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Romantic, Sunset Ocean Views in the Jungle!

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private cabina in the mountains overlooking the Pacific ocean, near Dominical

Tree of Life Cabinas is a new eco-friendly, luxury boutique hotel located in the Costa Ballena region of Costa Rica on the southern Pacific coast. Our 4 acre property sits nestled in the jungle on the mountain of Escalares, with cool mountain breezes and beautiful sunset ocean views.

Our Cabinas have been designed to appeal to modern taste in a tropical environment - clean, simple lines, polished concrete floors and luxury amenities are combined with bright, vivid colours inspired by the natural surroundings and Costa Rican culture.

Each of our 3 cabinas (bungalows) is a separate 480 sq ft guest house and offers the following amenities in the bed, bathroom and terrace areas: beds and patio furniture hand-made by a local artisan, hammock, spacious vanity room, indoor / outdoor shower, walk-in closet, private toilet room, outdoor kitchen with 2 burner gas cooktop, coffee maker, small fridge, sink and toaster. The cabinas also has a hair dryer, plush towels and luxury linens, with fresh linen service twice a week (or at request) as well as free wifi on property and in the cabinas.

While relaxing by the pool, reading in your hammock on your own covered terrace and enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal, we hope you also take time to enjoy our lush tropical gardens. A mix of tropical ornamentals and Costa Rican native species, everything has been chosen to be beautiful while also attracting local wildlife such as jewel-like hummingbirds, toucans, butterflies and monkeys. We also grow many of our own fruits, vegetables and herbs that you may find in your meals!

All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars.

 The Kitchen is open for dinner Monday, Thursday and Friday, and breakfast is available every morning with notice.  We hope you will consider joining us and our other guests at the chef's table one of your nights here!

More Details

Ben Rutherford
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

About Ben Rutherford

Nate has been in the hotel and event planning business for many years, and now helps travellers plan amazing Costa Rican adventures! Having opened restaurants across North America, Ben now concentrates his love for food using fresh local, and organic products to create delicious breakfasts and dinners for his guests at TLC. And because he can never sit still... he's also a real estate agent with Blue Zone Realty! If you're looking for a property in the area, Ben will be happy to share his knowledge and show you around.

Ben Rutherford purchased this bungalow in 2013

Why Ben Rutherford chose Dominicalito

We fell in love with this farm land and have done everything we can to leave it as natural as possible, while introducing more local plants to the gardens that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

What makes this bungalow unique

Our modern minimalist design in jungle colours and big windows allows our jungle and ocean to be the artwork. We enjoy meeting new people from around the world so what better way than to invite them into our home!


Dominicalito Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Spa like bathrooms with vanity area and plush towels, indoor/outdoor shower with rain shower head. separate toilet room and walk in closet. Includes amenities like hairdryer, coffee maker, costa rican coffee and mini fridge.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • luxury linens, orthopedic king beds, and lots of windows for cool mountain and ocean breezes.
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews


  • 5 of 5

So relaxing and welcoming. Beautiful grounds, wonderful meals, and cozy cabina. We truly felt almost at home. Ben and Nate were amazing and so helpful.

Thank you for such a great end to our vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the middle cabina in March for a few nights. It was even more beautiful than the photos. We unfortunately didn't get to meet Ben but Nate was so nice & friendly. Also, their 3 dogs are just the sweetest! We saw the baby sloth that lives on site so that was cool. Lots of different birds and heard the howler monkeys everyday. The pool was fantastic, I could go on forever explaining how great and relaxing everything was! Nate also scheduled all of our activities (which was sooo helpful) and gave us awesome directions to different places (which was very easy to find everything!). We definitely recco and go back again!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, cool hosts, clean, mountain jungle setting with ocean view and great pool....

  • 5 of 5

Ben and Nate have done it right. The Cabina's and Domical provide the ideal setting to break away from reality. Ben is an outstanding cook....highly recommend breakfast every day and at least a few dinners. We saw a dozen white faced monkey's jumping through the jungle, woke up every day to howlers, a sloth with a baby and an armadillo. The location worked great for us. You definately need 4x4 vehicle. These guys know everybody in the area and can help set up the best adventures. We were in the area looking for property and Ben/Nate's knowledge and network were invaluable. We will be back for sure...

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Wonderful!!!

  • 5 of 5

Getting there isn't half the fun- PLEASE thank donna & her husband for us!!! but when you get there once its very easy to find. The property is natural, well landscaped and extremely serene - imagine W but no contrived perfumes just nature! I suggest eating there as often as you can as Ben is a phenomenal chef and if you give him your dietary options he will cater to them as best as possible. Food comes from the local fishermen, farms and some items from their garden - loved that spinach & feta guys!!! Dinner is like farm to table & the dessert was crazy good (I had to request a bite of it the next day!)

Nate was fantastic in terms of being a tour guide giving us multiple options for either guided tours or options for out on our own & drew us maps- we learned much more about our area than our friends staying down the road!! The restaurant suggestions were spot on as well - spit on spectacular sunsets!!!

The pool overlooks the hillside with a view into the water and there's amazing wildlife all around --toucans and other birds --and the howler monkey alarm clock was our favorite - felt like we were in a scene of one of Leonardo DeCaprio's movies! & I must mention their own 4 sweet sweet dogs & 2 cats that made us feel protected & at home-- miss u sweet babies!! Great job guys!!! Thank you!

Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing stay at TLC

  • 5 of 5

Tree of Life Cabinas really made a difference with our vacation in Costa Rica. After spending time in LaFortuna and MonteVerde, we couldn’t have made a better choice than to finish our trip at TLC. The grounds and setting of the cabinas is just outstanding. We could watch beautiful sunsets from our own little patio. As we drove in the driveway, Nate greeted us and he made us feel welcomed from the moment on. Ben is a great chef and both are wonderful hosts. We also met charming people from all over. This place seems to attract people with good vibes. We felt as if we were friends invited for dinner and this has a lot to do with the way Nate and Ben approach their guests. The cabinas are modern, well decorated and offered all the comfort we needed. Outdoor/Indoor shower was great. This place was the highlight of our vacation. Highly recommended and would stay there again anytime. Big thank-you to TLC for making our vacation even better!

Martin & Josée

Granby, Qc

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
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On Cloud 10 after staying at TLC

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from Costa Rica. Simply can't say enough about our stay with Ben and Nate at The Tree of Life Cabinas. More gracious hosts cannot be found. The two of them have created a 4 acre piece of paradise nestled high up a mountain overlooking the Pacific. Each cabina provides romantic privacy and Ben creates wonderful breakfasts and dinners at the main house where meals are communal and conversation is lively and interesting. Nate and Ben arranged several activities for us: zip lining and paragliding and both were wonderful, well priced and convenient. I did considerable research before choosing TLC and I'm glad I did. It was a perfect choice for our first of hopefully many visits to this part of Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
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Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge
bird watching is great!
Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
San Jose International airport (SJO)
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Jolly Roger
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Coastenera 34
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: necessary

ask us about what festivals are happening during your desired time of vacation


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Two persons per cabin only. Children 14 and below by approval only. No pets. No smoking inside cabinas. Breakfast included in rate. Lunches and dinners available for an additional fee with prior notice.

Owner'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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