Pool and covered pergola... cushioned lounge chairs and hammocks for your use.Living room with views to the ocean and jungle through large windows.
NEW Villa-Retreat; ocean views&pool
NEW Villa-Retreat; ocean views&pool
10 guests
6 bedrooms
10 beds
4.5 baths
10 guests
6 bedrooms
10 beds
4.5 baths
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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. The tropical gardens are well-maintained and the pool offers a deck and view. 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 only, 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 and 2 twin beds in each.
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 that can be used as a bedroom 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.

20 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.

Free parking on premises
Air conditioning

Extra people $29 NZD / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee $129 NZD
Security Deposit $287 NZD
Weekend Price $244 NZD / night
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)


Safety features
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

14 Reviews

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Kristina User Profile
February 2016
The host canceled this reservation 8 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Aaron User Profile
December 2015
Really enjoyed our too-brief time in this lovely place at the end of a remote private drive within a remote gated community WAAAAAY up the side of a remote mountain. The configuration is both interest and practical, with a pleasing flow and plenty of space for many guests. Nice pool, fantastic deck, and we may never stay anywhere with a better view. Two nearby spots that may not be on your itinerary but are worth checking out: 1) What the locals call Playa Linda, a gorgeous and broad beach at the end of the dirt road that heads ocean-ward from 34 near the two radio towers just south of Matapalo -- five minutes from Portalon. 2) Nauyaca Falls, accessed from 243 between Dominical and San Isidro -- plan on half a day for this one.

Steve User Profile
April 2015
Its the most beautiful spot you could ever expect of dreamland fantasy! I was looking for some peace and quite and sure enough, I got it! Its about 15 mins up a gravely mountain road where 4 wheel drive is most definitely needed! YOU WILL NOT MAKE IT WITHOUT 4 Wheel drive! Upon the entrance is a very humble village with a small restaurant/bar and a tiny pulperia with small essentials and snacks. 20 mins north is the vibrant beach community of Quepos and Manuel Antonio. 20 mins south is the beautiful beach, Dominical. Everything you could possibly want to do is within minutes of this location. However, prepare your stay with food for cooking, because once you've met your arrival, its a ardous prospect to retrieve anything of commodity. All in all this spot is epicly awsomely undisapointingly on point! I would totally bring my family of 10 here again in a heart beat! Oh and Fernando, the grounds keeper, is the friendliest, most warm welcoming host I have met on this whole trip-besides my mom of course. A++, 5 star rating, 3 thumbs up!!! What more can I say?... Thanks you Gabriella for opening your home to me my family. Hope to do it again in the future!

Nicolas User Profile
March 2015
The reservation was canceled 11 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Tina User Profile
February 2015
This is a beautiful property that we brought our family to and I would definitely consider bringing a group or retreat here. The grounds and view are breathtaking, the kitchen is great, and it's so nice to have HOT water. The description note about needing a 4x4 to get there is 100% TRUE, and because there's no wifi I'd definitely recommend making sure you have a phone with data on it-the 3G service in the area worked great. The beds are small compared to US standards, but that's pretty much the case all over Costa Rica. We had a great time!

Rena User Profile
February 2015
Beautiful property, spectacular sunsets, gorgeous pool and a spacious, well-equipped house, just as described (except sadly we did not see any monkeys!) As other reviewers have noted, you absolutely need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get up the mountain. It’s a very secluded, remote and relaxing jungle location but also a great base for day trips to Manuel Antonio and Dominical where there are tons of restaurants and activities. Fernando was helpful if needed but never in the way. All in all, a fantastic place.

Karen User Profile
January 2015
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.

New York, New York, United StatesJoined in October 2012
Gabriella User Profile

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!

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