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Villa Solo Bueno - Jungle Covered Mountain overlooking Pacific Ocean

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2 master bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms, sleeps 5, private plunge pool

Villa Solo Bueno means 'All is Well' and you will see why when you visit our little slice of heaven. Located on the side of a jungle-covered mountain almost every room in our villa has a fabulous view of the Pacific. Immediately adjacent to a green belt on the top tier of the Canto del Mar (Song of the Sea) gated community, it is safe, secure, and rich with wildlife.

Overwhelm your senses. Turn off the a.c. and open the windows and doors. Hear the call of the toucans and howler monkeys. Fall asleep to the sounds of the dink frogs and the waves lapping the shore below. Smell the fragrant aroma of the Ylang Ylang tree, inspiration for Chanel No. 5 perfume. Take a cool dip in your private plunge pool. Have some fun trying to spot our resident three-toed tree sloth, white-faced monkeys or toucans in the trees above – all commonly seen from the patio of our villa.

Area Activities: You will be amazed at the variety of adventure so close at hand. Horse back riding to secluded water falls with breakfast and lunch included; hiking, nature photography; pristine white water rafting on class III and IV rapids where you won't see anyone else all day, includes breakfast and lunch; zip lining through the jungle; ocean kayaking; exploring sea caves; snorkeling; scuba diving; and of course salt water fishing.

If you are a surfer, or wish to try it, we can connect you with surf instructors. The surf at Playa Dominical (4 km north) can get over 10' depending on swell conditions. The surf at Playa Dominicalito, a 10 minute walk down from our villa, is ideal for learning with waves to 5+ ft. depending on swell conditions. Playa Hermosa, located about 10 km south, is also very popular. Boogie boarding is widely enjoyed at these beaches, although the rip tides at Playa Dominical make it unsafe for inexperienced swimmers during low tide.

Area Birding: Costa Rica is only about the size of West Virginia, yet has more than 830 species of birds. If you are a serious birder, Costa Rica is the pinnacle adventure. The owners are life-long birders and can help you with resident guides so that you will spot many of the 350 species in our immediate area. If you are driving to Dominical from San Jose, we can also tell you where you will have a good chance of seeing the Resplendent Quetzal along the way.

One note of caution about Villa Solo Bueno - the Chestnut Billed Toucans might interrupt the occasional siesta as they communicate with each other in the trees above.

Area restaurants : There are dining options in the area to suit every pallet and budget; From funky surfer shacks that serve a great breakfast on the Dominical beach to more upscale French/Canadian, Italian and fresh seafood restaurants serving fabulous fresh food al fresco style. A list of our favorites is kept in the villa for your reference and our on-site concierge can make the reservations, if needed.

More Details

Owner
Catherine or Chuck Lundberg
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Catherine,



Sorry, I did not get back to you earlier.

We just came back from our Costa Rica vacation Sunday night.



I would like to thank you very much for letting us stay in your gorgeous house in Domenicalito. It was the perfect place for us to stay; the house is equipped with everything you could possibly need and it is in great condition. We enjoyed the beautiful view, the daily cleaned pool, friendly staff, the sloth in the tree, monkeys, birds, and other wild life, local food as well as the great beaches. My kids loved boogie boarding ad were catching waves until their tummies hurt.



We had a wonderful, relaxed time and hope to come back one day.

Hopefully you and your family had a great trip to Europe and enjoyed your stay there.



Best,

Kristin
Jul 2014
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Amenities

Dominical Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , double sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , double sinks
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , single sink
  • En suite bathrooms attached to each master bedrooms provide privacy; perfect for families or two vacationing couples. Each has a double sink, marble counters, natural stone full showers with shower heads than will remind you of a soothing tropical rain shower. Additional half bath is located upstairs on the main floor near kitchen and front entrance.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Interior room - Daybed
  • Villa has two master bedrooms on the lower floor. Each master bedroom has a private balcony overlooking the Pacific ocean and en suite bath. Adjacent room includes a daybed, suitable for a child under 60 inches in height. 400-600 thread count sheets in master bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Villa Solo Bueno has everything you need for a pleasurable Costa Rican holiday, from a fully equipped kitchen (down to the cork screw) to a full size washer and dryer. Home sound system allows you to listen to your own music throughout the villa and patio. Leave on a day of high adventure and come home to a lovely, peaceful, villa. Housekeeping is included. Concierge can secure private chef or cook for an additional charge. For fun and relaxation, grab our boogie boards and head for the beach below. An assortment of dvd's are available for viewing on the large flat screen TV as well as a variety of games and books for reading on the patio, IF you are able to tear your eyes away from the gorgeous views of the Pacific ocean. The on-site concierge service will insure that Villa Solo Bueno is ready for your arrival and is available to help plan your horsebackriding, white water rafting, scuba diving (seasonal), hiking, or whale watching (seasonal) trips.

Reviews

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Villa Solo Bueno - Jungle Covered Mountain overlooking Pacific Ocean
average rating of 4.888889 based on 29 reviews
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Very musty/moldy

  • 3 of 5

The villa had incredible ocean views! We really enjoyed our outside time at this villa...and our son loved the pool. The villa was very musty/moldy smelling to the point that we had to air our suitcases/clothing out when we returned home. The villa was not equipped with soap for showers, dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels etc. We were very disappointed that after traveling 14 hrs to get to the villa, we had to venture out the next morning to provide these things for the villa. When we asked the management company in charge if it was our responsibility to stock the villa, we were given 2 rolls of toilet paper. So frustrating and unacceptable. Furthermore, although being told when we checked in that the owner preferred the guests used the bottle water provided for drinking, we were not alerted to the risks of using the tap water to brush our teeth or wash fruit /vegetables as the water coming out of the faucets was untreated RIVER water!!!! As a result, we all ended up sick. Furthermore, we booked the villa based on it having daily maid service. That did not happen, we had to go to the office and coordinate cleanings (we were told we were only scheduled for 3 cleanings in 12 days by the management company). We love the Dominical area and plan to return, just not to this villa unfortunately.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is indeed a huge disappointment to read our first unhappy review. We truly treasure the phone calls, emails and notes of appreciation from guests who share they experienced one of the best vacations of their lives while staying in our villa. Indeed, we enjoy a high percentage of return guests each year. We corresponded a few times prior to your trip and had you let us know of your disappointment during your stay, we would have corrected any issues immediately. We were only an email away. I was glad you wrote the bottled water was brought to your attention by Raul, your concierge. Our community runs on well water, which we drink and cook with routinely. Occasionally, a pump breaks or the demand from guests in other villas, accustomed to a limitless supply of piped city water, overwhelms our limited supply of well water. For this reason, we supply bottled water for our guests. Villa Solo Bueno enjoys daily maid service Monday through Friday and this service is included in our rate, not as an additional charge. Housekeeping replaces toilet paper and paper towels in addition to general housekeeping duties during their visits. Our property management company indicated you did not wish to have daily maid service when you checked in. They confirmed the maids were low on paper supplies when they serviced the villa, but that management later delivered these items. We have a cache of toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap) in the maid’s closet, restocked during our February stay, 3 weeks prior to your arrival. I cannot explain why these were not set out for your family or why the villa was musty. Dominical is a tropical location, but your visit was in the dry season, our a.c. units are operational and the villa was not musty during our February stay. Thank you for your kind words over the phone on our view, the quality of linens, the plunge pool, Raul’s courtesy toward you and the beauty of the Dominical area. It is indeed a very lovely spot. We are very sorry your time there did not meet your expectations.
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5

Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and Villa Solo Bueno was spectacular. Great house, pool, patio and balcony. Monkeys and other wild life to see all around the house. Binder in the house was very helpful, educating us about the house and many things to do in the area. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A beautiful view and very clean villa

  • 5 of 5

The villa was perfect in every way. It is located in a quiet, gated community with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean on both floors, and two hummingbird feeders that are almost constantly visited by all sizes and colors of hummingbirds! The entire villa was very clean and well-maintained. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans, utensils, coffee pot, coffee grinder, and cleaning products. The living room is complete with TV, DVD player, several DVDs, and there is free wifi in all rooms. The bedrooms are located down tiled stairs below the kitchen, half bath, and living room. The beds were very comfortable and each bedroom had its own remote-controlled air conditioner that quickly cooled the room. Each bedroom has its own large bathroom. The master bathroom has a large walk-in shower and long countertop with two sinks. There is a large area between the two bedrooms that includes a small day bed, a long built-in desk top and closet filled with extra supplies. The washer and dryer worked well and included washing detergent. During our 5-day stay in Dominical, we enjoyed eating at PorQueNo! and the Phat Noodle trailer. We enjoyed strolling through the shops and markets in downtown Dominical, and drinking fresh coconut water right out of the coconut! We loved touring Hacienda Baru, the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (complete with monkeys, a sloth, and a mimicking parrot that made us cry from laughing so hard!), and the Rainforest Spice Farm where learned how vanilla beans, cacao beans and cinnamon is grown and harvested, along with countless other spice trees, such as the peppercorn and various pepper plants. The more adventurous in our group enjoyed white-water rafting. I highly recommend the Villa Solo Bueno and hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolutely stunning!

  • 5 of 5

When you look at a picture showing the view from the patio you might remark something like, "amazing" however, pictures just can not begin to captivate the true feelings you have as you look out over this view. I kept staring, hoping to imprint the view on my minds eye the so I would never forget the emotion this view evokes. Not only is the view outside stimulating but the small details inside make you feel very much at Home. Catherine Lundberg has put her heart and sole into making this place into a home in paradise. This is a place I would retunr to over and over again!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A Dream Location

  • 5 of 5

Villa Solo Bueno was exactly what I was hoping for. The description on the website, the pictures and the reviews all pointed to a beautiful villa with an amazing view in a quiet community. Check, check, check. But when we first opened the front door and walked in and actually saw the view, we were blown away. From almost every room, there was the view to great us. And it was delightful to catch the view at different times of the day. Low tide, high tide brought a few surfers, sunset and dawn. I confess to rising each morning before dawn to make my coffee and sit on the deck to listen to the surf, the waking birds and watch the light change.

I can only 'second' what others have said about the condition of the villa. It was pretty, clean and uncluttered. I appreciated the two housekeeping women who came everyday to tidy-up. And the location of the villa is toward the top of the road/driveway and is situated to seem completely private. We think it has the best location in the Canto del Mar development.

We love this part of Costa Rica. I last visited in 2007 and was pleased to see that Dominical and the south coast had not changed that much. Of course, the road from Quepos to Dominical is now paved and there are improved restaurants and services but the coast remains unspoiled. There were times we were the only people on the beach watching the sunset. Sunset from Dominicalito beach was an event almost everyday for us. Catherine provided us with lots of other wonderful suggestions for things to do. We walked to the waterfall, hiked Hacienda Baru (twice), visited several beaches, ate at wonderful restaurants (Por Que No, Citrus, Mono Congo, Tortilla Flats) and cooled off in the villa's pool. One recommendation - we are interested in history and enjoyed a visit to the Finca 6 Archaeology Museum near Sierpe. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 and honors the pre-Columbian peoples. It includes an interesting new museum and a walk (bring water) to see the spheres.

Great villa, gorgeous views, wonderful Costa Rica!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beatiful mountain Villa with breathtaking ocean view. Nature right at your front door.

  • 5 of 5

We were impressed from the moment we arrived. The house was very spacious and beyond our expectations. We walked into the house and the first thing we saw was a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

The owner of the house, Catherine was so helpful and easy to work with. She always responded to our e-mails immediately and she provided us with insightful information about what to do, where to eat and little tips on how to make this a trip to remember. The concierge, Alexandre was also great. Alexandre helped us to book restaurants during the busy holiday vacation week. Alex also helped us book our day trips to a zip line/nature hike at Hacienda Baru where we had a private group for our family of 4 with 2 guides. Alex also arranged our whitewater rafting (with a local snack and local lunch) and Mangrove kayaking which was booked with Dominical Surf Adventures. We also enjoyed a horseback riding mountain tour to a waterfall (also with breakfast & lunch) booked with Don Hulo's Horseback tours.

One of the best things to take advantage of is the pre-trip shopping list to have the house stocked with breakfast foods, snacks, the best pineapple's you can eat and beverages. Vacationing at it's best! The house was a pleasure to come back to at the end of the day to relax on the patio looking at the ocean with a cold cocktail and a refreshing dip in the pool. Right outside the front door we saw the local frogs and from the driveway we saw the monkeys.

The house was large and the furnishings were right out of a decorators showroom. The bedrooms were comfortable and the bathrooms (1 in each bedroom) were huge. The house was spotlessly clean and with the housekeeping services it stayed that way.

If there is one thing we can pass along it is not to over pack. We wore shorts and bathing suits during the day and all the restaurants at night are extremely casual. We even took advantage of the washer & dryer in the house.

The house has a huge DVD library and the satellite TV even gets a few Miami TV stations (everything else is in Spanish). The house has indoor & outdoor speakers so all you need to do is plug in your ipod, have a cocktail and enjoy the local "Pura Vida".

If there was one thing that was a bit of an issue it was the driveway up the mountain to the house. It is a winding, rocky dirt road which is steeper than any road you can imagine. Four-wheel drive is a must not an option!

We definitely felt very safe and secure in this gated community......

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Quepos - regional
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Costanera Hwy (34)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La Parcela
Nearest Beach
1000 Metres
Playa Dominicalito
Car: recommended

With soaring secondary growth trees overhead and fabulous views of the Pacific 100 meters below, Villa Solo Bueno is built on a ridge in the Fila Costena...where the mountains meet the sea. Now that the Costanera highway (the Hwy 1 of Costa Rica) is complete, we are a quick 30 minutes south of Quepos, where Manuel Antonio National Park is located. We enjoy the natural beauty of our famous neighbor, but travelling south you will find a laid back, much more authentic Costa Rica.

Centrally located, the Dominical area is the perfect base for exploring Manuel Antonio National Park, Ballena Marine National Marine Park, Hacienda Baru and the Osa Peninsula ('the most biologically intense area on the planet' as cited by National Geographic). At Villa Solo Bueno you will truly come to understand the meaning of the words, Pura Vida.

Other Activities: surfing, white water rafting, horseback-riding, deep sea fishing, birding, wild life guided hikes, boogie boarding

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed.

Owners have contracted with an on site, professional management company. Concierge services, housekeeping & pool care are included. Second and final payment (which includes the 13% CR tax) is due at check-in to our property management company IN Costa Rica. Although Homeaway/VRBO will send you a reminder notice on the balance with an option to pay online, DO NOT pay online.

Villa Solo Bueno is a "no smoking" and "no pets" villa.

Please contact the owner for quotes on longer term stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.