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Casa Bonita-Walk to beach/Pool/Jungle/Concierge

Villa Casa Bonita welcomes you!
Villa Casa Bonita welcomes you!
Villa Casa Bonita welcomes you!
Surrounded by nature and jungle (Watch for monkeys!)
Time to relax
'Our' beach by the house
Sun sets over the ocean
Dominical
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

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vtjane
Montpelier, Vermont
1 review
“I wish I was there now!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 for a stay in November 2013

My husband and I stayed at Casa Bonita for 10 days in November to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The house was beautiful, and quite unique; way bigger than we needed, but it had everything! Lovely decor, canopied porch, infinity pool, barbecue grill. View and sounds of the ocean 24/7.

Melissa and Jens, the owners, are fantastic - very responsive. Our concierge was quite nice, and did his best to make us comfortable and well informed of the area.

This is truly a great place. Perfect for a family, several couples, or a "girls vacation". Heaven.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Everything.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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BarbaraFR
Ottawa, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A Memorable Family Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

Our family of twelve spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica near the town of Dominical, headquartered in beautiful Casa Bonita. We chose the Dominical location because we wanted the combination of mountains, jungle and sea. We chose Casa Bonita because we wanted a large house with a view, situated in jungle, within walking distance of the ocean.

My son tells me that I selected Casa Bonita because, as well as being beautiful, it looked a little ‘funky’ in the photos. This could be true since I am drawn to houses with personality and artistic flair and this house has that, as well as outstanding architecture and design – inside and out. The setting is spectacular. The back of the house is built against a high rock-face with a waterfall but from the front porch the view expands to pool, gardens and sea - a great location from which to watch the sun set.

Casa Bonita easily accommodated our group. The four bedrooms are large as are the bathrooms and extra beds were provided for the younger children. We prepared the majority of our meals in the kitchen often using the barbeque on the veranda. We bought most of our groceries in Uvita. One evening we hired Casa Bonita’s Concierge/Chef, Romulo Picado, to prepare a Costa Rican dinner. He and his assistant cooked the meal in the kitchen which allowed the foodies in the group to observe and learn. Great meal. Fun occasion.

The six children spent hours in the pool and since the pool does not have a deep end, our four-year-old was as safe in the water as the older kids. On many mornings, we walked to the beach below the house to build sand castles and climb the huge rocks. Since there is an undertow we chose to visit Playa Dominicalito (the next beach to the south) at the end of the day to play in the huge waves. Playa Hermosa, closer to Uvita was another favourite. The town of Dominical offers surfing lessons to the great delight of one of the ten-year-olds, vendor stands for the kids to buy trinkets and a restaurant right on the beach for a light lunch.

We ventured out on day trips to Manual Antonio and tried Zip Lining at Osa Canopy Tour (great hit) and horseback riding to Nauyaca Waterfalls (a highlight). One couple spent two days in Corcovado Park (loved every moment) and another couple spent a night at Wilson Garden, driving there through San Isidro, Paso Real and San Vito and returning via Agua Buena and Neily. (Spectacular scenery from Paso Real – San Vito – Neily.)

Our visit to this region was everything we hoped for. The choice of Casa Bonita proved to be inspirational. Not only did we love the house but greatly appreciated the services of Romulo Picado, the concierge and the exceptional personal attention we received from the owners, Melissa and Jens Moeller, from our initial contact to our departure. They may live far away but their love for their vacation home and their pleasure in sharing it with others is strongly felt. Thank you.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Sitting in a rocking chair on the porch.
Liked least: Packing up to leave.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children Large groups
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Minor R
San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
“Hermoso Fin de Semana..!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 for a stay in September 2012

I spent a weekend at Casa Bonita was beautiful. The pool, the house, the Playa Dominical, the people, everything was amazing.
The house is very comfortable, surrounded by forest and overlooking the sea, near the beach.
Everything was amazing.

Traveling group: Young Children
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Yorba Linda
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
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phishy991...
canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic house in a fantastic location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Stayed in Casa Bonita with my wife and two kids (8-10), my sister and her 4 year old and my mother. The house and property were better than I expected and I expected it to be good. Tons of space, beautiful and quirky house design, lovely pool with an amazing ocean view, easy access to the beach (10 min walk), friendly and helpful property manager, and lots of lizards.

I really can't think of anything to complain about for this rental. A wonderful family house. Thanks to the owners and staff that made this such a pleasant week.

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Lizards
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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sidney747...
Maryland
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
“Gorgeous place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

We really loved this house, it is so unique. The grounds are just spectacular. I cannot believe how many gorgeous plants and flowers are all around you. The design of this house is completely original and unlike anything I have ever seen.

The pool is lovely and the view to the beach is spectacular. Marlon the concierge is wonderful and extremely helpful.

Only the bedrooms have ac, but it wasn't too uncomfortable in the main area, I imagine if it were really hot it could be too warm. There are 5 or 6 ceiling fans in the living room and a number of floor fans.

The owners were very easy to work with very nice, deposit promptly returned. Their communication was excellent and they are very involved in booking and goings on with the property.

My favorite part of this stay seeing so many toucans all around the house in the evenings, it was a wonderful site to see so close to our house. You can see a great view of them from the second floor balcony.

The beach is a little bit of a walk, takes about ten min. The beach is very scenic and rugged, great for walking and taking pictures, but maybe a little rough for swimming. The walk back is mostly uphill, so go in the morning when it's a little cooler.

There are so many things to do within 30 min in either direction. Our favorite places to eat in dominical were tortilla flats, cafe ensuenos, jolly roger and villas rio mar. There are a few gift shops in dominical and a really great t shirt shop called Milan , easy to miss!! There are some nice little touristy booths down by the water in dominical, which is such an eclectic little town. I love how dogs and cats just wander all over this town, there are some pretty cool animals hanging out by the beach.

I would highly suggest Bahia adventures in Uvita. Marino ballena park is really lovely and inexpensive , also be sure to check out Manuel Antonio. There are tons of restaurants and the park should be on your must see list. We also did the trails at rainmaker, this was a great adventure with lots of suspension bridges and waterfalls, great picture taking!

Loved our stay in costa rica!

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
3 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The exterior ground are stunningly beautiful and surrounding wildlife.
Liked least: The beds
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups
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Robyn
NJ
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
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