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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!
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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.
Hi Eric . I was in Costa Rica for 2 weeks , I do not know how a south African managed to find Montezuma as the place that I would take fellow Costa Ricans that have never been that far in to that area . What a spot of luck , today our hearts lay in Chez Mu , the home the view the peace . We cooked on the beautiful terrace , swam all night and woke up early to the sounds of the jungle .
The village is like a hidden gem on the cost line , filled with kind happy free minded people . German , Italian , Costa Rican . We had it all because we where in Montezuma , if we had been anywhere else in the surrounding area , I would say " not much " focus on Montezuma and branch out to see the beautiful sites . Many thanks Carlos and family who befriended us at the home with mazing service . Thank you Eric for your home . Our hearts are in Chez Mu of Montezuma .
When we were given the luxury of a four month sabbatical in Central America, my wife and I wanted to find the perfect place to relax for a month at the end of our trip. Having scoured all the Airbnb properties between Mexico and Panama we thought Chez Mu looked like the best - and we weren’t disappointed. The house and grounds are beautiful. The living room / kitchen opens onto the terrace and deck which makes it feel like you are permanently outside. And yet it still feels very private and secluded. We spent many of our days sunbathing on the deck and cooling down in the infinity pool - you feel as though you are are in the middle of nature (but with a fridge 15 feet away). We cooked on the barbecue most nights which was perfect. There’s a pretty good supermarket in town (Super Montezuma) which has meat (steak / chicken / pork) and fish (the sea bass was excellent and very reasonably priced) as well as fresh vegetables and herbs. The bohemian clientele ensure that there are lots of health foods there as well. There’s a bigger supermarket in Cobano a few miles up the road (but we only went there twice in the month) and the Saturday market in Montezuma has lots of great fresh organic produce. We only ate out a few times and can thoroughly recommend the Tierra y Fuego further up the hill from Chez Mu and Ylang Ylang just off the beach. Both restaurants were superb. We went to a few beaches up and down the coast but once we found Playa Las Manchas we stopped looking as it was so lovely. We walked down in the morning with a picnic (Chez Mu provides coolers of three different sizes which is very handy), grabbed a spot under a tree and relaxed, swam and snorkelled all day. On weekdays the beach was pretty deserted until about 4pm when the locals and ex-pats come to cool down after work. Carlos and his wife Yaira made sure that the house, pool and grounds were always spotless but we never felt like they were intruding or getting in the way. We decided not to rent a car and managed perfectly well walking into town and to the beaches. You will need to get a taxi back, though, as it’s very steep. It costs between six and eight dollars one way. The taxi to Cobano is about 10 dollars. A rental car would be useful, however, especially if you want to explore the region some more. Eric was a great host and was very helpful in every way. There is a superb house manual that has everything you will need to have a great stay. The word ‘paradise’ is bandied around far too much in resorts and hotels these days. Chez Mu may not be paradise - but it’s the closest we have come across so far. And we have done quite a bit of...
A truly outstanding property, absolute paradise for relaxing in total privacy or using as a base for exploring the Nicoya peninsula.
Chez Mu is an incredible place overlooking Montezuma. The place has premium features and is well set up for enjoying the natural surroundings either in the pool, on loungers, in a hammock or at two different tables. Honestly, it's hard to leave during the day to adventure when you have everything you need. The home is immersed in nature so you can wake up to Howler monkeys, parrots or a variety of birds (we experienced all three during our 4 days). It's about a 7 minute (some what steep) drive to Montezuma. Eric's recommendations on restaurants, tour companies and maps were spot on that he provides in a 55 page guide. Our only suggestion is to pick up groceries at the Super Max before you drive into Montezuma as it has a much wider selection including fresh meat to BBQ. Pura Vida!
A truly beautiful home in an incredible setting, so much so, you just don't want to leave. Ever.
It has everything you need, be it for a small group, family or just a couple. Eric is on hand via email & is very helpful should you require anything during your stay.
If we lived a little closer to Costa Rica, we would all return in a heartbeat.
If you want a home away from home but most likely even better than your own, then stay here.
Simply put, Chez Mu is fantastic. It was the perfect hilltop villa from which to base our relaxation and exploration of the southern Nicoya peninsula. Beautiful, modern, comfortable, well-maintained. We spent many hours lounging, reading, eating, sunbathing, and swimming on the main pool area deck. Many birds and jungle animals visible from the house and in the surrounding gardens. Amazing to wake enjoy some morning coffee in the open air with the sounds of howler monkeys as a backdrop. My only regret is that it didn't last much much longer.
Eric was perfect - he communicated early and clearly, and he left the room in the same condition as it was when he arrived!
You're welcome back anytime, Eric!