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“In Lock-Step With the Legions” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Shelter from the Storm
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“In Lock-Step With the Legions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2009

Do I gush and prattle on, or actually endeavor to give an unbiased, original review?
I gush.
These folks have thought of everything, all seemingly with the comfort of the guest foremost in mind. The Villa Cuesta kitchen has everything you might think to need, well laid out and organized; the bathroom is well equipped (nice large shower); and the bedroom is ample, comfortable, and has plenty of storage and lighting (the view of the little patio and calming statue amid the green background of trees added to the oasis ambiance). This is a place that makes you feel calm and at home; the feel is private, and the decor is restrained. (High-quality linens add to the level of comfort.) Large screened doors bring the surrounding jungle inside; the wrap-around deck is furnished to make one want to stay home and sit and take in the incredible views and atmosphere (tasteful ceiling lights and fans make it comfortable to do at any time). We enjoyed a full day there watching the rain, birds, ocean, and jungle (yes, there were monkeys), in perfect comfort (a rare compulsion for usually non-stop tourists).
There are gorgeous beaches, wildlife viewing, adventure things to do, all nearby, and as much information and help available that you could imagine (and equipment, such as beach towels, chairs, and boogey boards, should you want them).
Can't think of anything else that hasn't been said on these reviews already. A place that makes you sad to leave? Comment enough.

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Northern Virginia
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2009

As a member of the previous reviewer's party, I echo her sentiments enthusiastically. Bar none, Daryl and Donna are the consummate hosts...anticipating every possible amenity. We sure hope to return!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Virginia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2009

Our group of 7 adults, ages 48 to 80, chose this villa property based on the excellent reputation it has earned on this site (trip advisor). We were not disappointed in the least. The Shelter from the Storm website affords an accurate portrayal of the overall property and of each individual villa, however imagery cannot do justice to the drop-dead georgeous setting one finds upon arrival or the peaceful seclusion and heavenly-scented flora that greets each guest lucky enough to land here for even a few days. Our 9 pax Mitsubishi Montero (4x4) easily navigated the steep drive in and, despite our initial worries, the trip in and out became part of each day's adventure.

The property is maintained to the highest standard (lots of plush bath and pool towels, hot water/great shower, fresh flowers in room, fresh fruit and coffee in room, meticulously clean) and offers every comfort imagineable. Our group of mostly couples spent a great deal of time at the comfortable and well-equipped rancho (music included), grilling fish and enjoying a cocktail du jour from the fully stocked honor bar. The pool, although not lap-worthy, is larger than the website photos portray and affords a convenient and refreshing dip after a day of touring, hiking and horseback riding. Each villa offers a covered verandah, from which to enjoy the sounds of crashing surf or a romantic rain shower.

Donna and Daryl are wonderful, caring hosts and will take care of your every desire.

I hate to sound like a "broken record" by repeating every other poster's comments but I honestly can't think of anything negative to say about Shelter from the Storm. It is a bit off the beaten path, which was an attraction for our group. Do your grocery shopping on the way in and take advantage of the well-stocked kitchen in each villa and the gas grill at the rancho. For a real treat, take a 20 minute drive south to Cafe Exotica (Ojochal), Daryl's favorite restaurant (and now ours). The menu is eclectic and reasonably priced; the food, nothing short of outstanding. The owners are a lovely french-canadian couple and we felt like honored guests.

Be sure to book your activities well in advance of your arrival to avoid disappointment as many tours require a reservation. A car in this area is an absolute must. We all did enjoy the Nauyaca waterfall tour on horseback (even my 80 yr. young mom).

I could go on and on but given my 4 hours of sleep, I would just be rambling. You must stay at this property if you enjoy seclusion and/or romance. Do not stay here if you are not in reasonably good physical condition (steeply sloped), need room service or non-stop entertainment. I searched for weeks to find this slice of heaven and it was perfect for our group. You will have to do your own soul-searching and leg work to know if it is right for you.

(One last comment - ask for Melanie for the best massage of your life!)

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Big Bear Lake, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2009

From the moment we arrived to our departure our experience was nothing less than "Outstanding". The villa was spotless & perfectly located with a view to die for. Our hosts, Donna & Daryl were the most accommodating that we have ever met in all our travels. We have stayed in many places around the World, and "Shelter from the Storm" now ranks at the top of our list. Daryl arranged a fishing trip, a zip line excursion, & an ATV adventure, & all were amazing, and reasonably priced. All you need to bring when staying at "Shelter from the Storm" is your suitcases as all amenities are provided. We can only hope to visit this piece of paradise again. Don't think twice about booking at "Shelter from the Storm", I promise you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2009

since our travel companions were making a return visit. Everything was over the top. We could not have asked for a better experience.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank allredallthetime
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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2009

I was planning a 4 week trip with my 2 children (girls, 7 and 9) in the area of Dominical for October/November of 2008 when I came upon the SFTS website. We lived our dreams. SFTS truly surpassed our expectations.
We stayed for one month during the rainy season, which I have always preferred as I find the temperature less hot. This seems to be partly because the rains (usually brief and intense) have a cooling effect and cloud cover provides some solar screening. The jungle is lush and the waterfalls abound with flow. The rain at night is magical with its sound and intensity.
The added bonus to this time of year is that tourist facilities and attractions are less busy. This makes for easier booking for the various excursions and more personalized attention .
SFTS is located up in the hills and away from the highway. This meant a secure and quiet setting with a pleasant breeze. We stayed at Villa Monkey House which was awe-inspiring. The location of the villa and its private deck looking at the jungle provided us with lots of wildlife observation. We felt like we were in a different world up there with all the jungle sounds including Howler monkeys at sunrise.
The Rancho (common area) and pool were a delight for all of us with hours of entertainment.
We did not have to go very far to explore the wildlife and the outdoors. We found all our entertaining/excursions within 15 km....ziplining , horseback riding, jungle walk, beaches.
Donna and Darryl are wonderful hosts. They welcomed us with a nice basket of goodies and were always available if we needed help or information. They gave us useful driving instructions from San Jose which was especially helpful during the rainy season as the main highway may close for a few hours on some days for maintenance. I have no reservations about travelling by car at that time of year in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LouSoJo
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Australia
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2009

My greater family took over the whole property for the week of a family fiesta (my brother's 70th Birthday) which was being held nearby. We had a wonderful time - their( Donna and Daryl's) home was our home- we tried to persuade Daryl to up the price of the drinks in the 'Honor Bar' ( next to the pool), as he was actually losing money!- and did we love the sight of the monkeys swinging from branch to branch directly in front of our spacious balcony. Pity we didn't have more chance to relax in our charming house as we were too busy partying elsewhere (but we did have pre-dinner drinks parties in our room - and there is a BBQ and all the equipment if you want to do more home entertaining - What a find- Thank you Carolina

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rosie N
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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 28 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

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