Villa Kristina Marie is simply breathtaking. From the moment you arrive you are drawn in to the beauty. The house is beautiful. The pictures do not do it justice. We were 2 families enjoying vacation together. 7 people in total. The Villa is large with Windows everywhere. The deck surrounds the house with a beautiful patio with a wet bar and BBQ. The pool is done in a beautiful stone with a working waterfall. Total tranquility. The house us very clean and nicely stocked with linens, bath towels and even towels for the beach. There are lots of coolers available to take to the beach as well as beach chairs, boogie boards and even a tent for the beach which provides you with needed shade.
We saw so many beautiful things in the jungle. The spider monkey defiantly provide you some entertainment. We heard howler monkeys but they are in the distance. The birds wake you every morning with their cheerful songs. We saw some amazing bugs, some a little scary and a giant toad the size of a dinner plate!
The initial dive up to the house was a little intimidating but you become in awe of the beauty of the jungle. By the end of the week you really enjoy the drive up to the house. The beaches are beautiful and you have access to a private beach club, most times we were alone on the beach! Fantastic waves for the kids to play in with the boogie boards.
I would not hesitate to recommend the Villa to anyone. We look forward to the opportunity to returning. One week is NOT enough. It was sad to leave.
Thank you to our hostess Clair who answered all our questions we had before leaving on vacation as well as the emails with specific driving instructions to the house and a very informative Things to do in the area letter.
The Altoras Animal sanctuary is a must see!
Jody. Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Villa Kristina Maria was the perfect home for our family get away! It was more beautiful than we expected. We felt surrounded by the best of Nature! The mornings were wonderful sitting on the wrap around porch, drinking coffee, watching and listening to the toucans, monkeys, parrots and iguanas in the that beautiful rain forest. We enjoyed equally the evening sunsets over the ocean while sitting outside on the deck. When the afternoons were warm, it was very comfortable sitting out by the bar or taking a dip in the lovely pool. At first the driveway was a challenge, but by the second time, we got used to it...It was part of the adventure! The house had plenty of room for our whole family of 7 and we never felt crowded. Claire was a gracious hostess and always answered our questions promptly. She assured us we could call on her local caretaker, if needed. We felt totally safe and secure in the home and thoroughly enjoyed venturing into town and the surrounding areas. We recommend exploring the Whales Tail, Kayaking in the Mangroves, swimming in the local waterfalls, and zip lining with Osa Canopy Tours for sure. Claire shared lots of great ideas on what to do and where to eat. Also the Uvita Information Center was another good source for tours and advice. If you are seeking the best of the jungle and ocean, in a tranquil setting, then Villa Kristina Maria is the place for you. The ceiling fans were a great helpful. There is no air conditioning and we liked it that way because we could keep the house open with lots of fresh air! Bring your Camera and Binoculars! You will experience the BEST of Nature!!!
It was Paradise.... The Best vacation ever for our family! The house was built to enjoy indoor-outdoor living which was perfect for the fantastic Costa Rican weather. We really enjoyed the outdoor decks where we could visit leisurely surrounded by the lovely pool, gardens, BBQ and fully equipped bar. It was especially fun to watch the toucans and monkeys in the trees out there.
The house was so comfortable, very nicely furnished and with all the amenities you would need from laundry soap to shampoo. There are 2 complete master suites plus 2 additional bedrooms and bathrooms so it was great for our extended family. Wonderful views from every room! The photos don't do justice to the property... it was so much better than the photos!
We found the Uvita Information Center great at setting up our tours. We ventured out every day for tours and activities, and return home in time to see the beautiful sunsets over the ocean. What magnificent views! We often would go out again for dinner which was an easy drive to the many great restaurants in the area, within about 10 minutes after you got to the main road.
The Beach club was an added bonus and the kids loved it. At the house there are plenty of beach towels and boogie boards for the kids to enjoy the beach.
We highly recommend this property and the owner - Claire was wonderful to work with and helped us with lots of good information. Thank you, Claire, for sharing your home. The entire setting was a perfect Paradise for a our relaxing vacation... Pura vida!