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Home Surrounded by 'Rainforest Preserve, Dominical'

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Our home is located well off the beaten path (4x4 vehicle required) and offers a private and intimate experience connecting with the wonders of the rainforest. Built on a ridge with mountains behind, the home looks over the canopy of our private wildlife preserve project and out to the ocean beyond. The 100-acre preserve is home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.

Our home's focus is open-air living. It features outdoor dining and living areas, both on the upper deck and at ground level adjacent to the kitchen and swimming pool. The pool, which adjoins the master bedroom patio, has a deck cantilevered over the rainforest. There is also an indoor living area and an office/TV room.

There are three spacious bedrooms which sleep up to nine people (read description under Amenities). A twin bed in the office and a flip-down futon sofa in the living room add sleeping for up to three more people and foam mattresses are available for additional guests as needed.

A true nature lover's paradise, the Rainforest Preserve Lodge and the surrounding Preserve offer so many ways to encounter and experience a wide variety of wildlife - watching toucans, parrots and other birds from the deck, waking to marauding coatimundis in the trees or monkeys passing by. You never know what you'll see next. Our land is in the midst of the "Path of the Tapir", a biological corridor. We are developing a system of trails through the Preserve to enhance the opportunities to view wildlife and witness the exceptional natural beauty of the property. A morning walk with our caretaker (and nature guide extraordinaire!) to Hummingbird Falls or into the mountains is always a magical learning experience.

Our sunset platform, which overlooks 40 miles of coastline, is a great place to enjoy a picnic supper at sunset and look for whales below. The seven or eight beaches within a half-hour up and down the coast each offer a different ocean experience. Swimming, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking to sea caves, boating, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, rappelling down waterfalls or just relaxing are all available close by. Whatever level of adventure you enjoy is waiting for you.

So come and relax in the pool, watch the rainforest come alive in front of you, explore the many wonders that our Preserve, the town of Dominical and the rest of the southern Pacific Zone have to offer.

Above all, feel welcome and enjoy!

Keywords: Lodge

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Dominical House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , outdoor shower , Vanity, linen shelves, adjoining large outdoor shower
    Upper level - toilet , shower , Vanity, LARGE shower, linen shelves
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double , Full bath, closet and private patio adjoining pool patio
    Jungle Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Screened-in bedroom on upper deck, overlooking the Preserve.
    The Dorm - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Large full bath; closet; opens to upper deck
    Office/spare bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Bed in office/TV room
    Other (See Description) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Upper level indoor living room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Sleeping for six more persons in nearby home and four more in adjacent rustic luxury tent site.


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Home Surrounded by 'Rainforest Preserve, Dominical'
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 13 reviews

Incredible natural beauty and privacy

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay - wonderful location! This was our second trip to Dominical and exceeded our expectations. The home is nestled amid the rainforest preserve and we saw abundant wildlife every day. A short drive to Dominical - funky surf town - and we spent time at a beach about half the days. Lots of hiking - highly recommend Hacienda Baru for a woods walk. Also did a great zipline in Quepo and a montain hike at Chirippo National Parque. But truly - the house itself provided daily serenity and inspiration for nature and wildlife lovers like us. Thank you Dalip and Cindy!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time to Dominical and it was just as beautiful and amazing experience as our first time 2 years ago. Dalip and Cindy's home is lovely! I could not WAIT to get up each morning for coffee on the upstairs balcony and listen to the rainforest awaken. The pool was of course a favorite for the kids (and me!!). The kitchen is well stocked with anything you would need for cooking your meals and I looked forward to opening it all up each morning!! We mostly ate breakfast and lunch at the house and dinner out. The locals are very kind and Dalip is generous with his information on locations for groceries, restaurants and adventures! Edwin is just about the sweetest man, and although he speaks little English, he's quite capable of communication! I cannot say enough about the wonderful experience we had with our kids, both location wise and the lovely home. Truly paradise... We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jungle Oasis with panorama beautiful view!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow what an absolutely beautiful place this was... We come down every year in Febuary and I sure hope we can book Dalip's home every time! So much space both indoors and outdoors! Even seemed to be an extra room which was the office but had a bed in it too! Outdoor kitchen was fantastic and we had family style dinners nearly every night! Got to watch the para glyders (I think that is what they are called) float by the coastline and catch waves of hot air and rise above the cliffs nearly every day. Iguana's would hang out on the sun deck with us daily. On the last day we a group of 4 toucans right next to the pool! Also Edwin the property manager was so nice and friendly. Our car broke down the 3rd day and we didn't know what to do. Called Edwin and he was there within 20 minutes trying to fix it with us. When we all realized we were not mechanics he called his personal mechanic who made the trip up the steep rode and fixed our car right in the driveway for a very decent rate! Cant wait to come back!!! Thank you for opening up your beautiful home for us :)

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW! you should stop looking and book it now!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed Feb 3rd to Feb 9th 2017 at the Rainforest Preserve, there is not much more that I can say that other travellers haven't said already. A true slice of paradise, you are right in the jungle. Over looking the rainforest canopy. No bugs a fantastic view from the house and the pool. You do need a four wheel drive but a small SUV did just fine, the road was not that bad but we had almost no rain. The house was clean and had all the stuff you would need for cooking, just remember when you get groceries to get some cooking oil or butter. Edwin and his son Andres where great, a few times we came home from our travels to find a freshly picked pineapple or a couple of coconuts ready to drink. Tones of wildlife and the stars at night were great! Edwin and Andres also took us for a little hike through the rainforest preserve on one of it's many trails. Dominical is a great little bohemian surfer town that was very welcoming with a bunch of great little restaurants and a great beach with great waves for swimming or surfing. I would move there in a heart beat if I could afford to.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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*Warning* you propbably never want to leave this place!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at the house. We are a young couple travelling with our 2 kids together with grand-pa and grand-ma. Everybody had there own space and privacy. Even if I try to find a negative point about this place I couldn't find one! The kitchen and the outdoor dinning area, the pool, the huge shower, the amazing view, the wild life bustling around all day, the spacious rooms, Edwin the lovely care taker... Everything was simply fantastic. There is so much to see and to do in Dominical aria. I usually never travel to the same place twice cause their is so much to see in this world, but I have to admit, the 6 of us want to return to rainforest reserve. Thanks to you Dalip, for charing your piece of paradise with us. Emilie and the happy family

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superbe maison, mais mauvais lits

  • 3 of 5

La maison est très belle, spacieuse avec une vue superbe, petite piscine très appréciée.

Toutefois j'ai été très déçu des matelas. Ça me rappelait une chambre à 8$ downtown Bangkok il y a 20 ans.

Nous avons passé du bon temps, surtout durant la journée...

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dalip Khalsa
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Dalip Khalsa

The owners, Dalip and Cindy, purchased the parcel in 2000 to save it from further development. One hundred acres of the parcel were put aside as a permanent wildlife reserve. Since that time, we have been enhancing the habitat by planting fruit trees as food for the animals and creating hiking trails through the forest. We are grateful when others who share the same energy are able to share in the ever evolving adventure.

Dalip Khalsa purchased this house in 2000

Why Dalip Khalsa chose Dominical

Back in 1996, Dalip attended an Eco Expo in the Boston area where he encountered a company growing tropical hardwood trees in Costa Rica as an investment opportunity. The company was buying up and reforesting large tracts of land deforested by the cattle industry. Some parcels were to be planted with trees for future harvest, with the sale proceeds going to the investors, minus a management fee. With their profits, the company bought and reforested other parcels which would never be harvested and which would create habitat for the wildlife to return to the area.

As an environmentally conscious person, Dalip embraced this concept instantly, took a leap of faith and bought 100 trees on the spot. He then shared this opportunity with friends and family, who also bought trees. Cindy was one of those friends.

Dalip and another friend who bought trees went to Costa Rica in 1997 to visit the tree farm and see the operation for themselves. They fell in love with Costa Rica and especially with the Southern Pacific Zone where the tree farm was located. The tree farm owners had a parcel in the area that was for sale and they bought it. The parcel had already been engineered for house lots, so Dalip and his friend kept a few lots on the ridge and designated the rest of the property as a permanent wildlife preserve.

The first house they built was for a full-time caretaker and the second house is what is now

What makes this house unique

Completely private, fantastic views and wildlife, cozy and delightful!

Guestbook comments from the owner

One of my joys in being there is bringing other people to the lodge and see and hear their delight!
Jan 2009
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Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge
Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Quepos-small planes
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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