We are very grateful for the kind words that our guests have shared about their vacation experience at Villa Mariposa. Here’s a selection from Trip Advisor and other vacation rental sites.
Also, in their comments, many include personal discoveries made during their stay at the Villa and in the surrounding area covering Ojochal and Uvita.
We invite you to read them to learn more about what awaits you when you choose Villa Mariposa as your vacation destination!
“Spectacular Stay in Paradise”
My husband, son, daughter-in-law and I enjoyed a spectacular week at Ellen and Bernie’s villa this March. Everything was even more beautiful than the pictures suggest. We all love to cook and we really appreciated how well organized and well-equipped the kitchen was. It is very much evident that the owners have put a great deal of thought into the design and lay-out of the whole house.
Our stay there truly felt as if we were in our own home. The beds were exceptionally comfortable and the ceiling fans and open doors provided cool breezes at night. We enjoyed going for early morning walks – quite the workout on mountainous roads!
The beaches in the area are all wonderful but our favourite was the national park. It was incredible to be able to walk for miles and see no one! The restaurants in Ojochal are amazing and rival anything we have in Toronto -only at a fraction of the cost! We particularly enjoyed Citrus and Exotica.
Another treat was watching the sunset (Margaritas in hand) at the Hotel El Castillo. I guess the highest recommendation I can give is that within two days of returning home we had re-booked with Ellen for next March!
Patti Muir, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
“Enchanting surroundings and luxurious amenities sets Villa Mariposa apart”
Even months after our week at Villa Mariposa, photos of our stay there bring back the tingle of heightened senses. That can’t be said for an all-inclusive.
When we turned off the costal highway up the steep road that led to our villa, the changing evening light added to our excitement. The higher we climbed the more I knew our Villa would be in a special place. I was right.
The property manager, Ben, met us in the courtyard, then stood back as the four of us walked through the elegant main room through to the french doors that lead to the pool terrace. There we stopped, awestruck by the impact of the surreal pink glow of the entire sky, the view clear to the ocean, the shimmering pool, and the crazy wonderful noises of creatures in the jungle surrounding us. Actually, tears welled up in my eyes. “For us?” I thought? “Just for us … for a whole week?” My job has put me in many luxurious rooms. But Villa Mariposa stands apart. Our 16 year old daughter was having the same reaction. Our 19 year old son forgot to be cool, and I could see my husband, a photographer, already sizing up the landscape. Ben was smiling, like, everyone reacts like this when they arrive.
It was all we could do to politely listen to the few instructions Ben had for us. Within seconds after he left we were splashing and giggling in the pool. And that’s pretty much how it went for the rest of the week. In the day we did all the normal Costa Rican things close by: exhilarating zip lines, muddy ATV tours for the boys, luxurious spas for the girls, clean beaches, specialty restaurants, etc. And every time we came back to the Villa, in fact, every morning waking up, we found ourselves transfixed by the patch of paradise that Bernie and Ellen have created.
Ellen and Bernie have set things up so there is nothing to do but explore the local towns to buy groceries: A fully appointed kitchen, spacious rooms, comfortable furniture in lovely colours, and beds and bedding of exceptionally good quality. Gone were the surly teenagers and pre-occupied adults. We all ate well, slept well and truly rested.
Throughout the entire week the magic of our surroundings – the quality of light, the fragrance, the busy creatures morning and evening – recharged us. Villa Mariposa counts among the loveliest places we’ve stayed.
Sylvia V, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“A Gem of a Villa!”
Villa Mariposa was even more charming than the descriptions and pictures posted on the internet. The property was lovely, set high up on a hillside overlooking the ocean and surrounded by greenery and birdsong. Local stores supplied all of our grocery needs and we rarely strayed from the gorgeous pool and magnificent view.
The wide range of movies and music supplied at the house were a delightful surprise and entertained us many an evening. The house was well laid out, the furnishings comfortable and the property exceptionally well cared for. Plush towels – both bath and pool – were a nice touch, as were the binoculars, bird books, poker chips and puzzles. The local restaurants were exceptionally good – 5 star and we visited a little French pastry shop several times for breakfast.
The Mystic Dive shop in town provided our teenagers with scuba training and we saw sharks, lesser devil rays, schools of fish and dolphins on our day trip to Cano Island. The local beaches were beautiful – not at all crowded and excellent swimming. We plan to return in the near future as the property got two thumbs up from all three of our kids.
M & L, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A terrific spot to unwind. Secluded, well-appointed property and villa with terrific view of the countryside and ocean. Separated from civilization by a mountain road, this is a little bit of heaven in an unspoiled part of CR. 3 bedroom villa had all the amenities and a gorgeous pool – good for 5-6 people. Enyoy it before the area gets too developed.
Matt, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“A Beautiful Private Retreat!”
Villa Mariposa is everything it promises: private, romantic, beautifully designed and exceptionally clean.
Two things make this property a stand-out: one is the location, high on the side of a mountain, under a canopy of tropical foliage and butterflies with an ocean view just over the edge of the swimming pool, yet within short driving distance to exceptional restaurants, grocery stores and beautiful beaches. The other is the outside terrace, where day or night, you can lounge, entertain, enjoy delicious meals of locally caught fresh fish, swim – and even shower.
The owners provide a detailed information package about everything related to the house: appliances, emergency contact information, recommendations on local activities and places to eat. Every aspect of booking, arriving and being in the property met my expectations for professional and courteous customer service.
I have rented several exceptional vacation properties throughout the Caribbean and Latin America; Villa Mariposa easily merits its place on the top of my top-five list. Highly recommended.
Lisa, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We loved the feeling of being all alone in the rain forest. Watching the humming birds at the pool every morning quickly became a tradition. Our 4-wheel drive got us easily to and from the magnificent restaurants in nearby Ojahal and the wonderful nearby beaches. If you want to relax, eat well and walk the beaches, this villa is comfortable with great views while surrounded by the wonders of the Costa Rican rain forest. The Villa book contains lots of useful information.
Deb, Vancouver, BC, Canada
“Great Place to Enjoy a Relaxing Vacation!”
What a great place to stay with great friends!
In the area there were so many activities to choose from and so many great restaurants to dine at, but we enjoyed Villa Mariposa so much we hardly left!
Our days consisted of blending up a big batch of Pina Coladas, enjoying them poolside, and grilling on the BBQ almost every night. We loved all the birds we could see from the pool deck and the sounds of the monkeys every morning.
I highly recommend this tropical home away from home!
Meg, Granton, Ontario, Canada
Your home is lovely, you have done a great job of planning your Villa. We had a lovely stay. We enjoyed everything about your home and the attention to detail. All the little things were nice to have at our disposal.
We appreciated the beautiful pool, the ocean view and all the birds. We will remember listening to Mozart while stargazing by the pool.
You have excellent property managers with Joan & Mau. We have come to know them in our eight years in the area and believe you have the best.
This is our eighth year visiting this area and we never tire of it. Our three weeks went by too fast. We will certainly be calling you next time we are going to the area, and will recommend your place.
Murray & Pam, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
What a wonderful stay in South Costa Rica…A true value for your Dollar..Nothing as peaceful as swimming in the pool, watching Toucans, as the stunning sunset reveals its self…Time to turn on the Barbeque and sear fresh Mahi Mahi that was caught by the local fisherman at Playa tortuga that morning…Evening breezes, with bedroom doors open reveal the evening sounds of the Jungle for a sound nights sleep.
Bill , Hesperia, CA USA
We rented Villa Mariposa for one of our weeks in Costa Rica. It was everything the listing said it would be. A very clean, well maintained, high quality accommodation. There were four of us (two couples) and the villa layout worked well.
The location is ideal for day trips to local beaches (which are very nice) or tours (we did Nauyaca Falls Horseback tour, ziplining at Quepos, and the guys did a fishing trip out of Uvita). There is good grocery shopping in Uvita as well as some interesting shops along the highway.
The view from the outdoor living/pool area is spectacular (including the whale tail at low tide). We brought some music but I also enjoyed the cd’s available at the villa. It was nice to open the french doors and let the mountain air flow through. The property managers were friendly and helpful.
It was a great experience and a difficult location to leave!
Gail and Murray, Baden, Ontario, Canada
We had a wonderful week at Villa Mariposa. The house is fabulous, well laid out and the décor is gorgeous. We loved the pool and spent alot of time in it. It was amazing seeing the Blue Morpho Butterfies fly right in front of the terrace almost every morning. We were thrilled to see the Howler monkeys outside the gate and crossing the roads.
The horseback riding tour to Nauyaca Falls was one of many highlights of the trip with so many wonderful surprises along the way. Swimming in the jungle pool at the base of the waterfall was something out of a movie.
Joan and Mau the property managers were very helpful in arranging to get us to the villa and booking tours. We will be back to Villa Mariposa next year to enjoy this piece of paradise and we are recommending it to our friends.
Helen and Sam, Oakville, Ont.
“Pool a Major Hit”
To anyone considering renting in the southern zone of Costa Rica. My wife and I along with her parents and our
neighbour’s just came back from our stay at Villa Mariposa.What we found was a very well equipped house that made for a very comfortable stay.
The pool was a major hit that we all enjoyed on a daily basis.The house is spacious and therefore the flow worked really well. We found a very well stocked kitchen that had everything we required. All in all I can highly recommend this location for your vacation.
Oliver Jahn, Kitchener, Ontario
“Loved the Villa and this part of Costa Rica”
We spent a week in the villa and loved both the villa and this part of Costa Rica. The villa has a beautiful pool and outdoor dining and sitting area that overlooks the Pacific and sunset. We ate outdoors every meal at the villa even when it rained as the roof overhangs the sitting and eating areas.
The villa itself is new and well equipped and beautiful while the outdoors beckons. There are three furnished bedrooms of nice size, two full and one ½ bath plus an unfurnished room that can be used with a blow-up bed if needed. All rooms except for one bedroom overlook the pool.
We took advantage of the horseback ride to Nauyaca Falls which all five of us considered a highlight. We all did the Zipline, two a snorkeling trip and one took surfing lessons. All were nice but did not compare to the horseback ride.
One morning two of us went into the forest near the villa and were able to see the monkeys high in the tree tops. The beaches are reached easily and we went to a number of different beaches even as far as Dominical (about 35 minutes). The coast and mountains are beautiful and the area is much less developed than further north. The restaurants were all good and most were in beautiful locations.
The one bad part of the vacation came on the last day. We had to leave)))-:
“Great for Work and Play”
Really appreciated the 3G Internet service. I could sit out on the terrace looking at jungle and the ocean view and still be connected to the world. It was fun walking along the creek on the property – lots of different plants and butterflies.
Great dining experience at Exotica and the Ventanas beach is really beautiful. Great value and quite the find for a working vacation!
B. Savage, Toronto, Canada
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