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Sunset Hill, the best view in Mal Pais !!


Property Details

Updated: Oct 24, 2016
Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Perched atop a verdant mountain with a pristine view of Pacific coastline, this modern, minimalist house embraces sky, light and serenity.

The Villa is located just above Mary's Restaurant, a well known reference for those who already visit Mal Pais. Just 300 metros from the beach.

The whole Villa offers 2 bedrooms/2.5 baths and 2 double occupancy bungalows with private bathroom and ocean-view porches. Up to 10 people the villa is a perfect accommodation for your Costa Rican adventure to be as action-packed or relaxed as you wish it to be.

The spacious and modern villa has high-ceiling common areas, in the living room a huge and comfortable sofa overlooks the scenic pool and Mal Pais colorful sunsets. The house sports a gourmet kitchen and Yoga/exercise deck, with a gorgeous view to the ocean.

Meditate before picture perfect windows. Devour over family-style dining tables. Snooze in a hammock. Dive into the infinity pool. Disconnect from a fast-paced world…then reconnect with yourself.

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More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Hello Im Belen, property manager of Villa Sunset Hill. I live in Costa Rica since 2000 and have been working for the owner since we found this great property in Mal Pais, in 2006 when it was still raw land.

It have been a hard but rewarding work to build and create this beautiful vacation rental. Our goal is to keep the house simple and easy to use and enjoy, and we are always ready to assist our guests to organize their time in Mal Pais and Costa Rica. Dont hesitate in contact me with questions or comments :)

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Speaks: english, spanish, italian

Guestbook comments from the manager

Life has been crazy since we've been back, but we all talk of Mal Pais and smile! You were the most wonderful, gracious and thoughtful hostess we could have wished to handle our villa plans... and we look forward to seeing you this Autumn. The house is beautiful, the view unsurpassed, the beds comfortable, the towels and sheets clean and plentiful, the kitchen well stocked (please buy 2 cookie sheets :-), we cut flowers from the yard for the table and if there's a more luxurious fish filleting table in CR I'd love to see it. Thank you for stocking my soy milk and sweetener, I had my cuppa as soon as we'd unpacked.
Feb 2016
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16 Reviews

based on 16 traveler reviews

New York City

Paradise Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I wanted to get away from New York for a week and this house was the perfect getaway. It was secluded from the bustle of the main road so the privacy and quiet on the hill was perfect. The house and a huge kitchen (fridge/cutlery/etc) that we could cook in when we wanted to stay in, yet was a short drive to the restaurants we wanted to go to when we felt like dining out. Belen (property manager) was extremely helpful with suggestions of where to go and even gave us a guide before we arrived. About the house? Where to start - the best view you could ever ask for. Perfect infinity pool, lounge chairs to read and drink and actually get away from it all. My wife and I did our own yoga sessions on the deck built (I believe) specifically for it, and there was mats already available which was convenient as we had forgotten ours. Rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable, and there was an awesome living room/common space we used to play cards and lounge when we were tired from surfing. One of the main things we wanted to do was go zip lining and Belen let us know (she emailed quickly by email) that there was a place just down the road and let us know how to get there. The house was perfectly hidden away from the main tourist hub for seclusion, privacy, and a sense of quiet we wanted, yet close enough to all the things we wanted from a Costa Rica trip. We ended up eating at quite a few hotels as they had recommendations of good food/views etc, but the honestly staying at Villa Sunset Hill ended up being the best view and accommodations we saw the entire week. Would highly recommend to both couples and larger groups/family retreats. Thanks again for a great week for my wife's birthday vacation. Pure vida!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Set Apart

  • 5 of 5

A truly extraordinary setting and villa that made time stop for us. The villa and its siting are absolutely perfect. You can not stay here without a renewed appreciation for the natural landscape and the raw beauty of Mal Pais. My family of siblings, parents and grandchildren flew from three cities across the U.S. to rendez-vous in Mal Pais. The adventure to get to the house, was well worth it. The house was a wonderful oasis that felt truly set apart in place a time from the world. The modern design and spacious accommodations were great for our large family and we spent a lot of time in the infinity edge pool which was relaxing and magical at sunset. Grandma and grandchildren doing yoga in the morning under the trellis, while siblings and their spouses lounging in the great room or pool, it was a perfect place for our family to spend time together with ample elbow room. The nearby activities of horse back riding, zip lining and the beach were fantastic but we found ourselves wanting to spend more and more time at the house, swimming, reading and relaxing. Getting too and from takes time, but it is well worth the adventure-- a private escape that is as authentic and beautiful as you get!

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning sunset view & marvelous modern home!

  • 5 of 5

We live locally in San Jose and wanted a weekend escape during the off-season to Malpais. We had a perfect stay in this gorgeous house! What a view indeed -- it's like 180-degree view of the ocean.

It is a steep climb but that's the price for a beautiful view. We had a 4x4 SUV and it was not a problem.

The inside is crisp and modern and I wish my kitchen was this size at home! But the main attraction is the outdoor terrace and infinity pool, where we spent the bulk of our time...lounging, relaxing and soaking up nature: butterflies and greenry.

The rooms are really big, and our friends who joined us and stayed in one of the bungalows loved how cozy it was. And they said there is an ocean view everywhere...from the bed, even from the bathroom!

We will totally recommend this property to friends who are looking for a piece of paradise, and we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Good value, priceless view.

  • 4 of 5

Recently booked Sunset Hill for some family members to stay at. While I did not stay there personally, my wife and I visited the villa several times during the week and were very impressed with the style and view offered by this rental. With a 4X4, the steep driveway was a breeze, as it is well paved except for the very top portion.

Any issues that came up during the stay were quickly dealt with by Belen and Carla.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 4 of 5

My family and I stayed here during Thanksgiving week and we had a wonderful time. The house was recently "refreshed" with fresh paint and was very comfortable.

The house inside itself, is very simple but clean. Bedrooms had basic beds, not the most comfortable, but nowhere near the worst I have experienced in Costa Rica. There is very limited storage space for your clothes and no closets.

The kitchen is large with a beautiful stainless steel oven and stove. It is well equipped with coffee maker, blender, Fridge, pots and pans, etc. No Microwave or mini toaster oven which would have been nice for quick reheats. But, there is a grill outside for BBQs.

There are AC's in the bedroom and the living room.

The view view view!!! Definitely the best asset of this place is the gorgeous view and natural beauty surrounded it. Sunrise and sunsets are amazing! The gardens surrounding the pool and bungalows were designed with bird watching in mind! They attracted flocks of parrots and beautiful hummingbirds, along with a wide array of birds that I couldn't begin to name!

The infinity pool is the place to be and relax while taking in all the beauty. The outside deck area is covered and filled with cushioned seating. This is where we spent much of our time and just took in the views.


-Amazing view

-Amazing pool and outdoor area

-Huge useful kitchen

-Safe and Secure


-Road to house is steep, windy, and not fully paved. Must have a 4x4.

-Beds not super comfy

-Could use more storage space

Overall, I would highly recommend staying here. Working with the property manager, Belen, was also a pleasure as she was very nice and informative.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's all about the best view - ever!!!

  • 4 of 5

If the view is important to you, and it IS to us, then this is the house. AMAZING! The sunsets, ocean, pool, and privacy! THE BEST. If there weren't so many bugs (it's the jungle, after all!), we would have preferred to sleep outside every night in the hammock that we brought.

The house has so much potential to be a 5-star home, if not for the "little things". Unfortunately, I have to share my true feelings, so that the owners/managers will know, and can improve, as I would like to know, if it were my home that I am offering for someone's vacation stay.

Here goes....

-The beds need mattress pads - for sanitary reasons, as well as comfort of your guests.

-The pillows have to be replaced - we had to double up the pillow cases because the pillow are old, stained, and unsanitary.

-The bed linens could have been updated - they were stained..

-The towels have to be replaced - they were torn, frayed, stained and looked dirty - like rags.

-The plastic container for garbage was so dirty, we didn't want to open it to throw our garbage bags in - it is really gross.

-No soap dishes in the showers or bathroom vanity - it was a mess just laying the soap on the counters.

-The ceiling fan could use a good cleaning - it's layered with black dirt/dust.

-The coffee table by the pool had 4 wasp nests - side and underneath. We were constantly being bothered by the wasps until we finally looked for where they were coming from and had to move it.

-It would have been nice to have cushions on the lounges by the pool to lay on.

Thank you for replacing the old, rusty barbecue with a new one, upon our request!!

We washed all the sheets and towels the first night because they looked dirty. I'm sure they weren't dirty, but it just felt unsanitary. I feel that if you are going to provide these items, then they should have been in better condition, otherwise, it shouldn't be advertised that it is provided.

Realize that it is someone's vacation, and as a guest of my home, I would want my guests to feel pampered, feel special, and be comfortable. Honestly, if not for the magnificent view and having the pool area, I felt like I was "camping", instead of living inside a beautiful, modern house. I love the look of Modern/Minimalist, Simplicity, and "Less is More" - but Clean and Fresh is the best.

All are simple and inexpensive "fixes" that could turn a "college dorm" accommodation, into truly a 5 star experience. But please...DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THE VIEW!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Sheila, thanks for your comments, we will absolutely "fix" the pilows, towels and sheets. We also have programed to full paint and fix up the house in November, to have it perfect for next high season. Our home is not advertise like a 5 star villa, although we love to improve the service and apreciate all your ideas. Regards, Belen
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From the Owner

Sunset Hill is one of the best spots in the area, enjoying dramatic views to the ocean and sunset, along with privacy and comfort. Its possible to chek out waves just from your bed or while you relax by the pool.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Local Airport TAMBOR at 24 Miles Nearest Barpub : Mary's Restaurant at 200 Metres Nearest Ferry : Paquera at 30 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Mary's Restaurant at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Mar Azul at 0.5 Miles Car: necessary

canopy, surf, yoga, snorkeling, diving, fishing, mountain bike, atv tours


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 16 2016 - Nov 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Crishtmas Week
Dec 20 2016 - Dec 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
New Year week
Dec 28 2016 - Jan 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

The access road to the house is a cement road very steep, 4x4 vehicle is recommended.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: Oct 24, 2016
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From the Owner

Mal Pais is a secret gem. Away from the crowded beaches of Santa Teresa, but still close enough to enjoy the consistent surf all year round. When you want a retreat, this is the most private house in the area.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Stereo

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Ocean View


  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • Pool - outdoor shower
  • 4.5 bathrooms


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • There is a crib available upon request.


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Sunset Hill is a great choise for couples in a romantic vacation or honeymoon. It is also available for small weddings, and our property manager Belén is a great wedding planner that she can assits you in all the details. The villa with 4 rooms accomodate family reunions and friends vacations. Proffesional Chef is available for one special dinner or for the entire stay. Don´t hesitate in contact us for detail info.

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