By Shannon Farley
It feels as if I have stepped out of Costa Rica and into Italy. The rolling hills, the wide-open vistas, travertine tile floors, fountains, huge marble urns potted with miniature trees, vases overflowing with flowers, and exquisite art and luxurious furnishings at every turn.
Sure, maybe the toucans calling nearby alert me that I am still in the Central American tropics, but the spell of La Toscana Hills has transported me oceans away.
In truth, I am only an hour from Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose, in the idyllic country town of Atenas. Nestled in picturesque hills and valleys at the western edge of the Central Valley, the Pacific coast is also only an hour away.
This luxury villa in Costa Rica is an enchanting vacation rental perfect for a romantic escape for two or a holiday with friends and family. Multiple, very expansive lounging and entertaining spaces make it an excellent site for parties and events.
Perched on top of a large hill in eastern Atenas in a gated residential development, the 4.45-acre (18,000 sq. m) luxury rental property cascades down a slope bordered by verdant forest and affording panoramic views across the wide valley to towering volcanoes and mountains and little communities dotted around.
From the moment you enter the stately yet discreet gates of La Toscana Hills, you are in a magical realm of sensorial extravagance. First, you notice the sound of water flowing, trickling and spouting from a variety of splendid fountains strategically located throughout the villa and grounds. As you walk toward the travertine tiled, covered entrance hall, your eye takes in the grand architecture that is European in style.
At the main door, the covered passageway wraps around to the left past storerooms enclosed by massive, ornate iron doors festooned with gilded flowers, past a secondary kitchen, and arrives at a delightful private chapel. Glorious in its detail and lighting, the chapel is adorned with angels, statues, and paintings, and offers seating for about two dozen persons.
Inside the main villa, your senses are beguiled by vibrant paintings and photographs from the foyer into the lavish living room and on into the two separate suites in wings to the east and west. The large main salon features seating areas intimately placed around the room, a grand piano, museum quality furnishings, porcelain vases, cut crystal chandeliers, and elaborate paintings, tapestries, and sculptures. It is a refined, elegantly appointed space worthy of royalty and yet welcoming and inviting. A large balcony borders the far side of the room, providing arresting views of the tranquil countryside.
The two suites – Caspar and Toscana – mirror one another with spacious master bedrooms each featuring two queen-sized beds, an ample master bath with a shower, a walk-in closet, and a huge covered balcony that serves as an open-air living room with spectacular vistas. A modest kitchen is just off the living and entertaining room and separates the two suites.
A third suite, the Atenas, is on the top floor of a two-story building off to the side of the main villa. The one-bedroom suite is ideal for two persons with a large master bath and a mini-kitchen. A massive, open-air, covered living area fronts the bedroom and sports spectacular panoramas along with a waterfall fountain that connects to the downstairs open-air gym. The lower floor also has a sauna, bathroom, shower and changing room.
Intimate lookout lounging areas with posh furnishings and magnificent views beckon all around the marvelous grounds. Seductive spaces that invite you to private moments with a good book, long conversations over good food and drinks, or fun party gatherings.
Below the main villa, there is a covered yoga and meditation deck. Above, the “vinoteca” open-air wine cellar and lounge anchor one end of the long, sensational pool deck complete with a dazzling infinity pool. Bathrooms, changing rooms and a rinsing shower are there for your ease and comfort. To the other side of the pool is the pool bar, featuring a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, dining area, billiards table, football table, and breathtaking views. With just the right touch of opulence, they are the crowning touch to this Costa Rica luxury vacation villa. Multiple landscaped and terraced gardens in the upper section of the property complete the Tuscan scene.
Experience the wonder of La Toscana Hills. Book your reservation to enjoy this incredible luxury villa in Costa Rica; a minimum two-night stay is required. Luxury vacation rentals include daily housekeeping, a 24-hour concierge, and full breakfast. VIP transportation by a chauffeur and private chef service are available.
From Atenas, you can easily go on exciting day tours to volcanoes, national parks and multiple attractions around the Central Valley highlands, in addition to visiting San Jose’s thriving museum, gallery and restaurant scene. The beaches, national parks, marinas, and adventure and nature tours of the central Pacific coast are all a short drive away and are easily accessible for day trips.