About this listing
SPECIAL OFFER FOR JUNE! $50/DAY!!
Cute beachfront treehouse built on an old mango tree, 25+25 sq. meters. 100 mt. from the wilderness of Playa Grande, 3 Km. from Cahuita downtown and National Park.
Fully furnished kitchen, hammock, ceiling fan, bathroom with shower (hot water), private parking, Wi-Fi.
Laundry service and homemade breakfast with little extra-price on request.
Lot of opportunities for amazing tours in the wilderness of Costa Rica Caribbean Coast, in Talamanca's Sierra, canopy, surf, rafting, snorkelling in the Cahuita National Park coral reef, hiking, horseback tours. Tree of Life Rescue Center is 300 meters far (please ask us for the seasonal openings).
A good italian restaurant is only 200 meters far from the Treehouse, for a very good dinner with fresh fish, pizza, pasta and real italian food). More good restaurants are in Cahuita's center and around.
Please feel you free to ask us if you need to rent bikes or other.
Bus stop on the road is about 1 km far, everytime possible we can accompany you by car.
We can recommend our Beachfront Treehouse to everyone is looking for a romantic, peaceful, rustic but comfortable accomodation
Spoken languages: Italian, English, Spanish.
Please feel you free to let me know every problem or failure. Please don't smoke inside. When you come back from the beach, please use the outside shower before the bathroom shower.
Keep the house closed when you leave it, take care of your goods. If you want I can guard your goods in my home.
Please do not exitate to report me any failure or issue, my target is to offer you the best stay!
We stayed in the comfortable cabina and also in the mango treehouse. Both accommodations were wonderful. The night we arrived we saw a kinkajou while walking to the restaurant down the street. There are two restaurants within five minutes walking distance that were delicious. We rented bikes and would bike into Cahuita. It was really fun and easy. It is a very special place to be sure. Michele was so accommodating. I messed up the dates with my reservation and he was calm and helped me fix it with no problem. The pineapple left on our doorstep was delicious! This place is beautiful and wild and magical. We saw an aardvark another night while out walking. The treehouse is so full of character. Our stay was lovely. Thank you so much!
I hope this helps other guests not to make the same mistakes we did. I would NOT recommend this listing.
First and foremost, this property is NOT beachfront as described. It's across the property, across the street, and through a bit more jungle. From the room, you can see a bit of the ocean between the trees in the distance though. This was a big disappointment because it was the main reason we chose this listing. The Caribbean coast is very hot and humid this time of year and we thought the sea breeze would allow us to sleep comfortably. In fact, the beachfront locations we visited (restaurants/yoga studio) were very pleasant. There's so much distance and trees between the room and beach that it was completely still. Even with the windows open and very old ceiling fan running, you couldn't feel even a slight breeze and it was so damp and muggy it was impossible to sleep well. The bed, towels, pillows, everything was damp. On top of that, he didn't tell us the tin roof was leaking. If you have electronics, don't put them on the left side of the bed or between the sink and tree desk! He was aware of the leaks already when we told him on the first morning and blamed it on the tree growing.
It was so bad that I tried talking to Michele on the second morning, asking for a fan, anything really, and he said he couldn't help us. I told him we would have to leave early and hoped that he could find someone else to take our place and maybe he could consider a discount. All he said was that he hoped I wouldn't write all of this in the review because it's how he makes his money. I could never lie like that.
After everything, we ended up paying over $300 for three nights and one breakfast. I feel robbed. He never responded after I wrote him an airbnb message telling him where we left the key and extra cash for breakfast.
Finally, this nearby beach is not for swimming, it's very dangerous as Michele let us know. There's not really beach to even lay out- it's just waves, then driftwood and trees. The closest swimming beach is the national park, about a ten minute drive. As we now know, most people only come to Cahuita to visit this beautiful park but almost all stay just south in Puerto Viejo, which we had a great time visiting. It's about thirty minutes drive south of Cahuita. I doubt you need to reserve anything as there was tons of vacancy everywhere we went. You're better off showing up and making a good deal on something you've already seen.
Jessica and her partner are the the type of guests who would book a vacation clicking on the mouse a couple of times without reading and understanding the description of the chosen accomodation. Not having done any minimal research about the weather conditions in a particular time of the year, they then complained about the weather and the lack of evening breeze - which cannot be produced artificially - and demanding additional fans. I'd like to point out that in that particular day the average temperature was betweeen 22 and 29 C degree ( I can provide a screenshot about this).
Because of the "high temperature" they left without notice, pretending a discount on the official rate. They also had the courage of paying part of the payment in small USD change which is not accepted in Costa Rica. I wouldn't give little change to a homeless for some dignity that everybody deserves, in particular considering all the possible customer care I provide to any other guest before and during their staying.
Unfortunately my host was out of the country when I arrived and did not answer his cell phone the entire first day. The instructions to find the place were not good so I searched around quite a bit before finding a local person who fortunately knew of the place. Once I arrive I was warmly greeted by a friend and mother of the owner. Place was decent, but did not have hot water, which I guess I should have checked on or it should have been disclosed. I unfortunately had a family emergency so had to leave after only one day but there was no one to talk with so I left the key in the door and was departing when I saw the owners mother and informed her of my change in plans. Overall and interesting little tree house, once you find it, in a fairly secured fenced yard. As long as hot water is not an issue for you it works for one or two people and the location is walkable, although not super close, to the far end of the cute town of Cahuita. If you dont have a car its a little bit of a walk to the restaurants especially at night since there are not street lights and the dirt road gets a bit muddy!. I will also note that this place is NOT beachfront as advertised but rather it is a block off the beach and there is a hotel between you and the beach.
This place is magical and Michele and his sweet mama amazing hosts who went above and beyond to ensure our honeymoon was a beautiful memory. There is a more private beach across the street where you can choose to lounge in the sunshine or park it under the shade of a majestic palm. We highly recommend a visit to the Tree of Life Center just a short walk from the treehouse where the crew here do incredible work in reintroducing the orphaned, abused or injured native wildlife back into their natural habitat. There are great restaurants within walking ( or biking- our favorite) distance as well. We highly recommend Michele's treehouse for the unique Costa Rican experience. We will be back! :)
The house is very beautiful, private, clean. Michele is a very quiet host, we almost never saw him, which was ok with us cause we wanted privacy. He although made the room 2 times in 5 nights, which was great. Cahuita is a great village, very real, rustic, quiet, not "club med" vibe. We felt like discovering something special and not artificial. There's a good bistrot called "chez fabien" where we spend most of our meals, but there's also many other good restaurants. The beach was not that amazing, very small, and the water was dirty, i won't recommand it for beach lovers, but the national park is just magic. The only bad thing in this house and Cahuita in general: there's many leaks on the roof, so when it's raining (which is often in Cahuita, especially in the night) you get water on you. I'm sure Michele will fix it soon but for us it was not nice.
The treehouse is very charming and even has a bit of a kitchen set-up on the ground floor: stovetop burners, fridge, sink, and utensils/cookware. Michele was a very nice guy as well and made us feel very welcome.
Pro tip: bring earplugs in case it rains. The treehouse has a tin roof and it gets a bit loud when it rains. However, the sound of the Caribbean was still audible regardless! Also, make sure you get GPS coordinates from Michele (it's super close to Cahuita but if you're a novice you'd never know), and know that you have to drive through a bluish wooden gate that says "Playa Grande Lodge & Treehouse" on it.
Definitely a unique experience!
Great stay in a beautiful rustic sleepy beachtown. Michele was a great host and we enjoyed our trip!
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About the Host, Michele
Italian, ex movie-maker, writer, ex climber/alpinist, actually living in Cahuita with my three cats and four dogs. Speaking spanish and english, but with the lust and the pleasure of communication, we can understand ourselves in some way :)