Our recent Airbnb guests sum it up best:
"A truly beautiful home in an incredible setting, so much so, you just don't want to leave. Ever."
"Simply put, Chez Mu is fantastic. [...] Beautiful, modern, comfortable, well-maintained."
Chez Mu is nestled on a hilltop above Montezuma. The Villa offers tropical luxury at its finest. Custom built to the highest standards, with a spectacular pool and modern furnishings. The Villa can accommodate a large family or several couples.
The home is in the middle of a lush 3+ acre property, which ensures absolute privacy and tranquility. White faced and howler monkeys, as well as parrots. hummingbirds and many other varieties of birds can be seen daily. The hilltop setting provides panoramic views of the jungle and ocean, as well as a steady and refreshing breeze (and no mosquitoes!).
Plenty of deck space near the pool could become the backdrop for a very special wedding party and is perfect for yoga.
It is only 5 minutes from downtown Montezuma (cozy town with amazing beaches), 15 minutes from Cobano (bank, doctor, supermarket) and 25 minutes from Malpais (incredible sunsets and surfing).
Chez Mu is the perfect honeymoon retreat, or pampering base camp for your family's tropical adventure!
The entire villa and 3+ acre gardens are yours alone.
Interaction with Guests
Housekeepers live down the hill from the main house, and will do the daily cleaning when you're away or a schedule that's convenient for you.
Montezuma is unique among beach destinations in Guanacaste and Nicoya. For years, this remote village and its surrounding beaches, forests and waterfalls have enjoyed near-legendary status among backpackers, UFO seekers, hippie expatriates, and European budget travelers. Although it maintains its alternative vibe, Montezuma has emerged as a great destination for all manner of travelers looking for a beach retreat surrounded by some stunning scenery. An Italian influence can be felt in the outstanding restaurants in the area. Active pursuits abound, from hiking in the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve to horseback riding to a beach-side waterfall. The house itself is also walking distance to a Canopy (zip-line) Tour and a Butterfly Farm. As ever, it's the natural beauty, miles of almost abandoned beaches, rich wildlife, and jungle waterfalls that first made Montezuma famous, and they continue to make this one of the favorite beach towns in Costa Rica.
Chez Mu is 1 mile from downtown Montezuma and 12 miles from Mal País. Aside from the beaches next to town in Montezuma, the other nearest beach to the house is beautiful Playa Manchas about 1.5 miles heading southwest towards Cabuya. It’s possible to walk to the beaches, but the hike back is up a steep hill. We highly recommend renting a 4x4 to fully explore the nature parks, beaches and restaurants in the area.
We don't ask for a security deposit, but you are responsible for any major damages or loss.
La maison est belle et propre, comme sur les photos, la piscine très agréable ainsi que la grande terrasse. On a apprécié le super barbecue et la clim. Le jardin permet d'observer de nombreux oiseaux et même avant le départ des singes hurleurs. Accueil attentionné et classeur avec plein d'informations sur les activités de la péninsule. On recommande !
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This is adventure travel. The house is relatively far from the nearest main airport San Jose. If you decide to take a regional plane to Tambor, be prepared with anxiety medication. The planes are small and bounce around A LOT -- so much so that we opted not to fly back to San Jose even though we pre-paid for our tickets. We took the ferry instead.
The town of Montezuma is cute and quaint and a littly hippy'ish. The road up to the house is treacherous. It's a VERY steep incline that is part dirt, part paved. You absolutely must have a 4x4 as the roads are not maintained. Again be prepared with anxiety medication.
Once we arrived, the house was fabulous as was the pool where we stayed submerged most of the trip -- though there were a few issues we had with the house. One was that no one spoke english -- not even a word. Thankfully, I know decent spanish, but if you don't, you're screwed.
Carlos, the proprietor is great and is only a yell down the road if you need him. Literally just yell, "CARLOS" and he's there within a minute.
The other issue we had with the house was that we could not flush toilet paper down the toilet -- this was a major deal for two of the people in our group. It would have been nice to have been warned of this rule prior to arrival.
One really special part of our trip was having the female caretaker (I couldn't understand her name) prepare a typical Costa Rican dinner for us -- it was delicious -- a highlight of the trip. She made chicken w/ rice, frijoles, salad, and a vegetarian lasagna that was to die for.
Eric is great in that he provides a very thorough guidebook -- unfortunately many of the contact numbers in the book no longer work. The manual needs a major update. Thankfully we were able to find a cab number that worked -- Francisco (phone number hidden) who charged 4 colones one way to get from the house to Montezuma. Cab for us was the preferred method of travel after dark -- although once you are familiar with the rough road, you could probably drive it just fine at night yourself.
The butterfly sanctuary and the zip line tour are literally footsteps away -- and great easy excursions. We would have had lunch at the butterfly sanctuary but that cantina was closed the day we went.
All in all we had a great time at the house. There wasn't much for us to do in the city but have dinner and get groceries. We really enjoyed the "Cocolores" restaurant. I tried cooking meat from the Super Montezuma and it was not good. There is a carniceria in Cobano that is supposedly better so buy your meat before you drive in! There was a gas grill for grilling.
Eric could not have been a better host. His guide to the house, area and travel was outstanding and gave incredibly helpful information that we used in planning our trip. He could be a professional travel guide writer! He was in regular email regarding many aspects of our trip inc suggesyins for our itinerary. We were welcomed by his charming caretaker and given a bottle of bubbly. The house far exceeded even our expectations. The setting, layout, decor are truly exceptional. My son thought he was in paradise. The house is so brilliantly stocked with eg smoothie makers, great tv, stereo , great kitchen. It felt like staying in your own boutique 5 star hotel. We lived in the pool and ate all our meals on the deck watching a myriad of birds. I felt we were suspended in the canopy. It is heavenly and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to stay in such a wonderful home. We want to try and go back every year and would stay (email hidden) if we can.
The listing is very accurate, Eric is very organized and we appreciated all the effort he made and the time he spent trying to give us all the possible informations to make the best possible stay for our family.
The house is simply beautiful: we love the outdoor the most, the beautiful deck in different levels, the view and the sounds from the rich nature around will not be forgotten.
There so many nice touches around the house (great stereo system by the way!!) and the house itself blend so well with the environment!
We had a hard time leaving during the day to do our planned excursions.
We have been lucky to be able to see different species of birds, insects and families of monkeys from the house. What a treat for our New Yorker kids..
The service is also great, the staff is kind and very helpful. Everything is also very clean.
We also enjoyed the city of Montezuma itself, we were not expecting to be so nice, with small restaurants/bar on the beach.
We enjoyed barbecuing the fresh fish we bought nearby.
At walking distance a nice bar and a fun zip lining location.
We rented a car but we used it basically to go for groceries and on a couple of adventures.. reason being we didn't want to miss the day in the pool while looking at the jungle.
Thank you Eric, next time we need at least two weeks though..
Amazing place! Chez Mu is absolutely gorgeous. Lovely, airy space, incredible deck with perfect views, stunning infinity pool - we hardly left the house! Sitting in a hammock early morning with a coffee watching the birds - bliss! Kitchen is really well equipped, bedrooms are really comfy. The housekeepers are great, will do as much or as little as you want. They even washed all our clothes! Montezuma is lovely and fun, great places to eat. Playa de los Artistas, Tierra y Fuego and El Sano Banano were our favourites. Eric was really easy to book with, so efficient and helpful from the start, and sent brilliant directions and a great welcome book. It really is a little slice of heaven - trust me, you won't regret booking this one!
Family paradise vacation. Chez Mu was the perfect place to take our 2 year old and 6 month old girls. The rooms were big and there was even a pack'n'play for the baby. The kitchen has lots of nice alliances (bbq outside) and utensils options which we appreciated as we did a lot of cooking. The kitchen then opens up to our favorite part of Chez Mu, the deck and pool. Wow, what a view. pictures don't do it justice. This place is great for families or anyone who wants to experience a little slice of costa rica pura vida. My best airbnb experience ever!
Eric made us feel welcome from the initial booking. He has an extensive guidebook which answers almost all your questions. Thanks Eric!
What an amazing getaway! My new husband and I were looking for somewhere to escape to for our honeymoon and did we find the perfect place or what. From the pictures we had received prior to our trip our expectations were high but once we arrived they were all exceeded. We had heard from previous travelers that Montezuma was worth the trip and we agree. It was the perfect balance of beauty, adventure, and relaxation. NOTHING can beat the view and the infinity pool, grill, and open air layout make you never want to leave. I was actually jealous of the couple that posted previously to us that says they were able to stay for a month. If you can get away for that long this is the PERFECT place to do it.
It takes some effort to get there, but it is totally worth every minute. Eric had sent us an amazing PDF about every last detail we needed. From where to catch the ferry and how to make sure you had paid the correct fare to the best adventures and outings on the island. We had a 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser (From National) and we were glad we did. You probably could get to Chez Mu from the ferry without one, but having the 4x4 made the peninsula much more fun to explore.
We beach hopped as much as we had time for and we couldn't get to them all. Each beach was unique and amazing. We usually felt like we had our own private beaches. On the beaches we would only run into another person once in a while.
We hiked the 4 mile trek North to the beach water fall, but we didn't leave at 5am as Eric's guide recommends. Its a fantastic adventure, but take lots of water incase it gets hot while you're out there.
We visited the cemetery island off of Cabuya, where after returning to the beach. A local fisherman brought us fresh coconuts as a gift. The whole week through we only met kind sweet people.
Facility: Everything is clean and perfectly maintained. The kitchen is perfect. The gas grill was amazing. The pool is fantastic. The stereo sounds great (bring an ipod).
The food: You can't go wrong. We started off by making dinners at home which were really fun in the amazing (email hidden). But we also found restaurants along the beaches and loved every meal. Montezuma's restaurants were top rate. The food was fresh and amazing, and the ambiance impossible to not enjoy.
Lastly, Carlos, Yahaira, and Dolores are AMAZING. They were so friendly, kind, and available for anything we should have needed. They even had a bottle of Champagne for us when we arrived! Our honeymoon exceeded every expectation and we cannot WAIT to go back.
Three "tico" friends, Eric, David and Luis, bought a magical property in Montezuma in 2006 and together with our wives have put our hearts into making it the dream escape from it all. Share it with us!