- Bedrooms 8
- Bathrooms 10
- Sleeps 20
Please see all amenities in listing description.
Maid(s), Chef(s), Butler, Concierge, Manager, Groundskeeper/Pool Maintenance
Full board with chefs, butlers, waiters, housekeepers, drivers and adventure specialists
Tours, Airport transfers
Liberia 1 hour
Within the lush grounds of the Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, Villa Manzu is a completely private sanctuary of its own. This eight-suite estate — at just over 30,000 square feet — sits on five acres in an isolated peninsula and offers plenty of room to spread out, from the two swimming pools and spa to the theater room and expansive bar/party room. The grounds are dotted with hammocks, chairs and restful areas, perfect for quiet moments taking in 180-degree sea views and watching monkeys cavort in the trees. The staff is highly trained as well as educated in the Costa Rica history and surroundings. They serve as both guides and entertainment for the guests, greatly enriching the villa experience. Included with the Villa is breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by amazing chefs; a wine room stocked with hand-picked wines and award winning cigars; a butler and maid services; and a concierge to help enrich your stay. The Villa drivers will whisk you around Costa Rica in a Range Rover, Ford Explorer SUV, or Jeep Wrangler. Your adventure starts in the villa garage; stocked with two golf carts, a dozen surf boards and stand up paddle boards, two kayaks and three mountain bikes. The Arnold Palmer golf course, tennis courts and marina are minutes away. Many hiking paths lead from the Villa to the several nearby beaches with the closest only being 100 yards away. Nestled along the palm-fringed sands of the Peninsula’s most coveted cove is Playa Prieta and the 38,000 sqft Beach Club where you can drift away the afternoon under the Pochote trees and the sounds of the ocean.
Villa Manzu’s eight suites encompass 15 beds allocated as 5 king bed suites, a double queen bed suite, a double king bed suite, and a custom finished bunk room with 4 twins and 2 king beds. All of the eight suites offer over sized televisions, a minibar with morning coffee service, walk-in closets with Costa Rican hardwood detailing, aromatherapy diffusers and full bathroom suites with tubs and showers finished in onyx, marble and custom tiling. All eight suites are equally generous in their spacious layout.
Villa Manzu’s main wing is located in a private section of the villa, accessible by its own entrance, elevator and staircase. The first master suite and children’s suite are up one flight of stairs, while the penthouse master suite is by itself on the third floor.
Master Suites (2)
Located on the second and third floors of the main villa, the Master Suites offer California king beds; free-standing bathtubs; a his and hers walk-in shower with dual heads; imported fixtures, surfaces of marble and onyx and custom-built furniture; his and hers walk-in wardrobes with custom Costa Rican hardwoods; an outdoor private terrace connected to a beautiful green space; and breathtaking ocean views.
Both suites have stunning decor surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing beautiful natural views. Each bathroom is a suite unto itself with sitting areas and outside views from the shower and bath. One Master has access to a private outdoor shower where marble meets the trees surrounded by buddha belly bamboo and flowering vines. The other one has a shower and bath surrounded by three custom copper fountainheads that gently create a peaceful river sound. The penthouse suite also has a private elevator entrance opening up into an office overlooking the entire estate and the ocean beyond.
Children’s Suite (1)
The Children’s Suite, is on the second floor of the main wing, and especially designed with younger guests in mind. There are three custom built-in bunk beds made up of two king-size and four twin-size beds. The suite becomes a playroom where oversized couches are a great place to play video games or watch the latest Hollywood film on a large-screen TV. The suite offers two walk-in closets and a large white marble bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and showers. Views encompass the courtyard and ocean beyond. Four custom wooden cribs and four portable cribs are also available to guests.
The Habita is a private two-story house with two suites. It is connected to the Main Estate via a covered, open walkway, yet feels completely private for honeymooners, older children or a family. An internal staircase connects the two floors, creating a shared family atmosphere.
Habita Suites (2)
The outdoor terrace of the ground floor suite boasts a unique floating bed, a wonderful place to while away the afternoon floating in the wind and listening to the ocean crashing on the cliff’s edge below. Inside, there is a kitchenette and lounge area. A separate bedroom offers a king-size bed, an oversized bathroom and a walk-in closet.
The upper suite exudes a temple-like ambience with its ornate light fixtures, imported Balinese wood and hand-carved accents and freestanding bathtub. The bathroom features his and hers shower heads, a walk-in wardrobe and a reading area overlooking the garden. The bedroom has a king-size bed and a private terrace with sweeping jungle and ocean views.
Garden Suites (2)
The two garden suites occupy the lower levels of the home and offer two beds each, quiet garden vistas and peekaboo ocean views. Both suites are accessible by private entrances and are in close proximity to the gym, spa and entertainment bar.
The doors of Suite #1 open up directly to the plunge pool and Jacuzzi. The suite itself is appointed with two California king beds, a custom bathroom, antique Balinese doors, a freestanding tub and a huge mirrored wardrobe.
Suite #2, located on the same level, offers a slightly more private accommodation. This suite has two standard queen beds, a private foyer, a custom leaf-imprinted ceiling and a walk-in wardrobe closet. The views from Suite #2 are a bit more dramatic than Suite #1 with the jungle and ocean in the foreground.
Courtyard Suite (1)
The courtyard-view bedroom, located just off the main entrance and offers a California king bed, a custom bathroom and a walk-in closet. While equal in size and decor, this suite does not offer the same dramatic views as the other suites.
Villa Manzu’s signature is its all-inclusive experience. The villa is designed to provide guests with everything they want, as well as everything they didn’t know they wanted! The owners and staff are the experts and local residents. They know the area best and want to share their life and traditions with guests.
The property features a spa, yoga platform, two bars, entertainment room with pool table, indoor and outdoor games, infinity-edge heated swimming pool, heated splash pool, Jacuzzi, home theater with a movie library, gym, in-house chef, walking trails, bikes, golf carts, and myriad water sports equipment, including stand-up paddle boards, kayak and surfboards. Guests are urged to relax at the villa in serene peace and quiet or to take off on an adventure in one of the property’s three vehicles. A naturalist guide is available to accompany guests on local tours and the staff is happy to create a unique daily itinerary with many diverse options and activities.
The home is operated by a Lurton Home System and is a “smart home,” allowing guests to easily operate and control temperature, lights and sound. Antica Farmacista bath products are used in each of the villa’s bedrooms, as well as Italian linens and fine English towels.
The Villa Manzu 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.
The residents Beach Club is just 10 minutes from Villa Manzu and all guests are afforded access to its two lap pools, two restaurants and poolside and beachfront food and beverage service.
Peninsula Papagayo Marina
The deep-water marina is a routine resting spot for some of the largest mega yachts traveling the Pacific coastline. The Dive Bar is a common place to enjoy pizza and a cocktail while admiring the views. Yachts, sailboats, jet skis and fishing vessels are available for charter.
Villa Manzu Spa
The spa at Villa Manzu is a destination unto itself. Uniquely located on a floating platform under two 30-foot waterfalls cascading down from the infinity swimming pool, the spa feels worlds apart from everyday life. Guests feel like they are taking treatments in a dreamy location, tucked away behind a waterfall.
Spa amenities available to all guests include luxurious massage tables, a custom-made pedicure chair, a private steam room with a copper shower fixture and a cedar sauna room.
Guests arrive at the spa via a private foot path, where they are encouraged to savor the peaceful surroundings. Walls are carved with Maya hieroglyphics depicting positive images of the story of life, water and creation.
Spa services include the following and are offered by a highly trained and registered professional spa staff:
x Therapeutic massage: deep tissue, relaxation, hot stone x Skin exfoliation x Body wraps x Aromatherapy steams x Shiatsu and tui nai x Lymphatic drainage x Manicure and pedicure x Detoxification treatments x Custom treatments with essential oil aromatherapy and local organic ingredients (coffee, papaya, aloe, lemongrass, coconut and more)
Golf and Tennis Clubhouse
Villa Manzu guests are invited to golf on the Four Season Resort Costa Rica 18-hole, Arnold Palmer- designed signature course. There are 6,788 yards of verdant course over 125 acres of diverse terrain. All skill levels will find an appropriate challenge, as well as incredible views at every turn — Pacific Ocean views complement 14 of the 18 holes. The course has been ranked #53 in the world, outside of the United States, by Golf Digest, making it the third highest ranked course in Latin America.
The tennis courts are minutes from Villa Manzu, adjacent to the Golf Clubhouse and offer both clay and grass courts. Professional instruction is offered for both golf and tennis.
There is a bayside beach, just a five-minute drive from Villa Manzu, boasts a long swath of sand and a shallow, calm shore, making it a favorite for wading, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling and swimming. The beach is open to the Costa Rican public, so it’s perfect for people-watching and immersion in the local culture.
The private residents beach fronts the 6,000-square-foot members-only Beach Club. There is more wave action here, making it popular for swimming, riding the waves and surfing.
Villa Manzu does have its own private, secluded beach for guests only, accessed by a short, yet sometimes steep, hiking trail. It’s a wonderfully private, romantic beach that is a must-see for all villa guests.
Villa Manzu is equipped with all of the toys guests could want, from water-sports equipment to vehicles for excursions. The villa’s naturalist guide is available to lead myriad adventures to experience the culture and fun that defines Costa Rica.
Boat & Car Trips
Guests may ask the Villa Manzu staff to arrange a boat excursion to one of the many lovely private beaches in the area. During the boat ride to these special spots, there are opportunities to search for local marine life, such as turtles, whales and dolphins. Upon arrival at the secluded beach, the staff is happy to spread out a picnic lunch or BBQ feast for guests.
On land, guests are offered use of the villa vehicles for exploration of nearby towns, souvenir shops, restaurants and more remote surfing destinations.
The sky’s the limit. Whatever guests want to see in Costa Rica, the Villa Manzu staff can arrange, all accompanied by a professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide. Ideas include:
x Road trips to surfing towns, private beaches, volcanoes and San Jose x Private helicopter charters x Mountain bike tours x River rafting x ATV tours x Diving x Snorkeling x World-class sport fishing for marlin, sailfish, mackerel and tuna x Surfing with a pro guide x Sunset sails x Jet skiing x Wake boarding x Windsurfing x Marine life tours x Off-road 4×4 driving x Nicaragua tour x Horseback riding x Monteverde Cloud Forest, with 400 bird species and 5 species of cat x Natural hot springs x Zip-line jungle canopy tours.