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Tropical Garden Retreat with Private Spa and Plunge Pool

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Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights


Ojochal House Rental Photos and Description

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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 29, 2016

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!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Tropical Garden Retreat with Private Spa and Plunge Pool
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Jackson, WY,USA

Exceptional Property!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Bali Rica was one of the highlights of our month in Costa Rica (and we stayed in 8 different properties!) Everything about our visit, from the artful decor of the casita to the exquisite gardens showcased host Sharon's attention to detail to create a place of beauty and serenity. I am still dreaming about reading on the outside covered daybed and cooling off in the private plunge pool. The bed is supremely comfortable with high quality sheets and lovely batique accents. The kitchen was well equipped. Our favorite pastime was just sitting on the porch, lovely breeze from the fans, gazing at the tropical garden, the huge bamboo and listening to the parrots fly overhead! We stretched in the screened in yoga studio and wandered the trails. Honestly, the property is just gorgeous with so many flowering and fruit trees and lush tropical greenery. Sharon even encouraged us to pick some wild ginger and harvest some lemongrass and greens from her garden. Private, gated, safe and quiet. Bali Rica is ideally located in Ojochal...close to the French bakery and the best restaurants , try Exotica! Our favorite beach was Tortuga, go early in the morning and you may see a flock of scarlet macaws. Breathtaking! Thank you, Sharon, for a truly memorable stay! We have every intention of returning. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Skokie, IL

So helpful and understanding

  • 5 of 5

I had the great pleasure of working with Sharon in planning a trip. I unfortunately was unable to come due to injuries from a car accident. She was unbelievably helpful during my planning and I actually cried when I had to cancel. All VRBO owners should be this nice and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Becky. I wish you well and hope we have the pleasure of meeting one day. Pura Vida!
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Bali Rica

  • 5 of 5

A very pleasant stay made more so by the helpfulness of the owner Sharon. A dip in the private pool each day was wonderfully refreshing. I would recommend Bali Rica to anyone .

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I (from Chicago) recently stayed at Casa Rica and loved everything about it. We were greeted by Sharon with a basket of fruits from the gardens, and homemade banana bread. The property has beautiful paths to walk with birds, animals and privacy. The dipping pool was a great way to end the day. The bed was comfortable and the ceiling fans made all the difference. Sharon gave us excellent ideas on where to travel in the area along with where to eat. We drove 40 min to the Sierpe River for a mangrove tour. This is well worth it. We discovered some waterfalls in Ojochal for swimming and a great french bakery. We hope to return to this piece of heaven on earth. We are grateful to have found Casa Rica and appreciate all the little extras that Sharon and Mac do to make this an exceptional place to visit. This is our seventh trip to Costa Rica and will be back. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marion, KY USA

Perfect Accomodation

  • 5 of 5

Casa Rica and Casa Bambu were the perfect accomodations for our third trip to Costa Rica. This time we travelled with our son and his wife. Staying here allowed each couple privacy but certainly made it easy to plan our daily excursions. What we liked about this vacation rental was the fact that you felt like you had plenty of space for relaxation and exploring. The grounds of course are beautiful as each review has stated. Sharon went well out of her way to help us daily but especially for 2 unplanned mishaps and did so graciously. We did find that the dipping pool was our favorite. Our tip is to hit the pool before showering and settling in for the night. It really lowers your core temperature and makes the evening totally comfortable. We had absolutely everything we needed from towels, clothesline, dishes, comfy king size bed, fruits, beautiful scenery abd we cannot leave out the very aromatic ylang ylang. What a treat each time you entered the property to notice that wonderful fragrance. It was our silent greeter. :) We gladly give an excellent rating as Sharon and Mac have worked so very hard to make sure their property exceeds all expectations. Thank you! We had a wonderful stay and highly recommend to anyone staying in the southern zone.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pioneertown, CA

Peak Experience

  • 5 of 5

One of the peak experiences of our travels anywhere was attained at Bali Rica. In the hills above the village of Ojochal our hosts, Sharon and Mac, have created Paradise within an area that is still raw, unspoiled rainforest and jungle. After being in the Central Valley highlands for a week, being close to the ocean was a bit warmer and more humid, but never oppressive, with beautiful sunny mornings practically every day. The cool dip just outside the back door was a perfect balance. Just steps away was a gorgeous pagoda where a queen bed awaited - Nirvana. Not only is the property jawdropping, but the neighborhood, with its excellent roads, is really pretty, and a joy for taking walks (with friendly neighbors also out for their morning constitutionals).

The attention to detail is everywhere at Bali Rica, and you see it unfold as you explore all the nooks and crannies inside and outside the elegant, authentic Balinese cabina. A welcome basket was provided to nourish the body: Sharon had prepared scrumptious banana bread, and provided eggs from her chickens, bananas and limes from their trees -- all delicious. To soothe the mind, we meandered the lovingly landscaped grounds, observed the mysterious and ancient stone circle, and silently walked the labyrinth. We woke to the sounds of the jungle, parrots calling out, toucans overhead, and visits from the friendly ducks with their tiny ducklings and three friendly dogs. To elevate the spirit there were reminders everywhere of the interconnectedness of life, and that manifesting a vision of beauty and peacefulness (tranquilo) can occur anywhere.

The yoga pavilion is another work of art that offers weekly classes from a fine Iyengar teacher. Sharon's healing hands should not be missed. Just do not operate heavy machinery after a session with her. A surprise awaits as you find your way to the creek and Buddha resting against an ancient tree trunk above a reflection pool. (Om Shanti).

The time spent with Sharon and Mac was the icing on the cake. There are just no words to describe their love and generosity. TEN STARS are necessary for this place. We will be back!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • 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

Ojochal House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 3 2016 - May 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $100
cleaning $25
Tax Rate 13.0%

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.
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Ojochal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
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 ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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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