This home is even more beautiful than the photos. The location allowed a ton of privacy with close proximity to the beach, grocery store, pharmacy, and restaurants. I'd like to say that Melissa went "above and beyond", but it's more likely that her typical level of hospitality and accommodation IS "above and beyond". She made the days effortless to plan. The tours were top notch, safe and full of adventure. Melissa will guide you to just the right tour(s) for your group. We spent plenty of time in the immaculate pool with the beautiful view. The home comfortably held 12 of us with plenty of space to spread out, find a nook for some privacy or all be together at the huge table for dinner. I highly recommend hiring Sophia and her grandmother, Carmen, to cook for you. The shopping, the cooking, and the clean up will all be done for you. You'll enjoy the freshest catch of the day and some amazing, cooked from scratch, local foods, and it's so reasonably priced. Book this house, you will not regret it!!
We stayed at El Cantico six years ago and couldn't wait to return! We brought 5 couples back and there was more than enough room to comfortably accommodate our group of twelve. Melissa is beyond sweet, organized and makes sure the vacation is absolutely the best from beginning to end. She made sure every adventure was well planned with top-notch experiences. We enjoyed the zip-lining, the ATV tour, and catamaran sunset cruise as well as delightful afternoons enjoying the infinity pool and appetizers prepared by our amazing chef.
Sophia and her grandma Carmen, were most definitely a highlight of our trip!! They were willing to prepare meals as often as we requested. She had a wonderful binder of suggestions for meals but was equally open to prepare anything we requested. We all agreed Sophia and her delicious creations were beyond all of our expectations and if we could bring her home with us we would!
We all loved spending time at this beautiful home with the views that are even more amazing than the pictures can show. We spent most of our time enjoying the infinity pool overlooking the Pacific. We couldn't believe the we were able to watch a momma sloth with her baby, beautiful birds and our daily visits from the monkeys that came right up to the pool! The grounds were kept immaculate and the pool area beyond clean. This vacation was like having our own all-inclusive resort with the chef, housekeeper with laundry service, and grounds staff. When you combine the BEST group of friends with this amazing vacation I would give it 10 stars!!!
Villa el Cantico was wonderful. Amazing views of the Pacific and Manuel Antonio National Park. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Our chef, Sophia, prepared two full meals a day from scratch, I still miss her cooking! From the pool we saw monkeys, sloths, toucans, and iguanas daily. The property manager, Melissa, was extremely helpful with our excursion planning which included ATV'ing in the jungle, swimming near a waterfall, zip lining, Manuel Antonio park hiking, and a sunset catamaran dinner cruise. She made for a stress-free vacation. If you desire to go to the beach it's just a short walk down the hill. Highly recommend Villa el Cantico, can't wait to go back!
I stayed at Villa El Cantico with my husband as part of a group of 6 couples. No kids on this trip and we all loved it. :)
The villa has 7 bedrooms (we only used 6) with adjoining bathrooms. The views are spectacular from the pool, balconies, living area and kitchen. Lots of space for everyone.
Highlights for this trip....my friends! We went with a fantastic group which made this adventure pure joy.
Other highlights...Sophia, our chef for the week. The food was delicious and plentiful. Sophia was completely ADORABLE. We all loved her. We appreciated the wonderful food that Sophia and her grandmother prepared for us each day. The chef service alone made this trip over-the-top. We had fish, seafood, chicken and beef, breakfast tortillas, lots of fresh veggies and fruit. No complaints here!
Our excursions included ATVs, zip-lining and a catamaran tour. All great experiences. We also walked to the beach a few times to enjoy the sand and surf, and pick up a few trinkets.
High recommendations all around. If you have a large group and want a true vacation....this is it!
We are in love with Costa Rica, and enjoying this beautiful area with Villa el Cantico as our home base is absolute bliss. The villa is gorgeous and works so well for our extended family group. Best view and location ever!
Chef Ana is treating us to the most beautiful, delicious and healthy food.
Melissa and Eilyn, thanks for making the planning process easy and fun. And for making sure everything is top notch while we are here. The park tour, birding, waterfall rappelling, and surfing have been amazing.
We'll be sad to leave at the end of our week.
Already looking forward to a return trip, sometime soon we hope!