VILLA PARAISO Villa Paraiso is without a doubt one of the finest luxury properties in Costa Rica. The private oceanfront compound is comprised of a Spanish-style main villa, coach house, garage, heli-pad, pool and stables sitting on 13 lush tropical acres of the Nicoya Peninsula – known for its white-sand beaches and some of the best surfing and scenery on the Pacific Coast. A custom 300-foot suspension bridge provides private access from the property to the nearby beach town of Montezuma. The bohemian streets of Montezuma – which is known for its striking natural surroundings, European-inspired dining and friendly “pura vida” vibe – are the place to be after dark. The entire area comes alive with music and dancing, and you can find plenty of people from all over the world relaxing and having a good time. And when you’re ready for bed – just return over the bridge to your luxurious and secure villa, serenaded by the sound of monkeys, frogs and the Costa Rican rainforest. (Here’s another tip: there’s hardly anything as magical as enjoying a romantic candle-lit dinner on this suspension bridge at night.) Designed by renowned Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher (who also designed Costa Rica’s only Four Seasons Hotel), the 10,600 Sq Ft main villa is comprised of four gorgeous guest rooms on the ground level, with a palatial master suite on the second level. Every room offers breathtaking ocean and coastline views. The construction is on par with the finest European craftsmanship. All wiring, fixtures, electronics and key materials were brought from Europe, the US and abroad. Craftsmen painstakingly worked for more than two years on the vaulted brick ceilings, 35 teak columns, custom iron works and everything else that went into this unique property. The principal rooms are all spacious and tastefully designed, providing seamless indoor/outdoor living. The living room flows seamlessly to the formal dining room and out to the terrace and pool/spa area. In this outdoor recreation area, you’ll enjoy a large free-form infinity pool with swim-up bar that seats 12, a 42 inch LCD screen, barbecue grill, wood-fire pizza oven and oversized Jacuzzi – the perfect place to catch one of those famed Costa Rican sunsets. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art home theater with seating for eight and over 200 channels of widescreen, high-def TV and movies. The separate coach house is perched on a cliff away from the main house, with dramatic 180-degree views of the Pacific. The building houses an executive office suite, gym and design studio. Out front, an auto court has been designed to accommodate helicopter service from Costa Rica’s two international airports (the property can also be reached by car and SUV). Nearby, the stables hold 4 horses – riding is a great way to explore the property or spend an afternoon leisurely working your way up the scenic coast. This is the ideal vacation property for both adventure-loving young professionals and families alike. The region offers world-class surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, biking, big-game fishing and is a jumping-off point for other Costa Rican jungle adventures, including zip-lining and whitewater rafting. Explore one of the most dynamic environments on Earth by day, then return to your comfortable, secure luxury pad for the night. THE SURROUNDING AREA The Nicoya Peninsula – and Montezuma in particular – is a long-time favorite of surfers, adventurers, families and eco-tourists who come for the beaches, rivers and scenic waterfalls that dot the coast. Children can enjoy time on the beach and viewing the monkeys, iguanas, toucans, frogs and other critters that inhabit the land. Also nearby is a butterfly garden and Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful preserves. Take a day trip to Isla Tortuga for swimming and snorkeling among hundreds of colorful species of fish, as well as whales, giant mantas, dolphins and sea turtles. Costa Rica is home to some 5% of all biodiversity on Earth, and you’ll see much of that natural splendor all around Villa Paraiso. Visit Mal Pais for some world-class surfing – it’s one of the most popular breaks in the country. At Mal Pais, old-growth forest spills down to the shore, where rocky outcroppings alternate dynamically with sandy stretches and beaches made up entirely of tiny shells. All along the coast, scuba centers offer dives offshore, with famous dives around the stunning Murcielagos Islands. Jungle-canopy tours, big-game fishing, horseback riding, ATVing – you’ll have your choice of activities around Villa Paraiso. Just make sure you bring your sunscreen!