Hidden Villa, private 51 ft pool

Villa - Entire home/apt · Uvita, Puntarenas 60504, Costa Rica
Your host, Paula
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The Space

Low Season: $145 per night (May - Nov)

High Season: $225 per night (Dec-April)

Above the resort town of Uvita, immersed in nature, tranquility and privacy sits a hidden jewel. This unusual Villa is here for any couple or individual who wishes to rejuvenate while enjoying the area's almost unlimited pleasure and adventure. Tucked away in a tropical paradise, this Moroccan/Indian style Villa has the feel of a small palace. This exclusive Villa is luxurious, extremely comfortable and designed with exquisite attention to detail. Designed by us (the owners Paula and Marty) our focus was to create a place of beauty that would feel palatial and yet be cradled in the mountains and jungle, where one could experience "living in art and natural beauty at the same time".

The Villa is all handcrafted and great care went into creating interior windows and veranda arches, all uniquely designed with beautiful moldings. The mahogany Queen bed was also custom designed and hand carved. The bedroom floors are beautiful Teak wood, soft underfoot. The 18ft vaulted ceiling is crowned by an unusual dome which can be softly lit and is a pleasure to gaze at while lying in bed. The bathroom is spacious and mostly stone and has an exotic ancient feel. While the bedroom and bathroom are comfortably screened in the veranda (living room and gourmet kitchen) are open air yet covered and protected from the rain. The villa has several multicolored stained glass Moroccan lamps and candles enhancing the already serene and romantic ambiance. The veranda flooring is imported porcelain tile, the kitchen has hand painted wall tiles and counters of Costa Rican quartz stone. Both overlook your personal 51ft saltwater pool which is covered with see through fabric so that you are always protected from the harsh sun's rays but can see sky and trees clearly. The pool is tiled with Italian imported glass tiles and is both beautiful to look at and delightful to enjoy. It can be lit for an evening swim under the stars. The water is non chemical (saltwater) and one does not feel the salt. It just feels clean, fresh and gentle.

As you enter this private reserve you are stepping into a world of natural beauty where your awareness shifts as your senses are delighted and calmed by the extraordinary beauty in which you will be living.

This 60 acre private property has abundant wild life and hundreds of flowering plants and fruit and palm trees and overlooks the largest marine preserve in Central America, Cano Island, and the Whale's Tail reef (the third largest in the world). Included are hiking trails leading to stunning Pacific Ocean views and resting areas where you can stop to enjoy a glass of wine as you watch the sun set.

The Villa is nestled in the midst of a garden of tropical flowers, bamboos and sculptures and overlooks your personal 51 ft saltwater pool, the Uvita River Valley, and the Talamanca Mountains beyondn You awake each morning to the sounds of Howler Monkeys and numerous varieties of tropical birds (yet comfortably screened in) and relax in the evenings to the surf's far off gentle rhythms.

Only we ,Marty and Paula share this 60 acre property with you. We are available to help you arrange anything you need during your stay. Although comfortably out of sight or sound they can always be reached by your provided walkie talkie.

The Hidden Villa is luxury glamping at it's best!!

Our South Pacific Coast has several palm tree lined beaches with tranquil waters as well as beaches for surfing and kayaking. Available tours include: whale and dolphin watching, trips to Cano Island, Drakes Bay and the Osa Peninsula, scuba diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, horseback riding through jungle trails or on the beaches, canopy tours and waterfall repelling, zip line and more....

Locally you can enjoy sumptuous dining from tasty typical food to the finest international cuisines. If you wish to savor the experience of peaceful solitude your Villa includes a fully equipped kitchen so you can always dine at home

With several world class spas in the area it is easy for us to arrange any beauty or wellness treatment you desire. If you wish to effortlessly receive a massage treatment, we can arrange one at your convenience, on the veranda or poolside (Please note, there is a additional charge for massage therapy of $50 per person).

If you are interested in exercising while here there is a library of Yoga, Pilates and other DVD's as well as free weights, mats, Yoga blocks, etc. The pool is perfect for swimming laps or dreamily drifting on the soft soothing floats. If total relaxation is what you yearn for you will find complete satisfaction here.

The Villa is a perfect Honeymoon retreat or a beautiful and peaceful journey into elegance and nature for any couple or individual

Guest Access

Exclusive access to a 51ft pool. (The owners use if for only one hour per day- to be arranged at guests convenience). Walking trails on this 60 acre preserve with gorgeous ocean views and a picnic table at the top for sunset viewing.
26 waterfalls on our road as well!!!

Interaction with Guests

Guests are afforded total privacy if that is what they desire. One need not see or talk to anyone while staying at the Villa. If, however, contact is desired we are available whenever....just pick up your walkie talkie and call!

The Neighborhood

The Uvita area is one of the most biodiverse in the world. The Uvita beach is where the Whales come to give birth in September. It is spectacular to see.
All times of year we have many amazing beaches to swim, snorkel, fish, kayak , surf and relax.
We have so many delicious restaurants as well.
The people here are a beautiful mixture of Ticos (local Costa Rican) and estrangers. We all love living here and our community if happy and loving.

Getting around

There are buses going north and south all day as well as several taxis.

Other Things to Note

We have a wonderful market every Saturday morning where you can shop for everything from organic vegetables, gluten free (or not!) home made breads, jewelry, hand crafts, delicious home made foods and condiments.
It is a great time to get out and socialize as well

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Security Deposit: $300
Cleaning Fee: $40
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • In all our travels over many, many years, we have never had as cordial, informative and straight-out pleasant an ongoing communication as we have had with Paula. No one has matched her sincere efforts in guaranteeing our every comfort and request. I wish she were a neighbor here in the states as we would have her to the house for dinner on a weekly basis!

    As to Hidden Valley; when it comes to accommodations, there seems to be two kinds of thinking; there are those that say, "the room is not all that important - it's just a place to sleep," and then there are people such as myself, where the accommodation is an integral, even essential part of the overall travel experience. That is Hidden Valley.

    Hidden Valley is not simply a luxury, affordable and gorgeous property - it is a destination unto itself. Unique beyond description, this is a "Xanadu!" An outdoor living room where we were facing an incredible view of the rain-forest, a bedroom that had every detail covered, from cut flowers to sleeping masks, a bathroom with all the anticipated comforts but with a shower that was fabulous - and of course a private pool that sits amongst some of the most beautiful jungle we have ever seen. Hidden Valley, by far, is without question the most unique and exquisite accommodations we have ever rented - or should I say "experienced." So close to town, restaurants, friendly people and of course incredibly beaches - those are places to go and enjoy, but but Paula's Hidden Valley, now THAT is a destination!

    May 2014
  • I spent almost 3 weeks at Hidden Villa and I only have 2 regrets: The first is that I wasn't able to stay longer. The second is that Marty and Paula had to leave for the States fairly early on in my stay so I didn't get the opportunity to get to know them better. I spent a good couple of hours talking in person with Marty and he's a fascinating, kind, open, interesting, fun, brilliant, intelligent, ( could go on and on but you probably get the picture) person.

    If you're looking for peace, serenity, to be enveloped by nature, then this is absolutely the place for you. You'll notice from the pictures that the bedroom and bathroom are enclosed but the living area and kitchen are open. when I first considered booking here I was a bit concerned as it seemed 'too open'. The best way that I can describe it having experienced it, is that it's like having a living room and kitchen with huge windows except there's no glass - or walls :) It was perfect. It does mean that you have to be ok with a few bugs with inquiring minds but, for me, that's part of connecting with Costa Rica and the world around you.

    It's obvious from the detail that has been put into every aspect of Hidden Villa - the architecture, landscaping, sculptures, decorating, etc. - that building it was a labor of love.

    Getting to and from the villa from Uvita is an experience in itself. Sitting near the top of a mountain, you have to drive across a small stream and then up a pretty rough road. You need a 4x4. I had a little Suzuki Jimmy and it was perfectly fine. To me, this added to the fun of staying here as i was looking for something remote but not too far from civilization.

    There's no doubt in my mind that I will be back.

    Paula and Marty: Thank you for your kind hospitality and I wish you all the best.


    April 2014
  • The lovely pictures and beautiful discription of this villa do not do it justice. This tiny, out of the way villa is a paradise! Situated in the very pleasent and sleepy village of Uvita, Costa Rica, this home is the perfect getaway for anyone needing time away from the crazy busy day to day life that we all seem to have. This is a very safe, very clean home that is super private and is beautiful beyond imagination. My husband and I spent our honeymoon here and we are so thankful we did. The owners Paula and Marty are very attentive while having the upmost respect for your privacy. They live very nearby but you would never know they are there. There is a radio you can you use to call them if need or emergency arises. The pool is salt water and is the most decadent thing you will ever experience. The cover over the pool keeps it very clean and there is a gentleman that comes every morning very early to clean and care for it. He is very quiet and unless you wake up early you will never know he was there. The ktchen is small but more then adaquate for 1-2 people. Beautiful gardens, beautiful home, lovely owners. You will be cheating yourself if you don't stay here.
    Of note, there is a fairly steep and rocky road to get to the villa. You will need to rent a 4WD vehicle to get up there. It is a bit of an adventure but not terrible. We easily got up the road in our 4WD rental car and had no problems.
    Uvita is a lovely village on the South Pacific side of the country. We met very nice people and had the best time there. It is set aside from the major tourist areas which was a huge plus for us. The area is close to some of the most beautiful mangroves in the world. Scuba diving and Isla Cano is beyond wonderful and the folks at Mad About Diving in Uvita are the best. The area is overflowing with amazing food in restaurants for every budget. Citrus is an excellent resturant for the more high end and for a cheap but out of this world dinner, try the Flutterby hostel near the beach.
    Zip lines, beautiful beaches, kyaking, surfing....all those things are close by and easily set up by Paula's friend down at the Uvita Info center. Paula and Marty are also have a wealth of information on the area and are eager to share all of the best kept secrets.
    Nearby waterfalls are warm and inviting in this tropical paradise, and short hike from the villa takes you to an overlook that must be seen to be believed. You will not regret a single moment here. We stayed 2 weeks and would have stayed another 2 in a heartbeat. Thank you Paula and Marty! It was the best!

    April 2014
  • We feel so lucky to have found our way to the hidden villa and can't recommend it enough. It's remarkable charm and comfort, along with our gracious hosts Paula and Marty, made our trip to Costa Rica very special indeed.

    Private, unique, tasteful, and just very well considered overall, the villa itself offered lodging with modern amenities right in the heart of the jungle. Surrounded by nature and an incredible view, we were just a short and exciting (definitely get a 4X4) drive into Uvita and the relatively remote coast of southern pacific Costa Rica. We did our best to take advantage of what the region had to offer with nature tours and snorkeling, but you really don't need to travel far when the villa offers great viewing of birds and lizards all around, an awesome waterfall and swimming hole nearby, and of course the fantastic saltwater pool!

    Paula and Marty are just a walkie talkie call away with a wealth of local knowledge and advice to share and are simply a pleasure to talk and visit with. Definitely visit Sonia at the Uvita Information Center in town; she can help book tours or tell you how to find local attractions, etc. If you can make it out to Cano island or down to the mangroves near Sierpe, you won't regret it. We also highly recommend ordering the whole fish at Villa Leonor, a short drive south of Uvita, and don't miss the small ceviche stand just past Villa Leonor! Incredible.

    Can't really imagine a more idyllic place to have a vacation and we really only wish we could have stayed longer.

    Thank you Paula and Marty!

    March 2014
  • Wonderful place, wonderful hosts!! Thanks so much Paula!

    December 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 241 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    May 2013
  • How can I possibly thank Paula and Marty enough for giving my husband and I the opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime vacation/second honeymoon in Costa Rica? Paula's self-designed villa is beyond words - it is luxury at its finest. Our trip was a perfect balance of relaxation and adventure, with hiking to nearby waterfalls (Marty's suggestion), kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and fishing. The saltwater pool is heavenly.

    Prepare your meals in the fully stocked outdoor kitchen, watch the stars at night from your own patio and sleep like a baby in the quite-large and softly lit bedroom. You will hear howler monkeys in the distance in the morning. You'll see hundreds of shooting stars. The bushes around your villa will attract types of hummingbirds, butterflies and larger birds that you've never seen before. It is beyond paradise and I struggle to find words suitable enough to describe this amazing experience.

    Marty and Paula - we thank you sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts, for opening your gorgeous villa to us. You were so kind, and it was so helpful to have you just a short phone call away to offer suggestions to us (first-time Costa Rica visitors,) and to answer any questions about the area. You gave us the perfect amount of privacy but having you nearby set us at ease.

    To any kind-hearted travelers considering Costa Rica, don't waste time with any other accommodations. You will find no better experience than at Marty and Paula's.

    February 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 191 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    June 2012
    Response from Paula:

    I always do my best to make sure that any guest is completely
    satisfied and stress free. I was unfamiliar with this site and the guest
    was quoted my "off season" price. When we realized the error I of
    course understood why the guest wished to cancel. I also offered a lower
    than usual "high season" rate and when the guest was not comfortable with
    that price as well I was glad to support his desire to withdraw his

    June 2012
  • It is difficult to imagine a more idyllic place to stay than at Paula and Marty's little villa. You need a 4X4 to get up the rocky road, but frankly that adds to the fun. We spent our mornings with a hot cup of coffee sitting on the patio looking at a spectacular mountain vista with layers of color, bougainvilleas and hibiscus surrounding us, watching hummingbirds and honeycreepers and listening to howler monkeys. In between trips to horseback ride, kayak and scuba dive on the coast, we took dips in the pool, cooked in the fantastic outdoor kitchen, chatted with our engaging, thoughtful host Marty. If you want privacy in a romantic setting and incredible charm, I don't know how you'll do better.

    April 2012
  • What a profound experience!

    Paula and Marty are the absolute greatest. We couldn't have asked for or dreamed of better hosts. The property is gorgeous...photos can't begin to tell the story. A stay at this property offers the ultimate retreat with a view into the wonders that Costa Rica has to offer.

    If you're looking to get away from "it all", this is definitely going to suit you. The villa is about a mile up the mountain from the small town of Uvita. They have a great grocery store in-town with a few restaurants. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are a short drive from the town.

    There are plenty of things that you can do as far as tours and excursions nearby but we didn't take advantage of these as we were just looking to relax...and relax we did. When you stay here...you have the place COMPLETELY to yourself.

    Please keep in-mind that you should plan on having a 4-wheel drive vehicle. It would be possible to stay there without one, but I think it could be challenging. Either way, Paula is both responsive and helpful to newbies...like me...so I highly suggest that you reach out with any questions.

    They can also help you plan your days if you're looking to accomplish something in particular. They know a lot of people in the area and can point you in the right direction. So, if you're looking for a once in a lifetime experience in an amazing mountain hideaway, you should certainly consider staying here.

    A beautiful place owned by beautiful people.

    March 2012
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Fourteen years ago my husband and I took our first trip together to Costa Rica and fell deeply in love with the country. Making our way to the small coastal Tico village of Uvita, where the mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, we found the beauty of the country rivaled only by the beauty of the Tico people. We felt that we had "come home" to a place where the inter connectedness of true community, and the ease and openness that radiates from people (a true mixture of Tico and extranjeros) is present in every interaction. Now, living in Costa Rica we have found our that our lives are greatly enriched by this beautiful environment. About 4 years ago we designed and built Villa Esondida (Hidden Villa) and it was a true labor of love. It brings us great pleasure to invite guests to enter this magical world and to participate in ensuring that their vacation is memorable and exceeds their expectations.
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