first, do read the other reviews--every positive ABnB review is accurate (for us there were no negatives). add to that, host pierre, who is creatively accommodating (w.o ever being fussy) and absolutely committed to the finest experience of his guests. in elegantly simple quarters, we were provided absolute privacy and security, five minutes from both the airport and quepos (manuel antonio reserve is another ten minutes beyond quepos).
i write from the veranda on our last morning, soothed by the calls of a half dozen birds, several geckos, spotting the occasional butterfly, recalling the pre-dawn rumbling of howler monkeys in the close-surrounding jungle. with our friends, we enjoyed meals featuring super fresh ingredients from the outdoor market in quepos, prepared in the kitchen (well-equipped with cook tools and storage containers, xlnt appliances, great view of the mountains beyond), served on the generous wraparound tiled porch, cooled by commercial grade ceiling fans in and out, plus a sitting area and heavenly hammock, and great lighting. pierre's wonderful use of color in furnishings and local art added immensely to the sense of peace and contentment.
favorite things? upon landing at teeny quepos airport from san jose, there was pierre, to welcome and introduce us to his meticulous compound (in a private gated community, once a palm oil plantation) and the surrounding area (with needed ATM and cafe stops, driving all around at sunset so we had our bearings). pierre's absolute availability (with a phone call, we were booked on three fine adventures with world class guides through the national park, mangroves and kayaking/snorkling the coast). pierre and his visiting adult son, giovanni, offered rides to town daily which made provisioning easy (cheap local buses--$1USD for two people--and taxis--$8USD to MA) stop just outside the gates. pierre’s crystal clear communication and incredibly positive life perspective.
more favorites? the place is immaculate. giovanni's spanish lessons over coffee a few mornings. pierre's three boxers (beau, ben and sophie) and tiger cat (leo), who visited politely once our gate was open. the impromptu side trip w P and G to a local swimming hole. xlnt wifi (only once was it weak--i was in contact daily with my office--and pierre had the fix). the local cell phone that pierre provided, loaded with minutes, to facilitate communication. the phenomenon of having an idea of something nice to do and pierre offering to make it happen before the request had been spoken (thinking about a ever-unfolding sunset from the quepos seawall). the serenity of location, away from traffic and crowded tourist streets. being able to laze for hours wearing just a pareo (we visited in the quite warm 'dry' season).
coming from working in international travel, and having experienced a nice chunk of this wonderful world, i rate pierre's treehouse beyond 5-star for our tastes, with enormous gratitude. pura vida indeed!