My family of four (son-16 and daughter-15), plus parents, had a fantastic time at Casa Tranquila. The entire experience was first class. Donald and Nathan provide amazing hospitality, pre-planning and guidance/advice from your first contact with them through the entire trip (and even afterward). Donald and Nathan put together a great itinerary for us, which we changed multiple times (including a few changes at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances) and they still were able to accommodate every change without fail. The residence is amazing, with plenty of space, great views, and amenities – really nothing needed other than your clothes and groceries. You can trust that the descriptions, photos and videos on the site are entirely accurate. We cannot say enough positives about the experience – truly like staying at your own mini-resort with your personal, extremely attentive concierge.
A few recommendations:
-We highly recommend having Nathan and Rachel cook at least a few times; Nathan is an excellent chef and will cook to your requests - and takes care of everything from getting groceries, to cooking (three courses) and clean-up.
-We recommend renting a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are interested in traveling outside of the immediate area and even to provide flexibility and greater convenience in the immediate area; however, it seems like the local transportation also works quite well and many people rely on it.
When I found this property, everything about it, seemed too good to be true. The house was beautiful, the scenery was breathtaking, it had a pool, the reviews were excellent and helpful, and the dates we needed were open. Well, it turns out it was everything I had hoped it would be!
Once we secured our dates, the planning began. Donald and Nathan both contacted me, right away, and helped me develop an itinerary that was specialized to my family's interests. They sent links and suggestions, for excursions and restaurants. Since we had emailed and talked prior to arriving, I felt like I knew them once I arrived. This is the first trip I've planned, where I felt totally prepared and excited, prior to arriving to a place I had never been before. Every detail was addressed. Our transportation, what cash I would need to bring for different excursions (so no guessing), suggested gratuities, what to pack - PACK EXACTLY AS THEY TELL YOU TO. If you have a question, I guarantee you it is in their detailed website, but don't worry, if you'd rather email or call either of them, they are quick to respond!
The house was in a great location, with a beautiful view of the ocean. Our favorite time was spent on the deck, no matter what time of the day. Rachel and Juan kept the house in perfect condition, even though it was "well lived in" by our family every day. It was an easy to walk to restaurants, or the bus stop. If we had an excursion, our transportation came straight to the house to pick us up.
"Musts" would be to be sure to purchase libations from the airport (like they suggest), the Buggy Tour, Sunset Sail, lounging the last day at the beach, and as many meals at Agua Azul as possible!
Rachel (and the entire Schram family)
We have been coming to Casa Tranquila for the past 4 years. Nathan & Donald are the epitome of vacation rental experts. If you can think of it, they can make it happen. Fishing, jungle tours (both night & day), zip lining, custom meals at the casa, transportation, etc. Just let Nathan know what you need & it will automatically happen. Both owners take great pride in your happiness & knowing you had a great time while in Costa Rica. PS, don't forget the poolside massage.
Simply put, Casa Tranquila is AMAZING! The beauty inside and around the house, the wonderful chef Dori and Jesus, and the dynamic duo Donald and Nathan, we have been truly spoiled. Costa Rica will be one of best remembered vacation spots for a long time to come.
A few tips for the future travelers to this beautiful place:
1) Book the transit service and fun activities through Nathan BEFORE you arrive to Costa Rica. It takes the stress out of planning once you arrive. Fun awaits once you exit the airport. NO BRAINER!
2) Book the chef service, Dori and Jesus are amazing. Just let them WOW you with every meal, and you can relax and enjoy your lives much better without the stress of cooking/cleaning. YOU DESERVE IT!
3) Take a daily dip in the beautiful pool, sit back, relax, and ENJOY every minute of your vacation. PURA VIDA!
After reading all of the five star reviews I had very high expectations for Casa Tranquila and Donald, Nathan and their team managed to go way above and beyond. The experience starts with the initial inquiry which is met with a detailed and informative email and a follow up phone call from Donald. After booking Nathan moves into action recommending and booking all of our excursions. I typically rent a car but, based on Donald's recommendation (confirmed by several reviewers) I decided to forgo it this time and am glad I did. Their van service to and from San Jose airport is super convenient and reasonably priced and all of the tours picked us up at the house. The property is located such that there are 10+ good restaurants within 15 minutes walk and dozens more accessible via an easy taxi ride. We also rode the bus to Manuel Antonio several times which is a fun experience and super cheap to boot.
When I read that the owner would greet you on arrival and help put away your luggage I thought that was marketing hyperbole. I was amazed when both Donald and Nathan were waiting for us at 11:30pm (in a heavy rainstorm) and was downright shocked when they came at 3:45AM (!!) to see us off. It was lucky for us that they came for our middle of the night departure as we forgot a suitcase which they discovered and called our driver to let us know. They then met us 10 minutes down the road to deliver the missing suitcase; if that isn't world class service, I don't know what it.
The property is amazing and ideally suited to families with older children or multiple couples traveling together as it is effectively 3 separate suites that share a well equipped kitchen and living area. The views are as beautiful as advertised and the monkeys were daily visitors. Having a housekeeper every day was a treat I've never experienced. Rachel was quiet and unobtrusive to the point that I thought my daughter washed my breakfast dishes on our first morning.
The Chef-in-residence was another unexpected treat that we took full advantage of having Dariela prepare three dinners during our stay. Dariela is an absolute delight and hearing her story of recovery from a devastating accident earlier in the year made the experience truly unforgettable. Her Costa Rican cuisine is not to be missed.
Overall, I would rate Casa Tranquila as the best VRBO stay we have had (6 previous) by a very wide margin. Donald and Nathan provide a exceptional level of service and attention. Pura vida!
Having never been to Costa Rica, I wasn't sure what to expect. Trying to find the perfect house for us and our 3 sons (14,16,20) was daunting!
This house turned out to be perfect! The location is right between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. It's on the hill so you get spectacular views, and nice ocean breezes. You are minutes from the beach, shopping, restaurants... plus We saw more wildlife on our street than we did in the park!!
We had monkeys visit the patio twice during our stay.... WATCH OUT, they poop! But they are so fun and cute, we fed them bits of banana which they took right out of our hands!
We could walk to dinner (but chose to get a car for practicality). By the way, if you get a car, get 4 WD. It made our trip so much more fun and many great places are only accessible by 4WD.
The neighborhood is noisy so not good for those wanting to get away from it all. We are an active family so it worked for us. Things quieted down by 9 or so, but street lights, automatic outdoor lights, a/c units, pool pumps and cars going by made it hard to sleep. Every room has black out blinds which was very helpful. To be fair, we could have closed the windows and used AC but chose ceiling fans and open windows so we heard more noise.
It's 3 different areas all accessed from outside, so there is lots of individual spaces that offer intimacy. This house would be ideal for those with older kids, big families, or mixed couples.
Many houses in this area have tons of stairs, horrible parking or need a 4 wheel drive to get to. This house has NONE of those issues!! Great driveway, only 2 stories, easy access... very rare!
I've never had a vacation that included a housekeeper. I have to say, that was truly the most amazing experience. Paulette is adorable!! She is quiet, efficient and things just "magically" are clean!!
Don and Nathan clearly care about your experience. At first their "help" seemed like it would be intrusive (my family is pretty private) but being in a foreign country, navigating the Costa Rican nuances... being able to text Nathan at any time with ANY question and having him respond immediately, made me feel very safe and very comfortable.
He never intruded, but responded whenever we needed him.
They try to think of everything and genuinely want your stay to be amazing. The kitchen was fully outfitted, they had games, beach towels, beautiful patio furniture, a hammock, music, great WiFi... the list goes on!
The description of Casa Tranquila was spot on. If you are looking for a truly once in a lifetime stay in your very own house in the jungle, this is your spot. At Casa Tranquila your vacation begins once contacting Donald about your booking. Once booked, he and Nathan, your private concierge take over all your vacation planning and these two are always two steps ahead. They send us amazing material about Manuel Antonio and Costa Rica to be well prepared for our stay and arranged for everything from an airport pick up, excursions and private chef service which we hired to celebrate my mother´s birthday.
The house comes with 4 individually decorated rooms each with private bathroom which is a real treat, an infinity plunge pool with Pacific Ocean View and we loved all the spacious outside decks and balconies to lounge and relax. Certainly what we all needed.
At Casa Tranquila an alarm clock is not needed as the monkeys have you covered. We saw them almost daily as well as toucans, scarlet macaws, sloths. “Luxury in the wild Jungle” would be the right caption. The location of the house is super convenient – only a 5 minutes’ walk to the main street with access to public transportation, restaurants, a gym, super markets and more.
Donald and Nathan were so attentive and welcoming from the moment of first contact until our departure. Their care of you is incredible.