|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Brand New ocean view villa with a beautiful bay view and a 7 minute walk to Dominicalito beach. You can hear the ocean from this mountain-side villa and enjoy the breeze from aloft! The Costa Rican wildlife is abundant, especially in the morning when the birds are singing. It is not uncommon to spot a tucan or other wildlife while sitting under the palapa next to your private pool.
Each bedroom (located on the lower level) has a queen size bed , a balcony and it's own bathroom with his/her sinks (one bathroom has a shower/tub and the other just a shower). The laundry room and a small living area is also on the lower level. The upper level consists of the kitchen, dining/living area and half bath...and don't forget the views, views, views! The wrap-around balcony and patio (complete with pool) is right outside the sliding doors on the upper level.
WiFi is available!!
Maid service is once a week and included with your stay.
Also, if you are renting a vehicle, it is advised that you rent a 4WD. The villa sits on a steep hill and most of the roads off the main highway are unpaved. Therefore, a 4WD would be best.
We are a busy family with four kids. We live in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. My husband and I work in property management for our family company. We are very proud of all of our properties but this one is our 'baby'. Of course, the kids love it, too! We bought it as an investment property and hope to use it as our second home some day. We vacation there when we can with the kids or without. We hope to make many memories at our little Villa Vista Encantada(villa with the enchanted view)!
Brittany Hudson purchased this villa in 2006
We chose Dominical after looking into Mexico, Belize and down the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica because of the 'surf' town and affordability. It really reminded me of Lahaina, Maui 30 years ago. It is very 'untouched'. You won't find a McDonald's in Dominical...at least not yet.
You can walk to Dominicalito beach in about 7 minutes and also explore the area and walk to one of the local 'swimming pools'(it's a small waterfall/pool nearby). Our management company, Costa del Sol, is located right down the road from Canto del Mar. Dave or Deb will be happy to make your reservation\ and can also help with rental cars, excursions, and tours. We love to wake up to our wonderful view and hang out on the patio in the morning. We have our coffee and watch the birds while the younger ones swim. We eat breakfast at the villa or in town and usually discuss what we are going to do for the day. Some of our favorite things to do are Nauyaca Falls(kid friendly horseback ride), whale watching/snorkel tour, surfing, boogie boarding, exploring the many beaches, going to Manuel Antonio for the day, and finding great places to eat dinner!
This house is perfect for two couples vacationing together. Lots of upstairs living space... both indoors and on the balcony with a gorgeous view. And two bedrooms, two bathrooms and laundry room downstairs. The only slight negative is that the knives in the kitchen are NOT sharp! Ha! We like to cook in our evening meal, but if you dine out that is no problem. Raul, the manager was super. We stayed 10 days and loved every minute...except when we needed to slice tomatoes!
The view from this villa is incredible!! It is conveniently located within walking distance to the beach and short drive to several restaurants in Dominical. Wildlife is abundant as we saw several howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, and toucans in the area. The drive to the villa is steep but on a very well maintained road. The villa needs some minor maintenance. The garbage disposal wasn't working, locks on the sliding glass doors didn't lock, several light bulbs blown inside and outside, dishwasher leaked, and the sink leaked when trying to drain a full sink of water. Overall, a great stay.
For two couples, vacationing together, this house was PERFECT. We enjoyed everything about it. The main living area was spacious with fabulous views of the ocean. We spent a lot of time on the balcony...eating breakfast with GREAT birds, monkeys and usually a nice breeze. The kitchen was adequately equipped for cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner! We used the grill several nights instead of venturing out...very relaxing to have a couple of glasses of wine and not worry about driving! The downstairs bedrooms are very roomy and the double sink bathrooms a big plus! It was also nice to have a washer and dryer. We won't bring so many clothes next year. After a day at the beach or exploring the area, it was wonderful to come home in the late afternoon and cool off in the pool.
This house sits on the highest level of the gated community, which we loved. It is on the corner so it feels as if there are no neighbors. The drive up is a bit steep...but worth it. Walking to the beach is a bit of a challenge but we managed a few times and we are OLD. (It is easy to drive down the hill and the beach entry is just across the road.)
The local manager, Alex, made himself available...but we didn't really need him for anything. Another bonus...we had maid service and a pool cleaner a couple of times a week. They mopped the floor, emptied the trash, cleaned the bathrooms and changed the beds. A pleasant surprise.
We will definitely recommend this house to friends and family...but not until we work out OUR dates to return next year!
Thank you Brittany for such a wonderful house in Costa Rica!
Very nice and confortable house, amazing views, very close for beaches, restaurants and different attractions. I´ll visit again!!!
Important do not forget your 4x4 !
Very nice house, amazing views. House was in good shape. Would visit again or recommend, as long as you have a car that can go up a semi-steep hill, that is not paved.
Thanks for all!
I rely on reviews for booking my vacation rentals so I hope that people write balanced reviews so that's what I'm going to do. I'll start with the positives; wonderful view greets you as you walk into the villa. There is a very spacious floor plan on the main floor. The pool was larger than we expected and we used it a great deal.
Canto del Mar is a gated community with 35 villas. We found it eerie after a while that you don't see anyone. You know people are there - they drive by in their cars and you see lights at night but we only encountered one person to speak to down by the guard house. Walking around is difficult because the road inside is so bad - we walked to the Waterfall and were slipping and sliding down the road - surprised the community association has let the roads get so bad.
The pool area in #25 is not terribly private - a road in front allows drivers view and villa beside has balcony that overlooks pool. You also have to make choices when booking in the area between the convenience of being near the highway or the quiet of being higher up in the hills. Canto del Mar is near highway 34 and you will hear the constant sound of transport trucks zooming along. It slows down a bit at night and then you can hear the surf. We stayed in the Escalera area previous and we preferred the quiet.
villa #25 was pretty clean when we arrived but there were issues during our stay that we reported to the property manager. We felt the owner addressed the personal issues we had. I would say, overall the villa needs some serious maintenance. Twist ties holding shower head in place, some bare wires showing at outside patio lights, fan and dining room fixtures not working, light bulbs out around the place, very bad smell in one of the bathrooms downstairs. Some kitchen cabinet doors don't open. Generally things that won't really impact your vacation but nevertheless you kind of expect more.
we won't stay in Canto del Mar again - we saw other places while there that we think offer better value for money spent.
Explore the many beaches near us like Dominical, Dominicalito, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ballena (Ballena National Park),Playa Ventanas and many more! 10 minute drive to zip lining, 25 minute drive to Nauyaca Falls (this is a great horseback tour! Kid friendly! and includes breakfast and lunch). Manuel Antonio National Park and beaches are only 45 minutes away and a great place to visit for the day. The town of Dominical offers some great little restaurants and shopping and is known for great surfing for both beginners and pros. Also, there are nearby grocery stores, banks and gas stations. There are plenty of sports and activities around to keep you busy or you can just relax at the villa.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan 3 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
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