re-opening begins to take shape and we start to get out more, we may find
ourselves thinking slowly about our next possible vacation. And while many of us may not be planning to
jump on a plane or take a trip right away, some of us are ready for a
much-needed getaway, while others are still free to dream and to plan for the
future! After all, it’s always nice to
consider options and be reminded of the joy travel has brought us in the past. For those who are ready, or are considering a
vacation in the near future, we want to reassure you that our secluded vacation
home is the ideal location for you as we continue to move through this health
crisis. Not only has Costa Rica been
rated as one of the best locations for its management of the health crisis, but
it has also been noted as one of the safest locations given the steps it has taken
to protect the future integrity of tourism. In addition, with vacation rentals
being rated as safer than hotels in current health surveys, a getaway to Villa
Perezoso may be just what the doctor ordered!
Perezoso, we remain optimistic about the future and look forward to
sharing our amazing piece of tropical paradise with you whenever the time is
right. In the meantime, we have been working hard to re-do our operational
details, with your safety and comfort in mind.
During this planning period, we have been re-training staff and
implementing the highest sanitary cleaning protocols. We have worked together with specialists in
occupational health, and are also following standards as recommended by the international
vacation rental association and the CDC.
Our staff have also been instructed on the proper use of masks and
gloves (sloth design included on the face masks!). New cleaning products have been selected and
tested so that each and every guest of Villa Perezoso can feel confident that
the home has been thoroughly sanitized and disinfected prior to their
check-in. At the same time, we will
always insure that staff of the villa are healthy before coming to work each
day. Our top priority, in addition to
making sure you relax (and spot monkeys!), will be keeping you confident and
comfortable throughout your stay.
After 11 years of hosting guests, our vacation home has
become a place of solace and relaxation not only for our personal family and
friends, but for so many other families and travel groups to Costa Rica. We are
more committed than ever to bringing you a truly exclusive and private vacation
experience. And since there really is no better way to practice social
distancing on vacation than staying at a private residence where you and your
group are secluded with dedicated staff, our sincere hope is that we can
be a place where memories are shared and where vacation experiences will be cherished
for many years to come.
forward to connecting with you again, sharing the serenity of Costa Rica and its
amazing nature with you, and once again appreciating the joy of travel. When
you are ready to travel, we’ll be ready to serve you as we’ve done since we
opened the doors to our home in 2009. If
you decide you’d like to visit soon, remember our current travel specials
for visits now through December 15th.
Mother’s Day as many of us are looking forward to starting to put our lives
back together and getting back to work, we need to be reminded to take a moment
and remember Mom and everything she has done to keep us healthy, safe and loved
all these years. What better gift to
give Mom this Mother’s Day than a much-needed vacation escape? Sure, maybe now is not the exact time you’re
thinking of taking a vacation, but it will certainly be something to look
forward to and to be appreciated in the near future. And what better place to visit than Costa
Just a short flight from most US cities, Costa Rica is a destination that has maintained an extremely low number of Corona virus cases, and in general, is one of the most beautiful places on earth! Here at Villa Perezoso, we are a full-service villa dedicated to your comfort, safety and to pampering you! Set amidst the lush Manuel Antonio jungle and with sweeping views of the Manuel Antonio National Park and surrounding beaches, this villa offers a chance for you and your family to unwind, disconnect and relax in complete privacy. There is no need to do any planning, grocery shopping, meal prep or cooking, as our chef will prepare 3 daily delectable meals for you during your stay. Oh, and did we mention daily happy hour? Yes, Villa Perezoso also provides daily bartending and tapas snacks for sunset. In addition to extreme spoiling by our villa staff, here are a few other in-villa ideas Mom can enjoy on vacation (as well as the rest of the family!).
In-Villa Spa Services
way to recharge than with massage therapy and spa services! Our therapists will provide professional spa
services right in the cleanliness and comfort of your own tropical vacation
home. They will, of course, have
personal protective gear in place to keep everyone safe and feeling confident. In-villa spa services are the perfect way to
relax as there is no need to venture out. The ambience of the spa is brought to
you and your journey to relaxation is complemented by the sounds of nature in
In-Villa Cooking Classes
in learning some new ethnic dishes or tasting tropical culinary cuisine? Our Chef can teach you some of Costa Rica’s
most popular authentic dishes, and all you have to do is sit back and
sample! Everything from Gallo Pinto to Picadillo and Patacones
or Casados can be learned in an
afternoon, just in time for sunset happy hour!
In-Villa Personal Training and
For those who like to stay active on vacation, our team of personal trainers and yoga and Pilates instructors can bring exercise right to you. From our rooftop terrace, you can stay in shape while also enjoying some of the best views in all of Manuel Antonio.
Lounge Poolside or Soak in the roof-top
there is always the simplicity of lounging poolside or soaking in the roof-top Jacuzzi. No better way to truly feel on vacation than
by enjoying the sweeping views and exotic wildlife right from the balcony of
your privation vacation rental.
And if you are looking to get out and about while on vacation, there are always strolls on the beach and hikes in the rain forest! Both activities showcase the beauty of Manuel Antonio and are free of admission.
you are celebrating a new mom, a stay-at-home-mom, a mom
to many, Grandma or that mom who juggles it all, there is no better way to treat Mom than with a
vacation to Costa Rica! In order to
celebrate Mom this year, Villa Perezoso
is offering 25% Off all Summer and Fall vacation stays! This offer is based on availability and is valid
for reservations starting July 1st and ending December 15th,
2020. Contact us today for further
details and availability!
As we continue to feel the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and navigate through our lives in a completely different way than we have ever known, we do our best to remain optimistic and remind ourselves that we will prosper again soon. The dramatic impact this has caused in our families, communities and our lifestyle as we once knew it, often feels overwhelming. While it will take time, we will move forward and be able to enjoy many of things we used to, and perhaps even find new hobbies and things to enjoy. In the meantime, it is important to appreciate the simple parts of our lives, and the natural world around us. Perhaps, nature is the one area where we can find complete calm during this storm as there is definitely something relaxing about being in nature.
Here in Costa Rica, Eco-therapy has long been cherished, by both locals and tourists, and is associated with long and healthy living. The benefits of Eco-therapy and the healing power of nature have shown to reduce stress, uncertainty and anger. An ample amount of research has proven that people who live close to open green spaces are healthier and live longer. Well, there is certainly no shortage of open green spaces here! That would explain why Costa Rica is home to one of the planet’s blue zones and has a healthy elderly population.
Accounting for more
than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, Costa Rica is ranked in the top 20
countries with the highest amount of biodiversity worldwide, making it the
perfect place to get in touch with nature and re-charge! Costa Rica is also home
to more than 500,000 wildlife species,
twelve different climate zones (all found within a short distance from one
another!) 5 active volcanoes, natural hot springs, hundreds of breathtaking waterfalls
and some of the prettiest beaches in the world.
Costa Rica also has wetlands
and coral reefs, and a total marine surface that is ten times bigger than the
land surface. Surrounded by all of this, how could you not feel good in this beautiful
At Villa Perezoso we are privileged to
be in a prime location, just a few minutes on foot to many of Manuel Antonio’s best
shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, yet situated right in the heart of the Manuel
Antonio rain forest. Our back patio and pool area, as well as upper viewing
deck and Jacuzzi offer some of the best wildlife observing opportunities that
exist in Manuel Antonio. There is no
need to ever leave the villa to enjoy visits from three of the four total primate
species present in Costa Rica. The endangered white-faced capuchin monkey, the
squirrel and the howler monkey pay frequent visits to guests of Villa Perezoso.
What could be more special than observing this level of nature in their natural
habitat right from your villa balcony or swimming pool? For those who haven’t
experienced it, there is nothing quite like listening to the deep guttural calls
of the howler monkey echoing through the forest. Then, of course, there are the
toucans, scarlet macaws, and sloths that are impossible not to be energized by!
Just 5 minutes away from Villa Perezoso, we have the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, where many of Costa Rica’s exotic flora and fauna live. The park is renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife as well as meandering jungle and beachfront hiking trails. Set against a backdrop of paradisaical beaches, a walk on one of the trails promises to captivate your senses. Not in vain, the Manuel Antonio National Park is the protected area of the country that receives the largest number of national and international tourists annually. The magic of the beach and the greenery of the forest mixed with the buzz of exotic animals all come together in one place, and the result is a natural paradise that you won’t soon forget.
With all this in mind, what better place to getaway to than Costa Rica? I’m sure we could all use a little Eco-therapy right about now. Whether it be an adventure-filled vacation, a relaxing villa stay or just some tropical R&R, you are sure to go home feeling refreshed and renewed. So, once the time is right for travel again, Costa Rica and it’s natural healing powers will be waiting to embrace you.
If you would like to visit Costa
Rica soon and experience the power of its nature, contact us for information
about our villa and our vacation stays!
Without question, we have entered into unchartered waters, and each of us is scrambling to address an ever-growing health crisis while also attending to our finances, our families, our personal life and attempting to evaluate what the future holds. While the latter is impossible, here at Villa Perezoso we are weathering the storm and making use of the time. We have taken proactive steps to join together with the local tourism industry to implement changes for when the time comes to once again welcome travelers to our tropical oasis. At Villa Perezoso, we have a dedicated team with whom we have implemented new cleaning and sanitation protocols, new guest service interaction rules and new protocols for the maintenance of all internal and external areas. As we move through this crisis, guest comfort and safety will continue to be our #1 priority.
According to the ICT, Costa Rica’s tourism board, over 3
million tourists visit our peaceful and beautiful country every year and 30% of
the Costa Rican work force comes from tourism, with more than 80% of the
tourism sector related to boutique establishments and family-owned businesses,
like our very own Villa Perezoso. With
numbers like these, it is easy to understand why tourism is the heart of our
community and why the COVID-19 health crisis has affected everyone so
As of March 18th, Costa Rica’s democratic
government, made the decision to close its borders to in-coming tourists. This decision was difficult for our
tourism-based country to swallow, but it was a decision that was fully
supported by everyone, both business owners and local citizens alike, who know
that this immediate sacrifice will produce future benefits. With the excellent leadership of our health
minister, a doctor and a master in public health and epidemiology, in
conjunction with the unified spirit of all Costa Ricans, who want nothing more
than to be able to welcome back tourists, we have been on a stay-at-home call
to action for 2 weeks now. To date we have just under 350 cases and no reported
cases in our beloved Manuel Antonio.
While we know the numbers are bound to change with time, we feel
confident we are staying ahead of the curve and doing our best to keep the
numbers low. Our entire community is
working together for the future health and prosperity of our tourism-based
businesses and for the health and safety of our families.
As we wait to turn the corner, we relish on the simple things;
abounding nature, tropical fruits, warm weather, sunshine and most of all,
things calm down, and we know they will, we will be waiting with open doors at
Villa Perezoso to welcome you back. With
its rich nature and focus on tranquility, no doubt Costa
Rica will offer a safe, private and much-needed escape.
From our family to yours, we wish you continued
health and peace during this time.
“We are saddened to have to leave you, but our hearts are full of joy because you made our visit to your beautiful country so special! Thank you so much for your warm welcome and accommodation of our large family. Everyone had a special, wonderful time. Randall, you were so helpful and efficient in arranging everything. Jose, what can I say, except “may bueno!”, Ana, thank you for the flowers. Pura Vida.” The Norwood family, July 2018
Award winning luxury vacation villa rental in Manuel Antonio featuring best staff collaborates with Napa Valley Chef
A standard that we at Villa Perezoso have set from the beginning when we first opened our doors in November of 2008 was to offer a 5 star experience to you, our guests. Our aim was for all of you to feel pampered in a beautiful, tranquil, tropical setting and to enjoy a vacation experience that would surpass all others. We constantly strive to maintain and keep this standard. It’s always difficult to say goodbye to those we work with, especially those that we have come to think of as family. It is with some sadness that we announce to you that Victor will be leaving us in June, but with a lot of glee that it will be for him to pursue his own business. We couldn’t be more thrilled that he will be building his own company and being his own boss. Our exciting staff changes….we are promoting Randall Rodriguez to Guest Services Coordinator/Concierge. Randall who has been with us the past two years, and has over 25 years of hospitality experience, has proven himself to be an excellent team player, giving 110% of himself to ensure that you have a wonderful experience. Based on your feedback and reviews, he is very liked by all of you and thus is much deserved of this position which he has been training for these past few months. A bit of trivia, Randall actually helped us during our opening with our first guests who were here November of 2008! And not to worry…Randall will still be available to mix up those drinks in the evening for you all to enjoy.
We are thrilled to announce that we have hired a new chef, Jose Castillo.
Introducing Chef Jose!
Jose brings with him years of experience cooking for luxury villas in the area. In fact, Randall has worked with him in the past and really stands behind his cooking, presentations and guest service appeal. He is a true gem and we are incredibly excited to have him be our new VP chef. This month, we are honored to have Joshua Mitchell be a guest chef and collaborate with Chef Jose to elevate Villa Perezoso’s dining experience to yet another level.
Guest Chef Josh collaborates with our new Chef Jose!
Guest Chef Josh, having worked in multiple Michelin rated restaurants in Napa Valley, believes in using local ingredients to maximize flavor and presentation. During this time of collaboration, they will be developing new menu ideas to add to our Villa Perezoso repertoire. With Chef Jose’s can do spirit and great smile, we look forward to him “wowing” our guests with new, innovative dishes and our old favorites.
Bruce Paugh, begins this month as our new Facilities Manager
Bruce, Villa Perezoso Facilities Manager
—a new position we have created. Bruce will make sure VP looks and operates perfectly and will be onsite 24/7 to take care of any needs our guests may have.
Cecilia and Katia
continue to provide their quiet service with a smile in keeping the Villa clean and tidy.
Cecelia and Katia
More details about our amazing staff will be available soon; and look for photos of our week with Chef Josh and Chef Jose on our Facebook page.
We have been super busy at Villa Perezoso over the past few weeks and yesterday was our first international Sloth Day that we had fun celebrating here in Manuel Antonio. With our namesake, The Sloth institute, we have been working towards the future release of our sloth orphans and helping promote awareness if our furry friends. The huffington post has been following our work and posted about our recent activities. Check out here what we have been up to…
Kids Saving the Rainforest, a non-profit Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation facility, to become First to Release Hand-Raised Orphaned Sloths
Boot camp enclosures and GPS Tracking Collars Vital to Process
June 5, 2014 (Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica) – Initially started by two nine year-old girls
who saw the rainforest disappearing from their beloved home and inspired to save it, Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR), a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility located in the beautiful rainforest of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica announces its plan to release the first-known hand-raised orphaned sloths back into their natural habitat. Named Pelota, Ellen and Kermie, these delightful close-knit threesome two-toeds will hopefully become the first ever once orphaned baby sloths of their kind to be released in Costa Rica and the first in the world to be released with GPS collars.
Two toed sloths typically spend up to two years with their mothers learning how to be wild. Three- toed sloths spend between 6 months and 1 year with their mothers learning to be wild. This time allows for the young to gain weight to stay warm, to learn how to find good shelter, what to eat, how to climb and to learn about predator avoidance.
“We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the discovery of the successful raising and reentry of baby orphaned sloths,” said Jennifer Rice, PHD, President of Kids Saving the Rainforest. “Our organization’s commitment to helping with the feeding, care and rehabilitation of these baby sloths has been key to their eventual successful reentry to their natural habitat.
“ We are so excited to be able to share what we’ve learned so far about raising orphaned sloths with other rescue organizations around the world so that they can eventually successfully release these orphans back into their environs where they belong”, said Sam Trull, Wildlife Manager at KSTR.org.
Vital to this process is the pre-release of the threesome into a 50 by 40 M “boot camp” facility with large trees and ample climbing opportunities which is being built by a group of volunteers on KSTR property this June. This will allow the three as well as the other up and coming youngsters to move into a protected environment that provides a needed learning environment before their release.
KSTR is raising funds to help facilitate this important project to outfit the sloths with tracking collars to ensure their safety and to study their behavior upon release. Kids Saving the Rainforest encourages all citizens to get on board to maintain and preserve the magnificence of the rainforest and wildlife that is a vital part of Costa Rica. Donations may be made directly by clicking on the Save the Sloths logo on KSTR.org home page. To contact KSTR, email email@example.com or call 011-506-2-777-2592. You can also view relevant updates on our local supporters’ blog in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. .
The Sloth Re-Entry Project at KSTR, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
By Seda Taysi Sejud
Pelota. Ellen. Kermie. Three of the cutest, sweetest, and most special two-toed sloths you will ever meet. Their story is one that we hope will make scientific history and provide vast amounts of knowledge about sloth behavior that hasn’t existed until now. What makes these three so incredibly special and unique is that they were brought to KSTR as orphans and have been successfully hand raised by an amazing group of volunteers led by “sloth mama” Sam Trull who serves as the organization’s Wildlife Manager and “mom” to the orphans.
While there are instances of adult sloths being released back into their original habitat, this will be one of the first times in Costa Rica that hand-raised orphaned sloths will be released back to the wild. And, from the information that is known the first in the world where hand raised orphans will be released with GPS tracking collars. This is where we need your assistance as this feat can not be achieved without your help.
Raising the orphans:
All three of these orphans found their way to KSTR having been orphaned and abandoned by each of their mothers in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, home to many sloths. It is unclear why this may have happened, oftentimes mothers are attacked by a predator or have been electrocuted and the babies are left to die (baby sloths, much like human babies, are totally dependent on their mothers for their survival).
Two toed sloths typically spend up to two years with their mothers learning how to be wild. Three- toed sloths spend between 6 months and 1 year with their mothers learning to be wild. This time allows for the young to gain weight to stay warm, to learn how to find good shelter, what to eat, how to climb and to learn about predator avoidance. Pelota, the oldest of the three, was brought in at around 3 months as was Ellen. Each weighed approximately 600 grams or 21 ounces, a little over a pound! Little Kermie, was brought in as a newborn barely weighing ½ pound. Through great care, Sam simulated a safe and healthy environment, one that included plenty of climbing structures, yummy sloth food and lots of comfort for the orphans; the three not only flourished but became inseparable. Eventually, Sam’s apartment, turned baby sloth residence, was no longer a viable residence option for the growing threesome. And with hopeful plans in play for their eventual release, the day came when the three needed to “spread their wings”. They were placed outdoors, starting with a few supervised hours at a time, in a rehab cage, outfitted with branches and sloth hammocks to begin their transition, until eventually they were able to spend all of the day and night alone but together.
The Boot Camp Enclosure:
The current rehab cages are not sufficiently large or natural enough to provide a learning environment that allows a weaned orphaned sloth a chance to grow into a wild sloth before facing the dangers of the wild on their own. The small rehab cages were designed for short-term residents (those brought in as a result of electrocutions, dog attacks, etc) not for long-term residents like orphaned sloths. However, baby and young sloths are one of the most frequent of animal species brought in to the wildlife clinic.
KSTR, with the help of volunteers and donors are planning on building this critical enclosure during the month of June 2014. Not only will the sloths benefit from this pre-release, but other animals could also practice here like orphaned anteaters and adult sloths who need some climbing practice before their return to their habitat. Taking them for walks in the jungle is not enough practice at this stage in their life and it’s not practical with nocturnal animals that are already learning to be independent (two toed sloths are nocturnal!). KSTR is very excited to have such an enclosure to add to their facilities.
GPS tracking backpacks/collars, specially designed for sloths are an essential part of this release program. Information provided by these collars will not only help KSTR keep track of the sloths to gauge their health, happiness and safety but will lend valuable information for publications and studies on setting standards for how to raise and release orphaned sloths. GPS technology is constantly developing and this is only the beginning of the kinds of studies we could do to learn more about sloth conservation.
In addition to the threesome, we have two other sloths who could benefit from this enclosure and that number is only going to grow. They deserve the best chance at a successful release and this is their next step.
Virtually nothing is known about sloth behavior and ecology. We need to learn more about the sloths in the Manual Antonio region. They are a HUGE tourist draw and a species that must be protected. Please play a part in helping us maintain and keep this species alive. For Pelota, Ellen and Kermie. For all baby sloths.
KSTR is actively pursuing fundraising and volunteer assistance with the Sloth Project. We are aiming for a goal of $100 per person donation. Smaller or larger donations always welcome. If you are aware of any corporations that might also be interested in a sponsorship, please let us know.
You’re considering going on that bucket list trip to Costa Rica with your favorite gal pals. You’ve just booked a week at the top rated luxury vacation Villa Perezoso in Costa Rica. You want to relax, get away for a few days, and have nothing to do — no work, no traffic, nobody screaming for your attention. You just want to lie in the sun, enjoy delicious food and drink, and explore the beauty of your surroundings.
Aside from lounging, lying in the sun, and cocktailing, your more ambitious friends are asking, “What is there to do there?” This article can eliminate your need to do any homework, since we have the five best things to do on your girlfriend getaway right here.
As you’ll see in the online reviews, everyone raves about our concierge Victor, who will be your guide to making the most of your Costa Rican adventure. Ask him about any of these fun activities.
1. Spa and Yoga Day
From downward dogs to deep tissue massages, our staff of seasoned professionals will help you achieve that feeling of being at your personal best. Even better, the setting is our breathtaking, magical penthouse deck, with a 280-degree view of the Pacific Ocean’s whole horizon, in addition to views of the Manuel Antonio National Park, named one of the Top 12 Most Beautiful Parks in the World by Forbes. Get mani-pedis with your girlfriends while you relax on this magnificent deck, take a dip in the Jacuzzi, and enjoy cocktails and the exquisite, healthy creations from your own private chef.
2. Whitewater Rafting
If your ready for more excitement, we are the only resort outside of Rafiki Safari Lodge granted exclusive access to their whitewater rafting trips. Experience the exhilarating power of whitewater rafting on the Savegre River. You can also request custom hiking trips through the rainforest, kayaking excursions through the mangroves and horseback riding along the river with this top-notch outfitters. So not only can you experience the river, but the Costa Rican wilderness while you’re at it. Rafiki offers several trip options and difficulty levels, each catering to our guests varied physical abilities.
3. Catamaran Adventures
Our fun-loving, attentive, and responsible guides really help make this a memorable trip. For four hours, you will see our breathtaking coastline from the Pacific Ocean perspective, witness the dolphins and whales frolicking in the water, and even do a little snorkeling before the sunset drinks and light dinner.
4. Surf Class
Hang ten and rouse your inner surfer! Renowned for our world-class waves, it would be a shame to come all this way and not give it a try. Even if you’ve never touched a surfboard, our very Randall, ex-Costa Rican surf champion, will do more than teach you to stand up. From safety and caring for your surfboard to catching waves, and actually riding them, we’ll get you hooked on this exciting sport.
5. Salsa Dancing
You’ll burn an average of 150 calories for every 30 minutes you partake in this sexy, high energy, and beautiful form of Latin dance, taught by our favorite and nicest instructors. Once you’ve learned a few new moves, you can even hit the local dance clubs and enjoy a night out. A lot of our visitors will check out the local club scene after their lessons.
At Villa Perezoso , there is truly something to make every girlfriend getaway a memorable and exciting experience. While we invite you to just sit and relax, there’s something to do for those who also want a little excitement on their vacation.
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