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Cabo Matapalo
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

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Flugel_de...
Boulder, CO
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent for Multi-Generation Experiences”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
3
people found this review helpful

We found this spot, on the south coast of the Osa Peninsula, just great for our three-generation family vacation. The small but beautiful swimming pool kept our 7-year-old occupied (sometimes with the caretaker's children) for hours at a time; the late-teens were perhaps most charmed by their surfing lesson on one of three beaches (all within walking distance, but better for surfing than swimming, at least during our stay); the older generations loved identifying (surprising numbers of) birds, monkeys, frogs, iguanas, small mammals, etc.; and _everyone_ loved the home, which is beautiful, a 5-10 minute walk from the nearest beach, and exceptionally well laid out for large-group living in the tropics.

The home's design is as graceful as I've seen for providing shade, allowing airflow and hearing the sound of the surf, not to mention the chorus of howler monkeys, frogs and birds that announce every dawn. The railings and staircases are lovely curvilinear shapes, and the garden walls remind one of the buttress roots on many of the largest trees in the rainforest, such as the Ficus. The three bedrooms--one of which has two bunk beds and two single beds--provided ample sleeping space for the 9 of us, and every bed had a canopy-style net, though I preferred not to use mine because we had few insects (due to the unusually dry weather, I'm sure).

I thought some of our kids might sleep in the hammocks, but instead, that gazebo-like extra room was used (amply, during the waking hours) for reading, socializing and listening to the rainforest. The entire arrangement provides nice separation between sleeping quarters while offering large, comfortable common areas for dining and conversation. Despite primary reliance on electricity from solar panels we found the lighting adequate for reading and playing games after dark.

Our booking contact--Roberto, at Osa Tropical--was helpful with every possible detail, and we found the caretaker and his wife, Carlos and Sianne, completely charming as well as attentive. We were given good contacts/guides for horseback riding, surf lessons, nature/birding walks, zip-lining and kayaking (in the mangroves), and we got clear directions for two waterfall walks we undertook on our own. Carlos' excellent familiarity with the local wildlife, by sight or sound, might have been anticipated, but I was completely surprised by his conversance with astronomy. We experienced this one clear night via his laser pointer (various constellations, including the southern cross!) and his telescope (the beehive-cluster nebula and the rings/moons of saturn).

Referring to a compass embedded as a mosaic (!) in the tile of a patio floor, and using his laser pointer, Carlos also showed how the ecliptic (the plane in which all planets rotate about the sun) and the milky way (the visible manifestation of our galaxy) relate to Earth's axis of rotation. It was a fun evening!

The 45-minute drive between Casa Vida Verde and Puerto Jimenez (the nearest commercial airport) was a bit rough--requiring 4-wheel drive to be engaged a few times--and might have been an issue if we hadn't found so much satisfaction in and near Cabo Matapalo, where the home is located. The large chest-style refrigerator held provisions for a week, and Roberto (at Osa Tropical) made arrangements for Irma to shop and cook (evening meals) for us, so our 7 days were simultaneously relaxing, intimate and adventurous.

5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
4 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Family
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GoneAndWe...
Lino Lakes, Minnesota
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
2
people found this review helpful

Paradise were the first words out of our mouths. The house is absolutely incredible. You feel like you are right next to nature with all the comforts of home. We saw monkeys in the trees around the house daily, toucans and macaws. It was a short hike to the beach and the trails were great for exploring. Carlos, the caretaker, was very friendly and helpful. It is definitely a bit of work to get there, but definitely worth it. I would recommend a massage by the pool from Saene, Carlos's wife - it was a treat. It was hard to leave after only a week. We will be back.

5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Family
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KAREN T
BRANDON
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012 for a stay in February 2012
1
person found this review helpful

What a beautiful place! You really feel like you're in a treehouse. The pool isn't big, but it is perfect for cooling off and relaxing. The whole house was spotless with brand new netting on the beds. The caretaker was very nice and spoke perfect English. This is a birdwatcher's paradise. And Monkeys... We saw a dozen howlers and spider monkeys - from the deck! (Different days, of course.) The best part is you are in the jungle, a short walk to the beach, and you still have flush toilets and a shower! I was in heaven.

5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
4 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Family
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Adrienne2
Colorado
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nature-enthusiast's 'Tree House'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012 for a stay in March 2012
4
people found this review helpful

My daughter and I just returned from our weeks stay at Casa Vida Verde where we had a relaxing, nature-filled vacation. We have traveled and stayed in
houses around the globe and this house rates at the very top! I believe that when one
travels, one should experience the ambiance of ones surroundings and not necessarily the amenities that a house provides. Yes, it’s nice to have the conveniences of running water, toilets, stoves, refrigeration, etc…..but, these things are trivial when offered the experience of being surrounded by the sounds and the beauty of nature. If you are a nature enthusiast, you will adore this house. Inside or out, it feels as if you are living amongst the animals/insects as it might have been if you’d originally discovered and settled in this area. Granted, one can walk 20 minutes to a local restaurant and/or call a taxi; plus, the house has
all the amenities that one would need and it is, indeed, a very comfortable house. You would be missing the point if you didn’t just relax and discover what the surroundings of this
location/house have to offer.

We were so grateful to have met and to have had Sianne, Carlos, their 2 children and
their sweet dog living next to us in case we needed anything, had any questions or encountered any problems. They were always there and willing to do anything to make our stay comfortable. Sia gave me one of the most relaxing outdoor massages I’ve ever had.

After our daily hikes (it was an easy walk to the fabulous beaches that were often deserted), it was refreshing to come back to the house and relax in the pools of cool water and enjoy the birds soaring overhead, watch the lizards crawling around and wait for the daily arrival of the monkeys that would swing by in the canopy surrounding the house. The beds were extremely comfortable and the netting kept out anything that might have wanted to nibble on us at night. We had everything we needed for cooking our meals and because we travel lightly, weren't in need of a washer/dryer.

We were sad when we left, but so very glad that we had the opportunity to experience a week living in an extremely wonderful ‘tree house’!

5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Family
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J0cet
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Stunning!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012 for a stay in February 2012
4
people found this review helpful

I was lucky enough to stay at Casa Vida Verde recently with my family and I have to say it was amazing! This house is not for those of you who want a resort stay (ie. indoors with the airconditioner on while you look out the window at the landscape). This place is for those travellers who actually ENJOY traveling and experiencing new places and new things.

The house is amazing in every way. Its open design gives a real chance to experience Costa Rica for all the amazing sights and sounds it offers. I have a big family, yet there was plenty of room for everyone to relax whether it be in the living room or down by the pool, or even in our shaded hammock area. The yoga platform (for those who don't do yoga) provides a beautiful view of the surrounding area. The beach is beautiful and only steps away. The house runs on solar power, which I think is amazing and wish more places didn't cave to the pressure of destroying the environment for other people's convenience.

The wildlife around the house was amazing and we saw monkeys everyday we were there. I just can't get over how amazing the house was and how beautiful the scenery. So glad we stayed and so glad I got to experience the sleeping in netting surrounded by the sounds of the jungle. Just amazing!!

4 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Family
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latinachi...
Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Not Luxury”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012 for a stay in February 2012

Sorry, but I cannot agree with the majority of the reviews here. The house was a disappointment from the way it was presented on their website. "State of the art kitchen"? Not even close. No doors anywhere. Most of the mosquito nettings were either ripped or full of holes, defeating the purpose of the netting. "Washer and Dryer"? Only if you pay $10 per load for the caretakers to wash your clothes. The house only has one safe - the website said it had 2, so for 5 people one safe was not enough to store valuables/electronics. The "refrigerator" is actually a freezer used as a fridge. There is a big cooler to store ice and beverages.

I do have to say the caretakers, Carlos and his wife, were lovely and very helpful. They went out of their way to help us. They also have the cutest German Shepherd puppy (Blaku) who gave us puppy love every day.

If we ever go back to this area, we will definitely not be staying at this house. Sorry, just my opinion.

2 of 5 stars Value 2 of 5 stars Rooms
3 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
4 of 5 stars Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Friends
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Management Response
Mar 12, 2012
“We are very unhappy to hear you had concerns after your stay and we have written independently to you regarding these.

However, for the benefit of future readers of this review, we have some comments:

Kitchen: we have cleaned up the wording. The kitchen is equipped with a six burner gas stove, hot and cold running water, 3 sinks, filtered drinking water, a Costa Rica style coffee maker, a kettle, a full range of saucepans, a blender, a solar powered chest fridge (a design which offers the best fuel efficiency – always a concern) and sufficient cutlery and crockery for 12.
This is the rainforest and on solar power only, we cannot offer lovely labor saving but energy hungry devices like a dishwasher or microwave. We have no TV either - you leave that world behind!
No doors: No mains electricity means no air conditioning. We cool the house passively through an open design. This allows air to circulate and creates our favourite aspect of the house - its indoor/outdoor design. Even in CR this is unusual, but once you enjoy that feeling of space, freedom and air, an ordinary house will never be the same for you.
We have doorways, and in the bathrooms and upstairs suite we have curtains for privacy. The privacy of each suite is protected – the top one by a stairs and curtain, the downstairs by their own gates. The food cupboards and trash bins have latched netted doors.
Mosquito nets: we replace these regularly as normal wear and tear creates holes. The nets were replaced in the bedrooms in use prior to the arrival of these guests. Changing the nets for the other bedroom was delayed until after these guests left so as not to interrupt their stay.
Some repairs made may have looked untidy. Should a net be damaged, we repair it as soon as we know. This is important to us. Our nets are specially imported from Australia and are made of the finest cotton with a fine net weave.
Washer/Dryer: In the jungle, we have to live with power restrictions, so we can only operate the washer/dryer twice weekly when the generator is running. These machines are not for guest use. The laundry service provided usually costs $20 for a large load. There is no self service laundromat in Puerto Jimenez but there are a couple of laundry service providers who will wash, dry and fold a load in 3 or 4 hours. We will make this clearer on the website.
Safe: The built-in safe in the kitchen area is the size of a stack of 10 large pizza boxes. It will easily hold documents, a couple of laptops and two or three SLR cameras. More bulky items can be safely locked away in the bodega under the house. There is a second safe in the junior suite which is a “hotel” size for documents and small electronics.
Our Refrigerator looks like a chest freezer but is in fact a fridge specifically designed for working with a solar system. When the chest door is opened the cool air sinks and does not escape as it would with a more “normal” fridge.
Overall, there are compromises to be made when locating a house in the jungle. But there are compensations too! Jungle living with the nature all around you is the privilege and delight possible at Casa Vida Verde.”
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BermudaBo...
Bermuda
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic Place!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011 for a stay in August 2011
3
people found this review helpful

The house is incredible. The location is incredible. Nothing beats it in Matapalo!

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5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Service
Visit was for: Leisure
Traveling group: Family
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