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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 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 10 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, new Marina 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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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!

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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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
  • Children welcome
  • 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
  • Massage
  • 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 4.990099 based on 102 reviews

Beautiful place, beautiful view, scenic sunsets

  • 5 of 5

Very, very nice. Had a wonderful time. Excellent chef, well-kept facilities including the pool, rooms and grounds. We had a wonderful time, sorry when it was time to go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Lyle, We are extremely pleased to hear that you had a wonderful and memorable time at our unique Casa Maravilla Estate and that our staff and property were up to your standards and expectations. Thank you for your 5 star review and we hope that you return in the not so distant future. Actually, we provide a nice discount for all of our return guests. Much appreciated and thank you for staying with us, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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So relaxing and enjoyable!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Maravilla. The environment is perfect for relaxing and solitude. But for more fun and adventure, the small town of Quepos is right there (one mile walk if you like being on your feet - or a $10 taxi ride - we walked). We spent a lot of time in the pool and laying in the lounge chairs, but at times it was just nice to retreat to the cool, air-conditioned house with its roomy feel and beautiful woodwork. But the best part of it was the staff. Chef Ronald took such good care of us! Fabulous meals!!! The rest of the staff were equally friendly and efficient. We really wanted for nothing. It was all well worth the money. We haven't repeated a winter vacation yet, but if we ever do, this will be high on the list of possibilities.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Jeff, We want to thank you for your great review of your experience staying at our very unique Casa Maravilla Estate and also congratulate you on being our 100th Review on Homeaway. What a milestone as there aren't many Villas in Manuel Antonio that can make the claim of so many positive reviews. Thank you for staying with us and we certainly hope that you come back to escape the cold next winter. Much appreciated, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here and it was AMAZING! From our very first email to the property managers, to our final hugs as we left...this was truly spectacular. The attention to detail before and during our trip; the amazingly efficient and friendly team on site; the meals Ronald prepared; and Xinia's effortless housekeeping. The villa is beyond beautiful, and very adequately appointed with lots of wildlife, great social/dining areas, several refrigerators to keep beverages cold, and a most inviting pool overlooking amazing views to the Pacific sunsets. Can't wait to return! All 11 in our group agree: 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bobby, It was such a delight hosting your group as you guys were tons of fun! We are pleased to hear the 5 star service and that everyone had a tremendous experience. Hopefully, we'll see you again for another visit. Much appreciated, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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Far exceeds expectation!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Maravilla is a top notch accommodation conveniently located between Quepos and Manuel Antonio on the old road to Quepos. It was not right in the middle of the tourist area, which was just perfect for us. I went with a group of 11 and we had an excellent time here. The staff were extremely helpful but never overbearing. Ronald delighted us daily with his fine cuisine as well as working with those of us who had special diets. Xinia was quiet, polite and kept our common areas, rooms and laundry spotless. Roger was happy to point out local wildlife as he beautifully maintained the grounds. Of course, Sabrina and Don were wonderful. They saw to it that all of our needs were met as well as making tour suggestions and helping to get us to the sights we wanted to see. The sunsets at the house are stunning! Also, Casa Maravilla is laid out in such a way that everyone was able to retreat to privacy if that's what we wanted. I plan to come back to Quepos and hope I have to chance to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Doug, Muchas Gracias for the very kind review of your experience staying at our magical Casa Maravilla Estate. All of us attempt to provide our guests with a 6 star experience and it sounds like we achieved our goal.. It was extremely fun hosting your group and we all now consider your group as great friends... Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again. Pura Vida, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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Amazing Experience!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 14 had a wonderful vacation at Casa Maravilla Estate! The listing was an accurate representation of the estate, the property was well taken care of and the customer service was second to none! The beds were so comfortable and the view of the Pacific Ocean was spectacular! From the moment we arrived until the second we left, staff took care of our every need and went above and beyond to ensure our satisfaction! I can't recommend them enough!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dana, We are excited to hear that you and your group of 14 had such a terrific time staying at our wonderful Casa Maravilla Estate as I know that our entire staff truly enjoyed hosting all of you. We appreciate your review as it always helps our future guests. Thank you and we hope to see you again. Pura Vida, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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Incredible - Views, Staff, and Memories

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this place is magical. After doing months of research, we landed on this beautiful home, based on the amazing photos and reviews, and I can honestly say, the reviews don't even do it justice. We particularly enjoyed roaming around the property to discover all of the lush jungle, the outdoor dining and bar, and of course the pool with it's immaculate views, particularly at sunset. The rooms were clean and spacious, and the beds were very comfortable. The property itself is worth every penny.

But, even better than the property itself: the staff. Every single person we encountered was excellent. Sabrina made herself available to answer questions, recommend and book excursions, arrange for us to visit the beach (including chair and umbrella setup), arranged transportation for us as needed, came by to take pictures of our group, and made sure that everything about our stay was perfect. Chef Ronald is nothing short of amazing. Each day he was there for breakfast and dinner (we had excursions planned each day that included lunch, or he would have prepared this as well). Everything he cooked was perfect - from steak to lobster, pastas, desserts (I highly recommend his banana flambe), blueberry muffins, french toast... I mean, you name it and he will prepare it - and prepare it incredibly well! He made sure we had all groceries stocked, including our beer, liquor and mixers, sodas, etc. We also got to spend time with Ron asking him questions about the island, learning about the culture, and hearing his funny stories. If this guy every decides to leave Costa Rica for the US, he has a home with us. Xinia quietly cleaned up around and after us, did our laundry, and made sure that everything was perfect every single day. Roger the groundskeeper, kept the property in great shape, and pointed out monkeys and other wildlife for our group to admire. And of course, we always felt very safe with the amazing security staff. We had a group of 14 women traveling for my bachelorette party, and they did a great job of accommodating all of us. No need, want, or request was unmet.

We had several great excursions booked by Sabrina, and I loved them all - but I must specifically recommend the Vacation Buggy Jungle and Waterfall Tour. It was exception.

I simply couldn't recommend Casa Maravilla enough - except for that I selfishly want to keep it available for myself to visit at any time that I want.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Brittany, Thank you for writing such a thorough review of your stay at our wonderful Casa Maravilla Estate. Actually, I came by a few times to meet you but all of you were always gone - bad timing on my part. I am delighted to hear that our entire staff helped make your Bachlorette gathering special and from what I have from Ronald and Sabrina, you guys had a great time celebrating. Congrats on your upcoming Wedding and please come back to visit us again. Best regards, Don Owner, CR Vacation Properties
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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, 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.


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.