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Unique - Multi-Million $$ Ocean/Jungle Estate - Includes Private Gourmet Chef

Bedrooms 6
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

An awe inspiring Ocean View Estate in the Jungle with an unmatched Gourmet Chef

Casa Maravilla Estate Villa is a very uniquely designed and extremely popular luxury retreat situated on over an acre of land and the only home in the area constructed entirely out of Almond wood, which gives it such a unique look and experience in a beautiful Jungle setting with an abundance of monkeys, toucans, iguanas and other animals. Several Celebrities, including the Presidents of Sony Motion Pictures and Lennar Homes (2nd largest home builder in the US), along with a few Actors, have selected Casa Maravilla Estate as their Villa of choice in Manuel Antonio.

With exquisite gardens, 6 private bedrooms/baths, this Estate provides tremendous comfort for your entire group. All bedrooms are completely air conditioned and out of sight of one another with 4 bedrooms in the Main House and 2 more in the private Casitas. The 800 square foot Rancho/ Barbeque area was designed and built for entertaining in mind. A custom bar with a Plasma TV, dining for your entire group and relaxing chairs are all nicely situated to take advantage of the tropical gardens and overlook the very enjoyable waterfall/infinity swimming pool (with bar stools in the pool) and a wading area with water jets for the kids to play in, which all overlooks the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The 30-foot high hardwood ceilings provide excellent ventilation, and sliding glass doors all the way around, allow you to either open the home completely to the fresh pacific breezes by day and the sounds of the jungle at night, or to close it up and enjoy the experience in fully air conditioned comfort. There are also 7 plasma TV’s in the Villa as well as 7 bluetooth speakers in each bedroom, living room and Rancho!

Casa Maravilla would not be a First Class Estate without providing your own Gourmet Chef to prepare up to 3 meals per day (food and beverage costs are separate). Nobody needs to shop, cook or clean as Chef Ronald, who has been the Chef at Casa Maravilla Estate for 8 years, loves his profession and many groups want to take him home with them after their stay! Ronald does it all and saves you money (some groups say over $1,000 for the week) as well by purchasing the freshest ingredients from local vendors - butchers and fisherman, where typically only Restaurants shop. Saturday mornings is the day that Ronald goes to our Farmers market and selects the best vegetables, fruit and high quality produce at a fraction of the cost of our local stores.

The stunning ocean views and spectacular nightly sunsets are sure to take your breath away as well as over 100 outdoor lights that illuminate this incredible property at night. Manuel Antonio National Park and its multiple white sand beaches rimmed with pristine rain forest, are the treasured jewel of Costa Rica’s park system and are just 5 minutes away while, Quepos, with its wide variety of shopping, restaurants, bars, markets, and sport-fishing fleet is less than 5 minutes in the other direction. Casa Maravilla Estate is centrally located to take advantage of both areas.

Three types of friendly monkeys visit the property regularly, as well as the fascinating and slow moving tree sloths (we have had up to 5 at a time), a large variety of birds, and a plethora of other sometimes hard to describe animals, so bring your camera and you’ll be sure to enjoy the best of the jungle and it’s amazing inhabitants from the terraces and gardens of this amazing luxury home.

So relax in your very own Estate Property while your personal Concierge and Vacation Coordinator along with the wonderful staff (especially the Chef) work their magic so that you can have an extremely relaxing and memorable vacation.

More Details

Property Manager
Pablo Arostegui
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 17, 2017

About Pablo Arostegui

Our first Vacation Rental Business was established back in 2006 and quickly became one of the first luxury vacation rental companies in the Manuel Antonio area. We sold the company in 2009 and at the encouragement of many local luxury homes, have since re-entered the Property Management and Vacation Rental business in Manuel Antonio with the goal of providing our clients with unparalleled service and an impeccable attention to detail. Our inventory of properties representing all budget levels, is managed by our highly skilled team, ensuring the highest quality homes for our guests. All rentals include our premium Concierge and Vacation Coordinator service; we will help you plan every detail of your trip, from booking in-country transportation to assisting with our most highly recommended tours. We also pride ourselves on our commitment to the environment, and are doing everything possible to make our homes eco-friendly. Book with CR Vacation Properties and rest assured you will have the best vacation of your lives! Let us assist you!

Why Pablo Arostegui chose El Cerro

Casa Maravilla Estate home is perfectly located in a private Gated community of only 2 homes in an exclusive part of Manuel Antonio . Complete with a Gourmet Chef to prepare up to 3 meals per day along with a private Concierge Manager and full cleaning staff, will allow your vacation to be extremely relaxing and stress free.

What makes this estate unique

- One of the only Estate Homes in Manuel Antonio

- Constructed entirely out of Almond wood

- Large outdoor living area

- Fully Gated community

- Gourmet Chef Included

- Jungle setting

- Very frequent Monkey, sloth, Toucan and Scarlet MaCaw's

- Extremely large property

- 6 completely independent bedrooms allowing privacy for all

- Over 100 varieties of plants and flowers with significant outdoor lighting that illuminates the property at night.

- Private Security Company

- Full staff included

- Exclusive Concierge Manager and Vacation Coordinator to help plan your exciting vacation and to tend to all of your requirements - your personal assistant!

- - Look under rates and notes to view our other Luxury Villas

Guestbook comments from the manager

5 of 5 stars - Reviewed 2 days ago for a stay in March 2015 NEW

This was our second Spring Break at Casa Maravilla with Teenage children. The house is perfect in every way-the location is in the middle of everything but private at the same time. Many updates from last year that only enhanced the property. The pool and outside areas are spectacular-the view is hard to beat. Ronald, a great chef, is the leader of a staff that takes care of your every need. We did not eat a meal out and had a variety of foods, from local to our favorites from home. Ronald is as funny as he is kind and will keep you entertained the entire trip. Xenia is a wonderful housekeeper and does your laundry everyday.

The locals know the house so they can get you for all the tours you do. We zip-lined, fished, and went on the Vacation Buggy. All excellent and Sabrina, the house concierge, did a fabulous job setting up our schedule. I could go on, but the bottom line is the place is perfect.
Mar 2015
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Quepos Domestic airlines
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
El Arado, Z Restaurant
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 29
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
El Arado, Gondola Restaurant
Car: not necessary

Activities: World Class Sport Fishing (you can watch the boats come and go from the house), Pristine beaches, Private beach, White Water Rafting, Canopy Tours, Mangrove Tours, Surfing, National Park, Four Wheeler Adventures, Hiking, Biking, Golf (Los Suenos Marriott 45 minutes), Gym, Wildlife Viewing (especially at the house!), Horseback Riding, Waterfall Tours, Shopping, Restaurants and Fine Dining, Cinema, Sightseeing, Swimming, Snorkeling & Diving, Boating, Sailing, Para sailing, Jet-skiing. Full Tour Menu provided upon check-in.

Enjoy complete privacy, tucked away in the heart of Manuel Antonio, the most exclusive vacation spot in Costa Rica, with its endless activities, numerous restaurants, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Casa Maravilla provides you with the most private, perfect, vacation retreat... The full time staff includes a Gourmet Chef, Ronald, to prepare 3 meals per day, daily maid service, full time groundskeeper and Private Security Company along with a full time concierge manager to assist you with all your needs. The home is supplied with all the amenities you would enjoy at home, including: phone, high-speed wifi connection, dual temperature wine refrigerator, Direct TV, fine linens and towels, full kitchenware, Ipod capable speaker system, Ipod alarm clocks, DVD library of over 50 movies, barbeque, and much more.

Also included is a special guide to all of the area’s best tours as well as information and directions to the finest (or most interesting) restaurants, places, and beaches.

We are happy to help you with even the smallest of special requests to make your vacation special, or with the planning of weddings and events. With our years of experience, we can arrange practically anything you need. We can also recommend and handle the reservation of your rental cars, and the top sport-fishing boats, at the time of your home reservations, as these are best reserved in advance due to limited last minute availability. It is our sincerely pleasure to make your vacation as easy, fun, and enjoyable for you as possible, so please give us a call or e-mail, and then get ready to enjoy the best of Costa Rica, at Casa Maravilla Estate.


El Cerro Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 17 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Beautiful Ocean View
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main Floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Ocean View with Kitchenette
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Private Casita
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 double , Kitchenette
    Bedroom 5 - 2 queen , Casita with Kitchenette
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.9886365 based on 89 reviews

The most memorable vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

Words can't explain the amazing vacation me and my family of 17 just returned from. I was very nervous about finding a house the would accommodate 8 adults and 9 kids, but this one was perfect. There are 2 rooms in the main house, 2 rooms down below the house (walk outside of the house to get to the door), and the 2 casitas. It was very nice to have our own area to go to when we needed some space!!

The patio and pool are the most spectacular part of the house. I would look forward to waking up early to go up and sit looking at the ocean and have my morning coffee. The pool is huge and the kids loved it. The covered patio is amazing. We had every meal there surrounded my the beautiful grounds.

If you are wanting to see monkeys and wild life this house won't disappoint. We saw monkeys EVERY day, SEVERAL times a day. There was even one time when about 20 of the little red monkeys came around and were surrounding us (not in a creepy way!) Roger found several sloths for us including one holding a very tiny baby. It was amazing.

And now to the best part of the house, the one thing you can't find at any other house in Costa Rica. THE PEOPLE. I am honestly tearing up as I right this and think about the friends that we left behind. First there is Sabrina. She is a godsend. She helped plan every single detail of our trip. I emailed her back and forth for months before arriving until I felt 100% confident in every detail of our trip. And then there she was at midnight to greet us and meet her in person. She didn't disappoint. She is the kindest lady and we loved getting to see her!!

Then there is Ronald. He is reason enough to book this house. I read all the reviews about him and was excited, but had no idea how much we'd truly love having him cook for us. His food is amazing, and he is so friendly and fun to talk to. We ate dinner away from the house one night, and wished we would have just stayed at the house with him!! If we could have brought him back with us we would have.

Roger, Xenia and Juan were all amazing as well. They kept the place spic and span and made us feel like we were at an all inclusive resort. The one thing the my family was skeptical about booking a house over a hotel was having to clean and cook , but at this house they do it all. If you have any doubts about booking this house, please forget them! you won't regret anything.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Annie, Thank you for your very thorough and complimentary review and we were delighted to host your group and assist with making your vacation the most memorable experience. The entire team was also very excited to have your group stay at Casa Maravilla and are very appreciative of all of the compliments. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again. Best regards, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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A Slice of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Casa Maravilla is a beautiful villa that has the most breathtaking views imaginable. Our group was comprised of 12 adults ages 58-64, we all had a wonderful time. The guys went deep sea fishing and caught a lot, a group went zip lining and it was a blast! and we also went on a buggy tour that you hike down into the waterfalls. Our concierge Sabrina set all of our activities up for us and it was perfect. A couple of the ladies also had the most wonderful massage outdoors over looking the ocean. Our chef cooked every meal for us and it was delicious, the sweet housekeeper kept our villa clean and even did our laundry. The grounds keeper maintains the lush tropical plants that surround the villa and he also points out the wildlife for all to enjoy. I would highly recommend this VRBO if you are going to visit Costa Rica, each and every detail is taken care of by the staff.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Becky, We thank you for your wonderful review and pleased to hear that you and your group had a tremendous time at our popular Casa Maravilla Estate and that you got to enjoy our "slice of paradise". Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again. Much appreciated, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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Great stay!

  • 4 of 5

The staff which included, a chef, concierge, Gardner and house keeper, were so helpful but never intrusive. Ronald cooked breakfast and dinner every day and had some snack things around for those that didn’t go out to lunch. It was all delicious and our cost was around $22-$25 per person per day. Very reasonable! We had 6 couples aged from 58-65. One bedroom off of the kitchen, wasn’t ideal because of noise and the bathroom not being connected but all others were plenty adequate. Sabrina, the concierge is fabulous!! Whatever you need, she will assist you in making it happen. 4 stars for her! I would stay there again and recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oh, My Goodness!

  • 5 of 5

We've been to Costa Rica on five different vacations and stayed in some top tier luxury hotels but none of these trips compared to staying at the Casa Maravilla Estate. We had a group of 14 and this fine house on the hillside easily accommodated our party (and when I use the word party, I mean it). Ronald, the chef, kept us well fed. The housekeeper and concierge were very professional. This house also had a groundskeeper, maintenance man and security guard. The view from the pool of the bay is fantastic, the outdoor dining area was perfect for our group and the outside bar accommodated our evening activities very well. The concierge, Mefe, booked our tours, called taxis and helped with some of the grocery shopping. It was no big deal but the blender broke during our visit. It was replaced the next morning with a new one. This illustrates their attention to detail in doing their best to ensure their guests enjoy their stay in Costa Rica.

We enjoyed Casa Maravilla very much. With a large group, you will find that it is even be less expensive than paying for five or six hotel rooms. This is a well-run home rental in a prime location.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bruce, I would like to thank you for taking the time to generate a review of your stay at our very popular Casa Maravilla Estate and delighted to hear that you and your group of 14 had a delightful time. We also appreciate your recognition of our wonderful and hard working staff who go above and beyond to make sure that you have a tremendously relaxing and memorable experience. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again in the future. Best regards, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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Wonderful time in Costa Rica!

  • 5 of 5

Due to some bad luck, we happened to arrive in Manuel Antonio in the middle of a tropical depression. There's rainy season, and then there's what we encountered on Wednesday, October 4. Washed out roads, power outages, and a whole town left reeling from record and unexpected rains. The whole staff at Casa Maravilla went above and beyond to make sure that we had a memorable and wonderful time, despite the less than stellar weather start we had on the trip. We ended up losing power for almost a day, and the town was a wreck, and yet Xinia showed up at 8 to clean the house and Ronald showed up around 9 am to cook breakfast. Our fabulous concierge Mefi never stopped communicating with us and checked on us many times. He bought us lanterns, cell phone charger power blocks, and more supplies to get through the first day.

Once the rains stopped and everything started getting back to normal and the real part of the vacation started we had a blast. Manuel Antonio is a beautiful area and this house is fabulously located in the jungle. The National Park was closed due to the weather, but we saw 3 types of monkeys, sloths iguanas, toucans and scarlet macaws from our deck.

The house is nice, and beautifully architected, but what really stands out are the people that work there. Beyond the ones mentioned above, we also loved the groundskeeper Roger who worked hard to make sure we saw all the animals that passed through. He also takes great pride in the plants and flowers at Maravilla and his hard work is evident all over the property. Ronald is a great chef, but he's also just a great person. We really enjoyed getting to know him during the week we were there.

We didn't get to take any of the tours because most of them were closed due to the weather, but our concierge Mefi arranged awesome things for us to do. The last day before we left he rented us private transportation and was our personal guide on a 3 mile hike to the most beautiful waterfall i've ever seen. Mefi and the rest of the staff never stopped working to make sure we were safe, comfortable and happy. We really had a great time in beautiful Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Stephanie, Thank you for such a generous review of your stay at our wonderful Casa Maravilla Estate and despite our very rare Hurricane, it sounds like you and your group had a terrific time. Our team always strives to go above and beyond to attempt to make your trip extremely memorable and it seems that they achieved this goal. We appreciate you staying with us and hope that you return again. Hopefully, the weather will be more cooperating. Best regards, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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  • 5 of 5

It was PERFECT! From the time we pulled up to the time we pulled away. Honestly we chose CR because my son wanted to see sloths. The staff was impeccable! Sabrina contacted us early asking our needs and wants and boy did she deliver. The entire staff was on sloth watch and did we see sloths! Roger the grounds keeper, what a wonderful man. He searched daily for monkeys, sloths and any animals that would bring our kids joy. Ronald the chef did not disappoint every meal was spectacular. Xenia kept everything fresh and clean. I will never forget this vacation nor will I ever forget the kind people we met at Casa Maravilla. Thank you for everything ❤️

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christina, We are so delighted that our "sloth Patrol" was on constant alert and were able to show your son many sloths as we knew that is his favorite animal. Our overall team were thrilled to have you and your family/friends as guests as they enjoyed you as much as you them. Sorry that I did not get an opportunity to meet you but do hope that you come back for a return visit. Thank you for staying with us and if you come back with a smaller or larger group, we represent many luxury villas of all sizes that you can see on our website at Much appreciated, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

- Easter 2017 - $8,900
- Thanksgiving 2017 - $8,900
- Please inquire for rates for limited nightly stays as well as extended vacations

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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