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New 2014 Surfers Casual Luxury Paradise Home 4 Min Walk To Playa Guiones Surf

New 2014 Surfers Casual Luxury Paradise Home 4 Min Walk To Playa Guiones Surf


Property Details

Updated: May 22, 2015
2 Bedroom 2.5 Bathrooms Sleeps 5-6 2700 Sq Ft Living Area

Located in the prestigious and most desirable K Section, El Santuario Playa Guiones, is only a four minute walk to the Guiones surf break, yet is off the beaten path on a private road, with great privacy, and no foot or car traffic near the property. This casual luxury and beachy home has incorporated all that is unique and rustic about Costa Rica, combined with a light contemporary twist.

This open air, Balinese inspired home envelops you in lush jungle while you’re pampered with convenience and privacy. The dominant use of local teak and other local wood throughout, gives the home its rustic character, creating a contrasting canvas for the modern decor and accents. Locally harvested woods, polished concrete and contemporary silhouettes harmonize with nature and each other. Spacious and airy, the living area is ideal for entertaining, with a bar and dining table that each seat eight. The focal point of the home, this is the area that brings guests together and overlooks the lush gardens and dipping pool.

The dipping pool and patio is the spot to relax and cool off, after a day at the beach, or one of the many other excursions Nosara has to offer. Entirely surrounded by jungle, this is as private as it gets with plenty of outdoor seating, dining and lounging space. Earthy and casual, El Santuario, nonetheless provides you with a luxurious nature lover’s retreat located in one the best spots in Costa Rica.

The cool and bright master suite has a private entrance, and is complete with a private patio, beautifully and simply appointed bath constructed of polished concrete with a hand carved stone basin, modern crystal chandelier and private indoor and outdoor showers. The master bedroom is set for romance, perfect for both honeymooners, and parents alone time away from the kids. All lighting is on dimmable switches, including the bathroom and patio. There is a king size American pillow top bed, luxury Spalena sheets, flat screen TV, with 150 DVD collection, Wi-Fi, large cedar closet, and air conditioning.

Sleeping in the Treetop screened in bedroom with the howler monkeys, pizote and iguanas running free outside, takes your breath away! Climb the spiral staircase to the Treetop bedroom made entirely of wood and be transported to a jungle paradise, an adventure for all ages. Warm and inviting, this is a unique and peaceful place to relax and dream.

The kitchen comes with everything you’ll need to make spectacular meals and enjoy dining al fresco. Costa Rican coffee and fresh fruit smoothies in the morning, fresh locally caught fish and veggies for dinner, all made in the comfort of your own open air jungle kitchen. There is also a comfortable table and chairs to dine inside the master in air conditioning. The grocery shopping can be done prior to your arrival, and there are local wonderful chefs available to cook meals and stock the fridge full of homemade natural foods, for those hunger pangs after a long surf, local adventure or yoga class.

Security is a priority with a fully integrated security system and 24 hour monitoring. Doors are heavy solid steel and there are 2 large bodegas on property for your secure storage, one has a dehumidifier and is large enough for all of your larger belongings, not just the small stuff. The large surfboard and bicycle bodega, surf shower and indoor and outdoor drying racks are the perfect surfers set up, to take advantage of one of the prime reasons to visit this area.

Two very important things about El Santuario; There is a very large water tank, so when the water is turned off in Guiones, which happens quite often in the High Season/Dry season for 12 -16 hours at a time daily, you will have water 24/7. There is also no road dust near the property, since it is not near a main road.

The K Section neighborhood is very serene, there are no businesses or restaurants, yet it is only a 6-7 minute walk to a few restaurants, surf schools and board rentals. The world famous Nosara Yoga Institute, and many other yoga studios to choose from, is only a 10 minute walk. In the Swiss European designed downtown Guiones, there are lovely shops, grocery stores and several other restaurants, only 15-20 minutes walking distance. The property has private parking for your rental car.

Heralded by National Geographic, Travel & Leisure and CNN as one of the top 15 places to visit in 2014, and one of the best surfing destinations in the world, Playa Guiones is a nature and beach lovers playground. Both Playa Guiones and 30 minutes north at Playa San Juanillo are beautiful snorkeling spots and encourage you to enjoy all of your favorite water sports. Playa Ostional, the northern most beaches in Nosara, provides the incredible experience of sea turtles numbering in the hundreds of thousands lay their eggs while millions of baby turtles hatch.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I am pleased to be able to share my home in the jungle with you. I wish for you to have wonderful memories, that will last your lifetime. El Santuario was designed to have a feeling of closeness with the nature around you, bringing a true Costa Rican adventure.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

What an amazing experience! The place is awesome, the locals are really friendly and the house is so amazing. Both of us enjoyed every second of our experience here in Costa Rica. Even though we are not surfers, we enjoyed watching and attempting to get onto a board. What an amazing experience. Perfect Honeymoon!! Did I mention we love the house!

Pura Vida! Mindy & Donny
Sep 2014
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New 2014 Surfers Casual Luxury Paradise Home 4 Min Walk To Playa Guiones Surf
Playa Guiones Guanacaste

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5
I recently stayed at El Santuario, Feb/11 -16 and found the house to be just that; a sanctuary. Showed up to a couple of cold Imperials, nice dip in the pool, and walked down to catch the sunset. The house has a great welcoming and secure vibe, I really enjoyed the outdoor kitchen and living space. Everything was very user friendly, Slept in the upstairs rancho and found it to be quite relaxing and cool at night, great air flow with nice fans and big screened windows. Visits from some Costa Rican wildlife throughout the days and evenings, Monkeys, Pazote's, and Toads! The onsite staff were very nice and friendly and take great care of the property! The power went out one time during my stay but only for a few minutes. All and all a great stay, I would highly recommend staying at El Santuario and will return in the future.
  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Megan, I am so happy you enjoyed your stay at El Santuario. I love getting to share my little Sanctuary. Thank you for taking good care of my home, and it will be lovely to have you back.
Cheers, Trisha
New 2014 Surfers Casual Luxury Paradise Home 4 Min Walk To Playa Guiones Surf
Playa Guiones Guanacaste
Denver, CO

Thoughtful design, perfect private location, impeccable owner support!

  • 5 of 5
From first contact owner Trisha is incredibly responsive and helpful with any question or concern one may have. Her excellent taste and comprehensively thoughtful design make this an amazing and comfortable house to enjoy for a week or more. Every room and open area has been carefully considered and includes little touches and convenient features that make you right at home and appreciative of the time and work that went into creating this lovely place. For example, there is an outdoor shower on the side of the master bedroom with beautiful stone wall that has a perfect shelf for soap and shampoo. There's a second outdoor shower and foot rinse where you might want to rinse off yourself and a surfboard after returning from the beach. Lighting, ceiling fans, security devices, all with switches where you want them and in plentiful supply. Nice towels and linens, interesting art work and light fixtures. The kitchen was the best equipped of any rental property we have ever seen! It is clear Trisha enjoys cooking when she's at the house, and renters get to take advantage of the nice pots and pans, modern appliances, and array of utensils she has provided.
An easy walk to the gorgeous beach, surf schools, some good restaurants, and again Trisha offers lots of helpful insights and advice on anything you might need to access. The property managers are also very responsive to any needs and provide a concierge service if you want them to set up transportation, zip line, etc. An unexpected bonus -- a truck comes up the street twice a week with a loudspeaker announcing availability of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is very convenient if you want to skip the walk to the mini markets.
Remember that you are in the jungle despite the houses and other development around you. The racoons came almost every night in hopes we had left something within their reach and to wash up in the pool. Other small critters and insects can make an appearance as well, but we weren't bothered much by bugs in the dry season. The open air kitchen, dining, living and pool area are airy and bright, and we were very happy to spend time just relaxing at the house in between beach and other activities. This place is done really WELL! We'd highly recommend to close friends.
  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Rick, Thank you for your kind words about my property. It was a great pleasure hosting you and your wife, even my friend Didi at the Silver Tree, told me how lovely you are. Thank you, for taking good care of my home. I am so pleased you enjoyed your time in my home, and Nosara. I feel blessed to get to share my home with people like you, I hope it brought you many wonderful memories. Cheers, Trisha
New 2014 Surfers Casual Luxury Paradise Home 4 Min Walk To Playa Guiones Surf
Playa Guiones Guanacaste

Super comfortable and close walk to the beach

  • 5 of 5
I stayed here from Novemer 2-8, 2014, and loved it! The beds were the most comfortable ones that I have slept in and I have stayed all over Nosara. I surf one to two times a day and the beach was about a 5 min walk. I really appreciated the easy storage for the 9'0 longboard I was renting as well. Because the house is at the end of a dead end street, there was never an issue with traffic noise. I always felt safe and also felt secure that my belongings were not at risk. The living area is completely open and open to the kitchen as well. This was great for when we hosted a dinner and had people over. Everything you needed to prepare your meal was available and while cooking you could always engage with your company. I would definitely recommend staying here and plan on staying again. Thanks Trish!!
  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Albert, It was a pleasure hosting you, I look forward to you staying at El Santuario again! I am so pleased that you enjoyed yourself. Thank you, for being such a wonderful guest in my home.
Cheers, Trisha
New 2014 Surfers Casual Luxury Paradise Home 4 Min Walk To Playa Guiones Surf
Playa Guiones Guanacaste
Ontario, Canada


  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay in Nosara! A beautiful place. We can't wait to come back. Hopefully, we plan to return next year with our 2 daughters. The home was perfect. We loved the openness. The gardens provided perfect privacy. It was everything we hoped for. We loved the beach and enjoyed surfing, ziplining & relaxing. There are many fantastic restaurants in Nosara! We will be back! Thank you for our awesome stay!
  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting you. I am so pleased you enjoyed your time at El Santuario. We would love to have you and your daughters back. Happy Holidays! Cheers, Trisha
New 2014 Surfers Casual Luxury Paradise Home 4 Min Walk To Playa Guiones Surf
Playa Guiones Guanacaste

Just one word needed..WOW!

  • 5 of 5
I immediately fell in love with this house when I set foot there. The arcitechture is very tasteful and modern and you really get a wow feeling, you can tell someone (the owner Trisha) has put a lot of heart here.
Another thing is that is so private, the hole house is open but so private from the surroundings you easily feel safe in this house.
I was sleeping in the top bedroom and it really felt like luxury tenting, you were sleeping right in the jungle but in a comfortable bed and didnt get tormented by bugs. The most amazing bedroom I have had!;) My friend who had the master bedroom nearly didnt want to leave it:D A bedroom With all the Comfort you can think of and a gorgeous bathroom built in stone, you also have a outside shower that is awesome! its something about taking a shower out in the free:)
The Kitchen is built very social, perfect for a dinner party or gathering all the family to cook together.
Its only a few minutes walk down to the beach who is perfect for surfing, beautiful big beach with perfect sand and no rocks.
Trisha is absolutely amazing and extremely helpful with anything you'd need, she also answers your questions almost immediately:) Matt and Katie is very proffessional and sweet, you really feel welcome.
Yesenia keeps the house spotless and if you want she makes a fantastic rice dish that you can keep for days in the fridge, perfect to just warm up coming from the beach:)
The garden is also spotless, kept in shape by Elliot, really nice plants and trees. Guess that's why the monkeys and beautiful birds like to keep close:)
I can't belive how fast the week flew by and I didn't want to leave, I'll definitely be back to this amazing place and house!
Thank you Trisha for letting us stay here during our vacation!
  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting all of you on your girls adventure trip. I am so happy you loved the property, and found your worries immediately put to rest, as far as there are no problems with mosquitoes or bugs in the Treetop bedroom, or in the open areas of the house. We all work very hard to keep everything well kept up, so there are no problems with bugs, making it so wonderful to have such an incredible experience of living with the jungle all around you. it was a pleasure to host all of you, all of the staff says hello, and are looking forward to your return. Kind regards, Trisha
New 2014 Surfers Casual Luxury Paradise Home 4 Min Walk To Playa Guiones Surf
Playa Guiones Guanacaste

Simply Magical!

  • 5 of 5
Our family has travelled extensively globally and we have never experienced such a magical place as El Sancturario. The attention to design, beautiful jungle setting and the open architectural plan all leads to creating the perfect place to explore Nosara. Our kids loved the howler monkeys and the treetop room. Trisha is a wonderful host as well as the property manager(Katie and Matt), were always available as needed, did an exceptional job of shopping for our large family prior to our arrival and for a modest fee had a warm Costa Rican meal waiting. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: What a fabulous pleasure it was to share my home with your family! I am so happy you all had a wonderful time. I hope the kids remember sleeping in the Treetop bedroom for years to come. Katie, my manager couldn't stop telling me how much she loved your family, she really enjoyed talking with the children. It is so much fun for me to be a part of such a wonderful family holiday! Cheers, Trisha


From the Owner

I looked at properties all over central and south America, before finding this special place. I knew the first 60 seconds I stood on the property, this was the exact spot to build my new home. I hope you will also feel the sense of wellbeing on this special spot, that I do.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Beach : Playa Guiones / 4-5 minute walk to surf break at 400 Metres Car: not necessary

The house is near the south Guiones beach entrance 'Bakers Beach' in the K Section. This is the quietest and most beautiful area on Playa Guiones. I love to walk out of the mangroves onto the sand at the beach entrance, take a left and walk a couple miles down the beach, there are very few people on this area of Playa Guiones. You will come to a lovely fishing village, lined with palm trees, where you can buy fresh fish in the mornings. There are also tide pools down left a little ways from the entrance, you will find great shallow pools to sit and swim in, and when the current is not strong, you will find all kinds of wonderful sea life while snorkeling. You will love the location of El Santuario, it is quiet and away from the bustle of town, yet it is not far to walk into town. The surf break near the Bakers Beach entrance is not crowded like the main break, which is only a few minutes up from the entrance to the right. Take the whole family out to enjoy the sunset, have a cold beer or a glass of wine and relax, or get in the water and enjoy the amazing sunset from your board.


From $200 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Green Season
May 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
Summer Break
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
Very Green Season
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
Best Month Weather
Nov 1 2015 - Nov 21 2015
4 night minimum stay
High Season / Thankgiving
Nov 22 2015 - Nov 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 1 2015 - Dec 15 2015
4 night minimum stay
Holidays Christmas /NYE
Dec 16 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 3 2016 - Mar 20 2016
4 night minimum stay
Easter Week
Mar 21 2016 - Mar 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Mar 28 2016 - Apr 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning Fee $100.00
  • Refundable damage deposit $500.00

Rental is reserved only when rental agreement is signed and deposit is paid. There can be several people looking for the same time period, at the same time.
$100.00 Cleaning Fee
$500.00 Damage Deposit, held on your credit card through vrbo, returned to your credit card within 1 week after check out.
Rental prices quoted are for 4 adults, or a single family. Over 4 adults extra fee.
I am personally charged 2.5% of all rental amount charged, including taking the Damage Deposit on credit card. There are extra charges of another 1,5% for credit cards from Canada or Europe, I will deduct this amount when returning the Damage Deposit. Otherwise, I am charged with 4% of the rental amount by vrbo.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Updated: May 22, 2015


From the Owner

One of the greatest things about this property, there is no road dust near El Santuario, which can be a big problem in Nosara. No one can walk or drive near the property, yet it is very close to the beach. There is a lot of natural jungle around the property, on a daily basis you will have monkeys, pizotes, and many other animals passing through. You cannot see the ocean through the jungle, but you hear it loud and clear.

Property Type

  • house


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


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 2700 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet, shower, outdoor shower, Polished concrete done in the true old Italian way.
  • Rancho Bathroom - toilet, shower, This is the main bathroom of the house.
  • Treetop Bathroom - Toilet and sink


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite, with Private Patio - 1 king, Romantic and Private!
  • Treetop Bedroom - 1 king, 1 double, Everyone's favorite room!


  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Other services available at the property; Private Chef, Private massage, Private Yoga instruction, and Daily Maid Service. These are services that can be booked through the property management, for an extra fee. Please feel free to send me any questions you have about these extra services.

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