The Whale Resort Private Beachfront Ecolodge - Osa, Puerto Jimenez, Matapalo
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
We are Michael and Barbra Fox. We became empty nesters in 2014 and decided now it’s our turn. We are very fortunate to find our own little piece of hidden tropical paradise, and the opportunity to open a small beachfront ecolodge mini-resort in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. We were fortunate to find in our opinion, the most amazing hidden piece of paradise on earth. With it came three existing homes, all in need of some TLC. When we found the property it densely overgrown, but with lush botanical gardens full of Heliconia, Birds of Paradise, and colorful Orchids. The property was full of life with carefree monkeys playing in the forest, shells were dropping to the ground from the scarlet macaws and toucans eating nuts from the trees above us. The property sits alongside a quiet remote beach in a very private jungle setting. We have two swimming pools, but taking a swim in the ocean is all too inviting, as the water is warm and smooth as glass. It’s shallow with no wake or undercurrent and safe for all ages with no worries.
It took about a year as we assembled crews of local tradesmen restoring the estate back to its original condition. We rebuilt structures, adding two new pools along with building extensive walking trails throughout the tropical gardens for nature hikes. We opened our doors on December 19th, 2014, booked our first guests and our business was launched!
What makes us different?
We decided our concept would be different. Through our experiences we realized a niche that was being overlooked. We would offer our eco style villa homes as a private beachfront mini-resort, inviting individual parties to use exclusively one group at a time. We provide an all-inclusive alternative to vacationers wanting to receive the same five star amenities of a resort but while enjoying your time together in a private setting, without the masses of a typical resort.
We offer two beautifully furnished villa homes on the 3.5 acre beachfront property, each one having its own private pool and deck area. Our property sits on the edge of our own private beach, and surrounded by luscious tropical jungle. The Osa is home to about 400 species of birds and it's a natural habitat to four species of monkeys.
Our villas offer A/C throughout and sleep 6 to 14 people comfortably. Our Garden Villa is 900 sq. ft.with it own fully equipped kitchen, with it's own terrace and swimming pool. The beachfront villa is 3200 sq. ft. and has a large fully equipped kitchen, a wet bar, and a great room for entertaining social gatherings. The large pool deck and terrace offers a gas grill and large enough for any large gathering, guaranteeing great pool parties day and night.
In the mornings? Well you can expect to sit and drink coffee on our balcony watching the monkeys playing as they jump from tree to tree and never grow tired of watching them entertain you. You will probably spot a dolphin or two as they swim past the beach. You might even see a launching Humpback whale cruising past our beach, all without ever leaving your poolside seat..
The Whale Resort is a great choice for group vacations at a very affordable price of about $115 pp per night. This property is one of a kind, offering an opportunity to enjoy your own exclusive private beachfront resort, with every amenity you should expect with any five-star experience!
We offer a very private out of the way setting, but we are only 10 minutes from Puerto Jiménez, a larger port town that offers every amenity such a grocery stores, clothing and souvenir shopping, restaurants, night clubs, medical facilities, pharmacies, banks, ATM’s and a commercial airport. If you don’t want to make a trip into town, we have the local Canaza grocery and liquor store about 5 minutes from the property.
We have a 24-hour concierge, along with a full-time staff taking care of the gardens, the pool, the house cleaning, and laundry services. We also offer private chef services. We have our own 5 star chef who studied culinary for 3 years in the US. We choose not to limit him with a menu and usually just turn him loose, but you name it, he’ll make it!
The Whale Resort offers several tours and they are designed for all ages.
A Taste of the Golfo Dulce
Our Very Own Private Customized 1/2 Day water tour on the Golfo Dulce Bay where you will be picked up from our beach. The package includes whale watching where you will search for humpback whales as they migrate twice a year to the Golfo Dulce. You will also have the opportunity to swim with the pod of about 300 dolphins that live in the bay year round. We also search or manta rays, sea turtles, schools of fish and sea birds. We also stop along the way to do some snorkeling where you can explore our coral reefs and the colorful fish that surround you. This excursion always proves to be one of biggest highlights of our guest’s trip! We are proud to boast that we have the very best and most knowledgeable guide in all of the Osa.
Hike to the Tigre River waterfalls
This is one of my favorite tours and one you don’t want to miss. We take a short hike up the Tigre River, sometimes through the river, sometimes crossing it to trails and hidden paths. We stop along the way to see the locals panning for gold. They are happy and willing to let you take a swing at it yourself, offering their pan and some quick instructions and before you know it, you will have your own little flakes of gold. It’s common for these panners to mine anywhere from $25 - $50 of gold per day, but sometimes hitting a nice nugget, bringing a nicer pay day. Then as we continue up the river we eventually come to a beautiful waterfall to swim in, and if you want, you can make a couple of safe jumps! You can swim back into a shallow cave and take a quick pic to send back on FB no doubt! The falls also have a nice spot to lay back in to enjoy a nice shoulder massage! We have some fun in the water, then enjoy a beverage and some fruit that we pack with us up the river.
We offer guided horseback tours with two trips to choose from.
Rain forest horseback tour - You can choose an excursion through trails of the tropical rain forest of Matapalo to witness the many types of tropical vegetation and wildlife including various species of monkeys, birds, and maybe even a jaguar along the way.
Beachfront horseback tour - You can choose a trip through Puerto Jimenez to see firsthand some of the cultural sites and meet and great some of the most genuine native Costarican people. We will stop along the way for lunch to enjoy some typical Costarican cuisine, then continue on to the beach to enjoy some one of the richest coastlines the country has to offer.
Zip Lining Tour that also includes a tour of our butterfly garden and serpentarium
Our zip line canopy tour has 11 platforms, two repelling lines, and a Tarzan swing. The guided trip takes you in an air-conditioned van being accompanied by entertaining English speaking guides that will explain various types of plants and tropical vegetation as we make stops along the way. Then we arrive to our ranchero deep into the mountains. There you will be greeted with a fresh tropical drink as you are given a short safety demonstration preparing for your thrill seeking mission to sore like an Eagle through the rain forest canopy course.
Tour of our Botanical Gardens
Once boarding the boat from our beach we take you across the bay to Casa Orquídea, a beautifully landscaped private tropical garden with hundreds of species of ornamental and edible plants along with various species of birds, loaded with too many varieties of humming birds to count. After you enjoy our guided tour, there is time to take a swim on the beach and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Our Sunset Sailing Cruise
Again you will be picked up mid-afternoon from our beach to catch the best breeze coming off of the bay. You will enjoy a tasty meal prepared on board along with your favorite cocktail beverage. We stop along the way and drop anchor to swim and snorkel some coral reefs. Then capping it all off, you will catch a sunset at the mouth of the bay!
A Tour of the Wild Life Sanctuary
You will be taken by boat to the largest wild animal rehabilitation reserve where injured animals are brought in from all over the country. First when coming ashore you will be greeted by ‘Sweety”, a Spider monkey that was rescued and rehabilitated, and never left. This tour is a great opportunity to see up close and in person the many different varieties of wild animals that live in the forests and jungles of Costa Rica. You can see Macaws, monkeys, Ocelots, Spider, Howler, Squirrel, and Cappuccino monkeys, sloths, Anteaters, Agouti, Coatimundi, Ocelots, and even jaguars.
For you surfers, we are just a short drive away from some of the best surfing on the planet.
There is also kayaking and paddle boarding available to have some fun on the water at your own leisure.
There is also some excellent deep sea fishing in the area with a large variety of different types of fishing, depending on what you prefer. The marlin population is very plentiful in the area, so you can enjoy some of the best Marlin fishing on the planet. We also offer our own Deep Sea Marlin Sport Fishing Charter package.
Our Five Star Amenities include:
All Daily Transportation Services
Daily House Keeping Services and Towel Changes
In-House Mani/Pedi Services
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Member since: 2014
- 4000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Housekeeper Included
- Private Chef
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 8-14
- Both villa's include custom built oversized pull-out futons large enough for 2 people each and are very comfortable. When 2 are put together, they have been used to sleep 5 children or teen-agers spaciously. The futons are in large living rooms are more accommodating when complete privacy isn't an issue and most suitable for a family vacation configuration. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
We sit on the shoreline of Playa Juanito Mora, one of the best swimming beaches in the Osa Peninsula. The water is always calm with no under current or heavy wake, as it's located deep in the bay....moreless
Located on the bay of the Golfo Dulce in the Osa Peninsula, where standing in the frontyard you have an unobstructed view of the 10 mile stretch of the unspoiled mountainous shoreline of the bay....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
Our dining is done mostly in our large beachfront villa and can formally seat 16 comfortably. We also have a large pool deck and terrace area for everyone to spread out when choosing barbecue style....moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
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- Housekeeper Included
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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Rates are based on 8 guests; add $90 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR ALL-INCLUSIVE FIVE DAY STAY DEEP SEA SPORT FISHING PACKAGE AT THE WHALE RETREAT. WE GUARANTEE EVERYONE A MARLIN OR YOUR FISHING IS FREE.
If you are interested in pursuing what most fisherman consider the Holy Grail of all fishing and want to land a Marlin the most elusive of all fish, we can guarantee it or your fishing is free. Take advantage of our all-inclusive 5 day fishing package at the Whale Resort.
Included in this package is:
1. THREE FULL DAYS OF OFF-SHORE MARLIN FISHING ABOARD THE MAESTRO WITH CAPTAIN OSCAR VILLALOBOS ON OUR OPEN TOURNAMENT 35' LUHRS SPORTFISHER
2. FULL PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE WHALE RESORT
3. ROUND TRIP PRIVATE CHARTER FROM JUAN SANTA MARIA INTERNATIONAL INTO PUERTO JIMENEZ
4. TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE PUERTO JIMENEZ AIRPORT
5. UNLIMITED DAILY TRANSPORTATION
6. TWO CHEF PREPARED MEALS EACH DAY
This all-inclusive 4 night 5 day package is $2900 pp
Each additional day of fishing including accommodations is $680 pp
Our beachfront resort will be yours exclusively. We require a minimum group size of 4 people - and a maximum group size of 8 people per stay to insure the best fishing, the most comfortable accommodations and the BEST personalized attention you deserve.
Year Purchased: 2014
Why the Owner Chose Puntarenas, Costa Rica:
Words are hard to describe this property. It's a 3.5 acre beachfront property with three homes on it. It has the best of all worlds because it sits on the shore of one of the most beautiful beaches on the Osa Peninsula, and sits in the middle of the most luscious tropical jungle, flooded with several varieties of Heliconia and delicate orchids too. We have trails and pathways winding through-out the property connecting all three houses on the property. It has 3 gated entrances, and when you go through the gate, it's like passing through to the other side, into a wonderland of Mother Natures tropical paradise!
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
It's hard enough to find a home directly on the beach in Costa Rica, but we found the perfect place! We are still pinching ourselves and want to share our experience with the whole world!
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View of main villa with our pool. Pick any spot and enjoy a full beach view.
Enjoying the ocean view from the pool of the beachfront villa
Pic of the beachfront master with a full ocean view. California King.
Covered walkway connecting each villa
Dining table in beachfront villa
On-site Tilapia farm
Wetbar/entertainment room beachfront villa
Lower level bedroom with Queen bed
Kitchen cooking island in beachfront villa
pool area beachfront villa
Standing on our beach at night viewing a massive sky of stars
Great room for entertaining with 50" flat screen
Standing on our beach!
View from the lawn of the main villa with the beach behind me when taking this p
Master bedroom view of the ocean
Terrace/covered porch/covered parking
View from lower level bedroom with Queen bed
Sitting on our beach
pathway trails for nature walks throughout our 3.5 acres of tropical vegetation
Kitchen dining table and seating area
standing on the lawn looking at our beach
Extra seating area near dining to relax with direct ocean view
Lower level bedroom with twin beds
our sunset sailboat
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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