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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Uvita, Province of Puntarenas

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SamanthaP...
Paris, France
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Absolutely Lovely”
Reviewed 9 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Great from stay to finish.
Great house, great views.
Friendly helpful people.
Stay here it's lovely.
You wake up with the sounds of the jungle at 5am!

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Liked best: The sounds of the jungle
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
9 Apr 2014
Thanks so much for your kind comments. We hope more Parisians will make their way to Casa Uvita! Je suis très heureuse que vous aimiez Casa Uvita, Costa Rica!
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sheldondu...
West Olive, Michigan
2 reviews
“Just what we were looking for…and more!”
Reviewed 14 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

We are coming to the end of our month at Casa Uvita, and we will be sad to go. It has been an amazing adventure! And a true home away from home. As we round the corner coming up the mountain and see the beautiful flowers cascading over the bank, we know we are back to our refuge. The house is beautifully designed to make you feel like you are a part of the rain forest--almost like being outside all the time. The wood floors and ceilings and woodwork and furniture are exquisite--and immaculately clean! The daily light housekeeping was far from light!
The best treat was just sitting on whatever deck had the best ocean breezes at the moment and watching and listening to the forest life around us. Howler monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, toucans, aracaris, mealy parrots, and even a Scarlet Macaw. We could hear the sound of the surf, even from our bed. Owls hooted at night.
Just a short drive down the mountain and across the highway and we could walk the long beach out to the whale's tale at low tide. It was the perfect place for swimming, as the waves were minimal.
Michele was a great host, always ready to help with anything we needed, and wanting to make our stay perfect. Consuelo, besides keeping everything so spotless, taught us how to make tortillas and pizza dough and chicken asado. Gerardo found the sloth for us, whenever it was around. Alison was a joy, practicing her English on us. And Keylor has the internet connection in great working order! We even shared some "extended family" meals together.
The Uvita/Ojochal/Dominical area has many fine restaurants. Michele will be happy to pass on our recommendations.
We can't imagine a better place to have started learning to be retired.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
13 Mar 2014
You truly became part of our family at Casa Uvita. Your "good vibes," patience and quiet demeanor led to you spotting sloths, toucans, aracaris, slaty tailed trogans, mealy parrots, capuchins, howlers, and yes...that elusive scarlet macaw. You taught us all that retirement means finally having time to enjoy life, nature, and better yet, one another. Ching, ching!
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Alex R
San Francisco
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Treat yourself to an out-of-this-world experience”
Reviewed 1 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

Casa Uvita is a deluxe, rustic hideaway in the Costa Rican rainforest. If the use of "deluxe" and "rustic" in the same sentence seems a contradiction in terms, then you must experience Casa Uvita for yourselves and discover that yes, you can have it all even in the middle of a Central American jungle.

A short trip along an unpaved road off of Highway 34 brings you to the beautiful 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom dwelling that is Casa Uvita. Caretaker Michele Gonzalez and her staff greeted us at the front door upon our arrival.

Large and open-aired, Casa Uvita is situated on a slight hill above the road that continues on up a mountain. Three patios—a large patio next to the kitchen on the ground floor, another large patio on the second floor and a small though ample patio outside the main bedroom—afford the traveler views to the west and the Pacific Ocean. The views are framed by tall jungle trees that become populated by exotic birds at sunset.

Caretaker Michele Gonzales calls the time beginning around four p.m. "the magic hour" and deservedly so.

The "show" began with a group of six howler monkeys foraging for food high up in the trees and easily visible from la casa. As we looked at the monkeys through binoculars, Chestnut-mandibled toucans, Blue-gray tanagers, bright green Mealy parrots, Fiery-billed Aracaris and Slaty-tailed trogons began to land in the trees to the west of the property. (One afternoon, a pair of Chestnut-mandibles toucans landed on a tree branch almost within reaching distance from a porch deck.) The colorful birds, setting sun and mighty Pacific Ocean provided a setting of natural beauty truly beyond words.

Unseen cicadas are also everywhere; you may never see them, but they certainly let you know they're there. Alpha male howler monkeys also begin to roar as sunset approaches. A half hour or so after one sunset, I realized that the howling alpha males had reduced in number to one. The jungle reverberated from the bellowing of this "King of the Jungle" until he decided he'd had enough of a say for that day.

Casa Uvita is also across the highway from Marina Bellena National Park beach, home of the natural wonder known as "the whale's tail." The beaches are wide and the ocean floor slopes slowly and gently into deeper water. The water is "bathtub warm."

We stayed at Casa Uvita during the dry season. Whether you choose to travel to Casa Uvita during the wet or dry seasons, we were advised that a piece of key advice for travelers is to bring quick dry clothing. The dry season is warm and humid and the wet season is well-named.

Call Casa Uvita paradise twelve months a year!

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Liked best: The natural surroundings
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
1 Mar 2014
I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at Casa Uvita. It's so great when my guests get into learning about the rainforest -- trees, bugs, birds and monkeys. You guys saw it all! The only thing that escaped you was a sloth! So great to meet you and I hope to see you again! Pura vida!
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CalAdvent...
California
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Rustic Nature Setting or Luxury? At Casa Uvita You Can Have It All!”
Reviewed 26 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

Wow, Casa Uvita was all we hoped for from reading the reviews, and more! First, the house itself is gorgeous. It is amazing to be in such a remote and eco-conscious place, completely off the grid, and yet experience such luxury. Secondly, the setting is fabulous. Just sitting on the deck, taking in the view and the sights and sounds of the jungle, was all we needed to make our vacation a huge success. We saw wonderful birds, monkeys and even a sloth – no need to go to a crowded park; it was all right there in our front and back yard! The wildlife is especially amazing at dusk and dawn – we really miss waking to the sounds of the howler monkeys!
If you want to do more (though you don’t really need to in order to have a great visit), there are so many options – beautiful hikes, picture postcard perfect beaches, waterfalls and swimming holes all to yourself, kayak and snorkeling adventures, and great restaurants (though we mostly ate in – the store is right at the bottom of the road, the kitchen is lovely and there is an outdoor BBQ).
And these are just the things we managed to fit into 4 days at Casa Uvita – we need to come back and stay longer! The best part: our hostess, Michele, was so warm, welcoming and happy to help us plan our days of adventure. We never would have discovered a fraction of the area on our own. She will tell you the best place to hike at low tide, the best beach spot for the sunset, the best guides in the area, the best restaurants, whatever your heart desires. Her sense of wonder, excitement and passion for protecting the environment are infectious. Thank you, Michele, for the best visit to Costa Rica imaginable!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Jan 2014
I was thrilled to have guests so interested in learning about the birds, monkeys, and bugs! You came prepared to hike, snorkel and beach comb, but I'm glad you also found some time to simply sit on the deck and take in the views and endless sounds. Pura vida!
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Tulsa OK
Reviewed 17 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013

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