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Take a refreshing dip in the plunge pool and enjoy the spectacular ocean view
Relax in our luxurious leather furniture and local artisans handcrafts
Dine in an exquiste setting complimented by beautiful linens and china
Enjoy the best of two worlds with both ocean and rainforest views from the living area balcony
Relax in the spacious master bedroom with vaulted ceiling and walk-in closet
Spacious master bathroom with adjoining jacuzzi
Bathe in luxury in the jetted tub of the master bathroom
Enjoy the large guest bedroom with king bed
Deluxe guest bathroom suite
Be one with nature on our guest suite balcony
Personal touches will pamper you with daily maid service and excellent concierge
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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Manuel Antonio, Province of Puntarenas

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3barblues
Reno Nevada
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beautiful, well located house visited by toucans, monkeys, and gorgeous sunsets!”
Reviewed 29 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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So after we left La Fortuna, we drove to Manuel Antonio to stay at Casa Sandra, and were not disappointed!

The house is on a hill overlooking rainforest and the ocean, has gorgeous views of the ocean and accompanying sunsets, and we were visited by toucans, a very loud flock of green parrots, an anteater, a troupe of monkeys (more on that later) frogs, geckos, and other animals and birds that came in from the rainforest below. No, we did not feed (or eat) any of them.

The house itself was super clean, well appointed with two full bedrooms, one on the top floor one on the bottom, both with plenty of room and privacy for us and another couple. There are decks on each of three floors, all with nice views, but the upstairs bedroom view is the best. The main floor is spacious and has a large couch and a chair along with a dining room table, an open kitchen and bar with barstools, and a ½ bathroom.
The kitchen is smallish, but who cares, you’re not a chef and you’re in a cool vacation rental in Costa Rica and we managed to make two substantial dinners for four with no problems at all. There is a dishwasher, coffee maker, blah blah blah, everything you need to cook while on vacation.

There are numerous restaurants within walking distance, and a convenient grocery store, “Super Joseth”, with overpriced groceries, very close by. For cheaper food, etc. go to the “Maxi-Pali” on the way into Quepos. We had slightly pricey but very good Italian food at Victoria’s, and awesome and cheap fish tacos at Sancho’s both a two and five minute walk away, respectively.

Figuring out where to find a phone in Quepos to call Thomas when we arrived was annoying to say the least. We had to buy a phone card and then have someone help us out using it since it was in Spanish. There has to be a better way to get directions to the house than looking for a payphone in a strange town. And beware the driveway! Get everyone out of the car before you pull in and out or you will be bouncing the bottom of your car off of the hump at the top of the driveway!

Once we arrived and were settled, though, we loved the sounds of the night and morning as well, and watched the geckos and frogs chase bugs during a rainstorm, and during the day had a couple of yellow and green billed toucans fly around the trees below and onto the tree next to the deck. Monkeys appeared twice in four mornings, first in the trees on their way up the hill, and then the next day on their way down the hill, when they appeared out of nowhere and scared my wife when they overran the upstairs deck while she was reading! I had to chase them out of the upstairs room, but we laughed while the monkeys climbed the hanging chairs, played with the water in the soaking pool, and generally lounged around the deck while we remained inside the house, filming all the while.

We also spotted an apparently very itchy anteater on one of the trees below which was very cool. Who knew anteaters climbed trees?!

The concierge, Thomas and his assistant Hazel, arranged a great tour of Rainmaker with their naturalist guide, Henry Pizarro Espinoza, who pointed out the ants, snakes, and birds, and guided us through the trails and waterfalls at Rainmaker. The next day we went to Manuel Antonio, a mere 5 to 10 minute drive, where we saw sloths, monkeys, butterflies, and beautiful beaches! On our final day we drove ~1 hour down to Playa Uvita and the Ballena National Park which has huge stretches of unpopulated beaches. Straight out of a postcard! Just make sure you hit the area at low tide or you may not be able to access a large portion of the beach.

We loved it at Casa Sandra! The house is beautiful, located right next to Manuel Antonio in a nice neighborhood, and is surrounded by numerous restaurants within walking distance. Go, you’ll love it!

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Liked best: The house's location and views
Liked least: The calling-Thomas-to-find-the-property-process
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Virginia
Reviewed 22 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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Jonderlus...
Boulder, Colorado
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great views, tastefully-decorated house”
Reviewed 22 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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person found this review helpful

Pros:
--Wonderful views.
--Walk to town.
--Whole-house AC.
--Plenty of hot water and water pressure.
--Tastefully decorated all-around. Feels like a real house that real people live in, not just a rental.
--Highly professional, extremely helpful concierge fluent in four languages.
--Secure garage and house security system.

Cons:
--Jacuzzi was non-functioning during our stay. However, the owner has already stated that it's being fixed, and offered us a discount on future stays.
--King bed in master suite was actually two twin mattresses joined together. The seam between the two mattresses is annoying, especially for newlyweds/couples.

The way the house is laid out would make it ideal for two couples. The downstairs suite is comparable to the master, with nice bathroom and patio, and is two floors away from the master.

One of the highlights was the laminated activity manual that came with the house. Select an activity, and call the concierge, who takes care of everything. Big stress reducer, and the ease of setting up an activity incentivized us to do more during our stay. All of the tours we did were very professional, so I suspect some effort went into picking out the best providers.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Jacuzzi tub not functioning, King bed in master suite is two joined twin mattresses
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Coley1204
New York, NY
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Pura Vida in Casa Sandra!”
Reviewed 28 March 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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person found this review helpful

We had an incredible stay at Casa Sandra! The house is gorgeous. It has all the amenities you could ask for (gorgeous verandas, really comfortable bedrooms, and amazing bathrooms!). It was so comfortable and in such a beautiful setting that we found ourselves staying in, cooking and enjoying the sunsets quite a bit. The house is warm and inviting and in a wonderful location (walking distance from many restaurants and bars) and a quick cab ride to others and the beach. You can also take the bus to most spots and the bus stops just down the road from Casa Sandra. We couldn’t have asked for a better house to stay in for a wonderful week in Manuel Antonio.

The staff was A+ as well. Thomas graciously arranged for our transportation from the San Jose airport after offering many different options, pricing, etc. Kathrin was extremely well versed in all that the area has to offer. We booked our sunset sail (incredible!) and our tour of Manuel Antonio Park with Henry through Kathrin (another must do!) and she also gave us a great itinerary of beaches to visit outside of Manuel Antonio because we were feeling adventurous and in the mood to set out and see a different area one day.

Our trip consisted of beach, beach and more beach with a few excursions thrown in throughout the week. We always loved coming home to Casa Sandra after a long day in the sun and before heading out to what became some of our favorite restaurants in the area (Victoria’s, Barba Roja and Kapi Kapi).

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Liked best: Casa Sandra was pristine! We loved coming home to this house.
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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PA
Reviewed 15 November 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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