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Welcome to The Floating House, a unique new modern tropical home that has just been shortlisted for 'house of the year award 2014' by The World Architecture News Awards (WAN). See full details here: http://www.worldarchitecture.org/?section=architecture-awards
The Floating House was designed by Costa Rican architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe and has just picked up five awards at the prestigious Costa Rican Binneal.
The house offers a unique living experience floating above the canopy of the jungle, totally surrounded by nature.
The Floating House has recently been featured in several design and architectural magazines including Inhabitat, Dezeen, Design Boom, World Architecture News and Su Casa Magazine.
It combines expansive ocean views, luxury interiors with premium service, infinity swimming pool, and all within walking distance to the beach.
We have been extremely conscious to make sure the house has had as little impact on its surroundings as possible. We have used a combination of local sustainable woods and have carefully picked colour schemes for the house to blend seamlessly with the outside environment.
The Floating House Experience:
Visual experience - being surrounded by a 180 degree view, spanning from the dawn rays over the mountains to the glow from the sun setting over the pacific.... is spectacular and breathtaking.
Eco experience - the house itself is made up of the three pods, floating above the canopy of the lush green jungle, connected by bridges and walkways. This was done to ensure we made the least impact on the natural surroundings. The floors are all sustainable teak and we also have solar water heating, a water treatment, UV water filtration and water capturing systems.
Nature experience - there is nothing quite like seeing monkeys from the same perspective as they are watching things too, from the tree tops. There are eagles that glide alongside and circle the expansive verandas of the house, completing the uniqueness of spending time at The Floating house.
Dining experience - the main living space is a huge open plan space with a solid teak dining table to seat 8 people. The gourmet chefs kitchen with a central island containing the large oven and gas cooker faces the expansive view to ensure an awesome view whilst preparing delicious meals. There are also comfortable teak high stools for the breakfast bar.
Relaxing experience - we have had some hand crafted low lounge sofas made to ensure sitting at the best position to take in the jungle and ocean as well as two lovechairs with colourful hand-stitched pillows from Guatemala. These are framed by floor to ceiling glass concertina doors which open up to bring the outside in.
There is also an impressive 24 meter back corridor connecting the living space to the bedrooms and bathroom made of over 300 pieces of vertical bamboo.
Sleeping experience - your sleeping experience is an essential part of any vacation and we have not spared on the important luxurious details. All beds are orthopedic, pillows allergy-free and sheets are luxury 100% cotton.
There are three bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms share a huge open air spa bathroom and the third bedroom (downstairs) has a compact en suite.
The master bedroom has a king size bed and the second bedroom a queen and a single bed too. Each have louvered wooden concertina shutters that fully open onto the terrace. The rooms are 4mts by 4mts, have a large wardrobe, ac and a ceiling fan. Both have awesome views of the waves rolling in.
The third bedroom which is downstairs is more compact with a double bed and a toilet / shower en suite. It also has ac and a fan.
Poolside experience - the infinity swimming pool, sits below the house accessed by a few steps. It has been perfectly positioned for you to sit in the water and take in the sunset chorus of parrots squawking, monkeys howling or simply watch the waves.
Hermosa experience - we came here because we fell in love with surfing and Hermosa beach and you will do the same. The beaches of Santa Teresa are consistently best beaches year after year and Hermosa is the hidden gem. Consistent waves, wide sandy beach and (so far) never too many people around. We work with the best surf instructors in Santa Teresa. For the more adventurous surfer, there are several beaches and breaks for you to check out and enjoy along the peninsula too.
The little bay of Hermosa is growing and we now have some excellent dining options within walking distance from the Floating house. Koji's world class sushi for dinners and newly opened Colour cafe by chef Sebastian Reigner for breakfasts and lunches too. There is also a great Tapas spot and Pranamar restaurant and yoga shalla just a 10 minute walk along the beach.
Santa Teresa experience - a ten minute drive takes you into the hustle and bustle of the surf town of santa teresa where you will find restaurants, a french bakery, bars, tourist shops, ATM's and even a grocery store with organic fruit and veg.
Adrenalin experiences - further afield, there are personal nature tours to Curu, kayaking, zip-lining, mountain bike tours, gourmet dining tours, snorkeling and back at The Floating House, we can also arrange a private massage therapist, quality babysitters, an amazing private chef or even have your groceries delivered for you at check in.
We look forward to hearing from you at The Floating House.
The main bathroom is a very large outdoor spa bathroom with its own private outside deck too. The second bathroom is an ensuite attached to the third bedrooms downstairs from the main house....moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
The house has an incredible view of the waves and sets rolling in and you are only 4 minutes walk away too!...moreless
Although the sea is awesome, the house gives you a 180 degree view across the mountains too where the sun comes up....moreless
you can see from Hermosa beach all the way down to Cabo Blanco and watch the gloriously colourful sunsetting each day....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Seating for 8 people
Dishes & Utensils
Designed with the advise of one of the top chefs in the area, the kitchen is made for those who love to cook...moreless
A top of range electric fan assisted, self cleaning oven is in the Floating House...moreless
We have a UV filtration system attached to our kitchen tap and the fridge, so you can drink cold water or make ice direct from the fridge...moreless
There are four burner and plenty of areas to chop and prepare food...moreless
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The house is situated by hermosa beach which is possibly the best beach on the pacific coast for both families and surfers alike. One of the best sushi restaurants in costa rica is walking distance from us too. We are situated just north of the busy surf town of santa teresa and the many restaurants and shops there too. From your home away from home, you can surf, horse ride, nature watch, have a private chef come and cook for you, massages, yoga, snorkel, fish, sail, zipline and much more...All of which we arrange for you as we have handpicked the best people in santa teresa to give the best experiences.
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: Family from the UK who fell in love with Hermosa beach. Life long wish was to build a house and now we have created something really special for others to share.
Why the Owner Chose Playa Santa Teresa: Location, location, location. There is only one beach as far as we are concerned and that is playa Hermosa de Santa Teresa. The best for families & the best for surfers.
The Unique Benefits at this House: This house offers up spectacular elevated views of the waves all the way down to cabo blanco as well as being close enough to walk to the beach in under 5 minutes.
The actual design of the house is completely unique for this area. The house floats above the canopy of the jungle, made up of three individual pods connected by bridges and a bamboo walkway.
The house has been designed by the award winning costa rican architect, benji garcia saxe.