|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Our home is located well off the beaten path (4x4 vehicle required) and offers a private and intimate experience connecting with the wonders of the rainforest. Built on a ridge with mountains behind, the home looks over the canopy of our private wildlife preserve project and out to the ocean beyond. The 100-acre preserve is home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.
Our home's focus is open-air living. It features outdoor dining and living areas, both on the upper deck and at ground level adjacent to the kitchen and swimming pool. The pool, which adjoins the master bedroom patio, has a deck cantilevered over the rainforest. There is also an indoor living area and an office/TV room.
There are three spacious bedrooms which sleep up to nine people (read description under Amenities). A twin bed in the office and a flip-down futon sofa in the living room add sleeping for up to three more people and foam mattresses are available for additional guests as needed.
A true nature lover's paradise, the Rainforest Preserve Lodge and the surrounding Preserve offer so many ways to encounter and experience a wide variety of wildlife - watching toucans, parrots and other birds from the deck, waking to marauding coatimundis in the trees or monkeys passing by. You never know what you'll see next. Our land is in the midst of the "Path of the Tapir", a biological corridor. We are developing a system of trails through the Preserve to enhance the opportunities to view wildlife and witness the exceptional natural beauty of the property. A morning walk with our caretaker (and nature guide extraordinaire!) to Hummingbird Falls or into the mountains is always a magical learning experience.
Our sunset platform, which overlooks 40 miles of coastline, is a great place to enjoy a picnic supper at sunset and look for whales below. The seven or eight beaches within a half-hour up and down the coast each offer a different ocean experience. Swimming, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking to sea caves, boating, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, rappelling down waterfalls or just relaxing are all available close by. Whatever level of adventure you enjoy is waiting for you.
So come and relax in the pool, watch the rainforest come alive in front of you, explore the many wonders that our Preserve, the town of Dominical and the rest of the southern Pacific Zone have to offer.
Above all, feel welcome and enjoy!
The owners, Dalip and Cindy, purchased the parcel in 2000 to save it from further development. One hundred acres of the parcel were put aside as a permanent wildlife reserve. Since that time, we have been enhancing the habitat by planting fruit trees as food for the animals and creating hiking trails through the forest. We are grateful when others who share the same energy are able to share in the ever evolving adventure.
Dalip Khalsa purchased this house in 2000
Back in 1996, Dalip attended an Eco Expo in the Boston area where he encountered a company growing tropical hardwood trees in Costa Rica as an investment opportunity. The company was buying up and reforesting large tracts of land deforested by the cattle industry. Some parcels were to be planted with trees for future harvest, with the sale proceeds going to the investors, minus a management fee. With their profits, the company bought and reforested other parcels which would never be harvested and which would create habitat for the wildlife to return to the area.
As an environmentally conscious person, Dalip embraced this concept instantly, took a leap of faith and bought 100 trees on the spot. He then shared this opportunity with friends and family, who also bought trees. Cindy was one of those friends.
Dalip and another friend who bought trees went to Costa Rica in 1997 to visit the tree farm and see the operation for themselves. They fell in love with Costa Rica and especially with the Southern Pacific Zone where the tree farm was located. The tree farm owners had a parcel in the area that was for sale and they bought it. The parcel had already been engineered for house lots, so Dalip and his friend kept a few lots on the ridge and designated the rest of the property as a permanent wildlife preserve.
The first house they built was for a full-time caretaker and the second house is what is now
Completely private, fantastic views and wildlife, cozy and delightful!
One of my joys in being there is bringing other people to the lodge and see and hear their delight!
Wow what an absolutely beautiful place this was... We come down every year in Febuary and I sure hope we can book Dalip's home every time! So much space both indoors and outdoors! Even seemed to be an extra room which was the office but had a bed in it too! Outdoor kitchen was fantastic and we had family style dinners nearly every night! Got to watch the para glyders (I think that is what they are called) float by the coastline and catch waves of hot air and rise above the cliffs nearly every day. Iguana's would hang out on the sun deck with us daily. On the last day we a group of 4 toucans right next to the pool! Also Edwin the property manager was so nice and friendly. Our car broke down the 3rd day and we didn't know what to do. Called Edwin and he was there within 20 minutes trying to fix it with us. When we all realized we were not mechanics he called his personal mechanic who made the trip up the steep rode and fixed our car right in the driveway for a very decent rate! Cant wait to come back!!! Thank you for opening up your beautiful home for us :)
My wife and I stayed Feb 3rd to Feb 9th 2017 at the Rainforest Preserve, there is not much more that I can say that other travellers haven't said already. A true slice of paradise, you are right in the jungle. Over looking the rainforest canopy. No bugs a fantastic view from the house and the pool. You do need a four wheel drive but a small SUV did just fine, the road was not that bad but we had almost no rain. The house was clean and had all the stuff you would need for cooking, just remember when you get groceries to get some cooking oil or butter. Edwin and his son Andres where great, a few times we came home from our travels to find a freshly picked pineapple or a couple of coconuts ready to drink. Tones of wildlife and the stars at night were great! Edwin and Andres also took us for a little hike through the rainforest preserve on one of it's many trails. Dominical is a great little bohemian surfer town that was very welcoming with a bunch of great little restaurants and a great beach with great waves for swimming or surfing. I would move there in a heart beat if I could afford to.
We had an amazing time at the house. We are a young couple travelling with our 2 kids together with grand-pa and grand-ma. Everybody had there own space and privacy. Even if I try to find a negative point about this place I couldn't find one! The kitchen and the outdoor dinning area, the pool, the huge shower, the amazing view, the wild life bustling around all day, the spacious rooms, Edwin the lovely care taker... Everything was simply fantastic. There is so much to see and to do in Dominical aria. I usually never travel to the same place twice cause their is so much to see in this world, but I have to admit, the 6 of us want to return to rainforest reserve. Thanks to you Dalip, for charing your piece of paradise with us. Emilie and the happy family
La maison est très belle, spacieuse avec une vue superbe, petite piscine très appréciée.
Toutefois j'ai été très déçu des matelas. Ça me rappelait une chambre à 8$ downtown Bangkok il y a 20 ans.
Nous avons passé du bon temps, surtout durant la journée...
We had an amazing stay in the Rainforest Preserve. Located in the jungle the house is beautiful and very well maintained.
We were a family of ten (including 4 kids) and the house was perfect. We enjoyed a few hikes around the house and the caretaker family was really welcoming.
If we ever go back to Costa Rica, we will definitly come back to this house :)
A 4 wheel drive is mandatory to access the house.
We spent a wonderful month in the Rainforest Preserve Lodge in Dominical with our young family and we loved it! It's really well situated between Dominical and Dominicalito, but is set deep enough into the jungle and up the hill to feel isolated and deep in nature.
The drive up the hill is a little intimidating the first time, but soon becomes fun and the views down to the ocean are amazing. Definitely rent a 4x4. The pool hanging out over the jungle is a highlight - our 6 year-old daughter spent most of her time in and around the pool.
We saw plenty of nature from the balcony (capuchins, toucans, butterflies, coatis, vultures etc) and there was a large iguana who came to sunbathe by the pool most days. We didn't see any howlers, but would definitely hear them in the evenings and mornings. The views across the jungle and down to the ocean are really stunning, and the sounds of the jungle (day and night) are quite something!
The house is great with a range of sleeping options and decently stocked kitchen(s). It's definitely designed for outdoor living, which is great, but doesn't have so many options for lounging inside after dark if you want to escape the bugs. The wi-fi was workable, but didn't have a massive range (mainly worked on the up-stairs level), but you're probably not visiting Dominical for the internet ;-)
Edwin (the care-taker) was really helpful and took us on a nature hike to the nearby waterfall, pointing out all sorts of flora and fauna along the way. His wife also provided fast and cheap laundry services.
We loved staying there and would definitely recommend it.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.