“…no detail was over-looked.”— Phil, Oregon
“We were treated like royalty!”— Don, Texas
“…couldn't have been more perfect…”— Louise, Washington
Discovery Beach House is one of the few beachfront villas in Manuel Antonio.
Visitors simply step through the garden gate and onto the sand of the world-famous Manuel Antonio beach.
The soothing sounds of the sea meeting the shore are ever-present.
You simply can't get any closer than this.
The eclectic décor of this Villa is skillfully pulled together in a mixture of Latin, African and Asian themes based upon the owners' intriguing travel experiences. “If only the walls had ears” is a familiar phrase. In this case the walls do have ears as the stories unfold through photos, hand painted tiles and within the pages of the Guide Book guests receive upon arrival.
You'll appreciate the cozy living room after a day at the beach. Relax in the comfy window seat overlooking the tranquil Japanese Garden framed by giant traveler palms. Everything you need in home entertainment is here. We even supply the popcorn! Enjoy SkyTV, a plasma screen, DVD player & library, CD player, and wireless Internet.
The Great Room has a stunning two story vaulted beamed ceiling and is surrounded by French doors that open onto a Spanish tile terrace and an emerald palm-lined garden. A gorgeous mission style two tier wrought iron chandelier is suspended over a hand crafted dining table with a carved monkey accent. It opens up to seat 12. This room was designed without walls for free flowing conversation between the kitchen, dining room and living room.
GE appliances, utensils, and custom designed cabinets are every cook's dream. This room was inspired by artist Frida Kahlo's own kitchen at her Blue House in Coyacan, Mexico. Spectacular hand painted tile reproductions of her famous paintings are the focal point. Frida's fruit themes grace the splash board behind the sink. "Roots" and "Frida & Diego" adorn large niches in the breakfast bar. Everyone tends to gather in the kitchen anyway, so the bright red, blue, green and gold colors make it especially inviting and festive. Why not take it a step further and pamper yourself by hiring the house chef?
Each suite is unique. The focal point of the romantic second story master suite is the hand carved African king sized four poster canopy bed draped with an amazing animal print designer fabric. A comfy window seat is lined with jungle print pillows that invite you to lean back and read a great book, watch the monkeys, or take a decadent afternoon nap.
The second suite is suspended over the living room, and boasts a 260° view overlooking the Great Room and Japanese Entrance Garden. A welcoming window seat provides extra seating or can function as an extra bed. The two twin beds can be combined to make a king bed.
The third suite lets you enjoy the ultimate in privacy. This first floor bedroom has it's own entrance, kitchenette, bathroom and coffeemaker. No need to disturb anyone if the call of howler monkeys wakes you up earlier. Take your morning cup of delicious Costa Rican coffee out onto your own private patio and appreciate the lovely tree garden and early rising monkeys from your own Moroccon tiled table.
David and Evelyn moved to Costa Rica from Manhattan Beach, CA. David is a retired business owner and Evelyn is a writer and photographer. They've traveled the world photographing and filming endangered primates. They worked with Dr. Dian Fossey on her mountain gorilla project and with Dr. Birute Galdikas on the Orangutan Project. They devoted 20 years to the conservation of endangered primates and their habitats on a global level and now they do it on a personal level. They've converted their Costa Rica properties into private nature reserves. They work with botanists to enrich their biodiversity and have planted over 220 trees.
This unusual couple was first drawn to Costa Rica in 1991 when they came here to photograph its monkeys. They immediately knew they would live in the Happiest Country on Earth someday.
They began building the Discovery Beach House in 2004. It soon evolved into a reflection of their experiences in remote and exotic places such as Rwanda, Uganda, Borneo, Thailand, Nepal, South America and more. There are many unique details found throughout their home. A highlight is the floating photo gallery where you can join them on their many journeys.
Evelyn is the author of Among the Orangutans: The Birute Galdikas Story and a former public speaker. David can be heard playing his flute at local venues such as Dos Locos and La Hacienda, two popular Quepos eateries.
Your stay at Discovery Beach House includes the services of your own 24-hour on-call concierge. Originally born in Switzerland, Sabrina Segal moved to Manuel Antonio from Southern California more than 6 years ago. She and her husband created and then later sold a full-service vacation rental agency that represented many of the top elite homes here, including the Discovery Beach House. During her 3 years at their agency Sabrina focused on assisting her clients to fully plan their Costa Rica dream vacations from arrival through departure. She's highly skilled at customer service and is an excellent trilingual communicator who speaks English, Italian and Spanish.
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