Overseeing this extraordinary sanctuary and the villa’s team are Jenifer Cowles, the manager, and her husband, Chris. Jenifer and Chris have 20 years of experience living in Costa Rica and will contribute a wealth of knowledge to one’s experience. Jenifer's background is as a certified natural healing therapist, yoga and meditation instructor and trainer. Chris' passion is on the water, leading paddle-board tours, fishing and surfing excursions, and snorkeling adventures. The entire staff is dedicated to creating custom fun and adventure-filled itineraries for each guest, from individually designed menus to explorations of the jungle and sea to language and cultural immersion. It all starts the minute guests met at the Liberia International Airport which is a 40 minute drive from the estate.
Some of the Activities that can be Arranged
White water river rafting • rock climbing • helicopter charter • ATV and zip line canopy tours • riding • sports fishing • meditation, yoga and personal training • diving and snorkeling • mountain biking and hiking (also to volcano craters) • wine tasting • sailing • “Chocolate Discovery” • coffee, waterfall and pottery tours • cooking and dance classes • Spanish tutoring • artistan and farmer’s markets and a Kids Club
Villa Manzu may be the most dazzling villa available for rent in Costa Rica. Located on the Peninsula Papagayo, this extraordinary, very private 5-acre property offers guests the fantastic design, service and amenities one would expect in a 5-star hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by an amazing chef and ensuring flawless service in this fully-inclusive villa is an excellent staff of 20 including butlers, maids, a concierge, adventure specialists, who can serve as guides and who are well-educated in Costa Rican history, and drivers who will whisk guests around in the estate’s Range Rover, Ford Explorer or Jeep Wrangler.
In addition to numerous spacious living and entertaining areas, Villa Manzu, which means “friends” in the language of the indigenous people, has 8 beautifully done bedroom suites that are set apart for privacy. All have air-conditioning, a large TV, DVD player, iPod dock, surround sound system, mini-bar with morning coffee service, walk-in closet with Costa Rican hardwood detailing and a full bathroom with a tub and shower finished in onyx, marble and custom tiling. In addition to formal living and dining rooms, other wonderful interior spaces include: a theatre room with comfy banked seating and a movie library; an expansive bar/party room with a pool table; a wine room stocked with hand-picked wines and award winning cigars; a large gym with lots of equipment and a full spa, with massage areas, sauna and yoga platform, located behind two 30-ft waterfalls cascading from the infinity-edge heated swimming pool.
The lush tropical grounds are dotted with hammocks, chairs and restful areas that are perfect for quiet moments to take in 180-degree sea views and watching monkeys cavort in the trees. There are also a heated splash pool, Jacuzzi and several terraces and outdoor bars with more seating and dining areas. Two golf carts, a dozen surf boards and stand-up paddle boards, two kayaks and three mountain bikes are also available for guests. Boat charters, deep-sea fishing, helicopter tours and fireworks can be easily arranged.
Peninsula Papagayo is in the northwest province of Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast. Villa Manzu is only a short golf cart ride to the Golf & Tennis Clubhouse (Arnold Palmer designed the course), a Marina and the Four Seasons Resort. Many hiking paths lead from the villa to the several nearby beaches with the closest being only 100 yds. away. Nestled along the palm-fringed sands of the Peninsula's most coveted cove is Playa Prieta and the residents Beach Club.
Whether guests love pampered serenity or more vigorous outdoor activities, Villa Manzu has it covered. As a vacation rental, corporate retreat or destination wedding, this extraordinary villa is perfect. As the owner says, “Manzu is designed to provide guests with everything they want, as well as everything they didn’t know they wanted!”
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*Each additional guest over 14 years of age is $500 per night, up to 22 guests total.
Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
8 Bedrooms with Bathrooms En Suite (Sleeps up to 22)
The all-inclusive price for 16 people* per night is $16,950 (including 13% tax. 3 night minimum) and during the December holiday season, it’s $22,600 per night (including tax. 7 night minimum.)