Villa Las Clementinas
Rosario de Naranjo, Costa Rica
Villa Las Clementines
Newly renovated in 2014, this 3 bedroom beautiful luxury villa is just 45 minutes outside of the booming metropolis of Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose, but is a world away from “that” hustle and bustle and just twenty minutes from the San Jose International Airport (airport code is SJO).
Designed and custom built in 2007 by internationally acclaimed architect Édgar Brenes, founder of the School of Architecture at the University of San Jose, Villa Las Clementinas was designed to complement the natural beauty of the local surroundings and to harmoniously blend into the ethereal outdoor canyon-scape that is our back yard.
This luxury home features amazing 20+ feet high vaulted wooden ceilings throughout and has a magnificently unbelievable front door that is 18 feet tall. Teak hardwood floors and terra cotta tiles are featured throughout the home, all made of locally sourced materials and crafted with impeccable quality.
Each of the rooms in the home has canyon views and outdoor patios and decks with glass and screened doors, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings from both inside and out. The corridor to the bedrooms is constructed of screened in zacate pavers and allows the canyon breezes to flow throughout the home, heating and cooling the home as needed. It is simply magical!
Rental car recommended but not necessary. You do not need a 4WD to access our property or to drive around locally but in your exploring the country, it is certainly helpful. See note below about special rental car accommodations be have negotiated.
Villa Las Clementinas is truly one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and well-built homes and has one of the most gorgeous views in all of Central America. Perched high on the edge of one of the region's largest and most beautiful private canyons, through which the Rio Grande River flows, our home is a very magnificent private retreat.
Here you can watch the clouds form and rise up into the sky, sometimes wafting through the house. The entire home is built to maximize the views of the canyon and unbelievable vistas can be seen from each room. The views are unmatched and your stay here is certainly something you will never forget!
This place is impeccable, romantic, luxurious and private compound - architectural masterpiece, exclusive enclave in Costa Rica's coffee country. This home is located on the grounds of an old Coffee and Orange Plantation in the Central Valley (Finca la Esperanza)
The climate in our region is such that air conditioning is never needed (and nobody in the Central Valley has it). Daily average temperature averages 80 F and nights are 68 F, cooler at night in winter months. There are also multiple ceiling fans throughout the home. The house maintains a very comfortable ambient temperature and in all of our time here.
The house is built around a gorgeously landscaped wood and stone back yard area with an infinity pool that features a hot tub that was constructed from stones from the river that runs below through the canyon.
Outdoor and indoor showers, beautiful furnishings, luxury linens and top of the line American mattresses on the beds are just some of the things that make our vacation home so special.
All of our furniture was custom designed and built by local artisans from sustainable local hardwoods (teak, cinecero and guanacaste woods).
We have a large family and we love to cook and entertain. Our gourmet kitchen is well stocked with pans and utensils and whatever equipment you will need to make and enjoy a fabulous meal at home (granite countertops, European gas range, dishwasher, Kitchen Aid mixer, etc.).
There is a very robust herb garden right off of the kitchen where we grow a large variety of herbs for cooking. Green markets, butchers, bakeries and grocery stores are only a fifteen-minute ride away into the town of Grecia. Private chefs available to come and do your cooking for you if you wish. Inquire with the house manager if you are interested. Prices VERY reasonable.
Each bedroom features a private porch overlooking the canyon. We also have yoga teachers who will gladly come to the house to guide you in a private lesson. The cost for this is inexpensive compared to what it would cost in the United States and is an affordable vacation indulgence like no other.
Our home is a very comfortable and serene haven to relax and rejuvenate and enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty of Costa Rica. Bird watching is one of our favorite pastimes here. (Binoculars, book library and an insane variety of birds included.) This is the ideal place to come and unwind.
Our property manager is named Dan Schild, a lovely American gentleman and expat from St. Louis who will meet you at the property upon your arrival to orient you with the home, the security system, how to operate the pool and hot tub and to answer any questions that you may have. He can also give you some tips on day trips, where to go, etc. and put you in touch with our driver, personal chef, masseuses, yoga teachers, etc. Daily house cleaning available for an additional charge. Mid week cleaning is included for rentals of a week of more.
We have a driver who we recommend, Oscar, who can take you on your day trips for a very reasonable rate if you opt not to drive yourself. Dan can put you in touch with him before or during your vacation so you can make plans with him. If Oscar isn't available, his cousin Olgar is equally wonderful and will be able to drive you.
I have made arrangements with a rental car company who will give you a 10% discount off of their rates when you rent the house. They will also drop off and pick up the car at the house for no charge for rentals of one week or longer, and you can negotiate this for shorter rentals. They offer the best rates and insurance rates of all of the car rental companies in Costa Rica and this is a great added "bonus" when renting the home. A taxi to the house from the airport should run around $35 dollars. Possible to negotiate for the rental car company to drive you to house from airport and to airport from house in your rental car. They aim to please and are very easy to work with.
When you stay at Villa Las Clementinas, you will be in the exact locale that Travel and Leisure singled out as the 'best climate in the world'. You will rediscover what it means to be totally relaxed and rejuvenated.
- Infinity pool with hot tub (complete privacy and seclusion)
- Chef's kitchen with extensive herb garden
- Indoor and outdoor showers
- 20-ft vaulted wood ceilings with teak hardwood
- Terra cotta tile floors
- Custom designed and locally built furniture
- Luxury bedding and mattresses
- High-speed wireless internet Apple TV
- U.S. Dish Network TV
- Wireless stereo system that can play music from your iPod
- Well stocked game and book library
- Gated community with international residents
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and 4000 square feet
King, King, and King
8 guests maximum
Villa Las Clementinas - Private Luxury Villa, Infinty Pool, Canyon Edge FABULOUS
San Jose International Airport - SJC
Calendar open year round, inquire for availability
- 40"+ TV
- Chef's Kitchen
- DVD Player
- Gated Community
- High Speed Internet
- Hot Tub
- Multiple TVs
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Pool
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Staffed Guard Gate
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet
- iPod Dock Stereo
Activities of Interest
- Zip lining
- Zip lining
- White water rafting
- Bird watching
- Mountain biking
Places of Interest
- Volcano Tours
- Day Trips to the City
- Day trips to the Pacific Beaches
- Zip Lining
- White water rafting
- Coffee plantation tours
- Rain forest
- Parrot and bird sanctuary (no cages)
Be one with nature in beautiful Costa Rica...Pura Vida!
Let me start by saying that the host of this beautiful property, Anne-Caroline, could not have been more charming and helpful in arranging and advising all aspects of this trip. This adventure was planned as a gift for my baby sister following her graduation from college, and I really wanted the peace of mind in knowing she would be in good hands and know the ropes of the area. Anne-Caroline, and her house manager, helped us really learn what we needed to know to make this vacation perfect. Her house manager was a huge assistance, picking them up from the airport and helping them learn the lay of the land.. From the lips of my sister: This property is as close with nature as you could possibly get, with the house inviting all of Costa Rica's glory inside. The views are spectacular and tranquil, and the best spot on the property is relaxing in the comfy hammock, with the breeze of the rainforest encompassing you. Privacy is an understatement throughout the grounds, and the sounds of nature can be heard from every direction, including the pool and hot tub. It is in a gated community with a 24-hour security guard. Anne-Caroline really helped with daily excursion ideas. La Paz Waterfall Gardens were simply dreamy and we got to witness a couple exchanging their wedding vows. The gardens also feature an animal sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with the likes of sloths, toucans, monkeys, and jaguars! I might have touched a sloth but I cannot divulge:). Jaco Beach is a must do! The sand is a unique black, due to the nearby volcano and the beach is not crowded. We experienced a very cool day trip to Manuel Antonio State Park, where we hiked through the park to a gorgeous white sandy beach with monkeys galore! Beware, however, watch your bags because the curious monkeys and raccoons often play bandit! The people of Costa Rica are incredibly nice, sincere and we felt completely safe throughout our vacation. This is a spot I definitely want to return! Pura Vida...Pure Life all the way!”
Most beautiful views
If you are searching for an idyllic retreat high in the Costa Rican mountains, look no further than Villa Las Clementinas. This designer home is perfectly situated overlooking a stunning range of mountains and their valley. The house is very comfortably and attractively furnished, beautiful swimming pool and spa with options that include a private chef, driver, masseuse and other very nice amenities. Pura Vida!”