|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
The Villa is located in one of the most beautiful and exotic areas of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. It can accommodate a large family or several couples. There are four rooms in the first floor, each with its own bathroom and shower (2 King Beds, 2 Queen Beds) and a two rooms upstairs with bunk beds that accommodates 6-8 people. The home is in the middle of a lush 2.5+ acre property, which ensures absolute privacy and tranquility. Howler monkeys, toucans, parrots, hummingbirds and many other varieties of birds can be seen daily. The property has a strategic location: 10 minute car drive to Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo, and 20 min drive to Cahuita National Park, and it is surrounded by several great restaurants and local shops. The property connects directly with the white sand beach of Punta Uva (1 minute walk through our private trail). Plenty of deck space which faces the river/canal to the north provides an ideal setting for barbecues, relaxing afternoon or just family time. The large, roofed deck area joins with the living room to create an ample and fresh social space. All rooms have fans and screened windows.
A group of 8 of us stayed 4 nights here at Reloj De Arena. Our ages ranged from 15-43. We absolutely LOVED the property and the area. The only reason I am not giving a 5 stars is a few things with the house. It definitely was not the cleanest. And the shower water was either freezing or scalding hot. Not exaggeration at all. And no hot water in the kitchen to wash dishes. Also we wouldn't put food in the pantry cause they had a very strong strange smell. I think they are just old and need to be tossed out. BUT, with all that being said we had a wonderful time and made everything work. I would stay here again in a heart beat! The property, privacy, location, it all was beyond perfect! We loved Cruz the grounds keeper. He was very entertaining and so nice! The walk to the beach was literally about 2 min max. The river flows right along the path and the beach was SO gorgeous! We rented kayaks right on the beach to take up the river. It only cost $10 for an hour and a half. We saw a few sloths along the path and tons of turtles swimming in the river. The ocean water was perfect temp and everyone we met around there was extremely nice. It was a short drive up to Puerto Viejo. They had lots of fun shopping and restaurants there. And a little further up from there is the jaguar rescue center. Another must! $20 dollars per person. We enjoyed a couple nights out in the gazebo area of the house as well. As long as you are expecting the few inconveniences you will be super happy here! The bedrooms are large and the beds were extremely comfortable. And the kitchen and dining area also had plenty of room for all of us! We will be back here for sure!
I wrote up a blog post about the house and area. www.wanderingglenn.com
My family and I stayed at Casa Reloj de Arena for 3 days and we had a blast. The villa is super cozy, has an authentic Caribbean style and decor, and is surrounded by a super well taken care of tropical garden. Moreover, it will only take you 1 minute to walk to Punta Uva beach (through a private path) while enjoying the landscape.
Also, the villas's location is super convenient -15 minutes away from Puerto Viejo/Manzanillo. There is a supermarket across the street and several restaurants nearby worth visiting.
Finally, the owner was always available on the phone and we were warmly welcomed by the property manager.
I am already planning my next visit!
I cannot say enough about this place. Pure magic!
We stayed here with another family for a month between January and February. Troops of monkeys outside the door, a perfect beach just down the path, mama and baby sloth at the end of the trail. Perfection. I also want to say that the property manager, Cruz is still a family topic of conversation. His smiles and joy were truly infectious and our sing song nights will go down in the books!
Great place. Great area. Great people.
Amazing getaway. We spent some amazing time at this secluded beach away from the resorts and craziness of the larger beaches. We took two families for a quick getaway and we thoroughly enjoyed the house, the property and the staff. The house is set up perfectly for a couple of families. Kids downstairs and parents up. There is a large common room on the main floor but we did not spend much time inside. We enjoyed the beach to the fullest. If you are going to be staying inside I suggest Vegas. The property is set back off the beach and a quick 2 or 3 minute walk empties you out onto an amazing beach. Find a spot to hang out for the day and string a hammock two and you are in heaven. A trip to the beach at night showcases a glorious view of the night sky. Cruz is the property guard and he is simply amazing. Very polite and works very hard to show you around and make sure you have what you need. Everything is very laid back in the area and this rental is no different. It is like if you were going to your personal beach house in Costa Rica. We went to the little store a short walk away fro plenty of supplies and enjoyed a couple of the restaurants recommended in the visitor guide we received on arrival. Thanks to all. We will return soon.
We went for a family gathering, 5 adults and 7 kids, the house is part of a big property in a beautiful place, conveniently located 200 mts from the beach in Punta Uva. The property has two houses, the owner's house, and the rental house. Yes, it is nice, the river flows inside of the gardens, it has a dock to walk and stay there, but the house is terrible, smelled badly when we arrived, the kitchen and bathrooms are old and poorly kept, everything looked filthy as hell, the showers didn't worked well (in fact the best ones are the ones surrounding the house, to take a shower after the beach!). It does have a laundry room with a dry machine, (that is absolutely necessary in Puerto Viejo), but we found that the maid was washing and drying clothes for her friends & family instead of ours!!. It is pretty obvious that the gazebo and jacuzzi area are part of the "other house" of the property, the owner's house, because it is a warm and cozy place, with nice modern bathrooms, and a clean atmosphere, just as the main house. We were all the time there, as much as we could. The housekeeper Manuel, is very friendly, and always around, and obviously not responsible for all of this, but in the end didn't prove helpful
The week we spent at the Villa during our Destination Wedding: Punta Uva, Costa Rica was amazing. The photos of the villa are great but when we toured the grounds it was more beautiful than expected. It was not a 4 star hotel but what we got was so much more. The villa was very rustic, non-commercial, and fully immersed in nature which made for a great experience. Every morning we woke up to the sound of wildlife in the trees which we occasionally caught glimpses of (howling monkeys, iguanas, and sloths). We stayed in the 6 bedroom house which was clean and very accommodating with screened windows, warm water showers, a fully equipped kitchen and outside dining area. One thing to note is to bring your own drinking water.
The staff was great and helped us with whatever we needed. A nice woman came to clean the bathrooms daily and offered to help us clean after the wedding. During the wedding we used the large gazebo as our dance floor and set up tables, chairs and tents near the Jacuzzi area for our guests. The topping on the cake was the direct path to what felt like a private beach.
What a beautiful, amazing experience.
The property is conveniently located close to the main road that connects Punta Uva and Puerto Viejo. The house is surrounded by gardens and a beautiful canal/river that runs through the north side of the property and can be viewed from the terrace and most views from the house. The property connects directly with the beach through a private trail (2 minute walk). A spacious gazebo, ideal for group lunches/dinners, parties and barbecues, is located next to the house. An outdoors Jacuzzi (for 8 to 10 people) is located next to the gazebo. Overall, there is plenty of space, beautiful gardens and great social areas where to enjoy with friends and family. The house is located close to all major attractions in the area, Jaguar Rescue Center, Manzanillo Reserve, Cahuita National Park and in front of a pristine beach regarded as one of the best in Costa Rica.
Punta Uva Beach includes a beautiful peninsula crowded with lush tropical rain forests, white sand beaches and miles of palm trees. Since the river connects with the beach, you can enjoy kayak and boat trips as you explore the river and ocean
Other Activities: Kayaking, Swimming, Birdwatching, Watching Turtle lay eggs, Trekking, Snorkeling, Paddle Boarding, Scuba Diving, Fishing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
$1,740 per week
Rates include daily house cleaning service.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.