— Coming from the US, how did you end up owning Villa Mayana in Costa Rica?
I spent a year looking for the right location. Every part of Costa Rica is different. Eventually I chose the area near Dominical because it offers everything that I wanted: the mountains come right to the shore, it’s very green, the beaches are fabulous, and the area has an abundance of activities and great culture.”
— Villa Mayana
— ‘Mayana’ means ‘reflection’. Why did you choose this name?
— Villa Mayana kitchen area
— Please tell us a bit about Villa Mayana itself and your concierge service.
Our concierge lives on the property and is available to arrange everything from rental cars, travel within the country, stocking the refrigerator, restaurant reservations and other activities before you arrive and while you are there. If you desire massages, manicures, pedicures, or yoga classes, she can arrange that for you. In addition, we provide a gourmet chef for up to three meals a day.
And of course, if you just want to relax and do nothing, our 3,000 square foot infinity-edged pool overlooking the ocean is the perfect place.”
— Villa Mayana seems to be very isolated. How far away from civilisation is it?
Everything is right there, but once you enter the driveway, you are surrounded by nature in your own private reserve.”
— View of the rainforest
— Is there a particular place that you go to or something you do once you arrive that makes you feel that you have arrived?
— Villa Mayana outside shower
— What’s so particular about the rainforest?
Three varieties of monkeys live on the property – howlers, white-faced and spider monkeys. Toucans and many other birds are on the property every day and we also have a fruit orchard where you can pick grapefruits and oranges for breakfast and limes for your margarhitas.”