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Luxury Villa, Tranquil Ocean View, Constant Breezes! VRBO Bear-approved!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 4,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Two-story Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths. Sleeps 6

Casa Solipaz, the premier property in the gated community of Armonia Eco-Village, offers constant breezes, mesmerizing ocean and mountain views, and a cooling, salt water infinity pool.

Situated at the highest point of this 25-acre, lush community, the home offers numerous fans as well as energy-efficient air-conditioning in each room.

Wake up to stunning ocean views from any of the three bedrooms.

The large upstairs master bedroom features a shower that looks out onto the sea. Practice yoga on the spacious, private patio located just outside the bedroom’s large sliding glass doors. Or just relax into the cushions of our outdoor furniture.

The downstairs en suite bedrooms have charms of their own. The poolside bedroom offers its own patio, perfect for reading or just soaking in the view while sitting in comfy, teak Adirondack chairs. The second downstairs bedroom has an “outdoor” shower with eye-level screened windows on three sides and stained-glass window insets throughout (no worries - only the monkeys and parrots can see in!).

The kitchen highlights include island cabinets made from guanacaste, the national tree of Costa Rica. The tree had fallen naturally in the jungle; a permit was required to remove it and use the wood. The doors throughout the home are constructed from farmed laurel, continuing the home’s Eco-friendly theme. The entire house and pool are solar-powered in keeping with Costa Rica’s national goal of carbon neutrality.

The fully functional kitchen offers a wide variety of cooking utensils, pots, pans, fridge, blender, coffee maker, teapot, griddle, toaster, dishwasher and microwave oven. Cook inside or make a pizza in our wood-fired pizza oven located on the patio in the back of the house (complete instructions from an experienced local pizza maker included!).

The rancho, located down the hill in front of the house, has a mini-fridge for storing cool drinks and is another great spot to hang out or sunbathe on the home’s many chaise lounges.

Bio-diverse gardens enhance the front of the house, filled with a variety of floral and palm species. At night, the gardens are illuminated by energy-efficient lighting which casts warm shadows over the landscape.

Bring your binoculars with you if you decide to hike down the trails behind the house to the river that runs through Armonia Eco-Village.

Iguanas, white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, armadillos, pizotes, sloths, deer, foxes, puma, and a huge variety of birds - including toucan, parrots, hummingbirds, motmots, tanagers, and pelicans - live in the community and regularly visit our property.

A wonderful groundskeeper, and Gini, our terrific property manager who speaks english, french and spanish, will ensure that your stay here is memorable. She can help you arrange various excursions, including surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, cycling, horseback riding, birdwatching, hiking, zip-lining and golfing.

Also ask about the many fine restaurants in the area. La Playa de los Artistas is our personal favorite; sitting right on the beach, you might be lucky enough to see dolphins dancing as you enjoy world-class cuisine.

More Details

Property Manager
Kathy Swanwick
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Kathy Swanwick

We first visited Costa Rica in 2008 and were immediately enchanted by the lovely people, slower lifestyle, incredible climate and wonderful food.

From the start, we felt comfortable here. So after a few more visits, we decided to look for a piece of land on which to build Casa Solipaz (House of Sun and Peace).

Standing atop our hill in Armonia Eco-Village, we were awed by the incredible ocean and jungle views as well as the constant, cooling breezes.

We were also impressed with Armonia's focus on protecting the environment; the small community has been carefully constructed with the least possible intrusion on the jungle and its many denizens.

We knew this would be the site of our second home, one we would like to share with others when we cannot be in residence.

Please enjoy the home's tranquility, as well as the area's many fun, exciting attractions!

Kathy Swanwick purchased this house in 2012

Why Kathy Swanwick chose Montezuma

Casa Solipaz, with its calming, panoramic ocean and jungle views, simply emanates peace. Gentle breezes, a refreshing horizon pool and the sounds of howler monkeys calling in nearby trees await your arrival!

The brand new luxury home's ample outdoor seating areas assure relaxing days. Indoors, enjoy a home-cooked meal in the dining area, sit on the comfortable couch and watch a bit of TV on the 42-inch screen, or use the WiFi to catch up on your e-mail.

Hang around the house and property or head out to the hip beach town of Montezuma, just five minutes away by car. You'll find great restaurants and outdoor activities such as zip-lining, waterfall climbs and boating trips.

What makes this house unique

Casa Solipaz was designed with the environment and the mesmerizing ocean view in mind. The house and pool are powered by the sun, and we have many eco-friendly fans. There are also energy-efficient air-conditioners in each room - but you will probably not need them on most days. Open doors and the sea breeze will provide Nature's own air-conditioning!

The secluded area ensures quiet and privacy.

Please use the outdoor pizza oven; precise instructions are included.


Montezuma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please recycle and compost per instructions left in house. No loud music after 9 pm. Please be considerate of our neighbors.
  • Please drive slowly on our roads inside the gated community.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Each bedroom has its own bathroom.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Accomodating the kitchen and living room area.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Beautiful 'outside' shower with stained glass insets
  • The second bedroom has an “outdoor” shower with eye-level, screened windows on three sides and stained-glass window insets worries - only the monkeys and parrots can see!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , With its private bathroom looking to the ocean.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Charm of its own! 'Outdoor' shower!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Pool and ocean view!
  • Located on the second floor, the master bedroom is spacious and the many glass doors allow an amazing view of the ocean and the jungle. The two other bedrooms also have their own bathroom, very comfortable mattresses and, of course, you ocean views.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
GUESTS STAYING 14 NIGHTS OR MORE WILL ENJOY FREE CHEF SERVICES FOR ONE DELICIOUS MEAL. Craving traditional Costa Rican food at home? Just let us know and we will make all the arrangements! Your chef will do the shopping and prepare the meal to your specifications. Meal for a maximum of six people; total cost: $150. Does not include drinks. GUESTS STAYING FOR 10 NIGHTS OR MORE will receive free maid service three times a week (for a total of 6 hours). MONTH-LONG GUESTS can relax with free half-hour massage services. For two people only, twice a month. YOGA ENTHUSIASTS who stay for at least seven nights will enjoy two free hour-long yoga classes in Montezuma. For two people only; four hours in total. (Only one offered amenity per stay.)


You will have everything you need at this amazing villa, including ocean views.

VRBO Bear stayed here

Dec 26, 2016

The VRBO bear and family had a fantastic, relaxing getaway thanks to this amazing property in Montezuma Beach! The spacious luxury villa had so many great amenities that made the stay comfortable and convenient. These amenities included a garage for the Bear-mobile, A/C unit in each room for each guest’s personalized comfort, patios on both floors with incredible scenic views of the ocean and wildlife, a full kitchen, washer/dryer, grill, an awesome salt water pool (complete with color-changing pool lights), and so much more. We appreciated that the owners had detailed information for the house, the area, and contact information in case of any issues. The house is up on a hill just outside of Montezuma Beach which was perfect for making us feel like we were in a secluded jungle-esque area yet we knew we could easily go into town for some delicious eats and easy access to groceries or adventure tours or THE BEACH! Also, the family couldn’t believe the views of the sunrise over the ocean each day; they were majestic! We particularly enjoyed doing yoga (mats provided at the house) out on the terrace each day. This was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken and we’re grateful for everything that Casa Solipaz had to offer! We have already told several friends about this gem and we will be back! Pura Vida!!

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Wonderful experience above the jungle

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 stayed at Kathy's Montezuma house for 9 days and had an amazing time. The house is located very conveniently close to Montezuma, but is quite private and secluded.

This is a great place to bring people who want the amazing adventure of the Southern Necoya Peninsula but still like creature comforts. Potable water, good electricity, reliable TV and internet, AC... these all go a long ways at the end of hot day spent on the beach or trails.

The house has a 1/3 mile driveway entrance and is gated. Feels very secure. You can walk the driveway in the morning early and potentially see good wildlife. The rooms are all private and spacious, perfect place for a big family or 3 couples. Every room has an incredible view of the jungle and ocean. There is a wonderful seating area upstairs off the master where we liked to watch the sunset and have drinks. Also perfect for a little yoga (the house has several mats). Kitchen is well equipped. Head to the Mega Super in Cabano about 10min away for the best deals and decent meat/produce. Try to speak to a local about getting fresh fish if possible too!

Ginny, the property manager was very gracious with us and had a lot of good advice. We will definitely try to return!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Ross, I so appreciate your wonderful review of Casa Solipaz, and I am happy you enjoyed the privacy as well as the amenities the house offers. I hope you got to use the pizza oven. The road up to the house is, indeed, filled with all types of wildlife that may pop out at any moment. They, too, feel the seclusion! And we all appreciate the security provided by our gates. We hope to see you again one day. And thank you for your kind words about the lovely Gini! Kathy
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Fantastic for families with kids! Beautiful view, well equipped, private, wildlife closeby

  • 5 of 5

Our family with kids 7, 10 and 12 had a great time. Our kids loved the pool, our youngest learned to swim well during our stay. Ocean views, tropical vegetation, the stars from the upper deck... Hearing the howler monkeys morning and evening, watching parrots and other birds, coatis, agoutis, iguanas from the deck, howler and Capuchin monkeys on the property. The only complaint I have is that the reading lamps were too dim... Very happy with our stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hated to leave

  • 5 of 5

Besides the fresh and sophisticated layout of the house itself, it is a dreamy haven, full of light and the sounds of nature. We could have hung out all day there as the kitchen is very well equipped and there are so many different places to sit and relax, but there was so much else to do in the area. Yes, the approach to the house is complicated at first glance, but that is in your favor: you are alone at the end of a long day in the sun.

I could only think of the next time we come here and the people to whom I will recommend it.

And my son writes:

"Our time at the house was made even more special with the help of Gini. She was the definition of an accommodating host and even went so far as to arrange flowers to be made in celebration of a proposal. Amazing. Using WhatsApp was the best way to communicate while abroad and Gini was very responsive when we had any questions, texting or even sending step by step directions to the house with video message. At the house there were lots of maps, local listings, and brochures that also answered any question we might have about the house, town, and surrounding area. At this point it goes without saying that we loved the house and the experience."

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Jennifer! That was a lovely review. Both you and your son's reviews highlight some of Casa Solipaz's best attributes: the house's location, with its inherent peace and wildlife, and Gini, our fabulous property manager! I am so happy the proposal went well (I'm assuming she said yes!) and am very glad that Gini was of so much help. She really is a gem. We hope to see you all again one day. Again, many thanks, Kathy
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The Most Relaxing Stay of our Six Week Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place to spend a week. We loved the birds and the howler monkeys. So many outdoor living spaces to enjoy, rain or shine. The kids loved the pool and the parents loved the upstairs master suite! We recommend with no hesitation!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Amy! It was a pleasure to have you as our guests at Casa Solipaz. Glad you enjoyed the various outdoor living spaces; even in the pouring rain you can sit outside our bedroom and enjoy the view over the ocean, thanks to extended roofs. And the view from the horizon pool is amazing, isn't it? Add the howlers and it's a bit of paradise. Hope to see you back again one day! Kathy
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Perfect Getaway

  • 4 of 5

The home is absolutely a great place to relax. Its just minutes from Montezuma which is a great beach town with many restaurants and bars located right on the beach. You can do many excursions from Montezuma such as snorkeling, fishing and surf lessons. For fishing I would recommend Montezuma Crew. Our kids had fun one night cooking with the Pizza Oven, ( quick tip--we bought two partially cooked large pizza crusts in Montezuma for $5 each). Highly suggest renting a 4 wheel drive which we did. Both the owner and property manager are extremely attentive and responsive to all questions and inquiries. We would rent this house again..

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Kevin, for your nice review. We are very happy to have had you as guests and hope to see you again one day! Kathy
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The house is so nice you don't want to even go out.

  • 5 of 5

The pictures dont do the home justice. The views were amazing. Our first day there we were greeted by a small group of capuchin monkeys. Later that day a group of howler monkeys hung out right next to the house. My wife especially enjoyed watching the parrots that hung out in the yellow tree behind the home. The home was well stocked and close to everything. Lastly Gini was great. Can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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12 Kilometres
Tambor, Puntarenas
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
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Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
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Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $150

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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