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"This was the absolute perfect place to stay! Every morning, we woke up around 5 and sat on the big beautiful wraparound porch and watched and listened to the wildlife--and there was always so much! Just at the house, we saw toucans, aracaris, a coati, squirrel and howler monkeys, a zillion hummingbirds, bullfrogs as big as plates, chirping lizards, a Blue Morpho butterfly...the list goes on. Our favorites were the pair of toucans who came every morning and evening to say hi. They were so funny!
The house was great for our needs. We played some of the board games kept there, read a book or two, and watched a tiny bit of Downton Abbey. Often we would just sit on the porch and watch the waves in the ocean to the right, or storms in the mountains to the left, or swim in the pool at night and marvel at the bright stars.
The area the house is in is beautiful and user-friendly. We went to a different beach almost every day, hiked to waterfalls, and made frequent trips to the BM supermarket in town. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. One day we drove down to Sierpe and did some adventuring (mangrove tour was spectacular!) as well as visiting an archaeological site (Finca 6).
One of my favorite things about this trip was getting to know one of the neighbors a little bit, and making friends with a nature guide in Sierpe. By the last night, when we drove down to a nearby bar and restaurant for a quick bite to eat, then ran into the neighbor and sat and chatted for an hour or two, it was starting to feel like home. Everything there was just saturated in natural beauty. My perfect vacation. When I got home, I felt completely unwound and relaxed. My boss said I even looked younger!
The only caution I have about the house is that you MUST have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get up to it, and it is a bumpy ride--but that was not a big deal for us. I cannot say enough good things about this wonderful property and this area. HIGHLY recommended. We will absolutely be back!"
Guest: Susan B.Date of Stay: October 2015Review Submitted: November 3, 2015
"Stayed for a week with 5 friends. Couldn't ask for more beautiful views! The house is lovely - the photos do not do it justice - but we spent almost every waking moment outside. The area is definitely worth the drive from the airport, with tons to explore nearby, and the pool was perfect for afternoons hanging out at the house! The spacious property is great for a big group, giving everyone room to do their own thing if desired. Definitely recommend!!"
Guest: KBDate of Stay: January 2015Review Submitted: March 10, 2015
"We must echo the positive reviews of those who have come before. "Heliconia" casita is easily accessed from the coastal highway (4x4 vehicle best) and perfectly located to take advantage of the the fine restaurants of Ojochal - the culinary capital of Costa Rica. It's a perfect mid-way point to day trip south to Sierpe and the Osa and north to Manuel Antonio and points in between. Our hosts, Laurice and Dennis, took us on an orientation tour of the immediate area on arrival which opened up all sorts of possibilities for exploration during our week's stay.
The house is comfortable and the kitchen well equipped for simple meal preparation. We enjoyed sitting on our patio in the evening watching darkness descend on our mountain view and awaiting the cooling evening offshore breeze to take away the heat of the day.
We fell into a rhythm of exploring the area in the morning (Sierpe is a must) and enjoying the glorious saltwater pool and fabulous gardens in the heat of the afternoon. The "sails" above and around the pool assured shade was always possible.
Although the casita sits on the same gloriously landscaped lot as the owners' home, our privacy was never compromised. The casita is physically set apart. Laurice and Dennis are very conscious of respecting personal space, but make themselves available to answer any questions and offer advice. When we did come together. we throughly enjoyed our conversations, particularly about the history of Ojochal. Learning about the development of this unique village is a Costa Rican exploration in and of itself."
Guest: KellyDate of Stay: March 2015Review Submitted: March 18, 2015
The most wonderful and romantic week long vacation in paradise
"It has taken me half a year to write this review because I have only had wonderful things to say about this property and the experience we had. My boyfriend and I met Ken, the property manager, who was more than helpful and accommodating and took us to the property. The second we arrived, we were in utter awe, by far the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen and the house was outstanding. One of my favorite things about the house was watching the sunset poolside with a cocktail in hand. Ken provided us with many recommendations of restaurants, local beaches, and activities, which was very helpful during our stay.
The house itself was beautiful. I loved the European feel situated in the middle of the jungle. It had everything we could have needed. We loved going to the local markets and cooking food at the house. The indoor outdoor feel of the house was amazing and at night we could hear the waves crash down below on the beach. We pretty much had our own tropical botanical garden surrounding us with the beautiful landscaping, it made it very hard to leave the property. We even had the pleasure of eating breakfast and seeing a handful of tiny toucans feeding in one of the flower plants about 15 feet away.
The private pool was awesome and beautiful. We spent most mornings and evenings taking a swim and then went off on different adventures. There is a veranda for every mood. Perfect for drinking morning coffee on and taking in the views and wildlife, including the green parrot ritual that many others wrote about. Very cool experience.
Rick and Diane were wonderful hosts themselves. Diane would come around the property to garden and her and Rick were staying at the guest house just below us. They even invited us in and gave us a local avocado to eat. They both were super sweet and gave us great recommendations.
Some of our favorite activities were going out to eat at citrus and mama e papas, getting roadside ceviche, the whale tail beach, the tilapia farms, kayaking, day trip to Corcovado, and finding local waterfalls to hang out at. Oojochal has some of the best food and well worth it.
We are definitely planning on coming back to casa Ylang Ylang in the near future. I still can't get the fresh Ylang Ylang smell out of my nose. Another favorite of the house :) It is about a 3 hour drive from San Jose, but beautiful and worth the trek. The surrounding towns were very cute themselves.
Thanks for the most amazing and memorable vacation!"
Guest: EricaDate of Stay: March 2015Review Submitted: September 19, 2015