Submitted: March 23, 2010
Stayed: February 2009
My husband and I had the opportunity to go to Casa Elsa with some friends. It is truly an engaging and magical place.
Upon arriving at the house we entered into the splendor of Casa Elsa and the Costa Rican rainforest. We were welcomed by our tour guide with plenty of cheer and information of the local area. As soon as she left, I recall looking at my husband and friends. We were all giddy in disbelief of our good fortune. Imagine, popping open a bottle of Champagne and toasting with your friends, all while sitting beside the Infinity pool beside your kitchen! Since it was dark when we arrived, we did not even know that the best was yet to come.
I awoke early to the sounds of the rainforest. While still lying in my bed, I looked out the wall of my bedroom to see the jungle waiting. Yes I did say wall – an entire wall facing the jungle was a glass sliding door. This is camping luxury style! Inspired to check it all out, I made my way through Casa Elsa.
Wow. While the house sparkles in the evening, daylight is when it shines. The ocean face is completely open with 3 levels which range from the lower forest, to mid-forest, and finally to the top floor with a stunning view of the rainforest canopy and ocean. Casa Elsa makes one feel as they live in the forest all while sitting in the lap of luxury. The vast amount of wildlife just metres away was astonishing. Monkeys, sloths, birds, iguanas, and NO bugs! Nature’s entertainment was always on display to fascinate us all.
It was hard to actually leave the house, but the local beach was worth it. You can have both solitude and a bustling beach experience. The beach is not overly crowded and offers everything you might want – umbrellas and chairs, small restaurants along the beach, stands to buy trinkets, parasailing, kayaking, boogieboarding, etc….
Our trip was amazing and inspired. Casa Elsa was large enough to allow us the luxury of spending time with our friends around the pool, having group dinners prepared in house by a local chef (very reasonable), enjoying the scenery and rainforest, and also have some alone time. Casa Elsa is a little part of paradise. We speak of our trip often and all dream of our return. Magic lasts!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
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