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Villa Temenos - A Sanctuary, renewal, a return to one's self...

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

Stunning Oceanview, 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath One Of A Kind Getaway! (sleeps 4)

Perched in a hillside jungle, 300 feet above the gleaming Pacific Ocean is Villa Temenos. A private retreat designed to accommodate up to 4 guests total, 2 guests each in their own private “Palapa”. Surround yourselves in modern tropical luxury while experiencing the beauty and adventure of Costa Rica.

The compound consists of 2 tropical modern style thatched roof Palapas with Balinese flare. Each Thatched roof palapa is designed to accommodate 2 in a luxurious bedroom, with king bed, and bath opening to ocean views and nature on all sides. The woods have been hand selected down to picking the trees to bring in rich native woods while

keeping clean, contemporary lines. Cool Columbian limestone floor tiles and Sandstone carvings brought in from Bali add elegant but tropical accents to each palapa.

The upper palapa is two stories with an open living room on the first floor and bedroom on the second. Also here are is powder room and full size laundry. A wall of rich wood louvers doors slide away to provide you with a small kitchen comprised of a refrigerator, two burner stove microwave and sink. It's a casual setting to prepare breakfast and lunch or evening cocktails before heading out to one of our local eateries for dinner.

Leading out from the outdoor living area is a spectacular 40’ infinity swimming pool with 8’ waterfall. The pool provides several different areas with-in it to swim or relax on one of the benches or shallow lounge areas. Multiple terraces provide different areas to sun and dine all while overlooking the beautiful ocean below and jungle above. Step through the pool across a sandstone walkway to the Indonesian Pavilion or 'Bale'. A perfect place to read, relax or meditate...and that’s just what we want you to do!

As the house is perched on a hill, there is a series of stairs and bridges to lead you up to the main living and pool area, 50 steps in all. Along the way you get views of the magnificent gardens, full of tropical plants, as well as the great oceans views. One of the first focal points you see is the base of the bale adorned in river rock with a beautiful sandstone carving of Heliconias and Plumerias brought from Bali. Then, placed in the middle of the

garden, you enter through a set of antique Indonesian doors which gives you the first real views of the palapas.

Once up at the house you can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. It's not unheard of to see migrating whales, dolphins, and the birds and butterflies are amazing! Toucans pass through routinely. If it’s not the birds chattering you hear, it's the ocean waves providing a constant concert of sounds.

Located in the South Central Pacific region of Costa Rice this home is easily accessible from San Jose via a 3 hour drive and ½ hour from the regional airport just outside of Manual Antonia/Quepos. A 2 kilometer drive south of the small surfing town of Dominical. An important feature of the home is its premier location. Unlike many vacation homes in this area this home is conveniently located a short drive to stores, restaurants and services. You do not have to drive up or down long, high mountain roads to get to the main highway.

The area is rich with activities from zip-lining, river rafting, snorkeling, fishing and horseback riding just to name a few! It is also a great place to escape to and just watch the incredible bird and wildlife or walk the beach below.

We invite you experience our “Temenos” a uniquely styled Costa Rica vacation home

More Details

Dean Carlson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Dean Carlson

We are world travelers that enjoy architectural design and gardens, especially tropical plants who make it our 'work' to create wonderful places to share with others through our other vacation properties and our bed & breakfast in Key West, FL.

Dean Carlson purchased this house in 2005

Why Dean Carlson chose Dominical

We fell in love with Costa Rica the first trip there and bought this brought right then. This has been our 'dream' to create Villa Temenos. From the first moments standing on the raw land we started creating the vision that is now the reality of our home. We have more visions to come, but glad to start sharing Villa Temenos with others

What makes this house unique

This is our bit of 'heaven on earth' as they say. It is a unique getaway to unwind, recharge and refresh one's self and soul. It's very easy to not want to leave.


Dominical House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Each bedroom has 1 king size bed.
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Villa Temenos - A Sanctuary, renewal, a return to one's self...
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews

Paradise found!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for beautiful lush gardens filled with sweet fragrances, delicate flowers, colorful plants along with the jungle sounds of tropical birds, insects, and reptiles, then this is the place for you! In the middle of it all is the most amazing pristine pool with various levels of depth and lounge areas to while away your days in relaxation, privacy, and comfort. We used the blender to make fruit juices from locally sourced fruit and there is fine cutlery, dishes, and a wine opener for your dining pleasure because you may choose to never leave this sanctuary! The bed is luxurious and comfortable and the bathroom is beautiful and well stocked. The walk in closet has a humidifier that is quite handy in the humidity of the tropics here. Henry quietly goes about his work early every morning to keep everything perfect for you. If you are a nature lover, like us, but enjoy luxury and exceptional comfort too, like us, then you won't be torn with the choice of one or the other when you choose Villa Temenos. When you traverse the stairs into this garden of Eden you may be transformed! We were!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

A Return to Our Happy Place

  • 5 of 5

This was our second trip to Villa Temenos and we didn't make the mistake of staying anywhere else this time spending two weeks in this singularly spectacular sanctuary.

I believe I was the very first person to review the property. Dean is a dream to work with. I love waking each morning to Henry keeping the grounds perfectly groomed. He is full of great information about the flora and fauna. I love that there is great wifi and tons of places to charge your electronics.

Temenos is a magical place. It was designed with the utmost care and consideration. It's not trying to be in the South of France or Italy. It was designed to be right where it is at the very tip of the South Pacific 300 feet above the beach.

You need to understand that you are in the jungle in a developing nation. This isn't a five star hotel. It's a five star home. There is a difference. Things happen in a jungle. It's constantly trying to take back the perfect grooming to the wild, but that's what makes Temenos so spectacular. I recommend this property to anyone who wants to experience complete beauty and serenity in nature.

You absolutely need a four-wheel drive to get up the hill and the driveway. It's close to the cool little town of Domincal, but after dark we rarely left the property because the Bale was the place to be. This is my dream home. I recommend this property to everyone I can. It was great for the four of us. The lower palapa has its own fridge and coffee maker if your guests don't want to come up to the living room in the morning to make coffee. There's a new micro-brewery in town. Phat Noodle, the sushi bar and the fish and chips place were all new since when we were at Temenos in 2013. I've also determined that the best fried chicken in the world is in Costa Rica. I'm not sure why it's better than all other fried chicken, but if you see a fried pollo shop, get a piece. Yum!

One cautionary note that doesn't deter us from returning. Shake out your clothes/shoes before packing them or putting them on wherever you stay in Costa Rica. We brought home a scorpion in our suitcase. But we had them in every home we stayed at in Costa Rica in the past four years. They aren't interested in harming you. Just don't shove your foot in a shoe they are sleeping in.

I'll be back soon dear Villa Temenos. I can't live long without returning to my favorite place on earth.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful grounds and pool

  • 4 of 5

Our overall rating of Villa Temenos is very good. The views from the upper BR and balcony were amazing. We also saw Toucans, white faced monkeys and several different types of lizards and iguanas around the property. The location was excellent and close to restaurants,grocery stores,beaches and the small town of Dominical. There are also a few things I wish we would have known before our visit. 1. The proximity to the main roadway...unfortunately there is traffic noise during most of the daylight hours and is very noticeable and bothersome as trucks use their exhaust brakes while descending down hill below the Villa. 2. This is a property that is almost entirely outdoor living, the kitchen and lounging areas are on the same level as the pool with a curtain that can be pulled around the kitchen area during nighttime hours. Besides this the property is very beautiful and lush with a view of the beach and ocean below that is second to none. The pool area is gorgeous and we spent many a day just lounging around the property and listening to the waves crashing on the beach. The property is also very well maintained and they have a full time care taker that cleans the pool and grounds daily... Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wish I were still there!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from an absolutely wonderful week spent at Villa Temenos. The property is so well thought out and the attention to detail is evident everywhere you look. It is located in a magical jungle setting with beautiful landscaping and the pool is right out of my dreams! The view and sounds of the ocean are amazing. We were visited by a toucan and were fortunate enough to see the blow of a whale right from the balcony. Oh to drink my coffee from there every morning!

The owners could not have picked a better location. You have complete privacy and yet are only minutes away from the great little town of Dominical, which has really good restaurants (and a fabulous massage parlor!). We would definitely love to visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Carmel, IN

Incredible place, but some maintenance issues

  • 3 of 5

This is a 5-star villa, but I feel compelled to leave a 3-star review due to the following:

1) The infinity pool is not current "infinity", due to a leak in the upper portion of the pool. The pool is ~2 feet lower than it should be, which means it is below the filter system. Also, no 8' waterfall due to this issue. This was not disclosed to us prior to our arrival. We were offered an apology, but not a reduction in rental rate.

2) 3 of the 4 pool lounging chairs had large holes in them making them unusable. The owner was able to have them replaced within a day or two of our arrival, which we appreciated.

3) The driveway security gate is no longer electronically (with key fob) functional, and must be opened and closed manually. Also, a few wood slats on the gate have been ripped off and discarded nearby. Not sure what happened, but it should be repaired.

4) Overall maintenance issues that for the price we paid should be repaired ASAP. Bed in the upper palapa is being propped up by a cinder block, mold near the drain in the shower, multiple light bulbs out, debris and garbage through out the property, uncared for potted plants, ladders and cleaning supplies stored just out of sight but not really, and a cracked stair that is a falling/tripping hazard (it pops up when you step on it).

Ok, so that those are the issues with Villa Temenos. We absolutely enjoyed our stay here and would rent again if the owner was able to address the issues. My sense is there may be a management company issue, which we heard through a local realtor who was familiar with this property.

Hearing the waves crashing 24/7 and being so close to Dominical and the main highway, are what sets VT apart. It is only a short (yet NEED a 4x4) drive up from the highway to VT. Be careful going up the driveway during rain. If the ground was wet, we found it easier to go past VT and turn around in the next drive, then get a bit of a running start up the driveway.

VT is also unique in that most of the living space is outdoors. We spent most of our time relaxing either in the kitchen area, bale or in the pool. Chef Romulo cooked dinner for us two nights, which I highly recommend. His cooking was incredible and we enjoyed talking with him as well.

Overall we loved Villa Temenos and have confidence that the owner will address the above issues.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outdoor living in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have rented a good number of homes in the tropics but have never experienced as spectacular a place as Villa Temenos. Perfectly appointed with every possible comfort, we kept having to pinch ourselves at how closely we were with the nature all around. We loved hearing the waves breaking, birds all around and a soft constant breeze flowing. Never saw a single mosquito but plenty of tiny lizards and an occasional grasshopper. The pool is the perfect respite to the heat and the bedroom and bath were elegant. The Wifi signal was strong too. You definitely need to make sure you have 4-wheel drive to get up the steep road/driveway. There are exactly 48 steps from the driveway to the main floor of the house, so make sure you are ok with taking stairs. My husband and I took daily walks down to the beach and enjoyed the challenging workout of walking back up the road. We enjoyed the 1-mile beach walk along the surf to the small village of Dominical. We loved the zip-lining excursion set up by the owner's agent, but would not recommend the 1/2 day whale/dolphin watching with snorkeling. Lovely local restaurants nearby and some of the nicest local people you will ever meet. This house is an outstanding find -- elegant, unique, comfortable, and unforgettable. We would definitely rent it again.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 34 - Costanera Sur
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Roca Verde
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

6-night minimum stay, (some shorter stays available, please inquire). Holidays and special events, 7-night minimum stay. Rates show DO NOT include the 13% tax. Rates indicated are for 2 guests in ONE palapa. There is an additional fee of $150. per week or $23. per night for a 6-night stay for the use of the second palapa.

50% of contract amount charged at the return of the contract. Balance is charged in full at 60 days prior to arrival date. Arrivals with-in 60 days are charged in full.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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