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Our family of 4 (including two teens) stayed at Pura Vida during the green season and we all agreed that it was the single best vacation we've ever taken as a family. What we loved about this villa: The location (Dominical isn't touristy at all...yet the restaurants and attractions were top-rate.) The pool (and having it partly covered meant that we could swim even at mid-day). The wildlife (we saw more monkeys and toucans in our yard than we did on our tour of the national parks :) The price (we looked at many choices and I'm convinced this is the best-value villa on the southern pacific coast.) Couple this with the smart & considerate British owner (who's available to help but also allows his guests complete privacy) and we are ready to return.
Southern Hope (United States)
Property: Casa Pura Vida
Date of Stay Jun 30 2012[read more]
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Number of Bedrooms: 2 Number of Bathrooms: 3 Lounge with pull out queensize sofa Bed Sleeps 6
• 5 Acre Completely Private Estate • Area of Villa: 1,700 Sqft • 45-foot infinity lap pool • Sunken pool bar for two • Integrated indoor & outdoor lounge • Both bedrooms with on suite bathrooms • Comfortable Beds, Pillows & Sheets • Modern granite countered kitchen with Breakfast Island • Covered Rancho for BBQ with an Ocean View • WIFI Internet • iPod player • 52 inch flat screen TV with DVD player (no satellite or cable) • 2 Cell phones for guests • Outdoor shower • Security safe • Electric operated entry gates • 8 minute drive to closest beach
Gorda Vista has been built and furnished to high specifications. Construction was recently finished in August 2012. The villa has been designed to be the ideal vacation property, which makes the most of its beautiful location. It encompasses this with the concept of outdoor living. The property is private and has a gated entrance. It is secluded and located on the mountainside surrounded by forested jungle and wildlife. It is at an altitude of 564ft above sea level with cooling breezes off the ocean and mountains. It is ideal for a family vacation, a couple for a honeymoon, romantic get away or an adventure vacation. The entire ground floor has been cleverly designed to integrate the pool, deck, covered terrace, kitchen and lounge into one outdoor living space. It can be easily changed into separate outdoor and indoor spaces by simply closing the large glazed doors that are on two sides of the lounge wall. The top floor has two bedrooms both with air-conditioning, on suite bathrooms and ocean view verandas. The master bedroom has a king size bed and large on suite bathroom with a sandstone walk in shower big enough for two. The second bedroom can be used for children or a couple, as it has two single beds that can be pushed together to make one king-size bed. There is also a comfortable queen-size convertible bed in the lounge. The 45-foot lap pool with infinity edge overlooks Dominicalito Beach. It has a wider area adjacent to the house with two tiled sunken chairs and a raised table to relax in the pool water whilst sipping your cocktails and watching the sunset into the ocean. Gorda Vista stands on a 5 acres of private tiered estate with a lower landscaped area with walking paths winding round over 100 different varieties of well tendered tropical plants, herbs and fruit trees which include Papayas, Star Fruit, Mangos, Lemons, Avocados, Mandarins, Pineapples, Oranges, Bananas, Plantains, Cashews, etc. These trees and plants are presently still young and being nurtured but if you find any herbs or fruit ready you are welcome to eat them. The location of the property will make your vacation easy as the local stores, banks, restaurants and amenities are only a 15-minute drive away. There are a great variety of tours, activities and adventures for all ages and levels of excitement. They are all just a short drive away and can be booked and arranged by us. Bed linen and towels for both bathroom and pool provided. The villa is easy to reach with only a scenic 125 miles or 201 km drive from San Jose international airport (Juan Santamaria) on the newly constructed highways.
The place is AWESOME!!!
My wife and I just stayed 5 nights here for our honeymoon. I've stayed in amazing hotels and properties all over the world and this may have topped them all. The kitchen, furniture, bathrooms, pool, washer/dryer, landscaping are all top notch and very well maintained.
The views of the ocean from the patio, pool and living room are stunning. We really didn't want to leave any of the nights. The sounds of the jungle are very soothing and with all the lights out at night the stars pop out of the sky. The TV has 300 movies on a hard drive to watch, which was nice for lazy afternoons. Good quality iPOD dock as well, was great to have loud music - with no neighbors anywhere around it was fun to be loud.
The place is really secluded, you can't see any other properties. The dirt road to the property is easy (probably don't need 4x4 but better safe than sorry). It's only 5 minutes to get down to the main paved road. From there - you are right at Dominicalito Beach and it's only another 5 minutes to Dominical Beach. Plenty of cool restaurants and places to get groceries nearby. Day trip to Manuel Antonio, hike to an AMAZING waterfall, surf everyday - then back to the palace everything.
Neil is a class act, and a really cool guy. I love to meet people that take great pride in what they do. He told us everything we needed to know - including a great recommendation on where to buy fresh fish to cook (yum) and where to go to eat if we didn't want to cook. Directions were spot on and very easy to follow.
I'll return to Dominical and will rent this place from Neil again. Would recommend it to anyone.
Guest: Paul (Florida)
Date of Stay: July 2014
If you want privacy in nature, with a lots of wild life, this is the place to be. Everything was great, the house, the pool,etc... We saw a lots of monkeys, toucans, parrots right next to the house!!! Neil, a great guy, was there to welcome us and explain to us what to do in the area, it was really helpful!!! We will return there for sure, all our family love it!!!
Guest: David P.
Date of Stay: July 2014
Perfect House and Location
My husband, son (age 10) and I visited Gorda Vista in May and absolutely loved the house. First, as everyone else has mentioned, Neil is the perfect property manager. Not only was every detail provided prior to our visit, but during the trip he was easily reached via the house phones provided, and responded quickly. For our first time in the country it was very comforting to know he was close by and readily available if needed for questions or help.
The house completely exceeded all of our expectations. It is finished beautifully, stocked well and extremely comfortable. The landscaping is amazing, and we were lucky enough to enjoy a fresh pineapple from the garden, which was the best we have ever tasted. We enjoyed the pool every day and really appreciated the covered outside area, even when it rained in the evenings - SO RELAXING! Unfortunately, we did not get to see any monkeys while we were there, but did see some very interesting wildlife, including a toucan and a poison dart frog!
The house is well stocked for cooking and we enjoyed watching movies most nights. I would highly recommend this to families with 1-2 children or two couples. We will definitely be returning!
Guest: Tina (Holly Springs, NC)
Date of Stay: May 2014
Awesome and Amazing – Would be an Understatement
WOW - where do I start? Well, from the beginning. The property manager, Neil, is probably one of the most organized and responsive persons I have ever dealt with. The booking process is easy and straight-forward, and upon arrival in San Jose and during the drive to Dominical Neil's detailed instructions left no room for confusion or anxiety. Even though no less than two cell phones will be ready for you at the house, I suggest bringing an old GSM phone and buying a $10 phone card at the airport. That way you can be in touch with Neil during the drive.
So, now on to the first impression of the house and the Dominical area. The drive from the main road to the house is an adventure in itself. A beautiful ride through the jungle on a well-maintained dirt road, with a small creek crossing (hence the 4x4 necessity) was an exciting experience. The drive ends with a breath-taking view of the big gate, the house and the ocean behind it. We have rented nice properties in various parts of the world before, but Gorda Vista definitely makes you feel like you have arrived at a special place. Don't want to reveal too much here, so you can surprise yourself while exploring the house and the expansive property. It felt like we were in one of those celebrity photo shoots with the infinity pool, jungle surrounding and the open ocean view. The house and all the furnishings and accessories are high-quality and this certainly adds to the experience. Blending fruit/rum cocktails, grilling local fish and shrimp, swimming laps, exploring the garden and lazing on the terrace while being hypnotized by the view are only a few things that come to mind. The wildlife is all around you, including colorful and exciting sights and tranquilizing sounds throughout the day and amplifying at night. Bring binoculars and a good camera if you would like to see white-faced monkeys, toucans and a whole list of exotic yet friendly wild creatures.
Dominical, Uvita and Rio Baru area offer everything you could ever want on a vacation, you just need to open your mind and enjoy it all. Neil has all the suggestions and directions to the places to see and things to do, and his selection of recommendations is all spot-on. The Nayuca Waterfall horse-back tour is a must, as is the Hacienda Baru guided jungle tour if you're with kids.
We are a family of 4, with 2 kids age 10 and 11, and Gorda Vista was the perfect place for us. Thank you again, Neil. See you next year.
Guest: SFO Dominical (San Francisco CA)
Date of Stay: May 2014
Nature Bound Gorda Vista has it all- the view, the privacy, delightful garden space & paths and the close proximity to the beach, you do need a 4x4. Our family enjoyed the nature setting of this home. Waking up to the sound birds and hauler monkeys following with the playful whiteface monkeys- so playful & curious and falling a sleep to the frogs & geckos. Our children 4 & 10, enjoyed the swimming pool- our son learnt to swim! This home is very private, surrounded by jungle and we felt very secure, we truly experienced this was home away from home! Dominical area has many fun activities to offer- surfing, horseback to the falls, pristine and unique beaches. Manuel Antonio national park & beaches are beautiful! We've enjoyed reading our books on the wonderful sunny deck by the pool and in the shade of the outdoor living area, lounging ever so casually. Outdoor shower was very handy coming from beach excursions. BBQ area was great for home cooking with herbs near by to use. Fresh pineapple was our breakfast one morning. So fun and safe for children, we did not worry at all. It was a sad day when we had to depart. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some adventure or some R & R or both- Gorda Vista has it all!!!!
Guest: Gabi D.
Date of Stay: Feb 18th 2014
Gorgous jungle villa! My friends at I had the best week at Gorda Vista! The most amazing location and unbelievable views. Hands down the best place any of us had ever or probably will ever(!) stay. Such an amazing deal for what you get, Neil was so helpful and accommodating. Had dinner prepared for us the first night by the chef-so delicious and perfect way to start the vaca. Surfing was awesome, loved all the different beaches and all within short drives. Loved all the activities but my favorite "activity" was just relaxing at the pool making drinks in the blender and looking out at the jungle AND ocean! Would love to come back soon!! Best vacation ever.
Guest: Jennifer P.
Date of Stay: Feb 12th 2014
Sitting by pool and Beach in Dominical Our Family of Four enjoyed the wonderful days by pool and Garden. Close drive to Beach and Dominical. Mornings by pool watching monkeys and Toucans in trees.
Guest: Brian0007 (tornto)
Date of Stay: Feb 3rd 2014
Unbelievable Our family stayed at Gorda Vista November 21-29. To say it was an unbelievable week would be an understatement. Neil was wonderful from the time I first inquired about the property through the week of our stay. He booked reservations for deep sea fishing with Luna tours, snorkeling with Mad About Diving, surfing with Dominical surf and adventures and zip lining at Osa Canopy Tours. If you needed anything Neil was always there. All the excursions that he lined up for us were fantastic and we would do them all again! The house and pool were everything that we could have hoped for and more. The pool was a huge hit with the kids. Thankfully the wildlife appeared before we left. We were able to see white faced and howler monkeys along with a HUGE iguana! The gardens are beautiful. We enjoyed walking down there everyday to see what new flowers opened or how the fruit was growing. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone. It was the best week! We would return in a heartbeat. Pura Vida!
Guest: amy (Neehah, WI USA)
Date of Stay: Nov 2nd 2013
Great Outdoor Living with Excellent Ocean View & Lots of Wildlife!!! Amazing home designed to enjoy the Costa Rican experience . Nestled in the Rainforest with a perfect view of Dominicalito Beach & the Pacific . Totally secure & private Nature Preserve. Lot's of Toucans, Howler Monkeys, White Face Monkeys, Iguanas , Lizards , Frogs, Toads , Birds , & Insects. The Kitchen is excellent &well equipped . Huge Refrig with Icemaker & safe tasty tap water . 2 Beautiful Bedrooms with own private baths & balconies . The best Outdoor Living Space better then expected .Pool & Decks are perfect for cooling off & relaxing. Pictures & words don't tell about this special HOME. Neil is always their to inform, educate, make arrangements for anything you may need . Also very respectful about giving you your space & privacy. Neil booked us Deep Sea Fishing Charter & ATV Tour . We got lucky landed 2 Sailfish, Red Snapper , saw Whales & Dolphins . The ATV trip was to a 450 ft Waterfall with views of the Whales Tail , Banana & Coffee Plantain & tiny village of San Luis . Our nite trip into Ballena National is must do. 1Hr gentle Kayak trip into the Mangroves , 2 hr walk through the Jungle. Then 1 hr on the beach walking & enjoying Glowing Waves on the while sipping coffee. Things to see include Manuel Antonio Park, Playa Ventanas, & Ballena Park . If you love to cook go to San Isidro Farmers Market on Thur & Fri AM best fresh varieties & cheap direct from the farm. Also close to home is fresh local Seafood to go or eat at their Restaurant. Charter Restaurant excellent Fettucine Carbonara, Don't miss the Huge Airplane after dinner. La Casita Pizza in Dominical @ Dominical check out Tortilla Flats for Beer, Light food a local Surfer hangout .For typical Tico food try Hotel Dominical Restaurant. Felicia who manages the place is another one of the great people who make Costa Rica special. Special Thanks to Neil for the Best Vacation ever. We will back PURA VIDA Mike & Carole !!!!!!
Guest: New Mexico Mike
Date of Stay: Aug 28th 2013
A Most Pleasant Multi-Sensory Experience We stayed at Gorda Vista for 9 days (July 31-August 9, 2013). We were mesmerized by the beautiful views and sound of the ocean bay below, and the ever-changing sky reflected in the infinity pool and the sights and sounds of the jungle life, including the monkeys and the stream flowing near the house. We loved being immersed in such a friendly jungle with gorgeous jungle plants and fascinating wildlife nearby. Just being at the open design house was a most pleasant multi-sensory experience. The design and quality of the accommodations were outstanding. The open lounge area was so pleasant for "outdoor living", the kitchen was perfect for our family to prepare a meal together. The two couples were very comfortable in the two upstairs bedrooms with more gorgeous views even from the showers, while the teen-aged girls were comfortable sleeping in the living room using the fold-out couch with the downstairs full bath available. Every morning, it was such a joy to wake up in this tropical paradise. The deck was inviting for yoga and relaxing and the pool was inviting any time of the day for a swim with an incredible view. If you have little children you will need to always be aware of the attraction of the pool. When we first arrived, we drove up at night in the rain, and the rough, steep road was intimidating. Subsequent trips up the road were not bad once we got used to it. However, a 4WD is definitely recommended. The large lot makes one feel like you are alone in the jungle. We saw monkeys, toucans, peccaries, leaf-cutter ants and a wide variety of interesting reptiles and beautiful insects. We were amazed at the lack of mosquitoes at the villa. For activities, we were very busy exploring the many unique beaches, zip-lining, whitewater rafting, and playing in waterfalls and imagining what it would be like to have our own piece of paradise. We ate very well. There are many high quality restaurants with delicious fresh local food hidden around. Neil will give you suggestions and a guide book to help with your many choices. Also Neil can book some amazing adventures for you and answer any questions. It is hard to imagine that ANY place you could stay would have the jungle immersion, ocean views and sounds, pleasant open-air ambiance and such adventure calling as what we found at Gorda Vista!
Guest: Karen T (Dharah, Saudi Arabia)
Date of Stay: July 31st 2013
Loved this house! My family spent 9 days in Gorda Vista and can’t wait to return. The dirt road up the hill does require 4 wheel drive, but it’s not too scary as some people have mentioned. The house itself is majestic! We are talking lifestyles of the rich & famous! It was perfect for the three of us, with a little room to spare. The outdoor living space can’t be beat; fans to keep you cool, a gorgeous pool, bbq and a view that you never want to leave. The bedrooms & bathrooms are generous in size and have a/c, which we did use to keep us comfortable at night, but during the day the ocean breeze is enough to keep cool. We were greeted by many a creature during our stay, it was like our very own personal national geographic special! The location is perfectly set in the middle of Dominical & Uvita, where you can find food, groceries and even a walk in clinic should someone get an ear infection. : ) Neil, our property manager was a delight to work with, so easy going and cool…even helped coordinate a few activities for us, not to mention his many excellent recommendations on where to get fresh fish & other goodies…the mahi mahi we had melted in our mouth! We can’t say enough great things about this house & Neil, and we hope to get back to Costa Rica soon!
Date of Stay: June 12th 2013
Shangri-La in CR We found the house comfortable, and the view/outdoor experience FABULOUS. We very much enjoyed our stay! The lack of hooks/pegs for hanging towels and clothing in the bathroom was an annoyance, but was the only one. Everything else was terrific and just as the pictures show. Thanks Neil!
Date of Stay: June 4th 2013
Owners response to review above Thank you for your review and we appreciate your constructive points we always like to hear how we can improve the property and the guests experience. We have started to look for hooks that will fit with décor of the Villa and will be fitting these soon. Thanks Again EXTRAORDINARY!!! Staying at Gorda Vista was the best part of an awesome vacation !!!!! It felt like a home away from home. The view was amazing to see , and the ocean roaring at night was the icing on the cake !!!! The garden is great (though not at its full potential) we enjoyed it. The pictures do nothing for the actual experience of this home. Neil was Greatttt, very helpful & knowledgable. This vacation was our first experience abroad and I can't imagine what's going to beat the experience . I am so happy that we chose this home instead if a hotel , we would not have had the same experience and freedom !!!!! It's impossible to enjoy beautiful scenic Costa Rica from a hotel (my opinion) . You'll also need a 4wd vehicle to stay at Gorda Vista and to travel in Costa Rica period. This house is true to its specifications unlike some of the other properties we considered that we happened to see on the way (a lot of places were surrounded by dilapidated properties especially the condos) . You will not be disappointed. Food cooks differently up in the mountains so beware (we cooked 1x) . The monkeys and the birds sever as an alarm clock which added to the serenity. There was a family of Toucans and what seemed to be several families of white faces monkeys. This house is close enough, yet far enough away not too touristy. Perfect location!!!!! We plan to take our son back as his high school graduation gift. The tours are pricey but will not disappoint (diamanté verde tours & Karl was the best). P.S if you have a smart phone download a currency conversion calculator app, it was very useful. Don't forget to visit Manuel Antonio National Park & Quepos ( Mid World Zip line tour ) :)
Date of Stay: Apr 25 2013
Gorda Vista is Pura Vida!! Let's just start by saying I was skeptical that such a beautiful property was so reasonably priced but Gorda Vista was all it was pictured to be. The view is actually better than pictured. The landscaping was flawless and the pool was to die for. It's extremely private, and you feel safe and right at home unlike staying in an expensive boxed in hotel. The kitchen is well stocked and ready for any needs you may have. We saw white faced monkeys, Howlers, and plenty of Tucans in the surrounding forrest daily. There were four adults in my group and we were more than comfortable. Neil the manager is a delight and made our stay even better. Just be sure you have a 4x4 vehicle as the property is in the mountains. I also recommend the Atv tour with Diamante Verde, Carl is the coolest guy and the tour is worth more than the price of admission. PURA VIDA!!!
Guest: April N.
Date of Stay: Apr 25 2013
best view of dominical This house was amazing to say the least and the pictures do not do it justice. The privacy, infinity pool, gourmet kitchen, outdoor deck and grill, free internet, 360 deg views were just a few of my favorite things! The howler monkeys, birds ( toucans) frogs and more were daily visitors. Everything you needed was close by within 5 minutes of driving. ( 4 wheel drive a must for the short drive to the house-was an adventure in itself) Neil the house manager was VERY accomidating and helpful with tips of where to go and where not to/where to eat etc etc and always emailed me back in a timely manner. Words can't describe how great this vacation was and the surroundings. There were 4 of us (2 couples) which was a perfect amount of space! We hope to return in the furture. Loved loved this house and dominical!! 2 couples from montana and michigan
Guest: Moonlight Lodging
Date of Stay: Apr 18 2013
Awesome Villa Thanks Doug and Janet for letting us stay in your Gorda Vista paradise. What an amazing place! I know we were the first family that stayed in your villa...so thanks. We absolutely loved it. The kids enjoyed all the incredible wild life that came to visit...monkeys, toads, geckos, frogs, tucans, and all kinds of tropical insects that were fascinating. We did the big circle starting in San Jose and going to Arenal, Monteverde, Jaco, and then staying at your villa for the week...what a great finish. Loved the pool, the outdoor bar (where I had my scotch at night and coffee in the morning...miss that!), the great kitchen for cooking our meals, the fantastic 50+" TV and 300+ library of movies, awesome working internet, nice outdoor grill....where to stop. Also appreciated your manager "Neil" and his great recommendations for fresh fish, groceries, pharmacy, tours, etc. Also nice having the two cell phones (although we had trouble working one of them). We look forward to coming back again some day soon. Best wishes from Holland, Michigan. Look us up if you are ever in our area!
Date of Stay: Jan 4 2013
Pura Vida Wow Gorda Vista aka Fat View. You'll have it all-the sky, sea and jungle. The house is incredible with its hotel quality construction but it really feels like home. The kitchen is a dream for any foodie to cook in. Being able to open the walls to the outside area really felt like you're living one with nature. Big bonus no mosquitoes! The pool with the lounge chairs was a welcome relief as was the outdoor shower. If you are lucky you will wake to the "song of the jungle" the Howler Monkeys in the trees right besides the house. A walk down the road is like a nature preserve .You will see toucans, tree frogs, lizards and Blue Morpho butterflies, etc. The garden path is a surprisingly good workout too. A waterfall swimming hole and Dominical Beach with its amenities is a short drive away. A 4x4 is definitely recommended. This place is a MUST STAY!! Thank you. We will be back.
Guest: Sue & Wes
Date of Stay: Jan 14 2013
Outstanding! We spent seven wonderful nights at the villa and everything you have read from the previous reviews is true. We drove over from Puerto Viejo which was about an eight hour drive over the central mountains and needless to say, we were tired, hungry and ready to relax. Our arrival could not have been handled more smoothly, Lupe was just finishing preparing for our arrival and Neil made us feel at home and welcome. There is an excellent grocery store just down the road in Uvita and we had a wonderful dinner and also bought fresh shrimp to grill at La Macha. Definitely do NOT miss watching the stars from the pool, it's an amazing experience. We took the Dolphin/Whale watching tour and although we saw no whales, we had a great time with good snorkeling. If you're looking for tropical elegance in an outstanding setting, this is the place to be!! Ted and Joe - Evanston, IL
Guest: Ted and Joe - Evanston, IL
Date of Stay: Feb 22 2013
Awesome! We absolutely enjoyed our stay at Gorda Vista. The house is very clean and well equipped. The outdoor living area was great for meals and relaxing out of the sun. The pool and deck were well used. The abundance of wildlife (toucans & monkeys) was a bonus. The views are outstanding. We will be back!!
Date of Stay: Feb 14 2013
Better than the Photos Just returned from a week long stay at Gorda Vista, and I have to say it was awesome. Having rented vacation properties online before, and knowing that the properties aren't always as advertised, we were wondering how it would stack up to the pics that are posted. Wow! It is even better than we expected! The build quality on the house is outstanding and way above what you typically find in the area. Neil met us when we rolled into Dominical, and showed the property, explaining everything and answering all of our questions. The owners, Doug and Janet, came over the next day and brought us some coffee and visited for awhile. We had a troop of howler monkeys in the trees right next to the house, and there were white face monkeys nearby also, as well as toucans, parrots, iguanas and a Jesus lizard who spent his evenings at the top of one of the pillars by the pool. This house is definitely a premium find and we will be back. The Dominical/Uvita area is one of our favorite places for relaxation, but we also enjoy the numerous waterfalls (really nice one just down the road from the house) and beaches. Playa Ventanas is not to be missed. Osa Mountain Zipline was great, if you are adventurous. We bought fresh fish and shrimp from La Macha, which is very near the house, and grilled fresh veggies that we bought at the farmers market in San Isidro. You have to experience Tortilla Flats, get some wings and watch the sunset at Jolly Rogers, and check out Citrus (excellent dining in Ojachal). So much to do in the area if you are into getting out and exploring, but at the end of the day a cold Imperial, the Gorda Vista pool, and a nice sunset are pretty hard to beat.
Guest: Chris and Jonelle (Wichita, Kansas)
Date of Stay: Feb 19 2013
Stirred Gorda Vista is an unusual combination of a luxurious, well planned, brand new property with breath taking views and a very professional manager living close by and always ready to help the newcomer. The house, pinned in the jungle slopes faces the Pacific from most of its windows as does its ample infinity pool. Wildlife traffic can be observed daily at the tree tops guarding the property on both sides. Plenty of unspoiled volcanic beaches and adventure travel type activities are available close-by, but the tenant is always thankful to have well supplied Gorda Vista to return to when the sun bites too much. Also near one finds good fresh fish restaurants and reasonably supplied supermarkets. The road up to the house, requires a well kept all terrain vehicle. The description and photos are accurate. The house is clean and kept and I recommend this property.
Date of Stay: Dec 12 2012
Small corner of paradise My wife and I spent 5 wonderful but short-lived days at Gorda Vista and could not have had a more enjoyable experience. The house had the perfect design for the area as it opens up to the wonderful surroundings. The secluded settings were perfect for relaxing and privacy and enticed us to remain on the property as much as possible. We were not wanting for amenities and the owners were friendly and open about their experienced in CR. If you are looking for a house that welcomes you and enhances your Costa Rican experience, look no further.
Guest: Rick R.
Date of Stay Nov 21 2012
Secluded Private Paradise This property is just what the Doctor ordered for rest, rejuvenation and relaxation. It is located 500 feet on a hillside overlooking the Pacific ocean. The beach below is terrific for swimming and surfing. We visited seven different beaches all within a fifteen minute drive of the villa. Most are very secluded. The villa has everything a person would desire. The master bedroom is large with windows on two sides. The view of the ocean is something you never tire of when waking up in the morning. The master bathroom has a unique shower that has plenty of water pressure. The other bedroom also has a nice view and accompanying bathroom. Both rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans. We never used the air conditioning because of the wonderful breezes coming off the ocean. The kitchen is very well appointed and also has a nice view of the pool and ocean. Oodles of counter space including the large island. The fridge is large and the ice dispenser is a nice touch to keep your drinks cold. We used the barbecue quite often to grill the local fish. The living room area with flat screen T.V. is very comfortable and there are hundreds of movies to select. A nice way to end a relaxing day, watching a movie. The outdoor eating and lounge area beside the pool and overlooking the ocean is very enticing. You won't want to leave this area of the villa. Comfortable lounger and chairs are great to curl up on to read that new book. The infinity pool is crystal clear and perfect temperature. Being 45' long makes it perfect for swimming laps. It is a great way to start your day. The property itself is very secluded and private. It is on a hillside in the middle of a rain forest. The property is very secure and we felt safe our entire stay. The grounds are immaculate and great planning has been given to the design. On the lower plateau there are numerous fruit trees planted and I am sure they will provide bountiful amounts of fruit in the future. Overall, this is a gorgeous property that you will find totally relaxing with all the amenities anyone would want. The owners are very friendly and helpful.
Guest: Rammer (London, Ontario, Canada)
Date of Stay Nov 3 2012
Affordable Luxury After spending a few weeks at Gorda Vista earlier this year, I can definitely recommend it to those couples looking for an exclusive house with uniquely landscaped grounds and gardens, that combines upscale western comforts with the outdoor Costa Rican lifestyle. Carved out of a hillside and overlooking the ocean and an edible walking path garden, this gated property is secluded and completely private, though its only a short 10 minute drive to Dominical....make sure you have a 4 wheel drive though, the hill gets steep in sections and you cross a small stream in the wet season. The architecture and design of the house are truly one of a kind. Open concepts, retractable glass walls, handmade wooden furnishings, modern decor and fixtures that seamlessly blend the outdoor jungle, with indoor comforts. Private deck off the master bedroom, huge open glass and tile showers, large windows, modern marble counters in the kitchen, etc... No detail went overlooked in the design. All you need to bring is food and clothes. You'll spend most of your time poolside enjoying the large wooden deck, or sitting by the gardens on the veranda in the shade, sipping a cold drink from the wet bar, watching the kids splash in the infinity pool and feeling the cool ocean breeze flowing up the hillside. Although a humid and hot climate, we never used the air conditioning at all due to the breeze and the unique design of the airflow in the main house or the upper bedrooms. It's evident much thought went into the design so it never feels hot or stuffy inside. Astonishingly low in pests and insects, you'll be treated to untold varieties of monkeys and birds inhabiting the gardens and walking paths all bordering a lush jungle with cathedral like trees. The beach and Dominical are very close, but you'll have to drive unless you're feeling adventurous. We walked to the beach and back a few times but you'll need a dip in the pool or a quick splash in the outdoor shower afterwards to cool off. Gorda Vista is truly affordable luxury, nestled in the beautiful Costa Rican jungle. I will be back.
Guest: Onebuckcanuck (Edmonton, Canada)
Date of Stay May 6 2012
Oceanview Paradise I was fortunate enough to spend three weeks at Gorda Vista during May of 2012 and it was, without a doubt, the best vacation I have ever had in my life. The poolside view is nothing short of majestic. Each morning was spent sitting by the infinity pool, sipping on fresh Costa Rican coffee looking out over the jungle canopy and down onto the ocean below. The views from the balcony are even better! This luxurious home has every possible amenity you could think of including a big screen TV, movies at your disposal, a microwave, dishwasher, laundry facilities and even air conditioning...but you’ll never need it. The unique architectural design keeps the home at a warm but comfortable temperature both day and night. This, coupled with the ocean breeze that flows up from the hillside creates a perfect, relaxing temperature...not too hot and not too cold. The walls facing the ocean are made of folding glass doors that open onto the poolside deck creating a very unique and open atmosphere. I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s amazing. Beautiful cane ceilings can be found throughout the home and the luxurious design of the bathrooms are almost indescribable. There’s even an outdoor shower if you feel a little daring. Toucans, parrots and monkeys could frequently be seen travelling through the hillside and if you feel like going out on the town and listening to some live music you can do that, too. I absolutely love this place and I highly recommend you pay Gorda Vista a visit. I, for one, will definitely be going back. Pura Vida!
Guest: Kerouac (Canada)
Date of Stay May 12 2012
Notes and Additional InformationMinimum stay 5 nights, Add (13% local taxes) to rates, Cleaning fees included
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