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“Flawless, beautiful, chilled”

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Canaima Chill House
Ranked #2 of 33 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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“Flawless, beautiful, chilled”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

This is one of the best places i've ever stayed at. Juan, Alex and Haviere are really good people - they're incredibly generous and helpful, and at the same time they totally respect your privacy.

The rooms are really well designed - plenty of room inside to walk around, the kitchen is really well equipped, bed super comfy, bathroom very clean and unique. But the highlight for us was the outdoor bed!!! (each room has its own private bed on the balcony/patio). Swiiming pool is beautiful.

The staff know the Nicoya Peninsula like the back of their hands - so definitely ask for restaurant, bar, surf, rainforest, horseriding advice - our trip to Nicoya and Santa Teresa would not have been nearly as good without their advice.

Great value.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

Canaima is a very special place and staying here was one of the highlights of our trip.
Me and my husband stayed here for a week over Christmas, it was kind of our honey moon treat and we loved it! We were hoping for a romantic and chilled out place and that's exactly what we got, Canaima Chill House - the name says it all....
The fact that its tucked away, from the beach and the dust from the town below just makes it even more special.
We rented a quad bike which was the perfect way to get around and do little day trips up and down the coast. The area is so beautiful and there is so much to explore.
Also just loved hanging out at the hotel on the chill deck, watching monkeys climbing up the trees above. This place is so peaceful and the setting and look of the place is beautiful.
Juan Carlos got a natural way with people and is an excellent host in every way, who made us feel very much at home. The staff were also brilliant, very helpful and super friendly.
We cant fault it, the only thing we don't like is that we don't know when we can go back....

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, CA
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

My wife, 2 daughters (9 and 11 years old), and I recently spent a wonderful and relaxing 10 days at Canaima. We could not recommend this eco-boutique hotel more enthusiastically! Our room was spacious and comfortable, and Juan Carlos and his super-friendly staff Alex and Anna made us feel very much at home. Juan Carlos went out of his way to ensure that our family had a memorable vacation--he was a fun, helpful, and motivating surf instructor (we took several lessons and all progressed--and he took HD video of one of our lessons which will make for lasting memories), and he and his staff gave great recommendations on restaurants, activities and excursions. A particular instance typifies how well Juan Carlos took care of us--when one of my daughter's newly-acquired orthodontic fixtures broke on a Sunday morning. We were initially dismayed that we would have to drive all the way back to San Jose to find a Orthodontist--but JC made some phone calls, and within 30 minutes we had an appointmentt with a Dentist (who, as evidenced by his surf trunks and flip flops, had left the surf line up to open his office for us) who repaired my daughter's fixture in no time (i.e., in about twenty minutes for $40 US). How's that for service (and the guy did a good job, because the ortho-fixture is still functioning fine)! In sum, we had a tremendous stay at Canaima and would stay there again in a heartbeat !

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

beautiful place with pool and style in the heart of santa teresa
nice appartments with big white beds very romantic for 2 people or cool and cosy place for 3 or 4 people / friends
quit and peaceful place
the price is also awesome. 100 dollar per night is nothing for such a cool place
very ambitious and funny owner
for us the best place to stay in santa teresa
10 POINTS

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Toronto
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

As a couple staying the entire week at the chill house we had, overall, an excellent stay. We arranged the adventure package ahead of time and it turned out great. Also it was lucky that we stayed an addtional two days to enjoy all the activities included with plenty of time to chill. Breakfast unfortunely wasn't available but was deducted from our package with no hassle and many apologies -- this actually turned out to be great because I prefer a big breakfast anyway and it was nice to cook up some eggs and bacon and sip coffee on our amazing private deck.

With the low season starting up there weren't that many people around most of the week and that made for great little parties we had around the pool all by ourselves. The rooms were great as well (we stayed in a smaller room): very spacious, beautiful decor and a complete kitchen. One small thing, we felt some shelves would have been nice to store clothes other than in the closet to have some air circulating. Most nights it was great to chill by the pool but the hot tub doesn't work which really sucked the last two nights the temperature dipped a little.

The woman who kept our room did a fantastic job and even did all of our messy breakfast dishes. Tip her well!

Like some other reviewers have noted, our kitchen knife was super dull, the shower head was half-clogged, and the soap was empty. We didn't complain about any of those things so I don't know what the response would have been. The service was what you would expect in general except for an off-putting comment about being a typical north american (from the desk staff, kids will be kids!). And like another reviewer mentioned it would be nice to have some water in the room daily (especially since we got a package-maybe for next time juan carlos?)

All that being said anything negative I've mentioned are just really small things compared to what a great time we had and how inspirational it was to get to know Juan Carlos a little and get to hear some of his great story and how the Chill House was created. He is a super nice guy who drove me back and forth a few times to town to sort out some banking and just generally hooked us up with great excursions and a wonderful Costa Rican experience. Nevermind the recommendation to take our fresh catch from sport fishing to Alma for easily one of the best meals I've had. I've never seen 4 otherwise sophisticated people reduced to ravenous savages over a gourmet meal.

My only regret of the whole trip was that I missed my last surf lesson due to exhaustion and weather.

Muchas Gracias

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Miami
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Our stay at Canaima Chill House was perfection in paradise! We were a group of 12 and Juan Carlos and Alex could not have been better hosts to us!

The hotel itself is amazing! The rooms are huge and the chill decks are amazing. It felt like sleeping in a luxury treehouse. The showers were great and after attracting all the dust from the town below, a welcomed treat upon return to the hotel.

They helped us organize our excursions, gave us surf lessons, and coordinated our ATV rentals. The location is perfect and we really enjoyed every minute there! :)

On behalf of all 12 of us, we would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.. small and big groups alike.

PURA VIDA!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Canaima Chill House is a beautiful boutique hotel with the atmosphere of an hostel (relaxed, friendly) and the amenities of an hotel (beautiful rooms, quiet, ipod music station, locker, breakfast possibilities).

The most friendly people at the receptiondesk will help you with everything and give very good suggestions for places to hang out on the beach or have drinks or dinner. Every lunch and dinner we tried a different place (following their suggestions) and we were pleasantly surprised every time.

Proper and fun surf lessons can be provided by the very kind owner (Juan Carlos).

A little away from the main road (steep walk) but definitely worth the walk (even better with a car). We would definitely go back.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Canaima Chill House
Address: 400 metros al este del Hostal Brunelas, hacia el monte | Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our "Eco Chic hotel" is a jungle oasis, only 500 meters away from one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica.In Canaima Chill House, luxury is experienced in harmony with nature and simple sensations such as, relaxing on a bamboo hanging bed, listening to the amazing sounds of the jungle or chilling in our "pillow swimming pool".Sensations which are hard to explain, sensations which are simple to feel.- 4 Suites (for 2 people)- 4 suites-loft (up to 4 people)- Swimming Pool- Chill Deck- Outdoor Jacuzzi- WI-FI- Personalized services. ... more   less 
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