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Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
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:
March 12, 2017

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.”


Malpais Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • children welcome
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
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 …

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(93 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.9462366 based on 93 reviews

A paradize in Mal Pais with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Tino's house, with my wife and our 2 kids (14 and 10). The concept of living outside and in an "open house", of enjoying the pool after the beach, of overlooking the bay. We had amazing and unforgettable views of Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa (among the most beautiful in Costa Rica).

The house is comfortable, with all the convenience and appliances available. It is at the top of the hill and there is always a very nice breathe and wind which is nice when the heat strikes Mal Pais... A pleasure to take a nap in the early afternoon.

Also a special mention for the shower at the bottom floor from where we had the pleasure to see howler monkeys! And the access in 4D drive which is definitely memorable...

Tino is also a very caring host, who provided us with all the support we could have imagined: giving good tips, keeping the pool always clean and clear from leaves, removing the garbage regularly, supplying water and all the cooking basics (salt, pepper,...), even cleaning our clothes...

Thanks a lot Tino for your warm welcome and the terrific time we had in your great house!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Haus mit der besten Aussicht!

  • 5 of 5

Wo soll man beginnen diesen Aufenthalt zu beschreiben? Bei der Vorfreude, der Ankunft, dem Haus, dem Grundstück, welches ein Mix aus Dschungel und einzigartiger Aussicht ist, oder dem Gastgeber?

Beginnen wir beim Letzteren. Tino, ein deutscher Auswanderer, lebt seit 15 Jahren in Costa Rica, spricht fliessend Spanisch und Englisch und hat uns ein paar Tage vor unserem Aufenthalt per E-Mail kontaktiert. Wir haben unsere Telefonnummern ausgetauscht und uns fortan über WhatsApp verständigt. Bei unserer Ankunft wurden wir morgens an der Bäckerei in Mal Pais, wie vereinbart von Tino mit seinem Geländewagen abgeholt. Die etwa 15 Minütige Fahrt zum Haus ist sehr aufschlussreich, da Tino einem gleich die Gegend erklärt und einem sehr gute Tipps gibt wo man am besten Einkaufen, abendessen oder ausgehen kann und welche Strände man unbedingt aufsuchen sollte. Tino hat uns während unseres Aufenthalts zwei Quads geliehen mit denen man die Gegend bestens erkunden kann.

Das Haus selber liegt direkt auf einem Hügel. Dort ist man völlig unter sich und hat seine absolute Privatsphäre. Die Aussicht ist die schönste die ich je in Costa Rica gesehen habe. Man schaut über die Dächer des Dschungels die Küste entlang, tief in die Weiten des blauen Ozeans. Atemberaubend! Sei es nun bei Tag oder beim Sonnenuntergang. Man kann sich einfach nicht satt sehen! Zum Glück hat man dieselbe Aussicht auch vom Pool/Hot Tub aus, wodurch einem nichts entgeht. Des Weiteren bietet das Haus eine voll ausgestattete Küche. Gekocht wird am Gasherd oder Grill. Das untere Schlafzimmer hat eine Klimaanlage. Man betritt dieses Zimmer durch das Badezimmer. Die Dusche bietet einen genialen Blick in den Dschungel. Morgens kann man während des morgendlichen Duschens den Brüllaffen beim Frühstück zuschauen. Das obere und grössere Schlafzimmer hat ein Himmelbett mit Mückennetz und einen Balkon, von dem man den gleichen atemberaubenden Blick geniessen kann. Es fehlt einem an gar nichts und wenn, dann ist Tino sofort an Ort und Stelle und hilft einem aus.

Die eine Woche die wir in der Villa Katino verbracht haben war eine der Besten in meinem Leben. So entspannt war ich selten. Wir werden auf jeden Fall wieder kommen! Danke Dir für Alles Tino! Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Victoria, BC

Amazing Property with Breathtaking Views

  • 5 of 5

My partner, his best friend, and I had the chance to experience this magical hilltop retreat for one week. We cannot say enough about this place and the incredible service that Tino provided to us: We were picked up from the Bakery in Mal Pais on our arrival date and driven up to the house with mentions of best places to eat and places to go. Upon arriving to the incredibly private and secluded property, we were met with one of the most beautiful and expansive ocean views the area has to offer. You can spend days staring at the view and the sunsets are out of this world! Tina has two ATVs which we were able to rent from him for a great price. This was a great way for us to get around and explore. We also had a few visits from the Howler monkeys which we absolutely adored. We really spent most of our time relaxing and lounging around in the open air living room and dipping in the huge infinity pool. Tino is an amazing host who meticulously cares for his property and goes above and beyond to ensure the best possible experience for all of his guests. It is really no wonder that his reviews all have a high rating. We will without a doubt, return to Villa Katino. This place is extremely special and will forever hold a place in our hearts. Thank you Tino!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • 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
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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
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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
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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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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