About the property
- House2500 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Private Mountainside Home Located Close To Everything!
Casa Colibri de Atenas is conveniently located 25 minutes from Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport (SJO), 35 minutes from San Jose, 45 minutes from beaches, 1.5hrs from Poas Volcano, 2 hrs from Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs, 2 hrs from Manuel Antonio, and 2.5 hrs from Monteverde Cloud Forest. We are centrally located to nearly all the best sights and activities in Costa Rica.
Our home is nestled on the Pica Flora ridge above Atenas. At our altitude of 2,800', we have very few insects. The undisrupted balance of nature allows natural predators (gekkos, iguanas, oppossums, etc) to dispatch most of the few pests that live at this altitude, including most mosquitoes.
We have amazing weather year round. The rainy season is especially enjoyable with brilliant, blue sunrises and then the occasional afternoon tropical downpour. Conde Nast and National Geographic have dubbed our town as having the 'best climate in the world'.
Casa Colibri is equipped with all the amenities you'll need to make it your home away from home. WiFi, Cable TV, fully stocked kitchen with all your cooking needs. Bedroom 1 on the first floor has a king size bed, large closet space, en suite shower/toilet, and direct access to the outdoor jacuzzi. Bedroom 2 on the second floor has a queen size bed plus a single bed, large work desk, walk-in closet, luxurious en suite bathroom with double sinks, shower, and jacuzzi and a luxurious balcony overlooking the central valley and our large swimming pool.
**the property is not child-proofed. As such, we regret that we cannot accept reservations that include children under 10 years of age**
Costa Rica has one of the lowest crime rates in Central America (equal to Boston, USA); and Atenas has one of the lowest crime rates in Costa Rica. Still, there is a security gate and friendly neighbors nearby for added security.
We have an excellent management team to provide you with tourist tips as well as handle any problems that might arise. The owners live year round 400 meters away from Casa Colibri.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, french, german, dutch, swedish, polish, mandarin
- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
Owners are Americans who have lived in Japan and Paris for 30 years before settling on Costa Rica.
Charles/Gloria purchased this House in 2013
Why Charles/Gloria chose Cantón Atenas
Close to SJO airport (much appreciated after a late night arrival) yet still isolated in a safe, friendly town. Easy 5 min. drive over good roads to Supermarkets and town square. Low, low humidity. Well-built house, especially plumbing (no need for unpleasant 'waste' baskets in bathrooms...). Paved road so no dust storms to interfere with your harmony.
What makes this House unique
Automatic coded security gate, frontage is paved (no dust), true lap-pool, good plumbing, fully solar hot water and electricity (with electric company on standby for cloudy days) owners live in neighborhood year round.
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Local Services & Businesses
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
This house made our entire trip!
I can't say enough positive things about this house. We pulled up to the house and to our pleasure, it looks EXACTLY like the pictures. Charlie met us there and gave us the overall rundown of the house and local things to do, the various insects and creatures we may or may not encounter and their level of danger, and answered any questions we had. We made this place our home for our stay. It really has a very relaxing feel to come home to after our LONG days of exploring and romping all over Costa Rica. Waking up in the mornings to the most exquisite views really made an epic start to each of our days. Atenas is amazing. It's far enough removed from the city and the quiet made for a peaceful and serene stay. We made friends with the birds and lizards that we co-inhabited with and enjoyed nightly swims in the pool. The fully stocked kitchen made our breakfast and dinners easy and the architecture of this place is really unique and adds to the Costa Rican feel. We had a blast gathered upstairs staring out the window during the torrential downpour. This is the place to stay! Thank you so much for being so welcoming and helpful to us gals during our stay! I'd give more than 5 stars if I could! Poravida!!!
Such a wonderful experience --
This is exactly what you hope for when you visit a country for the first time. Casa Colibri is beautiful home and Charlie is a wonderful host. The weather was perfect (as advertised), and the house suited our needs to a tee. I don't think there's anything better than leaving snowy, frozen North America and spending time in sunny, dry Costa Rica, where the people are friendly, and the views are stunning. There's a large ex-pat community, so wherever you go in town, you can find someone to talk to.
Other reviewers have done an excellent job describing the house and area, so I won't repeat it here. Just know that I agree wholeheartedly that it's a spectacular place, with an informative, pleasant host.
Book it. Book it now!
Atenas is a hidden gem, especially for the friendly townspeople. They don't treat you with deference, they don't treat you with tolerance and they certainly don't treat you like a tourist.
They treat you just like they treat each other.
And thanks for treating our maintenance staff so well. They really enjoyed interacting with you all.
Hope to see you back soon.
Charles was an amazing host. Told us everything we needed to know and more. Very clean and absolutely beautiful home!!
Beautiful home in a great location!!
We (two couples) spent 5 nights in this wonderful home. This mountain top paradise truly had everything we needed. Unlike others we have stayed in, this one was completely set up with everything we needed. The infinity pool was everything it was advertised as!
It is the small things that make a difference! Salt and pepper, laundry facility, coffee filters to go with the coffee maker, lots of towels, etc. We had just moved from a VRBO rental on the Caribbean side that had none of those mentioned items and cost us 3 times more.....
The owner/host (Charlie) was absolutely amazing! From the initial phone calls till we left, Charlie made us feel he was honored to have us in his home.
We had a small issue with the hot water and he immediately (within 10 minutes) had a very nice handyman at the house resolving the issue. Charlie made every effort to ensure we were happy and comfortable. All 4 of us unanimously agreed that we would come back and stay again!
Clean, peaceful, great location and view
We had a wonderful stay here. The house was clean, the view from the top deck was spectacular and the pool was a delight.
Would gladly return here.
Beautiful Mountainside Retreat
My husband and I just left this tropical mountain paradise and miss it already. You will wake up each morning to the sounds of birds chirping which will draw you to the balcony to take full advantage of the sights and sounds that surround this property. There are a couple large trees in the back that attract a variety of birds so this is truly a bird lover’s paradise. Imagine my excitement to see a toucan fly by!!! Some mornings you will find cattle grazing on the mountainside. We considered ourselves very lucky if we were able to see any animals or critters native to Costa Rica. In fact, I was bummed that I was not able to see any Scorpions. (which, by the way, are of the non-venomous variety here) I did, however see an Iguana sun bathing on the rooftop living la Pura Vida! What a beautiful sight. I read in a previous review where someone was put off by geckos? Having lived in Japan and Hawaii, geckos in the home were not uncommon. Mosquitos love me so the first time I heard a gecko, I was relieved and felt at ease. Thanks to the gecko who happened to visit during our stay, mosquitos - which I find more of a nuisance - were not a problem for me.
The pool is perfect, both warm and inviting any time of day. This is a true lap pool and my husband took full advantage by swimming laps each morning while I lounged around in the afternoons with the available floaters. Clean and clear, there was only one day where one of the volcanos was very active and the volcanic ash did affect the water’s clarity. It wasn’t that serious though, knowing the reason for it, but Charlie did send someone over to clean it.
A cell phone is provided with the property in case you need to contact the owners or you can use WhatsApp. Casa Colibri is conveniently located close to town and centrally located to many attractions. Charlie and Gloria were very helpful in offering advice and helping us figure out what we might want to see and do during our stay there. If you’re there on a Friday, I would recommend the Farmers Market in town. Oh, how I miss the fresh and tasty fruit.
We loved Costa Rica and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We look forward to coming back and when we do, we hope to stay at Casa Colibri.
Atenas is a quaint town with low humidity and cool temperatures. Its central location makes it ideal for beach/deep sea fishing activities (45 mins away) or Cloud Forest activities (zip-lining, horseback riding (45 mins away) or volcano exploring (2 hours away). Sizzle at the beach all day and then spend a cool night in Atenas!