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Award-Winning Luxury Ocean View Villa with very Private Pool - near Best Beach

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

About the property

3 bedrooms with Queen beds, 2 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 6 - 8

With its nearby beach, gorgeous ocean views, upscale amenities, and secluded location, it’s no wonder that Villa Mariposa is once again TripAdvisor's Top Vacation Rental for Ojochal. Again and again, our guests rave about our jungle paradise on the Costa Ballena in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it too.

OUTDOOR LIVING AT ITS BEST!

The spacious poolside terrace is one of the villa’s best features. French doors open onto a shaded living area, a separate sun-drenched deck and stunning views of the ocean. With plenty of lounge chairs and natural breezes, it’s a restful place to savor your morning coffee, sunbathe, or get caught up in a good book. All the while, you’ll be awed by the hummingbirds, Scarlet Macaws, and incredible blue butterflies—just a few of the species that populate the tropical garden and surrounding jungle. When you’re ready for a dip, the private pool boasts scenic views of the Whale’s Tail and the coastline up to Manuel Antonio National Park. The estate is gated and completely private; there are no neighbors in sight!

GUESTS WHO LOVE OUR VILLA

This one-story villa has a natural flow to its design, and with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an optional fourth bedroom, it provides plenty of space for extended families or several couples. It's also an amazing option for a honeymoon couple to claim as their own. The central dining and living area is flanked by two large bedrooms, including the master bedroom. Both have French doors that open onto the terrace. You’re literally steps away from the pool and you can view the ocean from most every room of the house.

The master bedroom is especially luxurious. It boasts views of the ocean and the pool, an en-suite bathroom with an oversized glass block shower, a plush queen-size bed, and a walk-in closet. You’ll feel pampered during your stay.

DESIGNED WITH ATTENTION TO DETAILS

Every detail was considered when designing Villa Mariposa and the comfort of our guests. The villa has teak-beamed cathedral ceilings, custom handmade cedar doors, cabinets and furniture, and a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen opens onto the outdoor terrace, so you can easily dine alfresco while watching the sunset. The house was built 800 feet above sea level and is cooled by natural breezes. In addition to all this, Villa Mariposa was built in 2009 and retains the look and feel of a brand-new vacation home.

SECLUDED LOCATION CLOSE TO THE BEST BEACHES, RESTAURANTS & ACTIVITIES

When it comes to location, the villa couldn't be better situated. We’re minutes from the Coastal highway and Ventanas Beach—a virgin strip of palm tree studded sand hidden in a secluded bay. The surrounding cliffs and ocean caves add to the beauty of the area, and you can walk through the ocean caves at low tide.

The villa is also minutes from the village of Ojochal, renowned in Costa Rica for its international cuisine and world-class dining experiences in the jungle. You will find Canadian, American and European expatriates living there in a cooperative culture with the villagers. We include our restaurant recommendations for some of the best French, Italian, Thai, German, Swiss, Indonesian restaurants on our website and in the villa information binder. The binder also includes our scrumptious secret recipe for sea bass which you can prepare in the gourmet kitchen and enjoy with chilled wine on terrace overlooking the ocean.

If you’re looking for adventure, experience zip-lining or take a horseback tour through the lush rainforest to Nauyaca Falls, where you can swim in the natural pools or jump from the falls. You can also get close to tame toucans and Scarlet Macaws at Don Lulo’s home, where the tour stops for a typical Costa Rican fare. It makes for a very memorable photo op!

CONCIERGE SERVICES & LOCAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Our English-speaking property manager, Heather, is happy to provide concierge services, including booking tours and activities prior to your arrival and during your stay. Heather will greet you the villa and is available for any questions you may have. She is here to ensure your stay at Villa Mariposa is enjoyable and worry-free.

With all of this and so much more you are sure to have a memorable experience and your best vacation ever.

VIEW MORE PHOTOS & DESCRIPTIONS ON OUR WEBSITE - Click Amenities tab and Scroll down to the bottom for our web link

Want to know more about our villa rental? Give me, Ellen, a call for details. Or if you prefer to email first, put your phone number in the inquiry too. I'm happy to call you if it makes it easier for you than emailing questions back & forth.

More Details

Owner
Ellen
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, We take other languages & use Google translate
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2017

About Ellen

We are from Toronto and were looking for warm place with natural beauty and a great community of people where we could enjoy the winters and eventually retire. Like many of the world travelers who come to live here we fell in love with this remarkably unique community of Ojochal with so much to offer. We are minutes from Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches exceptional restaurants, dramatic landscapes, impressive national parks, and activities that satisfy our sense of adventure.

Ellen purchased this house in 2009

Why Ellen chose Puntarenas

We love our gorgeous ocean view of Ventanas beach and body surfing in the ocean there. It’s one of the most spectacular and pristine beaches in Costa Rica. We adore great food and it’s wonderful to be living minutes away from Ojochal, which is becoming the culinary center of Costa Rica, and dining out at 5 star French, Italian and Thai restaurants in the jungle.

What makes this house unique

We value our privacy and love the luxury of the private pool whether we are swimming in it, floating on it, lounging beside it or looking over it at the ocean view. It makes for a very intimate setting which is also wonderful to experience and share with good friends.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

5

A Patch of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Villa Mariposa, Ojochal, Costa Rica

Even months after our week at Villa Mariposa, photos of our stay there bring back the tingle of heightened senses. That can’t be said for an all-inclusive.

When we turned off the costal highway up the steep road that led to our villa, the changing evening light added to our excitement. The higher we climbed the more I knew our Villa would be in a special place. I was right.

The property manager, Ben, met us in the courtyard, then stood back as the four of us walked through the elegant main room through to the french doors that lead to the pool terrace. There we stopped, awestruck by the impact of the surreal pink glow of the entire sky, the view clear to the ocean, the shimmering pool, and the crazy wonderful noises of creatures in the jungle surrounding us. Actually, tears welled up in my eyes. “For us?” I thought? “Just for us … for a whole week?” My job has put me in many luxurious rooms. But Villa Mariposa stands apart. Our 16 year old daughter was having the same reaction. Our 19 year old son forgot to be cool, and I could see my husband, a photographer, already sizing up the landscape. Ben was smiling, like, everyone reacts like this when they arrive.

It was all we could do to politely listen to the few instructions Ben had for us. Within seconds after he left we were splashing and giggling in the pool. And that’s pretty much how it went for the rest of the week. In the day we did all the normal Costa Rican things close by: exhilarating zip lines, muddy ATV tours for the boys, luxurious spas for the girls, clean beaches, specialty restaurants, etc. And every time we came back to the Villa, in fact, every morning waking up, we found ourselves transfixed by the patch of paradise that Bernie and Ellen have created.

Ellen and Bernie have set things up so there is nothing to do but explore the local towns to buy groceries: A fully appointed kitchen, spacious rooms, comfortable furniture in lovely colours, and beds and bedding of exceptionally good quality. Gone were the surly teenagers and pre-occupied adults. We all ate well, slept well and truly rested.

Throughout the entire week the magic of our surroundings - the quality of light, the fragrance, the busy creatures morning and evening - recharged us. Villa Mariposa counts among the loveliest places we’ve stayed.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Sylvia, for your lovely review and expressing so vividly what it feels like to arrive at the villa for the first time. It captures so well what Ben has told me about guests being so mesmerized by the villa and the view, they don't or can't really hear what he has to share with them, they just want to jump into the pool and soak up the atmosphere. I fully understand because we still do that too! I am so pleased your whole family was enchanted by the magic of the place. We make every effort to ensure everything is taken care of, so nothing gets in the way of our guests having a wonderful experience at the villa. Looking forward to having you back at the villa many times. Warmly, Ellen
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5

Absolutly lovely property!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful week at this Ojochal property. Perfect for our family of 6 with plenty of room for all. Spent many hours in and around the pool and on the patio. Loved looking for the toucans every evening as they made their way through the property each evening. Many birds to enjoy all around. The managers of the property were very accomidating and helped arrange tours and a meal to be brought in for our first night. Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pam for your glowing review and your high recommendation. So happy you had a wonderful week's stay at the villa. There is so much to see while lounging by the pool with the wildlife and our ever changing view of the Whale's Tail which you commented on earlier. It's so amazing to see the Whale's Tail from the villa and then go to the beach and be able to walk that narrow strip of beach out to the tail in the ocean at low tide. It is a unique experience and great to explore it before it disappears again into the ocean as the tide comes in. I look forward to having you back, many times, Pura Vida, Ellen
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5

Great property and location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time, location was good, we loved the whole area, teenage kids had lots of activities. Property manager and owner communicated extremely well with us since day one. We felt save and had a vacation feeling the whole time.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank for your review Dennis, So happy you had a wonderful Christmas vacation at the villa. There is so much to do and keep teenagers of any age engages and entertained. It's also quite something to see families at the beach on Christmas Day. Pura Vida, Ellen
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Calgary, Alberta
4

Beautiful Area, Isolated Property

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Mariposa. Three people shared the property from Oct 31 to November 12. We had plenty of space and everything we needed. There was a lot of rain during our stay so we didn't use the pool as much as would have liked but the covered patio was great so we could still spend our time outdoors when we were at the villa. The landscaping and view was beautiful. The beds were comfortable. We had to do laundry while we were there - sheets, towels, etc. as there were no extras so the onsite washer and dryer was great. The location had both pros and cons. It was quiet and secluded, which is great if that's what you're looking for but we felt a bit isolated from any night life or amenities. It was an hour to walk down the hill (or 15 min to drive on a very rough, windy road) for which there is a great restaurant with an amazing chef (Fernando) at the base of road where it meets the highway (Vista del Mar I think it was called) but no other amenities near by. It's a short drive to restaurants in Ojochal and 15 minutes to Uvita from the highway. If you go out and have a few drinks you really have to think about the sunset time (5:10 pm during our stay so very dark early evening) and the long drive back home after a night out. Or you just stay in, but that gets pretty boring after a night or two. This was the only downside during our stay. We wish we had booked a property that would have been in walking distance to amenities - beach, pubs, etc. As opposed to always having to drive 20-30 minutes one way to anything. The BM grocery markets in Uvita are decent and you may come across a pop up frutera as well. We didn't see much wildlife in and around the villa as we would have expected either. However, the area is fantastic - Quepos, Manuel Antonio Park, Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal. There were beautiful beaches, restaurants and activities. We enjoyed Ventanas beach and Manuel Antonio beaches the best. From Uvita there is a waterfall a short distance from town where you can go swimming which wasn't mentioned in any of the reviews we read at the villa. Jungle ATV tour and Osa Canopy tour were a lot of fun. It was not a good time of year for snorkelling and diving because of the rain, rough waves and poor clarity in the water. Overall it was a great trip and we hope to return again soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Krista, I am glad you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at our villa. Though I am surprised you could not find the amenities nearby and thought there should be a bar within walking distance of the villa. One of the reasons guests are usually attracted to our location is because it is secluded and very private. The villa is 800 ft above ocean level with heavenly, cooling breezes & spectacular ocean views, yet close to amenities(within 15 minute's drive) & the beach(12 minute's drive). There is so much available in our area, though it does get quieter in the off-season when you visited. Off-season travellers to our area are usually looking to get away from the crowds & enjoy the quiet seclusion, not the nightlife. While we do have a nightlife to be found in Ojochal, The Bamboo Room which has live music & a great atmosphere gets rave reviews on TripAdvisor for its food, drinks & entertainment & is a 12-minute drive from the villa. There is more nightlife & entertainment in our area in the high season with many of the restaurants nearby hosting live entertainment on various nights of the week & more so on weekends. If you could not find the nearby amenities, which we outline in our Villa Information Binder or sheets you were looking for, you only need to ask. I or my property manager could have directed you to the Bamboo Room or the gourmet store and liquor store just across the highway just down the road and various amenities nearby. The first part of November is still the off season and this year we had more rain than usual even before Hurricane Otto passed through, which was been tougher on our road than usual. We are fortunate that hurricanes are a rarity on the Pacific side of Costa Rica with the last coming through 6 years ago. We are also fortunate to have a very active neighbourhood road committee which repairs & grades the road every year after the rain stops. We take pride in having the best gravel road in the area. If you are looking for an active nightlife with a choice of bars within walking distance then our villa is not for you. You would probably enjoy a hotel in Dominical, a real surfer beach with bars & restaurants you can walk to, right on the beach. A house that close to the beach is hard to find. I strive for my guests to have an amazing time & I welcome questions before you book to make sure it is a good fit for you. If it is not, I am happy to recommend other places that would be a better fit. Pura Vida, Ellen
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Moncton NB Canada
5

Magical Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were very fortunate to spend 6 weeks at this Villa. It's a perfect set up for short term and long term renting as well! We couldn't of asked for anything better. The view we experienced each day was simply amazing PLUS from time to time we got to see the whales jump and play.. Magical gardens full of fruit, many different types of birds and butterfly's frolicking about! The location is perfect; allowing you the experience of life in a tropical rain forest while pristine beaches only minutes away! Don't miss out on the opportunity to stay and such a wonderful place..

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Elmer, so happy to hear you experienced the magical qualities of the villa and the gardens. Nature does put on quite the performance there. Pura Vida, Ellen
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Dauphin, PA
5

Beautiful View

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 11 days at this villa and we couldn't get enough of the view. The grounds surrounding the villa are beautiful and attract a lot of butterflies, including the blue morphos. The villa was as pictured and location was perfect. A four-wheel drive vehicle is a must to get to it, but it's worth it. The best restaurants in Costa Rica (in our opinion) are less than 30 minutes from the villa - Exotica, Citris, Lookout, House of Ginger and more. You're also within 30 - 60 minutes of some of the best tours - ATV tour, whale watching, Sierpe (taking a boat from there to hike in Corcovado National Park), hiking in Piedras Blancas, whales tail, white water rafting, zip lining, snorkeling, canyoning and repelling, and for the non-adventurous, a small reptile zoo and several beaches. This is our third trip to the Ojochal area and I'm sure there will be fourth.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Cherie, for your 5-star review. We are so proud that we contributed to another of your wonderful summer vacations in our area. I certainly agree, we can't get enough of the view either. I only wish we could capture how breathtaking it truly is in the photos. While it is wonderful that more great restaurants are opening nearby and within 30 minutes drive, I continue to be thrilled at how fortunate we are to have my top favs Exotica, Citrus, and a few more, all within 10 to 15 minutes drive from the villa. Thanks again and I look forward to welcoming you back next summer. Ellen
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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,195
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
March-April Special
Mar 11 2017 - Apr 25 2017
6 night minimum stay
$299
$1,995
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring Getaway
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
$249
$1,695
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer Vacation
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,795
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
September - November - Special
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
$235
$1,575
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall Season Getaway
Nov 11 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
$249
$1,695
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2017
Dec 19 2017 - Dec 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$425
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
New Years 2017
Dec 27 2017 - Jan 3 2018
7 night minimum stay
$425
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$2,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

March-April Special- Last minute reduced rates Save $400/wk off of $2395/wk NOW $1995/wk
CHECK IN time 3 pm - 6 pm. Inquire for later check in. Check Out 8 am
Rates include cleaning before & after your stay, concierge services before & during your stay & taxes.
Air Conditioning is not needed, but available for an extra fee.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Bahía Ballena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Over-sized glass block shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Adjoining Bedrooms
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , outdoor shower , The outdoor shower is by the pool
  • The large master ensuite features granite countertops and a huge glass block shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom with Ensuite - 1 queen , Ensuite bathroom, walk in closet, French doors - Ocean view
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , French Doors -Ocean view -Armoire Closet -Adjoining Bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Armoire Closet -Adjoining Bathroom - Jungle View
  • The villa has 3 luxurious Queen size bedrooms with custom made beds with hotel quality mattresses. All high thread count Hotel Quality Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow cases, cotton blankets for a great night's sleep. All high quality towels and pool towels to pamper you. The villa is ideal for a romantic getaway, two or three couples or a family, with the master bedroom at one end of the house and an equally large bedroom at the other end. Both ocean view bedrooms have their own double French doors opening to the terrace and pool. You will luxuriate waking up to a tranquil ocean view and enjoy completing the day with a romantic sunset, dining alfresco and stargazing. The master bedroom features a gorgeous view of the pool and ocean as well as a large ensuite bathroom with oversized shower, a luxurious Queen-size bed and a walk-in closet.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
With the natural cooling breezes, you will be comfortable lounging on the terrace watching the ocean, the jungle & the wildlife or enjoying a meal with friends or a romantic dinner. Safe for valuables and holds laptop. Cleaning before and after your stay is included in weekly rental. Recommended local tours and activities can be booked through property manager Property manager lives 5 minutes walk from the villa and is available by cell phone for any concerns

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