Michael Solinger - Owner

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, TV Lounge/Sofa - Sleeps 6-10 - Massage Cabina

When you want privacy, Villa Casa Blanca allows a completely private sanctuary just for you, your family and friends - and with the most amazing views stretching from the Cabo Blanco National Park to Samara Beach.

Casa Blanca is certainly one of the most desirable houses in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa with a magnificent 22 meter infinity pool, outdoor BBQ/Dining patio, Massage/Yoga Cabin, Private Patio Gardens throughout... and WIFI throughout with Hi Speed Satellite Internet.

Whether you want to swim laps or just drift in the pool, you will enjoy the serenity and quiet - with the sound of nature at your doorstep.

Casa Blanca is a very modern two-story house with four spacious bedrooms (all with views to die for) and three exquisite, Italian-tiled bathrooms - all the modern conveniences and designer touches.

This modern house is just 1/2 km (5 minutes) from the Mar Azul Beach perched on the hilltop allowing you total tranquility with the most breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. Walk up to the third story Roof Terrace (complete with mini-bar) where you can sit and watch the monkeys and reach up and touch the fluffy clouds gently flowing overhead - and at night pluck the stars from the sky.

The House: Please see the website listing for photos and movie and also see us on We were one of the feature houses for 2012 in Central/South America for the design - and we are very proud of our architects. Or also see the video posted by our client on

The Area: Mal Pais has a wonderful private Swedish Beach nestled quietly next to the Cabo Blanca National Park Entrance. So, if you want to find that secluded beach, this is the place to go.

Just nearby is the Mal Pais Fishing Village where you can either get a boat and go fishing yourself or simply enjoy that catches of the day.... very fresh and tasty and the fishermen will prepare your fish for you.

There are plenty of local restaurants and grocery stores (about 6 - 8 pending season) to choose from. We also have an Organic Market every Saturday afternoon at Playa Carmen.

And of course the beaches are the best in Costa Rica (voted recently by Trip Advisor). Long, empty stretches of beaches with the best waves for beginners to intermediates. There are fantastic natural tide pools where you can relax and enjoy the warm waters of Costa Rica in peace.

The dining experience of the area ranges from typical Tico food to very special restaurants that serve a fantastic variety of cuisine. We can provide you with a complete list of restaurants in the area.

Activities: You will find an endless amount of things to choose from: Surfing, Swimming, Yoga, Paddle Boarding, Massage, Tai Chai, Capoiera, Hiking in the National Park, Zip Lining above the Montezuma Waterfalls, cliff diving at the Waterfalls, Tortuga Island where you can snorkel and scuba dive, fishing (fantastic and amazing fish), and much, much more.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • smoking allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
What a great experience thanks to Eduardo and his family. Too easy to live the real Pura Vida. Hard to go back! What else to say?

Big thanks Phil and Fred

March 30 -31, 2011

What a great experience. Guillaume and Kellie
Mar 2011
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Michael Solinger - Owner

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I work in the film industry between London and Los Angeles. Mal Pais attracted me after one visit. The peacefulness, the people, the ocean vistas, the long empty beaches... and the list goes on.

Mal Pais became the obvious choice to escape from work and enter into a paradise where one can reconnect with oneself and enjoy life without the daily stresses of living in a major city.

Michael Solinger - Owner purchased this villa in 2008

The moment I stepped onto the 'plantel', I knew this was it. With amazing ocean vistas, cool breezes, located just next to the National Park. I wanted to find a location that wouldn't be overtaken by future developments, that would retain the beauty of the jungle, that would respect nature whilst building something eco-friendly.

I wanted to create an oasis of paradise with amazing vistas.... and to create a modern, clean home with simple use of concrete and glass (the sea element is harsh on buildings as are termites). So, we created a very clean and modern structure which emphasized the views of the Pacific Ocean and the Cabo Blanco National Park. Beyond that, we wanted to create a home for visitors that would offer all modern conveniences (screen doors, sealed rooms, air-con, modern appliances, fantastic lighting).... and a 22m Lap Pool to exercise, and a Massage/Yoga Cabina to escape. We extended the garden so that those who stay with us can escape to private areas and enjoy the sound of the waves, the sound of the jungle - and the many animals and birds.

Sun, sea, pool, views, beaches! What more :) This Villa give you complete tranquility with amazing vistas in your own private Paradise. It offers you a kitchen/dining environment overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It's a great place to cook, enjoy friends and views. There are many places on the grounds to escape to (Massage Cabina, Lower Garden, Private Jungle Garden, Nature Trail and more).

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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THE BEST VIEW OF THE PACIFIC - Modern, Luxury and totally Private Villa
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THE BEST VIEW OF THE PACIFIC - Modern, Luxury and totally Private Villa
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  • 5 of 5
We have just spent a week feeling like millionaires at the gorgeous Casa Blanca. From the moment you arrive you feel at home. Everything you need has been thought of. The outside area is incredible with a huge infinity pool, sun lounges and shaded hammock. You have complete privacy with a breathtaking view of the pacific. You can watch lizards and birds hop from trees to tree and hear the waves crashing on the beach. The rest of the house is designed perfectly with a fully stocked kitchen, ice machine and all the mod cons you need. We cooked a lot at the house, mainly to ensure we ate healthy, to save money but also just to make use of such a nice kitchen. In the evening we would curl up on the comfy couch and watch movies in the cinema room and then fall asleep in the huge king bed. The photos of this place really don't do it justice, it's truly wonderful. We will most definitely be back in the future and this time we will bring some friends to share in a little piece of paradise.
  • Submitted: May 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to having you back. From all of us at Casa Blanca
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  • 5 of 5
Staying at Casa Blanca is a once in a lifetime experience, I stayed with one other person and we had a beyond fantastic time in the villa and in the surrounding towns of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. The villa was extremely clean and well-equipped. The view of the jungle and the ocean is truly awe inspiring and seeing it in the morning while making breakfast through the open glass from the kitchen was an uplifting, beautiful start to every day of our vacation. The information and service from the hosts and caretaker was exceptional, incredibly helpful. Would recommend having a sturdy vehicle for getting up to the villa. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello. Thanks to both of you for the reviews and comments. We loved having you and hope you do come back to Mal Pais again to enjoy this bit of paradise.... truly unspoilt. Thanks from all of us at Casa Blanca
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  • 5 of 5
This palace is the perfect place to enjoy the magic of Costa Rica.

First of all, Malpais is my absolutely favorite part os Costa Rica! The locals are friendly, food is delicious and the surf is amazing. So, you're already off to a good start.

This house blew me away. The view was unparalleled. You could lounge in the infinity pool as you watch the sunset overlooking the jungle. Every room was open and airy. There was every amenity you could ever need in the villa and the house manager was extremely helpful when we arrived. It's so private that you feel like you're on a retreat when you're there. Staying in this house definitely MADE my vacation and I couldn't imagine staying anywhere else!

The listing certainly doesn't do this villa justice. It's 100x more awe-inspiring in person. Everything was clean, organized and well-maintained. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone traveling to Malpais!
  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello :) Thanks for staying with us and we will always look forward to your return. All the best from everyone at Casa Blanca.
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San Francisco, California


  • 5 of 5
Arriving at Villablanca after a long journey from California, we were tired and stressed. One step into this beautiful house and all of that was gone. We were greeted by the caretaker, who showed us room by room all of the features and special things about this spectacular place. And it truly is spectacular. The owner has thought of everything to make a stay here as relaxing and luxurious as possible. One of the locals referred to it as the 'James Bond' house and we certainly felt like we were on a movie set. The furnishings and architecture make you just want to wander around taking in the beauty of it. Set on a steep hill with a fantastic view of the ocean, we awoke each morning to a cacophony of birds and animals. With all of its glass windows, Villablanca is perfect for sitting back, enjoying the view and taking in all of the best that Costa Rica has to offer. The kitchen is completely stocked with top quality equipment. Every corner of every area of the property has a little something special - from the beautiful decor of the bathrooms, outdoor showers, to the relaxing wooden deck with its hammock where you can watch the sunset, do yoga or just sit and be. The owners provided all sorts of recommendations for fishing trips, secret beaches, and nearby grocery stores and restaurants. This is truly a special place and we can't wait to go back.
  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure! Can't wait to have you and Dan back..... xxx Mike and JC
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  • 5 of 5
Well, this was my second trip to the villa, fourth trip overall to the Mal Pais area. I honestly can't say enough good things about the house, the owners, and the caretakers.

The house is absolutely beautiful. Even though I'd stayed before, walking in the door this last time still took my breath away. The pool, the ocean--everything. The house follows a modern design aesthetic, but at the same time is welcoming and comfortable. I've already decided that if I ever build a custom home, the floor plan will be identical (sorry, Michael :) If you think the pictures are beautiful, the effect in real life is even more stunning. I will continue to visit as long as they let me :)

As far as the Mal Pais area--there's a reason this is my fourth year visiting the town. Great character, great people, great beaches/surfing, fabulous restaurants (Koji's, Caracoles, Colour Café, The Bakery, and so on....). You don't feel like you're in a resort town (it helps that there's only one dirt road in and out of town :)

I'd love to keep the villa and town as my secret, but I hope everyone has as special a time as I always have.
  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Joanie :) We will always keep our door open to you and help you with any of your plans to come back. We continue to maintain the highest level of comfort and care for our clients... and it's been a joy to have you back again and again.... and hopefully again. Mx
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Los Angeles


  • 5 of 5
We booked Casa Blanca for my 40th on recommendations from a friend who lives locally and they could not have made a better suggestion. Honestly, the minute we walked in the door everyone's jaw just about hit the floor. I believe the comments started something like this; "You have got to be kidding. We're staying here? For two weeks? Oh, it's on!" All kidding aside, this has got to be one of the best properties in the area. Mike, you have pulled together an absolutely amazing home. Originally we questioned whether or not we wanted to be that far out of town (1.5KM), but after a day or two, we were so happy we made that decision. All details were very well thought out, from the overall design of the home, to the surround sound, movie room, rooftop patio, pool, etc. Top that off with unbelievable views and no neighbors, what else could you ask for? We simply can't say enough.

Our next couple of weeks were blessed with uncrowded overhead surf each morning, followed by some sort of afternoon adventure; horseback riding, quads, ziplining, hiking, beach days, etc. For those who plan on coming down, here are a few suggestions for your trip:

- Go for a surf with Jobbie. Just go into town. You'll find his shop near the crossroads. One of the best humans on the planet.

- Zip line in Mal pais, rather than Montezuma. The lines are longer and the guys were more fun. Less touristy.

- Go hike to the waterfall in Montezuma.

- Go horseback riding with Veronica or Pabro from Sapoa Adventures. Actually, do anything with these two for that matter. They are amazing people. Our girls (ages 8 & 12) couldn't stop talking about them.

- Buy fresh fish (from the local fishman's village down the road) for the bbq or ceviche.

- Eat, at least once, at the following places - Koji's (sushi), The Bakery (Breakfast), Brisas del Mar (Breakfast or Dinner), Las Piedras (Dinner), Ritmo Tropical (Dinner), Mary's (Dinner), Playa de los artistas (evening drinks), Ylang Ylang (evening drinks). Finally, Habaneros sucks!!! (For what it's worth) Don't go there. They get the spotlight for the worst service, worst drinks and most overpriced meal of our trip.

On a final note... Mike, thank you for being so easy to work with. We will absoluetly be back down to join you again. This has been one of the best family trips which we've taken and we have built memories which will last a lifetime.
  • Submitted: May 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
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Car: necessary

Mal Pais is located next to Cabo Blanca Nature Reserve at the edge of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula. This area is truly unique for the nature reserve, the beautiful beaches and the fantastic waves. THIS IS PARADISE like you've never seen before! Villa Casa Blanca is very private and situated without any neighbors which will make your stay truly special, relaxed and undisturbed.

We have all the modern conveniences you'll want in a Jungle Paradise by the sea: air-conditioning, fully equipped and professional kitchen, the most amazing caretaker (he's our brother in law and family), Eduardo, and our housekeeper (his wife), Lourdes. You''ll be totally looked after as if it were you're own home away from home.

Our goal is to make you relax and feel totally safe in our Villa which has the most amazing views of anyone in Mal Pais.

So, relax and unwind with us at Villa Casa Blanca. Total Privacy!

Other Activities: Surfing, Yoga, Tai Chi, Zip Lines, Fishing, Snorkeling, Jet Ski, Waterfalls, Scuba Diving, Horeseback Riding, Nature Trails and much, much more :) There are many retreats on offer in this part of the Nicoya... and surfing or playing in the waves is a must along the 10 miles of pristine beaches with the best surf in all Costa Rica.

Golf: The is a Golf Course in Tambor (approx. 45 minutes drive from the Villa).

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Availability & Rates


Mal Pais Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
May 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
Wet Season
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
Dry Season
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 14 2014
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Dec 15 2014 - Jan 5 2015
5 night minimum stay
Dry Season
Jan 6 2015 - Apr 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Notes 1) Reservations cancelled up to 90 days prior 95% percent refund.
2) Reservations cancelled within 90 days to 60 days prior 50% percent refund.
3) Reservations cancelled within 60 days to 30 25% percent refund.
4) Reservations cancelled 30 days or less - NO REFUND
There will be a 3% surcharge for US Credit Cards, 6% for Credit Cards Outside the US, or $40 wire transfer charges per transfer.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Mal Pais Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Romantic
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Dialup Access ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • ISDN Access
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Water Cooler
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sofa Bed
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Safe
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , TV Lounge/4th Bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , TV Lounge/4th Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Guest Room - Sea and Jungle View - Rain Shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bedroom - Rain Shower (3 jets) and very large
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Master Bathroom Outdoor Shower! Sunset View!
  • The bathrooms are equipped with Rain Showers and very modern in design. All are tiled with beautiful italian Bisazza tiles - each with it's own feeling: Earth, Sun and Water. All rooms have linen basket, beach towels, baths/hand towels and more!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Sunset Views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sunset Views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Jungle View
    Massage/Yoga Cabina - Sunset Views
    Bed 4/TV Lounge - 1 sleep sofa /futon , TV Lounge with Large Sofa Bed
  • The Master Bedroom and Sea View Room have fantastic views over the Ocean towards the sunset. The Jungle View Room faces the amazing Nature Reserve Cabo Blanco with the most amazing jungle view across the jungle valley. Lower Bedroom has access to pool and back patio with private toilet. Large Sofa Bed. All bedrooms have large Super King or Queen Bed and are equipped with TV and DVD with the Master Bedroom with Sky Cable and Apple TV. The rooms all are air-conditioned with hidden systems that keep the air cool but the noise out. All rooms are hermetically seals windows with floor to ceiling windows.
  • Video Games
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • snorkeling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
The house is a very modern house with purified water throughout. All rooms have magnificent views to the ocean and jungle. The design of the house is modern with wood flooring, bisazza tiles and glass folding windows so that the house feels open to the elements or closed without loosing the view. The 22m Infinity Lap Pool provides great exercise for those who want to swim laps or simply to relax whilst watching the whales or the sunset. There is a Palm Thatched Massage/Yoga Cabina overlooking the Pacific Ocean nestled away from the house at the end of the Infinity Pool. Another great place to get away and enjoy the cool Pacific breezes - mediate, practice yoga or have a massage at the house at Sunset.
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