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Casa Tranquila: Exactly what you need
Our Location . . .Your View
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Authentic Bali Furnishings
Second Living Room . . .just off your pool
Luxury Bedding
Huge pool
Modern Kitchens
Fine Linens
Newly Expanded Dining and Viewing Deck
Tropical Feel
The Private Casita . . .for the guest who needs more independence
The Casita's Jungle Shower
View from Upper Balcony
Tasteful Touches
Marble Basins
Daily Monkey Visits
Large Showers
Afternoon Refreshments
Views from Every room
Computer Station . . .if you just can't leave work at home
Poolside Relaxation
Kid-Friendly; Kid-Safe
Morning Coffee
Spacious Suites
Dining for 12
Bali Baths
Cathedral Ceilings
Travertine Tile
Monkey's View
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Manuel Antonio, Province of Puntarenas

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Thomas S
1 review
“First Class Experience”
Reviewed 17 May 2018 for a stay in March 2018

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.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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RSchram
Overland Park, Kansas
1 review
“Incredible "Schramily" Vacation”
Reviewed 21 March 2018 for a stay in March 2018

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!

Pura Vida!

Rachel (and the entire Schram family)

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
22 Mar 2018
Thanks so much for your kindness, Rachel. Our hospitality still fell short of your graciousness as guests. We would love to have you at Casa Tranquila every week! Our motto of "Enter as a Guest, Leave as a Friend" certainly proved true last week. We cannot wait to see you again. You and The Schramily always have a home at Casa Tranquila! Pura Vida! Donald
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Mike K
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Yearly Trip”
Reviewed 6 February 2018 for a stay in January 2018
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person found this review helpful

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.

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Management Response
7 Feb 2018
Thanks for the faith you continue to place in Casa Tranquila, Mike. It's always nice when we feel like part of our family is coming back again to see us. And we LOVE the referrals you send us too! Can't wait to see you and your family again next February. Donald & Nathan.
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rqychen
Redondo Beach, California
2 reviews
“Casa Transquila – Place for a Perfect Vacation in CR”
Reviewed 12 January 2018 for a stay in December 2017

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!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Jan 2018
Thanks so much for your incredible feedback, Rosa. You and your family and friends were exceptional guests. I am sure our future guests will appreciate the insights you're offering to make theirs vacation as ideal as yours was. We cannot wait to see you again next year! Donald & Nathan
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CalgaryTi...
Calgary, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Casa Tranquila has it all; location, views, privacy and 5 star service”
Reviewed 17 December 2017 for a stay in November 2017

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!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
18 Dec 2017
When folks come to Costa Rica, Tim, they usually ask about beach, monkeys and transportation. While Casa Tranquila offers all that, it's so warming for us when our guests notice all the special attention we provide for their vacation as well. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with those details. We are proud to be your "best ever" . . .it's what we promise . . .and deliver. We cannot wait to see you again next year! Donald
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goodegirl...
California
2 reviews
“Great House... Epic Location”
Reviewed 5 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

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!

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Management Response
8 Jul 2017
Thanks so much for the excellent feedback, Heather! You and your family were a great pleasure for us to have at Casa Tranquila. We really appreciate your noticing all the "little things" we try to do for our guests. Our little street can be active, but we find our thousands of past-guests take comfort in the security of knowing there are others around. We're happy to be in an area where you have that peace of mind. YES . . .our Paulette is a super-star! NO . . .you cannot "have" her. :). She's all ours! We hope you will come see us again. Donald
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Kim A
1 review
“Our stay was incredible!”
Reviewed 29 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017

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.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
30 Jun 2017
Because we focus on making our guests feel (not only "prepared" but) immediately comfortable in their new home, Kim, we are humbled by your how well you point out our accomplishing this for you and your family. We love sending you all that preliminary information so you enjoy your entire week at Casa Tranquila without any "acclimation factor". And all those animal visits . . .well . . .they are just part of the Casa Tranquila package. Thanks so much for being such amazing guests. We are eager to see you again next year! Donald
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