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3 Bed 3 Bath Ocean View Home in Central Uvita with private pool

3 Bed 3 Bath Ocean View Home in Central Uvita with private pool


Property Details

Updated: Mar 16, 2015
Private home. 5 minutes from beach and town. On paved road.

Villa Licuala, situated on a paved road five minutes from Uvita, is a meticulously designed private three bedroom home. Set on three acres of landscaped botanical gardens that offer sweeping ocean views to one side and primary rain forest on the other, this secluded and luxuriant hideaway is totally attuned with its environment. The 500 million year old tropical rainforest dictated the design, use of materials, services and general ambiance. The result is ultra-deluxe comfort laced with total guest privacy in a low-key casual atmosphere.

There is a calm, eastern orderliness and tranquility about the home. The main architectural influence is Southeast Asian but there are Costa Rican influences as well. The al-fresco living space surrounding the coral stone courtyard, the central rancho lounge, the Balinese tiled pool and the single story colonnaded buildings adhere to feng shui principles. Most social activity extends or is visually directed into the central courtyard. The palate of spaces used provides guest settings with appropriate levels of sociability, privacy and intimacy. These spaces are further framed by a lush landscape that soothes and calms rather than confines. The architectural materials are the home’s primary ornaments. The multi-sloped roofs are finished in locally mined grey quartz. All floors are done in a soft but elegant coral stone that does not heat up in the tropical heat and provides a non-slip surface due to its porous nature. Exposed wood beams and trusses under the high sloping roof are emphasized and carefully oriented to maximize air flow. The roof gutters were crafted from intricate formed concrete to achieve a distinctively “oriental modern” style. Two large etched teak doors recycled from an old Manila home serve as the entrance to the master bedroom.

Interiors are both elegant and eclectic. The hand crafted wood windows encourage guests to take advantage of the continuous breezes that whip through the property but all rooms also have air conditioning and fans. All bathrooms and kitchens have imported fixtures and are lined with white quartz. The two master suites have king beds, full bathrooms, sea views and large walk-in closets. One of the master suites, in addition to a luxurious shower, has an outdoor roman bathtub with private garden views. The garden suite, ensconced with a comfy queen bed, has sea views, river views, a full bathroom, and a private terrace garden next to the river. The accompanied bath has a Javanese green stone pedestal sink next to a spacious open shower. All spaces are liberally accented with exquisite pieces collected by the well traveled owners. Flower arrangements are decoratively arranged throughout the living quarters and showcase several of the garden’s most rare and beautiful treasures.

The private pool is flanked by large hand carved stone statues that also serve as water fountains. The pool is tiled with Balinese Sukabumi green stone imported from Indonesia. The DE pool filter ensures unparalleled water clarity. Sweeping ocean views are visible from all angles of the pool and a bench allows guests to sit in the water while taking these views in.

The emphasis at Villa Licuala focuses around the extensive botanic garden. If you have any interest in the natural world, you’ll be bewitched by the sheer diversity on display here. Extravagantly colorful species link the house with the rainforest. An ancient wild nutmeg tree laden with ferns and philodendrons proffers shade and sits in the center of the estate. Hundreds of rare bromeliad species flank an extensive series of rustic limestone paths which meander through streams, bridges and pergolas. The estate specializes in rare palms and has one of the largest collections within the country. Over 260 types of rare palms, most native to New Caledonia and Madagascar, were imported and are now littered throughout the property and grouped according to genus. The heliconia collection does not disappoint with over 110 varieties and is the second largest collection in Costa Rica. The stone paths afford a greater chance to see and photograph wildlife as many of them cross through the heart of the primary rainforest. Guided garden tours are available on request. The informal and accommodating owners live on the second and third floor of the pagoda style home that sits 75 meters to the South and are friendly and full of information.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

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About the Owner

Victoria and Jason moved to Costa Rica in Victoria's mother's footsteps. They built their home in 2006 and live there with their two children Oliver and Ozzie.

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21 Reviews

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3 Bed 3 Bath Ocean View Home in Central Uvita with private pool
+506 -27438410
Dominical Puntarenas

Rainforest, Ocean, & private pool... great home!

Rainforest, Ocean, & private pool... great home!
  • 5 of 5
Beautiful property with all of the amenities you could ask for. The design & layout of the property sets the tone for relaxation and an atmosphere for enjoying family time. It is also great for multiple couples traveling together as each of the bedrooms provides complete privacy. The owners have thought of everything when it comes to this home. We felt right at home & enjoyed getting advice from Jason about excursions & dining. Everything was perfect!
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
3 Bed 3 Bath Ocean View Home in Central Uvita with private pool
+506 -27438410
Dominical Puntarenas

Vacation to Dominical

  • 5 of 5
I recently traveled to Costa Rica and stayed in in a beautifully renovated villa that is nestled nearly right in the jungle.
Beautiful ocean views could be seen from the comfort of the pool and natural sounds of the jungle could be heard as well. If you are looking for a peaceful place to rest while being surrounded by the beauty of Costa Rica then this property has many places to make you happy to
to stay. If you are interested in a nature walk, the grounds have a pathway that naturally passes into the jungle and back to your vacation home. Many of the wildlife creatures come close enough to get great photos of from the path. Take pictures with tropical monkeys and birds flying overhead. Jason and his wife Victoria were very accommodating and provided me with good cuisine ideas, and other local finds. Victoria helped me with booking some of my excursions. They were very pleasant and made for a nice relaxing fun filled vacation. This was a find that you have to see for yourself to believe.
  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
3 Bed 3 Bath Ocean View Home in Central Uvita with private pool
+506 -27438410
Dominical Puntarenas

Best Place to Stay In Uvita/Dominical - HANDS DOWN

  • 5 of 5
Jason and Victoria have really outdone themselves with this gorgeous 3 bedroom open air home. We stayed with them last year in their 2 bedroom apartment, and had a lovely time. This 3 bedroom was on a whole new level. It has its own pool, full outdoor kitchen, gorgeous spacious bathrooms (and an outdoor tub), and tons of open seating area, all with a view of the ocean. We saw amazing sunsets, monkeys almost everyday, and even a sloth hanging out in the trees nearby. As always, J&V are great hosts, and while you get extreme privacy here, you can always just walk up to their main home if you need anything. Despite everything being outdoors, there really aren't ANY bugs, and we would absolutely recommend this to anyone interested in staying somewhere affordable, luxurious, easy to access, and most of all, gorgeous on the Costa Ballena.
  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
3 Bed 3 Bath Ocean View Home in Central Uvita with private pool
+506 -27438410
Dominical Puntarenas

Nature at its best!

  • 5 of 5
We were so happy to have chosen to stay with the Hughes again. Their service is just great: friendly, helpful, clean and spacious rooms, nice fruit, enough parking, wonderful new swimming pool just for us!, beautiful construction details and a superb garden. This is what the Hughes offer in their lovely paradise corner. Nature does its part too: tucans, parrots, sloths, monkeys, and an uncountable number of other birds come every morning and evening to their private forest...quite spectacular. Views from the terrace to the magnificient Pacific Ocean which is just 5 minutes away by car. Their location is great as you have privacy.. you are practically in the forest but with the convenience that all you need is just at hand reach. Uvita itself is a wonder on Earth. We have always seen dolphins and whales on our trips may call it luck! The beaches are really nice: sand, palm horrible tall buildings at the shore! this place is still what my beautiful country used to be like 20 or 30 years ago...nature at its best!
Hope you can enjoy it and take care of it when you visit is worth a visit!
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
3 Bed 3 Bath Ocean View Home in Central Uvita with private pool
+506 -27438410
Dominical Puntarenas

perfect spot, perfect house, perfect hosts!!

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay at this house. This place is perfect for a small group of friends. We went with a baby and the hosts made everything to make us feel safe and at home. The view, the jungle, the monkeys, the peace that it feels there, the design and furnitures of the house, everything was just perfect. And the hosts were very helpful, friendly and respectful. We hope to come back soon! Thank you Victoria and Jason!
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
3 Bed 3 Bath Ocean View Home in Central Uvita with private pool
+506 -27438410
Dominical Puntarenas

Pura Vida :)

  • 5 of 5
This villa is absolutely amazing. It definitely surpassed my expectations. There was five of us who stayed and the three different villas were perfect for us. We mostly hung out in the common area. We walked through the path that was personally laid out by one of the owners, Jason. Some days we almost only wanted to hang out in just the villa!

Victoria and Jason are amazing hosts. They keep to themselves but are always available if you need to ask questions. They let us use their large outdoor kitchen one night and we were able to use their infinity pool at our leisure.

Victoria amazed me when she took my wish for making my boyfriends birthday special from the moment we arrived. She and I talked about a birthday sign and amenities to be there when we arrived and she went above and beyond. It was perfect :)

Jason was in the middle of building a pool in the private villa when we were there. I 100% want to book another week once that's finished.

I would recommend this vacation rental to anyone!! Family getaway, friends getaway or romantic getaway. Not only is the property stunning but the hosts make for an unforgettable experience!!!
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


From the Owner

The property is one of the few ocean view lots that has a paved road and is close to town (less than 5 minutes). It is also the first lot in the development that is flanked by primary rain forest. This property is 5 minutes by car to the nearest beach called Hermosa.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Quepos at 35 Miles Nearest Barpub : Casona de Dona Maria at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : San Buenas Golf Club at 20 Miles Nearest Motorway : Costanera at 1.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Whales and Dolphins Hotel at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Hermosa and Marino Ballena National Park at 7 Miles Car: necessary

Uvita is in the heart of Costa Rica's Southern zone. It is the gateway to Ballena National Park. The Jardines del Morete development is comprised of several private residences and has one of the few paved roads in the area. The local beaches of Chaman and Hermosa are less than five minutes by car. Uvita has several restaurants, two large supermarkets, two banks, an urgent care center with adjacent pharmacy, auto mechanic, a gas station, three rental car companies and a host of other commercial services.


From $150 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jan 11 2015 - Apr 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
Mid Season
May 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
Sep 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 1 2015 - Dec 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 19 - Jan 3
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

A twenty percent down payment is required for reservation. This is non-refundable. We accept Paypal and Wells Fargo transfers. The remainder is payable to the property caretakers.

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Updated: Mar 16, 2015


From the Owner

The property is very close to town but definitely removed from the commercial center. Most ocean view homes for rent in Uvita require 4 wheel drive and involve rather long drives up steep slopes (at least 15 minutes up a hill for the majority of Uvita ocean view homes). This is one of the primary reasons Jason and Victoria bought here. Add in the primary forest laced with an ocean view and a paved road and there was really no other option that even remotely compared. There are also strong winds here that are unique and cool down the property by at least five degrees relative to the rest of Uvita.

Property Type

  • villa


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


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


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • River


  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 1600 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, This bathroom has a full roman bath as well as indoor shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • All bathrooms have premium fixtures and are lined in white quartz.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, Garden Room
  • Master suites have king beds, air conditioning, fans, walk in closets, ocean views, indirect lighting and cathedral ceilings. The garden room has the above amenities except has a queen bed and a dresser instead of a walk in closet.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

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  • Extensive forest paths for wildlife viewing

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