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Casa Artistica - Retreat and Spa - New Discount Pricing


Property Details

Updated: Jan 20, 2016
1 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Den, Sleeps 4

Artist's eye for detail is evident in this new, fully screened guest house nestled in a vast tropical estate. Thirty-acre home site in larger gated subdivision (150 acres plus 150-acre reserve) bordering Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge. This bio rich area is part of the Path of the Tapir Biologic Corridor. Privacy and intimacy with nature are assured. 4 WHEEL DRIVE REQUIRED.

Hike or drive (four minutes) to beautiful and unpopulated Playa Guapil. Perfect for surfing, swimming, boogie boarding, and romantic sunset walks. Private, maintained, hiking trails through primary forest steps from your door.

Pool and lushly landscaped tropical garden at your disposal. Incredible bird and animal watching from your comfortable balcony looking directly on to the canopy.

Just ten minutes to Dominical with its world-class surf, excellent restaurants, and shopping. If you are looking for luxury accommodations while experiencing the rain forest this is your place.

Enjoy: Let the rhythm of the surf and the symphony of the forest sooth your senses.

Fill your days with adventures like canopy tours, waterfall excursions, horseback riding, sport fishing, kayaking mangroves, snorkeling, bird watching, surfing or simply relaxing by the pool. Visit in the fall of the year and witness sea turtle hatchlings making their way to the water. Fully-furnished kitchen, mini bar and pantry. Complimentary fruit basket, Costa Rican coffee, flowers, and home-baked breakfast goodies on arrival. Delicious heart healthy meals available on request. In room spa services available. Chinese Brush Painting classes available.


Other Activities: Board Games, On-site Local Surf Knowledge, Massage, Chinese Brush Painting Classes,Art Deco movie theater

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

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Speaks: english, spanish

18 Reviews

based on 18 traveler reviews


I need a 10 star button!

  • 5 of 5

Well what more can be said? This truly is all it's cracked up to be. The pics are exactly as shown, but what you don't see is the whole Garden of Eden feel to it! It was so lovely, the accommodations, the view, the pool, the wildlife, the smell of the trees, the sights of all the birds, it was the best of our month in Costa Rica. On top of that Joann and Buck couldn't have been nicer. We felt like we came as guests and left as friends. If there is one place to come back to again, this is it! Thanks so much to both of you!!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Week in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We Spent a week with Buck and Jo Ann on there property in the beautiful Casa Artistica, We cant say enough about the beauty and tranquility there little piece of heaven has. Where else can you go to sleep at night with the sounds and smells of being right in the jungle and wake up the next morning with more of the same. Everything on the entire property is post card perfect and meticulously taken care of. The Casa Artistica is spotlessly clean and very well taken care of, and has all the amenities you could possibly want. The views from every window in the house is breath taking and there isn't a place on the whole property that doesn't make you say WOW. The salt water pool is a great place to finish off the afternoon with a cold drink in hand and watch the toucans and parrots land in the trees near by.

We cant say enough about the owners Buck and Jo Ann, they were most gracious and always there if we needed anything, or just looking for some information on excursions or things to see or do, they most certainly make you feel welcome, and are both great people. We cant wait to go back again. Would I recommend this piece of heaven to others .??? IN A HEART BEAT

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gotta go back!

  • 5 of 5

A perfect spot from which to explore the central Costa Rican coast. The owners, Buck and Jo Ann, have created a beautiful, comfortable and conveniently located guest house that they are happy to share. The second floor rooms are spacious and well appointed. Jo Ann has a talent for interior decoration, and it shows. The property is quiet, with fine views, and is just a short drive to Dominical with its beaches, restaurants and well stocked grocery store. We had a great time there and highly recommend staying for as long as you can!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Casa Artistica for 5 weeks in Feb/March. The apt. is large, bright and airey, the gardens are lovely and well tended and the pool is very refreshing. We cooked many meals in our kitchen and ate out on the deck watching the birds. Buck and Joann were perfect hosts and helped us organizing tours and we enjoyed getting to know them. You need a car to reach the home and also to explore around Dominical and Uvita and we certainly did our fair share of that. The internet is available around the pool, but is not consistent. We enjoyed ziplining, rappeling, animal sanctuary, mangrove tour and even took several trips to the market in San Isidro and had wonderful seafood soup in Tinamaste.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. I want to let you know, for you next visit, we have a new and improved Wi-Fi system here at Casa Artistica. Full bars.yea!
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Casa Artistica

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Casa Artistica in 2014 and again in 2015. It is impossible for me to describe how beautiful this place is. Some things you just have to see for yourself. Everything was perfect. The hosts, Joann and Buck, are as nice a couple as you could meet. They are very friendly and helpful. We loved staying there !

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Casa Artistica

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Casa Artistica several times and are planning on staying again in November. This retreat is in a wonderful location to use as a home base to explore the different sights in Dominical and surrounding areas.

We live in Costa Rica six months of the year and find this is a perfect stopping point after a long flight from the U.S.

Along with the retreat being centrally located is the property itself. The house is private and quiet and the property is breathtaking. JoAnn is an artist and this is very evident in the furnishings in the house and native plants surrounding it. Both the house and the gardens offer the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty of the jungle. This house in nestled in the primary jungle and is home to animals galore. We've seen many of the beautiful birds of Costa Rica, including macaws, toucans, and hummingbirds to name a few. We usually laugh with Buck, JoAnn's husband, and ask him if he has the toucans tied to the trees! We've also had the pleasure of seeing several sloths, iguanas, monkeys, deer, agouti, etc. It truly is wonderful to see them in their natural habitat.

The property is very clean and well-maintained. The house is stocked with cookware so you can prepare meals. There is no microwave and the condiments are limited so you would need to purchase some. There is a great little market in Dominical which has a surprising amount of grocery supplies.

Definitely worth checking out.

The beds are very comfortable, nice linens. etc. There are fans which keep the house very comfortable. I love the rock floor in the shower, very artistic!

There are many activities in the area including hiking, zip-lining, ocean fun, etc. which JoAnn can help you with. We usually take a trip to the indigenous Indian reservation and purchase some of their artwork. Truly beautiful crafts.

We don't tend to eat out much but I would recommend the restaurant PorQueNo? Excellent food, decent prices and a fabulous location. Do make a reservation. You might want to have JoAnn cook a meal. She's an amazing cook.

I would recommend this property to anyone who wants a relaxing vacation in a beautiful surrounding. JoAnn and Buck are perfect hosts. They are very helpful and couldn't be nicer. They can help you with suggestions for your trip or offer you complete privacy.

Do make a point of meeting Skye, the resident kitty. He may not be native to Costa Rica but he certainly is worth a few photos!

Pura Vida!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Motorway : Costanero at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Guapil at 1 Miles Car: recommended

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Horseshoes


Rental rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65
Extra person above 2 $15

$60-145nt US Dollars
Low Season .. Sept-Oct............. $60/night;
High Season .. Nov-Aug .. $110/night;
Holiday Season.. Christmas, New Years and Easter.. $145/night
$250 Refundable Security Deposit.;
Accept Credit Cards or Funds through PayPal & Cash.;
Three-Night Minimum.;
Cancellation Policy - 6 months in advance 50% refund, 3-6 months 25%, less than 3 months no refunds unless we can rebook
Dates Available: Year Round

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Property Type

  • house

Accommodation Type

  • Bed & Breakfast


  • Adventure
  • Spa


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1000 sq. ft.


  • Full 1 - toilet, shower, Both shower in bathroom and outdoor shower
  • Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower
  • glass block walls and large window to the jungle provide light and a sense of showing out-of-doors


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon, double is high quality air bed
  • Romantic Asian furnishings with sliding wood and glass room dividers for privacy. Luxury bedding


  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs


  • Laundry available, Shared Pool: Shared With Owners Only, Catering Available: Gourmet Breakfast/Dinner Available With Advanced Notice, Gazebo: Rancho with Lounges and Hammock by Pool, Owner's Cell Phone is Available for Necessary Calls, Fully Screened, Asian Furnishings, Vaulted Hardwood Ceilings, Security System, Gated Community, Chinese Brush Painting Classes, Private Rainforest Hiking Trails, Concierge Services (Recreational Tour Booking), Additional Private Outdoor Shower, Onsite Spa Services (Massage etc.)Beach Chairs, Umbrella.

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