How We Started
Local. Authentic. Personalized.
What can we tell you about us? Here at Costa Rica First Class Villas, we are a team of travel-loving individuals that focus on providing local, authentic and personalized Costa Rica vacation experiences. Our company was started by Donielle Fish who has a long background in the hospitality industry and whose love for travel and the Spanish language originally brought her to Costa Rica 16 years ago on a study abroad program for her undergraduate studies in Spanish at the University of Costa Rica. Originally from Kansas City, but with Toto and the red slippers left behind, Donielle has enjoyed the experience of living in the Central Valley of San Jose, the beach town of Jaco and has now happily resided in Manuel Antonio for the past 10 years. She has traveled the country from North to South and East to West, from the most well-known routes, to the off the beaten path adventures and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love for the Costa Rican culture and it’s nature with other travelers.
Our concierge service provides expert destination advice and our consistent hospitality management services will rise to the occasion of every style and class of traveler that we have the pleasure to host. Our team works with our guests to understand their travel expectations and also to share our local travel knowledge. Designed for discerning travelers who seek unique Costa Rican experiences provided by experienced hosts, guests of Costa Rica First Class Villas can feel assured that the travel experiences put together by our team have been customized to our guests’ style and well-planned to optimize the best of this beautiful country. Whether you want to schedule an action packed trip or just get away from it all, the team at Costa Rica First Class Villas encourages you to contact us and express your ideas for a dream vacation. Let us guide the way, so you can sit back and enjoy the experience!
Originally from Kansas, Donielle Fish has always been passionate about languages, travel, food and culture. Through her Spanish major at the University of Kansas, Donielle originally came to Central America to study at the University of Costa Rica and ended up falling in love with Costa Rica due to its quality of life, natural beauty and friendly, vibrant people. With a keen eye for detail, Donielle began working in management in the hospitality industry, where she now has over 15 years’ combined experience. From hotel management, her focus evolved into more personalized services with direct home-owner care for private luxury villas and for travelers desiring to experience the uniqueness of Costa Rica. Donielle has happily lived in Costa Rica for a total of 14 years, 9 of them spent full-time in beautiful Manuel Antonio.
As for why she has chosen to call Manuel Antonio home and operate Costa Rica First Class Villas, Donielle loves latin culture, the overwhelming natural beauty of the area and the charming balance of small town Costa Rica simplicity mixed with the accessibility to modern day amenities. Donielle’s vision is to share a piece of what she loves about this country through the travel experiences and services that her company offers.
As one of Costa Rica´s most popular tourist destinations, Manuel Antonio is stocked with internationally recognized treasures and attractions. The new and upcoming Marina Pez Vela hosts exciting World Class Fishing Championships and other prestigious tournaments. The Manuel Antonio National Park has been named by Forbes as one of the World´s Most Beautiful. And a huge array of adventure tourism activities entertains families, friends, celebrities, honeymooners, and wedding parties year-round. The importance of having quality accommodation options available for an increasing audience of discerning travellers is paramount to the continued growth and success of Manuel Antonio as a First Class Travel Destination. Costa Rica First Class Villas provides and manages luxury vacation rental homes that become a home away from home for guests, where families and friends can appreciate the benefits of closeness and privacy all in the comfort of their luxury villa.
Our exclusive villa collection includes the most well maintained and professionally serviced luxury homes in the Manuel Antonio region. We offer full-service property management & home owner representation, ongoing care and marketing for our home owner’s investments, and enjoy creating lasting relationships with our clients. Our Property Management services include vacation villa marketing, calendar management, villa staff management, management of income and expenses as well as complete monthly accounting reports, interface with tax and legal advisors and comprehensive maintenance reporting to ensure that home’s owners beloved investments are maintained in their best condition. Our services also include personal concierge services for guests, activity bookings, private chef and catering, and personalized care for all guests to the home.
With longstanding experience in high-end travel, property management services and luxury villa rentals, you can be assured that your “home away from home” is kept in tip-top condition at all times. Our approachable, friendly, on-call staff members are available throughout owner visits and guest vacations to ensure comfort, relaxation and reliability.
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