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Tropical Garden Retreat with Private Spa and Plunge Pool

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Comfortable and private for two guests, Casa Rica is located in a gated 5 acre estate of tropical gardens, fruit trees and exotic plants. The scent of ylang ylang trees perfume the air and the view from your porch is of large Guanacaste trees, exotic flowers, and the jungle faced coastal mountain range. The fruit garden provides a bounty of bananas, starfruit, coconuts, mango, citrus and more.

The interior of the house is Balinese wood, having been designed and built on the island of Bali Indonesia and transported to Costa Rica. The king sized bed is extra comfortable with a a pillow top mattress, and the full bathroom and kitchen bring all the comforts of home. There is a security safe for valuables. The private plunge pool will refresh and is surrounded by deck and steps to the Balinese gazebo. From the porch, the mountain and garden views are beautiful with many birds and butterflies making their home, including morphos - the electric blue butterfly.

The gardens are ever changing with seasonal fruits and flowers at hand for your enjoyment. There are paths throughout the 5 acre estate which will lead you through the botanical zen garden, the Labyrinth, through bamboo groves to the Spa House, the meditation stream, or wherever you wander. You may hear the call of the area resident rainbow macaws, along with many other bird species.

And for those considering a more permanent situation in Costa Rica, we will be happy to guide you to trustworthy people who can show you available property in the area.

No 4wd vehicle is necessary to access this property. This retreat will feel remote, but is convenient to activities the area has to offer.

This area of Costa Rica is ideal for lovers of gourmet cuisine with a number of the area's finest restaurants. There's also a popular French bakery nearby with delicious breads, and a Licorcia for those looking for special ingredients to cook at home.

Just 5 minutes away is one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches, Ventanas Beach, and the popular surfer's beach in Dominical, is approximately 30 minutes north. The newly built San Buenas Golf Course is 10 minutes away, and many other local attractions are close by; horseback riding, zip lines, off shore fishing and boating, etc.. For book lovers there is a library within walking distance.

A perfect retreat, honeymoon hideaway, or for the solitude of one, Casa Rica is a place which can be a comfortable home base for exploring the riches of Costa Rica, or a private hideaway to rest and revive.

Keywords: vacation home, casita, spa

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About sharon

Originally Mac is from Texas and Sharon is from New Jersey. We met on the island of Andros in the Bahamas, and fell in love 'underwater' in the blue seas. That was many years ago and we've since traveled the world, and have found our home here in beautiful Costa Rica.

Having lived for some years in Bali Indonesia, we were enchanted by the feel and beauty of the island, and have tried to bring a taste of that to our home here. Casa Rica in fact was built in Bali and transported here to Costa Rica.

The Costa Rica lifestyle is laid back and the locals are friendly and welcoming. We love the remoteness and incredible scenery, plus the eclectic community Ojochal has to offer. Really great restaurants too!

Casa Rica, Casa Bambu and Palm Spa are a dream come true for us. We enjoy spending our time doing projects on the property, making it a more enjoyable place to spend our time and share with travelers.

Pura Vida!


Ojochal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
The house is situated in a beautiful tropical garden with fresh fruits available for your pleasure. wifi on property and cell phone available. spa services. ipod dock station.


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Tropical Garden Retreat with Private Spa and Plunge Pool
average rating of 4.92 based on 25 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Excellent secluded location very quiet and peaceful while also close to many popular beaches

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Marietta, Ga


  • 5 of 5

"Like being in what I imagine the Garden of Eden to be" is how I described Bali Rica to our friends and family. We are so lucky to have stayed the few days here that we did, but would've loved to have stayed longer. It was everything that we hoped it would be, totally living up to the property description and reviews. If we had done nothing else in Ojachal but stayed on the property.we'd have been totally content, but there is so much to do in the area. There were several beaches just minutes away by car and many amazing restaurants. We hadn't known that Ojachal is considered a foodie destination. Score!! The sunsets were breathtaking and we experienced them from several different hotel/restaurants in the area.

We found the people of Costa Rica to be incredibly warm and hospitable and it was no different at Bali Rica. Though we missed meeting the owners, the caretakers, Melissa and Osvaldo, were wonderful. They provided a tour of the grounds upon welcoming us and were very quick to respond when the oscillating fan (which was an added bonus!) stopped working.

We couldn't have asked for anything more. I highly recommend Bali Rica if you're looking for peace, serenity, relaxation and romance.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It's the jungle turned into a tropical garden

  • 5 of 5

Sharon and Mac have carved out a beautiful place in Ojochal. This this closer to Costa Rica than a resort stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location, Very Relaxing!!!

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I spent about a week in Costa Rica to celebrate our 15th anniversary. We couldn't have had a better place to stay, and our hosts Sharon and Mac were great. We were welcomed by Sharon, who showed us Casa Rica where we'd be staying, and made herself available as a resource throughout the trip. Her Banana Bread and fruit basket was an added plus. Sharon provided great insight on our activities during our stay and offered recommendations on the best places to eat.

Casa Rica was a great place somewhat isolated, which allowed us to retreat from the hustle of the day with a cooling dip in the plunge pool or a walk down to the creek, and even some time at the Ojochal Water Falll.

The farthest we traveled was less than an hour away, which was also great. Things were close enough to be convenient but far enough to give us some added privacy in the evenings.

I recommend this spot to anyone, and will likely stay here on our next trip to Costa Rica!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fenelon Falls, Ontario

Pure Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was everything we hoped for, and more. Sharon is an amazing host, and her banana bread is delicious!!! The property is secluded and beautiful. From the fruit trees, to the flowers, and the walkway throughout the property. We enjoyed sitting on the porch, listening to nature while having our morning coffee. The cabina is equipped with all of the necessities, but the restaurants in the area are amazing. Tortuga Beach is a must, when the tide is out, and hopefully you will see the flock of macaws......truly breathtaking!!!! We highly recommend Bali Rica while in the south of Costa Rica........thank you Sharon!!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Exactly what we needed !

  • 5 of 5

The place is gorgeous! Secluded but still close to everything you need ! Beautiful grounds (yoga a bonus!) Sharon is a fantastic host and Bali Rica is so special. Location close to many adventures when you are 'tierd' of relaxing. A must when in the south of Costa Rica !

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Palmar Norte
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
San Buenas
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Playa Ventanas
Car: recommended

Costa Ballena is a highlight of Costa Rica. A unique area where the mountains meet the ocean. Nature, tours and attractions for everyone. A few or the many things to do; beautiful beaches, ATV tours, ultra light tours, jungle treks, zip lines, surfing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, great restaurants and many other attractions close by.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $25
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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