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Shelter from the Storm

San Martin Sur, Dominical 80000 Costa Rica
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Shelter from the Storm is a group of 2 villas perched on a 5 acre mountainside point, 60 meters above the Pacific, high enough to give dramatic views of the coast to the Osa Pennisula, but low enough to hear the waves breaking on the rocks below. Hotel rates for your own private place! Ammenities: Shared pool adjacent Entertainment Rancho with honor bar, BBQ,satelite stereo tv & dvd, washer/dryer, & much more....
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Canoeing offsite
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Poolside bar
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Full body massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Air conditioning
Dining area
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
On-demand movies
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Chill123 wrote a review Apr 2020
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I am 10 years old and I stayed at Shelter From The Storm for 8 nights with my family. My favourite thing about staying there was that we saw so much wildlife. I really liked the pool and the rancho and the view was amazing. Daryl was very helpful booking the snorkelling and zip lining tours. Daryl always had funny stories to tell us. P.S. ask Daryl about the nickel and sock story
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Shelter from th... C, Owner at Shelter from the Storm
Responded Apr 3, 2020
I'm very impressed, Evan; not only that you took the time to write your review, but that you know that the opinions of our "younger" guests are as important as those of the adults. I'm happy that your parents brought you back to Shelter From the Storm after being away for almost eleven years and I am thrilled that you enjoyed it as much as (maybe more) they did. I almost never respond to reviews since I think that we always have established a relationship with our guests during their stay. In this case, I feel that it was important since you are our youngest reviewer EVER. I have lots of stories but not everyone gets to hear about the nickels in the sock. That's only for guys like us. It was great to meet you. Your folks have done a great job raising you. Hasta la Proxima
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Bill S wrote a review Mar 2020
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Another great time with Daryl & Donna. We have been coming for 15 years and they never disappoint. Very relaxing and accommodating, and can help with any number activities you may want to experience. Pura Vida
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Bobby wrote a review Mar 2020
Plattsburgh, New York11 contributions1 helpful vote
It’s been a month since We’ve been home and cannot stop telling people how this may be the best place we have ever stayed at! So unique an not like any other place we have stayed. When we book a room we really just look for a clean place and a bed to sleep in, we travel for the location not the place we are staying. We were pleasantly surprised with what we found! The atmosphere that Donna and Daryl provide is like no other. The hospitality, local knowledge, friendliness, I could go on and on. Whenever we were asking about an activity and when to book Daryl would us usually respond “when do you want to go” then follow it up with a phone call to a company he recommended. We were never disappointed with any of our adventures on their recommendations. We really wish there were more places around the world run the same way. Thanks again for such a wonderful experience in Costa Rica!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gypsy-Wanderer3 wrote a review Feb 2020
Fairfax, Virginia13 contributions1 helpful vote
One of the highlights of this year’s annual trip to Costa Rica was staying at SFTS. My husband and I stayed in the cozy Villa Las Rocas Abajo, which was nicely decorated (a magnificent painting of a scarlet macaw in the bedroom), clean and comfortable. We relaxed in the afternoon on our covered patio and enjoyed the view of the Pacific Ocean. Daryl and Donna were wonderful hosts and helped us with restaurant and tour suggestions and reservations. We also enjoyed the happy hours we spent with them at the bar. We definitely plan to return next year.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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FnuLnu wrote a review Feb 2020
Tennessee132 contributions67 helpful votes
We were most fortunate to spend six nights in a villa at Shelter from the Storm. The owners, Daryl and Donna, are absolute delights. Our villa was beautiful and beautifully decorated, spotless, and comfortable with wonderful views of the jungle and the sea. We relaxed on the large terrace, saw terrific birds, and listened to howler monkeys. Daryl made excellent suggestions for restaurants and sights. We were there with another couple and the four of us could not have been happier or more pleased. We are already planning to return next year and hopefully stay even longer.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Our La Cuesta villa was fabulous- with great views and good WIFI.
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$89 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasDominical
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shelter from the Storm
Which popular attractions are close to Shelter from the Storm?
Nearby attractions include Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (0.4 miles), Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge (4.8 miles), and Parque Reptilandia (4.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Shelter from the Storm?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Shelter from the Storm?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Shelter from the Storm?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, a poolside bar, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Shelter from the Storm?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Shelter from the Storm?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Pescado Loco, Cafe Mono Congo, and Gusto Italian Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Shelter from the Storm?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Shelter from the Storm?
Yes, self serve laundry and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Shelter from the Storm?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Shelter from the Storm have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.