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"We had simply the perfect vacation to Casa Pura Vida for Spring Break 2015. Our family of four (10 yo, 13 yo) spent 10 days at the house and could not bear to leave.
It would be impossible to convey how amazing (and EASY) this vacation was. Neil's packet of trip information was invaluable, and everything in there was accurate. We arrived after dark, and still managed to find the house pretty easily.
The house is stunning. STUNNING! It is more beautiful than the photos can convey, with a huge upstairs balcony and an enormous porch with outdoor dinner seating (both with ocean views). There were more than adequate comfortable patio chairs for lounging after dinner. And that pool! We spent multiple hours a day at the pool, resting in the hammocks and playing with the kids.
Here are some of the bonuses (that I must have missed in the description when I booked): outdoor charcoal grill, rinse-off station behind the house in addition to A FULL BATHHOUSE adjacent to the pool, a small hiking path on the property, a covered parking area, complete privacy, pool lighting that allowed you to use the pool area well past nightfall, a more than fully supplied kitchen (there were appliances that we don't have at our 'real' house), not one but TWO WiFi connections--the pool has it's own, a TV with ESPN --in Espanol -- which allowed our kids to see the Final Four and some NBA games. I could go on and on!
I don't think I realized initially how convenient the location would be. It is a 3-3.5 hour drive from San Jose, but it is a gorgeous drive and there are infinite roadside restaurants along the way. Once at the house, you are only 5 minutes from the surf town of Domenical and 5 minutes from Uvita with great grocery stores that were open long past dark. Uvita was the start of the national beaches which we LOVED. There were probably 30 restaurants within 15 minutes of the house and we did not have a bad meal in the lot. The whole fish entree was a favorite of everyone in our party.
We did the Nayauca Waterfall horseback ride which was worth every cent. It was $70 USD per person, but included two full meals and was worth every penny. Kids loved the cliff jumping/diving and we got some unbelievable photos.
Our kids took private surfing lessons on the 2nd day, and loved it so much that we went back twice more for additional lessons later in the week.
I'm out of words, but it was truly a magical vacation. Perfection!"
Guest: Wendy S.Date of Stay: March 2015Review Submitted: April 6, 2015
"My review will certainly not do this home justice you really need to see it to believe it. Everything about this home is incredible and it's so peaceful even my 12 year old son enjoyed every moment here. You really won't want to leave, the infinity pool is wonderful, you could sit in it all day long watching the howler monkeys who visited on a daily basis. The home is impeccable with the best decor. The location to Playa Hermosa was very close and even though we didn't want to leave the house ever, it was well worth the trip down the road. The local restaurant Dayka was terrific and so affordable, its a must try! Everything you would need is in Cobano which is just a short car ride away. Rolando the gardener was so nice, we enjoyed knowing there was someone around the property if we ever needed anything. The housekeeper was so efficient we hardly ever saw her. We can't forget to mention Flaco the grounds dog, so cute, he came for a visit everyday which we enjoyed. The only other venture we did was an afternoon trip to Santa Theresa and ate at Habeneros on the beach, stunning and delicious food! We can't wait to go back, this house is a gem and so are the owners. Thank you again for opening up your wonderful home, this made for a wonderful trip and a lifetime of memories!"
Guest: The Carroll'sDate of Stay: April 2015Review Submitted: May 18, 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
"I am normally not one to write reviews however we recently stayed at Bosque en el Cielo and had an absolutely amazing experience. The pictures of this home do not do it justice. We enjoyed many sunset nights in the pool and enjoyed listening to the many sounds of the jungle. We were showed where the home was located and found it a little tricky to find the next time. A 4-wheel drive car is a must and hopefully you know how to drive a standard. Lynne was very easy to work with an very accommodating. This was the best vacation we have ever been on. Thanks!!!!!"
Guest: Edith A.Date of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: February 22, 2015