500 Acre Tropical Luxury Retreat
- 12 Beds
- 14 Baths
- 500 Acres
- Swimming Pool
- Beach Access
- Balcony / Terrace
Supremely situated along the remote coast of Costa Rica's lush Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Barrigona is a tropical retreat unlike any other. Owned by celebrated actor Mel Gibson, this exclusive estate is a haven of solitude and serenity set amid 500 acres of tropical jungle, towering mountains, majestic cliffs, and dazzling white-sand beaches.
The true hallmarks of this stunning estate are tranquility and privacy. Each of the three villas is nestled on its own private hilltop with exceptional views of the Pacific beyond. The largest of the villas, Casa Guanacaste, is a sumptuous refuge for relaxing and entertaining. Arranged over two levels with more than 5,000 square feet of living area you enter the tropically appointed villa via a beautiful landscaped courtyard centered by a water feature and surrounded by the family room, kitchen, inside and outside dining and four bedroom suits. (Show 7 bedrooms 8 bathrooms) All of this is custom-fitted with native Costa Rican woods. The floors are paved in Coralena stone and Spanish and Italian tiles. A beautiful wood stairway leads you upstairs to three additional bedroom suits tucked into the jungle canopy and drenched in Pacific Ocean views.
The back of the villa opens onto a large verandah overlooking the verdant splendor of the pool and sunning areas. Native Costa Rican stone carvings and statuary further enhance the aura of this tropical oasis.
The two additional guest villas are exceptionally private. Casa Barrigona with 3,500 sf features two bedrooms and three baths and Casa Dorada with over 2,500 sf, features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, both with spacious living rooms, kitchen, and multiple verandahs looking out over extraordinary jungle and ocean vistas. A private pool, full air conditioning, and barbecue areas complete the amenities at each residence. In addition to the villas, Playa Barrigona includes a traditional house that was shipped from Bali and reassembled on the property. We call this Casa Bali and the Temple. (Wanted to mention something about this)
Commanding the most stunning views of all, a spacious, open-air dining hall with commercial kitchen welcomes guests to enjoy the sunset from its comfortable lounge. From this high vantage point one can imagine flying over the jungle canopy below.
A sanctuary of biodiversity, Playa Barrigona is also home to an incredible array of species. With over 500 acres of protected oceanfront forest the wildlife thrives without pressure from forestry or hunters. During a hike around the boundary trails of Playa Barrigona we stopped counting howler monkeys at 500 one morning. It is not uncommon to get lucky and spot a Puma or Ocelot roaming the lush tropical grounds.
Playa Barrigona operates a generous re-forestation project with thousands of exotic hardwood trees having been re-planted on the property. The colonial feel of Playa Barrigona comes from the custom windows, doors and furniture using reforested hardwood and crafted by the carpenters employed on the property all handmaid in the wood mill and carpentry shop just inside the entry gate.
Playa Barrigona is easily reached by plane or car and a grass helipad makes the trip even more convenient for elite guests.
Graced with an abundance of natural beauty, a rich culture, and a pleasant tropical climate averaging 72 degrees, Costa Rica continues to be a world-class destination. With its incomparable location, diverse landscape, wildlife, and luxury villas, Playa Barrigona is a jewel in the crown of this magnificent tropical paradise.