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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Mal Pais, Province of Puntarenas

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Mandy Z
San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Book This Villa”
Reviewed 7 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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This place is absolutely breathtaking - the kitchen and entertainment room have everything you need, the bedrooms are spacious and extremely comfortable, you will want to immediately jump in the infinity pool and look out into the jungle and ocean view for hours every day. Could not have had a better time in this villa and in the towns of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Make sure you have a sturdy vehicle to get up to the location (the view is more than worth it) - you will not regret staying here.

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 Feb 2018
You're the best! Thanks again for staying with us and we hope you'll come back soon.

Team Casa Blanca
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Michelle...
San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Truly a slice of paradise with a modern edge”
Reviewed 28 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Arriving at Villablanca after a long journey from California, we were tired and stressed. One step into this beautiful house and all of that was gone. We were greeted by the caretaker, who showed us room by room all of the features and special things about this spectacular place. And it truly is spectacular. The owner has thought of everything to make a stay here as relaxing and luxurious as possible. One of the locals referred to it as the 'James Bond' house and we certainly felt like we were on a movie set. The furnishings and architecture make you just want to wander around taking in the beauty of it. Set on a steep hill with a fantastic view of the ocean, we awoke each morning to a cacophony of birds and animals. With all of its glass windows, Villablanca is perfect for sitting back, enjoying the view and taking in all of the best that Costa Rica has to offer. The kitchen is completely stocked with top quality equipment. Every corner of every area of the property has a little something special - from the beautiful decor of the bathrooms, outdoor showers, to the relaxing wooden deck with its hammock where you can watch the sunset, do yoga or just sit and be. We loved sitting at the outside eating area, lights twinkling in the garden, after barbecuing our freshly caught fish, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of the nighttime jungle. The owners provided all sorts of recommendations for fishing trips, secret beaches, and nearby grocery stores and restaurants. This is truly a special place and we can't wait to go back.

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Liked best: The 22 metre infinity pool!
Liked least: the road up is very steep - you need a 4x4 but it's well worth it.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
19 Feb 2018
You're the best! Thanks again for staying with us and we hope you'll come back soon.

Team Casa Blanca
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JLR819
San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“LOVE this villa!”
Reviewed 16 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Well, this was my second trip to the villa, fourth trip overall to the Mal Pais area. I honestly can't say enough good things about the house, the owners, and the caretakers.

The house is absolutely beautiful. Even though I'd stayed before, walking in the door this last time still took my breath away. The pool, the ocean--everything. The house follows a modern design aesthetic, but at the same time is welcoming and comfortable. I've already decided that if I ever build a custom home, the floor plan will be identical (sorry, Michael :) If you think the pictures are beautiful, the effect in real life is even more stunning. I will continue to visit as long as they let me :)

As far as the Mal Pais area--there's a reason this is my fourth year visiting the town. Great character, great people, great beaches/surfing, fabulous restaurants (Koji's, Caracoles, Colour Café, The Bakery, and so on....). You don't feel like you're in a resort town (it helps that there's only one dirt road in and out of town :)

I'd love to keep the villa and town as my secret, but I hope everyone has as special a time as I always have.

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Liked best: Best?? Wow....Would have to say the view, but it goes hand in hand with the architecture.
Liked least: Further away from my favorite surfing beach
Travelling group: Solo
Your age range 35-49
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Recommended for:
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Management Response
19 Feb 2018
You're the best! Thanks again for staying with us and we hope you'll come back soon.

Team Casa Blanca
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losvagabu...
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Look No Further”
Reviewed 30 May 2013 for a stay in March 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We booked Casa Blanca for my 40th on recommendations from a friend who lives locally and they could not have made a better suggestion. Honestly, the minute we walked in the door everyone's jaw just about hit the floor. I believe the comments started something like this; "You have got to be kidding. We're staying here? For two weeks? Oh, it's on!" All kidding aside, this has got to be one of the best properties in the area. Mike, you have pulled together an absolutely amazing home. Originally we questioned whether or not we wanted to be that far out of town (1.5KM), but after a day or two, we were so happy we made that decision. All details were very well thought out, from the overall design of the home, to the surround sound, movie room, rooftop patio, pool, etc. Top that off with unbelievable views and no neighbors, what else could you ask for? We simply can't say enough.

Our next couple of weeks were blessed with uncrowded overhead surf each morning, followed by some sort of afternoon adventure; horseback riding, quads, ziplining, hiking, beach days, etc. For those who plan on coming down, here are a few suggestions for your trip:

- Go for a surf (or fishing) with Jobbie. Just go into town. You'll find his shop near the crossroads. One of the best humans on the planet.

- Zip line in Mal pais, rather than Montezuma. The lines are longer and the guys were more fun. Less touristy.

- Go hike to the waterfall in Montezuma.

- Go horseback riding with Veronica or Pabro from Sapoa Adventures. Actually, do anything with these two for that matter. They are amazing people. Our girls (ages 8 & 12) couldn't stop talking about them.

- Buy fresh fish (from the local fishman's village down the road) for the bbq or ceviche.

- Eat, at least once, at the following places - Koji's (sushi), The Bakery (Breakfast), Brisas del Mar (Breakfast or Dinner), Las Piedras (Dinner), Ritmo Tropical (Dinner), Mary's (Dinner), Playa de los artistas (evening drinks), Ylang Ylang (evening drinks). Finally, Habaneros is the worst!!! (For what it's worth) Don't go there. They get the spotlight for the worst service, worst drinks and most overpriced meal of our trip. Nice location though.

On a final note... Mike, thank you for being so easy to work with. We will absoluetly be back down to join you again. This has been one of the best family trips which we've taken and we have built memories which will last a lifetime.

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Liked best: The homes location and amenities.
Liked least: The road leading up to the property.
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
31 May 2013
Thanks so much for your kind words. It was, as always, a pleasure to have you with us and we looking forward to making it even better every time. Thanks :) From all of us at Villa Casa Blanca
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JLR819
San Jose, California
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“WOW and WONDERFUL”
Reviewed 28 May 2013 for a stay in February 2013
1
person found this review helpful

All I can really say is "WOW." I've been to Mal Pais three times now and this is by far the best house I've had. The owners were ALWAYS willing to answer questions and addressed any concerns immediately. The onsite caretakers were wonderful as well, helping out with anything we needed. The location is perfect, assuming you aren't scared of doing a tiny bit of four wheeling on the dirt road to the house (nothing the local 4x4 rentals can't handle). All part of the charm of Mal Pais!

The house is stunning, smartly decorated, and comfortable beds and pillows (which is actually harder to find than it should be in Mal Pais). Pool and view are to die for.

If you're trying to decide where to vacation in CR, choose Mal Pais if:

1) you either surf or want to learn (I fall in the latter category)
2) you like yoga
3) you don't mind frizzy hair due to humidity
4) you want a place that feels off the beaten path, but with AMAZING restaurants (I argue that Koji's for sushi is one of the best places on the planet (have the snapper carpaccio)!

I will most certainly be looking to book the house again, the sooner the better!

Thanks to all for making the stay in Mal Pais wonderful!

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Liked best: The detail and styling of the house.
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
31 May 2013
Wow! Thanks :) We loved having you and we hope you'll be back. Pura Vida.
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