A vacation in Costa Rica can be as neat as a cliff retreat with its own private beach, if you know what to seek. That spot would be Villa Manzu, a hidden eight-suite manse overlooking the country’s North Pacific Coast. Dive into this search for the perfect beachfront hideaway with a serious list of questions: If I wanted to have the wedding of a lifetime with only a dozen of my closest people… If I wanted to spend some extraordinary time with just a few family members and friends… where would I go?
Exotic as ever in locale, yet as easy as ever in accessibility (several US carriers offer non-stop flights from East Coast cities to Liberia, Costa Rica), Villa Manzu is right for you — if any of these questions matter. Whether a palatial spread for two or a spacious vacation destination for 15, Villa Manzu accommodates all of it in completely inclusive style. This extends to the two swimming pools on villa terraces and Villa Manzu’s own hidden Costa Rica beach cove just steps away; the dedicated gourmet chef that designs meals solely for the villa’s guests for breakfasts, lunches and dinners of inspired local and international fare; the staff in attendance, the stocked bars and shelves, and access to the spa, gym, golf course and beach club at the nearby Four Seasons Costa Rica.
Every suite overlooks the ocean with décor that mixes African, Indian and Latin influences in a flowing design of open spaces. There are private entrances, private wings, and private terraces to this 30,000 square foot spread. Find a playroom for children fitted with games, and an extensive movie library within an elaborate theater room. An elevator is onsite for guests who want to enter the private office and entrance of the third floor master suite. Accommodations come with all manner of sleeping selections – bunk beds for the kids to double kings. And all suites pack in the conveniences: coffee service, full mini-bar, surround sound, iPod dock, entertainment systems and private decks. Every suite is a “smart suite” with its own consoles for temperature, lights and sound.
This enormous fantasy villa leaves little reason to leave the house. At Villa Manzu there is a yoga platform, two bars, entertainment room with pool table, an infinity-edge heated swimming pool, heated splash pool, Jacuzzi, gym, steam room and cedar sauna, and the villa’s very own spa. In this fantastical space is a floating platform beneath two 30-foot waterfalls that cascade down from the infinity swimming pool. Call it another world – inside another world – for the experience of floating through a relaxing massage while surrounded by the roar of waterfalls might best be described as other worldly.
Outside of this cathedral of luxury are miles of walking and bike trails in jungles full of rare birds and monkeys. Hammocks and scenic sitting spots dot the paths. Golf carts are at the ready to whisk guests away to the beach club, pools and restaurants at Four Seasons, and the marina, tennis courts and Arnold Palmer-designed golf course nearby. Guests are given use of SUVs and 4WD vehicles for exploring on road and off, and the busy city of Liberia is just 20 minutes away. The Peninsula Papagayo on which Villa Manzu is located is fast becoming a luxury destination with the Four Seasons, an attached private residence community, golf course, marina, and soon, an Andaz Hotel run by Hyatt.
Everywhere in this hideaway resort find the wonders of Costa Rica. Guanacaste province is home to seven national parks and the famous Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Excursions into the rainforests, yacht trips, private plane trips and helicopter transfers can be arranged through the Villa’s concierge, as can nanny service, exclusive wine selections and special private entertainment. The weather is right (85 degrees on average and dry most of the year). The villa is non-smoking. Pets are permitted. Find Villa Manzu an easy 40-minute drive from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR).
Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
(+011 949) 200 8086
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