Enjoyable Stay at Estilo de Vida
Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids) stayed for 5 nights at Estilo de Vida. We really enjoyed the home and property. The house was extremely clean and well maintained.
The kitchen had everything you need for a long stay. Plenty of pots and pans, cooking utensils, etc. The large stainless steal refrigerator had an automatic ice and water dispenser (crushed was great for making frozen drinks with the blender!) was great.
The beds were very comfortable. It was nice to be able to run the A/C in the master bedroom at night. The other 2 bedrooms did not have A/C, but were equipped with fans. It may have been hot for me, but my 6 year old did not complain. During the day we kept the house comfortable running the fans and keeping the windows and doors open. It wasnt too hot at all. The master bath is amazing! A giant open shower with rain head and even a tub, which is a rarity in Costa Rica. There is another half bath downstairs and a full bath up. We all just used the master, since it was so nice.
We spent most of our time in the outdoor space. The pool is large and very deep. The jacuzzi tub is only cold water, but that is really all you want in the jungle heat. We made use of the gas grill to cook some great fresh snapper we picked up at a local fish market. You have a nice ocean and river view from the jacuzzi. We also saw a wide variety of birds and animals without leaving the property. Toucans were daily visitors, as was a coati and morpho butterflies. We heard howler monkeys every day, and did catch a glimpse of them. The house truly is right the middle of the jungle! Biting insects were not bad at the house, I assume due to the altitude. Down by the beach the heat and insects are much worse. Now, there are insects, this is the jungle after all, just not the biting type. We kept the doors closed at night to keep them out of the house. The home is completely private and up a long driveway
My only criticisms would be that the house is very sparsely furnished. It worked for us with two young children (less to worry about), but some may find it a bit sterile. No artwork, decorative items, the dining table was a patio set, no coffee table. It would also be nice to provide a binder with area information, provide candles and flashlights in case of power outage (we had one for a few hours). These are small things, but could make a difference for guests.
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back in the future!
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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