|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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The Potoo is a one-bedroom suite that sits on stilts with a sweeping terrace that allows you to reach out and caress Orchids on the trees. The 2700 square foot villa encompasses a Teak four-post king-size bed, adjoining bathroom with coral tile floors and sandstone sinks, and an ornate hand-carved wood kitchen and living space. The unique design of this house creates romantic seclusion coupled with the imperial essence of living on a cloud. It is nestled far away from the other houses and pavilions on the ridgeline between the slopes that overlook the Pacific Ocean to the West and the lush rain forest valley to the East. It comfortably sleeps two guests on a romantic getaway, anniversary, or wistful adventure.
This villa can be rented in combination with :
The Pavilion -- Property 181805
Bosque -- Property 311548
Alexander Hruby has lived in Costa Rica for over 15 years. He was educated in Europe and the United States as an engineer.
He first explored the Osa Peninsula by attending an Ashtanga Yoga workshop. To pacify his surfing passion he purchased property on the Pacific Coast. After selling a successful auto parts business in Vienna, Austria, he made a permanent move to Costa Rica and used his design talents to build Manu Villas. Searching for sustainable elegance in the jungle he was inspired by Bali Architecture. His Bali style homes are perched on cliff edges surrounded by orchids cascading over infinity edge pools that embrace the elements. Hruby’s sophisticated design reputation spread quickly and he has built countless homes in the area while maintaining a five star reputation for luxury villa rentals on Trip Advisor.
Alexander Hruby purchased this villa in 2001
Manu Villas is a very special and unique property and might not be for everyone! If you really like a private, secluded property surrounded by tropical rain forest with all its wildlife only a short driving distance (15min) to town and the closest beaches (10min) you come to the right place. We choose this location on a hill overlooking the entire pacific because of the privacy the cool breezes at night and the incredible sunsets!
We arrived in the evening and awoke the next morning to a breathtaking view of the mountains and Pacific Ocean from the balcony of the Potoo Treehouse. We found the villa to be spacious and comfortable. It was tastefully designed and very well maintained. We took breakfast and dinner in our villa on days when weren't exploring and would highly recommend this service to anyone visiting. Grace is an exceptional chef and is very accomodating with her menu. As another reviewer put it, she is a natural healer, and had me cured of an upset stomach almost instantly with a delicious herbal tea. Her massages are not to be missed either, but if you don't like a lot of pressure (I do) than ask her to go easy as she has very strong hands for such a tiny person.
In this extraordinary place, wildlife abounds. Each morning we were greated by poison dart frogs outside on the stairs (yes they're deadly, but they shy away from people and are adorable to photograph...nothing to worry about). In the afternoon we would watch hummingbirds dart around the trees, and were once visited by a kookaburra. If you want to see monkeys, there is a Capuchan that hangs out by the fruit stand near the road to San Isidro.
We highly recommend taking advantage of the tours to see wildlife as well. We did the Cano Island tour (made me very sea sick, but was worth it to see the hermit crabs, dolphins, and whale), the zipline tour, and the Nauyaka waterfall tour (this is a magical place, the likes of which you only see in magazines).
My girlfriend and I had one of the best vacations at the Potoo Treehouse. The pictures can't capture what it's like to wake up to the many birds and sunrise over the mountains, with the ocean view in the distance and perfect sunsets over the water. I was concerned with no A/C, as I get hot easily, but we were away most of the day (when it's the hottest) doing activities in Quepos, Domincal, Uvita, Manuel Antonio, etc. When we got home at night, we opened all of the doors and everything quickly cooled down by the time we went to bed. It's about a 10-15 minute, bumpy drive(need 4x4) up and down the mountain, but the elevation offers you the cool breeze and amazing views. During our stay, we saw many kinds of colorful birds, Toucans, butterflies, dart frogs, monkeys and more all from the balcony or walking on the property.
If anyone isn't ok with bugs, this may not be the place for you. The Treehouse is definitely in the rainforest and there will be bugs. However, they weren't annoying like mosquitoes or gnats. I did let out many grasshoppers, moths, butterflies and more. Just make sure you don't have all the lights on when the doors are open at night.
As other reviews have mentioned, the worst part about the Treehouse is having to leave at the end of your trip. We will hopefully be coming back soon.
The property was exactly as pictured. The view was breathtaking, the wildlife was awesome (toucans in our trees every morning) A bonus was the downstairs, w/ soaking pool. Rodney was attentive and helpful with anything we needed. **YOU MUST HAVE A 4WD VEHICLE TO STAY AT THIS PROPERTY**
Staying in this magical place was one of the highlights of our trip to Costa Rica. We woke up to the sounds of toucans in the trees all around us- truly a one of a kind experience. The treehouse itself is beautifully appointed with a kitchen, a rainwater shower, comfortable bed and beautiful woodwork- plus, a dip pool below us with an incredible view out to the Pacific coastline where you can see all of the islands that dot the coastline. Think deluxe Bali treehouse in the rainforest canopy.
Wow. Just wow. The best way I can describe the Manu Tree House, is by telling what happened when we got there. My wife and I were on our honeymoon, and couldn't have picked a better place. We drove up the road through jungles like we'd never seen before, to the parking spot at the top of the hill at Manu Villas. Walking through the property we were in awe, first passing through the Balinese gates, by the infinity pool, and the Manu Villas main house. Then we crested the hill and saw the Treehouse, seemingly perched over the rainforest, and my wife was literally in tears it was so beautiful. The Treehouse is huge, gorgeous, historic, and in an unbeatable location. It's I think 700 feet in elevation, so stays nice and cool year round, so don't be worried about lack of AC. The drive up the property is fun (steep, but easily doable in 2WD). The jungle surrounding the property is beautiful. The grounds of the property are amazing (two other villas are on the same grounds, but in the Treehouse you don't really see either and feel totally isolated, as they're quite a distance away). The Treehouse itself is amazing - wraparound deck around the entire house, great kitchen, spa-style bath, huge greatroom/bedroom. Alex and Grace, I can't say enough about - incredible hosts (and Pepito, the monkey!) Very interesting hosts that quickly became friends throughout our stay not only at the Treehouse but throughout our stay in Costa Rica. And, Grace is an incredible cook/chef! The bottom floor of the Treehouse is like a private spa - with a large soaking tub, massage tables, Balinese lounge furniture, it's just magical. Get a massage from Grace as well - she's a master of many trades! Our mornings were spent at the Treehouse, afternoons on the beaches of Dominical & Uvita, and always back up the hill to the Treehouse for sunset cocktails on the deck before home cooked meals for dinner. And the ocean views - incredible. You can hear the surf from throughout the house. Tucans, monkeys, tons of wildlife surround you. Can you tell how much we loved the Treehouse??? My wife and I travel internationally 2-3 times/year, staying in premium villas, and this ranks up at the top! Thank you Alex & Grace for providing such a special sanctuary, a Costa Rican experience worth the trip! Thank you again - Mike & Denise Whitten!
(We actually stayed March 2012 but the calendar wouldn't let me go back that far.)
Words can't describe the wonderful time we had there. The views from atop the mountain looking at the ocean were breathtaking and the ways the villas looked were nice too, they keep the place in great shape. The owners were spectacular, we really enjoyed them! While staying at the Manu Villas we went into town everyday (you can't stay at the villas without renting a car), the life there was pleasant. We went to the beach a couple of days, we also went to Canyo island to scuba dive, I would recommend the company Mad about Diving. We weren't certified but they took us to the pool the day before so we could go out on their adventure. The company is owned by a company who genuinely cares about their business and it shows. We also went ziplining and four-wheeling on the beach. While at the villa Grace made us dinner a couple nights, she is an excellent cook! You can't stay at Manu without having her cook for you!
This is a place we would definitely stay again! So glad we experienced the Manu Villas!
Our hosts Alex and Grace have created exotic accomodations in a breathtaking jungle environment high above the Pacific Ocean with spectacular views from every vantage point. Their personal attention to our well-being and enjoyment culminated in healthy, delicious meals and even more delicious and relaxing massages.
A first rate destination...it exceeded our expectations!
Please check the Manu Villas and Spa homepage for more details about the area, tours, chef service and our Spa - google 'manu villas dominical'.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Additional Services: breakfast $20/person, Dinner $35/person, massages $65/person/hour
Please also see our tours and packages we offer at our web site please google Manu Villas and Spa Costa rica
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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