By Irene Aviles
Distinctive, creative, unique and awe inspiring are all words to describe this amazing villa located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
The English definition of distinctive is: having a quality or characteristic that makes a person or thing different from others: different in a way that is easy to notice: appealing or interesting because of an unusual quality or characteristic.
Well, Punto De Vista is the perfect example of a distinctive villa. First, it is a luxury 10-bedroom villa perched in the rainforest overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with the Manuel Antonio Bay just a 5-minute walk away. Second, the architecture is impressively designed and built by renowned architect, David Konwiser, who clearly understood sustainability, and how to minimally impact the environment to protect many of the endangered animals, including the squirrel monkeys. Therefore, the construction created a structure that resembles a large ship, building up not out, on the 2.5 acres of land. This home offers a true experience in green luxury for guests with a social conscience. As a Conde Nast johansens 2016 award winner, this villa offers the opportunity to experience luxury, superb staff and 5-star service all within an ecofriendly environment. To read a detailed list of all the sustainable practices, green building initiatives, local sustainability programs and its biodiversity location Click Here.
My personal experience at Punto De Vista has been unparalleled. I can truly say I have never experienced anything like it. Our family, together with 2 other families (we were a total of 12), ventured to Costa Rica for a second experience, this time choosing a different location from the previous Papagayo area in the Guanacaste region, where a more typical Four Seasons experience exists. Don’t misunderstand me, that first vacation to Costa Rica was amazing and very authentic, but it left us looking for more.
For this vacation, our children were now preteens so we could experience more in the line of adventure. We started in San Jose, drove and stayed a few nights to enjoy the famed Aernal Hot Springs at the base of the volcano, did all the outdoor ziplining, waterfall scaling and tree climbing you can imagine, and then finally relaxed at Villa Punto De Vista.
Upon approach to the property, after a winding trail through the rainforest, we were received by this massive structure resembling the bow of a ship. We could instantly tell we were in for a treat! The staff graciously and warmly greeted us with refreshing drinks and towels. The kids were so anxious to explore the property as they saw monkeys and other animals as we drove in, plus they knew we were staying near a surfing beach so they couldn’t wait to enjoy it.
After receiving an amazing tour we all settled into our rooms and our adventure began. The highlights included a Thanksgiving feast, which will always remain a warm memory of thanks for sure. The chef prepared the most amazing American Thanksgiving dinner, with several local surprises, as we enjoyed an outdoor dinner overlooking the pacific. We also celebrated a birthday one evening, and we enjoyed the lounge where we danced and got to share our karaoke voices with each other. Another great feature offered at Villa Punto de Vista is the separate kosher kitchen.
The coffee was a daily craving and we even left with handmade Costa Rican coffee makers given and made for us by a local who came by to share his experiences, and explain the coffee world to us. We enjoyed evenings in the jacuzzi watching unparalleled sunsets from the highest point in the house, cantilevered out over the trees and looking over the ocean as if you were soaring in the sky! Each night our senses just couldn’t absorb enough of the environment as we enjoyed the ocean, took walks to the national park reserve, enjoyed the local town and became obsessed with photographing the animals and encountering the numerous monkeys which were welcomed around the home.
Never have our kids been able to say that they experienced real wildlife like this! This was no petting zoo, but a true encounter with nature. We ended our stay with an opportunity to plant a tree as our contribution to the environment. We can’t wait to go back and watch it grow. A one-of-a-kind experience to be remembered for a lifetime!0