I rented Montemar Estates (includes Villa Celaje, Marbella, and Anaka) for my destination wedding in March. It exceeded all of my expectations and our guests were blown away.
Specifically, Villa Celaje has the most incredible outdoor space and views, including an infinity pool, open air bar, barbeque, and dining area where we spent the majority of our downtime. The views are simply spectacular, with visits from wildlife like monkeys, macaws, frogs, and iguanas. We also held our outdoor wedding reception for more than 40 people at the property and would recommend it to any bride or groom!
Indoors, the decor is contemporary and clean, beds are comfortable, everything is spotless and clean (thanks to the fantastic and friendly maids), and with a balcony and bathroom for each bedroom guests can have their privacy while also staying with a group.
The concierge, Johan, couldn't be more friendly or helpful and assisted us with excursions, groceries, meals with a private chef, taxis, wedding setup, and anything else we needed - day or night. He was in touch with us before we even arrived to ensure that we had everything that we needed for a comfortable stay.
If you are looking for a group getaway to Manuel Antonio (which I also highly recommend!), this property is pure perfection.
Our extended family of 15 were looking for a special place to share time and explore the beautiful west coast of Costa Rica. Villa Celaje came across our radar and we began carefully determining if this property could meet our needs. After much consideration we committed to renting it for a week this past February.
Our decision to rent Villa Celaje seemed like a winner when we were introduced to Johan, the concierge for the unit. For over six months leading up to our rental, we corresponded routinely with Johan about everything from tour options, transportation, meal options, etc. Johan was a fantastic resource and he helped us with almost every facet of planning our family vacation.
Upon arrival, Villa Celaje was every bit as spectacular a place as the pictures had indicated. If anything it was nicer. The place was sits atop a small hillside in Manuel Antonio and looks out with stunning ocean views. The bedrooms are all nicely appointed and the entire place is palatial. We felt pampered for the entire week that we stayed here.
Our extended family group enjoyed participating in many activities during our stay which were easily arranged by Johan. We also equally enjoyed simply sitting by the stunning infinity pool and sipping a beverage of choice while taking in the magnificent views.
During our week long stay we also contracted to have our dinners cooked by WOW chef services, and that was a highlight of our trip. Each evening Jorge and Julio arrived and prepapred a sensational gourmet meal for our entire party. They even accommodated a few special requests when someone in our group wasn't interested in eating seafood. Their attention to detail and consistent meal quality made dinner the highlight of each day! We strongly recommend hiring them if you want to not have to worry about eating out or having to shop for dinner during your stay. This was probably the one thing that everyone in our group agreed upon. We absolutely loved it.
In terms of cleaning, Catherine was our daily maid at the villa and she did a fabulous job keeping the place spotless throughout. Catherine would show up each morning and spent the better part of every day quietly going about tidying up. When someone needed laundry, she was quick to take care of it.
Every facet of our stay at Villa Celaje was outstanding. We had a fabulous week thanks to the fantastic staff and this beautiful villa. Everyone in our group absolutely loved the experience. Thanks so much to Johan, Jorge, Julio and Catherine for a terrific vacation.
When looking for a vacation rental, the pictures always look amazing and you wonder if the home will really look like the photos. This house is absolutely gorgeous! There were 16 of us for a week. We spent the majority of our time outside by the pool and there was plenty of space for all of us. The view of the ocean and mountains was spectacular. The house has plenty of space if you want some alone time, but we spent the majority of our time hanging out together. We were an active group so walking down the hill to catch the local bus to the beach was fun and our exercise for the day. Definitely recommend ziplining! The monkeys visited and we had a bird we named Willy Pete that visited daily and spent most of the day with us. Cheers to the best staff ever. Our House Concierge, Johan, was amazing to work with, and our housekeeper, Katheryn, was awesome! We miss it already and can't wait to go back!!
Villa Celaje made out vacation spectacular! From the first class finishes, to the incredible outdoor space, to the 5-star service provided by Johan, Caterina and all the other Villa staff.
• The home is straight out of a magazine, with high-ceilings, chef's kitchen, infinity pool, great areas for large gatherings, outdoor BBQ, gorgeous landscaping and best location in Manuel Antonio.
• The staff is exquisite. They clean EVERYTHING, everyday and are on top of it - no spot missed. Caterina showed up everyday with a warm smile and eager to please. Johan took care of every last item from Drs visits in the villa, to Boat tour and ATV bookings and late night requests - the guy was always available! Best part is at the end of our trip he (drove his own car) and led our caravan nearly 3 hours to our next vacation destination.
• Highly recommend for large groups, special occasions and anyone who wants to spoil their family and have a memorable Costa Rica vacation.
• We'll be back. For sure!!
What an experience! The house was beautiful nothing else to say but first class all the way. Johan the concierge was always there when needed and followed through on everything. He really came through on all excursions. He lined up Mikey our chef and what a treasure that was, I like to say that being from New Orleans, living in Houston and traveling throughout the world I know my food, Mickey hangs with the best chefs out there. We went with four other couples to have a 50th adventure birthday for me and everyone was equally impressed from the minute we exited the airport till the time we re-entered the airport to leave. Our ride was waiting for us when we arrived and that is always a great start to an international trip. Zip Lining, white water rafting and deep sea fishing were all top notch. All set up once again by Johan, so I would say staying at Villa Celaje was perfect all around!! Thanks!!
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