Comfortable and private for two guests, Casa Rica is located in "Bali Rica", a gated 5 acre estate of tropical gardens, fruit trees and exotic plants. The scent of ylang ylang trees perfume the air and the view from your porch is of large Guanacaste trees, exotic flowers, and the jungle faced coastal mountain range. The fruit garden provides a bounty of bananas, starfruit, coconuts, mango, citrus and more
The house is made of Balinese wood, having been designed and built on the island of Bali Indonesia and transported to Ojochal. The king sized bed is extra comfortable with a pillow top mattress, and the full bathroom and kitchen bring all the comforts of home. There is a security safe for valuables and an ipod station for your music. The private plunge pool will refresh and is surrounded by a deck which steps to the Balinese gazebo, where you can lounge away the day - or night. From the porch, the mountain and garden views are beautiful with many birds and butterflies making their home, including morphos - the electric blue butterfly.
The gardens are ever changing with seasonal fruits and flowers at hand for your enjoyment. There are paths throughout the 5 acre estate which will lead you through the botanical zen garden, the labyrinth, through bamboo groves to the Spa House, the meditation stream, or wherever you wander. You may hear the call of the area resident rainbow macaws, along with many other bird species.
Of special note is the on-premises "Palm Spa", which offers convenient spa treatments for guests of Casa Rica.
The garden is also home to The Namaste Pavilion, an open-sided, teak-floored sanctuary. This is where yoga classes are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, or private classes, by appointment, are available for your wellness and pleasure. There is also a DVD player and a choice of DVDs. Guests have also used this inspiring space as a painting studio.
And for those considering a more permanent situation in Costa Rica, we will be happy to guide you to trustworthy people who can show you available properties in the area.
The village of Ojochal is ideal for lovers of gourmet cuisine with a number of the area's finest restaurants. There's also a popular French bakery nearby with delicious breads, and a Licorea for those looking for special ingredients to cook at home.
Casa Rica is located 3 minutes from the scenic and paved Costa Rican coastal highway. No 4wd vehicle is necessary to access this property. This retreat will feel remote, but is convenient to many activities the area has to offer.
Just 5 minutes away is one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches, Playa Ventanas, and the popular surfer's beach in Dominical, is approximately 30 minutes north. The newly built San Buenas Golf Course is 10 minutes south, and many other local attractions are close by; waterfalls, horseback riding, zip lines, off shore fishing and boating, etc.. For book lovers there is a library within walking distance.
A perfect retreat, honeymoon hideaway, or for the solitude of one, Casa Rica is a place which can be a comfortable home base for exploring the riches of Costa Rica, or a private hideaway to rest and revive.
10% extra charge for holiday periods
once per week housekeeping included. extra cleanings available upon request.
Words can't describe Mac and Sharon's property...but I'll try. Bali Rica is a lovely retreat nestled in a beautifully serene and lush oasis. The cabin is just as described with an immaculate interior and very comfortable bed. The Wood Rails quickly became a favorite as they reliably woke us with their endearing confused chorus every morning. The smell of Ylang Ylang was intoxicating as you entered the cabin and we won't soon forget the beautiful colors littered throughout the grounds. We thoroughly enjoyed the diverse and quaint town of Ojochal, which offers a suprisingly large array of gourmet restaurants. Our favorite dining experience was Ylang-Ylang. Hans and Catherine were so very kind. Eric and I enjoyed Hans' stories and company. The food was superb. Mamma E Papa was also very nice with a great variety of homemade pastas and Italian desserts. Pancito bakery was a short walk from the property and was a lovely place to start your day. If one tires of the fancy dining options, we really liked Le Bistro in Ojochal for a very relaxed evening after a long day at the beach. Nauyaca Waterfall is a must day trip....such a sacred space, but be prepared for a climb. We used Uvita Information Center to schedule tours to Cano Island and Corcovado NP and booked with Pearladelsur. Elisa was great to work with. I honestly could go on and on about this area.....the beaches are secluded and we had several all to ourselves, which was amazing. Playa Colonia was a favorite for swimming. (The first entrance to Marino Ballena NP by the Goathouse) Playa Ventanas was great for exploration and Playa Uvita (Whales Tail) was perfect to catch one of Costa Rica's stunning sunsets. Azul restaurant was fabulous to watch a sunset. (try the seafood soup, it was delish) Hacienda Baru by Dominical was nice as well, with plenty of trails to explore to escape the heat. Dome Burger has great menu for lunch and breakfast also on the way back from Hacienda Baru. Mac and Sharon were both so helpful with recommendations and information about the area. Their property is so exquisite, we also enjoyed just hanging by the pool and hiking the trails behind the cabin. Thank you both so much for your hospitality and for sharing your space with us so freely!
Mac and Sharon are very sweet and they make you feel at home right away. It's difficult not to smile when you arrive at the gate looking in at a jungle paradise, even though you live in a "jungle" you still get the morning sun on the porch an it stays with you.
There are plenty of things to do just ask Mac and Sharon and they will provide you with the information you need. We will surely be back in the future!
Kind regards Peter & Camilla
Our second stay at Casa Rica was just as good as our first - truly a very special place!!
We cannot recommend a stay here highly enough - a great retreat , full of natural beauty.
Sharon was a wonderful and accommodating host. She had lots of recommendations on what to see and do while in Costa Rica. The listing was perfect for our relaxing vacation on her tropical paradise. We even enjoyed the spa services onsite. Available to us (although regrettably we couldn't attend) was a yoga studio where an instructor came weekly. If you're looking for a vacation filled with delicious cuisine, nature, relaxation and wildlife, stay here!
We had the most amazing stay at casa rica - had read many of the reviews before arriving all saying that the place is paradise - they are all true!!!
We couldn't recommend the place any more highly - Sharon is a great hostess - very thoughtful, generous and kind. The apple pie and welcome basket a wonderful touch.
Cristina and Alison
Casa Rica ist ein Traum in einem unglaublich schönen Garten und Sharon hat uns uns direkt das Gefühl gegeben, in unserem Zuhause zu sein. Es fällt einem schwer, die Unterkunft überhaupt zu verlassen, es lohnt sich aber auf jeden Fall, um die tollen Restaurants zu besuchen. Unser Favourit war Citrus, aber Sharon hat noch viele andere Tipps.
Vielen Dank für die schöne Zeit!
We had a wonderful time at Bali Rica even during the rainy low season. Our highlights include: dinner at Exotica (set aside $100+ for a fantastic culinary experience complete with ambiance), bike ride to Ojochal Waterfall, Playa Ventanas caves, the abundance of birds within Bali Rica itself and the exceptional accommodations and host welcome.
The cabin/villa was gorgeous and Mac and Sharon were helpful with anything we needed during our stay. What they have created there is truly a masterpiece. Sharon showed us all of the seasonal fruits growing on their trees and we made ice fruit drinks with the blender daily. The plunge pool was wonderful and necessary after a long day of hiking.
We back packed and used public transportation for our entire trip, but we recommend that if you are coming to the south-west coast to rent a car unless you are up for lots of walking and waiting for buses. We were grateful for the use of the mountain bikes Bali Rica had available!
Overall terrific experience at Bali Rica - we highly recommend this to anyone looking to relax OR have an adventure! Thank you Mac and Sharon!
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Originally Mac is from Texas and Sharon is from N.J.. We met on the island of Andros in the Bahamas, and fell in love "underwater" in the blue seas. That was many years ago and we've since traveled the world.
Having lived for some years in Bali Indonesia, we were enchanted by the feel and beauty of the island, and have tried to bring a taste of that to our vacation homes for travelers to enjoy.
Our goal is to provide our traveler's vacation homes, Casa Rica, Casa Roca and Casa Bambu with a taste of the world and the heart of local love.