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Spectacular Pacific Views. Tremendous Modern Estate. Live Like a Local

Bob and Lori Baca - owners

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Bob and Lori Baca - owners

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Speaks: english, spanish
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April 19, 2015
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Spectacular Pacific Views. Tremendous Modern Estate. Live Like a Local

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Photos and Description

Perfect for large groups looking for privacy, modern conveniences, total comfort

**This home is under new ownership and management, ready for rentals starting May 2015. We are ready to host you in the newly upgraded villa!**

At Villa Grande, it’s all about the size. It is undeniably “GRAND”. Offering 5,000 square feet, 4 enormous suites with their own bathrooms plus a "cuartito" with its own bathroom, and 4 floors of living space, you will surely have an amazing vacation in this villa with both jungle and ocean views. With the capacity to sleep 14 friends and family, and host even more in the common areas, Villa Grande can accommodate the largest of gatherings.

You will almost feel like you need a map to get around this immense, comfortable villa tucked away at the end of the most private road in all Manuel Antonio. It may take you all week to learn your way around...around every bend is another opportunity to find something brand new and exciting on this tropical estate.

Extended Family Vacation? Old-time Friends’ Trip? Or a Perfect Place for college Friends to escape? Villa Grande offers the breathing space that is ideal for every large group.


Almost a kilometer off the main road through a unique native community, you immediately know you are in for a true Costa Rica Experience. When the tower of Villa Grande appears on the right, you are certain you made the right choice for your family and friends. There are no neighbors for you to worry about. There are no neighbors who have to worry about you. There are no noise concerns: made or received. Villa Grande is ideally private, private...private.


This 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom villa sits at the end of a private road just minutes away from the center of Manuel Antonio, and includes a large covered carport.

The first level of the home presents guests with two private suites, each boasting its own separate entry and complete bathroom. These rooms are also easily connected for a family with small children to occupy both rooms. There is also a small "cuartito" with a queen bed and private bathroom on this level.

The second story of the home is the large master bedroom. This room has a luxurious master bathroom completely equipped with separate his and hers sinks, large walk in shower and an extravagant Jacuzzi tub.

The third story contains the kitchen and living room. The kitchen is equipped with brand-new appliances and everything you need to prepare a large meal for family or friends. The living room can easily seat 14 for a comfortable meal or perhaps you would like to entertain guests of more than 20...Villa Grande has the space.

If you are reading this, you are likely the “unlucky” Planner of your group’s vacation. Shhhhhhh! The perfect bonus is that you don’t have to tell anyone about the fourth story - "The Penthouse." Offering amazing Pacific views, a lush King size bed, and a slate-stone bath with double massage is the perfect place to enjoy some privacy. Or, if you are inclined to invite your friends to the penthouse for morning coffee or sunset cocktails, there’s also a sundeck that’s perfect with a bar, dining area, gas grill, and Pacific views that will make you run for your camera. The Penthouse consumes the entire fourth a home within a home.

All of these bedrooms, each with their stunning panoramic views and fitted AC units, are waiting to welcome you to paradise.

Bedrooms: 5 bedrooms with private bathrooms; sleeps 14 (4 king beds, 3 queen beds)

• The Penthouse: 1 king

• Master Suite: 1 king, 1 queen

• Bamboo Suite: 1 king, 1 queen

• Banana Suite: 1 king

• Cuartito: 1 queen


Villa Grande’s pool offers 20 thousand gallons of fun and a spacious sun deck offering access to every level of the home. The infinity edge flows over a stone cascade, creating the ambient sound of a waterfall. It has a swim-up bar, waterfall, shallow end for the kids, deep end for the adults, and tons of deck space to acquire a tropical tan that will shame all your friends back home. After you fire up the grill, spread the pool towels on the recliners, and take the tropical plunge, all you will have to “worry” about is how many monkeys will visit in the trees surrounding you.


Your value at Villa Grande far exceeds your price. The rates are calculated in an effort to keep Villa Grande full every week, offering you a perfect opportunity to have a tropical vacation at a fraction of the cost of a hotel of comparable worth. For the amenities and services this house offers, it’s a challenge to find a better value anywhere in Costa Rica.

Send an inquiry now, and your hosts and vacation planners will respond by answering any questions you may have. Until we meet again, pura vida - the pure life of Costa Rica!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Bob and Lori Baca - owners (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2015

About Bob and Lori Baca - owners

Villa Grande is under new ownership and management as of March 2015. Bob and Lori, who you may have seen on HGTV's House Hunters International (January 2015), are your hosts. The couple ditched their corporate jobs in 2014 and moved with their two young girls and four dogs from California to Manuel Antonio for the beauty and slower pace of life. They have quickly integrated into the community and are ready to help you do the same in this immense villa that is being upgraded, only 10 minutes from their family home. Bob and Lori have children and dogs and like to have fun, so they will know where to direct you for the best experiences in Manuel Antonio, no matter the makeup of your party. And because you will be hosted by the owners directly, the service you experience is assured to be exceptional - they want you to talk about it and to come back!

Bob and Lori Baca - owners purchased this villa in 2015

What makes this villa unique

Size and Location are the district advantages of Villa Grande. You will find enough capacity for the large families, but still with comfort for each person to have his own space. The location is secluded (~800 yards off Manuel Antonio's main road), so you will not have challenges with traffic noise, loud people on the street or bright lights through your windows. Just the peace and tranquility that makes Villa Grande a 'special find'.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have rented VRBO homes several times and I have to say that this has been our best experience. We read all the books, and posts on websites about what to do in Costa Rica and thought we would have a good time. But with the help of Bob & Lori it turned into a fantastic adventure. As locals (not real estate managers) that actually get out and see the activities, locations and places to eat, Bob & Lori were able to direct us to the best experiences.

Our zip-line canopy tour with El Santauario (managed by Diego) was 10 exciting lines with one over 4300 feet long! The next day Tony (their Spanish teacher) took us out into the mountains, to Copepampesinos, for a hike to the waterfalls. While only 25 kilometers from Quepos, you will need a 4x4 to travel the last several kilometers of this road. Be ready to cross a 300-foot suspension bridge and then down to the waterfall. Then back across the bridge to Victor’s home where we crushed sugar cane to drink the juice and settled in for a home cooked casado meal (rice, beans, chicken & plantains). This local experience was unique and not found in any guidebooks!

Bob & Lori arranged reservations at several restaurants for our group - all outstanding and met our varied needs. They also took us to the trail that leads to Playa Macha, a small hidden, beautiful beach where we played in the surf.

Let's not forget the house they opened up to us. It was comfortable with an open floor plan and great views. The top floor has a bedroom with three glass floor-to-ceiling walls looking out to the Pacific Ocean in the distance and the jungle all around you. Every morning the symphony of birds began as we watched the sunrise over the mountains far to the east, sipping coffee on the porch.

We mentioned that we wanted to grill one evening, and Bob came right over to make sure we had enough propane and all the right tools. This is just one example of the attention you will receive from this couple. There were 10 of us on this trip (grandchildren to grandparents) and we spent much of our time relaxing in the pool after these adventures. We are all ready to go back again.
Mar 2015
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Bedrooms 5
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Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
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Spectacular Pacific Views. Tremendous Modern Estate. Live Like a Local
average rating of 4.75 based on 13 reviews

Location, pool, and space - but lots of problems and too expensive

  • 2 of 5

Dina did her best, but this house was a disappointment.

First, the positives. The house is very large and private. Three couples can easily coexist peacefully. The pool is large, and we received many visits from monkeys and iguanas. The location of the house is also convenient to Quepos and Manuel Antonio.

However, there are many issues.

1. The furniture in the pictures is no longer in the house, and what is there is much more worn and less stylish. Depending on what you have to pay, that may not be an issue. During high season, paying the high season rates, it was depressing.

2. The walls need painting, are bare and have dirty smudges in many places, and there were holes in some of the walls.

3. The washer and dryer are not accessible to renters. You must wait for the housekeeper to come, and she will do your laundry for $5 a load. This a problem if you run through wet towels, or it's a holiday and she doesn't come. And, the fact that you can't do your laundry is certainly not made clear in the house description.

4. The house description implies that there is a grill by the pool. There is not. In addition, the grill on the Penthouse level was very rusty and didn't function during our visit.

5. The pool bedroom is a dungeon, and may only be fit for seriously inebriated people.

6. There are very low railings by the pool, and none by the pool bar, making the pool area very dangerous for young children.

7. There are no basic spices in the house (despite the fact that a nice big spice rack is shown in one of the pictures). The kitchen utensils and cooking implements are limited. We had to ask Dina to buy a working manual can opener, and even a colander. Had nobody ever made pasta in the house? The kitchen is also lacking in mixing bowls. If you plan very little dining in the house, it will be fine. If you want to cook dinners, expect some challenges.

8. The air conditioning in the middle floor room leaked all over a dresser, our clothes, and the floor, and couldn't be fixed for three days.

9. The Internet was out for 5 of our 8 days.

These may be first world problems, but we did pay first world prices, so I don't think that our expectations were unreasonable.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

We just returned from Villa Grande and it was a vacation of a lifetime. We loved the house and most of all we loved Dina who planned everything for us - she went so far above and beyond to plan and provide advice. She was always available if we needed anything. Thanks Dina and we can't wait to return to Costa Rica! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

The best vacation ever!!

  • 5 of 5

I have never left a review on VRBO but I had to this time. My family and I got home last night from this paradise and none of us were ready to leave! What an amazing house and place to vacation!! I would recommend this place to everyone. Dina was the best asset that we had. She asked us what we wanted to do and she had all of our stuff planned every day!We could not ask for more than that! The adventures we went on were first class. If you are looking to visit Costa Rica, please give this place a shot. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Monterey Park, Ca

The best Luxury Villa in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

We came here for our honeymoon and had the time of our lives. We came to find a beautiful villa with heart shaped swan towels everywhere. It was an amazing experience and Dina was awesome. She is the property manager/concierge. She can set up the tours and anything you can possibly need.

It is beautiful and spacious! We have a 3 story villa with a penthouse all to ourselves! They even have maid service and they came every 2 days. You have an option to have the maid do your laundry. Very convenient. It is within walking distance to the stores and some awesome restaurants. If you take a taxi it is not far at all the Manuel Antonio national park or beach.

Highly recommended for couples, a group, or a family. Much cheaper and more private. Plus they have an awesome infinity pool. The view is amazing. Definitely an experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Villa Grande, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

  • 5 of 5

This was a family vacation including our three grown children, their spouses and children - 14 in all. The house was spacious and the number of bedrooms more than adequate for us. We particularly enjoyed the master bedroom on the top floor with its glass enclosed walls and nice views of the area. The property was clean upon our arrival and very well maintained during our stay. Furnishings, though not lavish, were appropriate for the setting. The house is perched on the side of a very steep hillside so access to surrounding grounds is not easily available. The property is accessed by a mile-long, winding rutted road off the main drive of the city. One of the problems we experienced, a minor annoyance, were a sufficient number of keys to access bedrooms and remotes to open the main gate to the property. Special kudos to concierge Dina Tochluk; her efforts to make our stay perfect in every way were truly extraordinary - from arranging car shuttles and rentals to dealing with minor issues surrounding our visit. Manuel Antonio is a great vacation spot with many good restaurants, a very nice beach with waves for surfing and a large number of things to do in the immediate area - a prime consideration to keep our grandchildren (ages 9 - 12) adequately engaged. English is spoken almost everywhere. Last but not least, I was impressed by how very friendly and cordial are the people of Cost Rica.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
united states

villa grande arranged by Dina Tochluk

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend this property to stay in if staying in the Quepos and Manuel Antonio area. It is closely located to all points of interest but yet far enough off the beaten path to give you privacy and relaxation. Beautiful views and great facilities. Dina was the best phone call we made. She made our trip what it was with all of her hard work and knowledge of the area. Without her assistance we would have struggled to make all of the connections that we needed to make to have the kind of trip we were looking for. There were ten of us in our party. The house was large enough that we all could have our space if so desired. The price was well worth it, in fact, the other members of my party could not believe how cheap it was for what we got. I will definitely use this facility again if I return with a large party. We were treated like royalty from the minute we got there until the minute we left. It just made our getaway a very memorable and unforgettable trip. The area is an incredible area to visit and I will definitely be back. We toured the national park, went zip-lining, fished for sailfish, took a boat out on the ocean for a sunset meal and dolphin viewing, and went snorkeling. All in all one fantastic trip that could not have been better.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words!! You and your group made my job so fun. Hope to see you all back soon. Pura Vida- Dina


Nearest Airport
190 Kilometres
san Jose
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Mar Luna
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Mar Luna
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Manuel Antonio
Car: not necessary

ATV tours, Canopy/zipline tours, Guided National Park Tour.


Rates & Availability

From $450 Per night

Manuel Antonio Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green season
May 1 2015 - Nov 20 2015
5 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Christmas week
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
New Year's Week
Dec 27 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Mar 20 2016 - Apr 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Magical Month of May 20% off rates

$6900 Christmas December 20-27, 2015
$8500 New Year December 27, 2015-January 3, 2016

Rates include 13% Costa Rica sales tax
7 Night Minimum Preferred
5 Night Minimum Required
Saturday Arrival & Departure Preferred
50% Deposit at Contract
50% 60 days Prior to Arrival
$500 refundable security deposit

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting manager when booking.
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Manuel Antonio Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Whirlpool Bath; Hand-held, Massage Shower; Dual sinks
    Bamboo - Extra large shower with bench; Massage Shower; Dual sinks
    Banana - toilet , shower , Hand-held, Massage Shower
    Pool - toilet , shower , Hand-held, Massage Shower
    Penthouse - Slate Stone; Dual sinks; Shower-for-Two; Hand-held, Shower
  • 5.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bamboo Suite - 1 king , 1 queen , Air conditioned; Private Entrance
    Banana Suite - 1 king , Air conditioned; Private Entrance
    Pool Suite - 1 queen , Air conditioned; Private Entrance
    The Penthouse - 1 king , Entire Top Floor; Stellar Views; Air conditioned; Private
    Master Suite - 1 king , 1 queen , Private balcony; air conditioning; Plasma TV
  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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