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Villa Avellana

CON MUCHO GUSTO Visit Costa Rica’s Villa Avellana for an ultra-luxurious vacation where an exceptional staff curates a relaxing respite with a dash of adventure.

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estled amidst Costa Rica’s lush tropical landscape and the Papagayo Peninsula’s black beaches is the Villa Avellana. The privately owned villa is buy-out only and is designed for multi-generational families, wellness retreats, or fun-filled vacations with friends. The property perfectly combines the service, quality, and scale of a boutique hotel with the intimacy of a single-family home. Arriving at Liberia Guanacaste airport, we were greeted by Villa Avellana’s Guest Experience Manager Sergio Jaen who whisked us off in a brand-new SUV. After a scenic 45-minute drive, we entered the Papagayo Peninsula via a gorgeous gate bookended by three immense gleaming statues and a dramatic corridor of palms. As we drove along a curving road, howler monkeys greeted us from the trees and coatis nodded “hello” as they searched for hidden terrestrial treasures. Fun fact: Costa Rica is home to approximately half a million species, about 5 percent of the estimated species on Earth.

After a second gate granted us access to the Prieta Estates gated community, we found Villa Avellana sitting at the end of a long, secluded cul-de-sac on 3 acres of beachfront. General Manager Thomas Freitag welcomed us into the newly built 10-bedroom, 33,000-square-foot, fully staffed villa, a space he noted as “one to be shared by loved ones creating treasured memories.” The winner of the International Property Award’s “Best Architecture Single Residence Americas 2022-2023,” the villa is stunning to behold. Ascending the grand staircase, you are greeted by an astonishing view of the jungle and ocean through floor-toceiling glass walls and doors. A vast yet inviting space contains a kitchen, indoor eating area, and the main living room. The villa’s game room is designed for fun while the garden-view bedrooms with outdoor showers and beautiful hillside views are utterly relaxing. Second-floor, ocean-view bedrooms feature gorgeous marble bathrooms and expansive terraces. Bedtime is an otherworldly experience as Villa Avellana uses 400 thread count cotton hemstitch sheets from the Costa Rican bedding company, Katé.

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