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“Pure pleasure and privacy at Casa Uvita”
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Casa Uvita Front Entrance
Nearby Beaches_Whale Marine National Park
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan--a daily visitor
Casa Uvita Alarm Clock_Howler Monkey
Sloth outside of living room window
Sloth swinging on front porch at Casa Uvita--not an everyday event!
Slaty-tailed Trogons Male & Female
Spider monkey at Casa Uvita--a rare treat!
Whale's Tail Beach at sunset--just minutes away!
Surfing at Sunset_Marino Ballena Park
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Uvita, Province of Puntarenas

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JudyNDave
Santa Cruz, California
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pure pleasure and privacy at Casa Uvita”
Reviewed April 30, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

My wife and I stayed at Casa Uvita for one week. This was a paradise in the primary rainforest where you can spend your day either on the deck or in the hammock appreciating the howler monkeys moving around the tree canopy and watching the toucans and parrots roosting in the nearby trees. The cacophony of nature sounds in the morning was such a delight; I recorded it one morning to play for my friends back home. Michele, the owner, does a great job at orienting you to the host of activities you can do while in Uvita, or you can just relax and do nothing at all. We enjoyed the secluded waterfall, hikes, bicycling, ocean fishing, surfing and boogie boarding, not to mention several excellent restaurants when we wanted fine dining. Thank you Michele, staff and Bella, the jungle pooch, for helping to make this vacation such a memorable experience.
JudyNDave

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Liked best: the flora and fauna of the rainforest
Liked least: the occasional encounter with a large insect
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Apr 30, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed spending some time with you at Casa Uvita. You two had a nice balance by doing adventures in the morning and relaxing in the afternoon. Thank you for sharing the nice red snapper and mackerel that you caught! Pura vida!
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John S
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
1 review
“Relaxing Jungle Retreat!”
Reviewed April 13, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Casa Uvita surpassed our expectations. The pictures do not do the place justice. It was a very private setting with views of the ocean. The monkeys and birds were always close. I watched close to a dozen toucans flying around the place one early evening. I loved hearing the monkeys growling and talking all throughout the forest. Michele and crew were very attentive to our needs. Michele was very knowledgeable about the area and gave some great suggestions on things to do. Carlos took us to a nearby waterfall with a refreshing swimming hole. Casa Uvita was very clean and nicely appointed and spacious. The kids enjoyed the TV with a nice selection of videos. We enjoyed the deck and patio areas as well as the wonderful pool. We hope to return sometime in the future.

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Apr 14, 2016
It was a pleasure to have you and your extended family with us here at Casa Uvita. It was extra special for us to have grandma here--what a sweet soul! I do hope you'll come back and visit us--maybe next time in the rainy season! Warmest regards.
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lasharp20...
Locust Grove, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful off-grid home with lots of amenities”
Reviewed April 6, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Our group of seven adults (three couples and one solo traveler) found this home to be the perfect base for exploring the southern Pacific coastal region. The house is meticulously maintained and features a spacious, modern kitchen that opens to a poolside entertainment area. We spent a lot of time simply enjoying the pool (which was surprisingly large and always seemed to be the perfect temperature), the view over the coast, appearances by resident wildlife (howler monkeys, a jesus christ lizard, hummingbirds, toucans and parrots) and--our favorite--visits by owner Michelle's incredibly sweet and gentle rescued street dog Bella, who accompanied us on a walk up the mountain.
Our stay was during a particularly hot week at the end of a very dry dry season and the house was a little warm at night, but we learned to take a dip in the pool and use the numerous ceiling fans and great cross-ventilation to get comfortable. Each morning the howlers and birds would wake us with their "breakfast show" ... we enjoyed it and rose early, but light sleepers or those who want to sleep in would be wise to bring earplugs.
The staff provided great service and were always there when we looked for them but also gave us great privacy. Michelle arranged for Carlos to take us to an unmarked trail to a nearby waterfall and swimming hole, which I'd highly recommend. After a short but steep hike, we had the falls completely to ourselves. Carlos and his wife, Argentina, also cooked us an amazing goodbye dinner, a great treat after a long day out exploring.

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Liked best: The pool, and Bella the dog!
Liked least: That we couldn't take Bella home with us.
Traveling group: Friends
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Management Response
Apr 14, 2016
It was great to have you all here at Casa Uvita, and what an honor to be part of your 50th birthday celebration. Yes, it was brutally hot the week that you came, but I'm glad the pool and the beers helped cool you off. Bella and the rest of us send our best to you and the jumper gang. Pura vida!
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Joanne A
King City, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful off-grid home immersed in nature with ocean views”
Reviewed February 24, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We enjoyed 2 spectacular weeks at Casa Uvita. The house, forest and views were every bit as spectacular as advertised. We didn't expect such a warm welcome from our hosts; they made us feel comfortable, welcome and safe the whole trip. Michelle lent us two of her bicycles to go with her on a morning cycling trip (I was a bit hesitant at first given the last time I was on a bike was over 20 years ago – but it was super fun!). My favourite part of the morning was getting to see and take some great photos of the Scarlet Macaws having their breakfast in the trees. We also had the opportunity to use Michelle’s boogie boards to catch a few waves.

Casa Uvita is a luxury house in a jungle setting that is off the grid and fully run on solar power. We loved that we could be close to nature, while leaving a light footprint. The weather was very hot when we were there and we found that the fans and cross-breezes through the house kept us comfortable at night for sleeping, however, if you are looking for cold, air-conditioned rooms, then this probably isn’t be the place for you in the high season. The pool was amazing! It felt refreshing all day in the heat, and at night, when the air cooled off, it almost felt warm. We just loved it!

Every morning we'd wake up with the howler monkeys and enjoy coffee on the deck, watching the toucans and parrots play. The town and beaches are all close and comfortable (just make sure you rent a 4x4 :) ). There are stunning nature walks right around the property, including 2 stunning waterfalls and many inspiring ocean views.

Michelle and her team were 'above and beyond' generous with their time and knowledge - we arrived as customers, but left as friends.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Feb 26, 2016
Thank you so much for your kind words. We all enjoyed having you at Casa Uvita. I hope your dreams of living down here come to fruition! Pura vida!
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Leigh S
London, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“You MUST stay here”
Reviewed February 13, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

I booked this property for myself, a friend and my parents. It was paradise! Luxury in the heart of the jungle. We loved the outdoor spaces where each of us could have private time. The sounds of the jungle surround you and we felt good about the house being off the grid. We mostly just lazed about the pool, as we never wanted to leave the grounds! However, we did take advantage of Michele's tour of the nearby waterfall, Ballena NP beach and the town of Cortes. The howler monkeys provide an early morning wake up call and we were entertained nightly with the ongoing soap opera of the toucans and parrots in the trees above. I cannot recommend this place enough! If you are in the Uvita area, book Casa Uvita.
Thank you Michele! We hope to meet again!

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Liked best: location in jungle
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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Management Response
Feb 14, 2016
Thank you for the kind words. It was my pleasure to spend some time getting to know you. I love it when my guests get excited about frogs, bugs, bats and those prolific cicadas. Stay in touch, and I hope our paths cross again in the near future. Pura vida!
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jimmyfair...
London, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Amazing Experience ”
Reviewed February 7, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We stayed just under a week at Casa Uvita. In short it was a amazing experience. Michelle was very accommodating and helpful. We had planned to stay in Manuel Antonio however the accommodations we had booked closed shop and we were stranded. Michelle was very helpful in helping us find alternative accommodations while in Manuel Antonio.
Staying at Casa Uvita was magical. From the waterfalls to the daily visits by toucans,parrots and monkeys we were amazed and humbled to be in the heart of such a unique environment. Also, Michelle was very helpful in us seeing some endangered scarlet macaws!
I would highly recommend this off grid experience to everyone.

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Management Response
Feb 8, 2016
It was such a pleasure to have fellow nature-lovers here at Casa Uvita. I enjoyed our scarlet macaw adventure on bikes! Thank you for supporting what we are trying to promote here at Casa Uvita. Pura vida!
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Wallyswor...
Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Delivered on all counts!”
Reviewed January 13, 2016 for a stay in January 2016

Humbling to live in a part of the world with such acoustic beauty.....
Despite the early wake up calls of the Howlers, having an afternoon nap by the pool made up for it!. A sloth sighting along with the Toucan party were amazing but the cocktail hour announcement of the howlers made us all smile. Michele is a most gracious host, along with Carlos and Argentina made our stay as they say..... Pura Vita!
Thank you for much a lovely visit!

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Liked best: The noise,the wildlife, and ambience of the home!
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 13, 2016
Your visit was too short! Thanks so much for your flexibility when a house off the grid doesn't work perfectly. You hung in there and were rewarded with the toucan party, sunset howlers, and closeups of two sloths. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Pura vida!
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