'Shelter From the Storm' is a group of 2 houses and the owner's residence, perched on a five acre mountainside point, approximately 60 meters above the Pacific Ocean; high enough to give dramatic views (think Big Sur in California) of the coastline to the Osa Peninsula but low enough to hear the waves breaking on the rocks below. Perfect for family reunions or group vacations, Shelter from the storm consists of two luxurious villas and a charming efficiency apartment tucked into the jungle and oriented to maximize privacy while allowing for the 'outside living' so popular in this part of the world. Pricing is for Villa la Cuesta Villa las Rocas is slightly more. Although not necessary to rent all of the villas, It is cheaper to rent our entire complex than many four bedroom villas in the area.
Villa Las Rocas, designed as a two level, two bedroom, two bath with separate entrances to accommodate two to six people. The lower unit, Baja Las Rocas sleeps two in a luxurious suite with a kitchenette and private patio with an outstanding ocean view. The upper unit, Las Rocas Arriba, sleeps two in a king-size bed in the bedroom with room for another two in the queen-size murphy bed in the indoor salon.
Villa La Cuesta is a one bedroom/one bath home with Murphy-bed and will accommodate two to four people. If your group is larger, an additional luxury studio apartment (The Monkey House) is available to sleep 2 people. All residences exhibit locally handcrafted custom hardwood windows, doors, furniture, cabinetry, throughout.
Just TWO MINUTES off the beautiful paved coastal highway and less than ten minutes to Dominical to the north, or Uvita to the south, 'Shelter from the Storm' offers the peace and privacy you expect on your tropical vacation but near enough to the nightlife, abundant restaurants, shopping and recreation facilities to satisfy even the most active traveler.
We would be happy to assist in booking horseback rides along the beach or to beautiful waterfalls, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing trips, zip-line rides, canopy tours, birdwatching tours, or hiking at Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge. A relaxing massage or gourmet dinner can also be booked in the privacy of your villa. Rental car pick-up at the airport can also be arranged if so desired.
All of the villas enjoy fresh ocean breezes during the day and even cooler mountain breezes every night, although all have air-conditioning and ceiling fans in every room.
All residences include kitchen facilities and all electrical appliances, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, internet access (bring your laptop,) Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, and CD players with a library of hundreds of discs available.
Why travel all over the country to search for wildlife when, from our living room we see not only monkeys (both howlers and white face) but, also sloths, coati, beautiful butterflies, and dozens of species of birds including hummingbirds, toucans, toucanet, parrots, soaring falcons and of course, pelicans.
Cast your gaze to the ocean to see passing dolphins and during migrating season (November to March) it is not unusual to see whales breaching in Coronado Bay.
We are located within ten minutes of at least five pristine beaches from the world class surf breaks of Playa Dominical to virtually deserted stretches of Playa Hermosa to the protected waters of Playa Ballena, probably the most perfect swimming beach on the Pacific coast. Or, if you prefer, enjoy relaxing around the ocean view pool lounging on our locally handcrafted teak outdoor furniture.
Take advantage of our spacious bamboo covered bar/barbeque rancho area with huge stainless steel gas grill, stereo, honor bar, refrigerator, bathroom, full dining facilities, reading library,hammocks and extensive video library and Direct TV satellite television.
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Pura Vida, Donna & Daryl
Keywords: 2 Houses & 1 Studio Apartment
Although Shelter From The Storm was originally intended to be a winter retreat from our life in the States, a fire in 1999 that destroyed our motor home (along with everything we owned in the States) prompted us to decide to stay here and retire early, albeit with insufficient resources. At the same time, the Costa Rican government decided to open the southern zone to tourism by paving the coast road and bringing in electricity to our remote corner of the world. Things started to change quickly. Our “retirement” came to an abrupt end with the bursting of the 'tech bubble' and the precipitous drop in our retirement funds along with a government raid on our 'off shore investment house' (think Bernie Madoff) left us with the need to 'go to plan B.'
With most of our retirement money gone and our only significant asset being four mountainside acres with the most incredible views in the world, it was decided that we had to develop our property and share our good fortune with the world.
Knowing nothing about the 'hospitality business' we just tried to think of what we would want in the perfect vacation and decided to provide everything based on that.
As it turns out, three years later, we did everything right! We have filled our days with productive activity, pleased hundreds of people and live a life that anyone would love.
Donna and I (Daryl) bought our property in the winter of 1993 while on off season leave from our jobs with the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus (more about that when we meet.)
we found ourselves at 'the end of the earth' with no roads, no electricity, one phone in the village and the most amazing ocean views we had ever seen, we decided right then to buy a piece of this paradise as our escape from the madness of the developed world and to retreat from the seemingly capricious changes rapidly overtaking society. It didn't work.
It seems that an area of such breathtaking beauty and remarkable biodiversity is not allowed to remain a secret forever.Although not originally purchased to build a 'rental,' Shelter From the Storm has always been a a refuge from the madness. From our first visit to the property wearing boots and cutting our way in with machetes, we were filled with such an inner peace that there was left no doubt that we had found 'nirvana.' The gentle roar of the the waves breaking on the rocks below and the chatter of the capuchin monkeys passing overhead told us that our traveling days were over.
When staying at Shelter From the Storm, you will enjoy the benefit of our presence; unobtrusive but available. If there is something that you find that you need we are there to provide it. If there is something that doesn't work just right, we are there to make it right. If you would like to know where to eat, what tours to take (and which ones NOT to take) where to get groceries, medicines, dental care or have your rental car towed out of a mud bog, we are there. We are housekeeping, concierge, maintenance, room service and tour guide. We have combined the privacy and luxury of private residences with the services of the finest hotels in the world. Like 'W' Hotels, we have adopted the motto, 'Whatever you want; whenever you want it.'