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RELAX, UNWIND and ENJOY- Paradise Awaits!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Contemporary 2 Bedroom with Casita and exceptional view!

If you want to experience heaven on earth, this gorgeous two bedroom home in the 'Lomas del Paraiso' (the Hills of Paradise) gated development in Atenas, Costa Rica, will be perfect for you.

The house and casita/guest house are gated and contemporary in style and extremely well appointed. They have exceptional views and are visited by a wide range of exotic birds including Toucans, mot mots and montezuma oropendolas. 'Our' great kiskadees will wake you in the mornings with their happy calls.

The home, constructed in 2009, is on a beautifully landscaped lot and has a full range of amenities for indoor and outdoor living. You can enjoy the spectacular mountain views in the day and twinkling lights of nearby towns by night from the sunning and dining terraces, the lap pool and the play pool (yep, two swimming pools) or from inside as well, through floor to ceiling windows in every room. Both the main house and the casita/guest house have very high ceilings made of beautiful Costa Rican hardwoods.

The 12 meter, one lane, lap pool is perfect for keeping in great shape or just floating lazily and the three by five meter play pool is great for relaxing or having fun. The terraces also feature some lounge chairs for reading, sunbathing or just enjoying the views as well as a beautiful dining table for six for that outdoor breakfast, a drink with friends or a quiet talk.

The main house features a master suite, which includes the sleeping area with king size bed. An elaborate master bath with a large soaking tub, a private outdoor shower built of beautiful local rock and a large walk-in. In all rooms, there are sliding patio doors to access the outdoor living spaces. High end bed and bath linens are provided for your further comfort. 

The great room includes a living area with a leather couch, flat screen high definition TV. It also has a dining area with a table seating six and as it is for all rooms, spectacular views. The last portion of the great room is a very large, well-equipped, gourmet kitchen with a generous island-bar that is perfect for evening gatherings over a glass of wine.

The office in the main house includes a desk that is perfect for your computer, although you can use the computer anywhere on the property because there is WiFi access to the internet. There is a 3rd bath bathroom with a shower and small, rock wall enclosed outdoor atrium.

The casita/guest house includes a bedroom with a queen size bed, the standard floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the mountain view, a bathroom with a spacious shower and its own terrace. The casita/guest house terrace has a outdoor dining table with seating for two to enjoy the view.


Atenas, situated in the Central Valley, halfway between San José and the Pacific Ocean, is the perfect base from which to explore Costa Rica and see cloud forests, rain forests, tropical birds, butterflies and many other animals. You can easily make day trips to go zip-lining in the treetops, hiking in the mountains, cruising in the jungle and birding for a remarkable range of tropical birds.

You are also just over thirty minutes from Escazu, by the new highway, and its posh restaurants, wonderful shops and the remarkable MultiPlaza shopping mall. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, has many cultural and historical sites, and is about 45 minutes away. In the house, you will find a brief guide to the area which we have prepared, as well a guidebook, which you can use to identify the sights you would like to see and how to find them.

Casa Michel is approximately 35 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose/Alajuela. The many easy day trips include Beaches (Jaco and Herradurra 40 minutes away, tiny Esterillos - 40 miles, 1 ¼ hrs), Volcanos & National Parks (Poas Volcano Nat'l Park - 22 miles, about an hour; Arenal Volcano Nat'l Park - 50 miles, 2 ½ hours), Towns (Sarchi - 9 miles, 20 minutes; Cartago - 43 miles, one hour +). Talk with our property managers, Sükran Arik, about local sites or arranging tours for you.

Atenas also has 4 supermarkets and a great Farmer's Market on Fridays where you can purchase fruits, vegetables, cheese, flowers, fish, pork, chicken and home made baked goods. There are also a number of excellent restaurants, five pharmacies, a number of sodas (little restaurants that serve breakfast and lunch), and two favorite gringo hangouts, El Balcon, a European style cafe where one can have breakfast, lunch or wonderful pastry and Kay's Gringo Postres, La Finca for great pizza and other Italian good, and many others.

In addition, your stay will be made more enjoyable by our housekeeper, Carla, who will come once a week and if requested *will also do your laundry - *extra fee applies, Alfredo, our gardener will come once a week to attend to the outdoor greenery, Arnold our pool maintenance man and our property managers, Sürkan, who is multi-lingual, will do anything possible to make your stay a success. Our property manager can even arrange custom tour for you - fee will apply. Pick up or delivery to Airport is another great service provided by Sükran.

You will not be disappointed in our home, the stunning vistas or Atenas where you can leave all your cares behind and enjoy complete relaxation. We invite you to visit our website (link below) to see additional photos of the property and Atenas in addition to animals mentioned earlier - all photos taken from our terrace except the mot mot. The site also contains a number of useful links. It is no wonder that many people return to Atenas year after year for their vacation.

Keywords: A bit of paradise, mountain views, heaven on earth, villa plus casita, minutes to town, peaceful

More Details

Property Manager
Brigitte Michels
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german, italian, Swiss German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About Brigitte Michels

Married, from Switzerland splitting time between US, Mexico, Switzerland and Costa Rica. I love all places and I am delighted to be able to share this one with you.

I love elegant design, many types of cuisine and seeing as many parts of the world as possible.

Brigitte Michels purchased this villa in 2010

Why Brigitte Michels chose Alajuela Province

We considered many wonderful places before buying our home in Atenas. Ultimately, we chose this house in this location for a number of reasons including the superb climate, the extraordinary beauty of Costa Rica and this area in particular, the many, the many things to see and do (including just laying by the pool with a glass of wine and watching the clouds filter through the mountains) and the exceptional people of Costa Rica - Ticos, as they refer to themselves. Many people call this area paradise and we certainly agree.

What makes this villa unique

In addition to being in the lap of all the beauty that mother nature offers, Casa Michel is close to a huge variety of eco tourism sites and it is a short 30 minute drive, by the new freeway, to Escazu which has many exceptional restaurants and shopping possibilities.


Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Cariari Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Ruta 3
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
3078 Miles
Taos, New Mexico
Nearest Beach
37 Miles
Car: recommended

Rain forests, cloud forests, national parks, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, wildlife reserves, zip-lining, hiking, eco tourism in abundance are all within reach of a day trip.


Atenas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • The master bath has a large soaking tub and a large outdoor shower. Each of the other two bathrooms has a large shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size bed in the master bedroom, Queen size Bed in the guest house/casita, Single Bed In the third bedroom/office
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Outdoor shower at master bath; Casita/Guest House with full bath and own dining terrace. Maid, gardener pool maintenance service and property manager provide full range of services (no cleaning fee); Five minutes from town of Atenas.


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RELAX, UNWIND and ENJOY- Paradise Awaits!
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews

Spectacular Scenery

  • 5 of 5

This house can compete with the luxury resorts of Costa Rica. The view is amazing. The house is well maintained. The owner and property managers were always responsive and helpful. Very safe comfortable neighborhood. The location is off the beat and path to many attractions, definately need a car. We went to Zoo Ave, approx 30 min drive. We also went to Carara National park, approx 1hr drive. We did coffee plantation tour, arranged by Aad, the property manager who also picked us up from the airport, which was a delight. Only a couple of minor details like no expected toiletries provided, and bed linens were musty, which i washed to fix the problem were our complants. The linens are just a result of damp, humid Costa Rica conditions. The managers said the toiletry oversight was due to illness of local provider. There was also an ant problem in guest bedroom which we resolved with provided spray. Another result of the area. If you've ever been to Costa Rica, these are typical issues anywhere you stay. I would definately recommend this house for anyone traveling to Costa Rica and would rent again myself.....

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jen and Bob, Thanks very much for your review. We were very surprised to hear that there were no toiletries and that the sheets were musty. These things have never happened before and should not have happened now. We have already communicated with Aad and Marian to insure that they do not happen again. As to the ants, we are sorry about that and, in fact, the house had been sprayed a few weeks before but ants can be really hard to avoid in Costa Rica. In any case, we are really glad that you enjoyed your stay in spite of the issues and would be delighted to have you back either in Costa Rica or our place in France. Thanks again, Barry
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  • 5 of 5

We loved loved loved our stay at Casa Dos Leones... it's a wonderful house and we felt just like at home right away. Even the kids called it home after a few days! The city of Atenas is very quiet and the view is to die for. I'd recommend it to anyone!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much Daphne'. We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay!! All my best, Barry
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Norwell, Mass

Outstanding Property!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely breathtaking property. Private gated property in the wonderful town of Atena's. Weather was just perfect. Hot during the day and nice an cool at night. The home was really safe and comfortable. Two pools and view's to die for. We traveled all over Costa Rica from this vantage point. From Monteverde to Manuel Antonio to Jaco and Arenal. Driving the countryside of CR was amazing. The roads can be a bit challenging, so we made sure we got up early and returned in the daylight. Even though there was a lot of time in the car, each drive was stunning and the end destination totally worth it. Thanks to Barry and Claudia for the birthday cake for my daughters who turned 16 during the trip. Nice touch from two classy people. The caretaker, Aud, was available via email in an instant. Very helpful. Pura Vida and Gracias. We would highly recommend the property.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jim, Claudia and I are just so happy that your triplets had a great birthday!! Needless to say, it was our first triplet birthday. We would love to see you return or, for just you and Tina, you might consider our other place in Saintes, France, an hour north of Bordeaux. All our best, Barry
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  • 5 of 5

Truly a little bit of paradise. The house, the view, the pool(s) are all perfect. What a magical place to relax at the end of a day and watch the valley lights come to life as the sun goes down. Convenient to town yet incredibly private. Hope to stay there again.


  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tim, Claudia and I are delighted that you had such a good time at Casa Dos Leones! We would love to see you return or to visit our other home in Saintes, France, an hour north of Bordeaux. All our best, Claudia and Barry
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A wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

We had a such amazing time there. The place is out of the world. The location is very nice. The house is very well designed. Confortable and luxurious!

The high light of the trip is our guide, Aad and Marian. They are so nice and fun to be with. We highly recomand that to have them to take you to places. They know everything, and they are both very interesting and kind people to spend time with.

We had the best time.

Sorry for the delayed review. We didn't forget our visit. It was so memorable. Would want to go back again!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Rong-Yan and Bill, We are very glad that you and your parents enjoyed your stay at Casa Dos Leones. And thank you for your kind review. Best wishes, Barry and Claudia
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Reedsville, Wisconsin, USA

Excellent, Awesome, and Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at many VRBO's and this by far is our favorite. Barry and Claudia are great people and helped make this trip very memorable. Aad and Marian are a sweet couple who did everything they could to make our stay comfortable. I would highly recommend having them pick you up from the airport - that made the first day so much easier (and it would be difficult to find Casa Dos Leones on your own for the first time). The views are incredible. The home is very modern and had everything we could have wanted. The location was perfect, close enough for many easy day trips with enough time at the end of the day to enjoy the home, pools and views. We rented a car and driving was easy enough, but you must add the GPS in your rental, we could not have done it without it. Beside the fact that this home is everything (and more) than the description states, Barry, Claudia, Aad, and Marian are the most helpful and kind people you could ask for. They gave us excellent suggestions, tips, ideas, and information to make our stay very comfortable and memorable. They were quick to answer any of our questions and all of their suggestions are right on. When we go back to Atenas, this will be our #1 choice for a rental. Thank you Barry, Claudia, Aad and Marian - you are wonderful people and your help and home made our vacation a true paradise. Anyone who choses to rent this home will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Tony and Michele, Claudia and I are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at Casa Dos Leones. Maybe next year we'll see you again here or at our place in Saintes, France. Barry
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please see Rental Agreement for other details. Normal check-in is Saturday at 3:00 PM and check-out is Saturday at 11:00 AM. Please check with us about early check-in or late-check-out; We will be as flexible as possible. Stays not beginning and ending on a Saturday, may be subject to additional charges.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.