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Dawn Enders

Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish, italian, Some Spanish

Eco Retreat - Ultimate Privacy - New Infinity Plunge Pool with Amazing Oceanview

16 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Overview

Bahía Ballena Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa & optional Casita w/ Amazing Ocean and Jungle Views

Features

• Completely Private Estate of 4 Acres

• Separate Main House & Casita

• Altitude of 853ft/260mts above sea level

• 180 degree view of Ocean and view

***Brand new Infinity Plunge Pool, June 2016***

• 7 minute walk to private access of waterfall and natural swimming hole year round

• New Gas BBQ

• 15 minute drive to Playa Uvita & Chamon

• 380sqf Expansive Deck

• Outdoor shower in cabin

• iPod speaker dock

• Handmade Furniture & Cabinetry

Morpho Eco Retreat is an eco-friendly, designed villa perched above the jungle valley. The villa has established itself as a unique vacation rental in the southern area of Costa Rica due to its unusual design and great privacy.

This unique estate, situated on four acres, just 10 minutes up the mountain from the town of Uvita, is ideal for those who seek modern comfort, an outdoor lifestyle, and amazing views.

Highlights of the property include "Brand New Infinity Plunge Pool with same great, ocean-view", onsite river access with a waterfall and swimming hole within walking distance, amazing views of the Whale's Tail National Park, and an intimate outdoor area that attracts many species of birds and butterflies. The expansive 180-degree view of the Whale's Tail with the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop, is visible upon arrival. The main deck, which functions as the outdoor dining area, offers daily opportunities for bird-watching and the westward view offers a wonderful vantage point of Cano Island, one of the finest destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving in Costa Rica.

Morpho Eco Retreat was designed by Los Angeles- based architect, James Meraz.

Limited environmental impact and the utilization of natural, locally-sourced materials were adhered to throughout the construction process. Many types of wood, native to Costa Rica, were used on the custom interior furnishings.

The result is a unique, modern two bedroom / two bathroom villa, accompanied by a separate one bedroom / one bathroom guesthouse set below, in the lush jungle.

The main house comfortably accommodates six while the guesthouse sleeps four… making this a perfect option for larger groups as well.

When viewed from above, the inward-facing roof design of the main villa evokes a butterfly-in-flight. The name, Morpho Eco Retreat, was derived from the Blue Morpho, one of the most beautiful butterflies in Costa Rica.

The primary residence includes a master bedroom, with a king bed set against a dramatic teak headboard which camouflages the master closet. Along with an en-suite bathroom that includes a double shower as well as his & her sinks, the area is a perfect refuge at the end of the day.

The guest bedroom, with its design oriented bunk-wall, offers ample sleeping room for four adults or children. Each sleeping compartment offers its own window, reading light and outlet for charging. The room has its own en-suite bathroom as well, with a bathtub and shower.

All rooms, with their high ceilings, ample windows and sliding doors with deck access, and upper wall-screens… provide ventilation via the ample, afternoon breezes, keeping the rooms airy throughout the day.

Functioning as an anchor for the two en-suites, is a lovely, open-concept great room. With its custom designed, modern kitchen that includes an eat-at-island, cooking and entertaining has never been easier! The kitchen area looks directly onto the living area, promoting conversation and participation from guests. All of the furnishings were custom built on site. All the kitchen appliances—refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave and dishwasher, etc… are brand new and the kitchen is well stocked with dinnerware for the next gathering and basic staples.

If you enjoy cooking outdoors, there is a gas barbecue located downstairs, next to the grassy garden, as well.

Casita

Step down the covered, steel staircase, and you are immersed in lush jungle, a forest of fern palms greats you as you arrive at the guest 'Casita'.

This residence is a self-contained - 500 sqft. house that boasts one bedroom with a queen bed and a full-size pullout futon in the open concept living area.

There is also a fully stocked kitchen, complete with refrigerator, stove & oven, coffee maker. There is an indoor table that seats four as well as a covered, 285sqft, dining area located outside that overlooks the ocean as well as the jungle valley below. The intimate setting, offers privacy as well as a very unique, outdoor, rain shower experience.

Perfect, jungle hideaway for couples or additional guests with young children… the casita sleeps four people comfortably. The sounds of the river will lull you to sleep!

Morpho's vicinity to the town of Uvita offers access to two supermarkets, two banks, many restaurants and all kinds of tour operators that offer a wide variety of of off-site activities during the day. Surfing & SUP lessons, kayaking trips to the mangroves, horseback riding on the beach, waterfall & bird-watching hikes, diving & snorkeling, beautiful- deserted beaches, as well as zip-lining tours, just to name a few!

A stay at Morpho Eco retreat beckons with the sights and sounds of nature from the moment you arrive.

Book your next Costa Rican vacation to Morpho Eco Retreat today and you can start planning a vacation filled with adventure and relaxation!

Pura Vida....

** You will need to rent a 4x4 vehicle with low gears to access the property and to enjoy the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica**

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dawn Enders (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english, spanish, italian, Some Spanish

About Dawn Enders

The Owners Story:

Our family journey to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica began in 2008 on vacation. After purchasing the property in 2010, the design process started. With a few more trips extended over two years, construction of our dream getaway was complete. We are excited to share the Morpho Eco Retreat with other nature enthusiasts. For our family that includes two sons, ages 9 and 15, our home and casita have been a perfect place to unplug from todays' busy lifestyle in Los Angeles. Each trip we experience the bountiful nature that Costa Rica has to offer. We welcome all future guests to the Morpho Eco Retreat and we wish you a wonderful time in discovering the beauty of this country and it's people! Pura Vida

Dawn Enders purchased this villa in 2010

Why Dawn Enders chose Puntarenas

The estate's proximity to the laid back, friendly town of Uvita, with its' central location near many restaurants and activities all while offering privacy and tranquility.

What makes this villa unique

An amazing view of the ocean and Whale's Tail National Park. The tranquility one feels once they arrive, being surrounded by the sounds of nature on your doorstep from the moment you wake up through the end of a long, fun filled day. On-site access ( 7 minute walk with the jungle hanging overhead ) to a year round river with waterfall and swimming hole surrounded by the jungle. Stunning views of the jungle valley and and mountains. Many opportunities to view animals of the region in their natural habitat. These may include many species of birds, strange and amazing insects, howler monkeys, and wild peccaries to name a few.

Reviews

4.9
based on 16 traveler reviews

Eco Retreat - Ultimate Privacy - New Infinity Plunge Pool with Amazing Oceanview
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
5

Best View

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a long weekend in Morpho Eco with our 4 children, 3 teen boys and a younger daughter. They loved the bunk wall. Each of them felt they had their own room because each nook has it's own window and shelf. The main bedroom includes closet space behind the headboard which made it possible to keep the clean, uncluttered feel of the home. For us, the highlight of the property was the private waterfall. We climbed and swam in the waterfall for hours each day. The view from this house is beyond compare. We have visited many houses in this area and no view surpasses this one. Compatible with the gorgeous natural surroundings, the house is well-designed and decorated with minimalist, nature-inspired furnishings and accessories. The breezes are continual. We rarely even needed the fans. We hope to include Morpho Eco in our future travel plans.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for you kind review, Alison! One of the things that I appreciate the most is the accuracy of your description, regarding some of the things we hold dear to our hearts. Costa Rica is a true gem of nature and whenever we are there we want unplug and enjoy as much as possible this aspect. When the house was designed it was with the thought of bringing the outside into the home, with the amazing view, the great, expansive deck where we spend alot of time, the natural breeezes of the location, as well as our choices in decorating materials. The river was the big bonus that convinced us about the property and now with the pool, there isn't alot more one could need. I'm so happy your family enjoyed the house! Pura Vida Dawn
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An Adventurer's Oasis

  • 5 of 5

My family and i stayed at Morpho Eco retreat over the Xmas and New Year's holidays. We've been to Playa Uvita a few times but this was the first time renting this property and we were very happy. The home is perched high enough to get incredible views of all of Uvita including the Whale's Tail. The kids loved the bunk room and the adults enjoyed cocktails on the back deck watching the sunset. On the property is a great swimming hole with waterfall but they've also just added an infinity pool which is great. Communication with the owner Dawn was a breeze and the property managers Tom and Christine, are super helpful. Although paved, the driveway is very steep so please take their advice and get a sturdy 4x4 so that you have no issues getting to this beautiful retreat

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, Travis. I'm glad your family was happy over their holiday stay at the Morpho. Yes, so far, our summer guests since June have been thrilled with the pool addition. It's nice to have a choice between beaches, river and the pool to cool off. The drive does take somegetting used to, we've also just completed some road maintenance on the piece arriving to the actual property, so now it is a much smoother ride! We hope to host you again in the future... Dawn
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5

Amazing place! An unforgetabble adventure!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this place! Extremely clean, beautiful design and layout. It has everything you need for a confortable stay. My only advice is to bring additional towels.

Loved the private waterfall and the pool! Words are not enough to describe the beauty of this place and surrounding areas.

We would defenetly recommend this place...

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Marianela for your kind words! I'm so happy your family enjoyed their first trip to Costa Rica and the Uvita area. I'm happy the new pool worked out, we are pleased to offer this addition for guests. I will take to heart your suggestion of extra towels for the beach and pool! Pura Vida Dawn
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Amazing Escape!

  • 5 of 5

Four of my colleagues and I enjoyed a "Girls' Getaway" to Costa Rica this past month. We stayed in Dawn's beautiful house and couldn't have been more pleased. The views that greeted us every morning and afternoon when we returned to the house were extraordinary. There was plenty of room for all and we enjoyed relaxing in the afternoons and evenings, making our dinner in the spacious and well-equipped kitchen. Another wonderful feature of the property was the new plunge pool. After a day of exploring the surrounding area, there was nothing better than coming back to the house and taking a nice, cool dip in the pool. We had such an amazing trip and our home base, the Morpho Eco Retreat, was one of the reasons. I highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely description of our home away! It has been a labor of love for me and I'm thrilled when guests enjoy it as much as I do! I'm happy to hear that the new plunge pool is a success, we waited a couple of years and decided this winter to take the plunge and it appears we made a great choice. We hope you consider Costa Rica and the Morpho for other future trips to Costa Rica! Pura Vida Dawn
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Exquiste, Incredible nature with a private water hole and waterfall

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay there. Everyday we went swimming in the waterhole. The balcony had beautiful view.Loved watching all the bird and the incredible symphony of the sounds from nature both in day and night the thunderstorm night show light was Spectacular better than any fireworks I have ever seen.. The house was gorgeous architectural open plan and clean and lovely. We had also some of parties staying at the cottage just below the house. Again beautiful views and lovely house. The care takers were so helpful. The owners and the mangers were wonderful in giving us suggestions were to eat and what to see. They also care immensely to make sure you stay was smooth. We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! So glad my husband and I decided on Costa Rica instead of Hawaii!

This place is pure paradise. We spent a fabulous week away from everything...no TV, radio, internet or phone (except for a local phone rental for scheduling excursions, etc). We could not have asked for a better location to be able to just sit and relax...which is not normally possible, as my husband can't seem to sit still for more than 2 minutes at a time at home!

The covered balcony quickly became our favorite place to hang out, eat our meals, play games, watch the rain - complete with thunder & lightning (we love thunderstorms!) and trying to identify all the various species of birds, insects, etc. For me, one of the most special moments was discovering the fireflies! Being a California native, I have never experienced this awesome sight!

We loved the open air design of the house, with the high ceilings and all the windows/sliding doors. Sitting there in the middle of the jungle and being able to see the ocean was perfect. The waterfall/swimming hole is great, and we actually saw a sloth during one of our walks down there!

Lots of activities very close by (canyoning is a must and I would do it again and again!), and all the locals we came into contact with were very friendly. The property managers were very helpful with any questions and the on-site caretakers were very nice.

I would recommend this place to anyone interested in seeing the best Costa Rica has to offer :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

One of the best aspects of the house is its location.

There are two supermarkets in Uvita to purchase all your groceries. When you want to go out and eat, there are fantastic options in both Dominical and Ojochal, each located 20 minutes from the house. Ballena National Park, home to the famous Whale’s Tail, is just 15 minutes away. Furthermore, there are great beaches for surfing (Dominical, Dominicalito and Playa Hermosa) and relaxing (Playa Ventanas, Playa Ballena) within a short drive of the property. The town of Uvita also has its own popular waterfall that’s right along on the road to the house.

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Rates & Availability

Bahía Ballena Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Aug 1 2016 - Nov 15 2016
5 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
2nd High Season
Nov 16 2016 - Dec 14 2016
5 night minimum stay
$220
 
 
Peak Season
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
$275
 
 
High Season
Jan 5 2017 - May 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
$220
 
 
Mid Season
May 15 2017 - Jul 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$200
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$175
 

Additional information about rental rates

*Cleaning $50
Refundable damage deposit $350

**We offer a Damage Protection option for U.S. residents through the VRBO website, policy subscription arranged by renters. For Non-U.S. residents, we require a $350.00, refundable security deposit.
For groups of 6 or more, the cabina may be added.


**Please note, we do not rent to separate groups at the same time*

Manager'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.
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Amenities

Bahía Ballena Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , In Cabina there is a outdoor shower with jungle view
  • Master bathroom offers a a double shower as well as a double vanity. The second bathroom offers a bathtub/ shower combination.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Villa - 4 bunk bed , With On-suite bathroom & Bunk beds big enough for adults
    Master Bedroom in main Villa - 1 king , With On-suite bathroom and open walk in wardrobe
  • The main villa offers a master suite that sleeps two people. The second bedroom has a unique bunk wall that offers sleeping for four people. * For larger groups there is a small casita that can be added. It features one bedroom with a queen bed and a double sleeper/sofa in the main living area.*
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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