4 bedroom, 3,5 bathroom with Ocean and Mountain Views
Daniel Olbrechts - Béa Neetens
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About Daniel Olbrechts - Béa Neetens
We, Daniel & Béa, both grew up in Belgium. We moved to Costa Rica to enjoy the beautifull nature and country. We'll gladly meet you in person and welcome you to Costa Rica. We speak Dutch, French, English, German and work on our Spanish.
Why Daniel Olbrechts - Béa Neetens chose Valle Pura Vida
This property is a beautifull home where you feel in total harmony with nature. The quiet makes you feel far away from everything while you are minutes away from everything.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Wonderful stay on a gorgeous property. A group of 7 of stayed for 1 week and had an incredible time. Here are the points of interest if you are considering this property:
1. Location: Tucked back in the jungle on a steep (but mostly paved) mountain road. It is less than 1 mile from the main road that runs from Manuel Antonio to Quepos. Close to many restaurants and shops, but not really within walking distance unless you are in for some steep treks. The last 1/4 mile up the drive to the house is steep. We drove in a 12 person van and I initially thought we wouldn't make it. After a few attempts it made it to the top. After awhile I got the knack for backing up onto the other drive and gunning it to the top while dropping gears. No worries after that. Pura Vida!
2. Amenities: House is very spacious with a great pool to refresh after a warm day exploring. Beautiful views of the surrounding jungle and mountains. Each room is beautifully decorated. The windows and doors are large sliding glass panels that open up to give a breeze throughout the house. I initially thought it would be very warm but most days it was pleasant and great having the fresh air. Separate AC units in each bedroom and main area. Main area one can be run from late afternoon to late night. Bedroom ones used throughout the night. I am generally very hot, but was very comfortable at the house. The owners do the laundry for the guests. We generally had ours done every 2 - 3 days. So we were able to still pack light and have fresh clothes replenished.
3. Owners: The owners are very friendly and informative. They reside nearby and are on-call if you have any questions or issues. I generally kept in contact via whatsapp with any questions or concerns. They also booked our tours with reputable agencies. The house has some minor rules to follow to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay. Mostly related to keeping the house (and Costa Rica) enjoyable for current and future guests.
4. Wildlife: We saw more wildlife around the house than on our tours and exploring: various monkeys, iguanas, giant grasshoppers, scorpion, dart frog, sloths, bats, tucans, and the occasional dog that would follow us back after a walk.
Overall it was an outstanding stay. We hope to return to this property. You really can't go wrong with staying here.
Beautiful home with lots of room
Plenty of space, a visit by monkeys and lots of different bird calls make this a wonderful stay. Hard to find and you must like steep hills but that is Costa Rica.
A Jewel in the Jungle !!
Spending two weeks in this fabulous home was a well deserved treat for our family and friends!! We were celebrating our daughter’s graduation from college with our adult family of 5 with our two best friends from home. The home is simply stunning from the simple things like the spacious bathrooms to the open air feeling of the kitchen to the super generous decks and the view that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the mountains. The jungle is there to simply reach out and touch!! We visited during the beginning of the rainy season and were able to watch daily as the jungle became lush and full of life!! The trees leafed out, the blooms came to life, and the animals came so close we had spider monkeys rolling at our feet! The vast display of birds, reptiles, monkeys, and at last, the sloth!! Even with my bad eyesight I was able to witness so much of the Costa Rican flora and fauna!!
And the wonder that is Costa Rica when paired up with the warmth and hospitality of our hosts made for a perfect family retreat!! Bea and Daniel were waiting for us upon our very late arrival (thanks to the airline), and with a quick introduction to the house, we were left to explore and marvel at their beautiful home. Y’all doors and windows allow for the capture of the lovely breezes from the ocean and since the entire living area has sliding glass doors that completely open up the living spaces to the great outdoors , you feel completely connected to the jungle. It is magnificent, and writing this, I wish I were there right now!!
We were able to spend a day tuna fishing (very successfully) and a day hiking to the Nauyaca waterfall (I highly recommend this for those folks up to the challenge) and ATV tour into the mountains, zip lining, mangrove monkey tour, and do not miss going to the farmers market on Friday evenings (or Saturday morning)!!
We also enjoyed many fascinating conversations with Bea and Daniel about their adventures in Costa Rica . Bea even was gracious enough to have done our laundry for us!! I honestly can’t think of one thing that could have been changed to make it a better visit!!
I am already looking forward to our next visit!
Fabulous location, casa and hosts! Our family of 5 fell in love with Costa Rica, our rental and Bea and Daniel. The home is beautifully decorated, with spectacular views and wildlife. Bea's recommendations were spot on. During our stay we hiked throughout Manual Antonio Parc, white water rafted, did the ATV jungle tour, and Adventure Park, and the local chocolate/coffee tour. We hope to return!
We had an absolutely wonderful visit to Costa Rica and found Casa Fleur de Lis to be the perfect place to stay! First of all, the house is amazing! We had two families (eight in total) and there was so much room to spread out in. The bedrooms are huge, the bathrooms are beautiful, and the main living area is enormous. The best part for us was the incredible pool and patio area. We made great use of it each day, both before and after our outings.
Each morning we woke up to the sounds of endless birds. We were fortunate to see several macaws, a toucan, and so many other birds that we were unfamiliar with. We also enjoyed a visit from a mischievous group of capuchin monkeys! They were so entertaining to watch! The resident sloth was visible when we first arrived but stayed hidden the remainder of our visit.
I'd also like to share that Bea and Daniel were wonderful hosts. Bea gave us numerous recommendations for activities and the best way to navigate Quepos and Manuel Antonio. We rafted with Amigos del Rio and had an absolute blast! We also went on the Dolphin catamaran tour and were very pleased with that day. Other activities included a trip to Nauyaca waterfall and of course a day at Manuel Antonio Park. Bea does her best to help you plan the perfect family vacation!
We would recommend a four-wheel drive vehicle as the driveway is steep (as are many of the roads in Costa Rica). We also recommend arriving during the daylight hours as the house can be difficult to locate (Bea definitely shared that information with us before we arrived). The advantage of being up high was great privacy and a true jungle feel! We loved it! Thank you so much Bea and Daniel for sharing your home and helping us to create memories that will last a lifetime!!
Gorgeous home, lots of wildlife, HOT!
We traveled in early April 2019 with our 3 teens and a single friend with her teen. We had a wonderful trip in general. Loved the country, the beaches, the unbelievably lovely home with bratty "mafia" capuchin monkeys who came to the pool, huge iguanas, sloths in the trees. Truly paradise. I would recommend probably scheduling fewer outings and just having time to really enjoy the pool and beaches -- they're spectacular. This part of the country is HOT in April, however, over 100 degrees while we were there, and despite having air conditioning as a major selling-point of this house, apparently it is so expensive to run that the hosts very actively and repeatedly encouraged NOT using it except in the evening/overnight. Which sounds reasonable except that if you come home baked from a long day, and turn on an AC in the late afternoon, there will be several hours before it is cool enough to actually hang out and cook or socialize in the common area. This leads to everyone hanging out in their bedrooms, playing on their phones, which sort of defeats the purpose of a family vacation. Daniel mansplained in detail how experiencing dripping sweat is good for you, as I rolled my eyes. Apparently Europeans are much less used to AC than Americans, which is fine, but not really the issue; we don't even own AC in the US but would if the average temps in summer were over 100! So they should exclusively rent to people who love HOT temps during these seasons. Still, I would highly recommend the home and its wonderful owners. The pool was fantastic, the beach was close and beautiful. Restaurants were easy to get to. The house is immense. Hammocks were so lovely. The river rafting is a bit unexciting in the dry season - lots of time spent getting the raft off rocks; but still fun guides and cool. The kids loved zip-lining, although it is not really a way to see wildlife. The showers were great. LOVED the final day when it rained, and the rainforest went nuts -- sitting on the deck with animals going wild all around. Magical!! Rather unbelievably, we skipped going to Manuel Antonio as we had more wildlife early in the morning from our pool area and to/from the beach than would be seen traipsing with 100's of people in 100 degrees mid-day in the game park.