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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 4,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

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.

Amenities

Montezuma House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • 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
  • 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 ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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 throughout.....no worries - only the monkeys and parrots can see!
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.)

Reviews

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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Luxury Villa, Tranquil Ocean View, Constant Breezes! VRBO Bear-approved!
average rating of 4.875 based on 40 reviews
5

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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4

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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5

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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4

Beautiful sunrise view

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I, and our two teenaged boys, were truly impressed with this beautiful property, the view from the infinity pool and all of the amenities (we had fun using the outdoor pizza oven!). The only disappointment (huge disappointment!) was the construction next door that lasted for 11-12 hours a day, every day (not only was it loud, but the workers were on the neighbouring roof constantly, so there was little privacy). I felt like I had to escape FROM the property from 6 am until 6 pm each day instead of escaping TO it! Once this construction is done in the community, I would definitely not hesitate in recommending it. If you are looking for a personal chef to cook for you, we cannot say enough about Camilo (and Antonia), who prepared us an outstanding feast on our last evening there (thanks to Gini for putting us in contact with him!). We loved the area and the quaint town of Montezuma - just keep in mind that it really is too far to walk to town, especially if you are carrying anything heavy, like groceries etc. As others have mentioned, an SUV is highly recommended. We enjoyed going to Montezuma falls, Cabo Blanco reserve and an excellent day long trip on a private chartered boat with the 'Montezuma Crew' (fishing, snorkelling and diving). Getting up early at least once to catch the sunrise is a must! Pura vida! :-)

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so sorry, Kelly, about the construction! They all finished now except for landscaping, meaning the men are no longer living next door and no one is working on roofs! We have been here for Semana Santa and the peace next door has been restored. Please let us know if you ever do decide to return and enjoy the true nature of Casa Solipaz; we would bw happy to give you a discount. Again, our apologies, Kathy
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Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
5

Vue incroyable et superbe maison

  • 5 of 5

Ma famille et moi avons grandement apprécié notre séjour dans cet endroit sublime. La vue sur la mer et les montagnes est tout simplement fameuse! La maison est luxueuse et bien équipée. Fait à noter : l'eau de source est potable, ce qui est économiquement profitable. L'accueil à la québécoise fut également très apprécié pour recevoir de l'information pertinente à propos des restaurants et activités aux alentours. Je vous recommande sans hésitation la location de la Casa Solipaz

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Casa Solipaz - Truly Paradise in the Jungle

  • 5 of 5

We (2 middle-aged married couples) traveled to Costa Rica for the first time this past January - seeking both an escape from the Northeast in the dead of Winter, as well as a new experience in the tropics. We've been to the Keys, and to Puerto Rica (twice), and this time we wanted to stretch ourselves some more, and travel out-of-country.

We like out- of-the way places - away from the crowds, close to a beach, with the chance to explore and appreciate nature. Casa Solipaz did not disappoint...

My wife is into birding - and she quickly called this the best birding spot ever - birding from a chaise next to the infinity pool, with her binocs, and frequently exclaimed, "and what is that?" as a new bird species flew in... And we had agoutis and coatis visit regularly, and howler monkeys sounding off in the morning in the jungle around us.

The house is spectacular - views of the jungle and ocean and sunrise from every bedroom, and from all of the decks. We ate every meal outside - either at the house, of in nearby Montezuma.

Gini (the house manager) couldn't have been more helpful. After our arrival was impeded by a crane completely blocking the "road" (road is use very loosely) just a 1/4 mile from the house (combined with nearby home construction), Kathy, the owner, compensated by hiring a private chef to cook a meal for us at the house the last evening we were there... Camilo was awesome - he cooked us a fabulous meal, and was a wonderful person to meet - the perfect sendoff before we had to leave paradise.

We could not have been happier with our accommodations - spacious, comfortable, well-maintained, and well-equipped... Plenty of outdoor space - which is where we spent our time - 'cept for sleeping, and even then, there was some of that outside, dozing on the upper deck in the evening, music streaming in the background... The infinity pool overlooks the jungle and ocean - and we spent a lot of time sipping sangria and lounging in it in the afternoons and early evenings.

Montezuma is not a place that is easily reached. We drove from Liberia - on the lower-end of the Nicoya Peninsula, you won't be able to avoid about an hour of dirt roads - unless you follow Google, which took us off the beaten path, into the jungle, across (through) a 100 foot-wide river, and then onto "el goat trail" - Calle Pura Vida as a "shortcut" between 21 and 624... Take 21 to Cobano, instead...

A fabulous place to stay and the food is incredible.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Donald, I'm very happy you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Casa Solipaz! As you say, Gini and chef Camillo are the very best and add so much to the Montezuma experience. You touched on all the great aspects of the house and its surroundings: the infinity pool and its glorious views; the outdoor living; the fabulous birding; the visiting wildlife, and the sheer comfort of staying in the villa - close enough to the beaches and great restaurants in Montezuma, yet from far enough away from it all to find peace and solace. We hope you find your way back to Casa Solipaz one day! Many thanks, Kathy
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Tambor, Puntarenas
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Tambor
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Tango Mar Resort
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nature Lodge
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Montezuma Beach
Car: necessary

You will find all the information on the area and more in the Zoom Magazine.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable 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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