Get away from it all, no tourists, no stress, a REAL vacation...
Submitted: January 20, 2012
Stayed: October 2010
I'm not even sure I knew what a vacation was, until my visit to Casa Aloha.
Casa Aloha is situated inside a private gated community, with only a smattering of beautiful homes spread out through winding brick roads in a lush rainforest. The house itself sits at the very top of the development, with gorgeous views of the untouched valley below. Woke up at sunrise one morning to find the valley sunken into a thick fog - it was surreal! Sunsets at the beach were equally amazing; you think, once you've seen one, you've seen them all, but this was just breathtaking.
We spent almost the entire week in the infinity pool, watching for toucans and parrots and monkeys, listening to the animals and good music (and nothing else, no one else around!) We made it to the beach once or twice every day to collect shells (so many amazing shells!) and play in the fun surf, and look for monkeys and sloths and parrots (whole flocks of scarlet macaws!) The beach is literally right down the hill, about five minutes.
The house is furnished wonderfully, the owners really have a taste for quality pieces, and everything is oversized and so comfortable, but, really, the pool overlooking the rainforest steals the show. They thought of everything - the kitchen is fully stocked for the most experienced cook, the linens are top notch, the living and dining areas suitable for intimate dinners or impromptu cocktail parties. The hammocks in the tiki hut area are the perfect napping spot during the day.
We had dinner at Almindros (I hope I am spelling this right) twice, I think, and it was just amazing each time. One of those hole-in-the-wall gems that you would not find unless someone told you about it, this place is just enchanting and so is the food.
I also had an infant with me, and the owner was able to make arrangements for a crib and baby-proofing. He had a fabulous time and I hope to take him back soon!
I have not stayed anywhere else in Costa Rica, so I can't fairly compare, but we did visit a couple of other vacation areas on day trips, and were so relieved to get back to our retreat in the rainforest, away from the crowds, tourists, and noise. Casa Aloha is absolutely pristine, and truly made the vacation.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities,
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