Secret Garden Hidden Oasis

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Manuel Antonio Hills, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas 60601, Costa Rica
Your host, Niclas
11 Reviews
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The Space

Welcome to Villas Oasis, a large vacation rental house in Manuel Antonio which can sleep up to 16 guests. We are perhaps the most accessible and convenient villa situated comfortably at the very peak of the Manuel Antonio community. This beautiful garden property provides the perfect combination of privacy and accessibility to every major restaurant and tourist spot in the village. The world famous Manuel Antonio beach and National Park is only a short distance away. Villas Oasis is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed vacation together with family and friends and a tranquil spot for couples. We welcome guests who appreciate this calm atmosphere in between their adventures to the beach, park, and local attractions.

The Secret Garden villa has been described as “hidden in paradise”. This elegant yet rustic villa contains all the natural features of Costa Rican fine woods, with cool tile flooring and many modern appliances and finishes. Attention to detail is definitely a priority. This two bedroom garden villa perfectly nestled among its natural surroundings carries an refreshing cross breeze through the entirety of the living area. This provides a fresh and relaxing environment for you to unwind. Whether it is to entertain family and friends or to watch a football game on the big screen TV. The custom designed wood cabinets and counter top in the kitchen create a unique and authentic Costa Rican vibe. The hand crafted river rock shower in the bathroom creates a rain forest style natural energy. This naturalistic theme is woven throughout the whole villa with local Costa Rican artwork and décor. Guests can stand in the kitchen preparing a meal whilst gazing into the surrounding gardens and at any moment open the glass doors and take a 5 second walk into the graduated swimming pool for a refreshing cool down.

The side patio of the garden villa has a private feel to it. Supported by beautiful teak beams contrasted against the continuing theme of the Costa Rican river rock walls. The grassy garden area is scattered with baby palms and banana trees providing plenty space to spread out in your hammock and relax for a morning coffee and book in your hand. This is a fantastic area to sit in the early morning and catch the sounds of the tropical birds attracted to the property.

We are also very proud of high ranking and many reviews on TripAdvisor, search for "Villas Oasis Manuel Antonio" and you can check for yourself

Guest Access

You have your own fully equipped kitchen in the apartment, but there is also a full kitchen outside with a BBQ area, pool, waterfall and viewing tower

Interaction with Guests

We have an onsite coordinator who will be happy to help you navigate our special area, we love to share of knowledge of the "locals" including the Saturday farmer's market. We are happy to share where you can see the best sunset, raft the best river and see the most animals.

The Neighborhood

We are located on a residential street, just behind the church. Our other neighbor is the water company, so it is nice and peaceful at night.

Getting around

We are located just one block from the local shuttle stop. The shuttle will take you to the national park/beaches as well as the town of Quepos. We do have parking, but most of our guests do not rent cars as it is not necessary.

Other Things to Note

We built Villas Oasis with our own hands and you will see the personal touches everywhere on our property. We are proud of our little place and consistently land at the top of travel review websites.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Nadja was so helpful and great! She checked in with us daily and booked all of our tours. The cleaning lady vilma was great and super nice. The villas were very clean and comfortable. The outdoor eating area was great for bbqing. We have been traveling in Costa Rica for a couple weeks and this is by far the best experience we have had. Nadja is the best! Highly recommended!

    July 2014
  • Great place! Not only was the room clean and well furnished the garden area, outdoor kitchen, and pool were excellent. The house manager, Nadia, was extremely helpful and friendly. Highly recommended.

    June 2014
  • The place it self is fantastic. We had a group of 4 stay at the location and it was quite comfortable. The location is perfect as it is situated right between Quepos and Manual Antonio, allowing us to travel to both towns expeditiously. Our host is very gracious and took care of everything. She kept the place clean, helped us with planning activities and ensured that we were taken care of not only at the house but also when we left to wander around the town.

    June 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 14 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    May 2014
  • We were INCREDIBLY happy with our stay here and the assistance and responsiveness from Nadja, the onsite caretaker, of the property. We stayed here 8 nights with our 11 month old son. We were concerned about how safe and clean the property would be for him, especially since he is walking (if you can call it that). We were also concerned the property wouldn't be near restaurants, public transit (to the Manuel A national park or Quepos), or super markets. We had nothing to be concerned about!

    First, the property is amazing - beautiful, serene, clean, with hidden surprises and very nice finishes. We were very happy staying here. The house cleaner was fantastic. Monkeys visited us on property, although I heard this is not necessarily a frequent occurrence. The pool is on the smaller side, but FANTASTIC and with only three units and people being gone different days, it was never a problem. You can easily walk to nearby restaurants, supermarket, and a bus to get you to either Manuel A national park or Quepos quite easily and I believe for less than a buck per person.

    Nadja was wonderful - she was super responsive to emails before we arrived and very helpful during our trip. Frankly, I was concerned that onsite caretaker might feel a bit too intrusive, but this definitely was not the case. She was a wonderful resource.

    My only advice to you is to book the resort through the Villa's website to save some $$.

    Pura Vida!

    April 2014
  • The "Hidden Oasis" is aptly named. Admittedly, we were a little concerned on our approach. The side street is unattractive and the church under construction in front of the unit is an eye sore. However, once the security gate opened we entered into a true oasis. We were put in the ground floor unit consisting of two spacious and separate bedrooms a very comfy sitting area and spacious modern bathroom. The house was roomy with pleasant décor and beautiful wooden furniture. Outside the unit you are surrounded by beautiful vegetation throughout which was well maintained. The pool was fabulously constructed with a walk in shallow end (no stairs) that was perfect for our 6 and 8 year olds and also nice to just lie down and relax in. In addition, there is a large area with BBQ, table and hammocks for relaxing. The unit is walking distance to a grocery store and a short drive to some fun restaurants and the beaches. We were also told by many before arriving that the beaches are not safe at night so we were quite happy to be up in the town. We thought the local Falafal Bar was very good and our kids had a great time at the El Avion restaurant as well as the "train" restaurant down the way.

    Nadja the building manager, was a huge help and very available for all our questions and needs. If there is any negative, (and it was not for us as we knew what we were getting) it's that the unit is not located on the ocean side and therefore provides no view of the ocean (though there is a viewing tower) and presently is adjacent to church construction.

    We would highly recommend this unit for those wanting to stay in town.

    March 2014
  • Nice place. Recomend. Nadja was verk helpful.

    January 2014
  • We loved every minute at this place and can highly recommend it. The apartments look great, are well equipped and furnished with love. Nadia the concierge made us feel like home. Thank you for a wonderful time! Our daughter loved the kids friendly pool best!

    November 2013
  • This is paradise! The place is clean and spacious. The outdoor dining table and chairs are so exotic. Bathroom is custom and spacious, a far cry from the cheap IKEA/Home Depot prefab. Garden is cleverly designed. I use their garden picture as my wallpaper now.

    Nadja is super nice and attentive. She is usually up very early to sweep the grounds. She showed us the way to Los Campsinos Reserve which was worthy of your time. The forest looks primitive. Feels like Jurassic Park all over again. She also helped us book a tour to the mangroves. We went to Manuel Antonio National Park ourselves.

    We used the kitchen everyday. Vilma kept the place clean the whole time.

    Look no further. This is the place you want to be!

    June 2013
  • The Secret Garden Hidden Oasis is just amazing! It comes with my personal highest recommendation. We booked this last minute when we realized our first hotel in Quepos was not what we wanted at all. Niclas was very accommodating for our quick booking and responded quickly, which is exactly what we needed.

    Nadja was on site prepping everything for us including the grill, the hammocks, the pool and all f the other amenities. It really is your little own personal paradise. We almost didn't want to leave to go to the beach! The hidden garden was a great place to come and relax after a day in the sun. Nadja even had boogie boards to use for free and a dvd selection if we wanted to watch a movie. She is not always on site (which is actually nice to have the place to yourselves) but when she was, she helped us get more info on a tour and also helped arrange for a local shop to deliver a few things to us so we didn't have to take the bus down to Quepos.

    Overall a beautiful yard, fast internet, very clean, very safe house with air conditioning! We would stay here again without thinking twice!

    May 2013
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Niclas, born in Sweden, felt at an early age the urge to explore the world. Traveling extensively in Europe prior to turning 20, he then took his backpack and left for Barbados and the Caribbean Islands, and continued on to Bali and Indonesia for months at a time. A few years later he got a job in the music industry, working for the legendary rock band Metallica, which made him move to the band's home base of San Francisco. Working closely with the band during their concert tours, introduced him to every part of the world; the perfect combination for his passion for Travel & Music. After 10 years of traveling all over the world, he decided to retire from touring and focus on family life. After a visit to Costa Rica, he felt Costa Rica was the perfect place to move to. "It almost felt like Sweden in that it was very safe, with wonderful people, a great place for children to grow up in. But unlike Sweden, there is no cold dark winter to endure." It became obvious that he had finally found his "endless summer", where he could surf everyday and enjoy the relaxed pace of life that the Costa Ricans are so famous for. His wife Heather is American, from Virginia. She is a teacher who has extensive experience working with non profit organizations and enjoys very much assisting local aid organizations in teaching English to underprivileged women and children. The family has lived in Costa Rica now since 2003, including their four children; Zakkary, Travis, Cruz and Karisma.
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