Staff

Staff

A rental at Villa La Macha includes the services of our attentive staff. Let us attend to the details of meal prep and housekeeping while you relax and enjoy Costa Rica and Villa La Macha.

Our full-service staff will take care of any needs you have. House and garden are always kept in perfect condition. We can do your shopping, show you around, and arrange tours and transportation. Our chef and housekeeper will clean your rooms, do laundry, change your sheets, and prepare and cook delicious meals. Our staff truly takes pride in making your vacation a memorable experience, as you can gather from some typical guest comments below.

Childcare, massage, private language classes, private tours and other services and activities can be arranged at reasonable prices by Jota.

GUEST COMMENTS ABOUT OUR HOME AND STAFF

Great place to stay:   “We had a large group of people, which included my 5 year old daughter, and the facilities were perfectly accommodating.  The folks who come by the house daily were very helpful lining up our adventures and places to go.  They also helped with shopping and cooked great food!  We did not need to go to Manuel Antonio park since we saw spider monkeys, white face monkeys, sloths, iguanas, macaws, toucans, and much more from the porch of the house!  The route to get there, once above Quepos, is a little tough.  Once you get off paved roads it gets a little confusing so try and get your route before you go.  The 4 wheel drive vehicle was definitely a plus.  Overall, I would stay again and would love to stay longer.”
John H. July, 2017

Paradise on earth:  “14 of us (10 adults, 4 kids) rented this beautiful property for a week vacation full of superlatives. The house is splendid, offering great views of the Pacific Ocean, pool and access to a very nice beach about 15 min walk via a trail through the jungle. The house was immaculate, vast, and arranged in such a way that everybody had plenty of space. What made our stay particularly unforgettable was 1) an incredible staff: Jota and his family could not have been more helpful, kind and efficient. Not only did they cook delicious meals, got groceries, cleaned dishes, clothes, and the house, they also attended to any requests and were extremely friendly, shared stories, while being completely unobtrusive. We are so grateful to them. 2) the wildlife of the house was amazing. I’m not sure whether we were particularly lucky or if it usually like this, but we were consistently visited by troops of squirrel monkeys (literally coming to the house), also saw Capuchin and howler monkeys, many bird species, and were able to follow the activities of two sloths right before our eyes from the hot tub! Be aware that the paradise was somewhat difficult to access. Very steep and treacherous trail that requires a 4 wheel drive. But so much worth it! We all absolutely loved this place, adults and kids alike.”                                                                                                                                                                                           Kathleen S. July, 2017

50th Anniversary Celebration in Paradise:  “My parents celebrated 50 years of marriage by taking 10 of us on a trip of a lifetime in Costa Rica. Villa La Macha was the perfect fit for our family. The open air home made us feel like we were right in the jungle with the sights and sounds…monkeys, lizards, butterflies, raccoons, sloth, and so many more. Jota, the house manager, was the BEST…he met with us every morning to discuss food, what we wanted to do that day, and questions we had. Every excursion he booked for us was excellent and professional. Katia and Evelyn made sure we were well fed and that our rooms were clean and laundry was done. What a treat to have such a lovely staff at the house. All but my parents (in their 70’s) walked to the private beach. It is a quite a trek so wear tennis shoes – especially on the way uphill – but worth it! The kids loved playing in the waves. Villa La Macha was the perfect place for our favorite family vacation!”
June 2017

Fabulous House and Fabulous Vacation:  “Villa La Macha was a great house for our group of 9: 5 adults and 4 teens. The four bedrooms in the main house plus the two in the guest house fit us perfectly. The view upon entrance is stunning and the pool was large enough for all of us to be in it at the same time. I even swam laps one day – short laps, but it was long enough to work! The house is secluded so that you don’t feel like you are on top of other homes – in fact, the road to the house is best done with a 4WD vehicle or a high clearance car. You will think you are most definitely on the wrong road and that the house can’t possibly be up ahead, but rest assured – it is! We downloaded the WAZE app and got a wifi hot spot with our rental car – I highly recommend both of these things if you are going to be driving around the area. It worked great! The house comes with the services of Jota, his sister Evelyn and their mother Carmen. I can’t say enough about these three. They made excursion reservations, cooked all of our meals, did our shopping, cleaned the house and even did laundry. They were so pleasant to be around and provided us with great information on the area. Evelyn even gave us an impromptu cooking lesson for some yucca pancake snack things. Totally delicious. The house is great, but these three people make it a truly special place to be. We booked a catamaran tour and a ziplining tour. Skip the catamaran – it wasn’t so great, but the ziplining was so fun! I highly recommend it. We drove south to the Nauyaca Falls and hiked in to see them. That was one of the best parts of the trip. The hike down to the beach at the house was rather steep and we arrived at high tide, so there really wasn’t a beach to be had. We never went back and instead drove up to the public beach outside Manuel Antonio. The area is fabulous and this house is a gem. I would definitely recommend it to all my friends and would stay there again in a heart beat. We saw a sloth, monkeys and lizards right from our deck. Angela, the owner, was so easy to deal with and helped facilitate prior communication with Jota. He sent us the location directly to the Waze app – which made it easy to find! This is a fabulous house in a really fun place! Definitely book this house.”
June, 2017

Amazing experience in Paradise: “My family just spent the most wonderful vacation at this home in Manuel Antonio. The setting is exactly what is shown and described and exceeded our expectations. So much room and so many beautiful views. The pool area was large and there were views of the ocean on the sunbathing side. The beach below the house is beautiful and the younger people in the group used it but all of us enjoyed the beaches in Manuel Antonio which are just a few miles away which are the best in Costa Rica. The kids boogie boarded and rode horses on the beach. The shops and restaurants are right across the street so you can go to lunch and return to your chairs. We went snorkeling which was not the best but the zip lining was a real adventure!! No need to go to the Rainforest since you are in one at home. Monkeys did come to visit and there was a Sloth in the tree by the house. We did have rain the last day and crabs were all coming up from the beach. They were small but that was eery but normal. The best part was having our own staff! Jota arranged each day and went to the store to get what we needed. We learned a lot about the country and the culture from him. My grand daughter got an ear infection and he contacted a doctor and we were able to get her medicine. The house was sooo clean and the ladies kept it that way and washed our clothes if we wanted it. We mainly lived in bathing suits and cover ups so we brought way too many clothes and used a lot of towels. The meals were delicious and food was abundant!! We ate on the veranda that overlooked the ocean and celebrated two Birthdays and Easter in this ambiance. There were only ten of us and we plan to go again and bring more people. Definitely room for 14! This was definitely a bargain in paradise and the staff were rewarded well by our family!!”
Cindy B. April, 2017

Great girl trip:  “Beautiful villa, beautiful setting. Jota, the property caretaker and his wife and mom were fabulous. Kept the place spotless, cooked great meals and helped us arrange tours and an on property massage. We saw loads of wildlife here at the villa. 2 resident sloths, one 2 toe and one 3 toe. 2 Scarlett macaws that flew over twice a day. Toucans. One toucan came up to a palm by the pool to eat fruit. Crabs, racoon, iguanas. We counted several species of birds. The pictures of the property do not do it justice. One of our best girl trips away.”
Diane B. March, 2017

Stunning Views:  “This house is not only spacious but beautiful……. the views are amazing and the wildlife surrounds. We had two sloths in our trees, monkeys that visited as well as toucans and two Scarlett McCall’s that flew by every day. Jota, the house manager was wonderful. He arranged tours for us and they were all fantastic! Katia and Carmen are wonderful cooks and our meals were outstanding! The house was clean everyday and clothes were washed ….!!! We were a family of 5, three boys and us parents ! The guys are 22,17 and 13 and they had as much fun as we did. The pool is large and lovely to float around in. Yes , the beach has somewhat of a little hike but it was fun to do it. The beach was nice because there were very few people there so it was almost like having a private beach. I can not say enough about this house . Rarely do I repeat a action and stay in the same house but this is one that definitely would go back to! The people all around were friendly and we felt safe at all times . If your even considering going to this part of Costa Rica , I heavily recommend staying at this house . I can’t imagine anyone ever being disappointed …”
Katie  March, 2017

Paradise:  “I enjoyed this magnificent villa with a group of six couples (March 2017). Spectacular sunsets, delicious and healthy meals, immaculate rooms, abundant wildlife. The property manager was very friendly and helpful. The place exceeded all of our expectations. You want to be in relatively good shape for the hike to the ocean, but it was well worth it!.”
Marnie C. March, 2017

Better than the pictures – wonderful and georgeous: “First time we did a larger family vacation with us as grandparents. We got the master bedroom which was wonderful – particularly the bathroom with the hot tub open to the outdoors. OK, we shared it with the kids and grandkids. The house is a fabulous property with the sunsets providing a different show every evening. Monkeys and iguanas and macaws daily. Jota, our concierge was lovely and helpful. Hi wife Katia and Carmen took care of the cooking and clean up and we got laundry done daily! That was a vacation. we probably ate 50 lbs of guac. We were 10 which was perfect for the location. we could have managed another 2 people in the one bedroom we didn’t use but more than that would be crowded sleeping wise. The hike to the beach is a little treacherous – very steep and rocky and I wouldn’t recommend it for young kids or older folks. However 4 of us adults (and one 11 year old) did it twice and it was spectacular. Would go back tomorrow.”                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kathy A. January, 2017

Unforgettable Experience!:  “Our family stayed at Villa La Macha December 2-9th, 2016. It was paradise! There were 9 adult family members/friends and plenty of space to hang out together or have some alone time. Every day we would wake up to a wonderful breakfast being made. Jota and his wife and mom arrived at 8am and started preparing breakfast and any other meal we wanted to have that day. They went grocery shopping for us and made several special trips. Jota really went out of his way to make us all feel pampered. He arranged last minute tours and made sure we got good deals. We went down the trail to Playa La Macha several times during the trip. The hike back up the hill is a bit tiring, but the sandy beach and perfect waves made it well worth it. At the house, we had dinner every night on the porch overlooking the water. The food was so delicious and healthy. Fresh guacamole every day made for a special treat. I have stayed at many VRBO’s but this was the absolute best experience and we all want to go back soon. Thank you so much for an unforgettable experience! Oh, and you will love the monkey’s in the yard….it’s like your own national park! Gracias!”                                                                                                                                 Aimee F.  December, 2016

Full-service escape in the middle of a tropical paradise!:  “We were two families – 5 adults, 5 kids (between the ages of 4 and 9) – that shared this lovely property for 9 nights in August 2016. Overall, it was a GREAT find! The best feature of the house is the staff that comes with it. The primary manager of the property (Jota) helps you with all your needs – from grocery shopping, to activity arranging, to spotting sloths in the trees above. His wife (Katia) and mother (Carmen) prepare 3 delicious (and voluminous) meals daily and clean up daily, too (even making the beds and doing the laundry!). Such a luxury, and such a huge help in really getting to enjoy a proper vacation. The other main advantages of the house…1, the amazing view; 2, the depth and breadth of wildlife that can be seen from its balconies (e.g., monkeys galore; toucans; sloths; iguanas; and many more); 3, the convenient location (just minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park). A few disadvantages to be aware of, though we are still VERY pleased with our stay overall… 1, the swimming pool is on the back side of the house, away from the main view of the sea/landscape below; 2, the common area (living/dining room) is not air conditioned (though the bedrooms all have units for bedtime); 3, the last 500 meters approaching the house are rough and definitely require a 4×4 vehicle; 4, the layout of the rooms may not accommodate all types of families/groups (i.e., in the main house, there are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor, by the kitchen/dining areas and 1 master bedroom upstairs; there is also one room with a separate entrance from the outside just below the living room area; the guest house is one larger space with a futon that can sleep 1 or 2, and there is an extra room around the back of it with a separate entrance as well). Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this property!!!”                                                                                                                                                                         Danielle B. August, 2016

Beautiful view, excellent vacation:  “Cannot say enough about the spacious, well-maintained villa; the gorgeous ocean view; the large, clean pool; the convenient location near anything you might want to do in Costa Rica; the great meals; the excellent staff; or the perfect place for relaxation and fun. The staff was superb with daily laundering, cleaning, meals and setting up all tours, transportation and excursions. Cool breezes during the day, and air conditioned bedrooms at night. Don’t miss this adventure.”                                                                                        Larry D. June, 2016

Villa La Macha is a must stay place!!!!:  “Best vacation ever! Staff was very welcoming and attentive. The staff prepared all are meals and help setup excursions. Villa La Macha property is your own private resort with breathtaking oceanfront view and large pool. Every room here is amazing so clean well maintained. Air-conditioning in every room was amazing. Great for Large Groups and for few friends. Ask for Yuca Frita it was so good we ate it 3 nights in a row. Hora is your personal concierge, he is so friendly and makes you feel at home. Definitely coming back here soon. Paradise.”                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lars L. May, 2016