Welcome to La Joya Retreat/Villa located between MANUEL ANTONIO and DOMINICAL.. Built as a meditation/yoga retreat on 4 acres, this 12 Bed retreat/villa offers spacious accomodation with pool, yoga deck and expansive ocean views. A full-time Costa Rican caretaker lives on site (a GREAT thing in CR), and happily takes care of guests. He tends the tropical gardens and keeps the pool sparkling. There is an abundance of tropical flowers, fruit trees, Blue Morpho butterflies, monkeys and Toucans.
The tap water is fed from a mountain spring well and is PURE and completely drinkable! No need to buy bottled water.
The property is accessible by 4x4 vehicles, very typical in this part of Costa Rica... so make sure your rental has 4 wheel drive.
The price per night is for up to 6 guests!! Additional 20/per person/night.
There are 4 cabinas with half baths :3 cabinas have 2 twin beds and 1 has a full size bed.
There are 2 bedrooms in the Main House: 1 with full size bed and 1 with king.
4 full bathrooms with showers in the main house.
Main House Ground floor has large covered balcony with incredible views, fully-equipped kitchen and service for 16 people, a den/office and dining room.
Second floor has VERY LARGE bedroom or meeting room (for retreats), additional bedroom with A/C and 2 full bathrooms.
Poolside bedroom has full-size bed and 2 full bathrooms.
For retreat rentals, there are additional platform tents and beds.
LOCATION IS AWESOME!
2o minutes to Quepos airport, 25 minutes to Dominical in the south, or Manuel Antonio in the north. Both offer restaurants, shops, nightlife, and tourist activities. Close by --ziplining, horseback riding on the beach, waterfalls galore, river rafting, and the BEST surfing in costa rica. BUT, the best part about this gem retreat is the natural beauty of its location and surroundings. Jungle sounds and ocean views.... the best R and R or meditative rejuvenating spot on the coastline.
My husband and I and my three adult daughters stayed at Gabriella's Villa for ten days. The view was incredible and I loved waking early and sitting out on the deck to watch the landscape awaken as the sun moved it's way from the shore up the mountain. We took great advantage of the pool and yoga deck. My daughters stayed on the top floor so it was like their own apartment. There was ample space for all of us. We saw toucans and many other birds and were visited by a frog or two looking in the sliding doors every night. The drive up to the villa is quite steep and there are areas of loose rock and good sized ruts. We had the 4 wheel drive filled to capacity with the five of us and all our luggage and found the vehicle was underpowered. We had to stop on the first incline and unload 2 of the girls and half the luggage. Still with just the three of us and some luggage we had three more spots where two attempts were required. My husband then went back for the girls. After that first attempt and with 5people but no luggage we did make it up for the rest of the trip. We knew there was no internet in the villa but were told there would be Internet in Portalon . The people in Portalon said the closest place was Matapalo beach. Although my husband and I were happy to not have Internet in the villa it did mean a search for a place with Internet for the girls frequently so they could keep in touch with their loved ones. Although we did figure out where things were and how things worked eventually it would have been helpful for us if the property manager arrived in our first day there to show us the ropes and help us find things. Fernando was helpful but my Spanish was so poor that many gestures were required. Overall we had a lovely time at the villa and it worked well for our family.
Quelle expérience ! Une magnifique villa sur la montagne accessible par une route sinueuse où on y circule facilement en 4X4 . Nous étions 8 et nous étions très à l'aise. En bonus une très belle piscine très utile avec la température chaude du Costa Rica. Fernando notre gardien est toujours disponible pour nous aider. La villa est située à 15 minutes de très belles plages.
Our stay was amazing! There were 6 adults, plenty of room and privacy for all. The pool was great and cleaned every day. Fernando the caretaker was there when we needed him but did not bother us. The views are beautiful, amazing sunsets and there is plenty of privacy here. You definitely need a 4 wheel drive vehicle, this is up on the mountain. About 10 minutes to the main road.
My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Gabriella's and it was breathtaking. We hardly left the villa as it was so beautiful. You are truly surrounded by lush green plants and banana trees :) It was peaceful and just what we wanted and needed on our honeymoon. Thanks to Gabriella and Fernando!
Bonito lugar, muy natural. El acceso es un poco complicado pero en general muy agradable. Es bueno decir que no es el mejor sitio para niños o familias que necesiten de cosas cotidianas como el televisor. La pasamos bien el lugar es bien bonito. Saludos!
This house is a heaven of peace, jungle, sunset.
By being on a mountain the view is exceptional.
We were 6 adults and 2 kids, we had plenty of space. We enjoyed the area very much.
The swimming pool is great to relax after a nice surf session at Dominical or a walk in Manuel Antonio natural reserve.
The house is easily accessible from San Jose airport -3hrs by car-
Gabriela was extremely helpful and a great sources of tips and info prior to our trip to Costa Rica.
We were looking for a quiet and remote place to be immersed into the jungle and this was it! absolute paradise!
A gigantic home with beautiful wood furnishings, pool, hammocks and about 270 degree view.
It is only about 5-10 minutes away by car from anything you need including waterfall, rapids, ocean, endless private beaches and amenities...
we are truly grateful for the experience we had. thank you.
This Villa retreat was built for meditation/yoga style retreats and has been used by those needing to rejuvenate with the beauty of the mountains, ocean and stunning natural scenery. A wonderful writers retreat, too!