About this listing
Our home is located in Matapalo, on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, considered to be one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. Visitors can expect to see monkeys, toucans, scarlet macaws, hawks, agoutis, and other wildlife without setting foot out of the house! The beach is a one minute stroll away and the waves can be heard from the house.
Although a popular tourist destination, Matapalo is unique to other locations in Costa Rica. The area is "off-grid" and homes are powered by solar energy. Visitors come to enjoy the rainforest, the waves and a slower pace of life.
The house has very few walls and is open to the sights and sounds of the jungle. The spacious main floor has a living area with large comfortable couches, a dining table and fully equipped kitchen, with stove, oven, fridge, and freezer. Screen curtains can be drawn to protect from the rain.
The main floor bathroom is a separate bath house, attached to the central living area by a covered bridge. Completely private, the bath house incorporates an outdoor garden shower and bathtub, as well as toilet and sink.
The upstairs has been designed to take advantage of the beautiful jungle and garden views, but accordion shutters can be shut to enclose the sleeping areas. The master bedroom has a king-size bed with a panoramic view of the jungle canopy. The smaller bedroom has a bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom, and a single on top. All the beds have mosquito nets. There is another bathroom on the second floor.
Come and experience jungle living with all the amenities!
After traveling on a road that was basically rocks for 40 minutes, we went through the gates of the property and were greeted by Koji who gave us the lay of the land. The house was wonderful and, with no walls, an experience we've never had. It was perfect. Every morning I would walk into the garden and pick herbs of oregano and Thai basil and baby spinach and make a delicious omelette with fresh herbs. The tranquillity and comfort and beauty of the house added to our wild jungle experience. Carlos, who was the caretaker of the property, was a gem. Sweet and giving and available at a moment's notice for any questions or problems. Waking up at 4:30 in the morning to hear the amazing howler monkeys express themselves was mind-blowing. And the outside shower was heaven! Surrounding the house were flowers of a kind that were wildly beautiful and strange. And to our surprise, there were no bugs - especially no mosquitos, which we expected after viewing the netting around the bed - which allowed us to be as much in nature with no discomfort. A highly recommended jungle experience with simple comforts and beauty surrounding us.
The house was beautiful. Definitely a jungle experience! It is just a 30-60 second walk from the beach, we had a great New Years. Thanks for sharing the house with us.
The jungle home was our first lodge in Costa Rica and we had to get used to the life without any walls at first but it was a wonderful experience. We had bowl monkeys at night and spider monkeys during breakfast time. Many scarlett macaws and other beautiful birds at hands reach, a green iguana in the garden and a jungle concert all day and night long. Sleeping in the open upstairs under the moscito net was a thrilling and wonerful experience. Alix was a perfect host and gave us many tipps. The tour to Carate and the Luna Lodge was spectacular, and we often visited Matina and had a great time there. To reach the lodge you definitely need a SUV and some driving experience. Our stay was perfect and we thank Alix so much to let us stay in his beautiful retreat. Rita, Bernd and Carolin from Bonn.
When you start booking accommodations for holiday, you often have a preconceived vision of the property you would like to stay in, where it's located, how it's built, decorated, etc. Usually you meet one of two criterion; rarely are all criteria met in reality. With this house, we hit the jackpot! It couldn't have been more perfect for us! We stayed here for 4 nights with our 3 children (ages 4, 7, 8). The completely open air construction, including shower and bathroom, and the beautiful hardwood floors were the prime attraction. Having no walls truly lets the outdoors in (as we discovered at 5am when the howler monkeys decided to park themselves in the tree just next to the house and start their soliloquies!). There were no shortages of howler, capuchin and spider monkey sightings right in the garden. No walls also made tidying up with a broom remarkably easy (says the mom with 3 kids) and we enjoyed having the random feline or other visitors stop by. This was certainly my favourite of all 5 accommodations in Costa Rica and I would definitely recommend. The only tip I would offer is to stock up on cash as the few local restaurants don't take credit card and the nearest ATM is back in Puerto Jimenez, about 1 hours drive.
Just returned from another great stay at this beautiful house! This was my third year in a row staying here, spending three weeks this time. My girlfriend visited her first time this year, she loved it too.Have been all over Costa Rica earlier, but this is where I want to go back.
A beautiful garden is surrounding the house, with monkeys, toucans, macaws and all kinds of wildlife on the doorstep all the time. The open style house makes this really enjoyable. It is also just a 2 minute walk down to the most beautiful beach where we have spotted whales every day.
The house has everything you need with solar powered lightning, heated water, a well equipped kitchen, with fridge, gas stove, etc. Very nice outdoor shower/ bathroom. Everything is nice and clean, and a maid is cleaning once a week or more often on request.
This place and the house is highly recommended. We are going back:)
About the Host, Alix
Our family first visited Matapalo in 2005, at which time we decided it would be the place to build a home and raise our son. For several years we camped on the property, planting gardens and fruit trees, with each year bringing a new luxury: first running water, then refrigeration. In 2008, our house was completed and we can now enjoy jungle luxury!
We currently live between two paradises: Costa Rica and British Columbia. While in Canada, we hope to share our Costa Rican home with others who will appreciate and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of the place.