Oxygen Jungle Villas
What We Love
- Glass cabins are climate-controlled and critter-proof, with private decks and sweeping jungle or ocean views
- Balinese furnishings, art and Buddha statues promote Zen and stylish relaxation
- The hotel is the only one on the mountain with its own private hiking trails, which lead through the jungle past waterfalls and wildlife
- Top-notch service: Staff members are friendly and helpful; you'll never have to wait for a cocktail
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What To Know
- A stay here is about getting back to nature, so some cabins feel more secluded than others
- The hotel is up a mountain; it's best to rent a 4X4 when transferring from the airport
- Rainy season lasts from May to November, dry season from December to April
- Children 17 and under are not permitted
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Zen-chic. Guests enter the clubhouse between two stone Ganesha statues, and it’s Bali ever after. White wicker lounge chairs and ottomans abound, as do oversize and lotus-style Buddha figures and paintings, all brought from Indonesia. A large, dominant likeness of Dewi Sri, the Javanese goddess of fertility, dominates the sun deck, and small purple flowers are sprinkled throughout the expansive jungle estate. To top it off, the parts of the compound are connected by stone pathways lined in heliconias and birds of paradise.
Bed and Bath
Beneath the villas’ dramatically vaulted rooftops, minimalism reigns supreme, emphasizing the views beyond the glass walls. Imported feather bedding and cushy Serta mattresses top the four-poster beds, over which sheer white curtains lend an ethereal touch. The equally Zen bathrooms are bisected by frosted glass, and the sinks are carved out of river stones from Indonesia. The organic bath products feature fragrances of the tropics: ylang-ylang, coconut and natural honey.
There are other upscale hotels on the mountain, but Oxygen Jungle Villas is the only one with its own private hiking trails leading through the jungle to romantic waterfalls, where monkeys and toucans are known to frequent the scene. Spa services are offered in a dedicated room which offer panoramic views of Ballena National Park. At the clubhouse, chefs prepare innovative and mouthwatering local and international dishes. The cocktails and fruit drinks are also phenomenal — don’t miss the yerba buena and pineapple smoothie.
In the Area
Down the Pacific coast from touristy Manuel Antonio, the jungle-covered mountains of Uvita offer a high-caliber, adventure-packed vacation without the crowds. The few distinguished visitors have access to some of Costa Rica’s best kayaking, surfing and hiking; Corcovado National Park is the country’s most beloved, and it can be explored for a day or, even better, overnight. Foodies will rejoice at Playa Ojochal, an unexpected enclave of fine dining where highlights include Exotica, a gourmet fusion restaurant, and Citrus, which serves New World cuisine.
How to Get There
My husband and I came here for a much needed vacation. You definitely need a 4x4 vehicle to get up to the property as the road to it is unpaved, steep, and very rough. To get there from the airport was really easy as the highway roads are very good and easy to navigate. Beware that there are a couple of toll roads you have to go through. Use Waze to get there not GoogleMaps as the latter is always wrong. We got there a little early before check-in time (which is 3PM) so we sat in the pool area while we sipped our complimentary pina coladas while waiting for our room. We were also able to book a couple’s massage at 3:45! After a long night of travelling without sleep and then driving all day to get there, it was so nice of Ana to book us a massage so soon. The ladies who massaged us were incredible. It smelled amazing in there. Plus while we were getting our massages it started to rain, and along with the jungle noises and the thunder in the background, it made for a very unique experience. My husband is super picky about his massages and at the end of it he thought it was so good that he wanted to book one every day. At $175 I had to put a stop to that! But we did get another one on our last night there. During our second massage, there was a rather loud group of 4 that were partying in the pool area literally all day and they were quite drunk and causing a ruckus. The spa is right above the pool so we could hear everything. I wasn’t going to complain as I know that group was just having a good time, but the ladies felt it was unacceptable and asked management to give us a discount for the inconvenience. It was quite a discount too so thank you! This is definitely NOT a place to party all night long. This is a place to forget all your troubles and just RELAAAAAX. So if you're more into the party scene then this place isn't for you. But if you want a place to hang with your significant other in a peaceful environment then by all means, stay here! Ana, Steve, Roy, Gary, Franco, the ladies at the spa (Angelica and Elise?), and really anyone we met were very gracious and made sure that our stay was perfect. Thank you Oxygen Jungle Villas. Pura Vida!
The overall experience was spectacular! The customer service was exceptional, Ana, Roy, Steven and Franco made our stay a very pleasant one. The villa is surrounded by nature and there are plenty of activities to do in the area.
If you want the true experience of Costa Rica while staying in the jungle- this place is for u! They are glass suites, located on the property with views! It’s not far to Manuel Antonio Park! The property is gorgeous, food is amazing, and staff is beyond great!!!! Room are also unreal! Highly recommend!!!!