We love when our guests share their experiences with us. This story came from a family we really connected with. We are so happy that from start to finish they experienced our ideal for all our guests.
«Before we even arrived in Costa Rica, we were having an amazing experience simply planning our vacation. The owner, Bobby Workman, was happy to talk with me on the phone and via email. I instantly felt that we were in great hands. Bobby, then referred me to the personal concierge of EOC, Fabio Perez. Fabio was always available to help us make our plans. He and I became fast friends corresponding through email. Any questions or concerns that I had were quickly answered. Fabio had a wealth of knowledge about the area and was happy to steer me in the right direction. We didn’t want to be over booked with activities, but we also didn’t want to miss out on anything. He provided us with a perfect balance of play and relaxation. I was stress free before we even arrived! Transportation was arranged and many tours booked. All we had to do was pack and get on the plane. We were greeted at the airport and given a scenic drive through the breathtaking mountains and a few stops at some must see spots along the way. Off to a good start!
Once we arrived and the gates opened to nirvana, there was Fabio with a bright smile on his face. We were escorted to our villa under a canopy of beautifully blooming flowers and serenaded by the many exotic sounds of the birds. I was hooked already and we hadn’t even stepped in the front door. Our villa was so unique and comfortable. There was not a detail overlooked. Artfully arranged tile work everywhere. A view from our bedroom that left you speechless. It was like being in a treehouse overlooking the ocean. Can’t think of a more beautiful spot! We had our own plunge pool, hammock, outdoor shower. The accommodations were perfect!
We started our trip with a private chef cooking us some local fare in our very own kitchen…delicious! We woke the next morning to the monkeys playing in the trees right outside our window. The kids piled in our bed and we watched the wildlife as if it were on tv. We got to the beach and had chairs and an umbrella all set up and waiting for us. Manuel Antonio Park is just a short walk from our villa. The water is as warm as can be and the waves just big enough to have fun in and tire us all out. You can have lunch brought to you on the beach and of course, a cold margarita to follow. Some days we opted for the goods that the ticos were parading up and down the beach. Freshly shaved snow cones, ceviche or a delicious coconut cracked open right on the spot with simply a straw stuck in. «Pura Vida» was real, not just a catch phrase. It truly stands for the simple and pure way of life in Manuel Antonio. The locals (Ticos) were funny and friendly, especially if you tried to speak what little spanish you may know. We spent the week surfing, zip lining, hiking and exploring the parks and amazing wildlife. We had a perfect week with not one complaint! Though it was peak season, we never felt that it was overly touristy or busy. Fabio arranged all of our restaurant reservations perfectly timed for sunset. When Fabio wasn’t available, Emily was there to help. Emily could usually be found in the cool common, «gathering» area. She would provide cold drinks and great conversation while our kids colored and painted in her sketchbooks. She would gives us recommendations or provide background music while my husband strummed one of the many guitars found around the property. We truly felt relaxed and at home and many hugs were had when it was time to say goodbye. From the pool/ beach chair guy to the women who would straighten up our villa and leave behind some fun towel sculptures and other little fruit and flower surprises, to the security guard who was waiting when you got home from your evening adventures, to the knowledgeable tour guides who would pick you up right at EOC…all of it was very thoughtfully orchestrated. We have done our fair share of family travel and this was by far one of the BEST vacations we’ve ever been on! Thank you EOC for taking such great care of us. We will be back!