|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Experience the extraordinary beauty of a tropical rain forest, as you relax on the patio or terrace of Villa Titi.
Villa Titi is a quiet, private home on the grounds of the Hotel Eclipse. This distinctive Mediterranean style villa, located above Manuel Antonio beach, takes advantage of the prevailing ocean breeze and offers all the comforts of home. The deluxe lower suite can comfortably accommodate three with a queen size bed, plus a single bed. This suite has an open spacious floor plan with a fully equipped kitchen, bedroom, large private bath and living room that opens to a covered patio. The comfortable second floor bedroom with a queen size bed as well, also has a private bath and covered terrace for relaxation as you take in the surrounding beauty. Separate entries on both levels provide optimum privacy. Villa Titi is equipped with both ceiling fans and air conditioning.
Villa Titi also has satellite television in both bedrooms and was recently updated with large flat screen TVs. It also has Wi-Fi throughout the house, and separate telephones on each level of the home.
“Titi” is the Costa Rican name for the endangered Central American squirrel monkey or Mono Titi. Often times you will be greeted in the morning by the sights and sounds of the “Titis” as they pass overhead, foraging for mangoes next to our house, on their daily rounds. We also have the white face or Mono Blanco monkeys around the house each day as well! In the distance you will hear the howler monkeys and the squawk of the green parrots as they fly overhead. Observe some of the most rare and exotic animal life on earth. Costa Rica is home to more than 9,000 species of birds and animals, as bird watcher’s paradise! Or, just sit under a palm tree with a good book and enjoy the warm ocean breeze.
A short distance away is the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance, where the tropical rain forest meets dazzling white sand beaches. Enjoy a relaxing day with friends at the beach, taking in the sun and surf. Or, simply enjoy a dip in our refreshing pool.
The pool at the Hotel Eclipse is a short walk from your door (approx. 50 meters). After a dip in our pool comes the hard part – selecting one of the many excellent nearby restaurants for dinner! Choose from French, Italian, German, Asian or “Tico” style restaurants. We highly recommend the “catch of the day” such as Mahi Mahi, Yellow fin Tuna, or Snapper. Other varieties are also seasonally available.
Keywords: Casita, Hotel Casitas Eclipse, titi monkeys, pool, private, gay
My partner Steve and I have been traveling to Costa Rica since 1988! It is a fantastic country; the people are wonderful; the food is fabulous; and the beaches are incredible. There is an amazing variety of wildlife, with warm temperatures year around. The average high temperature during high season from late December to April is about 88 degrees F (31degrees C), and the average low temperature is 75 degrees F (24 degrees C).
The Owner purchased this house in 1993
The Manuel Antonio area is one of the most popular resort areas in Costa Rica and is easily accessible by car, bus or air. The new highway from San Jose makes the 150km trip about a 2 hour drive. There is also frequent bus service and almost hourly air service!
This area is quite different from the northwest part of the country in that the climate is very tropical with very lush vegetation and wild life. The Manuel Antonio beach is almost 2 km long and is also one of the best in all of Central America! The water is warm year around and there is fairly good surfing at the north end of the beach.
Our house is on the grounds of the Hotel Eclipse property but we choose to operate it apart from the hotel. We are part of an association that still allows us access to the pool and off street parking. Security is provided by the hotel's security staff. They not only guard the house but the off street parking lot as well.
Since we are near the equator, the sun rises before 6am almost every day of the year, and it sets around 6pm as well. Our favorite thing is to rise early, make a pot of fabulous Costa Rican coffee, with a breakfast of just picked fresh fruit and listen to the jungle awaken! It is very easy to spend a couple of hours doing this. Then, it's off to the beach or a walk through the National Park. The trees and vegetation grow right down to the sand on the beach, so it is easy to spread your towel under a group of palm trees or the native "allmendro" or almond trees that lean out over the white sand.
Lunch is a filet of mahi mahi, tuna or a hamburger and fries. The beer is the best, with most of the Costa Rican breweries originating in Germany over 100 years ago!
A nap or late afternoon swim at the pool is a nice way to finish the day, before the tough decision of deciding where to eat dinner.
After dinner, it's a little reading or watching television, before turning out the lights at 10pm.
Get a good nights sleep, because the jungle will wake you before 6am the next day!
Yes, we had to name or "guard dog" at Villa Titi! This place was fantastic, we really had a great time. Iguanas about, monkeys in the trees and numerous other creatures complete the beautiful grounds. All the basic amenities you would need are at Villa Titi. The adjacent hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, but we were fortunate enough to be spoiled by Rosa to book our excursions. Nearby there are many restaurants to choose from, our favorite being El Avion, just across the street. The perfect place for a meal, or just a drink to sit out a thundershower. Also, we would recommend Gaia Hotel and Restaurant for a cocktail, dinner and a panoramic sunset view. We had a rental car half of the time, but the rest we relied on the ease of the buses and taxis. Lack of sidewalks can be a bit of a challenge, especially in the evening, but use your phone flashlight of bring one. Our tours were all brilliant! Rafting, zip-lining and catamaran. What a wonderful vacation, we have many fond memories and hope to return someday.
Cheers, Randall and Rob - Seattle, WA, USA
The other reviews are all accurate - wonderful to have a private house or suite within a hotel and your own jungle outside your front door. No ocean view but easy to find - all restaurants walkable. We had a 4 wheel drive so could get to the lovely beach Rosa told us about. We have stayed at VRBO and Air BnB all over Europe and John was probably the most helpful and responsive host ever! Kitchen was very well stocked. It would have been great to have beach mats since no beach towels are provided - maybe they wouldn't "disappear" as often?
We would definitely return here!
My family stayed in Villa Titi for an extended visit to Manuel Antonio (2 months). We were nervous about selecting a location online since we were going to be there for quite some time, but we completely lucked out with Villa Titi. The location was great - an easy walk to the beach, even with a 2 and 4 year old, and right on the bus line which came every 20 minutes or so and was a much preferred option for the trip back up the hill from the beach. We were able to get to Quepos (the neighboring town with more amenities) within 15 minutes, to a wide variety of restaurants (many of which were within walking distance as well), and pretty much wherever else we wanted to go without a rental car since the bus dropped off and picked up right in front of the complex which houses Villa Titi.
The owners and property manager went completely above and beyond to help us get settled, find Spanish school for our children, and get assimilated into the on-goings of Manuel Antonio life. I do not think we could have found better service elsewhere, and everyone we spoke with was genuine and friendly.
Our kids loved the pool on site and our plethora of visitors: iguanas (one we affectionately named Leroy after seeing him daily on the stairs up to Villa Titi), white-faced monkeys (with babies riding on the backs of their mamas), titi monkeys, howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, butterflies, frogs, and agouti! We didn't even have to go to the National Park to see all the wildlife as there was plenty of it in our backyard. I would recommend waking up at sunrise and just sitting outside on the porch to listen to the animals wake up and start their day. It is truly a magical experience.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Villa Titi for most anyone visiting the area. It was clean, comfortable, and perfect for our 2 month stay. Thank you John and Rosa for being extremely hospitable during our stay!
We rented both levels of Villa Titi for 3 nights while we were in Manuel Antonio, and loved it - it is hard to go wrong as there are many things that will make this a great spot while in MA.
1. People: Everyone associated with Villa Titi are warm, responsive and helpful. Prior to arriving, John (the owner) was very helpful over the phone and email. The staff on location (remember this is a villa within a hotel) were helpful, and most importantly John's friend Rosa, who made us feel at home and less of a tourist - She spoke to us at least 2-3 times on the phone, advised us on what buses to take, what activities might be appropriate with kids, how to avoid getting ripped off as tourist, and even arranged our transport to San Jose with a wonderful car and driver - she is an excellent resource who makes you feel at home.
2. The Environment : Villa Titi is located in the Hotel Eclipse, which is a collection of villas on a cliff surrounded by lush greenery - there are trees, flowers and wildlife all around. You end up getting the best of both worlds - you own private villa surrounded by nature, yet creature comforts like a swimming pool or a hotel bar or laundry are a few steps away. We saw two types of monkeys, large garden lizards, and butterflies and birds - more animals than you will see at the national park.
3. The Location :You will not find a better location in MA - the hotel entrance is on the main road from Quepos to Manuel Antonio national park, and there is a bus stop just outside the hotel - the bus will take you to the Manuel Antonio beaches, the national park, and also Quepos and the supermarkets. You can also walk to all the other major hotels and restaurants ... they are all walking distance. For little kids, there is a mini butterfly garden about 200 meters (opposite the Si Co Mo No hotel) - you really dont need your own transport to get around.
4. Things you should be prepared for:
a) Villa Titi is beautiful but its not luxury - Its a charming home with all amenities (kitchen+utensils, bed, A/C, open space, fast WiFi) but don't expect the four seasons - the bathroom tiles are an older design, and the sinks might be smaller than your fancy resort, but after about 10 minutes you dont notice it, and settle right in
b) Manuel Antonio is expensive - Expect New York prices everywhere, and that everything is built for tourists
c) Villa Titi has stairs - You are on a cliff so be prepared to walk up and down a fair bit
This place was recommended by a friend and we rented both floors. Top floor is very small so I was glad we also had the downstairs and kitchen. If you book months in advance like I did, and forgot the payment details, you need to remember that your balance is payable to the hotel which this villa is attached to, and they only take USD. No credit cards! An annoying aspect booking through VBRO was that you get an email from them asking for the balance but you're supposed to ignore it. One of the owners emailed me separately to tell me to ignore that and stick to the original payment plan. He didn't reiterate what the plan was so I had a shock upon arrival but luckily had enough USD. If you plan to utilize the kitchen you'll need to purchase everything, even salt and oil. Would have been a nice touch to have had that in the pantry. There was also no measuring cup I could find. No microwave either. The villa manager borrowed one for us as I had a need for one and the villa description said one existed. Tip on using the safe upstairs: ignore the laminated instructions as they are for a different model. Says to enter a 3-digit code followed by either A or B. But, the keypad only had numbers. Your keychain has a small key that can be used for the safe, though no one told me that in either the instructions the owner sends or by the front desk personnel. The keyhole is not obvious at all. It's behind the safe's logo/sticker to the right of the handle. Knowing about that would have saved me some frustration and a phone call to the villa manager. She didn't realize the keyhole wasn't obvious so was a bit patronizing. Lastly, it would have been nice to have had a map of the grounds provided. There is another entrance/exit that is much more convenient for this villa than going to the hotel's reception. Upon leaving the villa stay on the path and keep the pool on your left and head up the stairs. Overall it was a nice place for the money. Very private and convenient.
Just finished up a month at Villa Titi where we rented both floors. From beginning to end it was the perfect trip. John was very easy to deal with and answered all inquiries promptly. When we arrived the check-in went smoothly and the place was even nicer than we expected. It's extremely clean and very well maintained which is quite the challenge in the tropics. The cleaning lady came every other day which was another great perk. If you rent both floors it's ideal for two couples that want to holiday together yet still have privacy with their own bedroom, bathroom and terrace. From the terrace, we saw three types of monkeys, iguanas, morpho butterflies, agoutis and a variety of interesting birds. The units are very well laid out and each comes with a TV. The Wi-Fi worked reliably and we used it for internet phone calls. Although each floor has its own air conditioner, we opted to open the windows and enjoy the breezes. If we wanted cold we could have stayed in Canada!! Rosa is the manager of the unit and was a delight in every way. If you need anything from side trips, restaurant recommendations or transportation to the airport she'll arrange things and you'll not have to worry. The location of the villa is perfect for getting to the beach, restaurants, ATMs and mini-supermarket. The beach is spectacular and you have the option of renting chairs or walking down the beach to find your own piece of paradise in the sun or shade. It's worth taking a day and going to the Manual Antonio National Park. If you like a quieter beach with very small waves I would recommend Biesanz beach. The grounds of the property are beautiful and include three pools. If you're looking for local grocery stores and restaurants head to Quepos. The bus stop is right in front of the complex and costs about sixty cents for a one-way trip. The typical dinner of Costa Ricans is the "casado", which contains either fish, chicken or beef with rice, beans, vegetables and salad. At Soda Sanchez that will cost you about $5.00. For a real local experience, head to Club Banana where Friday night dinner and Karaoke with a bunch of locals is quite fun. Each unit has its own safe which was another plus. There is a new marina with a couple of restaurants which is worth a visit. Also, if you are around on Friday night or Saturday morning, head to the market on the waterfront in Quepos. You can buy lots of fresh produce, cheese and bakery items. The Mennonites make an amazin
Our house is very near the Manuel Antonio National Park. There is a small fee for entry and guided tours are available. There are some very good restaurants and bars, both straight and gay, nearby.
The upstairs and downstairs can be rented separately. Each has its own private entrance and the central door at the top of the interior stairs is locked when there are guests in both the upstairs and downstairs. Lower contains complete kitchen. Upstairs has a small fridge, and coffee only. (No microwave).
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.