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Villa Temenos - A Sanctuary, renewal, a return to one's self...

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
6 - 7 nights


Dominical House Rental Photos and Description

Stunning Oceanview, 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath One Of A Kind Getaway! (sleeps 4)

Perched in a hillside jungle, 300 feet above the gleaming Pacific Ocean is Villa Temenos. A private retreat designed to accommodate up to 4 guests total, 2 guests each in their own private “Palapa”. Surround yourselves in modern tropical luxury while experiencing the beauty and adventure of Costa Rica.

The compound consists of 2 tropical modern style thatched roof Palapas with Balinese flare. Each Thatched roof palapa is designed to accommodate 2 in a luxurious bedroom, with king bed, and bath opening to ocean views and nature on all sides. The woods have been hand selected down to picking the trees to bring in rich native woods while

keeping clean, contemporary lines. Cool Columbian limestone floor tiles and Sandstone carvings brought in from Bali add elegant but tropical accents to each palapa.

The upper palapa is two stories with an open living room on the first floor and bedroom on the second. Also here are is powder room and full size laundry. A wall of rich wood louvers doors slide away to provide you with a small kitchen comprised of a refrigerator, two burner stove microwave and sink. It's a casual setting to prepare breakfast and lunch or evening cocktails before heading out to one of our local eateries for dinner.

Leading out from the outdoor living area is a spectacular 40’ infinity swimming pool with 8’ waterfall. The pool provides several different areas with-in it to swim or relax on one of the benches or shallow lounge areas. Multiple terraces provide different areas to sun and dine all while overlooking the beautiful ocean below and jungle above. Step through the pool across a sandstone walkway to the Indonesian Pavilion or 'Bale'. A perfect place to read, relax or meditate...and that’s just what we want you to do!

As the house is perched on a hill, there is a series of stairs and bridges to lead you up to the main living and pool area, 50 steps in all. Along the way you get views of the magnificent gardens, full of tropical plants, as well as the great oceans views. One of the first focal points you see is the base of the bale adorned in river rock with a beautiful sandstone carving of Heliconias and Plumerias brought from Bali. Then, placed in the middle of the

garden, you enter through a set of antique Indonesian doors which gives you the first real views of the palapas.

Once up at the house you can enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. It's not unheard of to see migrating whales, dolphins, and the birds and butterflies are amazing! Toucans pass through routinely. If it’s not the birds chattering you hear, it's the ocean waves providing a constant concert of sounds.

Located in the South Central Pacific region of Costa Rice this home is easily accessible from San Jose via a 3 hour drive and ½ hour from the regional airport just outside of Manual Antonia/Quepos. A 2 kilometer drive south of the small surfing town of Dominical. An important feature of the home is its premier location. Unlike many vacation homes in this area this home is conveniently located a short drive to stores, restaurants and services. You do not have to drive up or down long, high mountain roads to get to the main highway.

The area is rich with activities from zip-lining, river rafting, snorkeling, fishing and horseback riding just to name a few! It is also a great place to escape to and just watch the incredible bird and wildlife or walk the beach below.

We invite you experience our “Temenos” a uniquely styled Costa Rica vacation home

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Dean Carlson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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About Dean Carlson

We are world travelers that enjoy architectural design and gardens, especially tropical plants who make it our 'work' to create wonderful places to share with others through our other vacation properties and our bed & breakfast in Key West, FL.

Dean Carlson purchased this house in 2005

Why Dean Carlson chose Puntarenas

We fell in love with Costa Rica the first trip there and bought this brought right then. This has been our 'dream' to create Villa Temenos. From the first moments standing on the raw land we started creating the vision that is now the reality of our home. We have more visions to come, but glad to start sharing Villa Temenos with others

What makes this house unique

This is our bit of 'heaven on earth' as they say. It is a unique getaway to unwind, recharge and refresh one's self and soul. It's very easy to not want to leave.


based on 26 traveler reviews

Villa Temenos - A Sanctuary, renewal, a return to one's self...
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

Wish I were still there!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from an absolutely wonderful week spent at Villa Temenos. The property is so well thought out and the attention to detail is evident everywhere you look. It is located in a magical jungle setting with beautiful landscaping and the pool is right out of my dreams! The view and sounds of the ocean are amazing. We were visited by a toucan and were fortunate enough to see the blow of a whale right from the balcony. Oh to drink my coffee from there every morning!

The owners could not have picked a better location. You have complete privacy and yet are only minutes away from the great little town of Dominical, which has really good restaurants (and a fabulous massage parlor!). We would definitely love to visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible place, but some maintenance issues

  • 3 of 5

This is a 5-star villa, but I feel compelled to leave a 3-star review due to the following:

1) The infinity pool is not current "infinity", due to a leak in the upper portion of the pool. The pool is ~2 feet lower than it should be, which means it is below the filter system. Also, no 8' waterfall due to this issue. This was not disclosed to us prior to our arrival. We were offered an apology, but not a reduction in rental rate.

2) 3 of the 4 pool lounging chairs had large holes in them making them unusable. The owner was able to have them replaced within a day or two of our arrival, which we appreciated.

3) The driveway security gate is no longer electronically (with key fob) functional, and must be opened and closed manually. Also, a few wood slats on the gate have been ripped off and discarded nearby. Not sure what happened, but it should be repaired.

4) Overall maintenance issues that for the price we paid should be repaired ASAP. Bed in the upper palapa is being propped up by a cinder block, mold near the drain in the shower, multiple light bulbs out, debris and garbage through out the property, uncared for potted plants, ladders and cleaning supplies stored just out of sight but not really, and a cracked stair that is a falling/tripping hazard (it pops up when you step on it).

Ok, so that those are the issues with Villa Temenos. We absolutely enjoyed our stay here and would rent again if the owner was able to address the issues. My sense is there may be a management company issue, which we heard through a local realtor who was familiar with this property.

Hearing the waves crashing 24/7 and being so close to Dominical and the main highway, are what sets VT apart. It is only a short (yet NEED a 4x4) drive up from the highway to VT. Be careful going up the driveway during rain. If the ground was wet, we found it easier to go past VT and turn around in the next drive, then get a bit of a running start up the driveway.

VT is also unique in that most of the living space is outdoors. We spent most of our time relaxing either in the kitchen area, bale or in the pool. Chef Romulo cooked dinner for us two nights, which I highly recommend. His cooking was incredible and we enjoyed talking with him as well.

Overall we loved Villa Temenos and have confidence that the owner will address the above issues.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outdoor living in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have rented a good number of homes in the tropics but have never experienced as spectacular a place as Villa Temenos. Perfectly appointed with every possible comfort, we kept having to pinch ourselves at how closely we were with the nature all around. We loved hearing the waves breaking, birds all around and a soft constant breeze flowing. Never saw a single mosquito but plenty of tiny lizards and an occasional grasshopper. The pool is the perfect respite to the heat and the bedroom and bath were elegant. The Wifi signal was strong too. You definitely need to make sure you have 4-wheel drive to get up the steep road/driveway. There are exactly 48 steps from the driveway to the main floor of the house, so make sure you are ok with taking stairs. My husband and I took daily walks down to the beach and enjoyed the challenging workout of walking back up the road. We enjoyed the 1-mile beach walk along the surf to the small village of Dominical. We loved the zip-lining excursion set up by the owner's agent, but would not recommend the 1/2 day whale/dolphin watching with snorkeling. Lovely local restaurants nearby and some of the nicest local people you will ever meet. This house is an outstanding find -- elegant, unique, comfortable, and unforgettable. We would definitely rent it again.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Amaxing Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Fell in love with this place! Planning to make it an annual destination,

Perfect location, house has everything for the perfect vacation. Close to BM grocery, beaches, and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Impeccably designed and a true sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent over a week at Villa Temenos, and it truly is a sanctuary and provided tranquility to us both during our stay. The design is impeccable - we appreciated the attention to detail in the architecture, design, layout, comfort - right down to the face cloths. We travel throughout Costa Rica for over 10 years, and this Villa falls in our top 3. Having the sound system was fabulous (even though we travel with our own speakers, it was nice to not have to bring them out). The flow of the whole unit from the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, lounge area, pool was just perfect. Plenty of space for individual decompression (and COMFORTABLE space!! - lots of napping occurred). Henry was fabulous - grateful to have met him and shared with him some of our coffee from his homeland. We will be sure to stay in touch with Henry. In short, your description of the property was spot on....and the property exceeded our expectations. Thank you so very much to the owners of this magnificent home - we look forward to staying here again in the near future!! Pura vida :)

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband, daughter (15) and I stayed at this fantastic villa for 10 nights. The place is impeccable. We have rented several villas in various countries over the years and this place by far is the best. The amount of attention to detail was impressive. From face cloths that were specific for makeup to the plentiful umbrellas and dehumidifier in the closet set this place apart. The landscaping and infinity pool are to die for! The caretaker Henry is a super hard worker and very friendly. The concierge Silva was very helpful in booking tours.

My only note would be is that if you are easily freaked out by bugs this may not be the place for you. The main living area (kitchen and living room) is open air. So, after dark many creepy crawly bugs come out of the jungle to hang out. :) Every night was something new but added to the experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 34 - Costanera Sur
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Roca Verde
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Dominical House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Green Season #2
Aug 17 2016 - Dec 16 2016
6 night minimum stay
Holiday Season Christmas week
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
Holiday New Years week
Dec 27 2016 - Jan 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
Green Season 1
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
Shoulder Season
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 16 2017
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates show DO NOT include the 13% tax. Rates indicated are for 2 guests in ONE palapa. There is an additional fee of $150. per week or $23. per night for a 6 night stay for the use of the second palapa.

50% of contract amount charged at the return of the contract. Balance is charged in full at 60 days prior to arrival date. Arrivals with-in 60 days are charged in full.

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Dominical House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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