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 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
Guestbook comments from the manager
Casa de Frutas has it all - luxurious accommodations with a breathtakingly gorgeous panoramic view of the ocean, jungle, and wildlife - a complete package! It was the perfect place to celebrate our 29th anniversary with our adult children; each having their own private suite. Dave’s insight when building this open-air concept home was genius. What makes this property even more special are the people who work to make your stay memorable– a special thanks to Dave, Mauricio, and staff for taking care of our every need and for the special surprises throughout the week that made us feel so special. We highly recommend having at least one meal prepared by the fantastic chefs. So glad to have found this gem! Serenity + luxury = Casa de Frutas! We will be back.
Jun 2014
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Tulemar Vacation Home Rentals & Sales

Dave Houck

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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

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.

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!

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 44 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
  • Source: HomeAway
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
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p321590
800-936-9622
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Chapel Hill, NC, USA
5

BEST VACATION EVER!

  • 5 of 5
It is uncommon when an entire group's expectations are so far exceeded by the beauty, comfort, and hospitality of a luxury vacation environment. Casa de Frutas blew us away. The house was gorgeous and luxurious, yet comfortable and felt like home as soon as we arrived. The property had a natural feel but was meticulously designed and maintained. The service was spectacular, yet never intrusive. Planning activities through the property management was a breeze, and included things like white water rafting, expert-guided park tours, couples' massages, and any other of the numerous activities available in the area. Local restaurant recommendations were helpful, and the food around town is delicious. Of all the wonderful things about Casa de Frutas, our favorites were how easy it was to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica and each other's company from our awesome vacation home.
  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Sarah and Stan,

Thanks for a wonderful review of your stay in Casa de Frutas. Mauricio and the staff loved having you as our guests! The amazing ocean views, the wildlife and our own private beach at Tulemar add to the total package of a perfect vacation rental villa. We hope to have you and your friends stay with us again!

Dave Houck
Casa de Frutas
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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
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800-936-9622
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Michigan - USA
5

ABSOLUTE PARADISE

  • 5 of 5
Casa de Frutas is a fabulous property situated in beautiful Tulemar Gardens. The villa is beautiful, and the attention to detail is amazing. My family voted this trip to Costa Rica and, specifically, to Casa de Frutas the best vacation ever! We loved seeing the sloths, the iguanas and the monkeys from the terrace....which just happens to overlook the Pacific Ocean. Dave, the owner, was extremely gracious. Mauricio, the house manager (and more) is a gem. The staff took great care of the villa and grounds. For all of the reasons listed above, my family hated to leave. Leaving the cold and snow behind us in the US and coming to Costa Rica was wonderful. Every day we were at the Casa de Frutas was a day in Paradise!
  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful comments; we really appreciate you taking the time to write a review. Your family were great guests and the entire staff enjoyed having you with us. You are right, the amazing ocean views and the daily wildlife visits just add to the total experience of Casa de Frutas. We look forward to your return...

Dave Houck
Casa de Frutas
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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p321590
800-936-9622
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Markham, Ontario Canada
5

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

  • 5 of 5
I was just remembering our fabulous visit this past winter and I couldn't believe that I didn't submit a review, so here goes (better late than never).

Casa DeFrutas was absolutely breath taking as were the views from every nook and cranny of the place. From the moment we walked in we felt like we were in the "Life styles of the rich and famous". I had spent a lot of time looking at the web site and the pictures of Casa DeFrutas but you can't truely appreciate everything until you're actually there.

The private beach was fantastic and sometimes you felt like you were on a deserted isle (until it was time for a rum punch of course). One of my favorite places was the infinity pool where I could relax with a cold drink and maybe a good cigar for hours.

We ate almost every breakfast in the house and it was so relaxing to be able to make coffee, toss some toast in and maybe fry up an egg or two (with bountious fresh fruit of course). No standing in lines with other pushy guests trying to get a less than par buffet. Trust me, it was so relaxing that you didn't mind rustling up some breakfast and then sitting on the balcony watching the monkeys romp through the trees on their way "about town".

Dinners were also a pleasure. Although we had intended on at least one BBQ at the house it never quite happened. But that was ok since there were at least 5 excellent places to eat all within a 10 minute walk. The people were great, the food was better and the views were spectacular (as we often enjoyed the sunset while eating dinner).

Mauricio & Dave were very hospitable and extreemly helpful when it came time to book a trip or get a taxi (there were 6 of us so we always needed a van).

There is so much more I want to say but there is just not enough space here. We deffinately will be back and I can pretty much guarantee that if you try it once you'll finally know what a holiday is supposed to be all about.
  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2010
  • Stayed: Feb 2010
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words, Mike, we really enjoyed having you and your friends with us and we're looking forward to your next visit too!
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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p321590
800-936-9622
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
5

WOW

  • 5 of 5
My 8 girlfriends and I wanted to find a spectacular place to celebrate our 40th birthday. We wanted a place we would never forget and we found it at Casa de Frutas. Dave and Mauricio were amazing and no details were overlooked. The condo is spectacular with an amazing view of the ocean and fabulous sunsets. Not a far walk to the beach, but take one of the hiking trails down to the beach. Casa de Frutas is also close to some fine restaurants. Thanks Dave and Mauricio for making our "Fabulous at 40" Trip so memorable.
  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We had a lot of fun iwth the "Fabulous at 40" group.....they were very, very active.....always something going on! (One note for clarification, she did use the word "condo"....Casa de Frutas is a villa.) We look forward to their return on their 50th!!
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Luxury in Paradise- Excellent Location, Ocean View, Walk to Beach
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p321590
800-936-9622
Manuel Antonio Puntarenas
Fresno, CA
5

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Casa De Frutas began this way: Walking through a gate in a wall revealed a bali style home set in the middle of rain forest gardens, up a staircase without rails to doors that opened as we reached the top step. As we stepped over the threshold we were handed a tropical drink to view the most incredible sunset over the ocean through a house without walls. It was all I could do to not cry. Perfect!
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow...what an eloquent compliment....thanks Peggy and Mike and we hope to see you again!
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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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Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Jun - Aug
May 31 2014 - Aug 29 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,000
 
 
Sept - Nov
Aug 30 2014 - Nov 30 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$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
7 night minimum stay
$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

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

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