LUXURY IN PARADISE- EXCELLENT LOCATION, OCEAN VIEW, WALK TO BEACH

Dave Houck

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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LUXURY IN PARADISE- EXCELLENT LOCATION, OCEAN VIEW, WALK TO BEACH

Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Photos and Description

Luxury 3BR 3.5BA Villa - 8 Persons

Luxury - Architectural Design - Sunset Ocean Views - Private Beach - Monkeys - Personal Butler Service

Casa de Frutas is a privately owned luxury rental villa located in the gated resort of Tulemar Gardens in Manuel Antonio. This “Bali Modern” style house totals 4,000 square feet of tropical, open-air living with 3 private, air conditioned suites. Some of the many amenities include panoramic ocean views, an infinity edge plunge pool, Balinese pavilion and a private award winning beach just minutes down the hill. Perhaps the most unique and distinguished feature is the service of your own personal butler to attend to your every need. This home is now available to rent through out the year. Your perfect vacation begins at Casa de Frutas. (A 12 page photo spread of Casa de Frutas was in the architectural magazine Su Casa).

Personal Butler: One of the things our guests rave about the most is the unexpected and unrivaled service they received during their stay at Casa de Frutas from Mauricio, their own personal butler. Mauricio, a native of Costa Rica, graduated from ULACIT University with a business degree, and then spent three years in the US working and studying English. After his time in the US, he returned to Costa Rica to work in banking and hospitality, learning the high level of service required to excel in both industries. Mauricio has worked with Casa de Frutas from the beginning in management, marketing and the butler/concierge role. He takes pride in knowing what guests expect staying in a luxury vacation rental, and utilizes his extensive network of local contacts to fulfill all our guests wishes. You can feel comfortable at Casa de Frutas knowing that whatever you need during your stay will be taken care of by Mauricio.

Casa de Frutas - Upstairs: Monkeys, sloth, iguanas and other wildlife pass by the house daily. If you are looking for a very special villa that has it all... luxury, design, sunset ocean views, location, wildlife, private pool, private beach and the amenities and services of a resort... Casa de Frutas is the villa for you!

Open air living room with 25 foot ceiling, Open air kitchen/bar, Master bedroom/bath with air conditioning, Open air water fall shower, Terrace dining room that seats 10, LCD flat screen TV with DVD in master bedroom, 13 inch LCD flat screen TV in master bath. Sound system with iPod dock, & ceiling speakers, safe, Desk area with wireless internet throught out the house. Iron/ironing board, Hair dryer, Aveda bath products, Bathrobes, Personal cell phone and land line phone, Telescope & Binoculars.

Guest Suites - Downstairs: La Palma & Bambu Suites: Identical suites, 1000 square feet each, Completely air conditioned, Two Queen-size beds in each with mosquito netting, Kitchenette/bar, Dining area that seats four, Outdoor terrace living area, Safe, Iron/ironing board, TV with cable and DVD player, Bose iPod dock, Hair dryer, Aveda bath products, Bathrobes, Phone, Binoculars and wireless internet.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
Dave Houck (Property Manager)
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About Dave Houck

Born and raised in the Central Valley of California, I worked with my parents and brothers until we sold our 'family business' in 1996 and I was able to travel. Costa Rica was one of my first trips; each year I returned for a longer stay. In 2002 I bought a piece of land and began building my home here. Finished in 2005 (and still looking brand new!) I have now moved to Costa Rica as a full time resident, renting Casa de Frutas, living in a tropical bungalow (Ku De Ta) nearby and building other vacation homes.

Dave Houck purchased this villa in 2005

Why Dave Houck chose Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is THE DESTINATION in Costa Rica....set along the mountain top above beautiful beaches....surrounded by dense jungle and exotic wildlife .....a very small, eclectic community filled with surfers, sportsfishermen, backpackers, international tourists and the wonderful Costa Rican people! The most expensive real estate in all of Costa Rica is here....for a reason....no mega resorts(yet).....very casual and very comfortable.

What makes this villa unique

Personal concierge services will make you feel pampered all week. You don't need to worry about a thing! Come experience luxury in the midst of the Costa Rican rainforest. An amazing experience awaits you!

Guestbook comments from the manager

It was unanimous among our family of 5- Tulemar sets the bar high for vacation destinations. We loved everything from the quiet picturesque surroundings (sans Howler Monkeys), attentive service and of course the incredible Casa de Frutas. Tulemar is truly like living inside a zoo- it's an experience in itself to sit and witness all the wildlife in it's natural habitat. The locals are kind, inviting and ready to share their beautiful country with visitors.
Jul 2014
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 51 traveler reviews

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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews
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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Fresno, CA, USA
5

Five Star experience

  • 5 of 5
What an experience! The view is world class. The casa is absolutely wonderful. The jungle trails to and from the beach are great. The private beach and grill are fantastic. And our hosts were incredible. Mauricio, Dave and Loraina made our stay so easy. Mauricio arranged all of our excursions (canopy tour, white water rafting, jet skiing, Manuel Antonio), dinner reservations, airport transportation, and rental car. All seven of us (ages 52, 50, 22, 22, 21, 20 and 14) had the most wonderful time and will definitely be back!
  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
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+ 800-936-9622
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
5

Our Second Trip; as Wonderful as the First!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed a second time at Casa de Frutas. Easily booked through Dave. The house has a magical feel, with an incredible view of the Pacific. Perfectly decorated, impeccably maintained. It even has its own pool. We also saw more wildlife at the house than at the national park. Before our first visit, we were a little concerned about renting a house in a foreign country, knowing nothing about where to eat, what activities to do, but Dave and Mauricio took incredibly good care of us. We've been many places, but have never experienced better service. This trip was just as marvelous as our first one. There's so much to do, you will never be bored, but you can also just relax at the pool or the private beach. Tulemar is the best place to stay in Manuel Antonio, and Dave and Mauricio are surely the best hosts.
  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Al.....we loved having you and your family back with us.......and we look forward to your next stay.....thank you so much for all the kind words.....and you are right......located in the gated resort of Tulemar......Casa de Frutas has the use of all the resort amenities......from the exclusive Tulemar Beach......with free lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, boogie boards, towel service and food/beverages that you just sign to your villa......the hiking trails.....the resort shuttles......the four resort pools (in addition to your private pool at the villa).....the resort restaurant......and so much more......thanks again for posting the review and we'll see you next year!

Tulemar Dave
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
5

Spectacular Costa Rica Villa

  • 5 of 5
As we wrote in the house's guest book, how do you add superlatives on top of superlatives? We've rented vacation villas around the world during the Christmas-New Year's holidays for years. We all thought this was in the top one or two best experiences we've had. House was ideal for an extended family or for (3) couples with just the best mix of common areas and private spaces. There was absolutely no detail about the design, setting and/or service that wasn't over the top. Take it from us - the villa was perfection. Only change we think they should make is a new video about the property. The current one doesn't do it justice.
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Richard....thanks for the great review.....we really appreciate it......and thanks for the idea about a new video......good idea.....we hope to see you and the family back again soon!

Tulemar Dave and Mauricio
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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Atlanta
5

Casa de Frutas has it all!

  • 5 of 5
Casa de Frutas far exceeded our expectations. There is no way we could have imagined all that we experienced during our stay. Casa de Frutas provided an open air architectural masterpiece, spectacular views, abundant monkey activity, a truly private beach and much welcomed pampering. We especially appreciated our warm welcome by the entire staff, the delivery of warm brownies after a long day at the beach, our authentic Costa Rican breakfast and the incredible floral arrangements found throughout the house. Dave, Mauricio and staff delivered the perfect balance between making sure our every need was met and allowing us privacy to enjoy the house. Furthermore, Manuel antonio is a gem itself. It has great restaurants, a variety of excursions available and the friendliest people I have ever encountered in all my travels.
  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Edison.....thank you so much for the wonderful review.....we really appreciate that.....and thanks for the kind words on Casa de Frutas and our staff......staying in Casa de Frutas gives you all of the amenities of the Tulemar Resort......like the Tulemar Beach......the hiking trails....the resort shuttle.....a full service restaurant.....and the location.....right in the heart of Manuel Antonio......thanks, again for posting this review and we hope to see you back again soon!

Dave and Mauricio
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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
5

One of the very few places I found hard to leave.

  • 5 of 5
Casa de Frutas, managed by Dave and Mauricio, cannot come more highly recommended. I have travelled quite extensively and stayed in some of the worlds most highly rated hotels, and Casa de Frutas is definitely a contender. If I had to compare my experience to one other place I've stayed in, it would be the amanpuri resort in Phuket. From the simple stylish decoration to the maids who somehow manage to go about their duties without you noticing they are there. This is truly a very special place that obviously prides it self on service and attention to detail. Mauricio who is the 'personal butler' of the house is like a magician. Faced with any daunting task from lost luggage to last minute excursions, he was able to remedy anything within minutes...but more impressively with a sincere smile and zen-like demeanor. The balance of having this level of service and yet not have someone leaning over your shoulder is what Casa de Frutas has mastered. Like a Swiss Finishing School in hospitality. I have been back in London now for two weeks since my vacation and not one day has passed that I didn't have a passing thought of being back at Casa de Frutas.
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Christopher.....wow....what a wonderful review....thank you so much for taking the time to post this.....yes......we strive to provide the level of service you described to each of our guests.....from arranging your transportation from San Jose to Casa de Frutas and planning your activities prior to arrival to handling your dining and meals......or solving those little problems like missing luggage......or just someone that you can trust to ask a question or two.....thanks for staying with us and we look forward to your return!

Tulemar Dave and Mauricio
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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
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Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
5

Vacation of a Lifetime

  • 5 of 5
From the very minute when we were greeted by Dave, Mauricio and the staff of Casa de Frutas we could not have been more pampered and catered to. The house was amazing, beautiful, clean and well kept. The maids were quiet, friendly and went about their business. Mauricio was so friendly and extremely helpful, from finding lost luggage to arranging doctors appointments, booking all our activities, I don't know what we would have done without him. We love Mauricio! The added little touches, brownies, breakfast, beautiful flowers, books to read, movies, gifts coming and going were beyond what we expected and were certainly appreciated. We, as a family all agree that our trip to Costa Rica could not have been better and we miss it every day. We came home to lots of snow and cold weather. No more flip flops, no more beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunsets, what can we say, we have told a lot of our friends and family about Casa de Frutas and they are all interested in visiting. We got all our pictures back from white water rafting, zip lining, touring the natiional park, horse back riding and they are great, good memories of our trip. If I could say one thing to your future guests or anyone thinking about it, just go, you will love every minute of it. The house, the area, the people, the sunsets, the food, everything was perfect. We'd love to come back, we miss you. Thanks for a great vacation
  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ashley J....thank you so much for the great review on your stay in Casa de Frutas.....we loved having you with us......and thanks for the kind words on Mauricio.....your personal concierge.....he really does make your stay special......the staff at Casa de Frutas will be ready when you decide to return!

Dave and Mauricio
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Quepos
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Tulemar Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Onsite
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Onsite
Car: not necessary

Tulemar is exactly where you want to be in Manuel Antonio! It is the only gated and secure, 33 acre resort development in Manuel Antonio with its own private beach. There are nature and hiking trails leading thru the jungle areas complete with plaques describing trees and vegetation. You will see as much wildlife in Tulemar as you do at the national park including all three types of monkeys, sloths, exotic birds, insects and other wildlife. The private beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling and has free lounge chairs, umbrellas, sea kayaks, and boogie boards for all guests to use. Food and beverage service is available. You can walk 5 minutes down the hill to the beach and either walk back up or take the resort shuttle. Tulemar is located in the heart of Manuel Antonio, within walking distance to the best restaurants and fun bars. The national park is just minutes down the street.

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Availability & Rates

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Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Sept - Nov
Aug 30 2014 - Nov 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
$645
$4,500
 
 
Dec
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,000
 
 
Christmas
Dec 20 2014 - Dec 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
$11,500
Flat fee
 
 
New Year's
Dec 27 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
$11,500
Flat fee
 
 
Jan - Mar 2015
Jan 3 2015 - Mar 27 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,500
 
 
Easter 2015
Mar 28 2015 - Apr 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
$7,900
 
 
Apr 2015
Apr 4 2015 - Apr 30 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,500
 
 
May 2015
May 2 2015 - May 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
$5,500
 
 
Jun - Aug 2015
May 30 2015 - Aug 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
$6,000
 
 
Sept - Nov 2015
Aug 29 2015 - Nov 20 2015
3 night minimum stay
$645
$4,500
 
 
Thanksgiving 2015
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
$7,500
 
 
Dec 2015
Nov 28 2015 - Dec 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
$6,000
 
 
Christmas 2015
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
$12,500
 
 
New Years 2015
Dec 26 2015 - Jan 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
$12,500
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 4.0%
Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Amenities

Amenities

Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Beach
  • Resort
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telescope
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Dining
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Half Bathroom -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
  • Queen size air bed available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Tennis ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • forests
  • playground
  • waterfalls
  • churches
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • horseback riding
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • tennis
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • whitewater rafting
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing

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