A Tropical Mountain and Oceanview Lodge
in The Avocado Mountains of Costa Rica
Suddenly, becoming a traveler, an explorer, intoxicated by culture and beauty, with a thirst for adventure and a love of the unknown, does not seem so out of reach.
Villa Fauna is located on a lush mountain above the town of San Mateo (1,500 ft up), on the edge of the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Our land offers an incredible sunset view of the Gulf of Nicoya, lovely breezes, and lower temperatures and humidity than many places in Costa Rica. We offer new and very spacious accommodations, which promote a private, personal, and individual experience for our guests. We believe in space and independence, but we are always available to help and guide you, before & during your vacation, upon request. Feel free to contact us via email at any time to help you plan your vacation or retreat, book tours, and answer all of your questions!
Villa Fauna has landscaped trails throughout the property, a pool & patio with a roofed outdoor bar and ceiling fans, a large, boho-inspired lounge, fully equipped chef's kitchen for guest use only, multiple verandas, lots of new comfortable seating, a Yoga Deck, Sky-cable T.V.s, beautiful sunset views, and free Wifi. We have fresh mountain spring water and are surrounded by gorgeous flora, animals, and breezy, expansive views.
We are just a few minutes from the hub of 3 major highways, making it easy and convenient for you to navigate the Central Valley (known for it's perfect spring-like climate, volcanoes, animal sanctuaries, coffee/chocolate tours, cloud forests, & tropical mountain zip-lining) as well as the Pacific Coast for some beach life!
We are only 21 miles from the SJO airport.
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Pool and patio where guests enjoy drinks and music under the roofed bar with ceiling fans and lights. Complete with new lounge chairs, table and wet bar, speaker with adapter, and wifi. Sit back in the pool floats and savor the sun, hummingbirds, brightly colored plants, and privacy. Enjoy the pool at night with tiki torches and rope lights.
Tour Guide, Shuttle Service, & Local/Ex-Pat Expertise
We are happy to send you our Guest Tour Guide including both local treasures and tourist attractions, which we have all personally experienced, along with advice and recommendations. Ask us about our shuttle service, making it as easy as possible to explore Costa Rica! Feel free to message us if you are interested in learning about Ex-Pat life.
Gardens, Yoga Space, & Views
Landscaped, hand-railed trails running alongside our rock walls and through multiple levels of gardens containing many varieties of flowering shrubs and fruit trees, which attract hummingbirds, toucans, monkeys, and butterflies. Practice yoga with a breezy view, or enjoy the views in the swinging chairs and on multiple verandas.
Free Wifi and T.V.
Wifi is available in the lounge, veranda, suites, and pool patio. Feel free to connect via bluetooth to our lounge speaker to listen to your own playlists.
Sky-cable T.V. is included in every accommodation's living room. DVD player or projector is available for a movie night!
Fully Equipped Kitchen
The Zen Den and Luna Loft come with (exclusive) full access to a large kitchen, which includes American style stainless steel appliances, cook and dish ware, coffee maker, convection oven, farm-style marble kitchen sink, and beautiful Cedarwood cabinets to prepare any meal you'd like, at any time. The Jungalow comes with it's own small kitchen.
Dining & Convenience
There are many restaurants, bakeries, and stores between 1-3 miles from Villa Fauna, in the towns of San Mateo and Orotina. We are happy to give restaurant, market, and authentic tico cuisine recommendations, especially traditional Fried Patacones, Chili Guaro shots, and Guanabana fruit! We are happy to provide our favorite plant-based meals for our guests/retreats, as well.
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Land, & Mountain Views
Things to Do
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Beaches & Tortuga Island
13-20 miles from our Villa, there are several beaches, including Punta Leona and Herradura. We'll be sure to let you know where you can find Scarlet Macaws, the best views, hidden beaches, and our favorite beach bars! Ask us about the incredible Tortuga Island Catamaran & Snorkeling Tour. We can also book a surfing, paddle boarding, or kayaking tour for you.
Turu Ba Ri Eco-Adventure Park
Only 6 miles from our Villa is Turu Ba Ri; 538 acres dedicated to ecological tourism and adventure, including A Canopy tour, the amazing 3,280 ft long Superman Zipline, Horseback riding, Sky Tram, Guided Nature Tour, and an onsite restaurant. This park is located in an incredible climate with fantastic views!
Waterfalls, rivers, and hiking of various sizes/levels of difficulty, all within 20 miles from our Villa, including Carara National Park. Explore our own mountain and incredible views of the Nicoya Peninsula. Ask us about where you can experience all of these things on a guided ATV ride, or where some hidden gems are that only locals know about!
Authentic Tico Culture, Chocolate & Coffee Tours
Experience Tico culture through our nearby towns, farmer's markets, parks & churches, and authentic tico cuisine at local restaurants. Learn about Costa Rica's traditional/eco-friendly ways of growing and cultivating coffee and chocolate, including tastings!
The Manuel Antonio Tour
Territorio de Zaguates
This dog sanctuary is home to around 800 rescued dogs of Costa Rica. There is nothing like it! It's a total heaven for dog lovers and opens it's gates to the public most weekends for an epic dog hike through their mountain and gorgeous views.
Please make a donation!
Enjoy this popular destination of CR (less than 2 hours from our location) as a day trip or overnight trip, with our favorite hotel and restaurant recommendations, and Shuttle Service. Hit up the beach, known for its sloths and friendly monkeys, hike/swim the beautiful Nauyaca Waterfalls, or if you want something extreme, try white-water rafting or skydiving!
La Paz Waterfalls, Cloud Forest & Animal Refuge
La Paz gives you the chance to see Costa Rican (rescued) animals such as jungle cats, monkeys, sloths, and toucans, and an amazing hike alongside a river with numerous large waterfalls. Experience a cloud forest, home to gorgeous flora, and grab lunch at the restaurant. This is always a favorite and a huge attraction in Costa Rica.
Holistic Therapies & Yoga
Enjoy our peaceful, quiet, and private mountain top with one of our onsite services (included in retreats)...
~ Certified Massage Therapist.
~Yoga session with our Certified Yoga Instructor.
~ Various holistic therapies.
Let yourself have an intuitive, healing, and transformative experience with the loving and therapeutic horses at Sweet Prince Ranch with
Jaco Beach & Town
Check out one of the great beach clubs where you can have a perfect beach day, watch surfers, get cooled off in the pools, order drinks and food from the bar, and then hit the town. Jaco Beach town offers countless bars, restaurants, cafes, live music, and shops. The Casino also offers some fun nightlife.
“A gorgeous villa tucked away in the mountains with a breath taking view of the pacific. This was our very first trip to Costa Rica and it was the perfect escape from reality we needed. ”