We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Tranquility”

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Dominical
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Shelter from the Storm
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Tranquility”
Reviewed July 21, 2008

We recently returned from our honeymoon to Costa Rica. Our stay at Shelter From the Storm was amazing. The owners, Daryl and Donna, make you feel right at home. When we were leaving, my husband and I felt as though we were departing from a family visit.
From the very beginning of our planning, Daryl and Donna were extremely helpful and patient. They answered all of our questions (and more) about SFTS and about day trips, restaurants, etc..... They even booked some of our activities for us. When we arrived, we in awe of the views and the location. You are surrounded by the rainforest, ocean, and sounds of wildlife. It truly is paradise.
We stayed in La Cuesta and the villa was beautiful and clean. The wrap around terrace is where we spent most of our time while "indoors". The terrace has two fans as well so you stay nice and cool. The villa has a/c, but we never had to turn it on and utilized the ceiling fans at night. The doors off the bedroom to the terrace, allows for nice cool breezes and exotic sounds from the rainforest. The pool was lovely and relaxing too. There are towels, books, magazines, hammocks to relax on, TV, music, and an honor bar. This place is great. When we return, we will definetly be staying at Shelter From the Storm.

  • Liked — Being secluded and the views
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank mscar1024
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

233 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    229
    3
    1
    0
    0
See reviews for
49
147
9
3
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (45)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Boston
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2008

After a day hiking in the rain forest, or riding the trails on horseback, returning to SFTS is pure luxury. And if you stay in the Monkey House, you've still got the jungle right outside the door! Many of the visitors seem to be young honeymooners, so we were the old fogies of the crowd, but Shelter from the Storm felt like a second honeymoon for us. Daryl and Donna took care of us like family, and helped us find activities that suited our level of stamina. They also slipped us a few secrets about fabulous restaurants in the area. (Beans and rice is nice for a while, but...) Even if you just want to crash and not do any strenuous activity, this is the place to be. You can do all your cooking, hang out by the pool, schmooze over beers down at the rancho, and still get a glimpse of monkeys, toucans and exotic birds and flowers, because the rain forest is all around you! The views are stunning - you have the Pacific ocean on one side, and the tree tops on the other. The room was immaculate and comfortable, and the pool is gorgeous. If we go back to Costa Rica, we wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Liked — Proximity to rain forest
  • Disliked — No internet - but who needs it on vacation?
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank 2Js
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2008

Shelter From The Storm is not just a place to stay, it is an experience to be at one with nature in absolute luxurious accommodations. It is difficult to put into words the feeling of pure and absolute peace a traveler ( namely myself ) feels when reaching this destination.

I stayed in both the Baja Las Rocas and the Arriba La Rocas. Both places are beautifully decorated, supplied with great music (cds), which open out into the mountain side and the Pacific Ocean below. It was if I could just roll back the curtains (open up all the doors) connecting the Arriba La Rocas to the greatest story ever told - "Life". Everything is alive, and "air conditioning" need not apply! :o)

The mountain breezes and Pacific coastal waves spoke with volume of the animals (birds, monkeys, Sloths, etc. etc. etc.) that lived in the jungle surrounding SFTS.

The pool was being worked on, but it was hardly even noticeable with the warm and beautiful Pacific Ocean within walking distance and the jungle around full of undisturbed life. The Pool house was a very nice place to sit and read and...yes...watch the news, if you must.

I found myself exploring the southern pacific region (down to Panama) and down/over to the Osa Peninsula. They are both closer than I had originally thought. It was great to know I had SFTS to come back to in the evening on that day trip.

The Nauyaca Falls are very close, where one can horseback ride to the falls, swim out, climb up and jump OFF! :o) The Baru Natural Reserve which is minutes away, sends you back in time as a guest to the inhabitants (trees and animals) paradise.

The best part of Shelter from the Storm was Donna & Daryl, the owners. They are such kind and caring people, I felt like I knew them for most of my life. They made SFTS so warm and welcoming with their sweet and adorable pets Boomer, Ocho, MJ, Chancletta, Balboa, Cortez, and Isabelle.

It really felt like a home away from home. This is so much so, that going home seemed like the second best option. I shall return! :o)

  • Liked — The connection between nature and Shelter From The Storm
  • Disliked — Nothing!!
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank Galileo321
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Memphis, TN
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2008

We stayed in the "Monkey House" villa at Shelter from the Storm for 3 nights of our Costa Rica trip. In short, the reviews are correct...this place is wonderful! While I was a little worried during the ~0.5 mile steep dirt/gravel driveway (4WD highly recommended, as for much of Costa Rica), what is at the end of the road is a beauty! Large room with ocean view, kitchen, bathroom, and porch with forest view. We saw lots of wildlife: toucans, geckos, and, true to its name, a group of white-faced monkeys came through one day. There are lots of little perks that you don't get in your average hotel: beautiful vases of fresh flowers in room, list of beaches and restaurants that only the locals know about, wonderful hosts (Donna and Daryl) that will do everything to make sure you are happy. The place is about a 5 min drive to Dominical or Uvita, so you'll have to drive to any restaurants. If you don't like steep roads or being secluded, this place isn't for you, however if you are adventurous and like the outdoors (which is probably why you're going to Costa Rica), this place is the best. It was our favorite stay of our trip. PS- I think they're doing construction on the pool in the next month or two, so ask about this.

  • Liked — hospitality
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank drsurfgirl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chicago, IL
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 28, 2008

If you can't already tell from the other reviews, Shelter from the Storm is positively magnificent. Daryl and Donna (the owners) agreed to rent the entire property to our group of 8 people for a week-long birthday celebration. Each couple had their own gorgeous villa, every one being unique in its own way. Las Rocas have the incredible views of the ocean, the Monkey House is a hidden gem in the jungle and La Cuesta is luxury at its finest with the best monkey watching views! The pool area and honor bar were the perfect area to relax after long days of adventures (completely stocked with everything you could crave to wet your whistle!). This place oozes serenity, coziness and nature. My husband and I are already looking forward to our next trip back. After returning from Costa Rica, our new quote is "the best places are the most difficult ones to get to". Our faves from our stay in Dominical were: Surf & Adventures (friendly and helpful for all your local tours), The Chef's Table (upscale dining in the rainforest), Don Lulo's horseback tour, Hacienda Baru Zipline Tour & Hike, Arena y Sol Soda, Playa Ballena and Ventanas. Go! You'll love it!

  • Liked — It was off-the-beaten-path, our own personal getaway
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank VeronicaVaughn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2008

Heard about Shelter-from-the-Storm from a grad school alumna. Checked out the website and fell in love. The villas, price ($84/night), views, cleanliness, comfort, and especially the owners (Darryl and Donna) all rate a 5/5++++. Paradise doesn't get any closer.

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank JGandCG
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Haliburton
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2008

Simply fantastic. True luxury. Great owners. Listen to them on how to get there. Can't say enough great things about it. Loved the area. Not touristy and you can get a good feel for the costa rican way. Rent a 4x4. We stayed at Villa Cuesta, white faced monkies on our deck {almost}, howlers and gorgous views. Fantastic pool, bar etc....etc....Loved it.

Pura Vida.

  • Liked — Everything.
  • Disliked — Nothing.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank HaliburtonTheo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Dominical
0.3 mi away
Villas Alturas
Villas Alturas
#4 of 14 in Dominical
418 reviews
3.6 mi away
MAVI Surf Hotel de Dominical
2.8 mi away
TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge & Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
4.3 mi away
Villas Rio Mar
Villas Rio Mar
#3 of 14 in Dominical
574 reviews
8.8 mi away
La Cusinga Eco Lodge
La Cusinga Eco Lodge
#5 of 12 in Uvita
507 reviews
4.5 mi away
Waterfall Villas
Waterfall Villas
#6 of 14 in Dominical
213 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Shelter from the Storm? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Shelter from the Storm

Property: Shelter from the Storm
Address: San Martin Sur, Dominical 80000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Dominical
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Dominical
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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.... ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Shelter From The Storm Hotel Dominical
Shelter From The Storm Costa Rica/Dominical

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing