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The Floating House. Award winning modern tropical tree house, walk to the beach

Hermosa Cóbano Beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • House2500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

Magnificent 2500 Sq Feet Modern Tropical 3 Bedroom Home.

Welcome to The Floating House, a unique modern tropical home that was shortlisted for 'house of the year award 2014' by The World Architecture News Awards (WAN).

The Floating House was designed by Costa Rican architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe and it also picked up five awards at the prestigious Costa Rican Binneal in 2015.

The house offers a unique living experience floating above the canopy of the jungle, totally surrounded by nature.

The Floating House has recently been featured in several design and architectural magazines including Inhabitat, Dezeen, Design Boom, World Architecture News and Su Casa Magazine.

It combines expansive ocean views, luxury interiors with premium service, infinity swimming pool, and all within walking distance to the beach.

We have been extremely conscious to make sure the house has had as little impact on its surroundings as possible. We have used a combination of local sustainable woods and have carefully picked colour schemes for the house to blend seamlessly with the outside environment.

The Floating House Experience:

Visual experience - being surrounded by a 180 degree view, spanning from the dawn rays over the mountains to the glow from the sun setting over the pacific.... is spectacular and breathtaking.

Eco experience - the house itself is made up of the three pods, floating above the canopy of the lush green jungle, connected by bridges and walkways. This was done to ensure we made the least impact on the natural surroundings. The floors are all sustainable teak and we also have solar water heating, a water treatment, UV water filtration and water capturing systems.

Nature experience - there is nothing quite like seeing monkeys from the same perspective as they are watching things too, from the tree tops. There are eagles that glide alongside and circle the expansive verandas of the house, completing the uniqueness of spending time at The Floating house.

Dining experience - the main living space is a huge open plan space with a solid teak dining table to seat 8 people. The gourmet chefs kitchen with a central island containing the large oven and gas cooker faces the expansive view to ensure an awesome view whilst preparing delicious meals. There are also comfortable teak high stools for the breakfast bar.

Relaxing experience - we have had some hand crafted low lounge sofas made to ensure sitting at the best position to take in the jungle and ocean as well as two lovechairs with colourful hand-stitched pillows from Guatemala. These are framed by floor to ceiling glass concertina doors which open up to bring the outside in.

There is also an impressive 24 meter back corridor connecting the living space to the bedrooms and bathroom made of over 300 pieces of vertical bamboo.

Sleeping experience - your sleeping experience is an essential part of any vacation and we have not spared on the important luxurious details. All beds are orthopedic, pillows allergy-free and sheets are luxury 100% cotton.

There are three bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms share a huge open air spa bathroom and the third bedroom (downstairs) has a compact en suite.

The master bedroom has a king size bed and the second bedroom a queen and a single bed too. Each have louvered wooden concertina shutters that fully open onto the terrace. The rooms are 4mts by 4mts, have a large wardrobe, ac and a ceiling fan. Both have awesome views of the waves rolling in.

The third bedroom which is downstairs is more compact with a double bed and a toilet / shower en suite. It also has ac and a fan.

Poolside experience - the infinity swimming pool, sits below the house accessed by a few steps. It has been perfectly positioned for you to sit in the water and take in the sunset chorus of parrots squawking, monkeys howling or simply watch the waves.

Hermosa experience - we came here because we fell in love with surfing and Hermosa beach and you will do the same. The beaches of Santa Teresa are consistently best beaches year after year and Hermosa is the hidden gem. Consistent waves, wide sandy beach and (so far) never too many people around. We work with the best surf instructors in Santa Teresa. For the more adventurous surfer, there are several beaches and breaks for you to check out and enjoy along the peninsula too.

The little bay of Hermosa is growing and we now have some excellent dining options within walking distance from the Floating house. Koji's world class sushi for dinners and newly opened Colour cafe by chef Sebastian Reigner for breakfasts and lunches too. There is also a great Tapas spot and Pranamar restaurant and yoga shalla just a 10 minute walk along the beach.

Santa Teresa experience - a ten minute drive takes you into the hustle and bustle of the surf town of santa teresa where you will find restaurants, a french bakery, bars, tourist shops, ATM's and even a grocery store with organic fruit and veg.

Adrenalin experiences - further afield, there are personal nature tours to Curu, kayaking, zip-lining, mountain bike tours, gourmet dining tours, snorkeling and back at The Floating House, we can also arrange a private massage therapist, quality babysitters, an amazing private chef or even have your groceries delivered for you at check in.

We look forward to hearing from you at The Floating House.


Dahlia Nahome

Member Since 2010
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english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Dahlia Nahome

Family from the UK who fell in love with Hermosa beach. Life long wish was to build a house and now we have created something really special for others to share.

Dahlia Nahome purchased this House in 2010

Why Dahlia Nahome chose Santiago

Location, location, location. There is only one beach as far as we are concerned and that is playa Hermosa de Santa Teresa. The best for families & the best for surfers.

What makes this House unique

This house offers up spectacular elevated views of the waves all the way down to cabo blanco as well as being close enough to walk to the beach in under 5 minutes. The actual design of the house is completely unique for this area. The house floats above the canopy of the jungle, made up of three individual pods connected by bridges and a bamboo walkway. The house has been designed by the award winning costa rican architect, benji garcia saxe.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Each bedroom has a ceiling fan, AC and floor to ceiling wooden concertina louvered shutters


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • The main bathroom is a very large outdoor spa bathroom with its own private outside deck too. The second bathroom is an ensuite attached to the third bedrooms downstairs from the main house.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          The house has an incredible view of the waves and sets rolling in and you are only 4 minutes walk away too!
        • Mountain View
          Although the sea is awesome, the house gives you a 180 degree view across the mountains too where the sun comes up.
        • Ocean View
          you can see from Hermosa beach all the way down to Cabo Blanco and watch the gloriously colourful sunsetting each day.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          Designed with the advise of one of the top chefs in the area, the kitchen is made for those who love to cook
                        • Oven
                          A top of range electric fan assisted, self cleaning oven is in the Floating House
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          We have a UV filtration system attached to our kitchen tap and the fridge, so you can drink cold water or make ice direct from the fridge
                        • Stove
                          There are four burner and plenty of areas to chop and prepare food
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Deck / Patio

                                  Pool / Spa

                                    • Private Pool

                                      Onsite Services

                                        • Concierge
                                        • Massage
                                        • Private Chef


                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • whale watching
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • sailing
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                          25 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Floating in Paradise.

                                                          Ankie A.

                                                          It was surreal to experience the breathtaking beauty and design of Casa Flotana. I cannot recall a time at which I was more excited to experience the accommodations part of a vacation - and the Floating House definitely lived up to expectations (and more!). Fortunately, words are unnecessary to describe as the photos clearly tell the story - but I must say, the perspective from inside and around the house is even better!

                                                          We traveled with an extended family - our family of 5 with 3 kids (ages 5-9) and one set of grandparents. The house accommodated everyone well and was a super relaxed and enjoyable respite from the beach and our excursions. The home is perched above the forested canopy, so the driveway is steep! 4WD or ATV is mandatory. The local beach (Playa Hermosa) is close (about 5 minute walk) and pristine. It is also expansive and shockingly uncrowded. It almost felt like we had the beach all to ourselves! The kids loved the tidepools and always came back with something interesting. The ocean current is strong and riptides can occur - so we watched the kids closely (in their lifejackets). There are also two incredibly quaint yet deliciously decadent restaurants within walking distance for lunch and dinner. The kids loved TP8 and their brick oven pizzas while we enjoyed the expertly prepared fresh fish dishes. Coleur Cafe is a french restaurant that is also a must for breakfast, lunch and dinner (only open 2 nights weekly for dinner). We also went into Santa Teresa for dinners - all amazing! We went to Katana, Kojis, and El Name to name a few. The Bakery is also fantastic for breakfast.

                                                          The people also make the experience at Casa Flotana extra-special. We are grateful for the concierge support that Natallia and Alexia provided throughout our journey. The experience would not have been as enjoyable - or seamless - for sure! They are the best in the business. We also are thankful for Monica who made the house spotless every morning! And we felt so safe with a lovingly thoughtful caretaker on site who truly did just that - he took great care of us!

                                                          I can't recommend this house - or location - enough. We had such a wonderful and relaxing time. Staying in Santa Teresa may be more convenient to restaurants, but to be honest, we went for peaceful R&R - and we found in Playa Hermosa and the Floating House! Thanks so much Jez and family for sharing your amazing architectural wonder with us! It was an experience of a lifetime!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Dear Ankie

                                                          WOW ! Thank you so much ! Your review really has captured what life / staying in the area is all about . Thank you for taking the time to write this and I hope it helps other people making a decision about coming to Hermosa , it really is breathtaking . We really look forward to having you stay again soon. Jez & Dahlia

                                                          Spectacular house in beautiful location

                                                          ANDY W.

                                                          Casa Flotante is a truly inspiring house with fantastic views , stylishly furnished and beautifully constructed from local woods in harmony with the environment and surrounded by wonderful flora and fauna . We had an amazing week with monkeys , coatis, iguanas , butterflies and a whole host of birdlife including many stunning hummingbirds stopping to feed on the abundant tropical flowers. One of the best surf beaches in the world is just 5 minutes walk with perfect sunsets every evening we were there, and lots of fantastic resturants are just a short stroll or drive away , although the house is so beautiful we didn't want to leave. Happily many of the restaurants will deliver ! Waking up every morning at sunrise with the house open to the stars and the sea view was truly unforgettable . Great memories !

                                                          Incredible place

                                                          anna h.Berkeley

                                                          Our stay at this amazing house was absolute perfection. To awake to a view of the ocean in the jungle and to spend a day watching monkeys and Iguanas in the trees and then to fall asleep in paradise.

                                                          Would love to return. Absolutely loved the house, design, view, location and general vibe.

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Anna , thank you so much for staying with us and we can't wait to have you come and stay again , hopefully very soon ! Dahlia and Jez

                                                          Loved living among the trees and monkeys for a week!

                                                          daphne m.

                                                          The Floating House was a magical place to stay for the week. Natallia met is upon arrival, had arranged for groceries to be delivered and handled the quad rental as well as all the other activities! The house sits high up and is open to nature! We had monkeys running through the house at one point and a visiting raccoon. The kids found it to be an adventure start to finish! The local Hermosa beach is awesome and there are a few restaurants just down the street - all great! We especially enjoyed TP8 for dinner and Couleur for lunch. We loved Santa Teresa! The fresh food and laid back vibe was just what we needed. Note of warning: if you will be 4 wheeling around, bring googles and a scarf for your nose, it gets dusty! (Which was the only drawback we found at all!)... we felt super safe with Roberto at the gate as well. The pool was perfect for relaxing afternoons before sunset surf lessons. We loved every minute!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Thank you so much for staying with us and your review. We really hope you come back and enjoy the house again soon . Kind regards Jez and dahlia

                                                          Absoultely Amazing Family Vacation

                                                          Chris L.

                                                          The house and location were more stunning then the pictures can show. We were greeted by Howler and White Faced Monkeys and the house was immaculately prepared for our stay. The property manger was very accommodating, professional and helped with anything and everything you could ask for. They organized excellent adventures, private chef and suggestion of great local restraunts, ect. For us and our family we couldn't ask for a better location, close enough to Santa Teresa, but far enough that the beach wasn't busy and very relaxing. The short walk to the beach was great and the house setting provide a spectacular view of the ocean (amazing if you like surfing, you can quickly check the waves) and surrounding forest. We have traveled significantly and this is a must return for us, amazing place, people and food.

                                                          Owner's Response:


                                                          Thank you so much for staying with us, it was an absolute pleasure to have you and your family, we look forward to seeing you again soon.


                                                          jez & Dahlia

                                                          Wonderful house and location

                                                          david f.

                                                          Great open air home with large family spaces. Comfortable and private. Nice pool and chill space No electronics so be prepared to fill your nights with animal and ocean sounds - nice trade off. Recommend highly

                                                          Owner's Response:


                                                          Thanks so much for your lovely words, being above the treetops gets you that little bit closer to nature and the sounds of the ocean, it's truly a unique experience. We very much look forward to having you stay again soon. Regards jez & Dahlia


                                                          Hermosa Cóbano Beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

                                                          The house is situated by hermosa beach which is possibly the best beach on the pacific coast for both families and surfers alike. One of the best sushi restaurants in costa rica is walking distance from us too. We are situated just north of the busy surf town of santa teresa and the many restaurants and shops there too. From your home away from home, you can surf, horse ride, nature watch, have a private chef come and cook for you, massages, yoga, snorkel, fish, sail, zipline and much more...All of which we arrange for you as we have handpicked the best people in santa teresa to give the best experiences.

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