While the pictures give you the right impression of the beauty and serenity of Kubla Khan, they still can't quite capture what a special place this is. It was a perfect ending to our 17 day trip through Costa Rica. The entire property is gorgeous; we enjoyed wandering around the river area and the garden, and spent lots of time on the porch looking out over the cloud forests. Angus and Tania were incredibly welcoming and gracious and made our stay a delight.
The kitchen is well-equipped including basics for cooking (olive oil, seasoning, etc.), which is nice as there are minimal options for eating out in the area...definitely stock up on ingredients in San Isidro if you plan to cook. The owners were nice enough to offer access to their organic gardens for fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
When I think about going back to Costa Rica, this place is what I picture.
Kubla Khan is absolutely heavenly! The view from the deck is spectacular beyond words, and the photos don't do it justice. Breathtaking really. This area is the most biodiverse place in CR. You'll see tons of colorful birds, variety of butterflies, fireflies at night, and maybe even some monkeys. The swimming hole was amazing too. The attention to detail at this place is impossible to describe. We were there for 2 weeks, still noticing things we hadn't yet seen.
At first we wanted to be somewhere closer to the airport, but we are SO glad our intuition told us to stay here. The drive was just gorgeous. Straight out of a travel magazine. Everything we needed was within a 30 minute drive, and would have been impossible to find somewhere more magical.
The home and the grounds are impeccable. The weather was perfect everyday, and we loved the rainstorms mid day. Angus and Tania were extremely helpful, accommodating, and welcoming. They even went shopping for us because we were there on a holiday and all the stores were going to be closed! We loved the chocolate lady and the delicious cheese place! I think we went to both places 7 times during our two week stay... Don't miss the hiking in the rainforest at Talamanca, the hot springs, the fish shop, and the incredible Monte Azul restaurant which are all very close by. We also loved the gorgeous Dominical beach, which is about a 2 hour drive but totally worth it... The water is crystal clear and very warm! This was the best vacation of our lives! We had a truly magical experience and didn't want to leave! We will definitely be coming back soon!
It was the perfect altitude, the perfect temperature, the perfect people, and the perfect everything else. Oh, and let me tell you a little secret............. If you invite Angus and Tania over for dinner (and cook them something nice), you get to pick their brains and learn all kinds of amazing things about Costa Rica that you'll be glad you learned. Not only did we have an amazing stay, but we made new friends for life.
Enjoy your stay. You made the right choice.
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I absolutely loved this place! I was worried it wouldn't be as pretty as the pictures. It was even more beautiful. My one and only complaint would be the roads leading to the house and other local destinations. They are very scary. We left our car parked and used a driver that the owners put us in touch with. Angus & Tania were the best host. We spoke no Spanish and Angus did a lot of extra things as far as translation with locals for us. The views were amazing!! I can not tell you enough how much I enjoyed it. It was the rainy season and it rained a lot!!! I'm planning another trip already for December and I just got home yesterday.
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