Escape from it all on Peninsula Papagayo on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Secluded in splendid isolation is Villa Manzu, a five-star private use sanctuary comprising eight suite rooms.
Manzu means ‘friend’ in the indigenous Chorotegan language, and the staff hopes to offer a friendly, all-inclusive service. Chefs, butlers, maids, concierges and drivers are on hand to take care of your every need.
Up to fifteen guests can stay on the two-hectare estate, meandering from terrace to sun lounger to open kitchen. There’s a spa, yoga platform, two bars, entertainment room with pool table, infinity-edge heated swimming pool, heated splash pool, Jacuzzi, home cinema and gym.
Beyond the villa, the adventure specialists have it covered. Go mountain biking or stand up paddleboarding in the bay. Take a guided nature walk or visit local artisan markets in one of the property’s three luxury vehicles. Try river rafting or charter a helicopter for a bird’s-eye view of the magnificent coastline.
Trails lead from the villa to the water, and the closest beach is less than 100 metres away. Also nearby lies the Arnold Palmer golf course, tennis courts, and the beautiful cove of Playa Prieta with a 3,530-square-metre Beach Club. While away a lazy afternoon, cocktail in hand, listening to the waves lapping the palm-fringed sands of the peninsula.