About this listing
Welcome to villa Bella Vista where the sky meets the ocean! Enjoy the view of the Pacific with its gorgeous sunset and our private virgin jungle with monkeys, variety of birds and other wildlife. It is an ideal spot for those who are looking for tranquil vacation in a beautiful nature setting.
Our villa is a perfect place for the honeymoon or any other romantic vacation.
The villa is surrounded by 2 acres of gorgeous tropical garden. The 670 meter elevation assures warm days and comfortable nights without the need for air conditioning. We sleep with open windows and doors, inviting fresh mountain air to freely enter our rooms.The house has a large number of spacious social areas, both inside and outside, and allows privacy for people who require it. Exercise room with the fitness equipment is also available.
Unfortunately, house is not suitable for the children under the age of 10.
We have two friendly dogs and three cats living at the property. You are welcome to play with them (and if you don't - the villa is big enough and they won't bother you :)
To the West, the nearby coastal town of Dominical is a 20 minute drive down the mountain. It is a surfer's paradise with rustic charm, offering world-class surfing great for both advanced and beginner surfers alike, Spanish and yoga classes as well as shopping and restaurants. Up and down the coastline there are many other beautiful, secluded beaches.
And to the East, the regional capital of San Isidro Del General is a 20 minute drive further up the mountain, a major city with shopping, restaurants, medical/dental facilities, Spanish and Latin Dance schools with very affordable prices, and the largest farmers market in Costa Rica offering organic produce, fish, meat etc.
Nearby: less then 5 min by car there is a cute little restaurant with the fresh local food and friendly people. Beautiful waterfall is accessible by horseback riding – really fun day adventure. From Dominical you can go on rafting trips, kayak, boat and canopy tours and offshore fishing. Boat trip to Caño Island is wonderful if you like snorkeling or scuba diving.
We are offering a secluded apartment on the first floor of the villa with a walkout to the pool and its own entrance from the garden. The apartment has a spacious bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. It features queen size bed, dining table with the chairs, coffee table with armchairs and TV. (We also have another private bedroom with its own bathroom - if you are interested please inquire about availability and pricing)
Interaction with Guests
We live in the villa all year and like to meet our guests and make sure they are comfortable.
Our villa is located in the secluded spot and no public transport is available at the doorstep. It is three hours drive from the airport and 25 min to the beach. We recommend to rent a car in San Jose to really enjoy what our neighborhood has to offer.
We expect our guests arrive between 1 pm and 9pm. No late night arrival please!
We have no smoking policy.
Natalya was an excellent host and the property was absolutely beautiful. The view is spectacular and we woke up to monkeys howling & birds chirping every morning. Natalya provided us with everything we needed upon our arrival and throughout our stay (towels, bathroom supplies, coffee, breakfast food, beer, boogie boards, etc.). Her recommendations were appreciated and were things we included in our trip. She personally took us through a walk in her primary jungle and to her favourite place where three rivers meet. We felt comfortable asking her for opinion on places to eat or things to do. We would recommend visiting Nuayaca Waterfalls, which is very close to her place (we did the $8 hike - 4k each way rather than the $70 horseback ride). We also spent time at several beautiful beaches nearby (Playa Dominical, Playa MataPalo, Playa Uvita). The location is farther out than we expected, but that is the price to pay for privacy, feeling very safe and comfortable, and having a beautiful view. It is about 20 minutes up the mountain from Dominical on paved road and then another 5-10 minutes on a rough rocky dirt road. It is important to have a high clearance vehicle with a good suspension system. It was pretty bumpy with the Suzuki Jimny we rented, but worth the drive for this spectacular place. We would 100% recommend staying here.
We had an unforgettable experience at Natalya's villa. Natalya was a very accommodating and kind host. She often went out of her way to make our experience better, e.g. taking us to the local farmer's market, drying clothes that we had left to hang dry, bringing us fresh fruit from her property, giving us tips on where to go, etc.
The suite has everything you could need. A large clean bathroom with awesome water pressure, a stocked kitchenette where we made breakfast and dinner every day, and a comfortable bed. As others have stated, air conditioning was not needed, just open (screened) windows and a fan. Waking up to the sounds of the forest and a cool mountain breeze was an amazing stress reliever. The pool and various dining spots around it had breathtaking views that we enjoyed every morning. The gardens are immaculate. Even though we went during the "rainy season," the rain only came after dark and we enjoyed the verdant foliage during the day.
The villa is secluded, which is great, but means that there is a good 25-30 minute drive to get down to the beaches or towns with banks/grocery stores. Playa Linda, which Natalya gave directions to, is a great place to check out. We also went surfing in Dominicalito with boards rented in Dominical for $10 per day. The roads are paved except for the last kilometer leading up to the villa, which was a lot better than other parts of the country.
I would love to stay at this airbnb again someday!
Our two week stay at Victor and Natalya’s Villa exceeded our expectations and our imaginations. This Jungle Oasis is a vacation in heaven. Larger than life, the pictures don’t do it justice. Exquisite gardens, meticulously crafted mosaics, exotic birds and wildlife surround you. Inside the beautiful apartment is a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and all the comforts of home including a walk-in closet. Our towels and linens were refreshed when needed. This is a spacious glamorous apartment with everything you would need - 5 Star! Natalya is an absolute delight! She had our fridge supplied with fresh eggs, butter, bread, coffee beans and even beer. We arrived late in the evening and after a tour of the grounds we were invited to freshen up with a midnight swim. It was surreal, and took a few days for the reality of it to settle in. There was so much to absorb. The sounds of the night, birds of the morning, the mountains, the green everywhere. It’s beautiful that this couple shares something so wonderful as this. Natalya’s hospitality goes above and beyond. She showed us where the best beach is, taught us how to use boogie boards and we had so much fun! We kept the boogie boards and chairs in our car and visited that beach many times. We were treated to authentic Costa Rican breakfasts, walks in their jungle (where we later saw howler monkeys) with Natalya and their two beautiful dogs Daisy and Jackie. Natalya’s love and passion for gardens is evident when you see the rich vibrant colors of tropical plants, tall trees, hummingbirds enjoying incredible flowers, and the fragrance of Reina de la Noche filling the night air everywhere. We were able to navigate the towns, and choose our day trips confidently thanks to Natalya. She has the best recommendations and some pretty funny stories too. We sipped morning coffee overlooking the gardens, mountains and ocean in the horizon, where so many birds, parrots and toucans too, chirp away. Make sure you bring your camera because you don't want to miss anything including those sunsets - no two are alike.
After spending three nights with Natalya and Victor, I can wholeheartedly agree with everything positive mentioned in other reviews- gorgeous and tranquil home, well-appointed and spacious apartment, solid location, and welcoming hosts. Our stay was exactly the kind of experience one seeks from Air BnB. If you are looking to for a comfortable accommodation in a rustic setting near some of Costa Rica's best Pacific beaches, then look no further.
A few tips...
+ rental car is required (4x4 is highly recommended for gringo peace of mind!)
+ finding the house can be a bit challenging (even with Natalya's directions) as there are no street signs or addresses, and the many, many curves of route 243 look alike. The left turn into Alfombra (basically the neighborhood in which house is located) is demarcated by a billboard depicting an ant eater-type animal, and a giant black hand-made sign that says "Don't throw trash here". Next you'll continue down a very steep, pot-holed rocky road for what feels like too long, you'll pass a building advertising Spanish lessons on the right, then you'll come to the beige gate of "La Bella Vista"
+ ask for directions to La Playa Linda- was really worth a trip
+ instead of taking the $70 horseback ride to the waterfalls, opt for the $8 hike. For directions, stop at one of the big fruit stands near the horseback entrance
+ Dominical and Uvita are very different and are both musts
+ the roads nearby are very hilly with no shoulder, so don't anticipate jogging as I did haha
We have been in Costa Rica over a week and had the experience of staying at Natalya's as our first stop for three nights. Words cannot do justice to Natalya and Victor’s home or hospitality – everything about this listing is beyond the 5-star rating that you are able to provide. The property is a botanical garden and your room is enveloped in it. You have a lovely studio apartment that is immaculate, comfortable and has everything you need -- we inquired ahead of time about a french press for our coffee and she had one so we had no need to bring ours along. When we arrived there were fresh flowers from her garden within the apartment. The swimming pool is just steps away and is so wonderful and refreshing; from here and elsewhere on the property you have a spectacular view of the Pacific and beautiful sunsets. We didn't take full advantage of the pool during the day as we went off on several day trips but it is certainly welcoming upon your return. If we were to do redo this trip I would leave Natalya’s to the end to relax, especially if you plan on doing a lot of activities during your stay in Costa Rica. This is the perfect location to get away from it all yet you are not very far off the main road. The early mornings were spent in one of many seating areas (we chose below the pool) to watch the birds that visited her plants or parrots and Toucans further off in the trees. The property also has a forest with a walking path through it. We walked this path on our own but Natalya would be a great guide as I think we may have missed some things. The location is handy to the beaches and activities in Dominical which is a 30-minute drive away. Natalya can provide information on day trips from her location that is central to the two main hi-ways that extend south from San Jose. We did this drive on the busiest weekend of the year with no problems. The bonus of her location (as opposed to being closer to the Pacific) is that you return to a comfortable place where no AC is necessary and you have a wonderful sleep and can truly experience Costa Rica at night. We often sought out Sasha, one of her cats, and her two dogs Jenny and Daisy -- all lovely. If you aren’t interested in animals, you will probably not see or hear them. There is a restaurant not far from the entrance off the main road to their location that we did not get to try as it was closed for the holiday but it would be handy if you decided to go out to eat. If we had not made reservations elsewhere and there weren’t new guests arriving, we would have stayed here longer. Hopefully, life will provide the opportunity to return.
We had a great time at Victor and Natalya's Villa. We visited in late March. The Villa itself was spacious, beautiful and clean. The kitchen came stocked with all the necessary cooking essentials. Natalya and Victor were extremely gracious and welcoming hosts that helped us plan and navigate activities throughout our stay. All of the suggested activities were well worth our time. We also enjoyed the company of their pets, in particular their two dogs (two very sweet animals indeed). We would highly recommend the Villa and would visit again.
About the Host, Natalya
We are Natalya and Victor. Two retired Canadians who built their dream home in Costa Rica. We have been living in Costa Rica for the past 7 years, loving and appreciating every day spent in this amazing place. It is a gorgeous country with friendly people, moderate climate and great opportunities for both relaxation and adventure. We have four grown children living in Canada, US and Argentina and we built a house where everyone can come together and enjoy themselves. When the kids are too busy to visit we are happy to share this beautiful place with you .
Here in Costa Rica we have 3 cats and 2 dogs. They live in the house but do not enter bedrooms. However, if you have a strong cat allergy this is something to consider.
Our dogs are very big but very friendly. They will bark and protect the house, but are not in any-way aggressive to our house-guests. They would like nothing more than another human friend to play with and to tag-along with on the jungle hike behind our villa.