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Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 6 nights

About the property

2 Bedr./ 2 Bathr., Infinity Pool, Jacuzzi, Sun-deck on 1000m2 hill top, PRIVACY

The gated mountain property is located 200 meter above Mal País! It is the best gateway (for couples 'honeymooner', small families or 2 couples) and perfect location for visiting all beaches on both sides of the Peninsula (Mal Pais,Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa, Montezuma)!!! You are renting the complete hilltop with absolute privacy!!!

The tropical house - has the most incredible (***the best view in town***) to all beaches in the area - like Playa Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, Playa Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa, Playa Manzanillo!!! Enjoy astounding sunsets all year around from everywhere!!!!

You would rent the upper platform of our 6 hectare property with a tropical house (2 bedrooms), 2 bathroom with hot-water shower, big open roofed area with kitchen, infinity pool (11 meter x 5 meter) with beach entry and very big grass outside area!!! Of course you can discover the whole property! Privacy is absolutely guaranteed! You get a local cell-phone for any assistance to keep your absolute privacy...!!!




2 bed rooms with queen size bed

2 bath rooms

11m x 5m infinity pool with beach entry


Big roof covered chill out area

Bali bed/chairs and lounge sofa

Music equipment

Outdoor kitchen area, big refrigerator

Big barbecue gas grill


1000m2 hill-top

Tropical house

Infinity pool with beach entrance

Hot water Jacuzzi

Very big grass outside area with Bali-lounge chairs

Gated property, Large parking area, 24 hours security,

Free Cleaning service, washing and drying clothes on request,

Activity and Area-consultancy

Organization of: Chef Service, Massages, Cosmetics, Yoga, Tours etc... (ALL!!!)

Rent a car/ATVs, Transport (Helicopter, Taxi),

Transportable bed for a small child

A wonderful tropical garden and jungle vegetation

Wild animals – monkeys, birds, butterfly’s ....


More Details

Property Manager
Tino Gnauck
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 18, 2016

About Tino Gnauck

Nationality: German

Residence: Costa Rica - 14 years

Language: German, English, Spanish,

Tino Gnauck purchased this villa in 2013

Why Tino Gnauck chose Puntarenas


***** Really best view in town over Playa Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, Playa Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa until Nosara

***** From everywhere you see the sunset all year around

What makes this villa unique

absolutely privacy - best service, we can organize all!!!

activity & area consultancy

really best view of all properties here


“If you're looking at staying in Mal Pais or Santa Teresa look no further. Tino's place is an absolute paradise on Earth! The photos listed here do not do the place justice, and do not capture the unbelievable views of Playa Santa Teresa. The house itself is a beautiful, clean, well equipped open concept house. Any family or couple(s) would feel more than comfortable here. I just came back from a long weekend with my girlfriend and we felt like we'd found paradise. The drive up to the house is fun and off-road (make sure you have a 4x4 vehicle), which adds to the excitement and true remoteness of the location. Tino is a great host and had us all set up and organized upon arrival, and was extremely gracious upon check-out. We look forward to coming back asap! Highly recommend.”


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(90 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.9444447 based on 90 reviews

Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot express the absolute joy my wife and I had on our honeymoon stay at Villa Katino. The views are breathtaking and the villa is spacious. The host is a great guy who offered us unlimited privacy. We stayed for two weeks and wish it had been more. When not lounging by our private pool we dined at some of the fantastic local restaurants. Our host arranged an ocean fishing trip and a canopy zip line outing. We hired a local chef to cook a couple of diners and the food was out of this world! We have memories to last a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot express the absolute joy my wife and I had on our honeymoon stay at Villa Katino. The views are breathtaking and the villa is spacious. The host is a great guy who offered us unlimited privacy. We stayed for two weeks and wish it had been more. When not lounging by our private pool we dined at some of the fantastic local restaurants. Our host arranged an ocean fishing trip and a canopy zip line outing. We hired a local chef to cook a couple of diners and the food was out of this world! We have memories to last a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Green Jungle, Blue Sky, & Sparkling Water

  • 5 of 5

Villa Katino is one of those.... special places that exists in this world. If you're reading this review, you've probably just looked at the pictures and said, "wow" to yourself. Let me be the first to tell you that what you are seeing from your computer is only a fraction of the experience you'll have. This is truly a unique oasis.

Vistas - I've reviewed lots of other homes in the area and the views from Villa Katino are probably the best... and definitely the most special. The design of the pool overlooking the coast line makes it hard to look anywhere else. Your eyes will be glued to the landscape. Few homes offer such a unique view of Green Jungle, Blue Sky, & Sparkling Water.

Experience - The experience of driving up the road to the house was exhilarating. You spend 10 minutes going up twisting turns of the mountain getting glimpses of the landscape through the trees. When you finally arrive at the top of the mountain where Villa Katino sits, you have this realization that you've reached the pinnacle of the entire Nicoya Peninsula.

Convenience - For being so secluded and on top of a mountain, there is still a level of convenience. Amenities are a short drive away and the Pescadería Mal País is right at the bottom of the mountain providing the freshest fish for you to cook back in Villa Katino. Buying fish that was just caught and grilling it in the open kitchen as the sun was setting was one of the best experiences of the trip.

The House - The house was recently built and is a perfect mix of modern surrounded by nature! You can tell that Tino put his blood, sweat, and tears into building this property and cares for it meticulously. The design of the downstairs shower was one of my favorite details. You are inside, yet have the feeling that you are surrounded by nature.

The Host(s) - Tino was a superb host who was extremely caring and made sure we had everything that we needed. He took his time to tell us all about the house and show us around. His presence was friendly, welcoming, and he went above and beyond to make sure that we had the best experience possible. Perhaps if you're lucky you'll meet 'the other host', Max the Dog. Max is the neighbors dog who rules the top of the mountain and may come hang out with you. He ended up being our protector and loving pet for the week. (Max is not his real name… we never did find out what his real name was 😉 )

Villa Katino will hold a memorable & special place in your heart

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing, beautiful, paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Vila Katino is absolutely breath taking. You won't want to leave! Better than the pictures. We stayed 7 nights on our honeymoon and were able to enjoy complete privacy and relaxation. We enjoyed watching the butterflies, howler monkeys, and iguanas as well as lounging on the patio chairs and in the well heated pool.

Mal Pais is the perfect place from which to explore. We rented an ATV and spent days visiting nearby beaches, sampling local cuisine, and participating in numerous tourist activities. The local people are tremendously friendly and helpful. We always felt safe and our lack of Spanish was no problem.

Tino truly is the greatest host. While he was out of the country for our stay, he checked in with us regularly and made sure we had all of our needs met. He went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable and that we were enjoying our stay. This was our first Air B&B experience and Tino set a whole new standard for travel accommodation. I can't recommend Vila Katino highly enough. It truly is heaven on earth.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Part of Our Stay in Costa Rica!!

  • 5 of 5

We started off our trip with adventures in La Fortuna and Monteverde but when we finally arrived in Mal Pais, it felt like a true vacation. Tino is such a fantastic host and the villa was the PERFECT place to relax and take in the beachy, laid back vibe of Mal Pais. We spent our days swimming in the infinity pool, marveling at the amazing view, and grilling fresh seafood that we purchased off the back of fishermen's trucks- the freshest fish we have ever ever had! Tino knows everyone and everything in town. On our last night, our car got stuck on the side of a cliff and Tino stayed to wait for our tow truck so that we could go and enjoy a sunset dinner on the beach (and he was so sick with food poisoning!) I can't say enough great things about Tino and we can not wait to come back and stay here the next time we are in Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Open-Air Rental in Mal Pais

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this incredible open air rental in the hills and jungle of Mal Pais for 7 nights. We flew into Liberia airport and drove to Mal Pais . . . a long but fairly easy drive. We arrived after dark, met Tino at the bakery in town, and followed him up to the rental. It is a steep and twisty drive up on loose gravel which was interesting the first time in the dark but easy after that. You must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We had a Suzuki Grand Vitara and it was perfect for this region. The property was beautiful, although very dry since it had not rained since December. The views are incredible. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It was hot and still the night we arrived so we opted for the room with air conditioning and the open air bathroom. The view of the beaches and jungle from the open air shower/bathroom are beautiful. We spent a lot of time in the pool and one night in the hot tub. The hot tub does take a while to heat so turn it on early if you plan to use it. The internet was in and out, as was the power during our stay. We also had quite a few "visitors". . . birds, geckos, huge iguanas, monkeys, a deer, a raccoon, huge grasshopper, beetles, and unfortunately a few scorpions too that we managed to find before they found us. We cooked breakfast 4 days and dinner 2. We were able to buy some fresh fish from a local fisherman at the end of the street . . . a grouper and red snapper filleted for only $12. There are several restaurant, beaches, and bars a short drive from this rental. We enjoyed the local beaches; a beach day at Banana Beach Bar; snorkeling in a tide pool; eating at Katana, Mary's, Caracolas, Burger Rancho, Habaneros, Restaurant Pizzeria; zip lining for the first time at Canopy del Pacifico; and a day trip to Cabo Blanco and Montezuma. Tino is an attentive and knowledgeable host that checked on us daily to make sure we had all we needed, take the garbage, water the grass and landscaping, clean the pool, etc. We had a great week at Villa Katino, would recommend it to others, and would love to return some day.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tambor Airport - National airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Marys Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Marys Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Mal Pais Beach by road
Car: necessary

Other Activities: animal watching, ATV tours, waterfall tour, canopy, diving (i am dive instructor..)

Golf: A beautiful golf course is located in Tambor 30 Miles away.


Rates & Availability

Malpais Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Chrismas/New year
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Malpais Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Guest house
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Teak Wood Honeymoon Suite
  • Bedroom upstairs (honeymoon suite) has a ceiling van and most incredible ocean view above a famous actor (MG)
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Barbecue
  • Boat
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Absolutely Privacy Big grass outside area with Bali- chairs Gated property - 24 hours security Everyday maid service. Chef service Big Gas grill and Carbon grill Organization of professional massages, cosmetics. Massage table Transportable bed for baby or small child. Surf and fishing tours, rent a cars/ATVs etc. Own boot Big parking area. Many books available. Zoo with peacocks. A wonderful tropical garden and jungle vegetation. Wild animals – monkeys, birds, butterfly’s …

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