La Fortuna, but were really excited to visit the Villa Vanilla. The tour was fairly reasonable - particularly because they had...More

Thank Jenny R
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Learned a lot about how spices are grown and toured the beautiful grounds. Sampled some delicious food made with spices and cacao produced on the farm including Vanilla Bean Cheesecake and Cardamon Ice Cream. Was able to purchase the spices at the end. Very zen,...More

Thank Lellie23
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

Needed a more sedate afternoon after an active morning so my husband and I went to the Villa Vanilla Spice Farm tour. We had a wonderful young man, Daniel, who walked us through the farm and showed us the process for growing and preparing vanilla...More

Thank Jane M
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

I was looking for something interesting to do and this was available so I went for it not really sure what to expect. Was I ever pleasantly surprised. This was a very educational tour through a working biodynamic 26 acre farm where they are raising...More

Thank John S
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srevoy
28 January 2018|
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Response from jenfrog2014 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, small but adequate. They let me refill my water bottle in the kitchen too!
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Butch H
4 October 2017|
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Response from Michelle S | Reviewed this property |
I have purchased there many times without the tour, however only one or two staff members speak English so definitely call ahead. I always purchase in bulk (around 10 kilos total) and they will have your order ready for you... More
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RoxaneB1975
3 August 2017|
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Response from Dana D | Reviewed this property |
9:00am and 1:00pm Mon-Fri and 0900 only on Saturday. I contacted them directly from their website to check pricing and "get on the schedule". You will also want directions. Not hard to find, but out of the way. You can... More
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