There’s something for everyone at this vacation home rental in Costa Rica — with enough space for up to 20 guests to get a little lost. A retreat set among the trees of the forest, it boasts cool design by internationally-renowned architect Charly Wittock, elegant Balinese furnishings, and stellar ocean views.
The property offers guests the opportunity to separate and to congregate in equal measure. There are five bungalows with separate sleeping quarters. But the main building is the place to gather, with its large indoor-outdoor living room and vast, comfy sofas, plus a media room with flatscreen TV. There’s also a generously-equipped gourmet kitchen and a dining room with a long hardwood table that sits 14.
Each of the bungalows is a distinct space, with warm hardwood interiors, canopy beds and large windows that allow breezes to waft through. One bungalow is perfectly suited to a family – one bedroom has a king bed, the other has bunk beds and a twin. Another bungalow is tucked away, with stunning views of the winding mangrove swamps and the rich green hillsides, making it the ideal location for couples and honeymooners.
Each bungalow has a porch with Balinese day bed and massage table, an open-air heated shower, optional air conditioning, safe, mini-refrigerator, and entry lock. Extra services available include massage, yoga tuition, private chef and surf lessons.
The house is located minutes from the town of Tamarindo, which is well-known for its lively nightlife and surfing. There are great local markets on Saturdays, as well as some of the region’s best restaurants and nightclubs. There is an American-style supermarket one minute from the property.
The coast boasts strong surf, making beaches like Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta great for surfing. (Ask the owners about surf classes.) The region is part of the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste. To the north, Playa Grande is a nesting site for large leatherback turtles, and the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge in the estuary is a protected zone for animals like howler monkeys and crocodiles.
Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rico. Nearest airport: Daniel Oduber in Liberia (65km, 1hr by car); Juan Santamaría International in San Jose (246km, 4.5hrs; or 45mins by airplane to Tamarindo airport, which is 5mins from house).
BEST TIME TO VISIT: November to May
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